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  • Goodbye Constantinople February 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Goodbye Constantinople

      ***Some might like to listen to the very topical Strange History theme song while reading this, thanks to Chris S for the tip*** The night of 28 May 1453 the Emperor of Byzantine, Constantine, ‘the eleventh of his name’, went for a ride with his friend, George Sphrantzes, on the city walls of Constantinople, […]

    History Roundup 319 including Rude Parrots and Golden Hats February 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 319 including Rude Parrots and Golden Hats

    Today’s links follow. 1) 70,000 Yr Old Village: Africa 2) Ancient Archery: Hawkeye? 3) Four Golden Hats: Bronze Age Europe 4) Rude Parrots: England (great) 5) Holocaust Photos: Central Europe (ghastly) 6) Itching Powder and Submarines: France and Britain 7) Vaccination and Fashion: France 8) The Vanishing Triangle: Ireland and from the archives 9) Romans […]

    The Hairy Boggart of Weeton February 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Hairy Boggart of Weeton

    ‘Boggart’, it will be remembered, is a British north(-western) word meaning ‘bogey’: it was a promiscuous word and covered everything from a ghost to a troll (and sometimes a scarecrow). Individual settlements in Lancashire, northern Cheshire and northern Derbyshire, parts of the Ridings (particularly the West) and surprisingly Nottinghamshire had boggart haunted areas. Sometimes they were glades, […]

    History Roundup 318 including Michaelangelo Statues Found? February 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 318 including Michaelangelo Statues Found?

    Today’s links follow. 1) Napoleon and the Regent: France-England 2) Last Michaelangelo Statues: Cambridge, UK 3) Mysterious Murders: Australia 4) Historic Library Up in Flames: Russia (our look at great library fires) 5) Weird Noises on Boat: Nicaragua (Esoterx always the best titles) 6) Deep Ellum Occurrence: Dallas 7) The Clairvoyant and the Wet Nurses: […]

    Daily History Picture: Goodbye at the Wall February 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Goodbye at the Wall

    Crying woman says goodbye to a small boy at the point where the Berlin Wall is about to be built: 1961.

    The Eugenics of History? February 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Eugenics of History?

    Eugenics refers of course to the depressing strand of thinking that says that societies (for which read boffins with bow ties employed by the state) should be allowed to decide which of us can and cannot reproduce our genes. Eugenics was briefly fashionable in the 1920s and 1930s then the Nazis came along and, perhaps […]

    History Roundup 317 including New Massacre Grave for Batavia February 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 317 including New Massacre Grave for Batavia

    Today’s links follow. 1) Batavia Grave? Australia 2) New Gospel: Egypt 3) Celtic Cauldron: Germany 4) Medieval Chess Workshop: England 5) Ancient Graveyards: Poland 6) Napoleon in an English Royal Palace: Windsor 7) Ancient Wristguard: Scotland (strangely intimate) 8) Fake Mummies: in the Vatican!!! and from the archives 9) the Search for Fusang Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Monkeys Again February 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Monkeys Again

    This time making vellum? Source

    Long Long Long Durée Oral Transmission February 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
    Long Long Long Durée Oral Transmission

    ***Thanks to Mike Dash and Penne for sending reports in*** This site has pioneered an oral transmission tag and particularly claims that human beings can transmit information over tens, even hundreds of generations without any recourse to writing: these range from hints of memories from the early Neolithic at Newgrange to impossibly old memories of […]

    Daily History Picture: IRA Stop and Search February 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: IRA Stop and Search

    The six counties, probably Belfast, two IRA women privates stop and search a man

    Killing the Witch’s Rooster? February 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Killing the Witch's Rooster?

    The most important thing about nineteenth-century witchcraft reports in British, Irish and American newspapers is that they reveal a series of beliefs that were actually practiced, but that were often too intimate and ‘stupid’ to share with a folklorist. The result is that these neglected newspaper reports are the closest that we come to the […]

    History Roundup 316 including Young Rogues February 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 316 including Young Rogues

    Today’s links follow. 1) Young Rogues: Victorian England 2) Folk Revival: Scotland 3) Hitler’s Secret British Airways: Norfolk! 4) Edwardian Sexual Codes: England 5) Glass Coffins: US 6) Tudor Gardens Bloom: England 7) The Most Roman Roman Gods: Rome and from the archives 8) Night Climbers of Cambridge Other links: Chechen full immersion, Gymnopedies  

    The Rhino’s Horn and Memory February 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Rhino's Horn and Memory

    Every so often Beach gets a post from a reader that practically writes itself and the extent of this blogger’s work is the cut and paste button. Here is one such example that goes in the well established oral transmission tag.  The correspondent and author was Indranil. Can any reader help out Indranil and his […]

    Beachcombed 56 February 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 56

    Dear Reader, Crappy January with a long and stubborn flu, made worse by the fact that it was necessary to work through it. But it seems now almost to be over… Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Chris, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions below to […]

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