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  • Daily History Picture: The Flight of Witches September 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Flight of Witches

    One of Goya’s most mysterious pictures: the flight of reason?

    History Roundup 496 including Witchcraft Island September 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 496 including Witchcraft Island

    Today’s links follow. 1) Greek ghost: Athens 2) Opening Historic Wines: Black Sea 3) Ancient Nose Job: 4) Black Earth: Review 5) Zombie Corpse: Africa 6) Witchcraft Island: Sweden and from the archives 7) East Riding Fairies: Eighteenth Century Other links: Spanish mermaid school, Do You Believe in Aliens, Old Slew Foot, Johnny Horton

    Index Biography #22: Prize a book September 30, 2015

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    Index Biography #22: Prize a book

    ***Tacitus wins*** The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu […]

    Daily History Picture: Swiss Guard Hold Firm September 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Swiss Guard Hold Firm

    Nazis salute Swiss Guard at the Vatican…

    History Roundup 495 including One Man’s Dead Penny September 29, 2015

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    History Roundup 495 including One Man's Dead Penny

    Today’s links follow. 1) Opium Horror: Lincolnshire 2) Earliest Decapitation: Brazil 3) Magic and Landscape: UK 4) Average Titanic Lifeboat: Atlantic 5) What We Don’t Know About the Holocaust: Books review 6) One Man’s Dead Penny: Canada/UK and from the archives 7) Cruel Treasure Hunting Joke Other links: Enjoy Your Drive to Work, Dalai Lama […]

    Foreign Swindles in the Nineteenth Century September 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Foreign Swindles in the Nineteenth Century

    More in our swindlers series. Bread Trick: X in Russia goes to a jewelers and gets 4000  roubles worth of goods. He can only pay 500 but asks the owner (the victim) to come to the bank for the rest. At the bank he reminds the banker that they had spoken before and says ‘can […]

    Daily History Picture: Winter War September 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Winter War

    Finnish troops prepare for a Soviet attack. Note the skis.

    History Roundup 494 including Lost Bells September 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 494 including Lost Bells

    Today’s links follow. 1) 1800s Dinner Elegance: Britain 2) President Garfield’s Heavenly Escort: US 3) Lost Bells: Britain 4) Nazi Drugs: Germany 5) Mystery Walls: Poland 6) Old Bond Document Still Accruing Interest: Yale 7) Bedside Ghost: London and from the archives 8) Inuits Dying in Britain Other links: Cocaine adverts, Great Famine

    Fried Mice and Urine Mouth Rinses: Traditional Toothache Cures September 28, 2015

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    Fried Mice and Urine Mouth Rinses: Traditional Toothache Cures

    Beach has been living toothache hell for the last two weeks. A wisdom tooth had to be extracted and that was just fine: a bit of anesthetic and POW. But then the jawbone became infected and said bone had to be scraped with little in the way of laughing gas. Painkiller, antiobiotics were rushed in […]

    Daily History Picture: Prisoners! September 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Prisoners!

      American and Filipino troops have surrendered to the Japanese. How many made it to the end of the war?

    French and Parisian Swindles in the Nineteenth Century September 27, 2015

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    French and Parisian Swindles in the Nineteenth Century

    More in our swindlers series. Eye Expert: the greatest French eye expert is Dr Sichel. To his horror Dr Sichel discovers that there are not one but two other Dr Sichels pretending to be him in the provinces. West Dail Press, 29 Apri, 1876, 7. Horse Trick: X sold old nag who says that he […]

    New History Books: Magic in Western Culture September 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Magic in Western Culture

    Brian P. Copenhaver, Magic in Western Culture: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (CUP, Aug 31 2015). ‘The story of the beliefs and practices called ‘magic’ starts in ancient Iran, Greece, and Rome, before entering its crucial Christian phase in the Middle Ages. Centering on the Renaissance and Marsilio Ficino – whose work on magic was […]

    Fat Virgin Mary in the Lost Provinces September 26, 2015

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    Fat Virgin Mary in the Lost Provinces

    In 1871 Prussia (on its way to becoming Germany) seized by force and then won by negotiation Alsace and Lorraine, an act that secured their Rhine territories and that arguably led to two world wars: the lost provinces would cost millions of lives. ‘What flag flies over Strasburg?’ asks a nineteenth-century politician returned from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Execution at the Tower September 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Execution at the Tower

    Melodramatic nineteenth century reproduction of a beheading at the tower. Love the executioner’s head…

    History Roundup 493 including Ambush Hunting September 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 493 including Ambush Hunting

    Today’s links follow. 1) Early Christian Device: Black Sea 2) Dark Eclipse Mystery: New England 3) Bear Man: Texas 4) 5 MB Picture: US (hilarious) 5) Whisky Loving Horse: Britain 6) Ambush Hunting: Africa and from the archives 7) Women on Victorian Trains: Sex and Freedom Other links: Can you write too much, Curb Your […]

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