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  • New History Books: Your Noblest Shippe September 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Your Noblest Shippe

    Peter Marsden, Your Noblest Shippe: Anatomy of a Tudor Warship (31 Jul 2015, The Mary Rose Trust) This volume is concerned primarily with a detailed description of the Mary Rose and how she operated as a functional warship. Commencing with a discussion of the place of the Mary Rose in the development of warships; her […]

    The Science of Bells and Thunderstorms September 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Science of Bells and Thunderstorms

    Can bells drive away thunder and lightning? Well, d’oh, obviously not. But most of us know that for centuries that western Christians believed that bells did have this power. What Beach had not understood until today was that there was an early modern attempt to explain the science behind bells and thunder: that is the notion that […]

    Daily History Picture: Bombed Out Cathedral September 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bombed Out Cathedral

    One of Britain’s most lovely cathedrals, Coventry, bombed out in Nov 14 1940.    

    Victorian Urban Legend: the Clever Pickpocket September 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: the Clever Pickpocket

    Beach has recently been searching for nineteenth-century urban legends, a real challenge because the category did not exist as an idea, though of course incredible ‘true’ stories circulated. Perhaps this is one of them. The pickpocket who is so clever that he or she puts the wallet back once everything is stolen. Folkestone is filling […]

    Daily History Picture: Klan and Black Police September 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Klan and Black Police

    Black policeman protects a Klan member. 1970s? 19 Sept 2015: Bruce T writes ‘It’s been awhile, but I believe that photo is from the Skokie Protests in suburban Chicago, circa 1979. The Klan and Neo-Nazi’s tried several times to march in the suburb of Skokie, home to a large Jewish population, and the highest number […]

    History Roundup 488 including Titanic Cowardice September 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 488 including Titanic Cowardice

    Today’s links follow. 1) Magical Castle: Scotland 2) Shipwreck Fish and Global Trade: Underwater 3) Tomb Challenge: Paris 4) American Curse: Kentucky 5) Titanic Cowardice: High Seas 6) Arriving by Sea: First Americans and from the archives 7) Rare Boggart Book Other links: My ontology is bigger than yours, Es Como Agua!

    Scooby Doo Crime 3#: the Good Ladies Rob a Peasant September 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Scooby Doo Crime 3#: the Good Ladies Rob a Peasant

    Imagine a single story that manages to combine three favourite Beachombian tags: crime, fairies, and practical jokes. Enjoy. And similarly, as people in a certain parish in the diocese of Besançon [north-east France] believed in parallel things, some jokers dressed up as women and, appearing in this way, they entered the house of a rich peasant […]

    Daily History Picture: Date Snafu September 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Date Snafu

    It happens to us all

    History Roundup 487 including Garden Murder September 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 487 including Garden Murder

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Amazons and the Press Gang: England 2) Playboy Secret Tunnels: US 3) Missing Museum Stone: New England 4) Frida and the Soviets: Mexico 5) Garden Murderer: Scotland 6) Secret Code on Gravestone: Kentucky and from the archives 7) Civil War and Blunt Swords Other links: Satanic Panic, Bon Jovi Wanted […]

    Flying with the Devil or with the Mind? September 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Flying with the Devil or with the Mind?

    This account dates to southern England and 1873, but to judge from some dating clues in the texts the old man who wrote this extract was probably a boy in the early part of the nineteenth century when he heard the story: perhaps in the 1810s or 1820s? It sounds, meanwhile, as if James Carter, […]

    Daily History Picture: Scramble! September 15, 2015

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

    Battle of Britain pilots run for their planes.

    History Roundup 486 including New Human Ancestor September 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 486 including New Human Ancestor

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ghost Map: WW1 2) New Human Ancestor: Africa 3) Drunken Poet of Danville: Kentucky 4) Blitz Photos: Britain 5) Archaeological Forgeries: The Lab 6) Gold Rush and Women: the Wild West and from the archives 7) Allied Atrocity Photographs: do they exist? Other links: Amazing anti-Muslim gun (unbelievable), Do fairies have pointed […]

    Margaret Murray in Her Own Words September 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Margaret Murray in Her Own Words

    Margaret Murray (obit 1963) was a brilliantly creative and ill disciplined scholar who not satisfied with the mysteries of the pyramids (she was an Egyptologist) decided to sort out European witchcraft in two books: The Witch Cult in Western Europe (1921) and The God of the Witches (1931). Modern scholars universally reject her methods, while […]

    Daily History Picture: Greek Troops Go Forward September 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Greek Troops Go Forward

    Greek troops head towards the Italian invasion

    History Roundup 485 including New British Atlantis? September 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 485 including New British Atlantis?

    Today’s links follow. 1) Palmyra in Happier Days: Syria 2) Mermaids! The Sea 3) New Atlantis: Britain 4) Lost and Found: Ancient Jerusalem 5) New WW2 Book: Germany 6) Time Capsule: Scotland and from the archives 7) Flying Drums in Tibet Other links: Adele Rolling the Deep

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