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  • The Chester Cat Hoax of 1815 September 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Chester Cat Hoax of 1815

    This is a short story published some 90 years after the event it supposedly described: Chester is a city on the northern Welsh borders. This story is frequently retold in miscellany of the bizarre, local histories and Francis Wheen includes it in his marvelous The Chatto Book of Cats, 1993. There are three interesting points: […]

    Daily History Picture: Winston and Kaiser September 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Winston and Kaiser

    The Kaiser meets the most presumptuous Briton of his generation: love Churchill’s boyish face.

    History Roundup 477 including Buying a Time Machine September 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 477 including Buying a Time Machine

    Today’s links follow. 1) Amazing Flight Boots: The West (read to the end) 2) Mystery Sword: British Library 3) Were the Romans White?!: The Med 4) Time Machines You Can Buy: the marketplace 5) Talking Through the Ether: the paranormal 6) A History of the Corporation: the world and from the archives 7) The Golden […]

    Waldensian Courage, Waldensian Blood September 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Waldensian Courage, Waldensian Blood

    In a recent post Beach looked at the extraordinary survival of the Waldensians, a courageous proto-Protestant sect, which  managed to weather the full rage of the Church in the Alps between France and Italy. The history of the Waldensians is a long catalogue of courage and atrocity: the courage of the Waldensians and the violence of the […]

    Beachcombed 63 September 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 63

    Summer is over, sigh: first class tomorrow. I’ve put the very best 10,000 words below for posts from this month. Happy September! Beach American Wild Men: Bruce T. on banging stones, and Luke on a Texas wild man… Anticipating the Telephone: Sam has come across a supposed ancient telephone… Baby Loving Snakes: David M brings up […]

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