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  • History Roundup 540 including Pre Columbian Syphilis? December 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 540 including Pre Columbian Syphilis?

    Today’s links follow. 1) Buried Sitting: Peruvian 2) Science and Hand Bibles: the library 3) Roman London and Ethnic Diversity: UK 4) Nefertiti or Not? Egypt 5) Syphilis Before Columbus? Europe 6) Homewrecking God: Romans and from the archives 7) Fairies and Vegetation Other links: Fairport Convention, Fotheringay

    Witchcraft and European Penis Theft December 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Witchcraft and European Penis Theft

    The Malleus Maleficarum (1485) is the classic witch hunter’s book. It is the first ‘convincing’ attempt to place witches in a diabolical formula with magically affected victims at one end, the devil in the middle and large and roaring fires at the other. The author, though, Heinrich Kramer, very naturally sucked up a lot of […]

    Daily History Picture: High Up in the 1980s December 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: High Up in the 1980s

    Man working on Columbia Tower construction

    History Roundup 539 including Mine Ghosts December 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 539 including Mine Ghosts

    Today’s links follow. 1) Lovecraft in the Middle Ages: !!!! 2) Mine Ghosts: our take 3) Georgian Hairstyles: UK 4) 19 Cent Heroin Solutions: US 5) Agriculture and DNA Changes: Europe 6) Rewriting Glastonbury History: UK (not so impressive? our take) and from the archives 7) Aliens and Fairies Other links: Hong Kong McDonald Sleeps, […]

    The Word Poltergeist in English December 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Word Poltergeist in English

    When did English-speakers start using the word Poltergeist? The conventional answer to this question is in 1848 when Catharine Crowe wrote, in her The Night Side of Nature, the following passage while describing spirits of the dead. [B]ut there is nothing sportive or mischievous, nor, except where an injunction is disobeyed, or a request refused, […]

    Beachcombed 66 December 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 66

    Dear Reader, thanks as always for all the emails and communications. Everything great at chez Beachcombing. In fact, only five or six ulcers on the tongue are distracting from the pleasure of life. This month was supposed to be dedicated to Bella in the Wych Elm, but new data is still dripping in: witchcraft spy, […]

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