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  • Real Magic Ring? March 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Real Magic Ring?

    This ring perhaps no longer survives, but when it was sketched in the mid nineteenth-century it was rendered thus. The ring divides. The block on the left was apparently a set of jewels that when pressed made the ring open in this fashion: a common trick? Within the ring were written a series of words. […]

    New History Books: Hitler’s Forgotten Children March 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Hitler's Forgotten Children

    Von Oelhafen, Hitler’s Forgotten Children Another one I’m curious about…

    Greeks in Buddhist India? March 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Greeks in Buddhist India?

    Basnagoda Rahula argued in his doctorate, written in sometimes shaky English, but full of fascinating ideas, for wholesale Indian influence on Greek culture and above all, Greek philosophy. The arguments are exciting but annoyingly insubstantial: no fault of BR, of course. It would be exciting to have some kind of outside input into the beginning of […]

    New History Books: Panorama of the Thames March 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Panorama of the Thames

    Inglis, Panorama of the Thames Georgian England takes flight…  

    Penis Nests March 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Penis Nests

    We have previously visited a remarkable passage in Malleus Maleficarum (1485) where that work’s author, Heinrich Kramer, describes a penis theft: or rather a penis illusion, because Kramer claims the penis is still ‘there’ but hidden. That account was apparently based on a witness: this account sounds like folklore. Finally, what shall we think about […]

    History Roundup 613 including Indians in Ancient Australia? March 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 613 including Indians in Ancient Australia?

    Today’s links follow. 1) Indians in Australia? Pacific 2) The World’s First Popcorn? South America 3) Green Man Fun: Euroasia 4) Stealing Nefertiti: Egypt 5) Shipwreck, Trunks and Hurricanes: the skies 6) New Island: UK and from the archives 7) English Vampire in Spain Other links: New fairy novel, Daylight Saving Trailer

    Review Theory of Irony: How Jesus Led to Moon Golf March 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Review Theory of Irony: How Jesus Led to Moon Golf

    A subtitle like How Jesus Led to Moon Golf promises a swish historical read. Beach immediately, in fact, thought of some of Graeme Donald’s history writing and books like Mussolini’s Barber and other stories of the unknown players who made history happen. This proved naïve. Mussolini’s Barber offers some cute episodes from recent history and Graeme […]

    Daily History Picture: Hemingway and Dahl March 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hemingway and Dahl

    Just struck by what an amazing writer a hybrid Hemingway/Dahl would have been…

    History Roundup 612 including Joan’s Ring March 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 612 including Joan's Ring

    Today’s links follow. 1) In Search of Soma: Euro-Asia 2) Joan’s Found Ring: France 3) King Solomon’s Mines: Egypt 4) Ghost of a Sad Empress: Russia (love the oil painting) 5) Emperors Better Monogamous: China 6) Walking Dead: Pacific and from the archives 7) Germany Uber Alles? Other links: Take the Long Way Home

    Daily History Picture: Rick in the Carpark March 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Rick in the Carpark

    I may be repeating myself here but I love it…

    Sister Trouble: The Sacrifice March 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Sister Trouble: The Sacrifice

    Apologies for this one. But there is so obviously a good Roald Dahl short story to be had here, the tale needs to be shared. A murder has just been committed at Fontchristiann, near Briancon, France, under very extraordinary circumstances. Two sisters, named Marie and Catherine Ollagnier, aged 45 and 47 respectively, lived together in […]

    History Roundup 611 including New Henges March 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 611 including New Henges

    Today’s links follow. 1) Women Jacobites: Scotland 2) New Henges: Britain 3) Running the Empire: Rome 4) A History of Smells: bathroom, bedroom and lab 5) 1930s Messiah: Poland 6) Talking to Monkeys: San Francisco and from the archives 7) Welsh Mermaid and the Bastard with Binoculars Other links: June Tabor, Hard Love  

    Daily History Picture: Soviet Troops in Berlin March 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Soviet Troops in Berlin

    At the chancellery: Nazi medals on the ground.

    Immortal Meals #27: The Honey Baby March 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Immortal Meals #27: The Honey Baby

    It is a story still told in hushed voices by archaeologists and classicists. Here is a recent version by Ken Albala from his (very good) lecture series on the history of food. So there is this revealing story of this group of Egyptologists and they find this perfectly sealed jar of honey and they open […]

    History Roundup 610 including Flying Serpent March 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 610 including Flying Serpent

    Today’s links follow. 1) Night Noises: the darkness 2) Flying Serpent: UK 3) Recreation of Earliest Human Habitat: Prehistory 4) Erotic Pots: Andes 5) Trump, Mussolini and Hitler (also this better balanced vox piece and Tim Stanley) 6) Born at Auschwitz: Poland and from the archives 7) Exclaves Other links: the best violin music

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