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  • Hare Horror in Furness! Return of the Supernatural Bunnies April 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hare Horror in Furness! Return of the Supernatural Bunnies

    Beach has recently been enjoying the splendour of supernatural rabbits and hares. Yes, dear reader, do you remember the thud of paranormal poltergeist bunnies? What about the legendary Baum Rabbit? Or the Welsh ghost rabbit as big as a sheep? Or Boudicca’s sacrificial hare? Or the Mann witch trial hare? However, everything that he has […]

    History Roundup 629 including Impossible Deer April 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 629 including Impossible Deer

    Today’s links follow. 1) Lawrence’s Bullet: Arabia 2) Mysterious Deer: Orkney 3) The Small Disappearance: Canada 4) Crime Gone Horribly Wrong: London 5) Pendulum Mystery Solved: Mexico 6) Human Sacrafice and Social Status: the kitchen and from the archives 7) Meeting a God Other links: WW2 Myths  

    Daily History Picture: Rabbit vs Snail April 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Rabbit vs Snail

    Some late medieval fun, snake, rabbit, monkey (?) and a dog on stilts? 14 cent?

    The Buddha in Sicily? April 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Buddha in Sicily?

    The following appears in a Greek fragment of Empedocles (obit c. 430 B.C.), a Greek Sicilian and the grandfather or godfather of sophism. The problem is that we lack context. All that we know is that he is writing here to a disciple, Pausanias about an important and knowledgeable individual in the past. There was […]

    History Roundup 628 including the Devil in Nightcap April 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 628 including the Devil in Nightcap

    Today’s links follow. 1) Easter Rising Alive: Ireland 2) Evil of Novels: Library 3) Devil in Nightcap: Wales 4) Historical Phrase Origins: England 5) Spirit of Pen Park Hole: Britain 6) Witch Woes: Scotland and from the archives 7) Poison Jokes Other links: Juana the Loca (in Franco’s Spain!)

    Daily History Picture: Woodstock Free Market April 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Woodstock Free Market

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    St Thomas and the Meretrix April 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    St Thomas and the Meretrix

    This is one of the great scenes from Catholic hagiography. St Thomas of Aquinas has just been kidnapped by his own family and locked up in a room with a naked woman. OK, yes, yes, we can backpedal a moment…. Thomas was born to a noble Campanian clan and as a younger son, the youngest […]

    History Roundup 627 including Invisible History and More Tut April 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 627 including Invisible History and More Tut

    Today’s links follow. 1) Tut Mysteries: Egypt (well worth reading) 2) Real Moby Dick: 7 Seas 3) Where Did Hannibal Cross: Alps 4) Invisible History: Esoterx 5) National Poo Museum: UK 6) Humans as Invasive Species: Prehistory and from the archives 7) Espionage Commandments Other links: Weird empty pictures, Ferguson on Milton Friedman

    Daily History Picture: Neighing Horse April 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Neighing Horse

    Extraordinary art: cheval hennissant from grotte du mas d’azil, carved about 13000 bc

    The Lie of the Second Sons April 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Lie of the Second Sons

    When Beach wrote his university entrance exams, many decades ago, he waxed unlyrical about Europe’s second sons who went on crusade because there was nothing for them at home. There might have been some genuine pent up passion about killing Moors or walking where He walked, but it was really all about filthy lucre. The […]

    New History Books: Interviews with History and Power April 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Interviews with History and Power

    New edition of a simply fabulous book, the great Oriana Fallaci interviews the famous of the world: Interviews with History and Power.

    Huge Erratic Boulders: the Westmorland Thunderstones April 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Huge Erratic Boulders: the Westmorland Thunderstones

    Thunderstones are a well known European and, indeed, international phenomenon, flint arrowheads or stone axes which were believed, by our early modern ancestors, to have descended from the sky in lightning storms. The typical praxis was that a sheep would be killed by a bolt of lightning and the family would discover, near the animal, […]

    New History Books: Routledge History Witchcraft April 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Routledge History Witchcraft

    Beach is witch mad and the lack of a cover makes things even more exciting: though the price dampens that enthusiasm somewhat… Johannes Dillinger, The Routledge History of Witchcraft.

    Review: Nanny Says April 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Nanny Says

    Diana, Lady Avebury (ed) Nanny Says (London: Dobson, 1972) The Nanny was an institution of upper middle class and aristocratic families in Victorian, Edwardian and inter-war Britain. She was the efficient and often frightening family child carer. She stepped in at a couple of weeks after birth taking over from the harassed mother (who would be allowed […]

    History Roundup 626 including Dangerous Maids April 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 626 including Dangerous Maids

    Today’s links follow. 1) Non Stick Roman Pans: Roman Med 2) Very Weird Spook Light: US 3) Early Noses: Pre-Prehistory 4) Demons and Ventriloquism: the stage 5) Dangerous Maids: UK 6) New Textile from the Silk Road: Nepal and from the archives 7) Ashanti Ewer: A European Artifact in Africa Other links: Forget twitter, new […]

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