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  • New History Books: The Perfect Horse October 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: The Perfect Horse

    Elizabeth Letts, The Perfect Horse I just love the idea of horse master race…

    History Roundup 708 including Fearing Weasels October 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 708 including Fearing Weasels

    Today’s links follow 1) Campaign Songs: US 2) Rebel Caves: Israel 3) Mysterious Disappearance: creepy 4) Nehru: India 5) Fearing Weasels: Ancient Rome (Peter Jones new book) and from the archives 6) Last Witch in Dorset Other links: Did she jump or was she pushed

    The Pope Who Loved Me: Sixtus V and Elizabeth October 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Pope Who Loved Me: Sixtus V and Elizabeth

    Sixtus V (the last of his name) was a grumpy counter-reformation pope who got mixed up with Philip II’s planned invasion of England: the invincible Armada. However, Sixtus, who hated Philip and saw the Spanish Empire as the greatest obstacle to the extension of his own power, made some strange conditions for lending money to […]

    Daily History Picture: Boggart Pool October 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Boggart Pool

    I’d love to know where this is. It was drawn in 1930

    Ship on Top of Iceberg! October 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ship on Top of Iceberg!

    This is a haunting passage from the first volume of Cochrane’s Autobiography of a Seaman. The episode in question took place in 1794 while Cochrane was sailing on the Thetis. [63] The squadron sailed from Plymouth; and when about midway across the Atlantic an incident occurred worth relating… One night finding the temperature of the […]

    History Roundup 707 including Sea Burials October 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 707 including Sea Burials

    Today’s links follow 1) Sea Burials: 7 Seas 2) The Woman Who Peed Through Her Nose: US 3) Giant Spider of Paris: France (wow) 4) Trump and Clinton, 1875: the library 5) Phantom of the Congress: Thirteen Colonies and from the archives 6) Non Existent Werewolf Other links: Coffee grounds useful, British Sea Power, waving […]

    Daily History Picture: Best Headline Ever October 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Best Headline Ever

    Why elections are bad for democracy (if they don’t go your way). Perhaps not a typical history picture, but something special about this…

    History Roundup 706 including Snot and Tobacco October 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 706 including Snot and Tobacco

    Today’s links follow 1) Snot and Tobacco: the smoking room 2) Special Effects for Seance: US 3) Vintage Ghost Hunting Tools: the lab 4) Memory Code: Oral Cultures 5) the Spy, the Wife and Dday: Britain and from the archives 6) Decisions Within Other links: ethical eating, Lamb lies down on broadway

    Daily History Picture: VE in the Fountain October 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: VE in the Fountain

    Two British sailors and friends in the fountains at Trafalgar Square

    The Witch, the Hand and the Demon Eckerken October 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Witch, the Hand and the Demon Eckerken

    Beach previously tried to bring honour to the name of Johann Weyer who combined a skeptical attitude to witchcraft with and a believing attitude to the supernatural. His books, which are not unfortunately easily accessible in English, are full of gems. Here is a good one which combines a nasty solitary fairy and a witchcraft […]

    History Roundup 705 including Voynich Hoax October 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 705 including Voynich Hoax

    Today’s links follow 1) Soviet Soldier Survivor: Afghanistan! 2) Voynich Manuscript: Hoax 3) Are Mermaids Real: 7 seas 4) The Mummy of Manchester: UK 5) Human and Horses: Pre-Columbian America (and sloths) and from the archives 6) Lords of Karma Other links: In the Next Life (McKay)

    Daily History Picture: New Technologies October 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: New Technologies

    Loved this…

    The Ghost that Sat on my Chest October 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    The Ghost that Sat on my Chest

    A few days ago Beach had some Tripadvisor hotel fun looking at the variety of ghost/haunting/poltergeist experiences reported there. What most impressed him from his small sample was the number of incidents when the witnesses felt something pressing down on them. Two of these hauntings were quoted then, the rest are new. All italics Beach’s […]

    History Roundup 704 including Why We Kill October 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 704 including Why We Kill

    Today’s links follow 1) Why We are So Good At Killing: the soul 2) Ancient Roman Coins on the Wrong Side of the World: Japan 3) The Manson Women: California 4) Bronze Age Pressed Flower: the lab 5) High Hitler: Germany and from the archives 6) Death as a Basketball Other links: cute tourist joke, […]

    Singing for Health in Tudor England October 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Modern
    Singing for Health in Tudor England

    Sir Thomas Elyot (c. 1490-1546) was a Tudor polymath who wrote on politics, classical learning and Christian living: his day job, meanwhile, was as a diplomat to Henry VIII. In Elyot’s most interesting book (at least to the modern reader) The Castell of Helth the author sets out tips for good living and cures based […]

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