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  • Daily History Picture: Gothic Beauty November 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Gothic Beauty

    Extraordinary medieval wood carving.

    Napoleon III Survives Death November 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Napoleon III Survives Death

    Beach was so moved to discover that Marshal Ney  had not really been killed in 1815 that he went out looking for other unlikely survivors. This is one he dredged up from, of all places, Leeds Times (19 Apr 1873), 8. Napoleon III it will be remembered had come to Britain in 1871 after being […]

    New History Books: Indestructible November 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Indestructible

    John R. Bruning, Indestructible Taking war back to Japan…  

    Queen Victoria, Dead Again November 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Queen Victoria, Dead Again

    Queen Victoria, like Shakespeare’s cowards, died many time before her death in 1901. Beach has, in his career as a nineteenth-century voyeur, often stumbled over references to one or other corner of the Empire convincing itself that Victoria had died before time. You can well imagine how it happened. A misunderstanding in a tiny village, […]

    Dumb Duels #3: Cannon Duel November 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Dumb Duels #3: Cannon Duel

    Beach recently revived one of his favourite tags, the duel and the dumb duel. Here is a doubtful sounding example reported in a British newspaper in 1890. The date of the duel itself should be about 1875, which means that an argument between provincial army officers had a lot of time to be exaggerated into […]

    New History Books: The Leper Spy November 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: The Leper Spy

    Ben Montgomery, The Leper Spy BM continues with his excellent WW2 monographs…

    Herman Göring in Plymouth November 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Herman Göring in Plymouth

    In Plymouth, in the Second World War, a strange idea evolved, among the bombed out population: Plymouth, as an important port, was all too frequently visited by the Luftwaffe. The population came to believe that Herman Göring, the head of his Luftwaffe, personally took part in the attacks on the city. Plymouth folk even claimed […]

    Daily History Picture: Haakon Returns November 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Haakon Returns

    Norwegian king returns to his country after liberation in 1945…

    History Roundup 730 including Tomato Witches November 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 730 including Tomato Witches

    1) Funeral Trolleys: the Americas 2) Dare Stones: US (promising new site for me) 3) Tomato Witches and Werewolves: Europe (wider point good, supernatural connection silly) 4) Shetland and Orkney Supernatural: Scotland 5) Haskell Killing: UK and from the archives 6) Multi-dimensional Civil War in Florence Other links: How Deep is Your Love

    Daily History Picture: Henry VIII November 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Henry VIII

    No double chin here. The glorious Henry VIII at Trinity, Cambridge.

    History Roundup 729 including Dirty Medieval People November 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 729 including Dirty Medieval People

    1) Dental Detectives: Prehistory 2) Glider King: Germany 3) Magician Dying on TV: UK 4) Were Medieval People Dirty: Europe 5) Curio Collecting: All over and from the archives 6) Nude Bathing Tradition Other links: Mystery Noise Nonsense, Flat earth facts…

    Daily History Picture: One-Armed Pilot November 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: One-Armed Pilot

    James MacLachlan, British pilot who flew from 1941 to his death in 1943 with just one natural arm and an artificial limb…

    19C London Fairies and Murder November 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    19C London Fairies and Murder

    Beach has long considered himself duty bound to investigate all references to fairies, however strange and however obscene, and there have been, for a while, two references to London fairies that have irritated him because he can’t track them down: or at least he can follow them only into unattractive cul-de-sacs. First, from Carol Silver’s […]

    History Roundup 728 including Eva Braun’s Knickers November 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 728 including Eva Braun's Knickers

    1) Jesus’ Bedrock: Israel 2) Eva Braun’s Knickers Back: Auction House (our take) 3) Migration into the Seas: Pacific 4) Russian Soldiers in Hitler’s Bunker: Berlin 5) Paleo Jewelry: Russia and from the archives 6) What really happened to Mussolini? Other links: History of the EMOJI

    Daily History Picture: Ides of March November 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ides of March

    A Julius Caesar pencil holder…

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