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  • History Roundup 746 including Renaissance Cantos, Food and Lies December 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 746 including Renaissance Cantos, Food and Lies

    Today’s links follow 1) Strange Renaissance Dishes: Italy 2) Renaissance Clothes Diary: Germany 3) The Missing Cantos: Italy 4) The new Renaissance Man: Israel? 5) Medici Lies: Italy and from the archives 6) Last death of Great War Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Six Day War

    Daily History Picture: Giant Centipede and GI December 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Giant Centipede and GI

    It’s not just Vietcong in the jungles of ‘Nam. Photo dated 1967.

    Beware the Shutterkin! December 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Beware the Shutterkin!

    Beach has previously given examples of bosom serpents, the idea that animals, particularly snakes can live within the human body. But consider the following freaky description. What is this thing? The quotation comes from the Athenian Oracle (II, 380) where reader’s questions were answered. Whence proceeds the Shutterkin? Physicians have imputed this Shutterkin (which resembles […]

    History Roundup 745 including Hating Emperors and Kidnapping Horses December 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 745 including Hating Emperors and Kidnapping Horses

    Today’s links follow 1) Winter in the Capital: London 2) Why Beach hates Napoleon: the battlefield 3) Anti Suffragette Cats: the voting booth 4) Kidnapping Shergar: UK 5) Missing Sash: US and from the archives 6) Who Built Offa’s Dyke Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: June Tabor, Strange […]

    Daily History Picture: Pugilistic Parson December 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Pugilistic Parson

    A British newspaper story from 1870, enjoyed the flying mortar board: go Anglicans, go!

    Review: Hitler’s Forgotten Children December 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Hitler's Forgotten Children

    Lebensborn is a Nazi word to place side by side with such Teutonic charmers as Einsatzgruppen, Lebensraum and Endlösung. The Lebensborn or Life’s Fount was a scheme to breed a hundred million blond supermen and their hand maidens. It had various reflexes: sex between consenting Aryans was encouraged, against conventional Christian morality; Aryan women siring children […]

    New History Books: Hitler’s Religion December 4, 2016

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

    Richard Weikart, Hitler’s Religion: apparently Hitler was a pantheist. It would make sense…

    Murder Will Out: Unusual Bleeding Corpses December 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Murder Will Out: Unusual Bleeding Corpses

    This passage comes from one of Beach’s recent favourites (for which he must thank Mike G), the Athenian Mercury. The AM was a late seventeenth-century journal that has been described as the first advice column in history. Readers would write in questions and the editors, a cabal of level-headed Londoners, would then do their best to […]

    New History Books: Beethoven’s Skull December 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Beethoven's Skull

    Tim Rayborn, Beethoven’s Skull: weird stories form classical music….

    Salamander Experiments in Rome December 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Salamander Experiments in Rome

    A short note today from a curious book entitled Salamandrologia published in 1683 in Nuremberg, about, of course, Salamanders, p. 116, the mythical fire dwelling lizard: it is a surprisingly long work and worth browsing through. Here is one fragment. It would be good to trace the original down in Italian, German or Latin. It […]

    Child Murder in a London Church? December 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Child Murder in a London Church?

    This is an extraordinary story about child murder in a London church. In fact, the real story here – thinking of this site’s interest in urban legend and rumour – is the power of a freak event involving bodies to whip a working class area into a frenzy, but we’ll get to that…. In August […]

    Beachcombed 78 December 1, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 78

    Crikey, well this has been another dramatic month… Beach has been in intense contract negotiations and will now leave his old institute and go and work in another one: he was given an offer he could not refuse and 72 hours to decide, the next three days were a sort of gnawing hell. Many times […]

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