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  • Victorian Urban Legend: Familiar Robbers February 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: Familiar Robbers

    This is a cute story from the States, picked up by an Irish newspaper in 1873. Whether this story is true or false we do not know; but it is said here that recently in the parish of St. Martin, Iberia, or somewhere down that way, an old widow lady, whose children had all married […]

    History Roundup 775: Unusual Artifacts February 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 775: Unusual Artifacts

    Today’s links follow 1) Skeleton in a Hole: Britain 2) Written Egg: Arabic World 3) Children’s Footprints: Egypt 4) Plague Skeleton: London 5) Prehistoric Beer: China and from the archives 6) So you want to become a witch…. Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Oldest Beer in the World

    Daily History Picture: Maastricht Rebels February 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Maastricht Rebels

    Six Tory MPs: 1992 (?) fronted by Teresa Gorman, one of the UK’s more eccentric MPs in the later 20C.

    History Roundup 774: 1700 – c. 1900 February 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 774: 1700 - c. 1900

    Today’s links follow 1) Charades with the Duke of Wellington (wow): England 2) At the Coroners with Dickens: London 3) Victorian Death Moulds of Criminals: Britain 4) Camden Murder: London 5) A Great Miser: Britain and from the archives 6) Papal Sorceror Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Total […]

    Daily History Picture: Woodstock Responsible February 15, 2017

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

    The Yasgurs at the end of Woodstock: what have they done to our land…

    History Roundup 773: the Supernatural February 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 773: the Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Spooky Castle: Lothian 2) Creepy Grave: Germany 3) Psychogeography: New Book 4) Lost Viking Ship: California (ok no ghost but…) 5) Lemming Trolls: Orkney and from the archives 6) Killer Sheep Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Doll Dead Speaking, Falklands Legacy

    Daily History Picture: Naval Bombardment February 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Naval Bombardment

    19C Naval Bombardment of Bomardsung

    Poker Wallet February 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Poker Wallet

    This poker story comes from an extremely rare poker book that has, unfortunately, never been scanned and put online, John Lillard’s Poker Tales. It is perhaps the best collection of poker anecdotes the world has seen and dates to 1896: A certain very well known New Jersey politician – an old man, whose fame extends […]

    History Roundup 772: Archaeological Stories February 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 772: Archaeological Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Gender Differences and Origins: Prehistory 2) Hunter Gatherers Become Farmers: Baltic 3) New Dead Sea Scroll Cave: Israel 4) Armchair Archaeology: your laptop 5) Early General’s Tomb: China and from the archives 6) Mysterious Boggart Body Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Max Hastings on […]

    Daily History Picture: Soviet Monstrosity February 13, 2017

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

    The Palace of the Soviets, begun in 1937 and never finished thanks to the war: it now has a cathedral on top of it which says it all…

    Dumb Duels #6: Spanish Duel February 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Dumb Duels #6: Spanish Duel

    Beach lived for three glorious years in Spain and there is something very Hispanic about the following Spanish duel. Honour, pain and everyone taking themselves a little too seriously. Two officers have decided to fight. The duellists are fencing experts of unusually high standard, and the bitterness between the two men was so great that […]

    New History Books: Art of the Affair February 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Art of the Affair

    Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon, Art of the Affair An ‘illustrated history’: could be very good or rather bad…  

    The Invisible Bean Spell February 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Invisible Bean Spell

    Location: the spell is described by the English writer John Aubrey in the 1680s. He alleges though that it was from ‘[t]he Jewes’. Aim: to grow a number of magic beans that will render the eater briefly invisible. Ingredients: some black beans, a decapitated human head, a young child. Method Aubrey’s Spell (Aubrey 1881, 102-3) […]

    New History Books: House of Spies February 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: House of Spies

    Matthews, House of Spies British intelligence in the 20C

    History Roundup 771: Miscellaneous Tales February 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 771: Miscellaneous Tales

    Today’s links follow 1) A Snowman: England (perhaps favourite post of this week, I’d love to collect historic prints of snowmen) 2) Finding Rheged: Scotland 3) Victorian Blackmail: London 4) Strange Inaugurations: US 5) Gambia’s Canonball Origins: Africa and from the archives 6) A Western in Early China? Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT […]

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