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  • Dog Glove Magic Disease Near Dublin (or Leicester) June 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Dog Glove Magic Disease Near Dublin (or Leicester)

    Elder daughter’s birthday party in a swimming pool coming up in minutes so this is just a curiosity pulled out of the rusty filing cabinet without too much thought. The following is dated to 1341 and appeared in the Annals of Ireland. The Irish annalistic tradition is incredibly complex in its early phase and rather […]

    History Roundup 854: Weird Customs June 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 854: Weird Customs

    Today’s links follow 1) Suicide Customs: India 2) Grand Tour: Continent 3) Roman Cheques: Wales 4) Nazi Occult: Germany or not 5) Spanish Inquisition: Mexico and from the archives 6) Origins of Two Fingered Insult Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Sound of Silence (Canadian TV)

    Daily History Picture: Monkey Escape June 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Monkey Escape

    Enjoyed this.

    Tree-Felling Ghosts or Youth Vandalism? June 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Tree-Felling Ghosts or Youth Vandalism?

    This is a very confusing story: perhaps one reason for taking it seriously. We are in Orkney in March 1907. There were certainly believed-in ghosts in Orkney but in 1907 there was also still strong belief in trows: the local fairy population. Ghostly happenings have disturbed the town of Kirkwall, the capital of the county […]

    History Roundup 853: Shivers! June 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 853: Shivers!

    Today’s links follow 1) Facial Reconstructions: the lab 2) Long Travelled Viking Treasure: Ground 3) Roman Cat Paw Print: Lincoln, UK 4) Dna Connects: Egypt, Europe, Middle East 5) Missing Artifact: Michigan and from the archives 6) Last Words Last Lies Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: How to […]

    Daily History Picture: Dancing in New York June 15, 2017

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

    Postwar New York

    History Roundup 852: Crime! June 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 852: Crime!

    Today’s links follow 1) Medieval Serial Killer: History Books 2) Woman in Well: US 3) Brigands: Italy 4) Gunther Hotel Murder: Texas 5) Relic Theft: Middle Ages and from the archives 6) Crowning Corpses in Portugal Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Depression and Spiritual Awakening

    Daily History Picture: Planet of Apes June 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Planet of Apes

    Visit set of Valley of the Dolls…

    Birth Pangs Spell June 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Birth Pangs Spell

    Location: this spell was attested in Salem, Massachusetts, 1670. It was used by one Zerobabel [[great name]] Endicott (Carter 1986, 23). Zerobabel (aka Zerubabbel) was a physician and here we have the sometimes thin line between 17C magic and 17 medicine.* Aim: to relieve birth pangs Ingredients: ale wort, ant nest, ant trowel, pre-heated oven, […]

    History Roundup 851: Supernatural! June 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 851: Supernatural!

    Today’s links follow 1) Creepy Volcano: Peru 2) Spiritual Painting: US 3) Man Monkey: UK 4) Ghost Witness: US 5) Shrieking Pits: Norfolk, UK and from the archives 6) Nationalising Women Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Polish pilots in BoB

    Daily History Picture: Richard III June 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Richard III

    Sorry…

    History Roundup 850: War! June 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 850: War!

    Today’s links follow 1) Scalp from Sand Creek: US 2) 1974 Doomsday: Israel 3) DDay Overview: BBC! 4) Nova Scotia and the American Revolution: Atlantic America 5) Underground War: Trenches and from the archives 6) Hill, Hill, Hill Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: women flying spitfires

    Daily History Picture: Panties Day June 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Panties Day

    Panties raid south California Uni.

    Immortal Meals #33: Fairy Feast 1912 June 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #33: Fairy Feast 1912

    Oh to have been there… Walter Yeeling Evans Wentz was an American eccentric and mystic who from 1908 to 1911 studied British, Irish and Breton fairies. Readers may have come across his curious The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries, brought out in November 1911, the single most bizarre book every published by Oxford University Press […]

    Mysterious Coffin Deposit June 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Mysterious Coffin Deposit

    John Aubrey (1626-1697) gives this curious description in Remaines (1689). What has he found here? At Priorie St Mary in the parish of Kington St Michael [in Wiltshire], have been formerly, and also lately found upon digging in the garden, in consecrated ground, severall coffins of freestone; they have all a hole, or two in the […]

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