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  • Werewhales! September 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval

    Different countries, of course, have different shape-shifters. Northern Europe and France have a strong werewolf tradition. Amerindian peoples have a lot of changing into birds. In northern Scandinavia shaman became deer. Early modern Britons did not change into bears, but they often met headless bears that changed into other things: confusing I know. Vampires are […]

    Drunk Thesps, Faith’s Vomit and a Cake-Caked King September 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Drunk Thesps, Faith's Vomit and a Cake-Caked King

    Christian IV of Denmark (r. 1596-1648) was a proactive, alcoholic king and one of the strongest arguments Beach knows for a republic. He got Denmark embroiled in several useless wars but made up for this by renaming Oslo Christiania after himself. In July 1606 this troublesome and vain individual descended on Britain and he and […]

    Beachcombed 87 September 1, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed, Uncategorized
    Beachcombed 87

    Dear Reader, August was gentle and productive but the summer is now running out… Existential angst with the Barcelona attack: family on same street the day before. There follow the most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to all contributors and linkers…  Enjoy September! An Immortal in Venice: precious stuff from R. Labanti on the […]

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