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  • Index Biography #47: Prize a book October 31, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Index Biography #47: Prize a book

    ***Melissa gets it, scroll down for the answer*** The Index Biography is a quiz pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up previously […]

    Portuguese Werewolf October 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Portuguese Werewolf

    This note was published in Folklore in 1942 by, of all people, Violet Alford, one of a handful of impressive interwar British folklorists. Following Professor Hutton’s Presidential Address on Werewolves, this note may be of interest. An English friend, born and brought up in Portugal, remembers, when she was about seven years old, the mysterious […]

    Daily History Picture: Cruiser Tank October 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Cruiser Tank

    1941 (in England?) Stephen D. 31 Oct 2017 writes: Re your tank picture: these are, I think, the infamous Covenanter tanks (Cruiser Mk V; A13 MkIII), ordered in 1939, declared obsolete in 1944 after no combat use, and after over 1,700 had been built. They were designed for whatever reason by the London, Midland and […]

    Napoleon and the Dorset Convent October 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Napoleon and the Dorset Convent

    Beach recently ran with a story that Napoleon was believed to have visited Britain incognito in 1803: Wales to be exact. Here is an annex to that post. The wonderful idea that Napoleon’s brother had holed up in a convent in Dorset at Marnhull no less! These were the glory years when the French were […]

    Immortal Meals #35: Bewitched Chinese Dancing Horses October 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Immortal Meals #35: Bewitched Chinese Dancing Horses

    It is a WIBT (wish I’d been there) moment from Chinese history. One night in the mid-late eighth century the warriors of the Chinese warlord Ch’Eng-szu (704-778) were preparing a sacrificial feast. Some struck up music to add to the festive atmosphere when suddenly a very strange thing. Dozens of the war horses in the field […]

    Ghost Procession or New Invention? October 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ghost Procession or New Invention?

    First the problems with dates. This appears in a 1913 newspaper and had been borrowed from the Observer, which had taken it from a newspaper from ‘A Hundred Years Ago’, named Drakard’s Paper. 1813, c. 1813? For the record this does not sound like a report from 1813, but why spoil a good story Wednesday, […]

    History Roundup 926: Curiosities October 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 926: Curiosities

    Today’s links follow 1) Witch Fun: New England 2) Shakespeare Ode: England 3) Turk in US: Dutch Pennsylvania (wretched story) 4) Ancient Magus’ Bride: not really history but fascinating… 5) Celestial Bed: England and from the archives 6) St Andrew and Scythia Other links: Don’t Get Me Wrong Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT […]

    Daily History Picture: Family Tree October 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Family Tree

    Jesse’s bloodline

    History Roundup 925: Death October 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 925: Death

    Today’s links follow 1) Oozing Corpses: Court 2) London Cemetery: England 3) The Skeleton Tree: Wales 4) Very Old Children: China 5) The Mystery of Virginia Dare: US and from the archives 6) Dauphin’s Heart Other links: Take the weather with you Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Grotesque October 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Grotesque

    Gargoyle from Rheims

    History Roundup 924: Animals October 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 924: Animals

    Today’s links follow 1) Presidential Raccoon: US 2) Yellow Cats: Mainly US 3) Excommunicating Ants: Brazil 4) Elf Locks: Stables 5) Animal Psychology: Library and from the archives 6) The Imposter Other links: The night they drove old dixie down Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Irish Feast October 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Irish Feast

    Remarkable piece: late 1500s. Note that the two bare-bottomed men, top left, may be professional farters…

    History Roundup 923: Paranormal October 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 923: Paranormal

    Today’s links follow 1) Green Horrors: All over 2) Fairies and Cherry: Cornwall 3) Nature of the Paranormal: the academy 4) Hill Ghost: Wales 5) School Survey of Folklore: Ireland and from the archives 6) Blind Mice Other links: Strategy of Detente Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Sad Grave October 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sad Grave

    Couldn’t forget this one. At leas there are flowers.

    Roy Vickery, the Green Man October 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Roy Vickery, the Green Man

    Much of British folklore has been carefully curated and packed into volumes on library shelves: but most of British folklore lies, in truth, uncollected out in the fields. This brings us to one of the heroes of modern British folklore, Roy Vickery. RV is a botanist with a long-term interest in the folklore of plants: […]

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