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  • Last Zombie Burial in Western Europe? July 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Last Zombie Burial in Western Europe?

    At least twice a year there are news stories about zombie-proof burials. Archaeologists dig up a body that has been given special treatment by gravediggers: we have enjoyed some of these stories at StrangeHistory in the past including a particularly haunting one from Ireland. Sometimes corpses are decapitated and the head placed between the legs; sometimes […]

    History Roundup 146 including the Lost Fleet July 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 146 including the Lost Fleet

    Today’s post is on husband-killing syndicates and the links follow 1) Frog Bone Magic: covered previously by StrangeHistory 2) 1812: British and American opinions 3) Ghost of Louis XVI: Liars and fantasists… 4) Jericho Plaster Skulls: short video included 5) In Search of a Lost Fleet: French1565 6) Siberian Unicorn: cue Shuker 7) Cat Fight: […]

    Female Poison Circles July 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Female Poison Circles

    As is well known periodically through history groups of frustrated women have banded together to poison their violent, somnolent, poor or idiotic husbands. Six or sixty or one hundred and fifty would  find a local gypsy who sold tastless, colourless (in short undetectable) poisons and then run home and start dosing gins and tonics or […]

    The Somers Affair: A Pirate Fantasy and Three Nooses July 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Somers Affair: A Pirate Fantasy and Three Nooses

    The Somers affair is a curious incident dating to 1843 in which three American sailors were executed/murdered (opinions differ) in surprising circumstances. There is a lot of scope for psychologising and motive fishing, but the best bet is that this was an adolescent game that got very, very badly out of hand. First, the bare […]

    Apocalypse Demographics in Fiction and Film July 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Apocalypse Demographics in Fiction and Film

    There are a series of apocalyptic scenarios in literature and film that involve a portion of the world’s population disappearing or dying and the minority left behind having to fight for survival. For example, the graphic novel The Y: The Last Man describes the destruction of all men and a world where women rule: there […]

    History Roundup 145 including Thunderbird Photo and Dance Mania July 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 145 including Thunderbird Photo and Dance Mania

    Today’s post on knights and lightning and today’s links follow 1) Secret of Georgian Cosmetics: part two (sorry we missed part one but you can click back) 2) Medieval Dance Mania: we did a post on this a while back… 3) Seltzer in Shipwreck: Baltic 4) Medieval Baths: Found by Poles in Albania 5) Why […]

    The Knight, the Lance and the Lightning Bolt July 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Knight, the Lance and the Lightning Bolt

    ***dedicated to Typhon who asked this question*** You are a knight, a protector of the realm and an important local landowner.  You are, as befits your station, mounted and covered from head to toe in plate armour: the only thing you see is the narrow line of sight afforded to you by the eye slot in […]

    History Roundup 145 including Pre Amazon Amazon July 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 145 including Pre Amazon Amazon

    Today’s post on close encounters with a zeppelin and today’s links follow 1) Welsh Castles from the Clouds: videos 2) 1852 Forget Everything Man: Germany 3) Digging Up Mikvehs: in the North East 4) Conquistador and the Shield: a gift that survived 5) Asimov’s Predictions for the Future: how did he do 6) Peruvians Are […]

    Close Encounter of the Zeppelin Kind July 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Close Encounter of the Zeppelin Kind

    In the 1960s, date unspecified, a southern English paper the Hackney and Kingsland Gazette published the following letter, a memoir from one Mr S.C. Thomas, who had lived in the area in the First World War. His memories had taken him back to October 1916 when he and Hilda Cavanagh had gone out for a […]

    History Roundup 144 including Extermination Map and Bitchy Margot July 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 144 including Extermination Map and Bitchy Margot

    Today’s post is on a lost manuscript found (sometimes fairy stories come true) and today’s links 1) Zuni Creation Myth: Adrienne and Dinosaurs 2) The African Pit: Expedition into Pre-Human Prehistory! 3) German and British Parliamentary Choirs Remember WW1: out of tune? 4) US Map of Concentration and Extermination Camps: Pre liberation 5) Bitchy Margot: […]

    Seeing Fairies is Out: Lost Manuscript Found July 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Seeing Fairies is Out: Lost Manuscript Found

    A bragging post today. This morning a copy of Marjorie Johnson’s Seeing Fairies: From the Lost Archives of the Fairy Investigation Society arrived by express delivery: major kudos in the village when the red van drives up and the courier demands a signature, the butcher and the baker came out to watch. Regular or perhaps […]

    History Roundup 143 including the Father of Witchcraft July 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 143 including the Father of Witchcraft

    Today’s link is on a lost Roman history and today’s links follow: 1) Weird Colour Theories: became a cult in the early 20 cent 2) New Roman City: Egypt 3) Oldest Down Syndrome: France, Late Roman or Post Roman 4) The Oldest Sheet Music: actually stone music 5) The Father of Witchcraft: Gerald Gardner (Beachcombing […]

    Burning Libraries: A Saucy Roman History Book July 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Burning Libraries: A Saucy Roman History Book

    This blogger remembers some sweaty hours reading Robert Graves’ translation of Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars, Roman history reduced to salacious tabloid gossip. The sex, the violence, the sex, the poison, the magic, the sex and, of course, that swimming pool… But once Suetonius stops writing Roman history lovers have almost nothing until Ammianus Marcelinus’ surviving […]

    History Roundup 142 including Bigamy, Blackmail and Erotic Graffiti July 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 142 including Bigamy, Blackmail and Erotic Graffiti

    Today’s post on impossible meals in the Renaissance. And here are the links: 1) Earliest Erotic Graffiti: or a snake… 2) South American Burial Site: New Culture in Peru 3) The Haunting of Francis Drake: “I’m not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I’m afraid of what real human beings to do other […]

    Immortal Meals #15: Full Up at Ferrara July 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #15: Full Up at Ferrara

    As noted in a recent post late medieval and early modern feasts often had as their point not the consumption of simply massive quantities of food, but the ostentatious displays of simply massive quantities of food, most of which would not be touched by human hands: at least once they had come out of the […]

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