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  • The King and Country Debate: Oxford 1933 December 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The King and Country Debate: Oxford 1933

    It is remembered as ‘the King and Country Debate’, the most famous student debate in history. 9 February 1933 Oxford Union (the students of Oxford University in contentious mode) undertook to discuss the proposal ‘that this House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country’. The expectations were that the proposal would be brushed […]

    Daily History Picture: German POWs after Verdun December 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German POWs after Verdun

    German soldiers being stripped as they begin prison life in France

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Rabbit Kills! December 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Rabbit Kills!

    Unknown medieval manuscript: Watership Down goes horribly wrong as an executioner rabbit takes out a knight in slow motion

    History Roundup 270 including Mid Sea Forts December 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 270 including Mid Sea Forts

    Today’s links follow. 1) What’s a Hattock (fairy warning): Scotland 2) Paying Debt from WW1 Today: Europe 3) Maunsell Forts: North Sea (new to me) 4) Witch Grave: Scotland 5) Vintage Crime Photos: Australia 6) Sexy Statue: France 7) Hitler in the Beano: UK 8) Aztec Manuscript Dated? France and from the archives 9) Jesus […]

    Beachcombed 54 December 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 54

    First of all, thanks to all those who wrote wishing the baby and mother happy times. Mrs Beachcombing’s main concern was that ‘she’s a scorpioo’ whereas now that seems to have subsided in the general love in. Thanks to all those who sent in multiple links: Amanda, Chris, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. […]

    History Roundup 269 including Dirk as Doorstep November 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 269 including Dirk as Doorstep

    Today’s links follow. 1) Infamous Mistress: England 2) French Thanksgiving: Americas 3) Dirk as Doorstep: Norfolk 4) Spy Finally Comes Clean: France 5) The Black Mine Specter: US 6) Napoleon’s Hair for Sale: in a watch 7) Dylan Thomas Cryptic Poems: UK 8) Building a Celtic Iron House: Wales and from the archives 9) Capital […]

    Index Biography #13: prize = book November 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Index Biography #13: prize = book

    The Index Biography is a new form of biography 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 here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph […]

    Daily History Picture: Churchill Swims November 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Churchill Swims

    Churchill, 1920s?

    History Roundup 268 including New Old Holidays November 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 268 including New Old Holidays

    Today’s links follow. 1) Iron Age Clothes: Norway 2) DNA Medal for Sale: Christies 3) Lughnasa and Lammas, Forgotten Holidays: Ireland and Britain 4) 5500 Wooden Axe Handle: Denmark 5) First Computer Switched On: Britain 6) Edwardian Witch Trial: Canada 7) 30000 Dollars for Roman Vandalism: Italy 8) Hollywood Legends of Dardanelles: Turkey and from […]

    Why Didn’t Others Try Before Columbus? November 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Why Didn't Others Try Before Columbus?

    Beach has been much struck by two separate accounts that seem to suggest that people from one side of Euro Asia made their way to the other side of that landmass by sea: one of the accounts is Roman and one is early Medieval and Arab. Now there are very simply speaking three possibilities for […]

    History Roundup 267 including Burmese Demons November 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 267 including Burmese Demons

    Today’s links follow. 1) American Horses to the Rescue: Europe 2) Inspiration for Lolita: US 3) Rare First Edition Shakespeare: France 4) Demons from Asia: Burma 5) Tomb of Sunken Skulls: Sweden 6) Thanksgiving Fun: US 7) Flower and Civil War: US 8) Brilliant Historical Photograph with little girl: Australia and from the archives 9) […]

    Daily History Picture: Dragon Sleeps with Queen November 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Dragon Sleeps with Queen

      But don’t tell the king! 12 cent?? [actually late medieval!!!!] 30 Dec 2014: Typhon to the rescue: Concerning the picture you put up(the Dragon in bed with the queen) I have seen it before and I think it is from Les faize d’Alexandre, a French translation of the Historia Alexandri Magni done by Vasco da […]

    Great War Organ Gun November 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Great War Organ Gun

    The organ gun, also known as the ribadulequin, was one of those crude innovations in military technology that shifted humanity towards the ‘elegant’ killing of the machine gun arc. Organs were basically guns with many barrels and one trigger and were as liable to explode in the gunner’s face as to blast away the opposition. Beach recently […]

    When Churchill Came Within Twenty Yards of Hitler November 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    When Churchill Came Within Twenty Yards of Hitler

    Historians have made a great deal between that all-too often drunk British genius Churchill and his abstemious German rival, the murderous Hitler. The two gradually came to loathe each other. Hitler loved to blame Churchill for many of the disasters of the war (sometimes correctly); while Churchill went on the record as saying that when […]

    Daily History Picture: Friendly Demons November 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Friendly Demons

    Demons from the Livre du Roi. Surely hell can’t be that bad?    

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