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  • Review: Nanny Says April 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Nanny Says

    Diana, Lady Avebury (ed) Nanny Says (London: Dobson, 1972) The Nanny was an institution of upper middle class and aristocratic families in Victorian, Edwardian and inter-war Britain. She was the efficient and often frightening family child carer. She stepped in at a couple of weeks after birth taking over from the harassed mother (who would be allowed […]

    History Roundup 626 including Dangerous Maids April 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 626 including Dangerous Maids

    Today’s links follow. 1) Non Stick Roman Pans: Roman Med 2) Very Weird Spook Light: US 3) Early Noses: Pre-Prehistory 4) Demons and Ventriloquism: the stage 5) Dangerous Maids: UK 6) New Textile from the Silk Road: Nepal and from the archives 7) Ashanti Ewer: A European Artifact in Africa Other links: Forget twitter, new […]

    Daily History Picture: Vinyl Listening Booths April 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Vinyl Listening Booths

    What a world we’ve lost…

    Perugian Witch, 1908 April 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Perugian Witch, 1908

    Perugia is a marvelous medieval city in Umbria, about half way between Rome and Florence. The following account of early twentieth-century witchcraft there was not, in itself, remarkable, but Perugia has a special place in Beach’s heart and so he hoped vainly perhaps, that someone could fill in the blanks. The great problem with Italian […]

    History Roundup 625 including King Arthur Fake April 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 625 including King Arthur Fake

    Today’s links follow. 1) Virgin Birth: Bible 2) Churchill and His Bills: UK 3) King Arthur Fake: Glastonbury 4) Art at Hadrians: Roman Med 5) 18 Cent Prostitutes: England 6) Slave Graves: US and from the archives 7) Napoleon and the Little Red Man Other links: Battle of Algiers

    Daily History Picture: Deposition April 7, 2016

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

    Ghirlandaio Vespucci image from Borgo Ognissanti (Florence). There may be Amerigo in the background…

    The Real Romeo and Juliet April 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Real Romeo and Juliet

    It is always pleasant in history to look back to the moment when something began; when the unwinding shoot starts to fracture the seed shell. It is the evening of 26 February 1511 and Antonio Savorgnan and his men are enjoying a ball at his sister Maria Savorgnan’s house in Udine (Italy), Piazza Venerio. The evening is tense. […]

    History Roundup 624 including Martians at Gettysburg and Vikings in Canada April 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 624 including Martians at Gettysburg and Vikings in Canada

    Today’s links follow. 1) Vikings Are Back: Canada 2) UFOs at Gettysburg: US 3) Bronte in London: England (what would Emily have made of it?) 4) Review of Latest Kissinger Biography: US 5) Smelly Letters: UK 6) Dream States: the Library (where they should stay!) and from the archives 7) Preferring Heaven to Hell Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Hare Killing April 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hare Killing

    That medieval obsession again…

    The Spaw Monster April 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Spaw Monster

    This is a ghost account from 1839. It starts simply enough, but it has some remarkable features. One of those singular cases commonly classed amongst the supernatural, has produced a considerable sensation amongst the inhabitant of the district of Middleton and the surrounding villages. The following are a few of the particulars. In a small […]

    History Roundup 623 including King Werewolf! April 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 623 including King Werewolf!

    Today’s links follow. 1) King Werewolf: England 2) New Etruscan Stele: Italy [70 characters!] 3) Medieval Whip Found in Abbey: England 4)  New Tomb: Egypt 5) Stone Moving: England (laughed a lot!) 6) Shoes on the River: Danube and from the archives 7) Oldest Flame Other links: A Matter of Life and Death

    Daily History Picture: Japanese World Map April 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Japanese World Map

    1853

    WW2 Myths: Forgetting General Winter April 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    WW2 Myths: Forgetting General Winter

    Today a bit of WW2 cobblers: the myth that the German High Command in 1941 forgot that there was a winter in the Soviet Union; thousands of German soldiers on the road to Moscow would be immobilized by ‘General Winter’ and have to face -20 or -30 degrees with nothing but lederhosen. Now as it […]

    History Roundup 622 including Thomas’s Bastards April 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 622 including Thomas's Bastards

    Today’s links follow. 1) Back to Palmyra: Syria 2) Three Hares: Euroasia 3) Thomas’ Bastards: England 4) Stonecutter Love: Cemetery (look out for the ‘probably’) 5) Prehistoric Hunting Tactics: the Steppes 6) Flood Vision: US and from the archives 7) King Arthur’s Grave Other links: Queen, Under Pressure

    Daily History Picture: Mug Shots April 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Mug Shots

    1888, a forger!

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