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  • A Milk-Drinking British Boa March 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Milk-Drinking British Boa

    There are lots of tall tales about snakes and lots of tall tales about snakes taking milk from udders and breasts, but this is unusual for the apparent quality of the witness and its impact in the local countryside. The journalist who wrote, and doubtless loved researching, the initial piece was from the Birmingham Gazette. […]

    History Roundup 620 including Medieval Shampoo and Russia in Nato March 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 620 including Medieval Shampoo and Russia in Nato

    Today’s links follow. 1) Twelfth Century Shampoo: Middle Ages 2) Underground Railroad Sign? US 3) When USSR tried to join NATO: Russia 4) History of Life Insurance: the bank 5) Non Apache Slaughter: US 6) First Arab Writing Christian: Saudi Arabia and from the archives 7) Irish Colony in Medieval Spain Other links: Social media […]

    Daily History Picture: Child with Bodyguard March 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Child with Bodyguard

    Ruby Bridges attends a white elementary school in 1960.

    History Roundup 619 including Killer Ghost Rabbits March 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 619 including Killer Ghost Rabbits

    Today’s links follow. 1) More Killer Ghost Rabbits: Cornwall (some of our dangerous rabbits) 2) Bloody Bronze Age Battle: Germany 3) Choose Your Horrible Victorian Profession: England 4) Himmler’s Witch Books: Library 5) How Far Could You Travel Back and Understand English: Dictionary 6) Forgetting in History: the brain and from the archives 7) Contacting […]

    Immortal Meals #27: Freedom and Chicken March 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Immortal Meals #27: Freedom and Chicken

    The date, sometime in the 1440s; the place, the English village of Long Newnton in what is today Gloucestershire; the meal, a table of chicken; the host, Thomas Carter; the occasion, Thomas’s freedom. Thomas Carter had been born a bondsman sometime in the 1370s  around the time Richard II was crowned king and the first […]

    History Roundup 618 including Ancient Demons March 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 618 including Ancient Demons

    Today’s links follow. 1) Romans had Metallic Ink: the Anc Mediterranean 2) Ancient Demons Conference: Wales 3) Opinion Polls and Public Opinion in the Postwar: Germany 4) New Viking Hoard (the bastards): Ireland 5) Have We Lost Shakespeare’s Skull: England 6) New Goth Invasion Evidence: Greece and from the archives 7) Rainmakers and Unicorns on […]

    Daily History Picture: Roman Owl March 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Roman Owl

    A witch? From Spain

    Richard and Saladin’s Swords March 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Richard and Saladin's Swords

    One of the pleasures of writing a history blog is revisiting certainties, some picked up in infancy, and exposing them for the callow lies that they are. Many moons ago when Beach was learning to read he had a ladybird book on Richard the Lionheart. In those revered pages there was an image of a […]

    New History Books: Washington’s Immortals March 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Washington's Immortals

    Patrick O’Donnell, Washington’s Immortals Anything on the revolutionary war….

    Witch Bone Breaking? March 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Witch Bone Breaking?

    This story needs to be linked with a veritable collection made on this blog of witch bleeding. Interesting here though that not just blood but allegedly a bone will do the trick. And the date? 14 June 1895. From Lincolnshire comes a story which in these days of compulsory education seems almost incredible. In a […]

    New History Books: Confederate Sharpshooter March 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Confederate Sharpshooter

    Byrd, Confederate Sharpshooters Best of the new crop of CW books?

    Creepy Scythian Graves March 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Creepy Scythian Graves

    Here is an extraordinary royal burial ritual for the Scythians described in Herodotus, 4,73: The tombs of their kings are in the land of the Gerrhi, who dwell at the point where the Borysthenes is first navigable. Here, when the king dies, they dig a grave, which is square in shape, and of great size. When it is […]

    History Roundup 618 including Crap Cleaners and Owl Talismans March 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 618 including Crap Cleaners and Owl Talismans

    Today’s links follow. 1) Head Transplants: Brazil 2) Dealing with Raw Sewage: US 3) Owl Talismans: France 4) Iron Age Excitement: Britain 5) Dead Letter Office: US 6) X-Raying the Reformation: England and from the archives 7) Losing Children in 19 Cent London Other links: The Obama Doctrine (20,000 words but excellent read) De la […]

    Daily History Picture: Damn Rabbits Again… March 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Damn Rabbits Again...

    Maybe the Baum Rabbit in an earlier phase? Is that rope in the left rabbit’s hand?

    Image: Hitler Bows to Hindenburg March 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Image: Hitler Bows to Hindenburg

    Two of the most important men in twentieth-century German history stand on the steps of Potsdam Garrison Church, 21 March 1933. On the right one of the great generals of the First World War, Paul von Hindenburg, in full Imperial uniform with the Prussian Pickelhaube. Hindenburg was, of course, the victor of Tannenberg, a decisive, […]

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