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  • Daily History Picture: Medieval Donuts? April 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Donuts?

    I have no idea… Probably the artist didn’t either…

    Guest Post: Walking the Pennine Way in 1965 April 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Guest Post: Walking the Pennine Way in 1965

    This guest post sets out the experiences of one of the first walkers on England’s best long-distance trail just after it had opened in 1965. I still keep one bit of kit in my rucksack that goes back to my 1965 trip up the Pennine Way. It’s a small blue, plastic container with a cracked, click-on […]

    History Roundup 387 including Real Unicorn Remains April 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 387 including Real Unicorn Remains

    A roundup of the best and strangest history news: volume 387

    Daily History Picture: Marco Pole En Route April 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Marco Pole En Route

    Fourteenth century illustration of Marco Polo’s travels…  

    Gay Ponte Vecchio and the Office of the Night April 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Gay Ponte Vecchio and the Office of the Night

    Florence was famous in the renaissance for its relative tolerance for homosexuality. True, after one sermon by Bernardino of Siena bonfires were prepared for any ‘sodomites’ and Savonarola and his allies were also violently disposed towards homosexual citizens. However, homosexuals were not, outside of Christian rhetoric, routinely burnt and in many cases ‘the Office of […]

    History Roundup 386 including Neanderthal Cannibalism April 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 386 including Neanderthal Cannibalism

    Today’s links follow. 1) Pounce Papers: England 2) Neanderthal Cannibalism? France 3) Napoleon’s Last Memory: St Helena 4) Last Holocaust Survivors: America 5) Two WW2 Books: Shetland 6) 18 Cent Port: London 7) Meteorite in the Garden: New England 8) Prominent Secret Gays: US and from the archives 9) Christopher Columbus and Mermaids Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Painting Virgins April 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Painting Virgins

    Beautiful late medieval painting of painting

    Life on Mars, c. 1900: Rainmakers and Unicorns April 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Life on Mars, c. 1900: Rainmakers and Unicorns

    In 1897 one Mr West of Shirland Road, Paddington London began a series of seances to discover the truth about life on Mars. H.G.Wells’ War of the Worlds had just come out and perhaps the ‘spirits’ wanted to calm human fears about the red-skinned ones. In any case, a Martian named Silver Pearl offered to […]

    History Roundup 385 including Viking Indian Child April 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 385 including Viking Indian Child

    Today’s links follow. 1) Baby Teeth: Ireland 2) Abraham Lincoln’s Last Photograph: US 3) Hunchback King Secret: England 4) Blitz Photos: London 5) Canadian WW1 History: France 6) Stone Age Axe Cognition: the Neolithic and beyond 7) 18c Sex Device Lost in Latrine: Baltic 8) Viking Indian Child: Iceland and from the archives 9) Calleva […]

    Daily History Picture: Yet More Monkeys April 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Yet More Monkeys

    Those damn medieval monkeys again. Why did they find them so fascinating?  

    50 Shades of Grey Without the Sex Scenes April 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    50 Shades of Grey Without the Sex Scenes

    The copy of 50 Shades arrived on a pendrive. The movie was in English but had Chinese subtitles. Instead of the regulation 125 minutes the film ran to 120 minutes. The reason? Every sex scene had been cut from the sex film of the year by censors: think Indiana Jones without the stunts, Lord of the […]

    History Roundup 384 including Man vs Leopard April 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 384 including Man vs Leopard

    Today’s links follow. 1) Northern DNA: Scotland 2) Children in the Holocaust: Poland/Germany 3) Concentration Camp Photos: Belsen 4) Leonardo’s Resume: Italy and France 5) Man vs Leopard: Africa 6) Ancient wine: Greece 7) Mysterious Voice and Knight: Catalonia 8) Ancient reincarnation proof: India and from the archives 9) Harry 150 yr old survivor of […]

    The Campestres, Romano-British Fairies? April 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Campestres, Romano-British Fairies?

    Fairies appear in nineteenth-century folklore collections, seventeenth-century spells, sixteenth-century plays, tenth-century charms and (at least in Ireland) early medieval tales. How wonderful it would be to drag the evidence back into the Roman period and beyond for our native fauns. One strategy for doing so has been to turn to Romano-British inscriptions which may (just […]

    History Roundup 383 including Wrong Place Carthaginian Coin April 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 383 including Wrong Place Carthaginian Coin

    Today’s links follow. 1) Charming Love Letter: US 2) Pre Columbian Trade: Alaska 3) Out of Place Carthaginian Coin: UK 4) Quarter of a Million for Enigma: Auction House 5) Wild Women Photos: US 6) Grey Ghost Cat: Kent 7) First Submarine: Italy 8) Errant Wife or Mistreated Spouse: England and from the archives 9) […]

    Canary Slaves in the Arab World April 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Canary Slaves in the Arab World

    It is sometimes said that the furthest travelled people in the ancient and medieval world were slaves. Consider four points. First, average men and women were not foolish enough to pass beyond the frontiers. Second, when they were foolish enough to travel they often risked becoming slaves (St Patrick, Frumentius… there are many examples). Third, […]

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