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  • The Oldest Flame August 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Modern
    The Oldest Flame

    Inspired today by the description of a nineteenth-century visit to a British church: a private chapel attached to the Arundell family house at Lanherne (Cornwall). Within the chapel there was a tabernacle and ‘the great interest is in the tradition that, since the house has always been in Catholic hands, the lamp before the Tabernacle […]

    History Roundup 182 including Gypsy King and Roman Coin in Sweden August 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 182 including Gypsy King and Roman Coin in Sweden

    Today’s post is on archaeological artwork from Cornwall and today’s links follow. 1) Great Moments in Science: had twitter existed… 2) Fishing for Monstrosities in Alexander Romances: big fish? 3) Augustus’ Tomb! A toilet… 4) Roman Gold Coin: in, er, Sweden 5) Black Death Horror: Barcelona: 6) King of the Gypsies: Lincolnshire 7) Torpedo patent: and […]

    Jane Stanley Paints Castle-An-Dinas August 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Modern
    Jane Stanley Paints Castle-An-Dinas

    Jane Stanley is an extremely talented archaeological reconstruction artist, based out of Cornwall. Castle-an-Dinas is an Iron Age fort in the middle of that county, a six-acre site second only, in terms of its natural charisma, to South Cadbury in Somerset. Put Jane and Castle-an-Dinas together and you get some of the best historical fiction around, […]

    History Roundup 181 including Oldest Baby Rattle August 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 181 including Oldest Baby Rattle

    Today’s post is on zwanzes and today’s links follow. 1) Eighteenth-century love phrases: ‘you, sir, do me an injustice’ 2) Oldest Baby Rattle: dug up 3) Analysing Ore: weird 18 cent machine 4) 200 Year Old Booze: The Baltic, historic wine cellar of the world 5) Cordon Sanitaire in China Town: went badly wrong 6) WW1 […]

    Zwanze in Wartime Brussels August 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Zwanze in Wartime Brussels

    Regular readers will remember previous posts in the jokes and practical jokes series: world war jokes, treasure hunting jokes, Derren Brown and spiders, the poor wife hunter and the classic of all classics, Brunelleschi’s cruelest scherzo, which sent a Florentine scurrying to the backwoods of Hungary. Today, we offer up a modest WW1 story from occupied […]

    History Roundup 180 including Historical GIFs August 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 180 including Historical GIFs

    Today’s post is on the ‘the poor little cripple‘, today’s links follow. 1) Lies in Pakistani Textbooks: go carefully… 2) Magic and the Fuhrer: actually a short story but cute 3) Historical GIFs: not sure about these! 4) The Angel of Badassery: Nellie Cashman 5) Visualising BIG History: graphics 6) Richard III a Drunk: 3 […]

    In Search of Enys Tregarthen: ‘The Little Cripple’ August 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    In Search of Enys Tregarthen: 'The Little Cripple'

    Imagine being born, in the winter of 1850, while your father is away at sea. You find yourself in a vulnerable but aspirational household, perhaps the worst nineteenth-century social gradient of them all in Britain. As you slowly emerge into consciousness you start to understand that your father, a seaman, is rarely present and by the time […]

    History Roundup 179 including Medieval Life Meets Medieval Death August 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 179 including Medieval Life Meets Medieval Death

    Today’s post is on last shot at Waterloo, the links follow. 1) WW1 Impact in UK: Aerial photos 2) Life Meet Death: medieval illustrations 3) Evidence Mummy Making: Oldest? 4) Lauren Bacall: RIP 5) Her Vagrant Majesty: gypsy royalty 6) Regency Steam Yacht: wow 7) Should Ireland Celebrate Home Rule: no/maybe? 8) Charles XI of […]

    The Last Shot at Waterloo August 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Last Shot at Waterloo

    Tomorrow Beach has an appointment to go through a Welsh text for six long hours, translating and puzzling. Today he thought he would post, then, this cute story from the early nineteenth century with a Welsh connection in partial celebration. It will be remembered that the Welsh had a long history of doing good service […]

    History Roundup 178 including Why Holes Matter August 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 178 including Why Holes Matter

    Today’s post on a mysterious poem and its even more mysterious author and links follow. 1) Pisces III: just twelves minutes of oxygen left 2) Seeing Fairies: review 3) Earliest Mobile Phone, 1946? video 4) Holes We Leave: Will they last 5) Saving the Klan: 1996 mob violence 6) End of Berlin Amusement Park: bizarre […]

    Searching for the Author of ‘Do Not Stand at My Grave’ August 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Searching for the Author of 'Do Not Stand at My Grave'

    ‘Do not stand at my grave and weep’ is one of the most quoted twentieth-century poems in English. It is not Auden or Elliot or Ted Hughes or Geoffrey Hill. It is what Orwell called ‘good bad poety’: and Beach says this without any sense of judgement having listened obsessively to Abba all week. What […]

    History Roundup 177 including Pre Clovis Emotion and Wax Meal August 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 177 including Pre Clovis Emotion and Wax Meal

    Today’s post is on chronic conditions and today’s links follow. 1) Deacon’s Last Meal: all in wax 2) Pre-Clovis Emotion: from the sea floor 3) Greek Coins Go Home: US 4) The Darien Gap: forgotten central America and a Scottish colony 5) Tombstone Censor: what a job 6) Fulham Palace: a bit of class 7) Gangs […]

    Dealing with Chronic Conditions August 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite

    It’s high summer and while everyone is away at the sea I thought that I would sneak out this essay: a non-history post on what is typically a history blog. Background: I suffer from a sometimes debilitating chronic condition that has been, to one degree or another, in my life for about twenty years. What […]

    History Roundup 176 including the Welsh Mummy (and Stocking) August 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 176 including the Welsh Mummy (and Stocking)

    Today’s post is on papists and ovian firebombs and today’s links follow. 1) Welsh Mummy: brilliant murder story 2) 18 Cent Sculptureof Jesus: real human teeth(why?!) 3) The Massacre of Ramree Island: crocodiles ate a platoon? 4) Orwell’s Indian Home: and now a museum 5) 6500 Year Old Corpse: forgotten in basement for a century 6) […]

    Catholics, Dead Sheep and Fire Balls in Early Modern England August 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Catholics, Dead Sheep and Fire Balls in Early Modern England

    In 1531 Henry VIII began divorce proceedings with Roman Catholic Church and Latin Europe, the so-called English Reformation: all of modern English history pivots on that date, much as medieval English history pivots on 1066. The betrayal of English Catholicism was a brutal process in which some of the best Britons suffered intoleraby. But if […]

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