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  • History Roundup 336 including Heartbreak Graffiti February 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 336 including Heartbreak Graffiti

    Today’s links follow. 1) A Mummy Book: Etruscia/Egypt 2) Witchcraft: north East England 3) New England Ghost: Connecticut 4) Jacobite Treasures and the Lost Cause: Auction House 5) New Archaeological Discoveries: Singapore 6) Heartbreaking Graffiti: Cambridgeshire 7) Men and Women, the Truth: England 8) Photographic Processes: the West and from the archives 9) Atlantis Mysteries […]

    Daily History Picture: 1956 Budapest February 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 1956 Budapest

    Lest we forget: Hungarian patriots rise against the Soviets.  

    Good Swastikas? The Hakaristi February 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Good Swastikas? The Hakaristi

    When is a swastika a good sign? The answer is, crudely, when it predates the Nazi party’s adoption of the crooked cross in 1920, for the swastika is one of the most ancient and one of the most widespread of human symbols. In many countries it remained an essentially religious symbol, locked into a pre-modern memory […]

    History Roundup 335 including new Sherlock Holmes Story February 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 335 including new Sherlock Holmes Story

    Today’s links follow. 1) New Sherlock Holmes Story: Scotland 2) Truman’s Almost Sent Telegram: McCarthy 3) Body Snatching: Scotland 4) Tropical Fire Ants: All Over the World 5) African American Women Find Freedom: Paris! 6) Curiosity Cabinet: Manchester College 7) Jacobite Ghosts: Scotland ‘ghosts take time to ripen’!!! and from the archives 8) Electric Eels […]

    Daily History Picture: Laughing Gas February 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Laughing Gas

    Laughing gas entertainment…

    Historical Ménage a Trois February 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Historical Ménage a Trois

    Beach has recently become fascinated by those who live a ménage a trois, leaving behind the conventional marriage of two and creating something like a marriage of three: a man lives with his wife and lover; a man lives with a gay policeman and his wife… etc etc Such a coupling (tripling) is difficult to pull off today, […]

    History Roundup 334 including Fumigation Fun February 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 334 including Fumigation Fun

    Today’s links follow. 1) Retrieving Goods from Cremation: Roman Empire 2) Richard III’s Death Blow: England 3) Fumigation Fun: England 4) Tute’s Guardian: Egypt 5) Ann’s Face at Last: England 6) Love Sick Fool No More: England 7) Surviving Hanging: York 8) Better Life Expectancy After Rome: Britain and from the archives 9) The Most […]

    Daily History Picture: Horned Woman February 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Horned Woman

      A horned woman, late sixteenth century

    Flesh-Eating Icelandic Elves February 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Flesh-Eating Icelandic Elves

    [Brian Froud image?] About a month ago Beach ran a post describing a fairy ritual from early medieval Iceland, albeit one recorded in a twelfth-century life (see link for precious comments by Lief). Here is another example of an Icelandic work recording religious fairy lore. This is from Kormáks saga, a difficult to date work […]

    History Roundup 333 including Japanese London February 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 333 including Japanese London

    Today’s links follow. 1) Getting Rid of History: US 2) Spectral Sheep and Goats: Various and freaky 3) Killing Puns: England 4) Lincoln Warned from the Other Side! US 5) Scots Dictionary Going for a Song: Auctioneeer 6) Roman Action Doll: Rome 7) London Seen from the East: Japan (beautiful images) 8) Ben Hur’s Rivals […]

    The Violent Deaths of Scottish Kings February 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Violent Deaths of Scottish Kings

    Readers may remember that Beach has recently been messing about with royal statistics. The exercise is a simple one. If you happen to be born into a royal dynasty between the year 1000 and 1700 and have the great misfortune to become king or queen what are the chances that you will die by violence? […]

    History Roundup 332 including Kaspar’s Death February 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 332 including Kaspar's Death

    Today’s links follow. 1) More Amazons: Zenobia continues, part 3 in a fascinating series 2) Ancient Sick Days: Egypt 4) Ancient Island Plumbing: Crete 5) Phylogenetics and Myths: abstract but ambitious 6) Jewish Bodies in Well: Norwich (old, 2011, but well worth reading) 7) Kaspar Hauser’s Assassination: Germany 8) Oldest Scandinavian Skeleton: Norway and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Hitchcock and the Lion February 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hitchcock and the Lion

    Hitchcock and the MGM lion getting to know each other…  

    Murder and Poetic Inspiration: Killing Fanny Kaplan, 1918 February 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Murder and Poetic Inspiration: Killing Fanny Kaplan, 1918

    The Soviet Union is infinitely ghastly and fascinating. Sometime it is the sheer scale of horror, sometimes, as today, it is the surreally Marxist details that astonish in this case the collusion of murder and poetry. 30 August 1918 an attempt was made on Lenin’s life in Moscow. The probable assassin was a half blind, […]

    History Roundup 331 including Vinegar Valentines February 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 331 including Vinegar Valentines

    Today’s links follow. 1) Sumptuous Fire Works: Grand Tour (love the pics) 2) Dog headed Men: Off the Edge of the Map 3) Early Modern Drawings: Ireland, amazing images 4) Oldest Canonball: England 5) Irish Evidence for Crime of the Century: US and Lizzie Borden 6) Lost Foundations: Hampton Court! 7) Valentine Day Stories: Newspapers […]

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