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  • Credulity and Animal Lore in Italy May 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Modern
    Credulity and Animal Lore in Italy

    Beach has recently been enjoying serpent folklore. This study has led him to question, as often happens to inadequate human beings when new information comes along, ‘facts’ that has been fed him in his time living in Italy: almost a decade now. Here are six involving reptiles and their relatives. Some of these Beach discounted […]

    History Roundup 413 including Torture Archaeology May 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 413 including Torture Archaeology

    Today’s links follow. 1) Shakespeare’s First Portrait: England 2) Torture Archaeology: Andes 3) Impossible Oral Memories: Australia 4) A Dying Language: Scandinavia 5) Invitation to a Beheading: Germany 6) Raising the Georgia: US 7) Nazi Horse Sculptures Turn Up: Germany 8) The Blomberg Mystery: US/UK and from the archives 9) Dowsing for Submarines Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Mind May 21, 2015

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

    The Gothic brain mapped

    Two Monmouth Moments May 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Two Monmouth Moments

    The Duke of Monmouth was the illegitimate son of Charles II and a bit of a ‘tosser’ to use the northern vernacular: he looks, in the portrait above, like an underwear model trying to be ‘hot’, or a nineteen year old who has just made it into a boy band. There is no question that he was […]

    History Roundup 412 including Leprosy Travels May 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 412 including Leprosy Travels

    Today’s links follow. 1) Bloody JP II: Vatican (striking) 2) Forgotten Pyramids: Sudan 3) Elvis’ Tour Bus for Sale: the auction house 4) Monkey God Goes Home: Cambodia 5) Victorian Play Park: Scotland 6) Leprosy Travels: Scandinavia to Britain 7) Burnt Prehistoric Homes: Bulgaria 8) Double Headed Monsters: the Library 9) Vikings Started Modern History: […]

    The Greene County Wild Man May 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Greene County Wild Man

    When we think wild men most readers will think sasquatch and yeti: when people in the nineteenth century (and before) thought wild men they thought lunatics or hermits who had gone to live in the wood and who had lost touch with humanity. Perhaps in mythic terms there is not that much difference? However, this […]

    Daily History Picture: McCartney and Jagger May 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: McCartney and Jagger

      Nice meets nasty in a train cab.

    History Roundup 411 including Viking Fashions May 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 411 including Viking Fashions

    Today’s links follow. 1) Murdered Irish Woman Comes Home: US 2) Historians for Historians Pontificate: The Pulpit (if anyone wants to set up a petition to keep historians out of politics I’ll sign!!!) 3) Black Madonnas: Christendom 4) 400 Yr Old Bible Turns Up: Lancashire, UK 5) National Slave Ship Museum: US 6) Viking Fashions: […]

    The Durham Serpent May 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Durham Serpent

    Here is a weird little story that allegedly appears in St Nicholas’ Parochial Register, Durham for 1568. Mdm. that a certain Italian brought into the cittie of Durham, the 11th day of June, in the yeare above sayd, a very great strange and monstrous serpent, in length sixteen feet, in quantitie and dimentions greater than a […]

    Daily History Picture: Murder in the Caribbean May 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Murder in the Caribbean

    Picture based on De la Casas the first anti-colonial text.

    History Roundup 410 including the Oldest Hockey Game May 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 410 including the Oldest Hockey Game

    Today’s links follow. 1) 23 Foot World History: the Library 2) Amazing New Helmet: Bulgaria 3) Chinese Medicine Travels: Japan 4) Inexplicable Explosions: US 5) The Oldest Hockey Game: China 6) Lost Evacuee: Britain 7) Monks, Churches and Chapels: Iceland 8) Mystery Prostitute Tomb: China and from the archives 9) Arthur’s Grave at Glastonbury Other […]

    The Mysterious Erich von Richthofen May 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Mysterious Erich von Richthofen

    The King and Country debate has been described previously on this blog. It was a talk at Oxford Students’ Union 9 Feb 1933, which saw 275 to 153 students vote for the motion ‘that this House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country’. This surprisingly pacifist stance from a major British institution attracted […]

    Daily History Picture: Married Couple and Baby May 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Married Couple and Baby

    Married couple lie back and the aupair rocks the cradle.

    Daily History Picture: Young Marilyn Monroe May 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Young Marilyn Monroe

    24 years old, on war work in 1944: four years from breakthrough.  

    Roman Gutter Burials and a Non-Existent Line of Pliny May 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Roman Gutter Burials and a Non-Existent Line of Pliny

    In Roman times dead babies and fetuses were not cremated as adults: references in Pliny and in Juvenal confirm this, as do archaeological findings. However, a fifth/sixth century Christian writers named Fulgentius (possibly a North African) has been read to mean that these not fully human humans were buried in suggrundaria: Priori tempore suggrundaria antiqui dicebant sepulchra […]

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