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  • History Roundup 152 including Medieval Church Graffiti July 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 152 including Medieval Church Graffiti

    Today’s post on meteorite weapons and today’s links follow: 1) At 60 to Ceylon: new life, new photographs 2) Armana under Spade: the lost Egyptian city 3) Confederate White House Keeper Photo: beautiful 4) Medieval Church Graffiti: new project 5) Islamic Sacred Springs: short but interesting 6) Restoring Medici Tapesteries: good old Gucci 7) 325 […]

    Meteorite Weapons July 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Meteorite Weapons

    ***Thanks to Radko for inspiring this post*** Imagine a blade made from a star. Now this is not actually as far fetched as it might first seem. After all, ‘stars’ (aka meteorites) sometimes fall to earth and some of them have enough iron content to make a blade practical. These blades are not necessarily exceptional: […]

    History Roundup 151 including Cannibal Clubs July 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 151 including Cannibal Clubs

    Today’s post is on papal magic and links follow 1) Iconic 1970s Poster of Tennis Girl Sells: for thousands with white dress… 2) Most Overlooked Scientists: 23 3) Dracula and Safe Sex: not sure what to make of this one 4) Strange Skin Purses: including human… 5) Nottinghamshire Giantess: Georgian England 6) Cannibal Clubs: 19 […]

    Papal Sorceror? July 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Papal Sorceror?

    ***Thanks to an old friend of the blog, Stephen D. for this one*** Urban VIII (obit 1644) was one of the most exquisitely cultured popes ever to sit on the throne of Peter. He is famous today for being the man who brought Galileo to Rome to rap his knuckles very hard: but that is […]

    History Roundup 150 including Army of the Dead July 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 150 including Army of the Dead

    Today’s post on kissing Satan’s bottom and today’s links follow 1) Isleta Pueblo: Incorruptible 2) Who Was the Ulster Man: Great Train Robbery 3) Smoked Corpses: Papua 4) Cochno Carvings: revealed… 5) More on Children Skulls and Lake Gods: gulp 6) Why You Got Sent to A Mental Asylum, c. 1800: ‘fright of fires’, tobacco… […]

    So You Want to Become an Early Modern Witch: 16 Steps July 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    So You Want to Become an Early Modern Witch: 16 Steps

    We are back in the seventeenth century and your neighbours are really getting on your nerves, money is tight and, frankly, you want to let down your hair and deny God and the mother Church. How do you get involved with early modern Satanists and impress at the Sabbat? Well, luckily for you someone was […]

    History Roundup 149 including Poison Lady July 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 149 including Poison Lady

    Today’s post on mutilated statues and today’s posts follow: 1) The Drunkard’s Coat of Arms: 1717 2) 6500 Peruvian Child: Death explained? 3) Spontaneous Combustion at Bedfordshire: newspaper clipping 4) Making Swords the 18 cent Way:  Saguto 5) Misjudged Gypsies: Georgian England 6) Poison Lady: poison proof 7) 10 Exceptional War Memorials: UK 8) Kurdistani […]

    Image: The Hands Haven’t It July 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Image: The Hands Haven't It

    What is wrong with this picture? We have here two Elizabethan nobles: Sir Thomas Wroughton (d. 1597) and Lady Anne Wroughton of Broad Hinton in Wiltshire: their manor house would in later centuries host and house such notables as John Evelyn and the Iron Duke of Wellington. Thomas was a member of the upper ranks […]

    History Roundup 148 including Pink Sultanas and Man Traps July 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 148 including Pink Sultanas and Man Traps

    Today’s post is on a 19 cent practical joke and the links follow: 1) 112 Year Old Ham: good old BBC 2) Pink Sultanas: don’t normally do clothes but… 3) Livestock Disease: in a medieval Italian skeleton 4) Frontier Scout: early Dakota newspaper, fascinating 5) Mantraps: grrrr 6) Elephant for Dinner: Paleo Diet 7) Tonga […]

    Practical Joke: The Wife Hunter July 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Practical Joke: The Wife Hunter

    Practical jokes were often fairly of poor fare in the nineteenth century. However, there is something amusingly diabolical about this one, particularly if you remember that no one died and that the wife hunter learnt  that there were probably better ways to find true love . It appears that a Manchester tradesman short time ago […]

    History Roundup 147 including a Horse’s Worst Friend July 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 147 including a Horse's Worst Friend

    Today’s post on last zombie burial and today’s links follow: 1) True Story of Lawrence of Arabia: a legacy written in sand? 2) A Pope’s Vampire: sorry late with this one but it is good 3) The British and Crisps: salt and vinegar in the blood (completely new to me) 4) Bespoke Midwife: Helen King […]

    Last Zombie Burial in Western Europe? July 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Last Zombie Burial in Western Europe?

    At least twice a year there are news stories about zombie-proof burials. Archaeologists dig up a body that has been given special treatment by gravediggers: we have enjoyed some of these stories at StrangeHistory in the past including a particularly haunting one from Ireland. Sometimes corpses are decapitated and the head placed between the legs; sometimes […]

    History Roundup 146 including the Lost Fleet July 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 146 including the Lost Fleet

    Today’s post is on husband-killing syndicates and the links follow 1) Frog Bone Magic: covered previously by StrangeHistory 2) 1812: British and American opinions 3) Ghost of Louis XVI: Liars and fantasists… 4) Jericho Plaster Skulls: short video included 5) In Search of a Lost Fleet: French1565 6) Siberian Unicorn: cue Shuker 7) Cat Fight: […]

    Female Poison Circles July 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Female Poison Circles

    As is well known periodically through history groups of frustrated women have banded together to poison their violent, somnolent, poor or idiotic husbands. Six or sixty or one hundred and fifty would  find a local gypsy who sold tastless, colourless (in short undetectable) poisons and then run home and start dosing gins and tonics or […]

    The Somers Affair: A Pirate Fantasy and Three Nooses July 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Somers Affair: A Pirate Fantasy and Three Nooses

    The Somers affair is a curious incident dating to 1843 in which three American sailors were executed/murdered (opinions differ) in surprising circumstances. There is a lot of scope for psychologising and motive fishing, but the best bet is that this was an adolescent game that got very, very badly out of hand. First, the bare […]

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