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  • The Rights and Wrongs of Killing Mussolini December 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Rights and Wrongs of Killing Mussolini

    After Beach’s recent blog on Mussolini’s death several emails about not so much the circumstances as the justification for killing the Fascist leader. The official version of the story claims that the Allies wanted Mussolini for themselves but that the partisans and particularly the Communist partisans had decided to do away with Mussolini as a […]

    Daily History Picture: Knocker Up December 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Knocker Up

    Early twentieth-century Britain a knocker up passes through the streets: I wonder how much this service costs, or did the factory put it on?

    History Roundup 277 including Shell Shock Hypnosis December 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 277 including Shell Shock Hypnosis

    Today’s links follow. 1) Han Purple Magic: China 2) A Fiery Creole: France 3) Shell Shock Hypnosis: Germany 4) Christmas Cribs: All over 5) Renaissance Codes: US 6) Ancient Farm and the Subway: Rome 7) Returning Royal Treasures: Hawaii 8) Cotton Empire: hot fields and from the archives 9) Pygmy Fairies Other links: why save […]

    Daily History Picture: Carter Meets Tut December 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Carter Meets Tut

    Carter meets Tutankhaman: the sargophagus is opened.

    Roman Bowl in Ancient Japan?! December 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Roman Bowl in Ancient Japan?!

    Thanks to Ed for this story! This blog has long pioneered wrong place objects, artifacts that turn up thousands of miles from where archaeologists would have expected to find them. So how about a round of applause for this beautiful blue glass bowl that was removed from a tomb in the Nara prefecture in Japan […]

    History Roundup 276 including December 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 276 including

    Today’s links follow. 1) Escaped from Stalingrad: Russia (brilliant) 2) Hidden Medieval Castle: Old Sarum 3) Mass Baby Grave (Roman): Israel 4) Hitler Almost Drowned: ‘the priest must be kicking himself…’ 5) Silver Find: Aberdeen 6) Revolutionary Smile: France 7) Red Baron, Albert Ball Reunion! London 8) Durer’s Polyhedron: A crazy cube and from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Kennedy Meets Clinton December 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Kennedy Meets Clinton

    24 July 1963, a sixteen year old Bill Clinton meets J.F.Kennedy at the Whitehouse, three months before Kennedy’s fateful trip south.  

    The Man Who Lost Germany the Great War? December 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Man Who Lost Germany the Great War?

    A couple of indisputable, non-negotiable Great War facts. In early September 1914 the German army came smashing down on the French army at the Marne. In the decisive battle of the first part of the war, the French, with some assistance from the brave but plodding Brits, managed to hold the Germans. However, everyone on […]

    History Roundup 275 including Royal Lineage Doubts December 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 275 including Royal Lineage Doubts

    Today’s links follow. 1) Vikings and Child Sacrifice: the badlands 2) Rockery Stone Surprise: Britain 3) Ritual Horns Found: Ireland 4) 120K for Robert Bruce: Scotland 5) Royal Lineage Questions: Britain 6) Crude GPS System: medieval libraries 7) Frankincense in Roman Dirt: Britain! 8) Ghost Ship: Hawaii and from the archives 9) Transvestite Knights Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Working in Medieval Fields December 8, 2014

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

    Beautiful fifteenth century Book of Hours. Love the bare feet…

    Devil on the Trans-Siberian Railway December 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Devil on the Trans-Siberian Railway

    Beach has previously celebrated strange railway superstition stories, the simple and unsurprising fact that innocent peoples faced with long lines of track and steam behemoths running across country naturally mixed up science and superstition and interpreted the train as a demon or bogey. Most strikingly there is the fate of the Plains Indians in their battle with […]

    Daily History Picture: Parliament in Flames December 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Parliament in Flames

    Parliament in flames in 1834

    Faking History on the Internet #2: Fairies Dug Up in Ireland! December 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Faking History on the Internet #2: Fairies Dug Up in Ireland!

    Beach is really getting into all these fake history news-stories on the internet: the champions of which are the generic sounding worldnewsdailyreport, the malodorous yet strangely attractive offspring of National Enquirer rutted with the History Channel. We have reported one of their previous fictions and have an especial joy now in spreading the word that […]

    History Roundup 274 including Wife Selling December 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 274 including Wife Selling

    Today’s links follow. 1) Eating Well in the Mines? Holy Land 2) Da Vinci’s Chinese Mum? Italy 3) Wife Selling: England (Strangehistory post on this) 4) Murder by Math: Greece 5) Mummifying Yourself to Death: Japan 6) Bronze Age Collapse: Ireland 7) Spirit Baby: Iowa 8) Fungi Ancient and Modern: leafmould 9) Amazing Submarine Story: […]

    Was Leonardo’s Mother a Slave (Chinese or Otherwise)? December 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Was Leonardo's Mother a Slave (Chinese or Otherwise)?

    Madness on the internet in the last few days with the announcement that Leonardo da Vinci’s mother was a Chinese slave and that she is the Mona Lisa. Many readers will have stumbled upon this theory and enjoyed its improbability, but they may not know that there has been almost ten years of similar theories […]

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