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  • History Roundup 615 including Forgotten Vegetable and New Lovecraft March 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 615 including Forgotten Vegetable and New Lovecraft

    Today’s links follow. 1) Meteorite Myths: the skies 2) New Lovecraft Manuscript: Magic Shop 3) Forgotten Vegetable: England 4) Impossible Einstein Monument: the imagination 5) Bloody Civil War Photos: US 6) Second Sight Murder: Britain and from the archives 7) Vision Quest with Witch’s Lotion Other links: New British folklore book (Lancashire), Gap Years, right […]

    Daily History Picture: Ho Chi Minh Trail March 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ho Chi Minh Trail

    Praying a Child to Death March 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Praying a Child to Death

    This is particularly strange case from 1893. We are in the far north east of England, but in an urban area and not one particularly associated with witchcraft. Difficult to interpret this in any way: mental illness does not work (easily) because there were two miscreants. Help gratefully received. At the South Shields Police Court, […]

    History Roundup 614 including Plato, the Amazons and Dream Magic March 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 614 including Plato, the Amazons and Dream Magic

    Today’s links follow. 1) Hemingway Enjoying Bloodbath: Cuba 2) Dream Magic: Bed 3) Amazing Coin Find: UK 4) Mystical Foods: Dinner Table 5) Deceit in Essex: UK 6) Plato and the Amazons: Greece and from the archives 7) Sex Madness! Other links: Fairy circles in Australia, Facebook Graveyard, Godfather Baptism Scene

    Daily History Picture: Knights! March 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Knights!

    Fifteenth century, Yorkshire

    Real Magic Ring? March 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Real Magic Ring?

    This ring perhaps no longer survives, but when it was sketched in the mid nineteenth-century it was rendered thus. The ring divides. The block on the left was apparently a set of jewels that when pressed made the ring open in this fashion: a common trick? Within the ring were written a series of words. […]

    New History Books: Hitler’s Forgotten Children March 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Hitler's Forgotten Children

    Von Oelhafen, Hitler’s Forgotten Children Another one I’m curious about…

    Greeks in Buddhist India? March 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Greeks in Buddhist India?

    Basnagoda Rahula argued in his doctorate, written in sometimes shaky English, but full of fascinating ideas, for wholesale Indian influence on Greek culture and above all, Greek philosophy. The arguments are exciting but annoyingly insubstantial: no fault of BR, of course. It would be exciting to have some kind of outside input into the beginning of […]

    New History Books: Panorama of the Thames March 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Panorama of the Thames

    Inglis, Panorama of the Thames Georgian England takes flight…  

    Penis Nests March 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Penis Nests

    We have previously visited a remarkable passage in Malleus Maleficarum (1485) where that work’s author, Heinrich Kramer, describes a penis theft: or rather a penis illusion, because Kramer claims the penis is still ‘there’ but hidden. That account was apparently based on a witness: this account sounds like folklore. Finally, what shall we think about […]

    History Roundup 613 including Indians in Ancient Australia? March 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 613 including Indians in Ancient Australia?

    Today’s links follow. 1) Indians in Australia? Pacific 2) The World’s First Popcorn? South America 3) Green Man Fun: Euroasia 4) Stealing Nefertiti: Egypt 5) Shipwreck, Trunks and Hurricanes: the skies 6) New Island: UK and from the archives 7) English Vampire in Spain Other links: New fairy novel, Daylight Saving Trailer

    Review Theory of Irony: How Jesus Led to Moon Golf March 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Review Theory of Irony: How Jesus Led to Moon Golf

    A subtitle like How Jesus Led to Moon Golf promises a swish historical read. Beach immediately, in fact, thought of some of Graeme Donald’s history writing and books like Mussolini’s Barber and other stories of the unknown players who made history happen. This proved naïve. Mussolini’s Barber offers some cute episodes from recent history and Graeme […]

    Daily History Picture: Hemingway and Dahl March 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hemingway and Dahl

    Just struck by what an amazing writer a hybrid Hemingway/Dahl would have been…

    History Roundup 612 including Joan’s Ring March 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 612 including Joan's Ring

    Today’s links follow. 1) In Search of Soma: Euro-Asia 2) Joan’s Found Ring: France 3) King Solomon’s Mines: Egypt 4) Ghost of a Sad Empress: Russia (love the oil painting) 5) Emperors Better Monogamous: China 6) Walking Dead: Pacific and from the archives 7) Germany Uber Alles? Other links: Take the Long Way Home

    Daily History Picture: Rick in the Carpark March 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Rick in the Carpark

    I may be repeating myself here but I love it…

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