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  • Silly Crests May 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Silly Crests

    Beach has recently been looking lovingly through the various volumes of medieval armour and arms, particularly those of Guy Francis Laking (all online and all free if you have time and inclination). Particularly fascinating is the high silliness of the crests that were put on the top of the helmets. Above is perhaps the only […]

    History Roundup 646 including Dating Fairy Stories May 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 646 including Dating Fairy Stories

    Today’s links follow. 1) Dating Fairy Stories: the library (dodgy methodology, but interesting) 2) A Shell Kingdom: Florida 3) Species Faking: Library 4) Oldest Geoglyph: Nazca 5) Hidden Folk: Iceland 6) Wealth and Changing Life Expectancy: Lab and from the archives 7) Selling Children in the 1800s Other links: Interview with author of Lost Book […]

    Painting on Water May 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Painting on Water

    The strangest painting technique ever employed? The Mountain Man of Fan-Yang, an artist from T’ang China perhaps holds the prize in what for Europe would have been the early Middle Ages. The Mountain Man’s preferred method was as follows: as you remember this think about a French or Irish monk inking a manuscript. Mountain man […]

    History Roundup 644 including Lady Warriors and Baby on Board Sign May 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 644 including Lady Warriors and Baby on Board Sign

    Today’s links follow. 1) Anti Japanese Pogrom? California 2) Dangerous Marriages: England 3) Baby on Board Sign: Car 4) Lady Warriors: Scotland 5) Climate Change and Civilisation Collapse: the Desert 6) Invention Fun: America and from the archives 7) Jacob of Edessa’s America Other links: The three Gymnopedies

    Problems with the Paleo Diet May 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
    Problems with the Paleo Diet

    We are digital human beings living in caveman’s body. This, at least, is the perspective of a growing number of nutritionists and their followers: who explain problems in human health through our eating Neolithic or, worse, industrial foods. The natural conclusion is that, for our bodies’ sakes, we can surf the internet and drive cars, […]

    History Roundup 644 including Original American Cross May 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 644 including Original American Cross

    Today’s links follow. 1) Why Learn Sanskrit: India 2) Original American Cross: Arkansas 3) Cradling Fossil: Taiwan 4) Holocaust Archaeology: Germany/Poland 5) Mind Controlling Arcade Game: urban legends 6) Bizarre Trains: Ads 7) Bizarre Rolling Folklore Monster: Britain and from the archives 8) Churchill’s Daemon Other links: Chopin’s Nocturnes

    Transvestite Vicar Ghost in Interwar England May 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Transvestite Vicar Ghost in Interwar England

    This story haunted Beach more than any other he has covered in the last couple of weeks. There are several Beachcombian themes that come together and then rip a man’s life apart: ghosts, English deference (and its disappearance), the eccentricities of those in religious office, and the loneliness of each and everyone of us in our […]

    History Roundup 643 including Walking Dead and Mind Control Game May 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 643 including Walking Dead and Mind Control Game

    Today’s links follow. 1) Hidden Cold War Centre: Colorado 2) 600-Yr-Old Climate Records: Japan 3) The Walking Dead: the otherworld 4) Running Out of Vodka: Russia 5) Witching Cows: the grimoire 6) Half of Europe from One Man: the lab and from the archives 7) Unlucky Jobs: Japanese Prime Ministers Other links: Against Wikipedia, Magnum, […]

    Daily History Picture: Wild Man May 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Wild Man

    13 or 14 Century Wild Man with thanks to Bruce…

    Mysterious Balaclavas on South Georgia May 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Mysterious Balaclavas on South Georgia

    In 1982 Argentina invaded two British possessions the Falklands (2 April) and South Georgia (19 March). The British, under a determined Margaret Thatcher, sent a task force to retake the islands, something that was finally achieved 14 June of that year. The deadly struggle between the two sides included many moments of tragedy: all too […]

    History Roundup 642 including Cursed and Flying Hallucinations May 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 642 including Cursed and Flying Hallucinations

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cursed! Scotland 2) Oldest Message in a Bottle: the Oceans 3) Humans vs Neolithic Diet: Prehistory 4) Air Hallucinations: UK 5) Sacred Trees: Ireland (old but I liked) 6) New Roman Hoard: Spain and from the archives 7) Macarius and the World Soul Other links: Discarded Diaries, Paddington Bear (the original, […]

    Review: Physical Evidence, A Feeling for Magic May 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Review: Physical Evidence, A Feeling for Magic

    Ronald Hutton (ed), Physical Evidence for Ritual Acts, Sorcery and Witchcraft in Christian Britain: A Feeling for Magic (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) Academic essay collections fall into different categories including such old and tried favourites as: ‘new directions’; ‘pot pouri’; ‘the EU gave us some money so we had a conference’; and ‘x is wrong and […]

    Beachcombed 71 May 1, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 71

    Dear Reader, Exhausted after yesterday finishing the last exams. Will drift back into consciousness over the next week, for now sitting out in the garden with the tortoises. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Invisible, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions below to the posts from […]

    New History Books: Revolutionary Iran April 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Revolutionary Iran

    One of the twentieth century’s bigger mistakes. Axworthy, Revolutionary Iran.

    Index Biography #29: Prize a book April 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Index Biography #29: Prize a book

          ***Invisible first across the line, look below for the answer*** The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts […]

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