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  • History Roundup 334 including Fumigation Fun February 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 334 including Fumigation Fun

    Today’s links follow. 1) Retrieving Goods from Cremation: Roman Empire 2) Richard III’s Death Blow: England 3) Fumigation Fun: England 4) Tute’s Guardian: Egypt 5) Ann’s Face at Last: England 6) Love Sick Fool No More: England 7) Surviving Hanging: York 8) Better Life Expectancy After Rome: Britain and from the archives 9) The Most […]

    Daily History Picture: Horned Woman February 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Horned Woman

      A horned woman, late sixteenth century

    Flesh-Eating Icelandic Elves February 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Flesh-Eating Icelandic Elves

    [Brian Froud image?] About a month ago Beach ran a post describing a fairy ritual from early medieval Iceland, albeit one recorded in a twelfth-century life (see link for precious comments by Lief). Here is another example of an Icelandic work recording religious fairy lore. This is from Kormáks saga, a difficult to date work […]

    History Roundup 333 including Japanese London February 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 333 including Japanese London

    Today’s links follow. 1) Getting Rid of History: US 2) Spectral Sheep and Goats: Various and freaky 3) Killing Puns: England 4) Lincoln Warned from the Other Side! US 5) Scots Dictionary Going for a Song: Auctioneeer 6) Roman Action Doll: Rome 7) London Seen from the East: Japan (beautiful images) 8) Ben Hur’s Rivals […]

    The Violent Deaths of Scottish Kings February 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Violent Deaths of Scottish Kings

    Readers may remember that Beach has recently been messing about with royal statistics. The exercise is a simple one. If you happen to be born into a royal dynasty between the year 1000 and 1700 and have the great misfortune to become king or queen what are the chances that you will die by violence? […]

    History Roundup 332 including Kaspar’s Death February 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 332 including Kaspar's Death

    Today’s links follow. 1) More Amazons: Zenobia continues, part 3 in a fascinating series 2) Ancient Sick Days: Egypt 4) Ancient Island Plumbing: Crete 5) Phylogenetics and Myths: abstract but ambitious 6) Jewish Bodies in Well: Norwich (old, 2011, but well worth reading) 7) Kaspar Hauser’s Assassination: Germany 8) Oldest Scandinavian Skeleton: Norway and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Hitchcock and the Lion February 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hitchcock and the Lion

    Hitchcock and the MGM lion getting to know each other…  

    Murder and Poetic Inspiration: Killing Fanny Kaplan, 1918 February 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Murder and Poetic Inspiration: Killing Fanny Kaplan, 1918

    The Soviet Union is infinitely ghastly and fascinating. Sometime it is the sheer scale of horror, sometimes, as today, it is the surreally Marxist details that astonish in this case the collusion of murder and poetry. 30 August 1918 an attempt was made on Lenin’s life in Moscow. The probable assassin was a half blind, […]

    History Roundup 331 including Vinegar Valentines February 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 331 including Vinegar Valentines

    Today’s links follow. 1) Sumptuous Fire Works: Grand Tour (love the pics) 2) Dog headed Men: Off the Edge of the Map 3) Early Modern Drawings: Ireland, amazing images 4) Oldest Canonball: England 5) Irish Evidence for Crime of the Century: US and Lizzie Borden 6) Lost Foundations: Hampton Court! 7) Valentine Day Stories: Newspapers […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Surgery? February 19, 2015

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

      harley1585.f.9.v Surgery?

    Crossing the Rhine and Surrendering: 1793 February 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Crossing the Rhine and Surrendering: 1793

    ***Stephen D sent this one in: thanks!*** The following post describes an attempted French invasion across the Rhine at Huningue, just to the north of the Swiss border in September 1793. It goes without saying that amphibious operations are hellishly difficult in modern times. The Huningue operation began with the decimation of the officer ranks. […]

    History Roundup 330 including Love, Sex and Cuddly Cupids February 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 330 including Love, Sex and Cuddly Cupids

    Today’s links follow. 1) Impossible Legacies, Hitler’s Birth House: Austria 2) Celebrating Non-Roman Britons: Pictland 3) Top Art Hoards: Britain 4) Mummies Speak: Peru 5) Ghostly Voices: undisclosed pantry 6) Drone Looking for Ancients: Amazonia 7) Love, Sex and Cuddly Cupids: the old west and from the archives 8) First C section and pig gelding […]

    Daily History Picture: Best Goebbel Picture February 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Best Goebbel Picture

      Hitler’s liar, Joseph Goebbels…

    Count Teleki: The Politics of Suicide February 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Count Teleki: The Politics of Suicide

    The Hungarian Count Pál Teleki is a tragic Second World War figure, obit 1941 (that says it all). In the last year of his life tensions between Hungary and her neighbours were growing. Teleki was emotionally an Ally, an old fashioned conservative democrat, who would have been far more at home in Britain or France’s […]

    History Roundup 329 including Nighthawkers! February 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 329 including Nighthawkers!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Al Nofis CIC: all over (first time I’ve seen this and looks like fun, bit irregular though) 2) Nighthakwers on the Wall: Hadrians 3) Louis’ Second Marriage: France 4) Carrying Medieval Books: Christendom 5) Mohist Philosophy: China 6) Hannibal’s elephants: Italy, Africa and Asia (old but interesting and our modern take) […]

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