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  • Churchill’s Daemon March 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Churchill’s Daemon

    Strange History has noted before the belief in daemons, individual spirit guides, a Mediterranean tradition that matures into the guardian angel with the assistance of Christianity. The most striking example is certainly that of Socrates who had regular conversations with his daemon. Then there is Joan of Arc and St Michael (or whoever)… Beach today […]

    History Roundup 342 including Cholera Jokes March 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 342 including Cholera Jokes

    Today’s links follow. 1) Stolen Books from Italy: California 2) Cholera Jokes! only Chris 3) Monk in Statue: China 4) Winston’s Blood: Auction! 5) Fire Dog: US 6) Slaves in 1776: US 7) Einstein God Letter: Auction 8) Mein Kampf Back: Germany and from the archives 9) The Crocodile and the Wardrobe and the Dog […]

    Daily History Picture: Knight vs Knight, Horse vs Horse March 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Knight vs Knight, Horse vs Horse

    Equestrian loyalty in the first estate: love the black and red hooves!

    Tears and Bows: WW1 Ambassadors and Declarations of War March 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Tears and Bows: WW1 Ambassadors and Declarations of War

    A recent post looked at the tensions created by ambassadors declaring war in WW2. Today, instead, some descriptions of declarations of war from World War 1. The initial impression is that there was more formality and more old world charm. Some of the ambassadors may have believed they would be back in their host capitals by […]

    History Roundup 341 including the Baron of Arizona March 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 341 including the Baron of Arizona

    Today’s links follow. 1) Medieval Magic: the West 2) UFO and Museum: New England 3) Baron in the Desert: Arizona! 4) Oriental Jones: the East and England 5) Fighting Women: England (brilliant images, don’t miss) 6) Islamic Coins in Shield: Vikings…. 7) Ancient City Design: past is present 8) Talking to the Dead with Radio? […]

    Daily History Picture: Coney Island Drowning March 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Coney Island Drowning

    1940 Coney Island Drowning. What’s most interesting the respiration equipment or the girl’s incredibly inappropriate Bay Watch smile?

    Immortal Meals #21: The Fish That Killed An Emperor March 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Immortal Meals #21: The Fish That Killed An Emperor

    ***thanks to Tacitus from Detritus for sending this one in*** Symmachus and the far more famous Boethius were Roman nobles after the end of the Roman empire, an uncomfortable time to be ‘senators’. Boethius fell into disgrace with the emperor Theoderic: he essentially got into trouble for defending, in the law courts, an enemy of Theoderic. […]

    History Roundup 340 including Fighting Women March 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 340 including Fighting Women

    Today’s links follow. 1) Vikings Investors not Plunderers: aaargh!!!! 2) Read New Fairytales: Germany 3) Ghost of Brumby Hall: Lincolnshire 4) Red Baron and UFOs: Germany 5) Beauty, Sex and Power, Review: Georgian England 6) New (and interesting) Graves: Andes 7) Ghost Patents Machine: UK 8) Osteoarchaeology: Durham and from the archives 9) Image: Arresting Trouble […]

    Daily History Picture: Dance Till You Drop March 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Dance Till You Drop

    Last four couples at the chicago dance marathon c. 1930

    The Horror of History Seen from the Bubble March 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    The Horror of History Seen from the Bubble

    Beach has long consoled himself with the thought that he is in the Bubble: the three generations that have lived since the Second World War in the western nations, surfing the greatest economic wave in history, buoyed along by petroleum, micro-chips, and the internet and paradoxically protected from violence by the threat of thermo-nuclear war. […]

    Beachcombed 57 March 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 57

    Dear Reader, spring in the air here now in Italy. Just ordered some giant yellow daisies and rats have appeared in the garden: March the hungriest month… Six more weeks of classes then a summer of writing. Getting an itch under my typing fingers already. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Chris, Chris […]

    History Roundup 339 including the 250 Year Old Man February 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 339 including the 250 Year Old Man

    Today’s links follow. 1) 250 Years Old? China 2) Another Boudica?! Britain 3) Slaves and Elephants: US 4) Ice Forteana! US 5) Secret Room in Temple: Lebanon 6) Linnaeus’ Ghost: Sweden 7) Female Boxing Match: England 8) Medieval Astronomy: Arab world and from the archives 9) Classicists and the other side Other links: Albino death […]

    The Index Biography #16: Prize = A Good Book February 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Index Biography #16: Prize = A Good Book

    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 about the individual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph […]

    History Roundup 338 including a Jousting Death February 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 338 including a Jousting Death

    Today’s links follow. 1) Horse Slasher: London 2) Imperial Eggs: Russia and elsewhere 3) Indo-European Languages: off the Steppes 4) Pharaoh Killed in Battle: Egypt and Abroad 5) Convict Ship Stats: London 6) Animals and Blue Plaques: England 7) Joust Casualty: England 8) Best Friends After Death: Renaissance Italy and from the archives 9) Return […]

    Daily History Picture: Cittern Player February 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Cittern Player

    John Durand’s wonderful cittern picture…  

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