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  • The Lost Tragedy of Anne Boleyn January 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Lost Tragedy of Anne Boleyn

    An entry in the burning libraries catalogue… In 1536 Anne Boleyn was executed for sexual betrayal and for plotting the murder of the king, her husband Henry VIII. Beach has examined these extraordinary claims in another post, sufficient to say for now that there was almost certainly no substance to them, but that Henry VIII […]

    History Roundup 311 including Reading Lost Roman Library January 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 311 including Reading Lost Roman Library

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oldest Gospel Fragment: Nova Scotia 2) Early Butchery: Spain 3) Ivan’s Lost Library:  Russia 4) Defending the Buttery: Scotland 5) Reading Pompeii Library: Italy 6) Roman Graffiti: the Empire 7) Folk Horror: England (and a bit in Scotland) 8) Poe’s Psychic Message: the other side and from the archives 9) Tenth-Century […]

    Daily History Picture: Running for Freedom January 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Running for Freedom

    Hans Schumann runs for freedom in Berlin, 15 Aug 1961

    The Eighteen Year Old Problem: Murder in WW2 France January 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Eighteen Year Old Problem: Murder in WW2 France

    Beach had, as a historically-inclined teenager, a recurrent dream, where he was on an island in a lake and a Viking boat full of blond psychos was coming toward him (and there was nowhere to go and nowhere to hide). The extract below has something of the same terrible inevitability. Certainly, having read this a […]

    History Roundup 310 including the Painter and the Devil January 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 310 including the Painter and the Devil

    Today’s links follow. 1) First Geological Map: Britain 2) Tut’s Beard Gone: Egypt 3) Communist Video Arcades: Soviet Union 4) Love in the Ruins: Warsaw 5) Vicky Visions: England and elsewhere 6) Ammonite Troubles: Palestine 7) War Comics: Auction House 8) Painter and Devil: Austria and from the archives 9) Droit du Foreigner (sex adn […]

    Daily History Picture: French Resistance Amazon January 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: French Resistance Amazon

    God, help any German prisoners…

    Green Children of Woolpit 5: Parallels January 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Green Children of Woolpit 5: Parallels

    Beach must start with apologies. He promised four posts on the green children but he was not able to contain himself. Here, then, is a fifth dreamt up in the outer rings of fever in the last couple of days (flu now been ravaging for a week). Beach set himself a simple question: to what […]

    History Roundup 309 including Walking Corpses January 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 309 including Walking Corpses

    Today’s links follow. Horrible flu, sorry for suspension of normal services… 1) Walking Corpse: Ohio 2) Ghost Clothes: clanking down the stairs 3) Parrot, Bird, Phonograph Fight: New York 4) Getting the Victorians Wrong: UK 5) Hippy Commune Photos: US (love the group meditation) 6) Pompeii in Lego: Australia 7) New Tats on Otzi: High […]

    Daily History Picture: Eating Fish January 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Eating Fish

    I have no idea but disturbing…

    Green Children of Woolpit 4: Why Bean Stalks? January 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Green Children of Woolpit 4: Why Bean Stalks?

    The fourth and final post on the green children of Woolpit and this time the mystery of the beans. First, William: ‘Cum ergo inedia iam paene deficerent, nec tamen aliquid ciborum, qui offerebantur, attenderent, forte ex agro contigit fabas inferri, quas illico arripientes, legumen ipsum in thyrsis quaesierunt, et nihil in concavitate thyrsorum invenientes amare […]

    Green Children of Woolpit 3: Why Green Skin? January 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Green Children of Woolpit 3: Why Green Skin?

    Of the green children of Woolpit William of Newburgh writes: Ex his fossis tempore messis, et occupatis circa frugum collectionem per agros messoribus, emerserunt duo pueri, masculus et femina, toto corpore virides, et coloris insoliti, ex incognita materia veste operti. John Clark translates this, in his recent brilliant essay, as: ‘Out of these ditches, at […]

    Daily History Picture: Execution January 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Execution

    Spanish patriots murdered by Napoleon’s men: Goya 3 May 1808. 31 Jan 2015: Chris S writes in with this ‘Allegedly, the guy holding up his hands in this painting is the inspiration for the “peace sign”. Of course this comes from Wikipedia, so caveat lector.

    Green Children of Woolpit 2: The Mysterious Source X January 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Green Children of Woolpit 2: The Mysterious Source X

    Any historical problem is based on sources and with the mystery of the Green Children of Woolpit there are three sources to be reckoned with. There is William of Newburgh, there is Ralph Coggeshall and there is, Beach is convinced, Document X, a now lost work that both writers drew upon. However, before getting to […]

    History Roundup 308 including Hitler’s Luxuries January 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 308 including Hitler's Luxuries

    Today’s links follow. 1) Roman Baths at Bath: Bath 2) Indian Suffragette Princess: Britain and India 3) Luxuries in the Bunker: Berlin 4) Woops, Hitler Statue: Britain 5) Whig Hostesses: England 6) Admiring History: China 7) Rock of Ages: Turkey and from the archives 8) Greeks First Encounter with Parrot Other links: Watch out your […]

    Daily History Picture: German City Bombed Out January 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: German City Bombed Out

    Cologne didn’t ride the flames…

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