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  • New History Books: Menagarie April 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Menagarie

    The single book I’m most excited about this month: Caroline Grigson, Menagerie

    Hashish and Assassination April 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Hashish and Assassination

    The Assassins were a well known medieval Shiite sect who delighted in sending out their fida’is (assassins) to kill enemies with daggers. Our word ‘assassinate’ (already used routinely by Dante), of course, comes from these charming individuals. The etymology of Assassin in Arabic has long been supposed to come from the word for hashish (Hashshashin […]

    New History Books: Vodka Politics April 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Vodka Politics

    Sceptical but intrigued about this one: Schrad: Vodka Politics

    Burning Library: Intepretation of the Pythagorean Sayings April 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Burning Library: Intepretation of the Pythagorean Sayings

    Before we get to the lost book, wait  and reflect on its author, the younger Anaximander of Miletus. ‘Our’ Anixmander must not be confused with Anixmander the Elder, arguably the first recorded philosopher who, in the sixth century BC, put down the some lines about the origin of the universe that have, against all the odds, […]

    Daily History Picture: Raising the Dead April 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Raising the Dead

    Haven’t found the origin for this image: seems to be repeated a lot in the 19Cent 30 April 2016, Chris from Haunted Ohio Books: The image of raising the dead is by George Cruikshank and is an illustration from Guy Fawkes, William Harrison Ainsworth, 1840. It represents Doctor Dee and Edward Kelley, exhuming the body of Elizabeth […]

    History Roundup 636 including Prosecuting Necromancers April 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 636 including Prosecuting Necromancers

    Today’s links follow. 1) Incredibly Well Preserved Mummy: Mongolia 2) Bible Age Pushed Back: Library 3) Isis in the East: Egypt and India 4) Earliest Spanish Grave: in Mexico… 5) Prosecuting Necromancers: the Courtroom 6) Manipulating Photographs: the lab and from the archives 7) Rossendale Fairy Nonsense Other links: Libraries and Fair Use, 1960s Recruitment […]

    Britain’s Lost Bogies: Holden Rag April 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Britain's Lost Bogies: Holden Rag

    Holden is a stretch of countryside just to the north of Burnley, a small town in a small county (Lancashire) in the UK. It would be good to give a map at this point but Beach has decided against this  because the nineteenth-century ordinance survey has this territory on an edge between map sheets. That […]

    Daily History Picture: Cher and the Apes April 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Cher and the Apes

    Perhaps not prehistoric history, but still magnificent  

    The Last African Slaves to Be Brought to America: Eyewitness Accounts April 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Last African Slaves to Be Brought to America: Eyewitness Accounts

    The slave trade to America was banned in 1807, but slaves were still brought to America illegally in the decades that followed. The last known slave ship that brought slaves across the Atlantic was the Clotilde in 1859. What is extraordinary about the Clotilde’s journey is that the young slaves who were sold in Alabama, […]

    History Roundup 635 including Mysterious Naked Woman Carving April 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 635 including Mysterious Naked Woman Carving

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mysterious Naked Woman Carving: Scotland 2) Baby Ghost: US 3) Terrifying Demon Carving: Dominican Republic 4) Wine Fortunes: Roman Empire 5) Bohemian Britain Born: London 6) Sonar and the Ship Wreck: US and from the archives 7) A Jewish Hitler Other links: All Lit Up (Drunken Commentary on pre-war Royal Navy): […]

    Daily History Picture: Aretha Franklin Magnificent April 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Aretha Franklin Magnificent

    No date…

    Is St Francis’ Horn Egyptian? April 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Is St Francis' Horn Egyptian?

    A medieval ivory horn is pictured with two mysterious wooden rods, which look like nunchaku, but were actually ‘silence sticks’, banged together before a sermon. The horn is kept at Assisi among the most precious relics of St Francis (obit 1226), because this horn, says tradition, was brought back by Francis from Egypt as a […]

    History Roundup 634 including Disappearing Island April 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 634 including Disappearing Island

    Today’s links follow. 1) Literacy Rates in the Ancient World: Judah (15-20 percent?) 2) Animal Life After Chernobyl: Ukraine 3) Dealing with Bad Dogs: Somerset, UK 4) Glass Kilns: Israel 5) Disappearing Island, 1878: Ireland 6) Mansfield Museum: Ohio and from the archives 7) Human Trousers in Iceland Other links: Cloud Herding, Porn and Religion, […]

    Daily History Picture: Medical Operations Medieval Style April 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medical Operations Medieval Style

    Note Hemorrhoids, bottom left.  

    History Roundup 633 including Sugar Wars and Woodland Sphere in Bosnia April 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 633 including Sugar Wars and Woodland Sphere in Bosnia

    Today’s links follow. 1) Spirals Solved from Space: Peru 2) The Sugar Wars: UK/USA (our take on some of the same) 3) Defending the Soulbury Stone: England (amazing photograph) 4) Inuit Cartography: Canada 5) Weird Sphere in Woodland: Bosnia 6) 19 Cent Burn Out: the Clinic and from the archives 7) Brought Up By A […]

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