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  • History Roundup 229 including Bulgarian Vampire Grave October 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 229 including Bulgarian Vampire Grave

    Today’s post is on mad fighting Florence and today’s links follow. 1) Vampire Grave: Bulgaria 2) Worship the Storm God: Israel 3) Antique Mass Graves: Turkey 4) Eleanor and the Dead: Medieval England 5) Legal Hobby: Ohio 6) WW1 Grave Recorder: UK 7) Headache Blues: loved the picture 8) Sleeping in Car with Coins: Roman Britain and […]

    Daily History Picture: Cat Plays Lute October 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Cat Plays Lute

    Late medieval French book of hours  

    Multi-Dimensional Civil War in Fourteenth-Century Florence October 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Multi-Dimensional Civil War in Fourteenth-Century Florence

    Civil Wars are generally – the American Civil War is a fascinating exception – confusing with there almost inevitably being more than two factions. However, it is arguable whether, with apologies to Syria and Bosnia, the world has ever experienced civil wars quite as confusing as those reported in Florence, Italy in the fourteenth century. […]

    History Roundup 228 including Killing with YOUR STD October 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 228 including Killing with YOUR STD

    Today’s links follow. 1) Killing Nazis with STDs: Czech Republic 2) How War Saves Lives (except in the Stone Age): Everywhere 3) Time Capsule Opened: US 1914 4) Dredging Up Objects: World Oceans 5) Hawk Settlement: UK (don’t know why but this place gave me tremors) 6) Hydraulic Telegraph: Rome etc 7) Bronze Age Silver Queen: […]

    Daily History Picture: Being Sick in the Middle Ages October 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Being Sick in the Middle Ages

    The earliest image of vomit?

    The Greater Irish Rattlesnake? October 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Greater Irish Rattlesnake?

    Irish children are brought up with the attractive lie that St Patrick drove all snakes from the country when he arrived in Ireland in the fifth century. Certainly there are no indigenous snakes in Ireland, but over the years small snake populations have been established; not least in the Irish boom when snakes became prestige […]

    History Roundup 228 including Visceral Haunting October 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 228 including Visceral Haunting

    Today’s links follow. 1) Eve’s Closest Dead Relative: Africa 2) Beer from 19 Cent: Ocean floor 3) Oldest Cave Art? Indonesia 4) Haunted Body Parts: US 5) What Happened to Oliver’s Head: England 6) Digging for Freedom Beneath the Wall: Berlin 7) Stray Dogs to Space Heroes: Soviet Union 8) Sex vs God, How America Got […]

    Daily History Picture: Lights Up At Nuremburg October 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Lights Up At Nuremburg

    The Nazi faithful salute the fuhrer at Nuremberg.

    Did Joan of Ark see Fairies? October 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Did Joan of Ark see Fairies?

    Anyone who has ever read a book on Joan of Ark will know that the English-hater was supposed to have had some kind of relations with fairies. But what exactly were those relations? The trial at which Joan battled for her life in 1431 included a long list of charges against the Maid. Some of these […]

    History Roundup 227 including Slave Altar October 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 227 including  Slave Altar

    Today’s post is on poison duel and animals and today’s links follow. 1) Most Far Flung War Graves: distant places 2) Finding Philip: Greece 3) Mysterious Slave Altar: Maryland 4) Playing Hitler: US 5) Scottish Fairies Thesis: Virginia! 6) Scanning Descartes’ Skull: France 7) Hitler Back from the Dead: something called Tinder 8) Where Columbus REALLY […]

    Daily History Picture: Evacuating Saigon October 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Evacuating Saigon

    The last helicopter leaves Saigon: the US ‘occupation’ is over; the hell of war is over, a new hell awaits the inhabitants…  

    The Poison Duel 8#: Animal Poison Duels October 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 8#: Animal Poison Duels

    Thanks to Chris from Haunted Ohio Books for pointing out a dimension of the poison duel that Beach had recklessly passed by: poison duel by animal. First, the tarantula duel from 1887 courtesy of Chris Grand Forks [North Dakota] Daily Herald 20 September 1887: p. 3 A Toledo (O) special dispatch says: Particulars of a […]

    History Roundup 226 including A Legendary River October 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 226 including A Legendary River

    Today’s links follow. 1) Female Jewish Pilot: Soviet Union 2) Vikings Vain: no surprise here 3) Salem Before Salem: US 4) Pen from Poe’s Coffin: US 5) Map Mistake at Waterloo: Lowlands 6) Local Communities Saving Buildings: UK 7) Cataloguing Medieval Doodles: Europe 8) The Saraswati River, Did It Exist: Greater India and from the […]

    Very Late Witch Case from Norfolk, 1941 October 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Very Late Witch Case from Norfolk, 1941

    This blog has long taken pleasure in noting late cases of witchcraft from Britain and Ireland. From time to time Beach announces, in arrogance, that this case or other was absolutely the latest: just last month it was an assault on a witch from 1924 from Devon. However, the following remarkable case seems to make […]

    History Roundup 225 including Archive of Mysterious Animals October 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 225 including Archive of Mysterious Animals

    Today’s links follow. 1) Woops, I Just Dropped A Nuclear Bomb: Soviet Union 2) Ash in Europe: Alaska 3) Long Lost Archive of Mysterious Animals: a treat… 4) History of the Gondola: Venice (video) 5) Georgian Recipes: UK 6) Glasgow Poverty c. 1970: Scotland 7) The Big Hairs Return: Great picture 8) Amazon Poem: UK and […]

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