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  • Thomas Lucy and Shakespeare’s Lost Ballad September 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Thomas Lucy and Shakespeare's Lost Ballad

    Most Shakespeare scholars believe that Shakespeare’s first plays were written in about 1590, a couple of years before the sonnets: Shakespeare would have been 26. But there must have been earlier attempts, now lost apprenticeships in prose and poetry, where Shakespeare learnt his art. It is just possible that we get a distant echo of […]

    History Roundup 891: Tech September 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 891: Tech

    Today’s links follow 1) Math Pioneers: Babylonia (important) 2) Late 19C Technology: UK 3) Darwin’s Destiny: Britain 4) Modern Pyramid: Detroit! 5) 18C Doctors: East Anglia and from the archives 6) Charles I and Cromwell Other links: Billy Connolly Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Super Swimer Shoots Arrow Down September 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Super Swimer Shoots Arrow Down

    Here is a remarkable feat of arms recorded as a poem on an inscription, put up in AD 118 on the banks of the Danube by a Roman soldier, Soranus. Given that this is a public statement of the feat, we can assume that it actually happened. This is I, once the best known of […]

    Daily History Picture: Chocolate Riot September 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Chocolate Riot

    1953 sweet rationing ends in the UK

    Sutherland Fire Ball September 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Sutherland Fire Ball

    ***dedicated to Roberto*** This appeared in Blackwood’s Magazine under the title ‘A Southron in Sutherland’, Sutherland being a Scottish county. The year of publication was 1906: the year of the experience was 1882. An unusually vivid account of a fire ball of some kind. Note the way that it rises out of the road. In […]

    History Roundup 890: Animals September 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 890: Animals

    Today’s links follow 1) Elephant Misconceptions: Europe (best read this week) 2) Hell’s Squids: the Med 3) Dog Hell: Chicago 4) Animal Images: looking forward to reading about this in a couple of years… 5) Eating Dogs: Eurasia and from the archives 6) Shakespeare Road Trip Other links: Bizarre object in Atlantic Any links to […]

    Daily History Picture: 1920s US September 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 1920s US

    Loved the kid.

    History Roundup 889: Battle, Violence and War September 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 889: Battle, Violence and War

    Today’s links follow 1) When Orwell Met Hitler: Germany 2) Bread and War: Europe 3) Violence in England: London 4) Child Soldiers: Poland 5) Mata Hari: Europe and from the archives 6) Female Flyting Other links: NDEs and American Veterans Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: English Fighting in Ireland September 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: English Fighting in Ireland

    Note the decapitated head: 1578 Image of Ireland

    History Roundup 888: Graves September 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 888: Graves

    Today’s links follow 1) Frozen Animals: Siberia 2) Literary Giant Grave: China 3) Archaeology of Mass Graves: note choose read free online option 4) Pyramid Graves: Peru 5) Pre-Mortem Amputations: Portugal and from the archives 6) Flight in 17C Warsaw Other links: Looking for planet 9, Renaissance advertising Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT […]

    Daily History Picture: 50th Division in Normandy September 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 50th Division in Normandy

    British troops breaking out…

    History Roundup 887: The Supenatural (Welcome Back) September 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 887: The Supenatural (Welcome Back)

    Today’s links follow 1) Sky Battle: the Netherlands 2) Doll’s Ghost: US 3) Cursed Tree: Mexico 4) Creepy Fairies: UK 5) Loch Ness Ghost: Scotland and from the archives 6) Head Hunting German Phrenologists Other links: American Marines in Korea Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Mermaid Monday: Mermaids at Mombassa September 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Mermaids at Mombassa

    African mermaids from 1825. It is one of those bulletins from ‘foreign climes’ that provided British newspapers with so much of their copy in the 1700s and through much of the nineteenth century. Note how the mermaids are just slipped in, like the silly item at the end of the news. Aug. 1. The Espiegle, 18, […]

    Werewhales! September 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Werewhales!

    Different countries, of course, have different shape-shifters. Northern Europe and France have a strong werewolf tradition. Amerindian peoples have a lot of changing into birds. In northern Scandinavia shaman became deer. Early modern Britons did not change into bears, but they often met headless bears that changed into other things: confusing I know. Vampires are […]

    Drunk Thesps, Faith’s Vomit and a Cake-Caked King September 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Drunk Thesps, Faith's Vomit and a Cake-Caked King

    Christian IV of Denmark (r. 1596-1648) was a proactive, alcoholic king and one of the strongest arguments Beach knows for a republic. He got Denmark embroiled in several useless wars but made up for this by renaming Oslo Christiania after himself. In July 1606 this troublesome and vain individual descended on Britain and he and […]

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