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  • History Roundup 143 including the Father of Witchcraft July 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 143 including the Father of Witchcraft

    Today’s link is on a lost Roman history and today’s links follow: 1) Weird Colour Theories: became a cult in the early 20 cent 2) New Roman City: Egypt 3) Oldest Down Syndrome: France, Late Roman or Post Roman 4) The Oldest Sheet Music: actually stone music 5) The Father of Witchcraft: Gerald Gardner (Beachcombing […]

    Burning Libraries: A Saucy Roman History Book July 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Burning Libraries: A Saucy Roman History Book

    This blogger remembers some sweaty hours reading Robert Graves’ translation of Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars, Roman history reduced to salacious tabloid gossip. The sex, the violence, the sex, the poison, the magic, the sex and, of course, that swimming pool… But once Suetonius stops writing Roman history lovers have almost nothing until Ammianus Marcelinus’ surviving […]

    History Roundup 142 including Bigamy, Blackmail and Erotic Graffiti July 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 142 including Bigamy, Blackmail and Erotic Graffiti

    Today’s post on impossible meals in the Renaissance. And here are the links: 1) Earliest Erotic Graffiti: or a snake… 2) South American Burial Site: New Culture in Peru 3) The Haunting of Francis Drake: “I’m not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I’m afraid of what real human beings to do other […]

    Immortal Meals #15: Full Up at Ferrara July 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #15: Full Up at Ferrara

    As noted in a recent post late medieval and early modern feasts often had as their point not the consumption of simply massive quantities of food, but the ostentatious displays of simply massive quantities of food, most of which would not be touched by human hands: at least once they had come out of the […]

    History Roundup 141 including Elephant Pigs and Communism on Mars July 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 141 including Elephant Pigs and Communism on Mars

    Today’s post on grave goods in the nineteenth century and today’s links follow: 1) Urinating Lenin: Poland’s Revenge 2) 18 Cent Marriage Customs: W&M 3) Selling Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Hideout: 4) Hellfire Cave: West Wycombe, UK 5) Isn’t Widowhood Great: ?!? 6) Elephant Pigs: and the Rothschilds?!? 7) More on Amelia’s Rivet: with proper picture […]

    Nineteenth-Century Gravegoods in Somerset July 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Nineteenth-Century Gravegoods in Somerset

    The burial of children is always extremely melancholy. The very tragedy of putting a loved child in the ground – memories of an Anglo-Saxon grave in Oxfordshire covered previously by this blog – leads relations, siblings and particularly parents to an unusual pitch of grief and in that grief they sometimes make unusual decisions. Certainly, […]

    History Roundup 140 including Skin Grafts and Chariot Tombs July 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 140 including Skin Grafts and Chariot Tombs

    Today’s post is on the stupidest duels and today’s links follow: 1) Skin Grafts and Fireworks: New Jersey 2) Where Was Eden? Here’s the thing… 3) Corpses Falling from the Sky: never work in a munitions factory 4) Another Chariot Tomb! France 5) Roof Garden for the Blind: NY 6) London Railway Unearths Skeletons: 3000 […]

    The Ten Stupidest Duels in History July 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Ten Stupidest Duels in History

    Duelling was a sensible institution that, from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, reminded young men, and sometimes women, of a particular social class that – never mind how they had been spoilt growing up – words and actions had consequences. Most individuals who paced around in Hyde Park  slashing the air with their swords, […]

    History Roundup 139 including Oldest Sandwich and Shot at Dawn July 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 139 including Oldest Sandwich and Shot at Dawn

    Today’s post on dragon graffiti and today’s links follow 1) Nazi Poster Child was Jewish: memories of the whole Hitler was Jewish debate 2) Britain’s Oldest Sandwich: and probably the world’s 3) Deserters Shot at Dawn: WW1 (get ready to weep) 4) Beautiful and Weird Silver Bowl: Dark Age Holland 5) Dangers of Independence Day: […]

    Treasure Dragon Graffiti in Orkney July 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Prehistoric
    Treasure Dragon Graffiti in Orkney

    Maeshowe was a Megalithic tomb on Orkney. At some point our Viking ancestors broke in and desecrated the innards of Maeshowe with their tiresome graffiti. We have visited some of these graffiti before while in search of an axe. However, of special interest today is the treasure graffiti: translation Bruce Dickinson. It is true what […]

    History Roundup 138 including Thor’s Hammer and Torture Colorado July 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 138 including Thor's Hammer and Torture Colorado

    Today’s post on the restaurant where WW1 began (or did it?) and here are the links. 1) Did Humans Wipe Out the Passenger Pigeon: kind of 2) Gettysburg Predicted: blame the quakers 3) Meat-Eater Tombs: Turkey 4) Thor’s Hammer: ‘this is a hammer’ (Viking intellectualism) 5) Blackadder Really Fought: only if you know the BBC […]

    First World War Began in Restaurant in France? July 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    First World War Began in Restaurant in France?

    ***Dedicated to Ricardo who sent the photos and the story*** The Bibent is a plush restaurant in central Toulouse: on Trip Advisor it had got (at least as of this evening) a very respectable 178 Excellents out of 537. Of course, no place could go 150 years without picking up some history, in the same […]

    History Roundup 137 including Ancient Tattoos and Black Ladies July 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 137 including Ancient Tattoos and Black Ladies

    Today’s post on hair jewellery and today’s links follow. Many handshakes were sent in, btw, but this kind-of handshake won it. Don’t do it Breda! Beautiful. 1) Ancient Tattoos: courtesy of the British Museum 2) Black Lady Back: Mourning Show 3) Weird British Buildings: for holidays! (gotta love the Pineapple) 4) Dangers of Baby Boom: in […]

    Three Wellingtons To Rule Them All and Hair Jewellery July 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Three Wellingtons To Rule Them All and Hair Jewellery

      I came across this story while looking into the history of magic rings. It is some, shall we say, marginalia, written into the back of a volume that was subsequently scanned by Google. This is not the first time I’ve come across an intriguing reference on an online scan, but this one begged more […]

    Beachcombed 49 July 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 49

    Dear Reader, just finished my single summer course and now have two free-ish months for writing. Mrs B’s nausea has receded: we found that ripe melons somehow work for her. The baby is almost at six months, by the end of July it will be ‘viable’: serious kicking began last week. Little and Tiny Miss […]

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