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  • The Man Who Lost Germany the Great War? December 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Man Who Lost Germany the Great War?

    A couple of indisputable, non-negotiable Great War facts. In early September 1914 the German army came smashing down on the French army at the Marne. In the decisive battle of the first part of the war, the French, with some assistance from the brave but plodding Brits, managed to hold the Germans. However, everyone on […]

    History Roundup 275 including Royal Lineage Doubts December 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 275 including Royal Lineage Doubts

    Today’s links follow. 1) Vikings and Child Sacrifice: the badlands 2) Rockery Stone Surprise: Britain 3) Ritual Horns Found: Ireland 4) 120K for Robert Bruce: Scotland 5) Royal Lineage Questions: Britain 6) Crude GPS System: medieval libraries 7) Frankincense in Roman Dirt: Britain! 8) Ghost Ship: Hawaii and from the archives 9) Transvestite Knights Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Working in Medieval Fields December 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Working in Medieval Fields

    Beautiful fifteenth century Book of Hours. Love the bare feet…

    Devil on the Trans-Siberian Railway December 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Devil on the Trans-Siberian Railway

    Beach has previously celebrated strange railway superstition stories, the simple and unsurprising fact that innocent peoples faced with long lines of track and steam behemoths running across country naturally mixed up science and superstition and interpreted the train as a demon or bogey. Most strikingly there is the fate of the Plains Indians in their battle with […]

    Daily History Picture: Parliament in Flames December 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Parliament in Flames

    Parliament in flames in 1834

    Faking History on the Internet #2: Fairies Dug Up in Ireland! December 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Faking History on the Internet #2: Fairies Dug Up in Ireland!

    Beach is really getting into all these fake history news-stories on the internet: the champions of which are the generic sounding worldnewsdailyreport, the malodorous yet strangely attractive offspring of National Enquirer rutted with the History Channel. We have reported one of their previous fictions and have an especial joy now in spreading the word that […]

    History Roundup 274 including Wife Selling December 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 274 including Wife Selling

    Today’s links follow. 1) Eating Well in the Mines? Holy Land 2) Da Vinci’s Chinese Mum? Italy 3) Wife Selling: England (Strangehistory post on this) 4) Murder by Math: Greece 5) Mummifying Yourself to Death: Japan 6) Bronze Age Collapse: Ireland 7) Spirit Baby: Iowa 8) Fungi Ancient and Modern: leafmould 9) Amazing Submarine Story: […]

    Was Leonardo’s Mother a Slave (Chinese or Otherwise)? December 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Was Leonardo's Mother a Slave (Chinese or Otherwise)?

    Madness on the internet in the last few days with the announcement that Leonardo da Vinci’s mother was a Chinese slave and that she is the Mona Lisa. Many readers will have stumbled upon this theory and enjoyed its improbability, but they may not know that there has been almost ten years of similar theories […]

    History Roundup 273 including Mrs Guppy the Snow Queen December 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 273 including Mrs Guppy the Snow Queen

    Today’s links follow. 1) Deciphering Spells: Egypt 2) Divine Advertising: Libya 3) Paganini’s Corpse: France, Italy 4) A Real Sherlock Holmes: Manchester 5) Medical Blackmail: London 6) Mrs Guppy The Snow Queen: UK 7) Churchill’s Funeral Carriage Restored: 8) Golden Fleece Mysteries: Black Sea 9) Letters we Lost: the alphabet and from the archives 9) […]

    Daily History Picture: Boiler Blow Up December 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Boiler Blow Up

      Early train disaster, the fear of travelling by rail in the early nineteenth century.

    An Early Icelandic Fairy December 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    An Early Icelandic Fairy

    Iceland has often featured on this blog for two reasons: first, because it is a part of the formula by which the thuggish Vikings made it to the New World five centuries before Columbus; and, second, because it retains in its traditions some particularly old pagan customs, customs that have been absorbed or overlaid by […]

    History Roundup 272 including Outrageous Benjamin Franklin December 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 272 including Outrageous Benjamin Franklin

    Today’s links follow. 1) Van Gogh Murdered: Implausible but… 2) Trap Door to Time Capsule: Liverpool 3) Dangers of Travelling by Chaise: Highway 4) Lady of Elche: Spain 5) Invasion Fundraising: Scotland 6) Outrageous Benjamin Franklin Stunts: US 7) Tommy Food: the front 8) Beneath the Great War: Trenches and from the archives 9) Nationalising […]

    Daily History Picture: Heads Turn for Kim Nowak December 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Heads Turn for Kim Nowak

    Ignore the movie star, Kim Nowak, as she sits and look at the faces in the dining car, 1956

    Persians and Romans at the Ends of the Earth December 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Persians and Romans at the Ends of the Earth

    The story is a simple one. A Roman and a Persian arrive by boat at the same time in a foreign port. Both are taken off to see the king (suggesting that the visitors were actually dignitaries) and the king decides to provoke them ‘Which of your kings is the greater and the more powerful?’ Of course, […]

    History Roundup 271 including Brilliant Lost Picture Story December 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 271 including Brilliant Lost Picture Story

    Today’s links follow. 1) Genetic Surprise: Easter Island 2) Antique Musical Instruments Back to Life: US 3) An Uppity Woman: Mycenea 4) Vintage Mug Shots: Australia 5) Vampire Film: Serbia 6) Chamberlain Did the Right Thing? Britain (documentary debate) 7) Archaeological Life in Cartoon: China 8) Hitler’s Favourite Dictator: Turkey 9) Lost Picture Found: US […]

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