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  • Daily History Picture: Steamy Fox Hunt February 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Steamy Fox Hunt

    The modern age intrudes on an age old pursuit: English fox killing.

    Scoundrels and Pisspants: WW2 Ambassadors and Declarations of War February 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Scoundrels and Pisspants: WW2 Ambassadors and Declarations of War

    Diplomats and ambassadors find themselves in a rather unusual situation. They are to represent their country, first and foremost, of course, but they are also to fraternize with their adopted country. This strange and strained sets of loyalties makes declarations of war particularly painful. The ambassador meets the foreign secretary with whom he has often […]

    History Roundup 327 including Girl Who Married Ghost February 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 327 including Girl Who Married Ghost

    Today’s links follow. 1) Colonial Finds: Charleston 2) Girl Marries Ghost: Oklahoma 3) Lincoln Body All Over the States: US 4) Conquistador Smoke Discovered: Peru 5) Ancient Child Excavated: Orkney 6) Berthouville Treasure: Getty 7) Lamplighters: London 8) Dragons: all over and from the archives 9) Roman werewolves Other links: history of world in very […]

    Daily History Picture: More Snail Wars! February 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: More Snail Wars!

    Twelfth century snail wars? My money’s on the main with a mace

    European Kings: the Most Dangerous Job in the World? February 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    European Kings: the Most Dangerous Job in the World?

    Last week’s silly post on royal tennis deaths and flashbacks from Game of Thrones got Beach thinking. We all die, but if you were a European monarch what were the chances that someone would kill you? The weekends are short so Beach limited himself to England. From 1000-1700 there were 43 monarchs: obviously there is some […]

    History Roundup 326 including Fairy Picts February 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 326 including Fairy Picts

    Today’s links follow. 1) Bed, Bread and Dead in Herodotus: ancient med 2) Dog Saints: France 3) Sword Forging Secrets: India 4) Ancient Brain Surgery: Siberia 5) Dippy Moving! UK 6) Caterina Sforza and Alchemy: Italy (Beach once looked up CS’s skirt: you do not mess with this lady) 7) Picts as Fairies (MacRitchie heresy): […]

    You Can’t Go Home Again: Aunt Janey and Other Stories February 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    You Can’t Go Home Again: Aunt Janey and Other Stories

    Qua campis cervos agitabat sacra juventus/ Incumbit fessus nunc baculo senior./ Nos miseri, cur te fugitivum, mundus, amamus? (‘Here the holy young man who chased deer in the fields, now, stands a broken old man with a stick/ O what wretches! Why, world we love, do you flee from us?’) Alcuin O Mea Cella Beach’s […]

    History Roundup 325 including Sex Cult Sites February 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 325 including Sex Cult Sites

    Today’s links follow. 1) New Copy of Magna Carta: England 2) Ancient Sex Cult: Middle East 3) Runic Primer: the Cold North 4) Georgian Valentines: UK 5) Original Mandela Nelson Autobiography: South Africa 6) Counterfactual Alexander: Near and Middle East 7) Bible and Bullets: Australia 8) The Middle Ages Not As They Were But As […]

    Daily History Picture: Experimental Weapon in Detroit February 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Experimental Weapon in Detroit

    Experimental torpedo boat on Detroit river, 1940  

    Two Hebridean Losers Harrow Hell c. 1600 February 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Two Hebridean Losers Harrow Hell c. 1600

    Trip away today so a brief post about a rather unusual denouement to a life, Scottish Highland style. Allan was a villainous magician. In fact, we have come across him in the past roasting cats. When Allan was dying on his home island of Mull (in the 1600s though we are in a legendary past […]

    History Roundup 324 including Rolling Rocket Bomb February 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 324 including Rolling Rocket Bomb

    Today’s links follow. 1) Rolling Rocket Bomb: Britain of course 2) Shaking Hands with Dead Kings: England 3) Origins of Word Hack: English 4) Cannibal Castle: Scotland 5) 18 Cent Trade Cards: UK 6) Devil’s Brigade Finally Gets Medals: US 7) Epona: Celtic Roman 8) Oldest Playing Cards: Dutch and from the archives 9) Codex […]

    Daily History Picture: Bombed Out Dresden February 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bombed Out Dresden

    Looking down at destroyed Dresden, after the allied occupation  

    Immortal Meals #20: The Breakfast That Killed Seven Hundred February 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Immortal Meals #20: The Breakfast That Killed Seven Hundred

    Let us, first, introduce Fort Douaumont. The mightiest of the Verdun forts, Douaumont was captured by the Germans early in the battle for Verdun, 25 February 1915, just four days after fighting had begun. The fort was taken (with hardly a shot being fired) because of unbelievable French carelessness in garrisoning the jewel in their Verdun […]

    History Roundup 323 including Chocolate Babies February 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 323 including Chocolate Babies

    Today’s links follow. 1) Pillars of Lights: US 2) 7 Baby Horror: London 3) Folklore Foundation: Ireland 4) Chocolate Baby: France 5) Amazons II: Zenobia 6) Thomas Cromwell, Wrong: England 7) Sex in Baby’s Tomb: Ireland 8) One House, Two Couples, Three Deaths: Texas and from the archives 9) Holy Adowa! Remember the Ethiopian warriors […]

    Daily History Picture: Dividing Germany February 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures, Uncategorized
    Daily History Picture: Dividing Germany

    German propaganda poster about what the allies would do should they win the Great War: it may have been wise…  

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