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  • The Furthest Viking Raid June 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Furthest Viking Raid

    From the very late eighth century Scandinavians left their homelands to raid. These raiders were called vikings and historians usually capitalize the word to give us the Vikings: pagan crusaders out for money, slaves, blood and saga-glory. They began with what was close at hand, the northern islands (Shetland, Orkney etc), then they moved onto […]

    History Roundup 674 including the Words the Volcano Ate June 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 674 including the Words the Volcano Ate

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ancient Designer Labels: the Roman Empire 2) Words Retrieved from Volcano: Italy 3) Glastonbury Reconstructed: York! (moving) 4) Last Dachau Priest Dies: Germany and from the archives 5) Eugenics of History Other links: Big Country Thirteen Valleys

    Daily History Picture: Fire of London June 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Fire of London

    Painted lovingly from the Thames

    The Kaiser and the Crowned Prince June 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Kaiser and the Crowned Prince

    This story may or may not be true: but as all good Victorians would tell ‘it might as well have been’. The Emperor of Germany is, of course, that world destroyer Wilhelm II, and the tale is absolutely at one with his martinet, aggressive nature. It might be worth noting that at this date the […]

    New History Books: After Stalingrad June 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: After Stalingrad

    Some of the most horrific stats from WW2 are the survival rates of Russian and German POWs in each other’s camps. Adelbert Holl’s After Stalingrad is now available in English.

    Medieval Whaling Account from Ireland? June 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Medieval Whaling Account from Ireland?

    Beach was very excited to find this reference yesterday from the works of al-`Udhri an eleventh-century Arab writer in Spain (thanks to Caitlin Green). Al-‘Uhdri was quoted by another author (al-Qazwini) in the thirteenth-century. This passage allegedly shows a glimpse of Ireland through Arab eyes. The Norsemen have no capital in all the world save […]

    The Renwick Cockatrice June 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Renwick Cockatrice

    Renwick is a pretty Cumbrian village with one bizarre episode in its past: a duel between a local and a deadly cockatrice in the first decade of the seventeenth century. There are a good many references to this legend in the nineteenth century. But the earliest written version appears as an aside in  Hutchinson’s History of the […]

    New History Books: Executing the Rosenbergs June 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Executing the Rosenbergs

    Lori Clune, on the demise of Mr and Mrs R: Executing the Rosenbergs: Death and Diplomacy in a Cold War World, perhaps the book I’m most looking forward to this month…

    History Roundup 673 including Old-Age Whales June 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 673 including Old-Age Whales

    Today’s links follow. 1) Beowulf Online: the internet 2) Old-Aged Whales: Deep Sea 3) Astral Projections and Ships: Atlantic 4) Blowing Up the Pyramids: Egypt 5) Coroner Fun: England 6) Nazi Fighting Bear: Poland and from the archives 7) Long Distance Oral Transmission Other links: Big Country, Just a shadow

    The Baby and the Fairy Bush June 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Baby and the Fairy Bush

    This is a heartbreaking notice from one of the Irish papers, 1862. First a little background. The Irish countryside had literally hundreds of ‘fairy trees’ (particularly thorns) and ‘fairy bushes’, which were associated with ‘the good people’: one such Fairy Bush appears here, though Beach has found no trace of it in other records. Second, […]

    Daily History Picture: The Great War Dead June 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Great War Dead

    From Wooden Crosses, the French film, one of the most moving Great War images.

    History Roundup 672 including the Devil is a Tenor June 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 672 including the Devil is a Tenor

    Today’s links follow. 1) Georgian Women and Music: England 2) Spanish Civil War Colony: Scotland 3) More Roman Notepads: London 4) Prehistoric Massacre: France 5) Medieval Book Spines Hide Secrets: Library 6) The Devil is a Tenor: Music Hall? and from the archives 7) Killing the Witch’s Rooster Other links: Twitter poetry generator, Next of Kin, British […]

    Tread on Her Toes: And Other Regency Seduction Tips June 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Tread on Her Toes: And Other Regency Seduction Tips

    Beach ran across this guide to seduction while searching for proof about the ancient science of mole divination. The date is apparently Regency (early 1800s?). There is some nonsense about marriage not debauchery, but then we get down to the sexual brass tacks and there isn’t a vicar or congregation in sight. First, your likely […]

    Daily History Picture: Lottery Madness June 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Lottery Madness

    The last 19C lottery.

    History Roundup 671 including Shakespeare as Shark and Seer June 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 671 including Shakespeare as Shark and Seer

    Today’s links follow. 1) DNA Decoding the War Dead: Spain 2) Dead Man Standing: the morgue (article of the week) 3) Shipwreck in the Desert: Namibia 4) Shakespeare as  Ruthless Business Man: the city… 5) Shakespeare and the Supernatural: a graphic 6) Follow the Bison: America and from the archives 7) Lynton Ghost Other links: […]

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