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  • A Year-Long Dance in the Eleventh Century? April 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    A Year-Long Dance in the Eleventh Century?

    A busy day here but really this strange twelfth century text (about an eleventh century event) needs little in the way of explanation. Wonder should be enough. William of Malmesbury, who quotes this account, apparently has a witness to hand. Note that Ethelbert sounds an Anglo-Saxon name but it is presumably an Anglified version of […]

    History Roundup 58 including the Dead Zoo April 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 58 including the Dead Zoo

    Today’s post on Korean suicide in the Hague 1) ww2 Shipwreck: sketched 2) April Fools Gone Wrong: horrors… 3) Another Practical Joke: Regency 4) Augustus’ Mausoleum Restored: soon open to tourists 5) Cotton Mather and the Steam Boat: Haunted Ohio Books 6) Rust Proof Column: Delhi 7) Polish Communist Circus Posters: beautiful 8) Tempest Stela: […]

    Hari-Kiri at the Hague? April 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hari-Kiri at the Hague?

    In 1907 three Korean representatives travelled to the Netherlands to persuade the powers meeting at the Hague Peace Conference to revoke Japanese hegemony over Korea. Their leader was Yi Jun (aka Ri Jun, Yi Chun, pictured left) and he and his two colleagues were devastated to learn, upon arrival, that they would not even be […]

    History Roundup 57 including Masks and the Holy Grail April 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 57 including Masks and the Holy Grail

    Today’s post is on migrating birds and geographical knowledge. 1) A Lucky Witch: 1712 2) Why I love her, 1920s: because she doesn’t wear stockings rolled below her knee 3) Why You Should Avoid Learned Women: Blue stockings are out 4) The Self Portrait, A Cultural History: Review 5) Were the Pharoahs Literate: probably yes […]

    Migrating Birds and the Edge of the World April 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Prehistoric
    Migrating Birds and the Edge of the World

    Year in year out birds follow migratory routes from north to south and from south to north. These travelling birds have long intrigued humans who have looked amazed as waves upon waves of birds fly to destinations unknown. These birds have entered human legend: the storks going to Africa to fight the pygmies, the wild […]

    History Roundup 56 including Vicky Breastfeeding and Icelandic Witches April 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 56 including Vicky Breastfeeding and Icelandic Witches

    1) Queen Victoria as Mother: not so bad 2) Vanderbilt Wedding Cake Found: 90 years old 3) Icelandic Museum of Witchcraft: a bit late with this one 4) Excavating the Holocaust: Treblinka 5) Sanxingdui: and the finds that are rewriting Chinese history 6) Lost London: sketches of a forgotten city 7) Screw Clovis! new findings […]

    Gordon Selby: The Luckiest Survivor of WW2? April 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Gordon Selby: The Luckiest Survivor of WW2?

    Long, long ago I did an article on the unluckiest individuals in history. But spurred on by the Gannet Club I’ve started to think in terms of the luckiest and I’ve come across an absolute winner, Gordon Selby, a much decorated son of a Wiltshire farrier. GS (obit 2007) was twenty when the Second World […]

    Beachcombed 46 April 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 46

    Dear Reader, In 30 days term ends and I say goodbye, bar some trifling summer courses, to the world for May, June, July, August and half of September and, finally, make some time to write. God is great and the anticipation is bucking me up no end. Other news: I’ve discovered kindle (wow, worthwhile technology), […]

    History Roundup 55 including Rat Blame and Jinkenmen March 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 55 including Rat Blame and Jinkenmen

    Today’s post is part of the Index Biography (though note I accidentally put two up for the first four hours, sorry!) 1) Runaway Slave: Joins British Navy 2) Mad Jack: ww2 Sword Play 3) The Devil’s Footprints: 1885 Revisited 4) Wildmen in Norway and Selkies on Skis: the title alone… 5) False Pregnancies in Early Modern […]

    The Index Biography 5#: Prize = A Good Book March 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Index Biography 5#: Prize = A Good Book

    The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph […]

    History Roundup 54 including the first cliff hanger March 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 54 including the first cliff hanger

    Today’s post on a renaissance love goddess. 1) Watching Vesuvius Erupt: reconstruction 2) In King Tut’s Shadow: Carter etc 3) Beachy Head Lady: loved this… African Roman slave in Essex? 4) Human Evolution: the Neanderthal in the Family 5) The First Cliff Hanger: Pauline and her Perils 6) Getting to Grips with Anglesey Neolithic: Wales […]

    Love Goddess #8: Simonetta Vespucci March 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Love Goddess #8: Simonetta Vespucci

    Our latest in the love goddess series (for a full list see below) is Simonetta Vespucci (obit 1476), a woman that had the reputation for being the most outstanding beauty of Florence at the apogee of that city’s golden age. We know that she came from Genova (her maiden name was Cattaneo de Candia), we […]

    History Roundup 53 including a flatulent fuhrer March 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 53 including a flatulent fuhrer

    Today’s post on totalitarianism and urban legends: now for the history roundup: 1) Bonnie Prince Charlie: drunken wife-beater 2) Suffragettes: on and off the rails 3) Exhibition for lost Chinese civ: look out for science fiction… 4) More on Cats as Weapons: but can we trust NG? 5) Violet Jessop: little miss unsinkable 6) Should […]

    Totalitarian Leaders, Urban Legends and Motorbikes March 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Totalitarian Leaders, Urban Legends and Motorbikes

    Totalitarian states put their leaders at the very heart of civic life as symbol and reality of fascism/Nazism/communism (or whatever other nightmare a country has fallen into). One of the consequences of the popular focus on the duce/fuhrer/stalin is that the individual citizen comes to feel a special warmth for the head that they might […]

    History Roundup 52 including VE Sex and Gigantism March 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 52 including VE Sex and Gigantism

    Today’s post is lies on free fall. 1) World’s Oldest Yacht: Mann 2) Dad’s Army: Maps… 3) Early Evidence for Gigantism: out west 4) Sex on VE Day: what if the king had seen? 5) In Search of Dead Babies: in archaeology 6) Being a Nazi’s Son: in Egypt 7) Genius Who Killed Himself: blood […]

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