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  • Daily History Picture: Puck? January 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Puck?

    Whoops, lost my note on this one, but I think this is Puck of Pook’s Hill introducing himself and British history to Kipling’s children.

    Fairy Vampires #1: Spence Speaks January 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Fairy Vampires #1: Spence Speaks

    Vampire legends arrived in Britain and Ireland from the east of Europe in the eighteenth century and were, then, celebrated in fiction in the early, mid nineteenth century (The Vampyre, 1819 and Varney the Vampire, 1847). Two of the great popularisers of vampires in, what was then, the UK were, of course, Irish: the brilliant […]

    Victorian Criminal Slang January 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Criminal Slang

    Beach has been enjoying Pickpockets, Beggars and Ratcatchers by Kellow Chesney on London’s underworld in the teeming, dirty and unmatchable nineteenth century: the illustrations are great too. One of the joys about entering this world is the lively slang used by the underclass. The following come from Pickpockets but also from one of the most […]

    New History Books: Defying the IRA? January 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Defying the IRA?

    Brian Hughes, Defying the IRA? Not sure about the question mark but hope to read this before the summer.

    Spoilt Royal Brats: Alexei Romanov January 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Spoilt Royal Brats: Alexei Romanov

    Royal parents have a unique problem. They have to bring up their children like anyone else (or, ok, pay others to do so), but they also have to convince their children that they are God’s anointed. Infants painfully learn that the world does not revolve around them: yet, in the case of royal children, particularly heirs […]

    New History Books: Shadow Warriors January 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Shadow Warriors

    Gordon Thomas and Greg Lewis, Shadow Warriors of World War II: The Daring Woman of the OSS and SOE A good few months for espionage and spy books. I look forward to reading this one…

    History Roundup 747: Archaeological Special January 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 747: Archaeological Special

    Today’s links follow 1) Lost City of Trellech: Wales, England 2) 2017 Archaeology Stories to Watch for: the net 3) Fabulous Mosaics: Turkey 4) Archaeology from outer space: the upper atmosphere 5) Sword freshly excavated: China and from the archives 6) Sham Virgins and Conversion Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com […]

    Daily History Picture: Epiphany Pic January 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Epiphany Pic

    Goodbye Christmas…

    Epiphany Gift: Superstitions of the Irish Peasantry January 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Epiphany Gift: Superstitions of the Irish Peasantry

    These nine stories were published in 1825, then somehow fell through the cracks of history. William Wilde (Oscar’s dad) claimed in 1852 that they were the best things out there on Irish folklore. Yeats later (from what Beach can see) pretended to have read them, but there is suggestive evidence that he had not. Here […]

    History Roundup 746: Turning Hitler into a Woman January 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 746: Turning Hitler into a Woman

    Today’s links follow 1) History of Strange Fruit: US 2) Strange Science: the lab (site that has just swum onto my radar) 3) Barbie Fashion Designer, the History of: Computer 4) Turning Hitler into a Woman: Britain and Germany 5) Selling Mein Kampf: Germany and from the archives 6) bombing roulette Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks […]

    Fairy Armies: A Medical Explanation? January 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Fairy Armies: A Medical Explanation?

    We have literally hundreds of British and Irish fairy sightings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and it is striking how often fairies are seen in battle garb: the fairy armies. Yes, there are important folklore traditions about fairies fighting each other: the hosts of Ulster against the host of Connaught, the host of Ireland […]

    Daily History Picture: Paleo Tines January 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Paleo Tines

    When these animals were frightening. The intricacy and unreality of the horns… Invisible, 8 Jan 2017: While the creature in the painting is a little Seussian, I don’t see that the horns are completely unrealistic. The Cincinnati Museum Center has a prehistoric elk skeleton that is utterly terrifying; the horns depicted aren’t that far from the genuine […]

    In Defence of Fakelore January 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Modern
    In Defence of Fakelore

    ***dedicated to RJ*** Fakelore – fake folklore – is a term which we owe to Richard Dorson, who first employed the word in print in 1950. Beach recently followed suit in an article and was surprised at the howl of rage from several readers. It seems that fakelore is off-limits in decent society: whoops! Here is Francisco […]

    Daily History Picture: Imagined Ghosts January 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Imagined Ghosts

    When the gown goes ‘boo’!

    The Crowd Swindle January 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Crowd Swindle

    The originality of Victorian criminals is often breath-taking. Here is a particularly fine dodge and something that would have made a quite excellent Sherlock Holmes short story. A remarkable case of attempting to extort money is reported from New York. Some years ago, it may be remembered, a Mr Rosenbaum, in London, was annoyed in […]

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