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  • Immortal Meals 17#: Eating with Attila October 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Immortal Meals 17#: Eating with Attila

    From about 400 to about 1200 there are pitifully few western witness accounts: almost all experiences are filtered through poetry, hagiography, or legal documents. We don’t really see scenes or meet characters: there are names and there are gilded set pieces (a wedding, a miracle, a battle). This makes the exceptions so much more exciting… […]

    History Roundup 224 including Why’s This Man Smiling October 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 224 including Why's This Man Smiling

    Today’s post is on a poison duel story and today’s links follow. 1) Why’s this Man Smiling: US (old but absolutely brilliant and horrible) 2) Nazi’s Plans fore South America: Britain, US and Germany 3) Visions of Julia at her Wake: US 4) Witch Girl: Italy 5) Ancient Ritual Bath and Australians: Turkey 6) Barn Hide-away: Maine […]

    Daily History Picture: Assault in Mississipi October 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Assault in Mississipi

    One of the most famous images from the Civil Rights movement. As always with these shots, it is the grinning buffoons who make it. Memories of a bully crowds post.  

    The Poison Duel 7#: Molever vs Mullins October 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 7#: Molever vs Mullins

    To add to the Poison Duels series here is another fictional story. This time from the Sunderland Daily Echo 17 July 1895, but taken originally from Tit Bit 21 July 1894. Beach loved it and found it more satisfying than the other poison duel set in Germany. Other Poison Duel fictions? Drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com There were […]

    Daily History Picture: The Owl and the Magpie October 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Owl and the Magpie

    The owl and the magpie in a luscious medieval miniature. What about the other birds? what is the parable here?      

    Killing Fidel October 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Killing Fidel

    The 1975 Church Committee looked at rogue or extreme CIA activities and took a particular interest in the decision in the late 1950s and early 1960s to kill foreign heads of state, who were deemed unfriendly to US interests. Chief of these was, of course, Fidel Castro, a man who had both succeeded in making […]

    History Roundup 223 including Blackberry Legends October 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 223 including Blackberry Legends

    Today’s links follow. 1) Getting Tudor Music Back: UK 2) Gender Equality in the Neolithic Revolution: Turkey 3) X-Raying the Land: Wales 4) Incredible Early Image of Christ: Spain 5) Blackberry Legends: UK 6) Well Preserved German Bomber: Croatia 7) St Evona and the Devil: Brittany 8) Rogue Metal Detectors: all over the bloody place […]

    Daily History Picture: The Death of Mansur al-Hallaj October 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Death of Mansur al-Hallaj

      Persia’s Socratean moment as Persian mystic Mansur al-Hallaj is killed in Baghdad 922

    Drilling Out Demons in Nineteenth-Century France October 7, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Drilling Out Demons in Nineteenth-Century France

    Folie a deux was once used by psychologists to describe shared madness. Not just one person, but two or three or many more experience the same unreasonable convictions. Strange History wants to offer a short series of cases of shared madness within households, i.e. people living together, typically families. It should be noted that for […]

    History Roundup 222 including Mystery Danish Castle October 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 222 including Mystery Danish Castle

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mystery Castle: Denmark 2) Kids and Museums: Everywhere 3) Climate Pushes Human Settlement: Ancient Pacific 4) WW1 Snaps: UK 5) The Joy of Counterfactuals: review 6) Ritual Site: Poland 7) Arsenic is a Girl’s Best Friend: France 8) 3D Translation of Hittite: Turkey 9) Most Intriguing Historical Lists: Everywhere and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Georgian Flirtation October 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Georgian Flirtation

      Love this image of flirting in a Georgian garden, but what extraordinarily hard faces…. The two know the game.

    FoI and Noah’s Ark October 6, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary
    FoI and Noah's Ark

    Noah’s Ark has had a bit of a rough time over the last hundred and fifty years. Indeed, from the first attacks on what might be called ‘literal Christianity’ the aetheist rottweillers have gone after the Ark with a passion that is frightening. Why? Quite simply because the authors of the Pentaeuch (God or/and mere […]

    History Roundup 221 including Prehistoric Surgery October 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 221 including Prehistoric Surgery

    Today’s post is on poison duels and today’s links follow. 1) Surgery on Prehistoric Fetus: Italy 2) Death Bling: US 3) Oldest Sherlock Film: France 4) The Pickelhoube (that helmet): Germany 5) Medieval Lobotomies: Europe 6) America, Earlier than We Thought: Oregon 7) WW2 Viking Burial: US WOW!!!! 8) Aids 1920s: Central Africa and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Cocaine Toothache Drops October 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Cocaine Toothache Drops

    Cocaine toothache drops, for tiny tots who can’t get to sleep…  

    The Poison Duel 6#: The Poisoned Draught October 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 6#: The Poisoned Draught

    There follows a story that appeared during research into poison duels. As with many duel stories it is thrilling: ref Hartlepool Mail, 18 Dec 1888, 4. Herr Karl von Krulhanser— the Professor, he was called— was an eccentric man of science. With the exception of a few students, to whom he gave private lessons, he […]

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