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  • Hortatory Names May 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hortatory Names

    Hortatory names were names given by Puritans in South-East England and, to a much lesser extent, in New England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A hortatory name exhorts correct Christian behaviour with the few syllables of the first name available. A tame example might be Hope Smith, a more dramatic example might be Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon, […]

    History Roundup 402 including Best Pirate Ever! May 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 402 including Best Pirate Ever!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Most Successful Pirate in History? Seven Seas 2) Forgotten Medieval Hero: Scotland 3) In Search of Alabama Soldier Family: Netherlands 4) American Indian Massacre Site: Idaho 5) Treasure Ship: Finland 6) Child Abduction: London 7) Stone Age Eels: Prehistory 8) Byron Anorexic: Britain and from the archives 9) Renaissance Vandalism at San […]

    Bizarre Seventeenth-Century Jury List May 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Bizarre Seventeenth-Century Jury List

    There follows a jury panel list from Sussex in the UK dating to the seventeenth century. A simple question: what is wrong with it? Beach has placed the forenames in bold and the surnames in italics: the final names are the local towns. Accepted Trevor of Norsham Redeemed Compton of Battle* Faint-not Hewit of Heathfield […]

    Daily History Picture: American Gothic Originals May 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: American Gothic Originals

    The models….

    History Roundup 401 including a Persian Buddha?! May 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 401 including a Persian Buddha?!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Enamel and Migration: Indus Valley 2) Prehistoric Shield: England 3) First Shots Fired at Waterloo: Belgium 4) Hitler’s Ghost: Berlin 5) Policeman in 1830s: London 6) Forgotten Pneumatic Railway: London 7) Persian Buddha: Babylonia 8) WW2 Cartoons for Sale: Auction House and from the archives 9) Table Leg That Changed History […]

    The Nile’s Flooding and the Limits of Logic May 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Nile's Flooding and the Limits of Logic

    Herodotus was fascinated by Egypt, a kind of topsy-turvy version of his Greek world, and above all, in the second book of the Histories, he shows that he was fascinated by the Nile that ran through Egypt. The great mystery with the Nile for Herodotus and his readers, though it seems to have little bothered […]

    Daily History Picture: Titanic Iceberg? May 6, 2015

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

    A myth? This photograph is supposed to be the iceberg that ‘did it’ to the Titanic. See the paint along the side… 25 May 2015: NH has strong feelings… Not, I suggest. This photograph was up for sale in 2012 It is similar but marked as taken from a different ship. The entry says there […]

    History Roundup 400 including an Irish Dracula! May 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 400 including an Irish Dracula!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cripps, A Forgotten Prime Minister (Wannabe): Britain 2) Prehistoric Europeans in the Western Hemisphere: Americas 3) Colonial Digs: Jamestown 4) Historical Ignorance: US 5) Rune Stick: Denmark 6) Gruesome Ritual Cremation: London 7) Dracula Out West: Ireland? 8) Last Meals of the Famous: Dining Table 9) Also loved medieval Yoda and […]

    Execution by Cannon May 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Execution by Cannon

    Human beings have long showed remarkable ingenuity at getting rid of their fellow human beings, especially perhaps human beings that they do not like. Once the cannon was invented it was only a matter of time before someone tied a prisoner to the front and lit a fuse, blowing his body into a constellation of pain, the […]

    Daily History Picture: Bomb Berlin! May 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bomb Berlin!

    British hoarding in central London 1940.  

    History Roundup 399 including Ghost Fires in Canada! May 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 399 including Ghost Fires in Canada!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Raise the Dead: Kentucky 2) Hitler’s Birth Place: Austria 3) Colonisation: Pacific Sea 4) Ghost Fire: New Brunswick 5) Plane Nose Art: US 6) Eskimo Origins: Alaska 7) Climate Change and Societal Collapse: Tibet 8) Too Many Witches: France and from the archives 9) Nice Machine Gunners Other links: podemos bubble bursting […]

    The Manufacture of Chinese Wildmen May 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Manufacture of Chinese Wildmen

    This comes from a British newspaper and 1892. It appeared in a curiosity column along with an item on marrying trees (really!). All this to say that this material should probably be treated with circumspection if not downright superstition. Or perhaps someone recognizes an obscure Chinese custom or institution: drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com Beach would […]

    History Roundup 398 including Robin Hood Origins May 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 398 including Robin Hood Origins

    Today’s links follow. 1) Scott’s Last Photos: Antarctica 2) Humans Kill Neanderthals? Prehistory 3) Potato Birth: Comic 4) Bicycle Face: Bike lane (sorry might have put this already but very good) 5) Royal Babies (Georgian): England 6) Man Posts Himself: England (of course) 7) Wheat Has Been Sorry for Too Long: Seattle (Capital Punishment Case) 8) […]

    Hono Heke, A Maori Chief from Ireland?! May 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hono Heke, A Maori Chief from Ireland?!

    In the Middle Ages the Irish were for ever finding Gaels in surprising parts of the world. The soldier who pierced Christ’s side on the cross was Irish, Simon Magus was an Irish druid, etc etc.  It is a shock to find, though, that this endearing habit lasted into the nineteenth century. In June and […]

    History Roundup 397 including Professional Ghosts May 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 397 including Professional Ghosts

    Today’s links follow. 1) Georgian May Days: England 2) More Terracotta Warriors: China 3) Professional Ghost: England 4) Irish Potato Famine: Comic 5) Baseball Speed Gun, the First: US 6) Men Shortage Post WW1: France (fascinating) 7) History of the Dust Jacket: the library 8) Reincarnation: Egypt/London! and from the archives 9) Dragons and Hairy […]

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