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  • Daily History Picture: Vinyl Listening Booths April 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Vinyl Listening Booths

    What a world we’ve lost…

    Perugian Witch, 1908 April 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Perugian Witch, 1908

    Perugia is a marvelous medieval city in Umbria, about half way between Rome and Florence. The following account of early twentieth-century witchcraft there was not, in itself, remarkable, but Perugia has a special place in Beach’s heart and so he hoped vainly perhaps, that someone could fill in the blanks. The great problem with Italian […]

    History Roundup 625 including King Arthur Fake April 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 625 including King Arthur Fake

    Today’s links follow. 1) Virgin Birth: Bible 2) Churchill and His Bills: UK 3) King Arthur Fake: Glastonbury 4) Art at Hadrians: Roman Med 5) 18 Cent Prostitutes: England 6) Slave Graves: US and from the archives 7) Napoleon and the Little Red Man Other links: Battle of Algiers

    Daily History Picture: Deposition April 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Deposition

    Ghirlandaio Vespucci image from Borgo Ognissanti (Florence). There may be Amerigo in the background…

    The Real Romeo and Juliet April 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Real Romeo and Juliet

    It is always pleasant in history to look back to the moment when something began; when the unwinding shoot starts to fracture the seed shell. It is the evening of 26 February 1511 and Antonio Savorgnan and his men are enjoying a ball at his sister Maria Savorgnan’s house in Udine (Italy), Piazza Venerio. The evening is tense. […]

    History Roundup 624 including Martians at Gettysburg and Vikings in Canada April 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 624 including Martians at Gettysburg and Vikings in Canada

    Today’s links follow. 1) Vikings Are Back: Canada 2) UFOs at Gettysburg: US 3) Bronte in London: England (what would Emily have made of it?) 4) Review of Latest Kissinger Biography: US 5) Smelly Letters: UK 6) Dream States: the Library (where they should stay!) and from the archives 7) Preferring Heaven to Hell Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Hare Killing April 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hare Killing

    That medieval obsession again…

    The Spaw Monster April 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Spaw Monster

    This is a ghost account from 1839. It starts simply enough, but it has some remarkable features. One of those singular cases commonly classed amongst the supernatural, has produced a considerable sensation amongst the inhabitant of the district of Middleton and the surrounding villages. The following are a few of the particulars. In a small […]

    History Roundup 623 including King Werewolf! April 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 623 including King Werewolf!

    Today’s links follow. 1) King Werewolf: England 2) New Etruscan Stele: Italy [70 characters!] 3) Medieval Whip Found in Abbey: England 4)  New Tomb: Egypt 5) Stone Moving: England (laughed a lot!) 6) Shoes on the River: Danube and from the archives 7) Oldest Flame Other links: A Matter of Life and Death

    Daily History Picture: Japanese World Map April 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Japanese World Map

    1853

    WW2 Myths: Forgetting General Winter April 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    WW2 Myths: Forgetting General Winter

    Today a bit of WW2 cobblers: the myth that the German High Command in 1941 forgot that there was a winter in the Soviet Union; thousands of German soldiers on the road to Moscow would be immobilized by ‘General Winter’ and have to face -20 or -30 degrees with nothing but lederhosen. Now as it […]

    History Roundup 622 including Thomas’s Bastards April 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 622 including Thomas's Bastards

    Today’s links follow. 1) Back to Palmyra: Syria 2) Three Hares: Euroasia 3) Thomas’ Bastards: England 4) Stonecutter Love: Cemetery (look out for the ‘probably’) 5) Prehistoric Hunting Tactics: the Steppes 6) Flood Vision: US and from the archives 7) King Arthur’s Grave Other links: Queen, Under Pressure

    Daily History Picture: Mug Shots April 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Mug Shots

    1888, a forger!

    The Ghost of Coalville: Women in the Choir April 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Ghost of Coalville: Women in the Choir

    The village of Ravenstone (Leicestershire, UK) has, apparently, one church and Beach has not found anything in my books or on the internet about it having ghosts. However, this appeared in 1934. The old parish church of Ravenstone, near Coalville, is said to be haunted. According to villagers, during the evening services an apparition takes shape out […]

    Review: A Word Geography of England April 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Review: A Word Geography of England

    When Beach was a little tyke (boy) he used to run out to lek (play) and then he and his friends would go to the shop to buy spice (candy): trousers were ‘togs’ in those not so halcyon days, and missing school was ‘skiving’. Dialect is dead in England (save perhaps in the north-east), but […]

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