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  • A Roman Coin in the Congo! February 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    A Roman Coin in the Congo!

    Roman coins turn up in the wildest places: Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Iceland… But who would have ever guessed the discovery of a Roman coin in sub-equatorial western Africa? The reference was first given Italian Rivista of Numismatica (vi, 1893, 45). However, the passage quoted here is a digest from Mouvement Géographique (26 Nov 1893): En […]

    History Roundup 321 including Death Whistles and Slave Management Theory February 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 321 including Death Whistles and Slave Management Theory

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mysterious Inscription: Anglo-Saxon? 2) Slave Management Theory: Roman Empire 3) Death Whistle: Meso-America 4) A Bit of Mantua: not Mantua 5) Earliest Twin Grave: Siberia 6) Ancient Culinary Tours: Italy 7) First Human Canonball: North America and England (sorry for missing this) 8) Breakfast History: the West and from the archives […]

    Daily History Picture: An American Welcome February 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: An American Welcome

    Dated to 1923 (1943?? see below), white angst in (West Coast?) America 10 Feb 2015: Leif writes ‘The photograph is from 1942 or 1943, not 1923. What is a poorly dressed woman doing with a professionally painted sign on her house? In the prewar era a woman would wear nice clothes for a photograph, assuming […]

    The Peshev Insurgency February 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Peshev Insurgency

    Dimitar Peshev was a middle ranking interwar Bulgarian politician of conservative persuasion. He served briefly as Bulgarian minister of Justice in the mid 1930s, then returned to the back benches with an honorific position in parliament. He survived the Second World War and, miraculously, the communist purges that followed, though he spent a year in […]

    The Game of Dead (French) Kings February 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Game of Dead (French) Kings

    Tennis, one of the most dangerous games ever created, at least if you are a royal… Beach does not have the exact figures for how many royals ruled Europe from 1000-2000 but an approximate calculation brings up 1200. Of those twelve hundred three died from tennis, a small amount admittedly, a mere quarter of a percent, […]

    History Roundup 320 including Hung, Drawn and Quartered and Found February 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 320 including Hung, Drawn and Quartered and Found

    Today’s links follow. 1) Quartered Body: England (horrific) 2) Shakespeare’s Sonnets Solved: England 3) Saving in the Frost: Antarctica 4) Blackbeard’s Medical Kit: the seven seas 5) Dragon Dinosaur: China (bones influential in legend?) 6) Meditating Mummy: Mongolia and from the archives 7) Moa Sightings Other links: Education and the Economy in the US, Seeing […]

    Daily History Picture: Hung Drawn and Quartered February 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Hung Drawn and Quartered

    Yikes, this is Hugh Dispenser having a very few unpleasant minutes. He was lowered down onto the ladder to be castrated and then his bowels were slowly removed…

    Goodbye Constantinople February 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Goodbye Constantinople

      ***Some might like to listen to the very topical Strange History theme song while reading this, thanks to Chris S for the tip*** The night of 28 May 1453 the Emperor of Byzantine, Constantine, ‘the eleventh of his name’, went for a ride with his friend, George Sphrantzes, on the city walls of Constantinople, […]

    History Roundup 319 including Rude Parrots and Golden Hats February 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 319 including Rude Parrots and Golden Hats

    Today’s links follow. 1) 70,000 Yr Old Village: Africa 2) Ancient Archery: Hawkeye? 3) Four Golden Hats: Bronze Age Europe 4) Rude Parrots: England (great) 5) Holocaust Photos: Central Europe (ghastly) 6) Itching Powder and Submarines: France and Britain 7) Vaccination and Fashion: France 8) The Vanishing Triangle: Ireland and from the archives 9) Romans […]

    The Hairy Boggart of Weeton February 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Hairy Boggart of Weeton

    ‘Boggart’, it will be remembered, is a British north(-western) word meaning ‘bogey’: it was a promiscuous word and covered everything from a ghost to a troll (and sometimes a scarecrow). Individual settlements in Lancashire, northern Cheshire and northern Derbyshire, parts of the Ridings (particularly the West) and surprisingly Nottinghamshire had boggart haunted areas. Sometimes they were glades, […]

    History Roundup 318 including Michaelangelo Statues Found? February 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 318 including Michaelangelo Statues Found?

    Today’s links follow. 1) Napoleon and the Regent: France-England 2) Last Michaelangelo Statues: Cambridge, UK 3) Mysterious Murders: Australia 4) Historic Library Up in Flames: Russia (our look at great library fires) 5) Weird Noises on Boat: Nicaragua (Esoterx always the best titles) 6) Deep Ellum Occurrence: Dallas 7) The Clairvoyant and the Wet Nurses: […]

    Daily History Picture: Goodbye at the Wall February 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Goodbye at the Wall

    Crying woman says goodbye to a small boy at the point where the Berlin Wall is about to be built: 1961.

    The Eugenics of History? February 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Eugenics of History?

    Eugenics refers of course to the depressing strand of thinking that says that societies (for which read boffins with bow ties employed by the state) should be allowed to decide which of us can and cannot reproduce our genes. Eugenics was briefly fashionable in the 1920s and 1930s then the Nazis came along and, perhaps […]

    History Roundup 317 including New Massacre Grave for Batavia February 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 317 including New Massacre Grave for Batavia

    Today’s links follow. 1) Batavia Grave? Australia 2) New Gospel: Egypt 3) Celtic Cauldron: Germany 4) Medieval Chess Workshop: England 5) Ancient Graveyards: Poland 6) Napoleon in an English Royal Palace: Windsor 7) Ancient Wristguard: Scotland (strangely intimate) 8) Fake Mummies: in the Vatican!!! and from the archives 9) the Search for Fusang Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Monkeys Again February 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Monkeys Again

    This time making vellum? Source

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