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  • History Roundup 924: Animals October 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 924: Animals

    Today’s links follow 1) Presidential Raccoon: US 2) Yellow Cats: Mainly US 3) Excommunicating Ants: Brazil 4) Elf Locks: Stables 5) Animal Psychology: Library and from the archives 6) The Imposter Other links: The night they drove old dixie down Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Irish Feast October 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Irish Feast

    Remarkable piece: late 1500s. Note that the two bare-bottomed men, top left, may be professional farters…

    History Roundup 923: Paranormal October 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 923: Paranormal

    Today’s links follow 1) Green Horrors: All over 2) Fairies and Cherry: Cornwall 3) Nature of the Paranormal: the academy 4) Hill Ghost: Wales 5) School Survey of Folklore: Ireland and from the archives 6) Blind Mice Other links: Strategy of Detente Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Sad Grave October 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sad Grave

    Couldn’t forget this one. At leas there are flowers.

    Roy Vickery, the Green Man October 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Roy Vickery, the Green Man

    Much of British folklore has been carefully curated and packed into volumes on library shelves: but most of British folklore lies, in truth, uncollected out in the fields. This brings us to one of the heroes of modern British folklore, Roy Vickery. RV is a botanist with a long-term interest in the folklore of plants: […]

    History Roundup 922: Foods and Drugs October 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 922: Foods and Drugs

    Today’s links follow 1) Gross Foods: All over 2) Twain and Drugs: US 3) Bread History: Ancient world 4) Lebanese Wine History: Minority interest but fascinated…. 5) Cooking without history: and from the archives 6) Midsummer Oak and Skeletons Other links: The Hooded Man Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: October 23, 2017

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

    1942 Stalingrad: unlikely he survived… Tim from Detritus writes: ‘I realize that the History Photos are subject to less reader scrutiny than the formal posts.  But your “Grizzled German Soldier” caught my eye.  The uniform was odd. It has a Luftwaffe “eagle” and an Infantry combat badge. Perhaps an antiaircraft unit that was forced into a […]

    Mermaid Monday: Early Welsh Mermaid October 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Mermaid Monday: Early Welsh Mermaid

    Mermaid images from medieval Britain and not particularly common. There are quite a few medieval carvings, some explored in an interesting  2013 book Of Sirens and Centaurs by Alex Woodcock. But actual drawings or paintings are rare. This is why this fabulous doodle in a fourteenth-century Welsh manuscript is so exciting. The manuscript in question […]

    Leprosy Spell October 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Leprosy Spell

    Location: Roman Italy where leprosy is well documented. This is one of these ancient treatments that is presented as science but reeks of magic. Aim: limit progression of leprosy Ingredients: bugs, fire, earthenware pot, linen cloth, rose leaves, salt, vinegar and water. Method: (i) Gather some insects in. These should be cantharides (spanish fly, fat […]

    Moth: Shakespeare’s Most Mysterious Fairy October 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Moth: Shakespeare's Most Mysterious Fairy

    An important fairy institution are bad productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in which a little girl with brown butterfly wings runs on stage being announced as Moth, one of Titania’s maids. Yet bad moth costumes may all be based on a misunderstanding. The basics. Titania, it will be remembered, has four servants: Peaseblossom, Mustardseed, […]

    History Roundup 921: Miscellany October 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 921: Miscellany

    Today’s links follow 1) Marriage: UK 2) Vikings (sympathetic, mixed etc etc): Scandinavia 3) Breast Cancer in the Middle Ages: Medieval Europe 4) Early Surgery: hospitals 5) Islamic Vikings: Scandinavia and from the archives 6) Against All Odds Other links: Tom Petty, Learning to Fly Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Sinatra Selfie October 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sinatra Selfie

    Young Sinatra in the bathroom

    Death by Carpet October 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Death by Carpet

      Beach has been worrying for a while about  the death of the last Abbasid Caliph in February 1258. The man in question, al-Musta’sim-Billah Abu-Ahmad Abdullah bin al-Mustansir-Billah had had the misfortune, fifteen years into his reign, to be confronted with a massive Mongol invasion under Hulegu. Al-Musta’sim-Billah was not a particularly martial sort and […]

    History Roundup 920: Deaths October 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 920: Deaths

    Today’s links follow 1) Stalin’s End: Russia 2) Tombstone Fairies: US 3) River Death: India 4) War Grave: Channel Islands 5) Grave Robber: Kenya (!!) and from the archives 6) Last Word Last Lies Other links: I think we are alone now Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Pompeii Joke October 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Pompeii Joke

    Sorry!

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