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  • The Renwick Cockatrice June 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Renwick Cockatrice

    Renwick is a pretty Cumbrian village with one bizarre episode in its past: a duel between a local and a deadly cockatrice in the first decade of the seventeenth century. There are a good many references to this legend in the nineteenth century. But the earliest written version appears as an aside in  Hutchinson’s History of the […]

    New History Books: Executing the Rosenbergs June 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Executing the Rosenbergs

    Lori Clune, on the demise of Mr and Mrs R: Executing the Rosenbergs: Death and Diplomacy in a Cold War World, perhaps the book I’m most looking forward to this month…

    History Roundup 673 including Old-Age Whales June 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 673 including Old-Age Whales

    Today’s links follow. 1) Beowulf Online: the internet 2) Old-Aged Whales: Deep Sea 3) Astral Projections and Ships: Atlantic 4) Blowing Up the Pyramids: Egypt 5) Coroner Fun: England 6) Nazi Fighting Bear: Poland and from the archives 7) Long Distance Oral Transmission Other links: Big Country, Just a shadow

    The Baby and the Fairy Bush June 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Baby and the Fairy Bush

    This is a heartbreaking notice from one of the Irish papers, 1862. First a little background. The Irish countryside had literally hundreds of ‘fairy trees’ (particularly thorns) and ‘fairy bushes’, which were associated with ‘the good people’: one such Fairy Bush appears here, though Beach has found no trace of it in other records. Second, […]

    Daily History Picture: The Great War Dead June 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Great War Dead

    From Wooden Crosses, the French film, one of the most moving Great War images.

    History Roundup 672 including the Devil is a Tenor June 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 672 including the Devil is a Tenor

    Today’s links follow. 1) Georgian Women and Music: England 2) Spanish Civil War Colony: Scotland 3) More Roman Notepads: London 4) Prehistoric Massacre: France 5) Medieval Book Spines Hide Secrets: Library 6) The Devil is a Tenor: Music Hall? and from the archives 7) Killing the Witch’s Rooster Other links: Twitter poetry generator, Next of Kin, British […]

    Tread on Her Toes: And Other Regency Seduction Tips June 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Tread on Her Toes: And Other Regency Seduction Tips

    Beach ran across this guide to seduction while searching for proof about the ancient science of mole divination. The date is apparently Regency (early 1800s?). There is some nonsense about marriage not debauchery, but then we get down to the sexual brass tacks and there isn’t a vicar or congregation in sight. First, your likely […]

    Daily History Picture: Lottery Madness June 16, 2016

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

    The last 19C lottery.

    History Roundup 671 including Shakespeare as Shark and Seer June 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 671 including Shakespeare as Shark and Seer

    Today’s links follow. 1) DNA Decoding the War Dead: Spain 2) Dead Man Standing: the morgue (article of the week) 3) Shipwreck in the Desert: Namibia 4) Shakespeare as  Ruthless Business Man: the city… 5) Shakespeare and the Supernatural: a graphic 6) Follow the Bison: America and from the archives 7) Lynton Ghost Other links: […]

    French Witch Burning, 1886 June 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    French Witch Burning, 1886

    Many moons ago, Beach began the long search to find the last witch killing in history. He quickly narrowed down to Western witch killing, because of course, there are many killings in Africa and Asia to this day. Every so often he thinks he has come close, but then another inconvenient and later murder falls […]

    Daily History Picture: The Dead Rise! June 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Dead Rise!

    Love the bodies emerging from the waves, how many shipwrecks?

    History Roundup 670 including Hobbit Ancestors and Biblical Typos June 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 670 including Hobbit Ancestors and Biblical Typos

    Today’s links follow. 1) Hobbit Ancestors: Flores 2) Biblical Typos: the library 3) Prehistoric Butter: Ireland 4) Ban the Vikings: Scotland 5) Kublai Khan’s Palace Discovered? China 6) Scrap of Paper that Won the War! Britain and from the archives 7) Naked Christianity Other links: How Germany Could Have Won WW1

    Dead Rats, Stoned Teachers and Sergeant Monday June 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Dead Rats, Stoned Teachers and Sergeant Monday

    Sergeant Monday was a festival in the north-western English town of Kendal for the installation of a new mayor. Basically this was a Saturnalia for the children of the town: and by ancient convention any students in school would be ‘battered out’ by older boys, who would intimidate teachers into silence. Hundreds of kids would then […]

    Daily History Picture: Calabrian Pipers June 14, 2016

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

    Not sure why but found this charming…

    History Roundup 669 including Bat Lover in the Attic June 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 669 including Bat Lover in the Attic

    Today’s links follow. 1) Massive New Petra Discovery: Jordan 2) Church Dinosaurs: Georgia 3) Returning Ghost: England 4) Mediterranean Origins of Agriculture: Europe 5) Lover in the Attic: US 6) Ancient Computer: Greece and from the archives 7) Necessary Murder? Other links: State of Europe polling (well done), La Donna Cannone, a song for overweight […]

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