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  • History Roundup 800: Supernatural Shenanigans March 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 800: Supernatural Shenanigans

    Today’s links follow 1) Vapour Man: US 2) A Demon Who Saved His Soul: Syria 3) Bottle Ghost: Italy 4) Great Cursed Ghost Family: Wales 5) Haunted Pubs: UK and from the archives 6) Why Did the Axis Fight the US? Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Genesis, Supper’s […]

    Daily History Picture: End of the World March 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: End of the World

    St John (right) peers into the future…

    A Green Stranger or Angel or Fairy? March 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Green Stranger or Angel or Fairy?

    Lots of supernatural creatures from the Green Knight to aliens are green: and the general, though by no means universal opinion of folklorists has been that green is for vegetation. Here is one reference from the late 17C* that has  confused Beach. We are in Westmorland in north-west England and this is from a one […]

    New History Books: Milton, Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare March 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Milton, Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

    Giles Milton, Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare Another British brains vs Nazi brawn?

    Review: The Lost Story of the William & Mary March 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Review: The Lost Story of the William & Mary

    There is a new series of history books, products of the internet age, that have amateur historians putting together works that are, often, better than those by professional historians. The reason for the success of these amateurs is simple. They concentrate on contemporary sources, sources that are now increasingly available online for those ready to […]

    New History Books: Bosworth, Claretta: Mussolini’s Last Lover March 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Bosworth, Claretta: Mussolini's Last Lover

    R. J. B. Bosworth, Claretta Mussolini’s Last Lover Really the woman of Mussolini’s life. This is the book that Beach most wants to read this month…

    Victorian Urban Legends: Wellington’s Breeches March 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Wellington's Breeches

    Nice 19C story. Mrs. Loudon was lately in the neighbourhood of Strathsfieldsaye, and being always anxious to visit spots remarkable for fine specimens of the vegetable world, and hearing that she was likely to gratify her taste at the gardens of the Duke of Wellington, she wrote to His Grace, conveying her special desire to […]

    History Roundup 799: Water, Water… March 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 799: Water, Water...

    Today’s links follow 1) Taking the Waters: Buxton 2) Visiting the Titanic: Ocean bottom 3) Water Wonderworld: San Francisco 4) Tides: Bookstore 5) Dam! China and from the archives 6) Ghost Horror! Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Dambusters

    Daily History Picture: George Tames the Dragon March 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: George Tames the Dragon

    Kill a dragon, yes; tell stories about him; but please don’t ever turn him into a dog…

    The Copper Piece Spell March 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Copper Piece Spell

    Location: this spell is attested in a court case from 1856 (Anon 1856) from the West Riding of Yorkshire. The spell had been carried out by a famous Leeds cunning man, Harrison, and his client, William Dove, had unfortunately graduated onto murder on the advice of his master, a crime for which he would later […]

    History Roundup 798: Modern Eccentricities March 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 798: Modern Eccentricities

    Today’s links follow 1) Blue: the wardrobe 2) Blue Skies: the lab 3) Lemonade Lifesaver: France 4) Mother Divine: US 5) Liberals and History: mmmm and from the archives 6) Seven Headed Monster Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Help!

    When God Spoke in a Wind: the Battle of the Frigidus March 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    When God Spoke in a Wind: the Battle of the Frigidus

    The Battle of the Frigidus 394 was one of the most important clashes as the Western Roman Empire was winding down: Honorius, the loss of Britain, Gerontius in Spain all just above the horizon… 5 and 6 September of that year, two enormous armies, perhaps as many as 150,000 men, took to the field under, […]

    Daily History Picture: St Christopher as Dog Head March 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: St Christopher as Dog Head

    One of Christianity’s strangest icons…

    Review: Death and the Dolce Vita March 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Death and the Dolce Vita

    Stephen Gundle is one of the best British writers on Italy. He has dealt with Italy film industry, the Italian ideal of beauty and the relationship between Botteghe Oscure (the nasty old Italian Communist Party) and Moscow. However, his most mainstream book is Death and the Dolce Vita: the Dark Side of Rome in the […]

    History Roundup 797: Books and Fragments March 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 797: Books and Fragments

    Today’s links follow 1) Parr as Author: England 2) The Greatest Library: Egypt 3) Darwin’s Fragments: US 4) English Phrases: the dictionary 5) Propaganda: the streets and from the archives 6) Food Orgy Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Essential Nick Drake

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