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  • Prostitutes Past September 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Prostitutes Past

    Beach has recently been reading around medieval and early modern prostitutes. Of course, contemporary sources are not particularly vivid in this respect. Between canon law and town legislation, we either get an hysterical appeal to the coldest parts of the Gospels, or pounds, pennies and halfpence. In fact, if you want to relive the medieval […]

    History Roundup 684 including Medieval Hangover September 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 684 including Medieval Hangover

    Today’s links follow 1) Medieval Hangover: Ireland 2) Diving To Save a Font: London 3) Ancient Child Miners: Wales 4) Renaissance Modernism (Beato Angelico meets D’Annunzio): Gallery 5) John Adams and 1770 Trial: US (the event that made America?) and from the archives 6) A Dead American in County Cork Other links: why scam emails […]

    Daily History Picture: Fished Out of the Thames September 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Fished Out of the Thames

    Magnificent Roman jug

    Bottomless Pit in the Californian Desert September 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Bottomless Pit in the Californian Desert

    There are two interesting references in Helter Skelter (Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry), the description of the Charles Manson murders, to a bottomless pit in the Californian desert. First, a little background for anyone coming to this new. Charles Manson was a charismatic and unpleasant individual (a promising combination) who gathered a group of impressionable […]

    Daily History Picture: Baltic Mermaid September 4, 2016

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

    Love the beard…

    Intuition and Espionage September 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Intuition and Espionage

    A nice story about intuition and intelligence work. Aldrich Ames was a CIA operative and a schmuck. Starting in 1985 through 1993, when he was finally arrested, Ames gave Russian intelligence information in exchange for bags of cash. In short, a number of assets were executed and imprisoned in the Soviet Union so Ames could […]

    Zombie Contagion: Origins September 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Zombie Contagion: Origins

    Beach read and watched a lot of zombie fiction this last summer. There was the Living Dead, the nightmarish Crossed and Alan Moore’s incredible adaptation, not to mention 28 Days Later. Beach is not an out and out zombie fan. In fact, he finds zombies, per se, the least interesting of all our supernatural fauna. (If Beach was […]

    History Roundup 683 including Pharmacy Signs and Spook Lights September 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 683 including Pharmacy Signs and Spook Lights

    Today’s links follow 1) Queen Victoria Letter in Charity Shop: UK (of course) 2) Pharmacy Signs and History: Portugal 3) Spiritual Telegraph and Spook Light: New York 4) Strange History of Marathon: International 5) Roman Invasion Was Bloody: Scotland and from the archives 6) Roman Coins in Iceland Other links: Academic vs popular writing; The Way […]

    Daily History Picture: US Enters Great War September 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: US Enters Great War

    From a Canadian paper

    Bosom Lizards in Ireland September 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Bosom Lizards in Ireland

    Beach has recently run across an incredible folklore and forteana resource: the transcripts of the 1930s Irish Schools survey where local traditions were written down by budding students and their teachers: thanks to Stephen D for sending it in. There is a lot to get excited about but first off here are three bosom serpent […]

    Beachcombed 75 September 1, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 75

    Dear Reader, and so term is beginning. First class this morning. Butterflies and relief, for the first time in a decade, that the summer is over. Still 48,000 academic words written and some fun had. There follow the c. 10000 most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to all contributors… Have a great September! […]

    Index Biography #33: Prize a book August 31, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Index Biography #33: Prize a book

    ***Leif got it, spool down for the answer…*** The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We […]

    Lying Periodicals? August 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Lying Periodicals?

    Academics and serious historians get very worked up about publication dates. It is important to know, for example, whether, a publication on the Arab world was published before or after 11 Sept 2001; it is important to know whether bold new research (a) came before or after bold new research (b). Most of us can […]

    Remembering the Strips August 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Remembering the Strips

    Today is an important day in the calendar of the Beach family, Beach and kids get to open the massive piggy bank (Money Pig) in the downstairs bathroom. Beach has then to double any money found there – it has been a year… – then kids, minus Beach, go out to spend Money Pig’s money […]

    Strange Labrador Monster August 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Strange Labrador Monster

    Here’s a creepy little report of an unidentified creature from the Canadian North East. Labrador is the mainland territory just past Newfoundland. This was the territory that c. 1000 Vikings visited to get wood for the Greenland settlement. The man writing is a medical doctor, Wilfrid Thomason Grenfell. His autobiography has several entertaining or intriguing […]

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