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  • Maria Screams September 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Maria Screams

    A WIBT moment from early nineteenth-century Portugal. Thousands of well dressed but harassed men and women are milling and pushing in Lisbon harbor before a score of great British and Portuguese ships. The tense silence is suddenly broken as a piercing scream begins from behind. The woman’s voice, from a royal carriage is continual. Maria […]

    History Roundup 689 including Viking Rings September 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 689 including Viking Rings

    Today’s links follow 1) Ghost in Parliament: UK 2) DNA Fantasies: the Lab 3) Powerful Rings: the Vikings (God help us) 4) The Fortsas Hoax: Library (our take) 5) Second Sound: Scotland and from the archives 6) Chamberlain Screwing Up at Milan Other links: Nick Cave, Push the Sky Away strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom for consideration of links

    Daily History Picture: The Earth is Flat September 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Earth is Flat

    Great book covers…

    A Shaman’s Apprenticeship September 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    A Shaman's Apprenticeship

    Beach has been interested, nay fascinated, this summer, by the way in which certain people have serial transformative ‘psychic’ experiences as they grow through adolescence and towards middle age: let’s use very loose terminology and call it the shaman ‘s apprenticeship. In a modern industrial or post industrial society these experiences are usually ignored, kept […]

    New History Books: Where the Jews Aren’t September 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Where the Jews Aren't

    Masha Gessen, Where the Jews Aren’t Might be a good one for bizarrists, the Soviet attempt to create a Jewish homeland. Naturally, this being the Soviet Union, it didn’t end well…

    Most Interesting Eighteenth-Century Life: Francisco de Miranda September 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Most Interesting Eighteenth-Century Life: Francisco de Miranda

    It would be futile to discuss which historical man or woman had the most interesting life: what, after all, is ‘interesting’? However, if we think of places visited and people met, then a good candidate is surely Francisco de Miranda (1750-1816), South American patriot, playboy, soldier, sexual athlete and general n’er-do-well. Consider, just as a […]

    The Bird Tree and Barnacle Geese September 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Bird Tree and Barnacle Geese

    Beach has previously looked at tall Arab tales about trees, including the mythical children tree. However, what about this pleasing nonsense associated with Britain and Ireland? The source is Rashid al-Din and we are in the fourteenth-century. Opposite [Spain] in the midst of the Encircling Ocean are two islands, of which one is Ireland. From […]

    New History Books: Blood in the Water September 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Blood in the Water

    Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy Always been curious about Attica, looking forward to getting this.

    History Roundup 688 including Stopping World War III x 2 September 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 688 including Stopping World War III x 2

    Today’s links follow 1) American Flag and Nazis: US 2) What is a Boggart Hole? Lancashire, UK 3) Stopping World War III: Kosovo 4) Third World War 1967: the Sun (really) 5) An Historical Hernia: England and from the archives 6) Roman Bowl in Ancient Japan Other links: Le Guin on Power and Imagination, Playwrite, […]

    Daily History Picture: Early Modern Juke Box September 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Early Modern Juke Box

    German musicians in the UK early 1800s

    Gaelic-Speaking Russians in 1914 September 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Gaelic-Speaking Russians in 1914

    One of the most interesting myths to come out of First World War Britain was the tall tale of the Russian soldiers with ‘snow on their boots’. The story, which emerged as the war began in Aug and Sep 1914, was that thousands of Russian soldiers had been rushed to the UK. They were there […]

    History Roundup 687 including Fairies and Shamans September 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 687 including Fairies and Shamans

    Today’s links follow 1) Killing Mata Hari: Paris 2) Fairies and Shamans: W. Europe 3) Bison DNA and Settlement: the Americas 4) Killing Lucy: Africa 5) Almost Hung Georgian Woman: England/Australia and from the archives 6) The Man Who Lost Germany the Great War Other links: Why most academics will always be bad writers, false […]

    Daily History Picture: Druid Remains September 8, 2016

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

    I can feel the granite

    70 Million Dead in One Second September 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    70 Million Dead in One Second

    The year is 1908. You are walking through a jungle territory in southeastern Cameroon in central Africa when you hear the sickening smack of the machete on flesh. Expecting the worst you emerge, your rifle half lifted, but see only a local hunter with a kill. He has taken a chimp in a trap and […]

    History Roundup 686 including Digging Up Magic Spells September 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 686 including Digging Up Magic Spells

    Today’s links follow 1) Cave Cartoons: Prehistory 2) Nazis and Humour: Norway 3) Oldest Known Olympic Athlete: the Med 4) Digging Up Magic Spells: Serbia 5) Roman Chimes: Britannia and from the archives 6) Devil on the Trans-Siberian Railway Other links: California child protection, Sex in a longterm relationship, Let it flow (Jedi/Frozen fusion) strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom […]

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