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  • History Roundup 411 including Viking Fashions May 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 411 including Viking Fashions

    Today’s links follow. 1) Murdered Irish Woman Comes Home: US 2) Historians for Historians Pontificate: The Pulpit (if anyone wants to set up a petition to keep historians out of politics I’ll sign!!!) 3) Black Madonnas: Christendom 4) 400 Yr Old Bible Turns Up: Lancashire, UK 5) National Slave Ship Museum: US 6) Viking Fashions: […]

    The Durham Serpent May 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Durham Serpent

    Here is a weird little story that allegedly appears in St Nicholas’ Parochial Register, Durham for 1568. Mdm. that a certain Italian brought into the cittie of Durham, the 11th day of June, in the yeare above sayd, a very great strange and monstrous serpent, in length sixteen feet, in quantitie and dimentions greater than a […]

    Daily History Picture: Murder in the Caribbean May 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Murder in the Caribbean

    Picture based on De la Casas the first anti-colonial text.

    History Roundup 410 including the Oldest Hockey Game May 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 410 including the Oldest Hockey Game

    Today’s links follow. 1) 23 Foot World History: the Library 2) Amazing New Helmet: Bulgaria 3) Chinese Medicine Travels: Japan 4) Inexplicable Explosions: US 5) The Oldest Hockey Game: China 6) Lost Evacuee: Britain 7) Monks, Churches and Chapels: Iceland 8) Mystery Prostitute Tomb: China and from the archives 9) Arthur’s Grave at Glastonbury Other […]

    The Mysterious Erich von Richthofen May 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Mysterious Erich von Richthofen

    The King and Country debate has been described previously on this blog. It was a talk at Oxford Students’ Union 9 Feb 1933, which saw 275 to 153 students vote for the motion ‘that this House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country’. This surprisingly pacifist stance from a major British institution attracted […]

    Daily History Picture: Married Couple and Baby May 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Married Couple and Baby

    Married couple lie back and the aupair rocks the cradle.

    Daily History Picture: Young Marilyn Monroe May 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Young Marilyn Monroe

    24 years old, on war work in 1944: four years from breakthrough.  

    Roman Gutter Burials and a Non-Existent Line of Pliny May 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Roman Gutter Burials and a Non-Existent Line of Pliny

    In Roman times dead babies and fetuses were not cremated as adults: references in Pliny and in Juvenal confirm this, as do archaeological findings. However, a fifth/sixth century Christian writers named Fulgentius (possibly a North African) has been read to mean that these not fully human humans were buried in suggrundaria: Priori tempore suggrundaria antiqui dicebant sepulchra […]

    Daily History Picture: Hellish Castles May 16, 2015

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

    Demons in control of the fort, medieval equivalent of the patients taking over the asylum.

    Downey’s Death: Killed by Imagination May 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Downey's Death: Killed by Imagination

    Beach stumbled across this story a couple of weeks ago and thought he’d put it up for the practical jokes tag. There was much interest in the nineteenth century about how the psychological impression of death could cause death. Somewhere Beach has read a French version of this (can anyone help: drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT […]

    History Roundup 409 including How to Fight in Armour May 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 409 including How to Fight in Armour

    Today’s links follow. 1) Conversations with Martians: Seance etc (our much slighter effort) 2) Hobo Code: America 3) How to Fight in Armour: Battlefield 4) Murderous Otter’s Lane: England 5) Sorry to Witches: Norway 6) Oldest Mulberry: Britain (love trees) 7) The Real Sword in the Stone: Italy 8) Alien High Priest in Da Vinci: Wow…. […]

    Daily History Picture: Many Handed One May 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Many Handed One

    This is apparently Fortune (see the text) and Fortune (as well as being great in bed) is supposed to be blindfolded (along with Justice and Synagogue), but why the many hands…?

    The Vein of Love and the Ring Finger May 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval
    The Vein of Love and the Ring Finger

    A beautifully realised graphic history of the engagment ring by Vashi led to thoughts about why, in the Western World, the wedding ring is worn on the ring finger, the third finger of the left hand counting from the index. The answer most authorities give, from nineteenth-century reference works, to modern wedding miscellanies, to early […]

    History Roundup 408 including Caged Temples May 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 408 including Caged Temples

    Today’s links follow. 1) Guarding Ghost City: Brazil 2) Weird Marginal Antics: Schoolbooks 3) Selling Charlie’s Flute: Auction House 4) Not the End of WW2: US (see WW1 equivalent) 5) Lost Heathen Days: Western Europe 6) Caged Temples: Sicily 7) Continental Drift and the Civil War: the US (brilliant!) 8) Talking Mummies and Spirits: US […]

    Daily History Picture: Blitzed Roof May 14, 2015

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

    Cockney family hanging out the linen in a destroyed upper room: bombed out London, WW2.

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