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  • Hating Medieval Cats #2: The Rod Cat November 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Hating Medieval Cats #2: The Rod Cat

    A few days ago Beach started the hunt for cat hating in the Middle Ages. Here is a second text from Etienne de Bourbonne (aka Stephen of Bourbon) who has sometimes appeared here before. Etienne was a Dominican inquisitor and so is something of an expert, let’s say. Auvergne is in central France. Similarly something of […]

    History Roundup 520 including How to Hire Women November 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 520 including How to Hire Women

    Today’s links follow. 1) Goat Men: Various (Our take: Tweedale and Goat Men) 2) Murder at Gorse Hall: UK 3) How to Hire Women: US 4) Four Centuries of Cat Art: The Gallery (Christ!) 5) Amazing Bronze Age Tomb: Greece 6) Mermen in Ballads: Danish (academia.edu) and from the archives 7) 1938 Leprechaun Scare Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Eisenhower and His Men November 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Eisenhower and His Men

    Eisenhower greets the troops: before DDay? 15 Nov 2015: Anon email ‘Gen Dwight D Eisenhower gives the order of the Day. “Full victory – nothing else” to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe. Photo by Moore. SC194399. Possibly […]

    The Longest Modern War: The Greco-Albanian War 1940-1987 November 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Longest Modern War: The Greco-Albanian War 1940-1987

    The longest war between states in modern history? Well, Wikipedia has a page and there are several freelance attempts to elevate this or that conflict to the most protracted, but what about the Greek-Albanian war of 1940-1987? Albania, in 1940, was an Italian satrapy and in October of that year when the Italians decided to […]

    History Roundup 519 including Tribute Skulls November 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 519 including Tribute Skulls

    Today’s links follow. 1) Maggot Ghost: Yorkshire 2) Edna O Brien and Stalin: Russia 3) Meiji Restoration: Japan 4) History Timeline: Your Laptop 5) Tribute Skulls: California 6) Retrial for Witch: France and from the archives 7) Longest Sentry Duty Other links: Happy news, Nixon Resignation Interviews (not Frost)

    Daily History Picture: Nazi Revels November 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Nazi Revels

    Austrian Summer Festival, late 1930s

    Blood and Judges: Murder Will Out November 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Blood and Judges: Murder Will Out

    There is the old folk belief that blood calls out for justice. If Beach murders his father-in-law (random example) and then successfully provides an alibi he will soon be undone. The local magistrates will call Beach forward and demand that he lay his hand on dead dad and then poor, much provoked Beach will be […]

    History Roundup 518 including Mexican Mine Monster November 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 518 including Mexican Mine Monster

    Today’s links follow. 1) Halloween Accidents: US 2) Devil in Lancashire: UK [an important ‘coming’ book for UK folklore] 3) A World Without Fish: Atlantic 4) Mine Monster: Mexico 5) Monsters and Countries: good book? 6) Tower of London Ghosts: UK and from the archives 7) Black Dogs vs Fairies Other links: Paranormalization: Don’t Go […]

    Daily History Picture: NYC 1930s November 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: NYC 1930s

    c. 1903

    Hating Medieval Cats #1: The Rope Cat November 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Hating Medieval Cats #1: The Rope Cat

    The black cat has been visited before on this blog: particularly the question of luck and cats. In three special posts we want to visit the question of why black cats came to be so hated in many parts of Europe. Here is one of the most interesting early texts, which comes from Walter Map, […]

    Beachcombed 65 November 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 65

    Dear Reader, thanks for all the emails and communications. The most exciting event of this month has been the discovery of a hidden room in the Beachcombing residence: apparently three partisans hid there in the war. We know where it is, we have worked out how big it is, but we still have not broken […]

    New History Books: A Garden of Marvels October 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: A Garden of Marvels

    The book I’m most looking forward to this month: A Garden of Marvels, marvels in early medieval China!

    Index Biography #23: Prize a book October 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #23: Prize a book

    ***James wins it, scroll down for 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 offered […]

    History Roundup 517 including Early Plague Records October 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 517 including Early Plague Records

    Today’s links follow. 1) Miscellany of Weird Monsters: US 2) What do 1 million dead look like: Britain (amazing) 3) Gold in Medicine: US 4) Plague Come Early: Prehistory (Wow) 5) Lion as Watchdog: Britain 6) Magic Against Devil: London and from the archives 7) Bull of Brandlesholme Other links: Underground fire, Lyme Disease Origins, […]

    Daily History Picture: Waterloo Cloak October 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Waterloo Cloak

    What Napoleon wore on his last day of freedom

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