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  • The Green Children of Woolpit 1: All Hail John Clark! January 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Green Children of Woolpit 1: All Hail John Clark!

    The green children of Woolpit is one of the most fascinating stories to come out of our medieval records. Two children, coloured green, without any knowledge of English and with unusual dietary requirements turn up in a pit just outside a Suffolk village. They are adopted by the local lord, one dies and the other […]

    History Roundup 307 including Leg Trepanation January 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 307 including Leg Trepanation

    Today’s links follow. 1) Greatest Roman Massacre: Germany (brief video) 2) Hibbert’s Ghosts: England 3) Leg Trepanation: Peru 4) Roman Army Women: Rome 5) Green Children of Woolpit: England (simply the best article I’ve ever read on this, warning book length) 6) The Feast of the Ass: Christendom and from the archives 7) Hit by […]

    Daily History Picture: French Gunners January 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: French Gunners

    Getting ready for a German attack. Beautiful blue!

    Witchcraft and the Walking Toad! January 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Witchcraft and the Walking Toad!

    If you want to know what beliefs were really held out in the wilder parts of the English countryside in the nineteenth century there are two important sources: folklore collections and, more to Beach’s taste, legal proceedings. Every so often a member of the British rural classes with conservative inclinations and beliefs, which would have […]

    History Roundup 306 including Silenus in the Baltic! January 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 306 including Silenus in the Baltic!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Putting on 17 Cent Makeup: the boudoir 2) Silenus in Baltic! Denmark (memories of a post on Indian statue in Viking Sweden) 3) Three Singing Squirrels: New Hants 4) Amazing WW1 Sketches: Britain (don’t miss these and read the history here) 5) James Haddock, Ghost with Attitude: Ireland 6) City Dogs: […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Post January 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Post

    Geneviève Receiving King Mark’s Letter, almost certainly a late 15 cent French manuscrip

    The Mystery of Ghost Riots January 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Mystery of Ghost Riots

    This blog has reported many historical ghost stories over the year. Now it is time for a bit of reflection. Let’s pretend that your neighbour John Smith on Treacle Row in London, has reported that he has seen a ghost in a flowing gown running up and down the stairs. Now think carefully about this […]

    History Roundup 305 including Victorian Automatons January 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 305 including Victorian Automatons

    Today’s links follow. 1) Victorian Automatons: UK 2) Robbing Spirits: Westminster Abbey 3) Forgotten Film Reels: Britain at War 4) Polar Bear Killing: Canada 5) Cowboy Rifle Found in Wood: Nevada (what happened to this guy?) 6) Death by Crinoline: US 7) Iron from Space: Greenland 8) Running Out of Names: Cosmos and from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Giant Bird and Woman January 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Giant Bird and Woman

    I have no idea…

    Writers I Loathe January 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Writers I Loathe

    Why do we just latch onto some people and enjoy detesting them? Beach is not talking here about neurologists taking years off your life or architects stealing tens of thousands from loved one, the bastards, but those more random insidious despisings that arise with people who are barely known and who have not done anything […]

    History Roundup 304 including Cave Vampires January 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 304 including Cave Vampires

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cave Paintings and Vampires: India 2) Pyrite Mirrors: Mexico 3) Transgender: Greece 4) Touching Things: Your desk 5) Dramatic Burial Complex: Egypt 6) Rise of Israel: Middle East 7) Climate Change 1827: 8) Weird George Hanger: Georgian England and from the archives 9) The worst thing that ever happened to human health… […]

    The Horror of Electric Lights January 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Horror of Electric Lights

    New technologies bring fears with them, of course, and often for very good reasons. Electricity was no exception. You could understand the presence of electrificed objects causing fear, but more refined is the fear of electic light. This particulary story come from 1890. A family in Ottery (Devon, UK) had been terrorised by the new […]

    Daily History Picture: Snail Fighting January 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Snail Fighting

    Against the snail hordes…

    History Roundup 303 including the Mirror of Maine! January 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 303 including the Mirror of Maine!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Immortality: Israel, Greece… 2) Mystery Coin Explained: US 3) New Burns Poem, Girl Troubles: Scotland 4) Mirror Magic: Maine 5) Destruction of Old Cults: Middle East 6) Mystery Elephants? China 7) Iron Age Cobbles Torn Up: Somerset UK 8) Women in 18 Cent Politics: UK and from the archives 9) Human sacrifice […]

    Churchill in Antwerp Mystery: Hunt the Photograph January 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Churchill in Antwerp Mystery: Hunt the Photograph

    Invisible an old and dear friend of this blog has sent the following story in from an American newspaper, Evening Ledger, 20 Oct 1914. The problem is the story was not published with the photograph in question: why publish a story if you have to describe rather than print the snap? The one above is […]

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