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  • A Forgotten (Fairy?) People: the Ranties February 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Forgotten (Fairy?) People: the Ranties

    Early medieval historians estimate that there were perhaps two hundred separate tribes or kingdoms in Ireland c. 500 but that these tribes were slowly subsumed or at least yoked to the growing Irish monarchy (and foreign successors) that reached an apogy under Brian Boru in the eleventh century. However, long after those times, the memory […]

    History Roundup 14: Watch Out, Nazi Mosquitoes! February 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 14: Watch Out, Nazi Mosquitoes!

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on the British invasion hysteria then please click. 1) Nazi Mosquitoes?: You’ve heard of bat bombs… 2) Summerians in Oman: Magan sites dug 3) Late Valentine: Heart breaking card to Edgar A. Poe […]

    Interview: Invasion Scares (Harry Wood) February 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Interview: Invasion Scares (Harry Wood)

    I am very happy today to be able to invite Harry Wood of the University of Liverpool, historian and blogger, to talk about his speciality, British invasion scares, something we looked at last month. Harry, thanks so much for joining us for this brief discussion. You run a very enjoyable blog, Island Mentalities, and you […]

    History Roundup 13: Valentine Day Special February 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 13: Valentine Day Special

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on the first moustache (with Invisible’s very early contribution) then please click. 1) Ancient Jewish Aphrodisiacs: Kosher Sex 2) Valentine Massacre: Haunted Ohio Books 3) Top Ten Victorian Bizarre Love Stories: marrying corpses, wife […]

    The Earliest Moustache in History? February 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Earliest Moustache in History?

    The strangest things survive in the strangest places. Take the separated moustache of antique Persia, which is sometimes found in ancient visual representations. Heading this post is a Roman sculpture of a dying Persian and, here below, is a Parthian woolen piece that somehow survived from the first century B.C. and which is kept in […]

    History Roundup 12: Playing Music Off Sinner’s Bottom February 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 12: Playing Music Off Sinner's Bottom

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on early submarine weapons (Greek Fire, gloves etc) then please click. 1) Music Notations on Sinner’s Bottom: my fave today, shame about the tune though, wouldn’t like to listen to that for eternity 2) […]

    Submarine Weapons Before Torpedoes: Gloves, Javelins and Greek Fire February 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Submarine Weapons Before Torpedoes: Gloves, Javelins and Greek Fire

    Even the first submarine pioneers recognised that there would be a military applications for crafts glidingly silently unnoticed under the water. But the question was how on earth do you get to blow up the enemy flagship? On land there was everything from machetes to canons, and rocks to catapults. But under the waves human […]

    History Roundup 11: Kids, Drugs and Roman School February 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 11: Kids, Drugs and Roman School

    Note that in February, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on Ukrainian Neopaganism and an exceptional new book then please click. 1) Kids, Drugs and School in Roman Egypt: A Greek crib? 2) George Clooney Saves Puppies from Nazis: loved the title 3) San […]

    Review: Return of the Ancestral Gods February 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Medieval, Modern
    Review: Return of the Ancestral Gods

    When this blogger thinks ‘neo-paganism’: he conjures up images of well-meaning Wiccans dancing nude in the New Forest or Californian ‘fairies’ sitting earnestly in a circle around a lonely pine and talking gnomes. But neo-paganism is not a uniform phenomenon as Mariya Lesiv’s wonderful new book, The Return of the [Ukrainian] Ancestral Gods, shows all […]

    History Roundup 10: Kidnapping and Fairy Funeral in Canada February 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 10: Kidnapping and Fairy Funeral in Canada

    Note that in February, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on Korean water thieves then please click. 1) A Kidnapping and a Fairy Funeral in Atlantic Canada: solid fairy gold… 2) Why the west plays chess and the east plays go: fascinating but […]

    A Beautiful Korean Water Thief February 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    A Beautiful Korean Water Thief

    The clepsydra or water thief refers to clocks, typically used in ancient times and even the Middle Ages, that measured time through dropping water: e.g. 300 drips in an hour etc etc. By the European middle ages clepsydra were on their way out but in some other corners of the world they were continually refined […]

    History Roundup 9: Century-Old New York Snow February 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 9: Century-Old New York Snow

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on North American small pox then please click. 1) Century-old New York Snow: a blizzard and the first New York film 2) Kamikaze Aircraft on Display: One of the rare survivors at Yeovil […]

    Small Pox: the Native American Version February 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Small Pox: the Native American Version

    The greatest weapons that European colonists had at their disposal when they disembarked in the Americas in the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries were not their muskets or their swords or their armour. They were, of course, their viruses (and those of their animals) with which they inflicted (at least at first unknowingly) devestation on […]

    History Roundup 8: The World’s Oldest Tax Returns! February 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 8: The World's Oldest Tax Returns!

    Note that in Feburary, as an experiment, we’ll be releasing history links roundup most days at 12.00 GMT. If you want the proper post, on Magic Bathing then please click. 1) The World’s Oldest Tax Return: A mere 4000 years… 2) The Busy Afterlife of Mary Queen of Scots: will she never leave us in peace? 3) […]

    Magic Bathing in the Far North February 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Magic Bathing in the Far North

    This was a story that came up in the search for nineteenth-century superstitions relating to Loch Ness. We are c. 1870. The lake in question is apparently Loch mo Naire (which might be the Serpent’s Lake or the Lake of Shame) aka Lochmanur just on the northern tip of Scotland. Dipping in the loch for […]

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