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  • History Roundup 612 including Joan’s Ring March 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 612 including Joan's Ring

    Today’s links follow. 1) In Search of Soma: Euro-Asia 2) Joan’s Found Ring: France 3) King Solomon’s Mines: Egypt 4) Ghost of a Sad Empress: Russia (love the oil painting) 5) Emperors Better Monogamous: China 6) Walking Dead: Pacific and from the archives 7) Germany Uber Alles? Other links: Take the Long Way Home

    Daily History Picture: Rick in the Carpark March 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Rick in the Carpark

    I may be repeating myself here but I love it…

    Sister Trouble: The Sacrifice March 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Sister Trouble: The Sacrifice

    Apologies for this one. But there is so obviously a good Roald Dahl short story to be had here, the tale needs to be shared. A murder has just been committed at Fontchristiann, near Briancon, France, under very extraordinary circumstances. Two sisters, named Marie and Catherine Ollagnier, aged 45 and 47 respectively, lived together in […]

    History Roundup 611 including New Henges March 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 611 including New Henges

    Today’s links follow. 1) Women Jacobites: Scotland 2) New Henges: Britain 3) Running the Empire: Rome 4) A History of Smells: bathroom, bedroom and lab 5) 1930s Messiah: Poland 6) Talking to Monkeys: San Francisco and from the archives 7) Welsh Mermaid and the Bastard with Binoculars Other links: June Tabor, Hard Love  

    Daily History Picture: Soviet Troops in Berlin March 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Soviet Troops in Berlin

    At the chancellery: Nazi medals on the ground.

    Immortal Meals #27: The Honey Baby March 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Immortal Meals #27: The Honey Baby

    It is a story still told in hushed voices by archaeologists and classicists. Here is a recent version by Ken Albala from his (very good) lecture series on the history of food. So there is this revealing story of this group of Egyptologists and they find this perfectly sealed jar of honey and they open […]

    History Roundup 610 including Flying Serpent March 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 610 including Flying Serpent

    Today’s links follow. 1) Night Noises: the darkness 2) Flying Serpent: UK 3) Recreation of Earliest Human Habitat: Prehistory 4) Erotic Pots: Andes 5) Trump, Mussolini and Hitler (also this better balanced vox piece and Tim Stanley) 6) Born at Auschwitz: Poland and from the archives 7) Exclaves Other links: the best violin music

    Daily History Picture: Rasputin in Colour March 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Rasputin in Colour

    Love the beard pulling…

    Romans in Nineteenth Century Wales?! March 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval, Modern
    Romans in Nineteenth Century Wales?!

    There is lots of enjoyable nonsense about the Welsh and the Romans. The medieval Welsh genealogies are full of supposed Welsh connections to Caesar and other luminaries of the Empire. If memory serves correctly Gerald of Wales claims that the Welsh of his time sported Roman hairstyles (or was it their clean beardless faces that […]

    Tjoelicks: Phantom Child Sacrifices in the East Indies March 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Tjoelicks: Phantom Child Sacrifices in the East Indies

    This is a fascinating case of a well attested nineteenth- and twentieth-century phenomenon: the connection of bogeymen to new technologies and foreigners (particularly when foreigners had, as in colonial societies, a great deal of power) [1862] A very curious superstition agitates at present in an alarming manner the native population [in Batavia, the Dutch East […]

    History Roundup 609 including Big Hair’s Back March 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 609 including Big Hair's Back

    Today’s links follow. 1) Big Hair: England 2) Revolution Pictures: Russia 3) Haunted Wardrobe: France 4) Christ’s Relations? Israel 5) The Old River Thames: UK 6) Tito, Freud and Hitler: Vienna and from the archives 7) Silvio Berlusconi (Maverick Leaders) Other links: The Crypt Collection, At the End of the Day

    Pythagoras and His Troubled Biography March 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Pythagoras and His Troubled Biography

    Pythagoras (c. 570-480 BC) is a shadowy figure who stands at the beginning of the Greek philosophical tradition: though we are not sure really whether he ‘did’ philosophy at all. He is also often sold as a kind of long-haired Greek guru: though others have argued that he had little interest in religious matters. Still […]

    New History Books: Japan’s WWII Legacy March 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Japan's WWII Legacy

    Sherwin, Japan’s WWII Legacy Fascinating subject, let’s hope he delivers…

    The Last Judicial Burning March 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Last Judicial Burning

    When was the last occasion on which a western government burnt one of its citizens alive judicially? Well, there are several examples from elsewhere in the world, including a North Korean who was supposedly executed by flame thrower in 2014 and various ISIS murders. However, in a western country on the instructions of a judge? […]

    New History Books: For the Love of Wine March 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: For the Love of Wine

    Feiring, For the Love of Wine Georgia, of course. Always wanted to try Georgian wine…

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