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  • Daily History Picture: Dido’s Demise March 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Dido's Demise

    That bastard Aeneas in search of other Troys. The detail on the sword in the breast the rushing veil as she plunges down….

    Books and the Ghost March 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Books and the Ghost

    Aspenshaw Hall is an elegant, still standing, eighteenth century home in Derbyshire central England. It came to the attention of this blog because of a rather charming ghost story. A mile distant, and not far from Ollersett pit, is Aspenshaw Hall, which for many years was empty. It is in the middle of a wood […]

    History Roundup 348 including Ghost Ships March 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 348 including Ghost Ships

    Today’s links follow. 1) Advertising for Wife: England 2) Pre-Columbian Faces: the Americas 3) Antiochus Head Mystery: Germany 4) Ghost Ship: New England 5) Ragged Spring: Lincolnshire 6) Mystery Woman Near Richard III: England, a carpark 7) Genghis’s Fortress: the Steppes 8) Early DNA and Language: Europe and from the archives 9) Forgotten Manx Kingdom […]

    Daily History Picture: Cleaning Up Radiation March 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Cleaning Up Radiation

    In Chernobyl after the event without protective clothing….

    Selling Children in the 1800s March 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Selling Children in the 1800s

    An amazing report from Oldham, 1888: On Monday evening a woman about 40 years of age was seen in Curzon Street with two children, one in arms, and the other, about three years old, walking by her side. From what transpired it appeared that the woman wanted to sell her children, and thereupon a large […]

    History Roundup 347 including Tallest and Shortest Soldier March 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 347 including Tallest and Shortest Soldier

    Today’s links follow. 1) Earliest Human Fossil: Ethiopia 2) The Oldest Beer Recipe: Sumeria 3) Ghost Story: France 4) History Heist: France 5) Tallest Meets Shortest Soldier: Normandy 6) Armed Resistance: Afro-Americans in the US 7) Feuding Georgian Family: Britain 8) The Maine Penny: Err Maine (and Beach’s take) and from the archives 9) Dog […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Dentist March 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Dentist

    Note the selection of relics or trophies on the pliers… Christ!

    Jacob of Edessa’s America March 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Jacob of Edessa's America

    Many readers of Beachcombing will know Beach’s fellow bizarrist, Esoterx, who writes fascinating posts about ancient, medieval and modern history and in Beach’s humble opinion has the best and wittiest headlines on the internet: a recent discussion of Hellenic religion was called, for example, ‘Muppet Theology’. Often Beach knows Esoterx’s sources, as the two share […]

    History Roundup 346 including Who Killed Buddy Holly!? March 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 346 including Who Killed Buddy Holly!?

    Today’s links follow. 1) America Early: Oregon! 2) Two Hundred Year Old Beer: Ocean 3) Iron Age Elite Tomb: France 4) Who Killed Buddy Really! US 5) Scientist Pope: France and Italy 6) The Executioner Executioned: England 7) Devil’s Hoof Print: England 8) Einstein’s Lesser Known Work: US and from the archives 9) Byron’s Skull […]

    Beachcombing and the Telepathic Rat March 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Beachcombing and the Telepathic Rat

    In the last few weeks rats have been seen in the garden of Chez Beachcombing. The women in the house got rather hysterical about these old grandfathers of the sewer running up and down among the roses, and they may have had a point. But the rats don’t live in our garden, they just visit […]

    History Roundup 345 including Book Burning Fun March 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 345 including Book Burning Fun

    Today’s links follow. 1) Freak Stone Tool Find: Alaska 2) Book Burning: through history 3) Jesus’ House: Palestine 4) Great Nazi Scientists: in America… 5) Liberating Britain from the Nazis: Channel Islands 6) Mad Digs: Algeria and from the archives 7) Misremembering Kennedy’s Death Other links: new Portuguese island kingdom, the problem of searching for […]

    Unlucky Jobs: Japanese Prime Ministers, 1900-1950 March 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Unlucky Jobs: Japanese Prime Ministers, 1900-1950

    Beach recently added to his tag on the worst careers in the world, noting how being an English or, God forbid, a Scottish king was really very dangerous in the Middle Ages. He has now decided to bring these observations up to date with presidents and prime ministers. Instead of covering periods of 500 years, […]

    History Roundup 344 including Drone Archaeology March 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 344 including Drone Archaeology

    Today’s links follow. 1) Underwater Agriculture Neolithic: Britain 2) Slavery Archaeology: Stratford 3) Drone Archaeology: Qatar 4) Remembering WW2: Poland (Economist, good piece) 5) AS Treasure: Norfolk 6) ISIS Destroying History: the Caliphate and from the archives 7) Dear Lord and Father of Mankind: A Song Against Songs Other links: Betrayal on Radio, Cottingley Rejig, […]

    Review: The Victorian Book of the Dead March 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Review: The Victorian Book of the Dead

    In the last thirty years historians have found a new way to pattern their vast bibliographies. Rather than just include twenty pages in alphabetical order – too easy for the scholarly mind – many have decided, instead, to split the bibliography in two. The first bibliography will be primary sources and the second bibliography will […]

    History Roundup 343 including Cheese Magic March 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 343 including Cheese Magic

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cheese Magic: England 2) 8000-Year-Old Wheat: UK 3) Henry VIII’s Divorce Book: Cornwall 4) Victor Hugo Art: France (I knew nothing about this) 5) Mummy Hair and Diet: South America 6) Folklore and Class: loved this 7) More on Mein Kampf: Germany and from the archives 8) Bats Fight Japan Other […]

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