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  • 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

    Ophelia, Shards and Suicides October 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Ophelia, Shards and Suicides

    In Hamlet a priest says of the dead Ophelia as she is being brought to her burial (5,1): She should in ground unsanctified have lodged Till the last trumpet: for charitable prayers, Shards, flints and pebbles should be thrown on her: But what is this about ‘shards, flints and pebbles’? The Auden Shakespeare has no […]

    History Roundup 516 including Elephant Under the Vatican October 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 516 including Elephant Under the Vatican

    Today’s links follow. 1) History of Dentures: Western Medicine 2) Eighteenth-Century Hearing Aid: UK 3) Pet Elephant Under Vatican: Italy 4) Modern Ancient City Planning: Algeria 5) Cleopatra Cobra Myth: Egypt 6) Mammoth Hunted to Death: US and from the archives 7) Turning Back the Years in Oz Other links: Dinosaur whip crack, Saviano on […]

    Daily History Picture: Finnish Shelter October 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Finnish Shelter

    Mother and children shelter from gunfire

    Fairy Human Relations: Dangerous Reflections October 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Fairy Human Relations: Dangerous Reflections

    ***Dedicated to Chris with question marks*** There is a modern idea that fairies are the spirit of vegetation, the spirits of the land. Human beings, meanwhile, are their polluting, urbanizing neighbours. The two represent, respectively, the forces of life and entropy and are on a permanent collision course. Traditional views of European fairies were rather […]

    History Roundup 515 including Tudor Ship, Sword and Welsh Medieval Paintings October 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 515 including Tudor Ship, Sword and Welsh Medieval Paintings

    Today’s links follow. 1) Father of Rosetta Stone: Egypt 2) The Most Mysterious Script: Indus Valley 3) Viking Sword! Norway 4) Psychology History and Son in Law: United States 5) War Ship Found? England 6) Stunning Medieval Paintings Discovered: Wales and from the archives 7) The Schist Disc Other links: Looking for aliens, House of […]

    Daily History Picture: Lee Secedes October 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Lee Secedes

    Love it, but am sorry!

    The Earthquake Ghost October 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    The Earthquake Ghost

    Odell is a small village, now in the English county of Bedfordshire. Here is a nice nineteenth-century case of ghost hysteria. For two or three weeks the neighbourhood Odell has been put into an extraordinary degree of excitement by the description of a supernatural visitation, at the village alehouse. To such a pitch had this […]

    History Roundup 514 including Death Mask of a Warrior Race October 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 514 including Death Mask of a Warrior Race

    Today’s links follow. 1) Death Masks of a Warrior Race: Siberia 2) Lego Brick Hadrian’s Wall: Britain 3) The Bell Witch Back: Alabama 4) Parisian letters: France 5) Round the World Woman: Seven Seas 6) Saint skeleton in pub: Britain and from the archives 7) the Last European Lion Other links: Would Kissinger leave the […]

    Daily History Picture: Future Jackson October 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Future Jackson

    What Michael Jackson will look like twenty years on

    Murder, McCormick, Murray and the Witches October 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Murder, McCormick, Murray and the Witches

    In 1968 Donald McCormick published  Murder by Witchcraft (Arrow Books), it was one of about forty books that he wrote (under his own name or that of ‘Richard Deacon’) and it was, like many, perhaps all of the others, shot through with falsehoods and lies. Beach has examined Donald’s porkies on Jack the Ripper and on Madoc […]

    History Roundup 513 including Help From the Brownies October 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 513 including Help From the Brownies

    Today’s links follow. 1) Help from the Brownies: US 2) Woman in Black: New Orleans 3) Banshee in the waves: Seven seas 4) History of the Bike: the road 5) Holocaust Shoes: Poland 6) Stonehenge barbecue: England and from the archives 7) Clown Cricket Other links: Shaman killings, Arguing about Rembrandt and Vermeer (surreal but […]

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