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  • The Peshev Insurgency February 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Peshev Insurgency

    Dimitar Peshev was a middle ranking interwar Bulgarian politician of conservative persuasion. He served briefly as Bulgarian minister of Justice in the mid 1930s, then returned to the back benches with an honorific position in parliament. He survived the Second World War and, miraculously, the communist purges that followed, though he spent a year in […]

    The Game of Dead (French) Kings February 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Game of Dead (French) Kings

    Tennis, one of the most dangerous games ever created, at least if you are a royal… Beach does not have the exact figures for how many royals ruled Europe from 1000-2000 but an approximate calculation brings up 1200. Of those twelve hundred three died from tennis, a small amount admittedly, a mere quarter of a percent, […]

    History Roundup 320 including Hung, Drawn and Quartered and Found February 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 320 including Hung, Drawn and Quartered and Found

    Today’s links follow. 1) Quartered Body: England (horrific) 2) Shakespeare’s Sonnets Solved: England 3) Saving in the Frost: Antarctica 4) Blackbeard’s Medical Kit: the seven seas 5) Dragon Dinosaur: China (bones influential in legend?) 6) Meditating Mummy: Mongolia and from the archives 7) Moa Sightings Other links: Education and the Economy in the US, Seeing […]

    Daily History Picture: Hung Drawn and Quartered February 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Hung Drawn and Quartered

    Yikes, this is Hugh Dispenser having a very few unpleasant minutes. He was lowered down onto the ladder to be castrated and then his bowels were slowly removed…

    Goodbye Constantinople February 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Goodbye Constantinople

      ***Some might like to listen to the very topical Strange History theme song while reading this, thanks to Chris S for the tip*** The night of 28 May 1453 the Emperor of Byzantine, Constantine, ‘the eleventh of his name’, went for a ride with his friend, George Sphrantzes, on the city walls of Constantinople, […]

    History Roundup 319 including Rude Parrots and Golden Hats February 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 319 including Rude Parrots and Golden Hats

    Today’s links follow. 1) 70,000 Yr Old Village: Africa 2) Ancient Archery: Hawkeye? 3) Four Golden Hats: Bronze Age Europe 4) Rude Parrots: England (great) 5) Holocaust Photos: Central Europe (ghastly) 6) Itching Powder and Submarines: France and Britain 7) Vaccination and Fashion: France 8) The Vanishing Triangle: Ireland and from the archives 9) Romans […]

    The Hairy Boggart of Weeton February 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Hairy Boggart of Weeton

    ‘Boggart’, it will be remembered, is a British north(-western) word meaning ‘bogey’: it was a promiscuous word and covered everything from a ghost to a troll (and sometimes a scarecrow). Individual settlements in Lancashire, northern Cheshire and northern Derbyshire, parts of the Ridings (particularly the West) and surprisingly Nottinghamshire had boggart haunted areas. Sometimes they were glades, […]

    History Roundup 318 including Michaelangelo Statues Found? February 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 318 including Michaelangelo Statues Found?

    Today’s links follow. 1) Napoleon and the Regent: France-England 2) Last Michaelangelo Statues: Cambridge, UK 3) Mysterious Murders: Australia 4) Historic Library Up in Flames: Russia (our look at great library fires) 5) Weird Noises on Boat: Nicaragua (Esoterx always the best titles) 6) Deep Ellum Occurrence: Dallas 7) The Clairvoyant and the Wet Nurses: […]

    Daily History Picture: Goodbye at the Wall February 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Goodbye at the Wall

    Crying woman says goodbye to a small boy at the point where the Berlin Wall is about to be built: 1961.

    The Eugenics of History? February 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The Eugenics of History?

    Eugenics refers of course to the depressing strand of thinking that says that societies (for which read boffins with bow ties employed by the state) should be allowed to decide which of us can and cannot reproduce our genes. Eugenics was briefly fashionable in the 1920s and 1930s then the Nazis came along and, perhaps […]

    History Roundup 317 including New Massacre Grave for Batavia February 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 317 including New Massacre Grave for Batavia

    Today’s links follow. 1) Batavia Grave? Australia 2) New Gospel: Egypt 3) Celtic Cauldron: Germany 4) Medieval Chess Workshop: England 5) Ancient Graveyards: Poland 6) Napoleon in an English Royal Palace: Windsor 7) Ancient Wristguard: Scotland (strangely intimate) 8) Fake Mummies: in the Vatican!!! and from the archives 9) the Search for Fusang Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Monkeys Again February 4, 2015

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

    This time making vellum? Source

    Long Long Long Durée Oral Transmission February 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
    Long Long Long Durée Oral Transmission

    ***Thanks to Mike Dash and Penne for sending reports in*** This site has pioneered an oral transmission tag and particularly claims that human beings can transmit information over tens, even hundreds of generations without any recourse to writing: these range from hints of memories from the early Neolithic at Newgrange to impossibly old memories of […]

    Daily History Picture: IRA Stop and Search February 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: IRA Stop and Search

    The six counties, probably Belfast, two IRA women privates stop and search a man

    Killing the Witch’s Rooster? February 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Killing the Witch's Rooster?

    The most important thing about nineteenth-century witchcraft reports in British, Irish and American newspapers is that they reveal a series of beliefs that were actually practiced, but that were often too intimate and ‘stupid’ to share with a folklorist. The result is that these neglected newspaper reports are the closest that we come to the […]

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