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  • New History Books: Interviews with History and Power April 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Interviews with History and Power

    New edition of a simply fabulous book, the great Oriana Fallaci interviews the famous of the world: Interviews with History and Power.

    Huge Erratic Boulders: the Westmorland Thunderstones April 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Huge Erratic Boulders: the Westmorland Thunderstones

    Thunderstones are a well known European and, indeed, international phenomenon, flint arrowheads or stone axes which were believed, by our early modern ancestors, to have descended from the sky in lightning storms. The typical praxis was that a sheep would be killed by a bolt of lightning and the family would discover, near the animal, […]

    New History Books: Routledge History Witchcraft April 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Routledge History Witchcraft

    Beach is witch mad and the lack of a cover makes things even more exciting: though the price dampens that enthusiasm somewhat… Johannes Dillinger, The Routledge History of Witchcraft.

    Review: Nanny Says April 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Nanny Says

    Diana, Lady Avebury (ed) Nanny Says (London: Dobson, 1972) The Nanny was an institution of upper middle class and aristocratic families in Victorian, Edwardian and inter-war Britain. She was the efficient and often frightening family child carer. She stepped in at a couple of weeks after birth taking over from the harassed mother (who would be allowed […]

    History Roundup 626 including Dangerous Maids April 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 626 including Dangerous Maids

    Today’s links follow. 1) Non Stick Roman Pans: Roman Med 2) Very Weird Spook Light: US 3) Early Noses: Pre-Prehistory 4) Demons and Ventriloquism: the stage 5) Dangerous Maids: UK 6) New Textile from the Silk Road: Nepal and from the archives 7) Ashanti Ewer: A European Artifact in Africa Other links: Forget twitter, new […]

    Daily History Picture: Vinyl Listening Booths April 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Vinyl Listening Booths

    What a world we’ve lost…

    Perugian Witch, 1908 April 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Perugian Witch, 1908

    Perugia is a marvelous medieval city in Umbria, about half way between Rome and Florence. The following account of early twentieth-century witchcraft there was not, in itself, remarkable, but Perugia has a special place in Beach’s heart and so he hoped vainly perhaps, that someone could fill in the blanks. The great problem with Italian […]

    History Roundup 625 including King Arthur Fake April 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 625 including King Arthur Fake

    Today’s links follow. 1) Virgin Birth: Bible 2) Churchill and His Bills: UK 3) King Arthur Fake: Glastonbury 4) Art at Hadrians: Roman Med 5) 18 Cent Prostitutes: England 6) Slave Graves: US and from the archives 7) Napoleon and the Little Red Man Other links: Battle of Algiers

    Daily History Picture: Deposition April 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Deposition

    Ghirlandaio Vespucci image from Borgo Ognissanti (Florence). There may be Amerigo in the background…

    The Real Romeo and Juliet April 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Real Romeo and Juliet

    It is always pleasant in history to look back to the moment when something began; when the unwinding shoot starts to fracture the seed shell. It is the evening of 26 February 1511 and Antonio Savorgnan and his men are enjoying a ball at his sister Maria Savorgnan’s house in Udine (Italy), Piazza Venerio. The evening is tense. […]

    History Roundup 624 including Martians at Gettysburg and Vikings in Canada April 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 624 including Martians at Gettysburg and Vikings in Canada

    Today’s links follow. 1) Vikings Are Back: Canada 2) UFOs at Gettysburg: US 3) Bronte in London: England (what would Emily have made of it?) 4) Review of Latest Kissinger Biography: US 5) Smelly Letters: UK 6) Dream States: the Library (where they should stay!) and from the archives 7) Preferring Heaven to Hell Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Hare Killing April 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hare Killing

    That medieval obsession again…

    The Spaw Monster April 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Spaw Monster

    This is a ghost account from 1839. It starts simply enough, but it has some remarkable features. One of those singular cases commonly classed amongst the supernatural, has produced a considerable sensation amongst the inhabitant of the district of Middleton and the surrounding villages. The following are a few of the particulars. In a small […]

    History Roundup 623 including King Werewolf! April 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 623 including King Werewolf!

    Today’s links follow. 1) King Werewolf: England 2) New Etruscan Stele: Italy [70 characters!] 3) Medieval Whip Found in Abbey: England 4)  New Tomb: Egypt 5) Stone Moving: England (laughed a lot!) 6) Shoes on the River: Danube and from the archives 7) Oldest Flame Other links: A Matter of Life and Death

    Daily History Picture: Japanese World Map April 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Japanese World Map

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