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  • Green Children of Woolpit 5: Parallels January 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Green Children of Woolpit 5: Parallels

    Beach must start with apologies. He promised four posts on the green children but he was not able to contain himself. Here, then, is a fifth dreamt up in the outer rings of fever in the last couple of days (flu now been ravaging for a week). Beach set himself a simple question: to what […]

    History Roundup 309 including Walking Corpses January 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 309 including Walking Corpses

    Today’s links follow. Horrible flu, sorry for suspension of normal services… 1) Walking Corpse: Ohio 2) Ghost Clothes: clanking down the stairs 3) Parrot, Bird, Phonograph Fight: New York 4) Getting the Victorians Wrong: UK 5) Hippy Commune Photos: US (love the group meditation) 6) Pompeii in Lego: Australia 7) New Tats on Otzi: High […]

    Daily History Picture: Eating Fish January 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Eating Fish

    I have no idea but disturbing…

    Green Children of Woolpit 4: Why Bean Stalks? January 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Green Children of Woolpit 4: Why Bean Stalks?

    The fourth and final post on the green children of Woolpit and this time the mystery of the beans. First, William: ‘Cum ergo inedia iam paene deficerent, nec tamen aliquid ciborum, qui offerebantur, attenderent, forte ex agro contigit fabas inferri, quas illico arripientes, legumen ipsum in thyrsis quaesierunt, et nihil in concavitate thyrsorum invenientes amare […]

    Green Children of Woolpit 3: Why Green Skin? January 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Green Children of Woolpit 3: Why Green Skin?

    Of the green children of Woolpit William of Newburgh writes: Ex his fossis tempore messis, et occupatis circa frugum collectionem per agros messoribus, emerserunt duo pueri, masculus et femina, toto corpore virides, et coloris insoliti, ex incognita materia veste operti. John Clark translates this, in his recent brilliant essay, as: ‘Out of these ditches, at […]

    Daily History Picture: Execution January 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Execution

    Spanish patriots murdered by Napoleon’s men: Goya 3 May 1808. 31 Jan 2015: Chris S writes in with this ‘Allegedly, the guy holding up his hands in this painting is the inspiration for the “peace sign”. Of course this comes from Wikipedia, so caveat lector.

    Green Children of Woolpit 2: The Mysterious Source X January 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Green Children of Woolpit 2: The Mysterious Source X

    Any historical problem is based on sources and with the mystery of the Green Children of Woolpit there are three sources to be reckoned with. There is William of Newburgh, there is Ralph Coggeshall and there is, Beach is convinced, Document X, a now lost work that both writers drew upon. However, before getting to […]

    History Roundup 308 including Hitler’s Luxuries January 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 308 including Hitler's Luxuries

    Today’s links follow. 1) Roman Baths at Bath: Bath 2) Indian Suffragette Princess: Britain and India 3) Luxuries in the Bunker: Berlin 4) Woops, Hitler Statue: Britain 5) Whig Hostesses: England 6) Admiring History: China 7) Rock of Ages: Turkey and from the archives 8) Greeks First Encounter with Parrot Other links: Watch out your […]

    Daily History Picture: German City Bombed Out January 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: German City Bombed Out

    Cologne didn’t ride the flames…

    The Green Children of Woolpit 1: All Hail John Clark! January 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Green Children of Woolpit 1: All Hail John Clark!

    The green children of Woolpit is one of the most fascinating stories to come out of our medieval records. Two children, coloured green, without any knowledge of English and with unusual dietary requirements turn up in a pit just outside a Suffolk village. They are adopted by the local lord, one dies and the other […]

    History Roundup 307 including Leg Trepanation January 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 307 including Leg Trepanation

    Today’s links follow. 1) Greatest Roman Massacre: Germany (brief video) 2) Hibbert’s Ghosts: England 3) Leg Trepanation: Peru 4) Roman Army Women: Rome 5) Green Children of Woolpit: England (simply the best article I’ve ever read on this, warning book length) 6) The Feast of the Ass: Christendom and from the archives 7) Hit by […]

    Daily History Picture: French Gunners January 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: French Gunners

    Getting ready for a German attack. Beautiful blue!

    Witchcraft and the Walking Toad! January 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Witchcraft and the Walking Toad!

    If you want to know what beliefs were really held out in the wilder parts of the English countryside in the nineteenth century there are two important sources: folklore collections and, more to Beach’s taste, legal proceedings. Every so often a member of the British rural classes with conservative inclinations and beliefs, which would have […]

    History Roundup 306 including Silenus in the Baltic! January 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 306 including Silenus in the Baltic!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Putting on 17 Cent Makeup: the boudoir 2) Silenus in Baltic! Denmark (memories of a post on Indian statue in Viking Sweden) 3) Three Singing Squirrels: New Hants 4) Amazing WW1 Sketches: Britain (don’t miss these and read the history here) 5) James Haddock, Ghost with Attitude: Ireland 6) City Dogs: […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Post January 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Post

    Geneviève Receiving King Mark’s Letter, almost certainly a late 15 cent French manuscrip

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