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  • Struell Wells, Ireland: Pagan Customs in the Modern Age? January 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Struell Wells, Ireland: Pagan Customs in the Modern Age?

    Exciting article by Finbar McCormick from 2009, one that somehow passed Beach by, ‘Struell Wells’, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (2009), 45-62. FM begins with a careful description of a nineteenth-century Irish water shrine, the Struell Wells (Downpatrick). This shrine is credited through St Patrick with the power of curing. Crowds would […]

    History Roundup 300 including Myth of Easter Island Collapse January 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 300 including Myth of Easter Island Collapse

    Today’s links follow. 1) Bad Boy Judas: Palestine 2) Myth of Collapse: Easter Island 3) Medieval Trolls: A woody dell 4) The Astronomy of Paradise Lost: English heavens 5) DDay Veteran Death: UK 6) Coin Technology Mystery: Greece 7) Charity Dogs: ! 8) Our Lady of the Bass Fisherman: New Jersey and from the archives […]

    Daily History Picture: Party Time in the Middle Ages January 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Party Time in the Middle Ages

    Hard drinking and, of course, vomit

    Forgotten Kingdoms: The Republic of Montefiorino January 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Forgotten Kingdoms: The Republic of Montefiorino

    Another for the forgotten kingdom files, this time a particularly short lived example from Italy: the rulers of the Republic of Montefiorino managed about six weeks in 1944 before history and German flame-throwers intervened. First, some background. In the summer of 1943 Mussolini’s fascist government crumbled and Italy found itself occupied by angry Allies in […]

    History Roundup 299 including Roman Fort Light Show January 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 299 including Roman Fort Light Show

    Today’s links follow. 1) Roman Fort Light Show: Britain (note ‘roughly’) 2) We are all archaeologists now: yikes 3) 1905 Meteor: Cowichan 4) Dating Ancient Astronomical Tools: Grrece 5) Creepy Ann Walker’s Ghost: England 6) Vikings Steal Irish Reliquary: Norway 7) Hidden Altar Treasure: Mexico and from the archives 8) Atlantean Flying Boat Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Children Stealing! January 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Children Stealing!

    An old fear, gypsies steal a French child

    The Prisoner in the Temple: the Bloodiest Lie January 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Prisoner in the Temple: the Bloodiest Lie

    Beach has previously looked at ‘the gong of the world’, the desert boy Apion, who while still brushing sand from his hair, decided to insult the Jews of Alexandria and, indeed, the Jews of the entire Mediterranean. We do not have Apion’s anti-semitic work, the classical equivalent of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion: […]

    History Roundup 298 including Werewolf Prince January 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 298 including Werewolf Prince

    Today’s links follow. 1) Atlantis Metal! Ocean 2) Werewolf Prince: Baltic 3) Puritan Maiden Dressed Badly: US 4) Woman in Black: US 5) Bomb Crater Archaeology: the Continent 6) Literary Hoax: UK 7) Ancient Amazons Giants? Greece 8) Tomb of Osiris Found: and from the archives 9) Obscene Riddles from Book of Exeter Other links:   […]

    Daily History Picture: Stunt Flying in Paris January 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Stunt Flying in Paris

    Going through the Arc de Triumphe: Charles Godfroy 1919

    Review: The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick January 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Review: The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick

    What do you want the good or the bad news? OK, let’s start with the bad. The two exquisite volumes on Beach desk today cost about 170 dollars…. each. One is entitled The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick I and the other is entitled The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick II, Oxford University Press, 2013. […]

    History Roundup 297 including Hitchcock’s Holocaust January 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 297 including Hitchcock's Holocaust

    Today’s links follow. 1) Chariot Horse Pits: China 2) Hitchcock’s Holocaust: Germany and Poland 3) Martello Towers: Britain 4) War Masquerade: England? 5) Deb of Bletchley Park: WW2 UK 6) Oldest Hockey Stick: Canada 7) Puppy Water: yuk 8) Colonial Maps: US and from the archives 9) Sex Life of Unicorns Other links: Dreamlike photos […]

    Tamils in Sumatra: An Inscription January 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Tamils in Sumatra: An Inscription

    Inscriptions come in many shapes and sizes from graffiti scratched in Romanesque churches, to the huge stone book of Gal-Potha in Sri Lanka, to the panel recalling the first Chinese Christians. However, in Beach’s endless quest to hunt down the bizarre he recently stumbled upon this classic. It was found in Sumatra and was put up […]

    History Roundup 296 including Nazi Cows January 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 296 including Nazi Cows

    Today’s links follow. 1) Jesus Trial Site Found! Israel 2) Nazi Cows: Devon 3) Mystic Island and Her Transmitters: New Jersey 4) 10 Most Insignificant Wars: worldwide 5) Pyramid Causeway: Egypt 6) Looking for Genghis: from space… 7) More on Portolan Maps: the ancient Med? 8) Odd Disappearance: Arkansas and from the archives 9) Painted […]

    Daily History Picture: Meeting at War January 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Meeting at War

    French African and Afro-America troops swap stories and cigs

    Seven German Mistakes that Lost the Great War January 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Seven German Mistakes that Lost the Great War

    Germany went to war in August 1914 to bloody Russia, put Britain back in its place and break France’s back. Looking at their war record, after a century, what is striking is just how close Germany came to achieving at least a relative victory. Yet Germany’s leadership was not up to the job: this is clearer […]

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