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  • Daily History Picture: Bad Cats November 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bad Cats

      Would you leave the kids at home with these three?  

    Ethiopian Boat Arrives in the Mediterranean?! November 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Ethiopian Boat Arrives in the Mediterranean?!

    Here’s a strange text to say the least. It appears in that remarkable tenth-century Arab work Meadows of Gold and Mines of Gems by Abu Zayd, the kind of miscellany of marvels that only the Arabs could write: the non-fiction reflex of Sinbad. In the Sea of Rum [the Mediterranean] near the island of Iqritish […]

    History Roundup 259 including Witch Wreath November 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 259 including Witch Wreath

    Today’s links follow: 1) Chopin’s Heart: Poland 2) Shakespeare Cipher? Britain 3) Witch Wreath: US 4) Skeletal Remains in Alex Era Tomb: Macedonia 5) Great Mail Robberies, 1791: Britain 6) Did They or Didn’t They: Chase’s bedroom 7) Very Old Razor Blade: Siberia and from the archives 8) Headless Races Other links: sex survey and marijuana […]

    Daily History Picture: Ali Love Pele November 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ali Love Pele

    Two of the most charismatic sportsmen of all time embrace.

    Joan of Arc and the Genesis of Her Voices November 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Joan of Arc and the Genesis of Her Voices

    Joan of Arc has appeared once before on this blog in that fascinating moment where she apparently picked out the Dauphin with psychic antennae. Today, two years on, Beach is turning instead to another part of Joan’s paranormal life, her voices. Joan heard, from her early adolescence onwards, voices. These voices gave her instruction and […]

    History Roundup 258 including Uncolonised Africa November 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 258 including Uncolonised Africa

    Today’s links follow: today’s post was the children tree 1) If Africa Had Not Been Colonised: map 2) Ghostly Excavations: Glastonbury 3) Napoleon’s Hat Bought Abroad: Korea…. 4) Unsolved Cipher: Britain 5) Bizarre Museum: London 6) Ancient Sewers: Rome 7) Seer Stone: Scotland and from the archives 8) Death Dealer of Kovno Other links: creepy […]

    The Children Tree November 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Children Tree

    There are some rare accounts from the middle ages (though not from antiquity?) of trees that are alive. The following comes from the great eighth-century Chinese geographer Du You. Du You is talking here of the Dashi, the Chinese word for the Arabs, that have just started to come onto the horizon with the Islamic […]

    Daily History Picture: ‘Oakies’ Out West November 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 'Oakies' Out West

    Family on the run from the dustbowl.

    Source of Life: Mrs B Gives Birth November 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Source of Life: Mrs B Gives Birth

    3.5 kilos, homebirth, lots of stitches, baby and mother doing well. 29 Nov 2014 Invisible sent this beautiful piece in. Looking for anecdotes of Charles I, ran across this charming welcome to a new-born daughter. Miss Talbot to a new-born child, daughter of Mr. John Talbot, a son of the Lord Chancellor. You are heartily […]

    Daily History Picture: Playing Medieval Chess November 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Playing Medieval Chess

    A fourteenth-century chess game. What’s the blue bag for on high?

    Daily History Picture: Elizabeth in the Puddle November 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Elizabeth in the Puddle

    Sparse 19 cent version of Elizabeth walking in the puddle, note the pipe!

    Written Gibberish and Magic November 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Written Gibberish and Magic

    Keith Thomas includes in his classic Magic and the Decline of Religion a few precious pages on gibberish charms that were sometimes given out by ‘cunning men and women’ (aka witches) to those who wanted protection. These were typically worn about the neck of someone who wished for help against demons or better health. Some […]

    Italy’s World War Disaster November 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Italy's World War Disaster

    Italians and World Wars don’t really get on. A combination of poor military culture and one of the most macho yet incompetent political classes on the planet made for messy interventions, and amputations rather than extrications. However, even by sorry Italian standards, the six weeks beginning 28 Oct 1940 and ending 7-8 Dec 1940 were […]

    History Roundup 257 including the Great Sneeze of 1755 November 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 257 including the Great Sneeze of 1755

    Today’s links follow. 1) Influenza Epedimic 1755: England 2) Witches and Fairies: Dorset 3)  Human Rights in the East: Ancient Babylon?! 4) Most Beautiful Man in the World (according to him): London 5) Stone Age Footprints: underground 6) Gowrie Conspiracy: Scotland 7) Race and History: Sociology dep’t 8) Tampons: Ancient Greece and from the archives […]

    Daily History Picture: Thirteenth-Century Hunt November 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Thirteenth-Century Hunt

      What is the red bull? Tony B with the answer: The Red Bull is a Bonacon, a fabulous creature perhaps based on the European Bison or Wisent, which levels whole sections of forest with its farts. It also defends itself with them. The only reason it’s familiar is that I once painted a Bestiary […]

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