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  • New History Books: Islamic Paradise and Hell November 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    New History Books: Islamic Paradise and Hell

    Chrisian Lange, Paradise and Hell in Islamic Traditions Another one I’ve been looking forward to: parallels between Christian and Islamic hells are fascinating…

    Dealing with Double Agents The British Way November 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Dealing with Double Agents The British Way

    From the 1920s to the 1940s Britain had perhaps the best spy agencies in the world: this was particularly true of its foreign spy agency, SIS or MI6. Ian Fleming, Graham Greene and even John Le Carré’s fiction carry the distilled essence (albeit sometimes shifted to later times) of British triumph against Nazi Germany, Imperial […]

    New History Books: Naked in the Woods November 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    New History Books: Naked in the Woods

    Grundstein, Naked in the Woods Ah, Hippies. Can’t wait for this one…

    History Roundup 532 including Pyramid Heat Anomalies November 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 532 including Pyramid Heat Anomalies

    Today’s links follow. 1) Red Tape and War Dead: Canada 2) Pyramid Heat Anomalies: Egypt 3) Mountain Sacrifices: Andes 4) A Lost Emperor: China 5) Sky Magic in WW1: the Trenches 6) Graves in New York: US (amazing photo at head) and from the archives 7) Hydropathy Other links: Trouble in Oldham (future of social […]

    Daily History Picture: Snowball Fight Princeton November 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Snowball Fight Princeton

    Princeton students after a snowball fight: thanks to Wade for this many months ago. 22 Nov 2015: Anon X writes in with this tab that shows that snowball fights did take place. He also points out though that there are many on the net who claim that this was taken after a boxing match. Any […]

    Hating Medieval Cats #4: Waldensian Cats November 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Hating Medieval Cats #4: Waldensian Cats

    Another in our description of the cult of hate for medieval cats. The following text is anonymous and appeared in a fourteenth-century hand in MS Cotton Julius D, xi, fol. 84 r. It is short and it entitled Errores Valdensium, the Errors of the Waldensians. The Waldensians, for the uninitiated were a Christian sect that […]

    History Roundup 531 including Australian Stonehenge November 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 531 including Australian Stonehenge

    Today’s links follow. 1) New Bosch: the gallery 2) Stonehenge in the Antipodes: Australia 3) Ancient Jewish Settlements: Palestine/Israel 4) Kansas Gothic: US 5) Crippen Telegram: Auction House 6) Tuscan Gladiators? Italy and from the archives 7) Birth Omen and Roman Emperor Other links: Is ME an illness, online free dictation service (impressive) Dear Lord […]

    Daily History Picture: Haile and Anne November 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Haile and Anne

    Princess Anne (looking beautiful) talking to an ancient Haile Selassie.

    Review: A Trojan Feast November 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Review: A Trojan Feast

    Now here’s an easy question on mythology. Tomorrow at noon you will be taken off to the infernal regions by an underworld spirit. You have twenty four hours to prep from the seventy or eighty volumes of mythology on your shelves. What one lesson do you bring away from your reading before you are taken below? It’s […]

    History Roundup 530 including Hating Shakespeare November 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 530 including Hating Shakespeare

    Today’s links follow. 1) Central Asian Mystery: Kazakhstan 2) The Hindenburg Inside: the skies 3) Dissection Fun: US 4) Jemmy the Rockman: England 5) WW1 Weird Tales: Trenches 6) Hating Shakespeare: the library and from the archives 7) Imaginary Kingdoms Other links: highly recommended film (Vampire Comedy), Lecture on Andrew Marvell poem

    Daily History Picture: Man Hits Woman (Medieval Style) November 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Man Hits Woman (Medieval Style)

    Bayeux tapestry is often surprisingly ‘raw’: here a woman is hit by a priest? Typhon to the rescue, 22 nov 2015, After seeing the picture I would have made an uneducated guess, that maybe the woman is a heathen priestess and thus gets slapped by a priest. The structure she is standing in symbolizing some sort […]

    The Wesley Ghost #8: Jeffrey Unmasked November 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Wesley Ghost #8: Jeffrey Unmasked

    The best candidate for the haunting though has to be Emilia Wesley (aka Emily). What does this attribution rely upon? Well, let’s start with some minor suggestive points. First, she was fourteen at the time of the haunting, a classic poltergeist age. Second, in one of the letters Emily claimed that she gave the polt the […]

    History Roundup 529 including Armadillo Baskets November 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 529 including Armadillo Baskets

    Today’s links follow. 1) Armadillo Industry: Texas 2) Jack the Ripper Mystery Woman: London (at least not another candidate) 3) Great Meals: various (some original ones) 4) Before Pepper Spray: Ancient World 5) Making Up for Boudicca: UK 6) Oldest Mines in the World? Austria and from the archives 7) Axe Murderer as National Hero […]

    Daily History Picture: Polish Patriot 1920 November 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Polish Patriot 1920

    Polish soldiers at the front in 1920 as the Red Army approaches

    The Wesley Ghost #7: Psychology of the Haunting November 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Wesley Ghost #7: Psychology of the Haunting

    There is a long history of trying to explain poltergeist events with reference to fakery of household members; or extreme angst within the family circle. The first is absolutely credible, given the vagaries of human nature, but difficult to deploy as an explanation when the experiences were so bizarre and so, well, ‘total’ as in the […]

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