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Non-Existent Werewolf Boy and the Lord of the Forest(s) March 29, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Non-Existent Werewolf Boy and the Lord of the Forest(s)

Charles Mackay’s Extraordinary Popular Delusions is a wonderful sources for witchery and bizarre history, but Mackay is a poor historian and, a bit like this blogger, references nothing. Take this passage that fascinated Beach. One young man at Besançon, with the full consciousness of the awful fate that awaited him, voluntarily gave himself up to […]

One Man’s Tulip, Another Man’s Onion December 10, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
One Man’s Tulip, Another Man’s Onion

Tulip production was, in early Modern Europe, a challenging affair. For one the tulip itself was not an indigenous plant. It had come, with so many other items – including curiously goods from the New World – through the Ottoman Empire. Next, growing a tulip from seed takes from six to twelve years. These were […]