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Molotov, Poetic Justice and Outer Mongolia March 13, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Molotov, Poetic Justice and Outer Mongolia

There is always some fun seeing people placed in hells of their own making, hells that they amply deserve. Of course, there is the whole ‘live by the sword, die by the sword’ thing: Samuel K. Doe, president of Liberia being tortured to death on celluloid; Gaddafi meeting his end in a culvert (‘God forbids […]

Thirteenth-Century French Envoys in Mongolia February 19, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Thirteenth-Century French Envoys in Mongolia

As Beachcombing plunges into his spring flu a short but sweet post on an extraordinary diplomatic mission that Louis IX (obit 1270) sent to the King of the Mongols in the thirteenth century. There is something necessarily surreal about any contacts between such distant realms, though this did not stop the two monarchs plotting. Indeed, there had already […]