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Viking and Pirate Black Cats May 8, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
Viking and Pirate Black Cats

***This post is dedicated to BAY and Raspberry Beret*** Beachcombing would be the first to admit that he has been overdoing it with cats recently: this despite not even particularly caring for moggies, being much more a dog and tortoise person. But an email from BAY on Beach’s black cats – unlucky for some piece […]

Headless Races March 27, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Headless Races

  After all those head lice (see previous posts) Beachcombing gets back to some decapitation stories, not least because it would be the most efficient way to solve his family’s present problems. In any case, before anyone makes contact with the social workers… In response to an earlier beheading post RR wrote in with the following […]

Review: Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition November 20, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Review: Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition

There is a Beachcombing family tradition that involves Mrs B. lying on one side of the great bed reading her Reflections on the Gospel of John or True Stories of the Umbrian Christian Mystics, while Beachcombing lies, by her side, engrossed in bizzarist books that leave, in Mrs B’s eyes, a lot to be desired. Beachcombing […]

Numbers and the White Slave Trade August 25, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Numbers and the White Slave Trade

                          Numbers are hobgoblins in history, especially prior to the beginning of grown-up records in the late nineteenth century. How many people lived in Roman Britain? Well, in the last forty years estimates have ranged from a couple of hundred thousand to six million. […]

Tyrkjaránið – Arab Pirates in Iceland May 30, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Tyrkjaránið - Arab Pirates in Iceland

        Despite rumors of a polar bear in medieval northern Africa and well attested penetration by Rus Vikings into the Volga in the tenth century contacts between the Arab world and Scandinavia are few until (very) modern times. All the more reason then for Beachcombing to enjoy the Tyrkjaránið, the Norse/Icelandic word for the […]