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Richard III: Between the Bust and the Face February 18, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Richard III: Between the Bust and the Face

***Dedicated to Jround*** The excitement over the discovery of Richard III’s body has been entirely understandable: the documentaries, the articles, even an obituary in The Economist. But there at the centre of it is that reconstruction (above), which means that Richard III has now the best known of all English monarchs’ faces. How accurate though […]

English King Discovered Under Carpark September 13, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
English King Discovered Under Carpark

***Dedicated to Roundj*** Beach does his very best not to be topical on this blog. But the news coming from Leicester (UK) yesterday is hard to ignore. At the end of August archaeologists began to dig in a car park there in search of the body of Richard III, the last English king to die […]

Review: Shadow Pasts April 5, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
Review: Shadow Pasts

Beachcombing has only a few minutes today before class begins – a spring cold has meant that he is sleeping double his regulation five or six hours. But he wants to take what little time he has to celebrate William Rubinstein’s Shadow Pasts: ‘Amateur Historians’ and History’s Mysteries (2007), a gem of a book he […]