"...we should pass over all biographies of 'the good and the great,' while we search carefully the slight records of wretches who died in prison, in Bedlam, or upon the gallows."
~Edgar Allan Poe

Friday, December 31, 2021

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Everyone here at Strange Company HQ wishes you all a Happy New Year!

Where the hell was Queen Elizabeth born?

Who the hell was this man who fell from the sky?

Some Christmas criminals.

A Christmas party turns into a brawl.

Digitally unwrapping a Pharaoh's mummy.

Scientists are having a lot of fun with ancient head lice.

Speaking of Creepy Science, they've just found a previously unknown 15,000 year old virus.  I'm sure this will end well.

A notable sea serpent encounter.

A Victorian scrapbook wishes you a happy new year.

There's a Louis Wain exhibition that can be seen online.

Next time you go bar-hopping, take along a hamster.  They can drive you home.

Some possible new clues relating to the "Princes in the Tower."

To me, this story has an uncomfortable "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" vibe to it.

The graves of the "amber elites."

A warrior Duchess.

Why we count down to the New Year.

An aristocratic pug's Christmas tree.

So maybe Elizabeth Bathory wasn't that bad after all.

A recently discovered birch bark letter from the 12th century.

Why people kiss on New Year's Eve.

New Year's resolutions from 1914.

A murder where--rather late in the day--they discovered they had hanged the wrong man.

Photos of the relics of Old London.

How to dine like an undertaker.

How to dine like an 18th century gourmet.

An unsolved--officially, at least--Pennsylvania murder.

A forgotten Indian dynasty.

And that's the final Link Dump for the year!  I'll be back tomorrow, with my annual look at the top ten posts from the past twelve months.  So long, 2021.  Be sure to let the door hit you on your way out.


  1. As much as I would like to see Richard III definitely cleared of the murders of the princes in the Tower, this new theory seems far too delicate and conspiracy-theorish. It reminds me of Michael Occleshaw's book on the alleged rescue of one of the Romanov grand duchesses (not Anastasia). You might be interested in that one: he wrote about it initially in a chapter of his excellent book on British military intelligence in the First World War, "Armour Against Fate", but expanded the theory in "The Romanov Conspiracies".

    On a different note, I would like to wish you a happy new year, Undine, and the best to you and your family, human and otherwise.

    1. I don't buy that theory either, although I do believe that at least one of the boys survived Richard. (There's a very good chance, in my view, that "Perkin Warbeck" was the real deal.) I've always been interested in the fate of the Romanovs; I'll have to find that book.

      And a happy new year to you as well!


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