|"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn|
Before you read this week's links, shall we join the Strange Company HQ staffers in our garden?
A tourist's postcard from 2,000 years ago.
Three significant ships in the 1870s British Royal Navy.
A man who did not want to be Speaker of the House of Commons, but wound up with the gig anyway.
One really dangerous sword.
A new theory about the Neanderthal extinction.
What people were saying about Belgium 100 years ago.
A look at "Stalin's architect."
A look at May Day 1876.
Using the telegraph to communicate with ghosts.
Ancient Roman art could get pretty NSFW.
The latest in Czech archaeology.
Mayan independence and the Mexican-American War.
A visit to Eel Pie Island.
A woman's flight from an abusive marriage.
A 17th century letter dictated by the Devil.
The latest news about the Shroud of Turin.
How to turn your local volcano into an oven.
How to get a body like Henry VIII's. I presume they mean "young, good-looking Henry," not "waistband the size of a football field Henry."
A cloister's dark secrets.
Medieval hand grenades.
Some weird ancient burials.
Stone Age people may have watched animated cartoons.
Scandal and an 18th century socialite.
Mythological creatures that have yet to be debunked.
The Titanic's most famous widow.
The prayer book of a medieval queen.
The diversity of ancient Egyptian makeup.
Dexter the Cat's remarkable adventure.
The tale of how a police constable was killed in the line of duty.
Some beautiful autochrome photos of early 20th century France.
One of the bloodiest chapters of the ever-bloody WWI.
How the 4th Duke of Norfolk lost his head over Mary, Queen of Scots.
The earliest known record of an aurora.
The adventures of a globe-trotting teenager.
A murder and a near-lynching.
The story of the "Skeleton Queen."
The mysterious woman in the Bayeux Tapestry.
The peculiar burial of an ancient possible mercenary.
That's it for this week! See you on Monday, when we'll look at a series of possibly-related murders. In the meantime, here's Jennifer Warnes. This song was a favorite of mine way back when.