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New This Month: March 2014 Part 1 (About.com European History)

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This week we look at the Merovingians, a dynasty of Franks who ruled much of Western Europe immediately after the Roman Empire. As well as a general history of the dynasty, we look at their great king Clovis, the murder happy Queen Fredegund and her great enemy Brunhild...

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Europe’s Largest Predator Found (About.com European History)

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A little bit of dinosaur news now, because I basically haven't grown up. Discovery are reporting that dinosaur remains found in Portugal belong to a new creature dubbed Torvosaurus gurneyi, which at 33 feet long and over 2000 pounds becomes the largest known predator on the European continent. It lived in the late Jurassic, around 150 million years ago.

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Grant’s Inaugural Ball (American Presidents Blog)

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This astounded me - it is the list for the food at Grant's second inaugural ball!
10,000 fried oysters; 8,000 scalloped oysters; 8,000 pickled oysters; 63 boned turkeys; 75 roast turkeys; 150 roast capons stuffed with truffles; 15 saddles of mutton; 200 dozen quails; 300 tongues ornamented with jelly; 200 hams; 30 baked salmon; 100 roasted chickens; 400 partridges; 25 stuufed boar’s heads; 2,000 head-cheese sandwiches; 3,000 ham sandwiches; 3,000 beef-tongue sandwiches; 1,600 bunches celery; 30 barrels of salad; 350 boiled chickens; 6,000 boiled eggs; 2,000 pounds of lobster; 2,500 loaves of bread; 8,000 rolls and 1,000 pounds of butter.

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Review: Anetso, the Cherokee Ball Game (RELIGION IN AMERICAN HISTORY)

An interesting history-related post from RELIGION IN AMERICAN HISTORY:

Art Remillard

Michael Zogry first learned of the Cherokee precursor to lacrosse, called “anetso,” in a class with Raymond Fogelson of the University of Chicago. The dearth of scholarship on the game surprised Zogry, who saw it as a fascinating blend of athletics and religious ritual. He read carefully the two major treatments of anetso—Fogelson’s 1962 dissertation and James Mooney’s 1890 article “Cherokee Ball Play”—and realized that there was more to the story. So when Zogry began his doctoral work, he aspired to offer a new perspective. This culminated in his innovative, compelling, and thoroughly ...

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“The Ball Demolished His Head” (Boston 1775)

An interesting history-related post from Boston 1775:

From Jeptha R. Simms’s Trappers of New York, published in 1850, comes this description of a gory incident from the Battle of Saratoga:
Among the death-daring spirits who followed [Benedict] Arnold to the Hessian camp, was Nicholas Stoner, and near the enemy’s works he was wounded in a singular manner. A cannon shot from the breastwork killed a soldier near Stoner, named Tyrrell. The ball demolished his head, sending its fragments into the face of Stoner, which was literally covered with brains, hair and fragments of the skull. He fell senseless, with the right of his head ...

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