The History Carnival issue 110: June 2012

Hello, and welcome to History and the Sock Merchant, my blog in which I try to make Modern History accessible and where I am very proud to be hosting the June 2012 History Carnival. Despite being a modernist this carnival represents history of all periods, from the ancient world to the present day so everyone should find something they're interested in. I hope you have as much fun reading the fine work of those history bloggers selected for the carnival  as I have.
Alan Flower 


  • Ancient History

The 'Ancient Digger' gives us a rather wonderful in depth study into Pompeii's sexual past Pompeii: Erotic Art and Roman Sexuality.

Mary Beard, professor in classics at Cambridge, at her blog 'It's A Dons Life' asks the question: How Roman are the Olympics?

Mike Anderson's Ancient History Blog has sparked off an energetic debate about Greek influence on the early Christian Church.

One of the longest running history blogs on the web, aptly named 'The History Blog' reports on the Oldest Maya calendar found recently in Guatemala.

At the Uni of Exeter, a project to build a Bronze Age boat is under way, A Stitch in Time gives us a time-lapse video of the first four weeks.


  • Medieval Period

'History and Women' teach us that ISABELLA: THE BRAVEHEART OF FRANCE could have eaten Mel Gibson for breakfast.

Tom Sawford at his blog 'My Byzantium hopes to 'make Making Byzantium live for people today', and he's doing a great job. Few Greeks have a good word to say about the European banking system these days, and believe it or no, It was the same story 800 years ago.

The Edward II Blog gives us a post about Edward II's kinswoman, Isabel of Castile, queen of Aragon and duchess of Brittany (1283-1328), who, in different circumstances, might have been his queen.

Medieval News reports on: 'Dogs, booze and bling: Northern Ireland's medieval shopping mall'

At Medieval Bookworm: Blogger Meghan particularly loves medieval historical fiction, but also reads and reviews nonfiction and classics as well: Review: The Girl King, Meg Clothier.

In the Middle: One of the most popular blogs on medieval studies covers a wonderfully wide range of subjects — readers can easily spend hours epically archive binging: I'll Take My Medieval Studies Flash-Mobbed and Viral and On the Rocks, Please.

Senchus: Anyone interested in Scotland during the Middle Ages and Early Modern eras will find this a most valuable resource indeed: New book on early medieval Scotland.




  • Early Modern Period

The Two Nerdy History Girls show us how the 18th c English table of an affluent household would be set for dessert.

Madame Isis’ Toilette is a great new blog about 18th century beauty products and recipes to make them: A curious Varnish for the Face.

The cruel treatment of animals is a sad constant even now, but 'Georgian London tells' us of how dramatic changes during London’s Georgian period show the emergence of a modern sensibility towards animals and their welfare.

'Russia, Past and Present' tells us of how an array of once neglected and forgotten architectural gems from the former imperial estate of Tsarskoye Selo have been brought back to life and will be unveiled to the public this summer.

Magia Posthuma sets the record straight in a Lively Debate over a supposed 'Vampire' Skeleton found in Venice.
Just a few random ramblings from Wales's premier early modern medical historian…and currently the only one: Medical practice in early modern Wales.

Not one for the faint hearted, 'Wonders and Marvels is a splendid community for those with curious minds that love history, this month they give us: The Puppy Water and Other Early Modern Canine Recipes



  • Modern Period

Hippies, Hashish and Banana Pancakes: The History of Backpacking. This is a wonderful post prepared by Katie Sorene at her travel blog 'Tripbase'. Has backpacking lost its edge and is there a historical precedent?

What can sustain a republic and why has it not been a standard or common form of government since the Greek era? Noah Webster at 'The History Tavern: where the past is always on tap' muses on this very question.

The Top Cruise Deals blog is for passionate cruisers across the world, so passionate in fact that they have taken the liberty of preparing for us: 20 Facts You Never Knew About Why the Titanic Sank.

Legend says that the dance known as the “Hoochy Coochy” was brought to America by a Middle Eastern dancer named Little Egypt performing at the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago in 1893 -or was it? Find out here at the 'National Night Stick', a blog dedicated to Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.

For those of the Irish Diplomatic History variety Andrew Devenney at Andrewdevenney.net offers us 'The Wolfe Affair: Nationalist Networking on the Celtic Fringe'.

The Mad Monarchist at their blog of the same name, is a blog about monarchs, monarchism and monarchists, written by a monarchist. This month they offer us a fascinating profile of a woman who would become the last Queen of Italy.

Author and Historian Diana Muir Appelbaum at her blog writes for us this mointh: Abu Darweesh Mosque; a Circassian identity statement in Amman, Jordan.

To honour the fact that Chelsea have recently become the first team from the capital to win the European Cup, The Victorianist gives us a wonderful post on 'London Football in1903' with some excellent images.