I am happy to tell you about this gorgeous city in Belgium today. Leuven, or Louvain, is a beautiful medieval city about 25 kilometres from the Belgian capitol of Brussels. The earliest mention of Leuven (Loven) dates from 891, when a Viking army was defeated by the Frankish king Arnulf of Carinthia. According to aContinue reading “Leuven”
I have added some information on my Golden Egg research from 2019. Please have a look on the Alkmaar 1573 pages and let me know your thoughts!
Yes, it is that time again, the Giveaway for September 2020 is around the corner! Are you a subscriber yet? If not, you can’t participate… you don’t want to miss it 🙂 Do you remember the May Giveaway? Here’s a picture of what I made back then and the lovely Lady Branwen was the winner.Continue reading “September Giveaway”
In July of 2020 my first Compleat Anachronist was published! I am so happy I was finally able to finish it and to share bits of it with you here. Now, if this isn’t a good campfire story, then I don’t know! I am aware that some of my followers already know this, but thereContinue reading “Compleat Anachronist”
Yes, I know it is July! And yet, I am sharing a Christmas song with you! But why? Have a seat, I will tell you. Entre le boeuf et l’ane gris is one of the oldest songs in Europe, still sung today and it just happens to be a Christmas song. The title translates into:Continue reading “Entre le boeuf et l’âne gris”
Bad weather, failed harvest, illness or even death … In the middle ages and long after that people believed that witches and their demonic, magic powers were responsible for this. At night, they would fly around on their brooms or on goats. To expel the witches they must be hunted, traced, tested, and if theyContinue reading “Oudewater”
Just a short post to direct you to the Exhibition Page of my little realm to inform you of this magical exhibition that I went to last Sunday!
Today, dearest traveller, I would like you to come sit by the fire because I have to tell you about this famous song, that you no doubt know. But do you know its history? The text of “Be Thou My Vision”/”Rop tú mo Baile” reflects aspects of life in Early Christian Ireland (400-800CE). The originalContinue reading “Be Thou My Vision”
Oh Traveller! Come sit! Because this… this is so important. For a long time have I wanted to share with you what I know about names. Yes, names. Simple names, difficult names, long names, short names. Just: names. In this particular case: the names of women. The book you see here is similar to aContinue reading “A short list of names 1450-1459”
Dear Traveller, Have I got news for you! Please have seat, get warm by the fire and please read this guest post by renowned Dutch historical costumer Martine Teunissen. I am so very proud that she is here to tell you about her latest book AND that she is using my research! Read on! Hello,Continue reading “Costume book”