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  Windows Into the Past

Here are some more shots from the Hanstein, situated on a mountain at the Werra river in Thuringia.

View from 'Kunigunde's Window'

Kunigunde is the German name for a noble lady - Edelfräulein - in folk songs and tales. She had a splendid view from that bower, but I hope she also had a warm, fur lined cloak to wrap herself in, the wind is really cold up there. And glass was a luxury in the Middle Ages, only few windows would have been glassed; most were covered with wooden shutters in winter, making the rooms even darker.

Closeup of a bush growing on a windowsill

Some shrubs grow everywhere. It's images like these that show the power of time. They also make ruins look so picturesque.
 
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A nice big fireplace with a nice roaring fire, lots of feather mattresses, a down comforter or two, and perhaps someone to help her warm the sheets (or a bedwarmer if not), and she'd be good to go. I'm just sayin'. :)
P.S. Have a Happy Halloween, and lots of chocolate. *g*
 
Those are gorgeous photos (and the ones below are simply stunning - I want to go to Hanstien!!!)

Glass was a luxury, but the Gauls had it, didn't they? Maybe only the wealthy ones.
I guess a roaring fire would be the best way to fight the cold back then - I'd definitely be the one sleeping closest to the chimney!
 
Inspiring pictures, Gabriele.
Particularly the first one.
Tower songs.
 
Yes, Ann, some Adalbert to warm her bed would have been nice.
No Halloween here - I couldn't even get any Halloween candy, and no pumpkin Jack O'the Lanterns anywhere in sight. *sniff*

Thank you, Sam. The Hanstein is a gorgeous place. With several chimneys - they did have roaring fires back then.

Thanks, Bernita. Easy to see a white lady there at night. Probably poor Kunigunde who got killed by her brother because she loved Adalbert, the head of a hostile family, or something. :)
 
Wow, Gabriele, these photos really stirred my creativity!

One never knows when one will come across something that really impacts!

Thanks for sharing them.
 
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The Lost Fort is a blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK and other places, with essays on Roman and Mediaeval history illustrated with lots of photos of old castles, cathedrals, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes. You may also find the odd essay about geology or Mediaeval literature.

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I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)


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