Roman and Mediaeval History, Illlustrated Travel Journals, Mediaeval Literature, Geology

  Another Glimpse from the Past

Only a pretty photo today. It shows Bursfelde Abbey at the Weser, a Romanesque church founded in 1093. It is built in the basilica style, that is, the aisles are lower than the main nave. Note the thick walls and small windows.

The church is still in use today. I like to visit the place because it's so calm and ancient, almost like traveling back in time.

  Winter Wonderland

The different daylight savings (we're at it come weekend) all over the globe must really have confused poor Petrus. The result can be seen here.

Since I still have some place on my shelves (and got some repay from last years monthly advance payment for heating and water), I ordered two books about the Varus battle and the Romans in Germania - besides the biographies of Augustus and Arminius I bought last month, so I'll finish the series of posts about the German Wars soon.


  Historians Have Two Saints

You'll remember the poll to elect a patron saint for historians. The outcome is a tie in of Bede Venerabilis and Eusebius of Caesarea.

So we now know for whom to lit a candle when our research doesn't get any results because the important chronicles have burnt to cinder in a Mediaeval incendie and the Romans didn't bother to write about the quarrels among the German tribes.

I'll stick to Bede.
It's the footnotes, you know. :)

Too many books? No way.
One of the shelves in my sleeping room.

  It's a Hook!

You may remember I participated in Miss Snark's Hook Crapometer and realised before mine was due that it was an un-hooky hook. I'm still not happy with that one, but I've prettied up all my hooks since then, and two I happen to like.

Now another blogging agent, Rachel Vater, did a Hook Evaluation, too. I sent her one:

Caledonia Defiant - Historical Fiction

The charismatic tribal leader Talorcan of the Selgovae fights for revenge and the freedom of his people. His war carries a death toll the Caledonian tribes are no longer willing to pay. Driven by Talorcan's cousin Muirtholoic, they cast him out, and Talorcan has to hide, an outlaw, in the lands occupied by the Romans.

On the other side of the border, the Roman cavalry prefect Horatius Ravilla is ambitious to reestablish the lost honour of his family, only to find his attempts thwarted by his superior Valerius Messala. When Horatius disobeys an order, his future is at stake if he can't unveil the intrigues behind it, but the man who knows Messala's past is a member of the Caledonian tribes that would kill Horatius if he ventured north.

Talorcan and Horatius realise they have to overcome their mutual hartred and work together. There seems to be a secret connection between Messala and Muirtholoic, and the planned visit of Emperor Hadrian will see a plot ripen that would lead to the genocide of the tribes and civil war in Rome. Can Talorcan and Horatius find proof for treason in time, and what role plays Atrectus, a former Roman auxiliary officer turned tribal leader?

And here's her comments:

"MY COMMENTS: Two men have to overcome their mutual hatred and work together to prevent a genocide. This is a hook. I'd look at pages."

Ain't that nice?

Now I only have to finish writing that book, lol.

  Patron Saint of Historians?

Liam at Sententiae et Clamores made a shocking discovery: historians don't have a patron saint. Since there are saints for every occupation including Old Clothes Dealers and Nail Makers, he resolved to remedy that neglect and suggested some likely candidates.

A few days later he put up a poll. So go and vote for you favourite Patron Saint of Historians.

I picked Bede Venerabilis. I admit I'm not fond of his Catholic bias, but he isn't the only one to show that shortcoming, and on the other side, without him, everyone writing aboute 'Dark Ages' Britain would be totally lost. Gergory of Tours was my second choice because I read him for research on the Merovingians, but I think Bede left the greater overall impact on historiography. Isidore of Seville was out of competition since he said bad things about the Goths. *grin* Ok, on a serious level, Isidore was violently anti-Arian and I've always thought the Arian Christianism was a very interesting take on the role of Jesus seldom done justice in the sources.

  Things you can see from the balcony

It was about a week ago, at 3 am (yes, I was still up reading) that I heard a loud, crackling sound. Since I don't like unidentifiable sounds at 3 am, I looked out of the window to find the source. On the street some 20 metres away that I can see from my balcony, stood a parking trailer - uninhabited, you can't live in them outside specific areas - and flames were busy licking on the outside of the front.

I called the firefighters. During the five minutes between the call and their arrival the flames broke through a window into the inside, and a gas tank exploded. Within seconds the trailer was on fire all over. I've never before been so close to a fire, and I was amazed how loud it is. Sounds like a storm. And it spreads so bloody fast. I don't want to imagine how it must feel to live in areas where woodfires are frequent.

I took some pics the moment the flames were at its highest, as the firefighters had already arrived but not yet succeeded in extinguishing the inferno. It took several minutes for that to happen, and there were still minor fires inside the trailer left then.

Since I thought it was very strange that the fire started outside, from the ground upward, I went down and told them I suspected the trailer hadn't started to burn by itself. So they took it to the police for further investigation. A police officer visited me the next day to take an official protocol.

Miscellaneous musings of an aspiring Historical Fiction author. Illustrated essays on Roman, Dark Age and Mediaeval history, Mediaeval literature, and Geology. Some poetry translations and writing stuff. And lots of photos of old castles, cathedrals, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes from Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, and the Baltic States.

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I'm a writer of Historical Fiction living in Germany. I got a MA in Literature, Scandinavian Studies, Linguistics and History, I'm interested in Archaeology and everything Roman and Mediaeval, an avid reader, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, and photographer.