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29.8.10
  Some Interesting Blogs I Found

The arrival of new visitors and some blog hopping has given me a few new links for my sidebar: Curt Emanuel from Medieval History Geek, David Beard (Archaeology in Europe), who's collecting information of all sorts of interesting archaeological finds, and Burgundians in the Mist, dedicated to post information about an almost forgotten people.

As little welcome to the new guys, here's a photo of the elaborately decorated Romanesque west choir of St.Peter Cathedral in Worms. Worms, in Roman times known as Borbetomagus, had been the capital of the Burgundians and made its way into the Song of the Nibelungs as seat of Gunther and his brothers. One of the cathedral doors is said to have seen the famous quarrel between the queens Kriemhild, wife of Siegfried, and Gunther's wife Brünhild. It's not historical, of course, but the scene is still staged there every summer. Got to attract tourists. ;)

The first church was built by altering the Roman basilica in the forum (probably by bishop Berthulf in 614) and extended several times in the centuries to follow. The cathedral is situated on a hill that once overlooked the Rhine - as usual, the river's a bit further away nowadays.

A considerably grander church was erected during the time of bishop Burchard (1000 - 1025); some parts of this building still remain. Another renovation / extension took place in the 12th century; that version is basically what we can see today. The cathedral was damaged several times in various wars and the interior burnt out completely in 1689, which is the reason the interior today is mostly Baroque.

Another set of blogs is of a more fun category. Bigreadbatcave and Iron Mitten are blogs dedicated to war game figures. I mentioned that three dimensional figures are popular in the UK and US, and some people collect and paint whole armies of the little guys to stage historical - or sometimes not so historical - battles. They got Romans and Roman auxiliaries, but other epochs as well.

German tin figures

Here's one for you guys. *grin* Those are two-dimensional German tin figures - a painted version from the 19th century, showing some late Roman cavalry at the time of Constantine the Great (display in the Tin Figure Museum Goslar).
 
Comments:
Thanks for the links.
Regards.
 
Ooooh, goody, more medieval blogs to read. Thanks for the links!
 
You're welcome, Le Loup and Kathryn. :)
 
Thanks for linking me to your blog!
 
That's a neat church I haven't seen before. Thanks for posting.

No army of 3D figures, just a few select pieces for my work desk.
The tin figures are neat - and give me ideas. :)
 
What a fantastic cathedral! If it wasn't the site of a scene from an epic poem, it ought to have been :-)
 
Constance, am I right that those ideas involve a model trebuchet or two? :)

Carla, the author of the Song of Nibelungs may have seen the 11th century Romanesque cathedral which must have been a pretty impressive building already. His epos in an odd mix of old versions and new additions, and those additions reflect the time of the author, not the legends. He not only brought Worms in - which makes sense historically - but also Xanten, and Passau at the Danube.
 
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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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