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


24.9.12
  Off To Hunt

some more castles and cathedrals.

As mentioned before, I'll be off along another bit of the Romanesque Road that connects a number of churches and castles in Saxony-Anhalt that have at least significant elements remaining from the Romanesque period. Which also means, as always, a journey into history. The focus will be somewhat Ottonian this time. Otto the Great (who in fist marriage was married to Edgitha; granddaughter of Alfred the Great*) had some very dysfunctional family relations, too. Rebelling brothers, a rebelling son .... it's not easy to become King of the Germans, let alone Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, if your family doesn't cooperate and drags most of the nobility into the mess. But Otto eventually succeeded.

The Werra river near Creuzburg

The Werra (photo above, from a trip we did last year) is rich in history, as are the Saale and Unstrut rivers we're going to see. Including some of the Saale castles - you can't have a river without those lining up along in Germany. :)

* It was the son from that marriage, Liudolf, who got mad at daddy - not entirely without reason, I think -, collected some friends and started a war in 953.
 
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Sounds great! Have fun! ;-)
 
Have a good trip!
 
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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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