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Here, we will delight you with information, curiosities, history and legends from locations across Europe. Everything can be seen by those whose eyes have the power to observe... follow us and we will show you where to look!

The Highgate Vampire – Part 1

3rd March 2019
Category: England

Highgate Cemetery in North London, opened in 1839 and famous for the last resting place of such notables as Karl Marx, Michael Faraday, Douglas Adams, Alexander Litvinenko and many others. Is these days run under the auspices of the charitable trust The Friends of Highgate Cemetery and has been restored to its former glory but […]

The Catacombs of Paris: Resistance and Reclamation

1st March 2019
Category: France

As discussed last week, the immense Paris Catacombs were created as a way to consolidate the many dead that had taken up the city’s Cimetière des Saints-Innocents somewhere where they would not start to intrude into the basements of the residents of France’s capital. After their initial purpose was fulfilled, they played host to a […]

The Catacombs of Paris: Introduction and Construction

22nd February 2019
Category: France

To conclude the Body and Blood series, it is important to take a look at one of the most major and well-known instances of Europeans using the remains of the deceased as a resource with which to improve their lives and create something important to them: the Paris Catacombs. This is a subject that is […]

The Middle Ages’ Morbid Burial Rites

15th February 2019
Category: Poland

As one can expect, the Middle Ages were a tumultuous time for Europe. Death was everywhere, whether it came from war, crop failure, or the plague. As stated in previous articles, this lead to Europeans having a relationship with death that transformed the bodies of the dead into useful commodities such as relics, medicine, and […]

The Gruesome Inspiration of Sawney Bean

8th February 2019
Category: Scotland

Sawney Bean and his gory legacy sit with that of Countess Báthory when it comes to infamy and influence. It is a testament to the fear that the world outside of civilization held even during the Renaissance, when cities were rapidly beginning to build enough infrastructure between them to shelter traders and other members of […]

The Ottoman concept of “Kizil Elma”

25th January 2019
Category: Hungary

The Ottoman onslaught We know that the Ottomans regarded the important Christian towns which were the targets of their imperial desires as „Golden Apples”. Nándorfehérvár aka Belgrade, the gateway to the Hungarian Kingdom, was just such a fruit and Buda Castle was the next one to pick. The rest of the apples, like Vienna, Rome, […]

Pocahontas and the Hungarians

16th January 2019
Category: Hungary

Captain John Smith in Hungary John Smith and Pocahontas Pocahontas must have heard high tales of the Siege of Székesfehérvár, Hungary… Besides the German and Scottish mercenaries, there served some English soldiers on the Hungarian battlefields in the 16th-17th centuries. Everybody heard of the adventures of Captain John Smith (1580-1631), the English soldier who set […]

Captain György Thury, the famous duelist

10th January 2019
Category: Hungary

The warrior of the Valiant Order György (George) Thury (1519-1571) was the most famous Hungarian duelist, his admirers called him the Hungarian El-Cid. Contemporary sources say he won 600 duels. Swordsmen rushed to challenge him from three continents, the Ottoman warriors especially wanted to see him dead. It was no wonder that King Ferdinand acknowledged […]

The last knights of Europe – the Valiant Order

5th January 2019
Category: Hungary

The Valiant Order The Borderland was a wonderous 1,000-mile-long frontier separating the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe between the 15th and the 17th century. In that time, it was the longest structure of defense system of Europe. It had worked for the longest period, partly financed and maintained by the Austrian Habsburgs and by the […]

Count Dracula Inspired by Vlad the Impaler

24th December 2018
Category: Romania

“There was one great tomb more lordly than all the rest; huge it was, and nobly proportioned. On it was but one word, DRACULA.” ― Bram Stoker, Dracula The Legendary Tale Irish author Abraham “Bram” Stoker wrote his legendary, bloodcurdling Gothic novel Dracula in 1897. Stoker drew inspiration and aspects from the Prince of Wallachia, […]

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