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Countess Báthory and Blood-Drinkers: Part 2

12th December 2018
Category: Hungary

As discussed in last week’s article, Countess Báthory of Hungary became infamous for supposedly killing hundreds of her servants and townsfolk.  One of the most infamous stories connected to her was that she bathed in the blood of those innocents in order to keep herself alive. Her killing spree, if it actually happened, definitely sets her […]

Countess Báthory and Blood-Drinkers: Part 1

5th December 2018
Category: Hungary

The name “Countess Báthory of Hungary” stirs up a vast array of cruel images in the minds of anyone who is familiar with the historic figure, but none so prominent as the image of a regal woman rising out of a pool full of blood like something out of a blockbuster horror movie. For those […]

The Cadaver Synod: Aftermath

24th October 2018
Category: Italy

This article serves as the second half of a two part article about the Cadaver Synod, a moment in European history where a pope in the Catholic Church placed the dead body of his predecessor on trial. To see the first half of this story, visit this link.  As discussed, Pope Stephen VI’s decision to […]

The Cadaver Synod: Dead Pope’s Trial

18th October 2018
Category: Italy

It is common to look to the past to see where our present day troubles come from. After all, many of the decisions our predecessors make start to turn sour when they are gone. Often, we built on and fix those failures to make our own names in life. When a pope in the Middle […]

The Relic Trade and the Bones of Prague

28th September 2018
Category: Czechia

There is the skull of a holy man in the Old Town Bridge Tower in Prague. If you visit, you’ll be told that this relic belongs to St. Vitus of the Catholic Church, an early Christian martyred by the Roman emperor Diocletian. His arm is also interred in Prague in a crypt under St. Vitus’ […]

Mysteries of Prague “The House at the Golden Well”

15th May 2018
Category: Czechia

Prague is a city filled with hidden gems, many of which harbor dark secrets. One such site is that of Dům U Zlaté Studně or the ‘The House at the Golden Well.’ Today the building stands as a proud example of Prague’s rich cultural and artistic history, with its magnificent gardens and intricate frescoes. However, […]

The miraculous hind – A divine guide

3rd May 2018
Category: Hungary

Deer in Mythology In Turkish and Hungarian mythology, the deer is one of the most important animals, along with the turul – also a divine guiding presence – and the female wolf. The earliest known depiction of this is from the 4th century BC. The stag represents Tengri’s – the main God’s – realm, the […]

Mysteries of Madrid “The Palace Architect”

19th April 2018
Category: Spain

Who knows what we are capable of If there are no limits Beyond the limits Winter is approaching Frost crackling on the ground The afternoon is sweet and sunny   This quote is from the song ‘Memorie di una Testa Tagliata’ (‘Memories of a Severed Mind’) by the Italian band Consorzio Suonatori Indipendenti. The lyrics […]

Mysteries of Madrid “The Rastro”

12th April 2018
Category: Spain

One cannot talk about Madrid on a Sunday morning without mentioning the Rastro. This is the most famous street market in the Spanish capital and indeed the whole of Spain. Here you can buy everything under the sun, from priceless antiques to bric-a-brac hardly worth bargaining for. But let us take a moment to consider […]

Mysteries of Madrid “The Cannibal Father”

29th March 2018
Category: Spain

When we had come unto the fourth day, Gaddo Threw himself down outstretched before my feet, Saying, ‘My father, why dost thou not help me?’ And there he died; and, as thou seest me, I saw the three fall, one by one, between The fifth day and the sixth; whence I betook me, Already blind, […]

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