Cultural History

The Cappuccino

At the beginning of the 16th century, there was unrest within the Franciscan Order. Many friars saw the great ideal of Francis of Assisi betrayed and longed for a simple life of service to the poor and needy. Therefore, in the spring of 1525, the monk Mateo de Bascio...

The Flying Dutchman

The stories surrounding the so-called ghost ships are almost as old as seafaring itself. Which should not come as a surprise. For without proper knowledge of healing arts and medicine, epidemics broke out at sea time and again, and no passing captain was crazy enough...

Indian summer (Altweibersommer)

Since the early 19th century the term "Altweibersommer" (summer of the old women) is known. It should be noted that until about 1800, the year was divided into summer and winter, with spring and autumn also called "Weibersommer". In the course of time, spring was...

The Magdalene flood of 1342

One of the worst natural disasters of the last millennium, even worse than the floods of 2013, was without question the Magdalene Flood of 1342. It got its name from the fact that the day of the great flood, July 22, 1342, was St. Magdalene's Day according to the...
The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman

The stories surrounding the so-called ghost ships are almost as old as seafaring itself. Which should not come as a...

The Magdalene flood of 1342

The Magdalene flood of 1342

One of the worst natural disasters of the last millennium, even worse than the floods of 2013, was without question...

The evening

The evening

Silence of the people loud desire: roars the earth as in dreams Wonderful with all trees, What the heart is hardly...

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Hyacinths

Hyacinths

Music echoes far away; but here is silent night, The plants breathe on me with a slumbering scent. I have always,...

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Hiker’s Night Song

Hiker’s Night Song

Above all peaks Is rest, In all treetops Do you feel Hardly a breath; The birds are silent in the forest. Just wait!...

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Welcome and farewell

Welcome and farewell

My heart was beating. Quickly, on horseback! And away, wild as a hero to battle. The evening already swayed the earth,...

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Patricide

Patricide

Paris, beginning of the 19th century. It is the first warm day of the year and a small group, made up of members of...

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Gripsholm Castle

Gripsholm Castle

Around 1380, the Swedish Imperial Councillor and landowner Bo Jonsson, a member of the Grip family, who had acquired a...

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University of Durham

University of Durham

In addition to the world-famous universities of Oxford and Cambridge, there is a third institution in England, much...

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The bedroom in Arles

The bedroom in Arles

"The Bedroom in Arles" (or "Vincent's Bedroom") is the title of three oil paintings and two drawings by the Dutch...

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Storming the Bastille

Storming the Bastille

In the summer of 1789 all of Paris was in turmoil. Although the people had been rumbling about for a long time, the...

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