Historical Figures

Olivier Messiaen – a blackbird for the flutist

I probably don't think of any other composer as often as I think of Messiaen in my daily life - at least not with this regularity, which has lasted for years. His piece Le merle noir is practically in my head as soon as I set foot outside. We live in the country and...

European food culture around 0 and 1500

Despite all the contrasts in our modern world and despite all the differences between the cultures and regions of this earth, there is at least one element that unites everyone and brings them "to the same table": food. But is food culture really only there to ensure...

Josef Ressel, the inventor of the ship’s propeller

Josef Ludwig Franz Ressel, Austrian forestry official and developer of the ship's propeller, was born on June 29, 1793.   A native of Bohemia, Josef Ressel studied cameral science, agriculture, general technology, chemistry, mechanics, hydraulics and civil...

The history of Margrave Leopold I.

Leopold I. (Liutpold), called the Illustrious, was born around 940. He was count in the Bavarian Danube delta and appears already in the 960s as a loyal follower of Emperor Otto I and later of his son Otto II.   The Duke of Bavaria, Henry II, "the Quarrelsome,"...
Count to Pappenheim

Count to Pappenheim

Although the quote "I know my Pappenheimer" is mostly used negatively today, it was originally a sign of appreciation...

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Peter Hagendorf

Peter Hagendorf

Besides the most famous literary testimony of the Thirty Years' War, the "Simplicissimus" by Grimmelshausen, there is...

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George I

George I

Prince William of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg was elected as Geórgios A´ in 1863, one year...

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Marquis de Mirabeau

Marquis de Mirabeau

Honoré Gabriel Victor de Riqueti, the Marquis de Mirabeau, was one of the most dazzling figures in French history,...

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Joachim Haspinger

Joachim Haspinger

Together with Andreas Hofer and Josef Speckbacher, Father Joachim Haspinger is one of the most important leaders of...

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