yakalskovich: The Nazgul and I in nun costumes at Kaltenberg posing with a bloke dressed as Jack Sparrow (Jack Sparrow makes nuns happy!)
[personal profile] essayel was poking around some historical database of soldiers for names, and found

John Poynes, Archer, under Lord Edward Despenser, serving the earl of Cambridge on the expedition to France in 1375

We totally agreed that this must have been Ned Poins' father -- that is, if Poins had been historical and not just a fictional character made up by Shakespeare.

Sal suggested the elder Poins (Poynes -- spelling optional) possibly survived that war and fathered Ned during a moment's inattention in a whorehouse in Gravesend, but I find Poins comes over more like a legitimate son of an moderately wealthy man, because a sister is mentioned whom he needs to get married to somebody -- and if that's his business, even only theoretically to joke about it, then he's not illegitimate. Some of the archers were very well to do, Sal said, and I guess Ned squandered his inheritance, which means his father would already be dead.  He inherited what that archer brought home from the war, wasted it all on cheap wine and cheerful company, and by the time of the play, he's just stuck in Eastcheap, living for the moment, with nothing to go back to and nothing to look forwards to.

It rhymes with what I have been surmising about Poins so far, but being the son of one of Despenser's archers is much more tangible.-
yakalskovich: (Nebra Sk Disc)
At least according to this statuette. Kickass women in history seem to have been more real than we give the ancients credit for.

Thanks to [personal profile] essayel for the link!
yakalskovich: (Mummy smurf)
Here those that might be interested find a review of a new biography on Niccolo Machiavelli, and how relevant he is for today's political discourse.

Excuse the rough machine translation; but actually, we have come far since the early days when Altavista's Babelfish was more of a joke than a tool. The neologism of the headline is somewhat lost, though -- that's 'de-networking'.
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Who would have thought that this sort of thing existed in 18th and 19th century Scotland? Well, one probably would, as there are always hints of some debauched places where people went to just like that and got debauched. Young men do that, mysteriously, in the novels of Jane Austen or the Brontë, but we only ever guessed at what they did.

Now we get an inkling.

And I get the feeling that there might be some merrily breeding plot bunnies in there for somebody...

Ignore the drivel about the upcoming royal wedding that the article is referring to, set as an amusing background piece. And thanks to [livejournal.com profile] carolinw for the link!


Mar. 22nd, 2011 10:27 am
yakalskovich: (Lupus in fabula)
"Badly equipped fanatics seek holy places in some third-rate province and find heatstroke and new illnesses instead."

[[the blogger known as Don Alphonso, defining the Crusades, from here -- translated, source is in German]]
yakalskovich: (Drowning not waving)
It's all just a decades-old publicity stunt of truly geological dimensions...

The article itself is almost thirty years old, and still nothing seems to have changed in the general setup of things. Diamonds are still considered a good investment, and indispensable for engagement rings. Even The Crisis hasn't destroyed the myth yet.

Also, there absolutely needs to be a 'Mad Men' episode about that diamond publicity stunt in one way or another, how advertising creates demand, and demand creates value. Just remember -- style icons of the time, from Marilyn Monroe to James Bond, have all promoted the value of diamonds!
yakalskovich: (Medieval)
[livejournal.com profile] ceitfianna? This might be interesting for future Will plot.-
yakalskovich: (Nebra Sk Disc)

((from here -- sorry text is in German, but pictures are pictures and numbers are numbers...))
yakalskovich: (Sirona)
I don't think Hannibal was all that clever; I think he was f*cking paranoid! Some of his actions as described by Cornelius Nepos are utterly irrational and only show that he messed up his own life ultimately because he was full of conspiracy theories about the Romans.-

This random post was brought to you by the fact that the biographer's constant fanboying of his subject is starting to get on my nerves.
yakalskovich: (Nebra Sk Disc)
First, the Germanic tribes were suddenly all Celts.

Now, the Celts are suddenly Germanic...

**shakes head**

For me, what counts is the language people speak, as evidenced by old place names if we're talking historic tribes. What's so difficult about all this?

By the way: Farsi (=Persian) is an Indo-European language. Persians (and Kurds, the former Medes), are not Arabs. The languages aren't even structurally related.-
yakalskovich: (Medieval)
Only it's real, not something a retro joker thought of...
yakalskovich: (Nebra Sk Disc)
I was folding my laundry when a bloke walked in with a cannonball, in order to weigh it on the laundromat scales.

It weighed almost exactly 15 kg, hence a thirty-pounder, or rather, a 32-pounder, but they were called thirty-pounders, as Wikipedia has it. That's the name I knew as well. These things were shot from so-called demi-cannons.

It's greener on one side, and smoother, because it's been in the river; the paler, more pitted side was buried in the silt. The bloke has a blog (in German) where he goes on about it as well. It's apparently his hobby to fish historic munitions from the river, but mostly, he only gets WW II stuff.
yakalskovich: (Nebra Sk Disc)
Those of you who've know me since before I started this blog, when we met up in Stafford in the autumn of 2003, might be interested in this new article about Göbekli Tepe, which I found via [livejournal.com profile] blue_cat.

It's not 'just' 9,000 years old, but 11,500.
yakalskovich: (Nebra Sk Disc)
OMG, Ashie, look at that!! The Night Witches on BBC! Just a trailer, but still.-


Oct. 25th, 2009 01:44 am
yakalskovich: (The Princess' typist in RW)
Internet was not invented at the site of the Varus battle; as the Nazgul pointed out per SMS, otherwise Varus could have emailed to Xanthen for reinforcements...

Also, all Germans are Celts, the battle is a place not an event (at least, road signs point to 'Varusschlacht' even though it has been over for two thousand years), navigating a drained ex-moor is easy if adventuresome, and I have a plot bunny, but it might wither and die like almost all I had before.

And now, I am bloody knackered and want to sleep. See you all tomorrow. Then, my milli!charries will return and I will thread, either working on my picture post or on Sirona's app during slow times.-
yakalskovich: (Medieval)
I seem to be talking entirely in exclamation marks; but that's not a problem as this road trip is worth it.

We spent all day today in Münster. My mother dragged me all through the city several times back and forth. Like in any old city the old part is sort of roundish, and we crossed the cathedral square in the middle about half a dozen times in our perambulations, and we saw about a dozen churches.
In addition, we saw the peace hall in the city hall, where in 1648 the 30-Years-War ended and Spain let the Netherlands go. Then, we had goat cheese cake in the Picasso Museum (made by that bakery the Nazgul recommended), and then we went and heard an organ-and-harp concert in the cathedral.

Then, we had a nice meal with a good burgundy, and took the rest of the bottle with us for tomorrow, when we'll be in a country inn by the old battle-field of 9 AD, where I would suspect wine, let alone decent one, will not be forthcoming...

I don't know if we will have internet; if so, I will be there and post more, if not, I'll be reading 'Abhorsen'.-
yakalskovich: (Nebra Sk Disc)
I am going on a road trip with my mother, to see places where we used to live, as well as a big exhibition commemorating the 2000th anniversary of the Varus battle, and will be online less frequently for a week.

I am taking my EEE, of course, and will try to be there in the evening, but it depends on hotel WiFi, so...

Back in Munich and on my main comp next Sunday!

[[x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] ways_back_room and mm_plots on IJ, so bear with me if you see this more than once!]]
yakalskovich: (Medieval)
Since the Great LiveJournal Outage of August, I have been chewing on the lessons from that remarkable Saturday, and the fact that LJ can filter input.

By now, [livejournal.com profile] cyxymu's journal as been restored, and we're allowed to say 'Sukhumi' again. But things go much deeper; they reach into the early 1990s, all the way back to Stalin, Jason and the Golden Fleece, and in fact the Scythians, because these areas in the north and east of the Black Sea were where the ancient civilisations of the west (Greeks, mostly) traded with the Middle Asian Steppe Barbarians that in turn went all the way to China. In fact, you should very much not underestimate the role of the Middle Asian Steppe Barbarians* within the course of Old World history. Master Urban and I have long been theorising about the influence of Buddhist monks from Mongolia on the development of Western monasticism in Coptic Egypt and the Near East in the last years of the Roman empire, and the amazing similarities between Orthodox Christianity and the Tibeto-Mongolian branch of Buddhism. They came down the Silk Road, of course, and into the Late Classical world through Zeugma; but they came through the Scythian corridor just as much, and that is Georgia. The Georgians are Orthodox, in their own somewhat odd and immensely old-fashioned way, too.

But I digress. Let me put in a picture and then, a cut.

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