03 Brief: Reading Notes

Last night just before bedding down for the night a little memory sparked briefly. I’ll go back through and add hyperlinks like I always do.

I remembered reading an NPR book review some long while back. I remembered it had to do with “The Turnip Princess” a folktale. But a tale spun originally by whom? A Russian? maybe, sounds like a Russia one to be sure.

The author, unfortunately was someone I could also not recall the name of. I did however remembered that the story was not from the well know Grimm brothers, Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm and Wilhelm Karl Grimm. Touching loosely on the Brothers Grimm the other day must have shook and blinked an old, ragged brain cell awake.

With those memories flickering, or rather blinking like a busted light, this morning I searched about the internet determined to solve this mystery caused by my spotty memory. I surfed the search, as a wave of knowledge upon the depths of a churning world wide web. I searched and searched util I floated ashore- with the answer. The name I needed to remember, Franz Xaver von Schönwerth.

I am going to buy some collection of his collected fairy tales and put that book on the bedside table when a spot opens or maybe I’ll jump bump “Women and Family Life in Early Modern German Literature” or “Fear is the Mind Killer: How to Build a Training Culture that Fosters Strength and Resilience” from the three book rotation.


Schutzhalter​ ​ [ʃʊt͡s ˈhaltɐ]

  • schutz​ (lit. shoot, 1836, p421))
  • halter​ (lit. “​to look after, or keep​” (Dasypodius 1535, 99v2), ‘​keep’​, as in housekeeper (Golius, 1579, 211)

The term ​Schutzhalter​ was often used liken to“​schirmer/ ”​ (guardian) as seen throughout Fortunatus Hueber’s (1686) history of the Franciscans, “Dreyfache von Orden S. Francisci”.

For Historical Fencing researchers, references of the term in the ​Fechtschulen​ are in several places. The Ordinances of the City of Breslau (9 September 1606) for one place, and note the several mentions ’ found in ​Wöchentliche Nachrichten für Freunde Geschichte​ (Büsching, 1817, p313).

I think of the term as, the “action keeper/ or guard”.

This is an excerpt found in Part One of The Forerunners of the Fechtschule: Antiquity. Available from:
Research Gate.

02 Brief: Reading Notes

So if I am sharing some of my research readings why not over-share bit? Why not include the books I am also reading? It might just motivate me to write brief reviews on Amazon or the like.

So, I guess I’d better list and speak about the current pile of books on the bedside table prior to posting any related Internet researches spawned from these readings. I normally keep two or three books at the ready and switch between them. Both of the 16th century books came to my collection from their relationship of Augsburg and the areas culture. I am writing a story about an alchemist’s apprentice from Augsburg. Which may explain why I love B. Ann Tlusty’s books and articles I had mentioned in the previous post.

current books from the top

So far, so good. “Shaman of Oberstdorf: Chonrad Stoeckhlin and the Phantoms of the Night” by Wolfgang Behringer is a very, very fun book. I am reading the English edition that comes in at a little light of a 200 page count. This book benefits from it’s fantastic translation by late and brilliant Professor H. C. Erik Midelfort (a fellow I have a few books from in the old reference library).

The story is centered on a factual situation based on church reports, civil court transcriptions, and city council documents from the 16th century. It seems that one night after a bit too much wine had been liberated from the bottle, the head Horse Wrangler of Obersdorf, a man named Chonrad Stoeckhlin (1549-1587) and his friend Jacob Walch a local Ox herder made themselves a little deal. This agreement ended up in the form a contract, which held that whomever of two friends should die before the other shall return to the land of the living and tell the other what is to come in the realm of the great thereafter. An intriguing topic, which happened more often than one might think- this was not even the first I had heard of such agreements between people of the Early Modern Period.

The interest thing is that Jacob dies some eight days after agreeing to the contract and then on February 20th, 1578, according to Stoeckhlin, Jacob comes back for the first of several visits to his old pal Chonrad.

Chonrad was not too shy or fearful enough to not talk about his contact with a spirit and later an angel. These visitations shape and redefine how his faith was and what his worship looked like (so far, it doesn’t look like anything warranting a burning at the stake about- but we shall see). These experiences or stories of Chonrad also seems to have placed him on a path of direct collision with either the Catholic and/ or the Reformer(s) leadership with their religious ‘justice’ …..which of course included torture and execution (this whole tale is set during the deadly Witch hunt craze in late 16th to the early 17th centuries).

I am only at the beginning of this book. I am reading it aloud to my partner Heidi as a (very German and sleep inducing) bedtime story for her and a cool read for me. I was turned on to this book due to my interest in and exposure to the period Italian folktales given by Carlo Ginzburg in his work “The Night Battles: Witchcraft & Agrarian Cults in the 16th & 17th century“.

I sure hope this book is what I thought it might me when I first read the back of the cover:

A narrative of the related events, as laid out by primary sources (the reports and documents from the interviews and interrogations). It could be like B. Ann Tlusty‘s book “Augsburg During the Reformation Era” with all of the surround data and context given while following the “actors” along.

As a head’s up, reading this book aloud will take quite a lot of time to complete compared to other items. But I’ll be sure finish this review up later in another Update post after I finish reading it to Heidi.

The next book on the current pile, “Women and Family Life in Early Modern Literature” by Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre will be entered in a separate update.
I want to keep these notes brief. They should short, sweet, and on topic. If it is a book review you’re after, and the date this Reading Note was posted was a long time ago, go to Amazon, I will post a review there as soon as I finish the book.

01 The First Brief Reading Notes

This morning as I finished a cool little article published earlier this year I thought, “I should share this thing with the universe, its good stuff“. At a glance it is an informational piece about a Christian form Asceticism in the Medieval Period. If that is something you might enjoy follow the linked text below. If not go back to the index of topics or click a

Anchoress: a True Tale of Medieval and Mystical: Women Entombed for Life” by Nell Rose. I enjoyed it, but, as I often do I quickly rounded up a few other articles to read, to help the paint a more complete picture of the topics I look into, no matter how obscure. Then I thought to myself, “I wonder if other people would like a peek and my crazed research readings and how everything ends up connecting“. ..why not? What could possibly go wrong beside wasting my own damned time?

So since we are sharing, here are some interesting articles I found for more of than a light review of the topic: “The Life of the Anchoress” by Mary Wellesley was helpful as Megan J. Hall‘s blog article “Buried Alive” was also found to be.
Both were not as interesting as Aspen ‘Amanda’ Hougen’s Through the veiled window: feminine autonomy, masculine authority, and discursive tension in anchoritic writings.

Currently I have put the reading of an article on Ancrene Wisse on hold until I had read an article that seemed more important to read first: “Ancrene Wisse vs. Ancren Riwle” by Francis P. Magoun, Jr.

The Connection Francis P. Magoun, Jr. (who happens to be the translator of “The Grimms’ German folk tales”, a book I have on my shelf.

If this topic randomly resurfaces in my research readings I will get a hold of Reading Medieval Anchoritism: Ideology and Spiritual Practices by Mari HughesEdwards and give it a review on Amazon.

B. Ann Tlusty’s Fanboy

Professor and renowned author B. Ann Tlusty, a social and cultural historian of the first caliber is one of my most favorite researchers. I believe her works are important linchpins of topical knowledge regarding the study of the period and many of the details in the periphery needed to form clearer mental images of the 16th century.

For those readers interested in more, as you should be, please enjoy the following list. I include it here because I realized my personal list of her works was larger than what easily available via an internet search. I have not read all of these yet, nor do I own a copies for the old reference library, yet.

If I find more, or decide to add her written reviews of academic articles, I will edit and add the here.