A Most Interesting Johann (part 1)

Johann Kasimir (Palatinate-Simmern) (Latinized as Johannes Kasimirus) (1543-1592) Kasimir was a German ‘prince’ of the House of Wittelsbach, and the third child, and second son of Elector Palatine Frederick III (Kurfürst von der Pfalz) “the Pious” (der Fromme) and Princess Maria von Brandenburg-Kulmbach and possibly the most interesting Johann of the 16th century. For Example on...

05 Brief: Reading Note

I ran across a neat little article the other day. It was not found by accident, I was keyword searching stuff from my reading of Shaman of Oberstdorf. The good news, upon finishing it I actually remembered to post about it.The article in question, "Witch Trials" by Peter T. Leeson and Jacob W. Russ. It was interesting, but honestly not overly so. I am not sure if it'd be an easy read for those...

04 Brief: Reading Notes

Women and Family Life in Early Modern German Literature is another book on the bedside pile mentioned in the previous update. I picked this one up in hopes of collecting more data about interpersonal interactions of the 16th century. I am always trying to create a more detailed living picture in my mind of the Early Modern Period and the cities of Straßburg and Augsburg in particular (which is...

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...

Schutzhalter​

Schutzhalter​ ​ 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...

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...

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...

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...

3rd Annual Madtown Fechtschul

This year we will be honored to host Adam Fanti workshop, "Secrets on Display - Public Fencing in the 16th Century" on Saturday the 5th of October 2019 at the Goodman Community Center gymnasium in Madison, Wisconsin- Workshop Class A Viennese Freifechter named Andre Paurnfeindt wrote a short treatise in which he re-wrote Johannes Liechtenauer's zedel to appeal to "Beginning fencers." The change...

Our Friend Mike Cartier

Helen Zachariades-Cartier and several others asked me to post Mike's eulogy: Good afternoon I'll start by saying Mike Cartier was a star. My name is Chris VanSlambrouck, Helen asked me to say a few words in eulogy of Mike.Thank you, I am honored and eternally grateful for the opportunity to do so I'm recently and happily retired from 20 years military service with a few combat tours. And my...