Category Archives: history

Siúil, Siúil, Siúil a Rún – a bit of Irish history in a folk song

In order to celebrate St Patrick’s Day I am going to dissect a bit ‘Siúil a Rún’, a traditional Irish song and one of my folk favourites. There will be blood! 🙂 The title translates to “go, my love” (or ‘walk my … Continue reading

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Princess in Love

It’s time for an essay – it will be a terribly romantic story with a 19th century princess from the Netherlands as main heroine. The story, mind you, is true so expect it to be also a bit strange, cruel … Continue reading

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St. Valentine’s special – like mother like daughter

This year, in order to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, I decided to treat you with something horribly romantic. Accordingly, my little essay will have it all: doomed love, arranged marriages, love matches, unfaithful lovers, cursed inheritance, greed, worthless friends, illegitimate … Continue reading

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A case study of one urban legend – the Unlucky Mummy

How to create an urban myth or urban legend? I suppose you need not more than three-four components. First an interesting artifact with an obscure provenience which would move people’s imagination. The popular interest in such artifacts never vary. Then … Continue reading

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Money won’t make you happy – a story of a marriage

Despite those ironic smiles of people who say it, money really doesn’t bring happiness; if you don’t believe it meet a woman who had every opportunity to check that claim. Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore, one of the richest … Continue reading

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Lisowczycy or the 17th century James Bond unit from Poland

As today is  the Polish national holiday I decided to write an essay concerning Polish history. I chose Lisowczycy.They were called „devils”, “barbarians” and „bloody hounds”. They were admired and copied. People feared them worse than the plague. Mothers in … Continue reading

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The Affair of the Diamond Necklace

Sometimes diamonds really are not a girl’s best friends – this essay is going to prove that much. It has three main leads: a necklace, a queen and a con artist. Let’s start with the necklace because, although it was just … Continue reading

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Long live the zipper!

This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Czech Wikipedia for th week, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) You use it probably at least several times a day, no matter whether you wear trousers, jackets, skirts or … Continue reading

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Concise history with fangs – part four ( and the last)

Glamour, entertainment and science From 19th century to this day In the third part of this essay I presented two historic figures who became unwillingly two template vampires. The fact that they were both aristocrats influenced the way vampires have … Continue reading

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Concise history with fangs – part three

I didn’t manage to fit two interesting bios into the second part of my fanged history, although chronologically they belonged there. Their stories are too important to be simply skimmed and be done with, especially if you want to understand … Continue reading

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