Europeenses

Devizes Pie

Devizes is a market town in Wiltshire, England, and the place of my birth. Its unusual name comes from the description of the castle that was built there by Osmund, … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hic:Est:Wadard

I am perhaps absurdly pleased by the fact that there is a link between the Bayeux Tapestry and my home town of Swindon in Wiltshire, England. The knight Wadard appears … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

The ætheling Æthelstan’s deathbed will of 1014

On the Friday after the feast of midsummer in 1014 Ælfgar, the son of Æffa, brought the reply of King Æthelred Unræd to his son, the ætheling Æthelstan. The ailing prince … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Skuldelev 3: Viking merchant shipping in the 11th Century

At some point between 1070 and 1090 AD, five ships were loaded with stones and scuttled to form a defensive barrier in the Peberrenden channel of Roskilde Fjord.  These medieval … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · 3 Comments

Danish flint daggers: Technology and society in late Neolithic and early Bronze Age Denmark

Finds of flint daggers from Late Neolithic and early Bronze Age Denmark represent what many archaeologists regard as the pinnacle of flint knapping technology in the Stone Age, surpassing the … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Feuersturm: Hamburg under the bombs, 1943

On the night of July 27, 1943, the Royal Air Force carried out the second of three major raids against the city of Hamburg. In the space of fifty minutes … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hanse

The ‘Steel-yard’ at London, now the site of Cannon Street Station, was once the western terminal of the Hanseatic trading system that linked England with Germany, Scandinavia, and Russia, and … Continue reading

March 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sild: Herring fisheries in the medieval Baltic

Let all the fish that swim in the sea, Salmon and turbot and cod and ling, Bow down the head and bend the knee, To herring their king – to … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · 4 Comments

Wendenkreuzzug: The Wendish Crusade of 1147

Between 1140 and 1143 some dozen noble Saxon families from the county of Holstein began a process of subjugation of the neighbouring Wends as they pushed into Wagria, establishing themselves … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bismarckheringe

  ‘A plague o’ these pickled herrings’ (Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth Night, Act 1, Scene 5) The Bismarck Herring owes its name to the business sense of Johann Wiechmann, owner of … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mietskasernes: Working Class Berlin, 1871-1922

Following German unification in 1871 Berlin was transformed from a provincial city, capital of the Kings of Prussia, to an international, bustling, industrial metropolis in a few short decades. Its … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) arrived in Wittenberg in 1505 as an already accomplished artist having been appointed court painter to the Elector of Saxony Friedrich III, der Wiese. It … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Aaron Cripps’ Fab Five: A Childhood Favorite, a Specter, a Pope & More

Originally posted on Yesterday Unhinged:
Hello, like our host my name is Aaron and I’d like to thank him for inviting us to contribute to his Fab Five series. I…

March 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sauerbraten

Sauerbraten is a German pot roast that can be prepared with a variety of meats. This recipe uses silverside of beef but it works equally well with pork, lamb, mutton, … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gesellenstechen

While reading around the subject of The Reformation in Germany during the early 16th Century I came across this painting by Jost Amman (1539-1591) in Martin Kitchen’s, The Cambridge Illustrated History … Continue reading

March 9, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Bombing of Dresden: Morality and Air Power in World War Two

The primary object of your operations should now be focused on the morale of the enemy civil population, and in particular on the industrial workers. Air Staff Directive No. 22, … Continue reading

March 8, 2014 · 8 Comments

Králík na paprice

Looking back through my culinary related posts I note that many of the recipes I’ve included to reflect the cuisines of Germany, Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are variations … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Galileo

At the moment when your satnav sends you up a cart track, into a river, or the wrong way up a one way street everyone can blame the USA, and … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Revolution: A short history of Prague

“I shall now set forth our plan for all to admire. Ultimate goal: overthrow Austria. First step: take Prague. Modus operandi: seize the citadel and lookout point on the promontory … Continue reading

March 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Vepřové pečeně

Gert lush goloptious slices of roast pork served with dumplings, cabbage, and sour cream gravy. Could there be anything better? For the Vepřové pečeně Ingredients: 1 kilo pork tenderloin Salt … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Villa Tugendhat

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) along with Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, Richard Neustra, Philip Johnson, and J. J. P. Oud, was one of the leading lights of the International … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gregor Mendel

Johann Mendel (1822-1884) was born in Heinzendorf, Austrian Silesia (Hynčice, Czech Republic). After studying at the University of Olmütz (Olomouc, Czech Republic) Johann joined the Augustinian order at the Altbrünn … Continue reading

February 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Robbing the Rich: Juraj Jánošík

The outlaw hero is a ubiquitous character in human history. England has Robin Hood, Australia has Ned Kelly, China has Song Jiang, Wales has Twm Siôn Cati, and Java has … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

Danube

The Danube rises in the Black Forest in the Fürstenberg Park at Donaueschingen where a plaque reminds visitors that Hier entspringt die Donau. The river in its various guises as … Continue reading

February 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tafelspitz

Austria’s national boiled beef dish. Ingredients: Approx. 1.5 kg beef topside (or other quality boiling beef, such as centre cut rump, chuck beef or brisket) Beef bones, if desired 1 … Continue reading

February 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Doppler

The University of Vienna, founded in 1365 by Duke Rudolf IV of Austria, is the oldest continually operating university in the German speaking world., though it was not until 1384 … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Battle of Vienna

In 1529 the citizens of Pressburg (modern day Bratislava) opened fire on an Ottoman fleet that was sailing up the Danube. Three years earlier the town had withstood a siege … Continue reading

February 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Linzer Torte

This delicious jam tart is alleged to be the oldest cake recipe in the world. Ingredients:  250 g butter 250 g flour 125 g icing sugar 150 g ground hazelnuts … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Horse railway

In the 1830’s the Austro-Hungarian Empire boasted the world’s longest horse railway connecting Linz in Upper Austria to České Budějovice in Bohemia. Originally envisioned in 1807 by Professor Franz Joseph … Continue reading

January 25, 2014 · 4 Comments

South Bohemian Potato Soup

Ingredients: 340g potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 litre meat or vegetable stock Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste 1 tsp caraway seeds, lightly crushed 1 bayleaf 1 small onion, … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Good Soldier Švejk

Having drunk away a gift of 10 crowns instead of buying a railway ticket Private Josef Švejk, unscrupulous dog dealer, idiot savant, and thorn in the side of his superiors, … Continue reading

January 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

Husité, part 2

The Hussites quickly united on a programme that in effect were the conditions for their acceptance of Sigismund. They called for the lay chalice to be authorized, for simony (the … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Husité, part 1

On July 6, 1415, Jan Hus was led to the stake having been found guilty of charges of heresy by the Council of Constance against the doctrines of the Catholic … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Leaping Lena

In 1954 a racing pigeon named Lena lost her sense of direction during a flight from Munich to her home in Klautzenbach and landed in Plzeň. She was found by … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pivo

To lager drinkers Plzeň is, or should be, a spiritual home as the birthplace of the pilsner style of pale lager which dominates the modern beer market. Brewing in Plzeň … Continue reading

January 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Zwiebelkuchen

Zwiebelkuchen, literally ‘onion cake’ in German, is a delicious dish of onions, bacon, cream, and caraway seeds on a base of leavened dough. Fantastic hot from the oven on a … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Witch Trial

“Question I. Whether witches, hags, and sorcerers really exist? I answer, they do. Even if I know that many doubt it, even Catholics and scholars, whose names are not relevant … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

Schweinshaxe

A classic German pork knuckle recipe from Bavaria. Ingredients: 1 leek, diced 1 stalk of celery, diced 1 carrot, diced 2 pork knuckles (aka ham hocks or ham shanks) 1tsp … Continue reading

January 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Europeenses part 3

Following the Second World War Europe found itself devastated. Thirty to forty million people had perished during the conflagration, cities lay in ruins, agricultural and industrial output was dramatically reduced, … Continue reading

January 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

Pfälzer Saumagen

Saumagen, lit. “sow’s stomach”, is a regional speciality of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Filling Ingredients: 3 lbs. pork, neck and shoulder meat 3 lbs. blanched potatoes 3 lbs. minced pork (or meat … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment