My Illlustrated Travel Journal with Essays about Roman and Mediaeval History and some Geology

  Happy New Year

We're close to the beginning of the New Year, and it's time again for making resolutions that won't be kept until January 10th or so. Personally, I've given up on that, but some historical characters have made New Year Resolutions that can be found here and on the blogs of Susan Higginbotham and Nan Hawthorne.

  • Alexander the Great: Come up with other town names than Alexandria.
  • Hannibal: Take some lessons in Italian geography.
  • Arminius: Kick the Romans out of Germania and myself into German legend.
  • Chariovalda: Take swimming lessons.
  • Nero: Win Roman Idol and tour Greece.
  • Septimius Severus: Spend some quality time with my sons.
  • Caracalla: Get a bigger bathroom.
  • Louis the Pious: Tell my sons I'm the king and can send them to bed without supper.
  • Maud: Have an equal opportunity commisioner present at the royal succession debate.
  • Heinrich IV: Rehearse that contrite expression.
  • Richard Lionheart: Be nice to Johnny.
  • Edward I: Take a course in accountancy.
  • William Shakespeare: Do more research.
  • Sir Walter Scott. Stop collecting antiquites. My house is cluttered already.
  • Richard Sharpe: Settle down. Well, maybe..

  • I wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

      Summer in the Harz. With Castles

    After all those posts with lots of text and few pictures, I thought I'd go back to some picture posts for a change. Summer impressions on a cold winter day.

    View to the north-eastern Harz foothills

    Seen from Regenstein Castle. Somewhere in the distance lies Quedlinburg

    Michaelstein Monastery, cloister

    Remains of a 12th century Cisterciensian monastery. The cloister and some of the outhouses have been preserved and today house a museum for music instruments, a school, and a restaurant.

    Michaelstein Monastery, herbal garden

    I want a garden like that.

    Falkenstein Castle

    Falkenstein Castle was originally built in 1115 and altered several times during the following centuries. It was never conquered, but in the 18th century it was a ruin until the then owner reconstructed most of the buildings.

    View from Falkenstein Castle to the Selke valley

    Germany can be very green, too.

    Arnstein Castle

    A picturesque ruin. And a nice uphill walk in 30°C summer heat.

    Bode River

    One of the many shots I took of that one. I love running water.

    Rappbode Reservoir

    The sun had given way to some thunderclouds, and the air was very still.

      Historical Christmas Wishes

    Trust Susan Higginbotham and Nan Hawthorne to come up with some fun. What some historical characters would like to find under the Christmas tree.

  • Varus: To just get OUTTA HERE.
  • Arminius: Roman baths.
  • Segestes: An obedient daughter.
  • Caligula: Shiny new boots.
  • Nero: An e-guitar.
  • Agricola: Caledonia.
  • Calgacus: More PS to my chariot.
  • Maximinus Thrax: More wine.
  • Honorius: Some sheets to hide under until the Visigoths are gone.
  • Charlemagne: A new rearguard.
  • Heinrich I: Fowling equipment. A crown would be nice, too.
  • Heinrich IV: A pope's head or two in a vinegar jar.
  • Heinrich the Lion of Saxony: My lands back.
  • Friedrich Barbarossa: A life jacket.
  • Eleanor of Aquitaine: Marriage counselling for my husband. It's not my fault.
  • Henry II: Family therapy for my wife and sons. It's not my fault.
  • Llywelyn Fawr. Glass windows for Criccieth Castle.
  • Richard III: A horse.
  • William Wallace: The director of Braveheart.
  • Duke of Wellington: Night. Or the Prussians.

  • Here's the reason why Llywelyn wants new windows

      Frohe Weihnachten

    I wish everyone a Merry Christmas. May Santa Claus, the Christkind or whoever is responsible for the task, bring you lots of books and other presents.


      Romanesque Ornaments

    I mentioned that one of the features of the Chapter Church in Quedlinburg is the decorative frieze that runs around the main nave. It does so on the outside as well. I got a good view at a piece of it from a window of the abbesses' Renaissance palace that today houses a museum.

    Frieze on the main nave of Quedlinburg Cathedral

    It is an architectural element that found its way from Italy into German buildings. While in Königslutter the monsters and figures are restricted to the apsis, and the other parts of the frieze (they can be seen on these photos) are merely patterned, Quedlinburg Cathedral shows a mix of monsters and ornaments all the way on the outside - the interior frieze has no monsters, though.

    Frieze detail, showing some monsters and animals (partly restored)

    Not all Romanesque churches have such friezes (the Weser abbey churches of Lippoldsberg and Bursfelde don't) whereas others take the ornaments a step further, like the Imperial Cathedral in Speyer with its decorative arcades running around the entire building.

      Chapter Church Quedlinburg

    The old town of Quedlinburg is dominated by the Chapter Church St. Servatius (also refered to as Quedlinburg Cathedral) on the Castle Hill. There's no exterior shot except the one on the post about the town because of the scaffolding, but I got some nice interior ones.

    Main nave, view to the choir

    The hill had been the site of a palatine castle and a chapel when Mathilde, widow of Heinrich I, commissioned the building of a chapter church to replace the smaller chapel where her husband lay entombed. It took from 997 to 1021 for the church to be finished, and after a fire part of it had to be rebuilt. The present church was consecrated in 1129, in presence of King Lothar of Süpplingenburg, the later Emperor and founder of Königslutter Cathedral.

    View towards the north aisle

    The Romanesque interior shows the so called Niedersächsischer Stützenwechsel (Lower Saxonian Pillar Alternation) with rows of two slender pillars, one square column, two pillars again, one column. The pillars divide the main nave from the lower aisles (basilica style). The west wall holds the Imperial Lodge behind the upper row of interior windows (see post about town) which was proabably used not only by the Emperors during their visits to Quedlinburg but also by the abbesses and ladies of the chapter.

    An example of the Stützenwechsel

    The choir to the east was rebuilt in the Gothic style under the Abbess Jutta von Kranichfeld in 1320. In 1938 an attempt was made to restore the Romanesque interior by adding an apsis wall to the choir. It is a high choir (like in Lippoldsberg) since the crypt is not built into a cellar but on one base with the nave, though using lower vaults - in case of Quedlinburg I suppose the sandstone bedrock was the reason.


    The crypt is undergoing renovation so I could only get a sneak photo through the iron grilled door. I think the two tomb plates in the background are the ones of Heinrich I and Mathilda.

    There is also a relief frieze running around the entire main nave. This as well as the decorations on the pillar capitals and the window frames show a strong Lombardian influence; much the same as Königslutter Cathedral. The ceiling is not a cross grain vault but the older timber cassette structure.

    View to south aisle - you can see the frieze under the upper windows

    The transept has very short wings with separate rooms that today are used to display the famous Domschatz (Cathedral Treasure) parts of which have been given back from the US. Because of the dim light it was almost impossible to get photos, though, and I don't use flash near objects that may react badly to stark light.

    Room in the transept with treasure exhibition

    During a restoration under Ferdinand von Quast in 1882 two 'Romanesque' towers with the wrong sort of gables were added, so that the most outstanding feature of the church is actually the youngest. I hope they use the ongoing renovation as chance to replace those roofs with something more authentic looking.

      Aberystwyth Impressions

    Aberystwyth was a flyby visit on my way from Pembroke to Caernarfon, though should I ever come to Wales again, I'd like to spend more time there than two hours. It's a lively place because of the many students, but less hectic than Bangor with its connection to the train line to Manchester. James from the Sir Benfro blog (that's not a title, but Welsh for shire, btw.) gave me a qick tour to the promenade and the castle remains.

    View to the Pier at low tide

    The pier had once been 900 feet long, but only about 300 remain today after the sea reclaimed parts of it. The sea tends to do that; Ceredigion Bay is also the location of the legendary Cantre'r Gwaelod, one of the sunken cities that line the coasts - its legends are related to Kêr Ys in Brittany.

    The history of Aberystwyth goes back to the 4th century BC when Iron Age settlers fortified the hilltop called Pen Dinas. The remains of that large hillfort can still be seen. Albeit the Romans had been in the area (there's a stretch of arrow straight road the way I came that stands out among the winding Welsh tracks, and James told me that a few remains of a smaller Roman fortress can be found near where he lives) there is no trace they ever tried to establish a Roman fort on the site.

    Pen Dinas, seen from the castle

    To the far right is a slender pillar; a monument erected in 1852 to honour the Duke of Wellington's victory at Waterloo, paid by public funding. It's interesting to see what people in the 19th century were willing to support financially - we got the misplaced Hermann (Arminius) monument much the same way. Try that today and you'll get laughed at.

    In the foreground are some of the stones that form a bardic circle of 13 standing stones symbolising the 13 old counties, pre the 1974 reform. The castle ruins have become a park today, a change Edward II might have liked better than his father.

    Aberystwyth Castle, one of the towers

    But it was not Edward I who started the castle building at Aberystwyth, it was one of the Gilbert de Clares who erected an earthen and timber ringwork castle down at the river Ystwyth in the 12th century.

    In the early 13th century, after he ousted the de Clares and other Norman chaps, Llywelyn ap Iorweth 'the Great' decided a hill by the sea was a better place for a castle than a valley and built the first one in the present spot. Makes one wonder why he didn't chose Pen Dinas, either. Like so many castle at the time, the one of Aberystwyth changed hands several times after Llywelyn's death as the Norman/Welsh wars moved to and fro.

    Aberystwyth Castle, remains of the inner bailey and hall

    Edward I was the one who got really serious about the castle thing once he conquered the Welsh, and turned Aberystwyth castle into a structure as formidable as Caernarfon or Conwy. Our friend Master James was the official overseer though he soon left his associate Master Giles of St. George in charge and returned to north Wales. The modernising of Aberystwyth castle according to the standards of 1294 cost 'only' some 4,300 pounds.

    The reason the castle is damaged much worse than Ed's other biggies lies in the fact that the sea is only a few yards away, and on a bad day not even that. Add to that the gales and torrents of a typical Welsh day, and even stone and mortar will crumble within time. The castle was beginning to succomb to decay as early as 1343, and the Civil War saw the end of it.

    Old College with Constitution Hill in the background

    What we got here is not a castle or cathedral, though it looks a bit like a mix of both, but the Castle Hotel, built 1872. It soon went bancrupt and was bought by the University College of Wales. It still houses some departments of the university, besides the newer locations at Penglais Campus and Llanbadarn Campus. The students surely got a pretty place to work in, but I wonder how often they'll find the Atlantic in the cellar. Let's hope they at least have a functioning central heating, something the Llywelyns, Owains, Henrys and Edwards will have sorely missed. Maybe that's the reason the Romans stayed away from the rain- and windswept Ceredigion Bay.

    I was lucky, I had a nice day when I visited Aberystwyth.

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    Main Gate
    Shrine of the Standards
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    Roman Towns

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    The Imperial Baths - Roman Times
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    Porta Nigra - Roman Times
    The Roman Bridge

    Colonia Ulpia Traiana (Xanten)
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    Moguntiacum (Mainz)
    The Temple of Isis and Mater Magna

    Gallia Belgica

    Roman Towns

    Atuatuca Tungrorum
    Roman Remains in Tongeren


    Frontiers, Fortifications, Forts

    The Hadrian's Wall
    Introduction / Photo Collection
    Fort Baths
    Fort Headquarters
    Building the Wall
    The Wall as Defense Line

    Wall Forts - Banna (Birdoswald)
    The Dark Age Timber Halls

    Wall Forts - Segedunum (Wallsend)
    The Museum
    The Viewing Tower
    The Baths

    Signal Stations
    The Signal Station at Scarborough

    Roman Towns

    Eboracum (York)
    Bath in the Fortress
    Multiangular Tower

    The Romans in Wales

    The Forts in Wales

    Roman Forts - Isca (Caerleon)
    The Amphitheatre
    The Baths in the Legionary Fort

    Mediaeval Places

    Living Mediaeval
    Dungeons and Oubliettes
    Pit House (Grubenhaus)
    Medical Instruments

    Mediaeval Art
    The Choir Screen in the Cathedral of Mainz
    The Gospels of Heinrich the Lion
    Mediaeval Monster Carvings
    The Viking Treasure of Hiddensee - The Historical Context
    The Viking Treasure of Hiddensee - The Craftmanship

    Mediaeval Weapons
    Combat Scenes

    Mediaeval Germany


    Medieaval Braunschweig, Introduction
    Lion Benches in the Castle Square
    The Quadriga

    A Virtual Tour through Mediaeval Erfurt

    Magdeburg Cathedral
    St.Mary's Abbey - An Austere Archbishop
    St.Mary's Abbey - Reformation to Reunion

    Town Portrait

    The Cathedral: Architecture
    Cathedral: Richard Lionheart in Speyer
    Jewish Ritual Bath

    Town Portrait
    The Gothic House

    Towns in the Harz

    Town Portrait

    Town Portrait
    The Chapter Church

    Towns of the Hanseatic League

    St. Mary's Church, Introduction

    The Harbour

    The Old Harbour

    Castles and Fortresses

    Castles in Bavaria

    Coburg Fortress
    The History of the Fortress
    The Architecture

    Castles in the Harz

    The Architecture
    Power Base of the Thuringian Landgraves
    The Marshals of Ebersburg

    The Harzburg and Otto IV

    Origins of the Counts of Hohnstein
    The Family Between Welfen and Staufen
    A Time of Feuds (14th-15th century)

    The Time of Henry the Lion


    Hidden Treasures
    The Stauffenburg near Seesen

    Castles in Hessia

    Castles in Northern Hessia

    The Counts of Everstein
    Troubled Times
    War and Decline

    The History of the Castle
    The Architecture
    The Castle After the Restoration

    Castles in Lower Saxony

    Adelebsen / Hardeg
    The Keep of Adelebsen Castle
    The Great Hall of Hardeg Castle


    Rise and Fall of the Counts of Winzenburg
    The Lords of Plesse
    Architecture / Decline and Rediscovery

    Castles in the Solling
    Salzderhelden - A Welfen Seat

    Castles in Thuringia

    The Double Castle
    Role of the Castle in Thuringian History

    Castles in the Eichsfeld
    Altenstein at the Werra
    Castle Scharfenstein

    Otto of Northeim
    Heinrich the Lion and Otto IV
    The Next Generations


    A Virtual Tour

    Castles at the Weser

    River Reivers

    History and Architecture
    Outbuilding 'Shepherd's Barn'

    The Castle and its History
    Views from the Keep

    Sababurg / Trendelburg
    Two Fairy Tale Castles

    Churches and Cathedrals

    Churches in the Harz

    Steinkirche near Scharzfeld
    Development of the Cave Church

    Walkenried Monastery
    From Monastery to Museum

    Churches in Lower Saxony

    Exterior Decorations

    Nunnery and Ducal Burial

    Churches in Thuringia

    Göllingen Monastery
    Traces of Byzantine Architecture

    St.Martin's Church
    St.Mary's Church

    Churches at the Weser

    Bursfelde Abbey
    Early History

    Fredelsloh Chapter Church
    History and Architecture

    Remains of the Monastery

    Lippoldsberg Abbey

    Mediaeval Murals

    Reconstructed Sites

    Palatine Seat Tilleda
    The Defenses

    Viking Settlement Haithabu
    Haithabu and the Archaeological Museum Schleswig
    The Nydam Ship


    Other Mediaeval Buildings
    Lorsch, Gate Hall
    Palatine Seat and Monastery Pöhlde

    Along Weser and Werra
    Bad Karlshafen
    Weser Ferry
    Weser Skywalk

    Mediaeval England


    A Walk Through the Town

    Old Gaol

    Clifford Tower, Part 1
    Clifford Tower, Part 2
    Guild Hall
    Monk Bar Gate and Richard III Museum
    Museum Gardens
    Old Town
    Along the Ouse River


    Castles in Cumbria

    Henry II and William of Scotland
    The Edwards

    Castles in Northumbria and Yorkshire

    Malcolm III and the First Battle of Alnwick

    From the Romans to the Tudors
    From the Civil War to the Present
    The Architecture

    Churches and Cathedrals

    Hexham Abbey

    York Minster

    Mediaeval Scotland


    Views from the Castle

    The Wallace Monument


    Central Scotland

    A Virtual Tour
    History: The Early Stewart Kings
    History: Royal Dower House, and Decline

    Robert the Bruce and Stirling Castle

    West Coast Castles

    Dunollie and Kilchurn
    Castles Seen from Afar

    Guarding the Sound of Mull

    An Ancient MacDougall Stronghold
    The Wars of Independence
    The Campbells Are Coming
    Dunstaffnage Chapel

    Abbeys and Churches

    Inchcolm Abbey
    Arriving at Inchcolm

    Other Historical Sites

    Picts and Dalriatans
    Dunadd Hill Fort

    Mediaeval Wales


    Walks in Welsh Towns
    Aberystwyth: Castle and Coast
    Caerleon: The Ffwrwm
    Conwy: The Smallest House in Great Britain


    Edwardian Castles

    The Historical Context
    The Architecture

    Master James of St.George
    The Castle Kitchens

    The History of the Castle
    The Architecture

    Norman Castles


    History: Beginnings unto Bigod
    History: From Edward II to the Tudors
    History: Civil War, Restoration, and Aftermath

    The Pleasantest Spot in Wales

    Pembroke Pictures
    The Caves Under the Castle

    Welsh Castles

    Llywelyn's Buildings
    King Edward's Buildings



    Castles and Fortresses

    Defense over the Centuries
    Akershus Fortress: Middle Ages
    Akershus Fortress: Architectural Development
    Vardøhus Fortress



    The Vasa Museum


    The Splendour of St.Petersburg

    Isaac's Cathedral
    Smolny Cathedral

    The Neva
    Impressions from the The Neva River

    Poland and the Baltic States

    Towns along the Sea Coast
    Baltic Sea Cruise: From Tallinn to Gdansk

    Belgium and Luxembourg

    Belgium / Flanders


    The Old Town

    A Virtual Tour through Mediaeval Bruges

    A Virtual Tour through Mediaeval Ghent

    Roman and Mediaeval Remains

    Other Times

    Ages of Stone and Bronze

    Development of Civilization
    European Bread Museum, Ebergötzen
    Open Air Museum Oerlinghausen

    From Stone to Bronze
    Paleolithic Cave 'Steinkirche' in the Harz mountains
    Gnisvärd Ship Setting on Gotland

    Pre-Historical Orkney
    Ring of Brodgar - Introduction
    Ring of Brodgar - The Neolithic Landscape
    Skara Brae
    Life in Skara Brae


    Historical Ships
    Raising a Wreck, Now and Then (Vasa Museum in Stockholm)
    The Fram Museum in Oslo

    Steampunk and Beyond
    Historical Guns
    Vintage Car Museum, Wolfsburg

    - Beautiful Germany
    - United Kingdom
    - Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea

    Beautiful Germany

    The Baltic Sea Coast
    From the Bay of Wismar to Hiddensee
    The Flensburg Firth
    A Tour on the Wakenitz River

    Harz National Park
    Arboretum (Bad Grund)
    Bode Valley, Rosstrappe and Devil's Wall
    Cave Dwellings in Langenstein
    Harzburg and the Ilsetal
    Oderteich Reservoir
    Views from Harz mountains

    Nature Park Meissner-Kaufunger Wald
    Sea Stones, Kitzkammer, Heldrastein
    'Hessian Switzerland'
    Karst Dolines and Kalbe Lake

    Nature Park Solling-Vogler
    The Hutewald Forest
    The Raised Bog Mecklenbruch

    Rivers and Lakes
    The Danube in Spring
    Edersee Reservoir
    A Rainy Rhine Cruise
    River of the Greenest Shores - The Moselle
    Vineyards at Saale and Unstrut

    Parks and Palaces
    Botanical Garden Göttingen
    Forest Botanical Garden, Göttingen
    Hardenberg Castle Gardens
    Junkerberg Cemetary
    Wilhelmsthal Palace and Gardens

    Other Landscape Sites
    Oberderdorla and Hainich National Park

    Seasons and More

    Spring on my Balcony
    Spring at the Kiessee Lake
    Spring in the Rossbach Heath

    Memories of Summer
    Summer Hiking Tours 2016
    Summer Thunderstorms

    Autumnal Views from Castle Windows
    Autumn Photos from Harz and Werra
    Autumn in the Meissner
    Autumn at Werra and Weser

    Advent Impressions
    Christmas Decorations from the Ore Mountains
    Winter at the Kiessee Lake
    Winter Wonderland
    Winter 2010

    Birds at the Feeder
    Harz Falcon Park
    Ozeaneum Stralsund: The Baltic Sea Life
    Ozeaneum Stralsund: The North Sea Life

    Alien Architecture
    Carved Monsters in Cathedrals
    Llama, Llama
    Odd Angles
    Spectacular Sunset
    Carved Animals

    Across the Channel - United Kingdom

    Mountains, Valleys, and Rivers
    Sheep Grazing Among Roman Remains
    A Ghost Cruise on the Ouse River
    West Highland Railway

    The East Coast
    By Ferry to Newcastle
    Highland Mountains - Inverness to John o'Groats
    Some Photos from the East Coast

    Scottish Sea Shores
    Crossing to Mull
    Mull - Craignure to Fionnphort
    Pentland Firth
    Summer Days in Oban
    Summer Nights in Oban

    Wild Wales - With Castles
    Hazy Views with Castles
    Shadows and Strongholds
    Views from Castle Battlements

    Sea Gulls

    Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea

    Land of Light and Darkness - Norway

    The Hurtigruten-Tour
    A Voyage into Winter
    The Farthest North
    Culture and Nature in Norway
    Along the Coast of Norway - Light and Darkness
    Along the Coast - North of the Polar Circle

    Norway by Train
    From Trondheim to Oslo

    Bearded Seals
    Dog Sledding With Huskies
    Eagles and Gulls in the Trollfjord

    Shores of History - The Baltic Sea

    Beaches at the Curonian Spit

    Delectatio (Fun Stuff)
    Comblogium (Blog Roll)
    Conexiones (Links)

    - Roman History
    - Mediaeval History
    - Other Times

    Roman History

    Wars and Frontiers

    Romans in Germania

    Traces of the Pre-Varus Conquest
    Roman Camp Hedemünden
    New Finds in 2008

    The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest
    Museum Park at Kalkriese

    The Battle at the Harzhorn

    Along the Limes
    Limes Fort Osterburken
    Limes Fort Saalburg

    Roman Frontiers in Britain
    Hadrian's Wall

    The Batavian Rebellion

    Roman Militaria

    Early Imperial Helmets
    Late Roman Helmets
    The Negau B Helmet

    The pilum

    Other Equipment
    Roman Saddles

    Life and Religion

    The Mithras Cult
    Isis Worship
    Curse Tablets and Good Luck Charms

    Everyday Life
    Bathing Habits
    Children's Toys
    Face Pots
    Styli and Wax Tablets

    Public Life
    Roman Transport - Barges
    Roman Transport - Amphorae and Barrels
    Roman Water Supply

    Roman villae
    Villa Rustica Wachenheim

    Legend of Alaric's Burial

    Mediaeval History

    Feudalism, Beginnings
    Feudalism, 10th Century
    The Privilege of the deditio
    A Note on handgenginn maðr

    The Hanseatic League
    Introduction and Beginnings
    Stockfish Trade



    List of Mediaeval German Emperors

    Anglo-German Marriage Connections
    Heinrich the Lion's Ancestors


    Kings and Emperors
    King Heinrich IV
    Emperor Otto IV, Introduction

    Otto the Quarrelsome of Braunschweig-Göttingen
    The Dukes of Braunschweig-Grubenhagen
    Otto of Northeim
    The Ludowing Landgraves of Thuringia
    Albrecht II and Friedrich I of Thuringia

    Counts and Local Lords
    The Marshals of Ebersburg
    The Counts of Everstein
    The Counts of Hohnstein
    The Lords of Plesse
    The Counts of Reichenbach
    The Counts of Winzenburg

    Famous Feuds

    Local Feuds
    The Lüneburg Succession War
    The Thuringian Succession War - Introduction
    The Star Wars

    Royal Troubles
    Otto IV and Bishop Adalbert II of Magdeburg


    Scottish Kings

    House Dunkeld
    Malcolm III and Northumbria
    Struggle for the Throne: Malcolm III to David I
    King David and the Civil War (1)
    King David and the Civil War (2)

    Houses Bruce and Stewart
    Robert the Bruce and Stirling Castle
    The Early Stewart Kings

    Scottish Nobles and their Quarrels

    Clan Feuds
    MacLeans and MacDonalds
    A Scottish Wedding


    Princes and Rebels

    The Princes of Gwynedd
    The Rise of House Aberffraw

    The Rebellions
    From Llywellyn ap Gruffudd to Owain Glyn Dŵr


    Kings and Vikings

    Kings of Norway
    King Eirik's Scottish Marriages

    Famous Nobles and their Feuds
    Alv Erlingsson of Tønsberg

    Other Times and Miscellanea

    Post-Mediaeval History

    Otto von Guericke and the Magdeburg Hemispheres

    Fram Expedition to the North Pole
    Fram Expedition to the South Pole

    History in Opera and Literature

    Maria Padilla - Mistress Royal
    The Siege of Calais in Donizetti's Opera

    Historical Ballads

    Ballads by Th. Fontane, translated by me
    About Theodor Fontane
    Archibald Douglas
    Gorm Grymme
    Sir Walter Scott in Abbotsford
    The Tragedy of Afghanistan

    Geological Landscapes

    The Baltic Sea
    Geology of the Curonian Spit

    The Harz
    Karst Landscape
    Karst - Lonau Falls
    Karst - Rhume Springs

    Meissner / Kaufunger Wald
    Blue Dome near Eschwege
    Diabase and Basalt Formations
    Karst Formations

    Raised Bogs
    The Hannover Cliffs

    The Shores of Scotland



    Fun Stuff

    Not So Serious Romans
    Aelius Rufus Visits the Future Series
    Building Hadrian's Wall
    Playmobil Romans

    Royal (Hi)Stories
    Kings Having a Bad Hair Day
    The Case of the Vanished Wine Cask

    Historical Memes
    Charlemagne meme
    Historical Christmas Wishes
    New Year Resolutions
    Aelius Rufus does a Meme
    Rules for Writing Scottish Romances

    Funny Sights
    Tourist Kitsch in St.Petersburg

    My Novels in Progress / Planning

    I'm a bit of a writer, too; here are the novel projects on which I'm currently working

    Roman Novels (Historical Fiction)
    The Saga of House Sichelstein (Historical Fiction)
    Kings and Rebels (Fantasy)


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    History Blogs - Ancient

    Roman History Today
    Ancient Times (Mary Harrsch)
    Bread and Circuses (Adrian Murdoch)
    Following Hadrian (Carole Raddato)
    Mike Anderson's Ancient History Blog
    Mos Maiorum - Der römische Weg
    Per Lineam Valli (M.C. Bishop)
    Judith Weingarten

    Digging Up Fun Stuff
    The Anglo-Saxon Archaeology Blog
    Arkeologi i Nord
    The Journal of Antiquities (Britain)
    The Northern Antiquarian
    The Roman Archaeology Blog

    History Blogs - Mediaeval

    Þaér wæs Hearpan Swég
    Anglo Saxon, Norse & Celtic Blog
    Casting Light upon the Shadow (A. Whitehead)
    Norse and Viking Ramblings
    Outtakes of a Historical Novelist (Kim Rendfeld)

    Beholden Ye Aulde Blogges
    A Clerk of Oxford
    Historical Britain Blog (Mercedes Rochelle)
    Magistra et Mater (Rachel Stone)
    Michelle of Heavenfield (Michelle Ziegler)
    Senchus (Tim Clarkson)

    Royal and Other Troubles
    Edward II (Kathryn Warner)
    Henry the Young King (Kasia Ogrodnik)
    Piers Gaveston (Anerje)
    Lady Despenser's Scribery
    Simon de Montfort (Darren Baker)
    Weaving the Tapestry (Scottish Houses Dunkeld and Stewart)

    A Mixed Bag of History
    English Historical Fiction Authors
    The Freelance History Writer (Susan Abernethy)
    The History Blog
    History, the Interesting Bits (S.B. Connolly)
    Mediaeval News (Niall O'Brian)
    Time Present and Time Past (Mark Patton)

    Thoughts and Images

    Reading and Reviews
    Black Gate Blog
    The Blog That Time Forgot (Al Harron)
    Parmenion Books
    Reading the Past
    The Wertzone

    David Blixt
    Ex Urbe (Ada Palmer)
    Constance A. Brewer
    Jenny Dolfen Illustrations
    Wild and Wonderful (Caroline Gill)

    Poets and Photographers (German Blogs)
    Alte Steine (Burgdame Eva)
    Durch Bücherstaub geblinzelt (Silberdistel)
    Insel-Aus-Zeit (Carmen Wedeland)

    German Travel Blogs
    Lu Morgenstern
    Sonne und Wolken
    Unterwegs und Daheim

    Highland Mountains
    The Hazel Tree (Jo Woolf)
    Helen in Wales
    Mountains and Sea Scotland

    The Colours of the World


    Past Horizons
    Archaeology in Europe

    Roman History
    Deutsche Limeskommission
    Internet Ancient Sourcebook
    Roman Army
    Roman Britain
    The Romans in Britain
    Vindolanda Tablets

    Not so Dark Ages
    Burgundians in the Mist
    Viking Society for Northern Research

    Mediaeval History
    De Re Militari
    Internet Mediaeval Sourcebook
    The Labyrinth
    Mediaeval Crusades

    Exploring Castles
    The World of Castles

    Miscellaneous History
    Heritage Daily
    The History Files

    Ancient History
    Encyclopedia Mythica

    Online Journals
    Ancient Warfare
    The Heroic Age
    The History Files

    Travel and Guide Sites

    Germany - History
    Antike Stätten in Deutschland
    Strasse der Romanik

    Germany - Nature
    Naturpark Meissner
    Naturpark Solling-Vogler

    English Heritage
    Visit Northumberland

    The Chain Mail (Scottish History)
    Historic Scotland
    National Trust Scotland

    Books and Writing

    Interesting Author Websites
    Bernard Cornwell
    Dorothy Dunnett
    Steven Erikson
    Diana Gabaldon
    Guy Gavriel Kay
    George R.R. Martin
    Sharon Kay Penman
    Brandon Sanderson
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    Tad Williams

    Historical Fiction
    Historical Novel Society
    Historia Magazine

    Writing Sites
    Absolute Write
    National Novel Writing Month


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