It gives me great pleasure to share with you The Castilian Pomegranate by Anna Belfrage, a new historical romantic fiction set in medieval Spain and second book in The Castilian Saga. This is Anna’s twentieth book.Continue reading “The Castilian Pomegranate by Anna Belfrage @abelfrageauthor #HistFic #TuesdayBookBlog”
When wind howls around Oratea Fortress, echoes from the 13th century swirl around fir trees and tumbled down walls.Continue reading “Oratea Fortress, Echoes of the 13th Century, 100-Word Story”
We return to Corvin Castle only to gaze at its window slits and telling rocks in a 100-word story.
When you ventured through an old place, have you ever thought, if only these walls could speak… Would you be prepared to listen to their tales? For receiving, upon asking, can be a dangerous game.
Listen, then. Who tells this story?Continue reading “Corvin Castle, Window Slits and Telling Rocks, 100-Word Story”
Because idioms can be fun, here are 6 phrases linguistically identical in Afrikaans, German, English and Romanian, with a little historical background too. How else? 🙂Continue reading “6 Idioms Linguistically Identical in Afrikaans, German, English and Romanian”
Strolling uphill from Rucăr to Bran is like walking through a dream-like space among villages lost in time, and under the watchful eye of millennial Bucegi – Leaota mountains on one side, and the spectacular Piatra Craiului, Prince’s Stone (like a sleeping dragon covered with a blanket of clouds) and Iezer on the other.
Rucăr is located in Arges County, the historical province of Wallachia, while Rucăr-Bran Pass and Bran Castle are located in neighboring Brasov County, in the historical province of Transylvania.
Yet the beauty of the natural passthat winds uphill from Rucăr, through a mountain corridor, to finally reach Bran Castle lies not only in the nature surrounding it, or in the history trapped underfoot, but also in the memories it carries.Continue reading “Rucăr Bran Corridor, Romantic, Beautiful, Charming – Historical Uphill”
Bran Castle, Romania, inaugurated an unique Time Tunnel, a museum that comes to life, but unless you’re obsessed with the history of Romania it will help to know beforehand what is each exhibit’s connection with Bran Castle. So here’s all you need to know before visiting the Time Tunnel at Bran – or a virtual one.Continue reading “Bran Castle, Time Tunnel Explained, All You Need to Know”
Sometimes the obvious, such as statues placed on the roof of a house, are the bling that steers your eyes away from the 16th century houses built just across the road. Welcome to Brasov (where part of my current WIP takes place 🙂 )Continue reading “Statues on a Roof and Magnificent 16th Century Houses in Brasov”
Welcome to our mini tour of Bran Castle, now a secret tunnel down a well. Do read here about how the fortress came to be, first rising as a wooden watchtower in 1211, and also learn how you can receive your Covid-19 jab in this medieval location.
Onward we step, through Thursday Doors.Continue reading “Bran Castle and a Secret Tunnel down a Well”
If you love to travel know that at Bran Castle in Transylvania Romania, there is exciting history awaiting for you and you can get your Covid-19 vaccine too. No appointment necessary, but do consult official sourced before heading to Bran.Continue reading “Bran Castle, Exciting History and a Covid-19 Vaccine”
There is a natural progression from the medieval Bran Castle with its unique brass door knocker in the shape of a queen’s head and the crocus legend.
Bran Castle’s Unique Door Knocker
The Bran Pass was long time one of the most important trade routs in Medieval times, between Asia, Moldavia, Wallachia, and further towards the Hungarian Kingdom and the West powers of Europe, and especially after the fall of Constantinople, after which the Ottoman Empire had full control over the Bosphorus strait, thus strangling in its unfaithful hand the sea trading of Venice and Genoa…Continue reading “Bran Castle’s Unique Door Knocker and a Crocus Legend”
For nearly four centuries the Giant of Table Mountain watched over the only Cape Sea Route connecting the Mediterranean Sea, past Cape Town, South Africa, with the Indian Ocean.Continue reading “Table Mountain and the Legend of the Querulous Giant who Blasted the Cape Sea Route Free”
Vlad Tepes built a fortified fortress in 1458 Bucharest part of his defense plan against Ottoman attacks, no curse here. Vlad’s princely court remained at Târgovişte, but with fortresses at Bucharest, Comana and Snagov Vlad Ţepeş knew that his chances of fighting off any Turkish bad spells increased.Continue reading “Vlad Tepes, Bucharest, and a Medieval Curse out of Context”
Early Middle Ages, history tells us, found the rich lands of Transylvania and the Romanian territories south and east of the Carpathians, Muntenia, Oltenia, and Moldavia respectively, as a lively congregation of various cultures and traditions, brought together by the need for trade, the hope for a better life, but mostly by the local’s love and respect for their ancestor’s land.
But what was happening in the western Europe right about now? For no land can ever be isolated from the rest of the world, nor can it be observed on its own. Just as no level of the emerging, yet highly hierarchic feudal system can be understood as an isolated occurrence.Continue reading “Stories and History of Transylvania, the Middle Ages”
The Golden Gate Portal of Black Church, Brasov dates from 1450, a time when Vlad Tepes was a lad of only 19 years old and already an ex-prince (3 month Voievode of Wallachia at the age of 17), and now a political fugitive, a nomad in Moldavia where he was consolidating his friendship with his maternal cousin, future Stephen the Great.Continue reading “The Golden Gate Portal of Black Church, Brasov, and a Story”