While back home in Slovakia or Upper Hungary, I visited the Museum of Western Slovakia located in ye olde Trnava/Tyrnau. Though none of the characters in my current WIP (work in progress) venture to this medieval town, I decided to take a closer look at its royal privileges to show you what you would gain … Continue reading Life was good for the 13th century citizens of medieval Trnava
Nicknamed Big-nosed, Dionisio from the kindred Türje was a dear and loyal friend of Bela IV. I pray he is forgiving and won't haunt me for this drawing, or for shortening his name to Dénes to avoid confusion with all the other Dionisios who were his contemporaries. Other than having a big nose, we have … Continue reading King’s Master of the Horse, and my imaginary friend: Dionisio Türje
At the darkest hour in the life of King Bela IV and all the people in the Kingdom of Hungary, the desperate King made a promise to God. He vowed if God delivered him and his people of the Tatar plague, he would dedicate to God the next child his wife birthed. And so it … Continue reading St. Margaret of Hungary: she burnt with desire for the man, who was husband to all virgins
Entering a medieval parish church, is like stepping inside a colorful comic book. Medieval people, coming to the church of Saint Catherine in Velka Lomnica (Slovakia), could watch the walls depicting a thrilling chase between Saintly King Ladislaus and the pagan Cuman, who kidnapped a beautiful Christian maiden. The story thickened as the two men, … Continue reading That time, when Saint Ladislaus rescued the wrong girl.
Queen Gertrude, mother of King Bela IV In my last post, I've mentioned King Andrew, (called him bad names which hopefully he can forgive if I was unfair). To keep things fair and square, let’s take a look at his wife, Gertrude from Merania. If you are picturing an innocent, twelve year old in white … Continue reading “We stood in her blood”
I don’t know about you, but I have a soft spot for tragic men and women. Once a while, to play on our inner EMO, I’ll post about someone tragic from the colorful depth of 13th century. I’ll start with Hungarian King Emeric, whose reign ended in 1205. In most cases, the law of primogeniture … Continue reading Tragic man – King Emeric