Life was good for the 13th century citizens of medieval Trnava

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

King’s Master of the Horse, and my imaginary friend: Dionisio Türje

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

St. Margaret of Hungary: she burnt with desire for the man, who was husband to all virgins

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

That time, when Saint Ladislaus rescued the wrong girl.

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.