the curse of Mélusine

:: in March 8, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Medieval books of prayers usually started with the liturgical calendar, and in case of the illuminated manuscripts they were often decorated with the images of “labours of the month” and the zodiac. One of the most famous examples is the calendar of The Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (the…

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the art of love

:: in January 30, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

[This post is unsuitable for people under 18.]   Analysing sexual positions and publishing sex manuals is something we often associate with the Sexual Revolution of the second half of the 20th century. But today I will not write about contemporary publications on the subject but rather go back to…

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Sir Lancelot of Silesia

:: in November 26, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Today I would like to tell you about a unique monument in Poland that is still not very well-known, although many have heard of it. It is the Ducal Tower in Siedlęcin near Jelenia Góra (Lower Silesia), dating back to the first half of the 14th century and decorated with the…

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They wanted to be trodden on

:: in July 18, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Not many many Romanesque pieces of art survived in Poland, but there are a few and some of them are quite unique. An extraordinary one is for example so called Slab of Orants from the Collegiate church in Wiślica. It is a plaster floor, decorated with engraved drawing filled with…

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A way to scare away the devil

:: in March 29, 2016 :: in Blog :: 4 comments

There are various stories present in the European folklore telling how women are capable of defeating even the satan himself. A popular tale about the devil getting married and subsequently running away from his horrible wife was used in the sixteenth century by Niccolò Machiavelli in his novella “Belfagor arcidiavolo”;…

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