Vikings… Are You Related to the Ancient Scandinavian Heros? Ask the Icelanders to Read the Genealogies to You

Today, Denmark, Sweden and Norway have their own separate languages but long ago, they shared the same language. If you want to hear the closest thing to that ancient language, go to Iceland. Many Icelanders speak a similar version of it today. With that preservation of the language came the preservation of Scandinavian oral history, because it eventually got written down. Those writings, today are known as the ancient sagas.

When Viking explorers landed on Iceland, they were speaking their ancient language. Strange gods and human heroes of old Scandinavia live within the old literature that told their stories long before they accepted Christianity. Included in these early stories are genealogies where one might find clues to ancient ancestors. With the acceptance of Christianity came the introduction of a new language, Latin, causing a lapse in literature for the Scandinavian countries for four-hundred years.

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Did Mozart Write His Own Death Song?

The word “requiem” stems from the Latin and means “rest.” When Mozart died, he was in the process of composing this musical work based on the rest that some believe accompanies death. At the end of 1791, Mozart’s wife was worried that his devoted work on the project would kill him. She feared he was working himself to death. It turns out she was right. Mozart never finished the requiem. On his deathbed, he gave the unfinished work to one of his students, with instructions on how it should be completed. An interesting note on this story is that the composition was commissioned by a stranger who asked to remain “secret.” The stranger’s intention was to pass the work off as his own. Mozart died of typhus but it appears that his overworking didn’t help.  Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:

And for the Ladies… the History of Your Fallopian Tubes

A woman’s fallopian tubes (about four inches long, one on each side of the uterus) are named after a man named Gabriello Fallopio. If they’d named them after his first name, today they would be called Gabriellion tubes. Fallopio was an Italian physician who discovered the functions of these two tubes on each side of a woman’s womb. His work was highly respected and published at Venice in 1561. I know… I know… a lot of anatomical parts and diseases are named after people who made discoveries but it strikes me as odd. I can’t exactly say that Mr. Fallopio has a place in my heart but he definitely has his name all over my fallopian tubes. Who knew?

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Have You Read Machiavelli? Some of the Presidential Candidates May Have…

Blog Size Chimney Fire Front CoverHave you read Machiavelli? Don’t feel bad, I haven’t either. Perhaps we should both feel good that we haven’t. My husband brought it home from the library one day (he was curious) and he told me about it. After hearing more about it, I have a sense of what people are saying when they use the author’s name in vain. He’s so Machiavellian! is not a compliment… or shouldn’t be.

History tells us that Machiavelli was one of the most brilliant men of his day (1469-1527). His belief that statesmanship could be made a science, prompted him to write a book about just that. His book, The Prince, proposed that a ruler may adopt any means to achieve his purpose. In other words, they would do any number of unscrupulous things to gain or maintain power. Things have not changed much. There are politicians out there today trying to gain power and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if they are reading the five-hundred-year-old manuscript.


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A Renaissance Man Tells Us How to Be the Perfect Woman…

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During the Renaissance, people sought to enjoy their time on earth instead of focusing on the Church’s promise of everlasting life. During this time (five-hundred-years-ago, give or take a hundred years), women experienced growing equality. They were leaders of countries, they served as political envoys and they excelled socially, influencing the great thinkers of the day. So a well-known Renaissance man wrote a letter describing the ideal woman. She was to have an in-depth understanding of the founders of the Church and familiarity with authors of antiquity. She was to be well-versed in music and when she looked into the heavens, she was expected to know what she was looking at astronomically. She was expected to be graceful and a good communicator and of course… a charming hostess.

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History Buffs… Have You Watched the New Series, Vikings?

I saw a promotion for the new series, “Vikings” in the New Yorker magazine. It was hype, of course, but it looked dramatic and loving history the way I do, I had to see it. I was right, it is dramatic but it’s also violent but I’ve seen worse. I’ve read a little bit of Viking history so I recognized a lot of the historical detail. But at times I find myself going, “yeah… right.” But hey, how can you create an entertaining history series for modern man/woman without adapting it? You can’t. I sure take liberties with my historical fiction. In a nutshell though, my husband and I both agree, it’s a soap opera. But as soap operas go, it’s interesting, different and fun. The acting is excellent and features mostly actors I’ve never heard of, and am enjoying their work. There are a couple of familiar faces making an appearance, David Byrne for one. And speaking of David reminds me of music. The Viking’s sound track is excellent as are the boats, the scenery and one more point about the acting. The boy who plays a leading role as Ragnor’s son, is the finest young male actor I’ve ever seen.

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American Born Spaniards… Creoles… Should Have Received More Respect

Spanish King Ferdinand made some bad choices. In his realm as master of the kingdom, he was quite cruel. He instituted the Inquisition, and followed through on his plan to make Spain a Catholic country, leading to the death or banishment of thousands of innocent subjects who refused to submit. But when Spain had colonies in the New World, his choices were also harsh. Ferdinand expected his New World subjects to trade only with Spain. That didn’t go over well. We have the history of pirates and smuggling to prove that. Those whose parents were born in Spain but they themselves were born in the New World were referred to as Creoles and they did not receive the respect they deserved. Laws that allowed only Spanish born subjects to hold higher offices in the government and within the Church brought discontent. Revolts of all varieties in the New World grew so strong, Spain was unable to control the colonies and eventually lost them.

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