June Pieces Of My Mind #3

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  • Botulf of Gottröra, one of Sweden’s best-documented Medieval heretics, was burnt at the stake in 1311 or 1312 after a lengthy investigation for refusing to believe in the Transsubstantiation of the Host.
  • Fassbinder means Cooper.
  • The best scifi conventions are the ones that you can cycle to from your home.
  • The Visby Medieval Week encourages you to dress up in historic costume. I certainly will. I’m going as a 1980s fantasy LARPer, wearing my own original 1980s outfit!
  • Mid-summer hiking pix from Vålådalen in Jämtland.
  • In his youth, Houdini worked as a spirit medium. He liked to prepare each seance by going to the local cemetery and try to find a knowledgeable old drunk to talk to about the dead. Among Lovecraftians, this is known as the Zadok Allen method of investigation.
  • My summer reading: Bernard Cornwell, Magnus Västerbro, Åke Holmberg, Salman Rushdie, Stephen Jay Gould. (I read lots of female writers in the winter and spring.)

Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

6 thoughts on “June Pieces Of My Mind #3”

  1. Wagner means “cartwright” in more recent usage, but could historically refer to a “carter”or “wagoner” as well. It is the seventh most common surname in Germany. Also known as “Stellmacher”, the former occupation is now as extinct as the cooper’s.

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  2. … whereas the latter has been superseded by an army of underpaid parcel delivery drivers in diesel trucks.

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  3. “Botulf of Gottröra…”
    Not the first or last person executed for telling the truth. I do wonder, though – since the Transubstantiation is plainly impossible, why did they need a “lengthy enquiry?” They can’t have been seeking the truth.

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  4. “The Visby Medieval Week encourages you to dress up in historic costume. I certainly will. I’m going as a 1980s fantasy LARPer, wearing my own original 1980s outfit!”

    Back in the 1970s, there was a 1950s day at the high school a cousin of mine attended. The motto was “wear what you wore in the 1950s”, so he went to school in a nappy that day.

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