Category: 13th century


Viborg castle

  • The first version of castle was allegedly built by Tyrgils Knutsson and his crusading forces in the 13th century. Nowadays many scholars don’t buy this story anymore since there is evidence that Knutsson – a high ranking Swedish official – was actually in Stockholm during the third crusade to Finland (if that ever took place). Be that as it may the castle and the city of Viborg first established and then, during the following decades, consolidated Swedish power in a so called “Quarrell land” (a region in eastern Finland that both the Swedes and Novgorod" were interested in).
  • And btw, I’ve been to Viborg several times and to me tower is nowadays somehow far too white. But on the other hand it"s great that historicsl buildings are reataured in Viborg.
  • Viburg, July 2018

archaicwonder: Dunlough Castle, County Cork, I…


Dunlough Castle, County Cork, Ireland

Dunlough Castle (aka Three Castles) sits on top of the cliffs at the most western part of the Mizen Peninsula. It overlooks the Atlantic Ocean from the extreme southwest point of Ireland. On the other side of the castle is the man-made Dunlough Lake. Founded in 1207 by Donagh O’Mahony, Dunlough is one of the oldest Norman castles in southern Ireland. The O’Mahonys lived there peacefully and in other nearby castles for the next 400 years, earning their living primarily from fishing and related industries. After the Battle of Kinsale in 1601, their fortunes declined and by 1627 the castle had passed into loyalist hands. It was probably abandoned not long after that.

The castle is allegedly haunted by some of the O’Mahonys, many of whom met a terrible fate, dying by either murder or suicide and because of this, it is said that a drop of blood drips from the towers every day. Another legend says that if someone sees the spectral “white lady” of the nearby Dunlough Lake their death soon follow.

Click here to see aerial footage of Dunlough Castle.

met-cloisters: Evangelists Mark and Luke via T…


Evangelists Mark and Luke via The Cloisters

Medium: Gilded copper and glass

Purchase, The Cloisters Collection, Michel David-Weill Gift, and Gifts of J. Pierpont Morgan and George Blumenthal, by exchange, 2012
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

arthistorycq: Strange capital from Saint Georg…


Strange capital from Saint Georges Abbey

Location: Saint-Martin-de-Boscherville, France

c. 12th century-13th century

Where are their bodies?!

All art history seriousness aside, how creepy is this!?

artist-courbet: Chateau du Chillon, Gustave C…


Chateau du Chillon, Gustave Courbet

Medium: oil,canvas

How did a cockatoo reach 13th century Sicily? …

How did a cockatoo reach 13th century Sicily? – undefined

historyisntboring: The monk who copied this “D…


The monk who copied this “Decretum” in northern Italy in the first half of the 13th century clearly had talent, but also liked to sketch strange little blue and red

in the margins.


Uta von Ballenstedt Margravine of Meissen …

Uta von Ballenstedt

Margravine of Meissen

Born c. 1000 — Died pre-1046

Uta was a member of the House of Ascania. Through her marriage to Margrave Eckard II, she was the Margravine of Meissen in Saxony, eastern Germany.

Presumably to promote the rise of the Ascanian dynasty, Uta’s father married her to Eckard II in about 1026. However, the marriage produced no children, resulting in the extinction of the Ekkeharding dynasty.

The couple contributed a significant amount to construct what would become the Naumburg Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul.

When the Cathedral was completed in the mid-13th century, the presiding bishop honoured the founders, Ekkehard, Uta and 10 other nobles by commissioning the anonymous ‘Naumburg Master’ to produce life-size painted statues of them to adorn the cathedral. The sculptures are remarkable as secular rather than biblical decorations for the cathedral, particularly as they depict nobles rather than kings or emperors. The depictions are now generally considered masterpieces of Gothic art.

In the 20th century, the statue of Uta was used by the Nazi’s as a prototype of the ideal Aryan woman, even appearing as an Aryan role model in Fritz Hippler’s propaganda film The Eternal Jew.

It is also believed that the statue inspired the depiction of the Evil Queen in Disney’s 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. You be the judge!

NB: the dates from when her image was used to depict a ‘Teutonic Madonna’ in various Nazi propaganda makes me wonder if that was why her likeness was used to represent an evil character in the Disney film. Just a thought!

fig. 27 – Queen Eadgyth and Otto I


Statue thought to be Queen Eadgyth, great grand-daughter of Alfred, and her husband Otto I, Roman Emperor 936-973
Magdeburg Cathedral
Magdeburg, Germany

fig. 51 – Edward the Elder


Edward the Elder, King Alfred’s son and successor.
13th Century genealogical scroll