Category Archives: Christianity

Louis XIV Asks Riddles IX

Esteemed Readers, as you know sport existed even in the 17th century, so I offer you a sportive riddle this time! Good luck! 🙂 🏆🏆🏆 “In a light & green prison I move without rest. At least those who love … Continue reading

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Milorad Pavic: The Horses of Saint Mark

Esteemed Readers, if you wish to know early works by Milorad Pavic, the set of his short stories named “The Horses of Saint Mark/St. Mark’s Horses” (1976) is a wonderful literary opportunity. Young Pavic is yet distant from his writing … Continue reading

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François Couperin: Pièces de Clavecin 18

Esteemed Readers, today I present you an elegant & a sophisticated set for harpsichord composed by François Couperin. N18 is made in F major, if it means you something. In my first posts of this year dedicated to the genius … Continue reading

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Voyage de Siam par L’Abbé de Choisy 1685-1686 VII

Esteemed Readers, a terrible heat goes on attacking us. So don’t forget the ice & other cooling measures suitable for an ordinary 17th century voyage. Might winds return faster to our ship! Aboard the Oiseau, 4 April 1685 “…It is … Continue reading

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Saints of the Russian Orthodox Church: Simeon of Verkhoturye

Simeon of Verkhot’urye or Simeon of Merk’ushino (1607-1642) is a venerated Russian Saint who began a tradition of simple hermit living & who is also believed to be the guardian of the Ural & the Siberian lands. There is little … Continue reading

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La Gazette 1663: Historical News Today

Esteemed Readers, The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) doesn’t mean only battles & death. There is some pretty space for life & slow motion changes as well: Vienna, 31st August, 1633: “Here everybody speaks about the peace in Germany, nevertheless a … Continue reading

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François Couperin: Messe des Couvents

Esteemed Readers, as you remember François Couperin has composed plenty of wonderful religious pieces. Today I offer you a complete Mass for convents & monasteries famous as Messe pour les Couvents (1690). Enjoy the spirit & solemnity of the Grand … Continue reading

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Saints of the Russian Orthodox Church: Saints Cosmas & Damian

  Unlike the Western Christian tradition, the Russian Orthodox Church as well as the Eastern Orthodox Church in general venerate three different brothers Cosmas & Damian belonging to different places. They have different feast days, but are united with one … Continue reading

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La Gazette 1633: Historical News Today

Esteemed Readers, the latest Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) news digest has arrived. Here are some curious tidings from Rome about life & events of July 1633. Whatever happens, Europe is moving towards the Treaty of peace. Rome, 9th July,1633: “The Spaniards … Continue reading

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Voyage de Siam par l’Abbé de Choisy 1685-1686 V

Esteemed Readers, heat menaces our voyage. Unfortunately, there are neither fridges nor ice on board. Keep calm & be brave! The good news is there are plenty of flying fishes around. Aboard the Oiseau, 25 March 1685 “…We have finally … Continue reading

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