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Huns – Central Asian history

By |2018-04-18T09:53:58+00:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

A drawing of a Hunnic plaque The Huns probably came from western China, where they were known as the Xiong-nu. They were part of the group of Turkic people (some of whom later became the Ottomans) who gradually took over most of Asia and eastern Europe during the Middle Ages. The Huns may have lived in northern China [...]

Kriemhild’s Revenge – More Niebelungenleid

By |2017-06-27T17:01:48+00:00June 27th, 2017|Literature, Northern Europe|

Kriemhild goes to marry Etzel of the Huns (1400s AD) Part II: Kriemhild's Revenge Well, naturally that wasn't the end of the story. A woman like Kriemhild wasn't just going to sit there, after Hagen killed her husband. After some time, King Etzel of the Huns (Attila the Hun) came and proposed marriage [...]

Hildebrandsleid – a tragic story

By |2018-04-21T13:19:56+00:00June 27th, 2017|Literature, Northern Europe|

Pictish battle (Aberlemno, Scotland, ca. 700 AD) The story of Hildebrand is one of the earliest stories written in German. Nobody knows who wrote this story or exactly when, but we think somebody must have written this version about 700 AD. The earliest copy of the story that we still have was written [...]