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Why Finland?

Why Finland?

This is my final dip into the book on British Travellers in Finland, to wonder why, with so many more civilized places to visit in the 18th and 19th century, why head to such a wilderness? This is a question I am sure many of you wake up to each morning. But anyone travelling there … Continue reading

All German History Includes Beer

All German History Includes Beer

This is an account of Hamburg after the French invaded in 1817: ”¬†One injury which the honest Germans particularly felt had been the confiscation of the Einbeckshe Haus, or public shelter. This was an establishment of the 14th century ; for, as the native wits say, the first fact in the history of every German … Continue reading

Dovecotes

Dovecotes

These structures were homes for doves, originally built by monks to provide themselves with fresh meat through the winter. But they were long a source of dispute with their peasant tenants, as the birds lived off the grain from their fields, so on top of their normal tithes to the church, they were being indirectly … Continue reading