Category: Luxembourg

Zwarte Piet-   Tradition or Racism?

  In many countries around the world, Santa Claus has helpers.  We have discussed Krampus (http://www.historynaked.com/krampus/) in a previous post.  However, in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Aruba and Curaçao, SinterKlaas or St. Nicholas has a different helper- Zwarte Piet or Black Pete.  Zwarte Piet is depicted as a “blackamoor” from Spain dressed in a colorful […]

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The Legend of Melusine

If you have read The White Queen or watched the miniseries of the same name, you have heard of Melusine.  In those stories, Jacquetta Woodville was descended from the mythical goddess and had otherworldly powers from her, which she passed onto her daughter, Elizabeth.  (And they were terrible at it as everything rebounded on them […]

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BLIND TO HIS FATE – THE HEROIC LIFE AND DEATH OF JOHN OF BOHEMIA

Today the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is best known as a financial, judicial and administrative centre of the European Union but during the Middle Ages the Counts of Luxembourg competed with the German Wittlesbachs and the Austrian Hapsburgs for control of the vast Holy Roman Empire. In 1312 Henry VII became the first Count of […]

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