Archaeologists do it in holes: Tales from the stratigraphy

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 :D Its probably because it was handled by military engineers since they were alerted initially (folks not knowing if it had any explosives in it).


Quote from: The Brain on November 24, 2022, 03:00:26 AMHis companions were standing down in the trench, while he had climbed up and was resting his arms on the parapet while observing the progress of the siege. There was another Swedish trench being driven forward in front of him, supposedly that's mainly what he was observing. He remained up there much longer than needed to take a peek, possibly for morale reasons to show the soldiers that the king was there, sharing their dangers and observing their work. As an aside, in battle he typically (not always!) fought in the front rank, personally fighting and killing enemy soldiers. Just a few days earlier he had led the storming of an outwork, sword in hand.
I did not know that.  Thanks. Quite reckless of him, for a King and general. :)

Quote from: The Brain on November 24, 2022, 03:00:26 AMHe wasn't hated by the soldiers at least. More like worshipped, by this point he had been a living legend for longer than some soldiers remembered. But of course there very likely existed individual soldiers who hated him.
That's about what I remember reading about him.  Hated by individual soldiers, sure, but to commit murder with impunity would require a little planning since it's a King, not just a regular officer that you kill in a fit of a rage.  That's why I found it strange that there where suspicions surrounding his death.

Quote from: The Brain on November 24, 2022, 03:00:26 AMHe was also an absolute ruler of a country that was being squeezed for every possible resource to fight a desperate war against many enemies. Anyone who had major beef with the Swedish government by definition had major beef with him, even if I suspect that many of those people thought "oh the King is the King bless him, it's probably his damn poor advisors who are to blame...".
The most popular murder theory has to do with the succession. Charles had no kids and hadn't named an heir. There were two factions jockeying for position, one centred around his younger sister and her husband, and one around his deceased older sister's son. The younger sister's husband, the future Frederick I of Sweden, acted very quickly upon the King's death to secure the succession for his wife (and eventually himself). This has looked suspicious to some people. I'm not convinced, making plans for what to do on the death of the King seems like common sense since the King was famously unconcerned with his personal safety.

Well, palace intrigues are one thing, but to arrange for murder by his soldiers, whom for most worshiped him would have required a lot of planning, much more than someone could be capable of doing from a distance.

Thanks for the details. Didn't know a lot about his death, except he died in battle. :)
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Medieval manuscripts discovered in Romania could rewrite European history

The title seems clickbait more than anything.  The olders manuscripts date from the Carolingian era and are mostly fragmentary.  The more complete works date from the 15th-17th century.

It still quite an impressive collection.

QuoteAn unprecedented discovery

A team of researchers in Romania has discovered a treasure trove of forgotten medieval manuscripts that have the potential to redefine what we know about Eastern Europe's early history. 

Discovered in the small town of MediaČ™ in the Ropemakers' tower of St. Margaret's Church, the find included over 200 books and manuscripts with fragments of printed work that date back to the 9th century. 

139 books dating between 1470 and 1600 were found in good condition and many manuscript fragments were found inside the books, some of which date from as early as the Carolingian era and may date back to the 9th century.


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