The Orb of Power

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” hit the theaters in 1975. The sophomores in my world history class were born 20 years later. And yet, when I show a photo of this symbol of power of the Holy Roman Emperor in my history class, someone inevitably says, “That’s the Holy Hand Grenade,” which is what…

Neither Holy, Nor Roman, Nor An Empire

The title of this post is from a statement made by Voltaire about the Holy Roman Empire, which was founded by Charlemagne in 800 AD. Even though the HRE may have had dubious value, the Emperors had great clothes and nice crowns. This is one of several in Vienna, Austria. Tomorrow, I’ll show you the…

07-03-09 Grave Art

Talk of Michael Jackson’s final resting place inspired this post. This is one of many notable musicians buried in Vienna’s Central Cemetery. To name a few: Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss and (who could forget) Falco, the Vienna-born musician whose biggest hit was “Rock Me Amadeus,” are buried in this cemetery. Mozart, unfortunately, is buried elsewhere…