Englishmen and Germans are blood brothers, descended from the same stern Woden-worshipping ancestors, blessed with the same rugged virtues, and fired with the same noble ambitions. In a world of diverse and hostile races the joint mission of these virile men is one of union and co-operation with their fellow-Teutons in defense of civilisation against the onslaughts of all others.
H.P. Lovecraft (via hierarchical-aestheticism)
Woods this autumn eve
Emil Barbarini - Blossoming Garden in the Wachau
Friedrich Barbarossa attained his position in German legend for a good reason: He was an Emperor on the move, surrounded by mediaeval pomp and knights in armor. He lived to be nearly 70 years old, and reigned for 38. He led campaigns across the Alps and to the Holy Land, fought innumerable battles and was successful in many.
Here we see him as the victor of the first battle against an Islamic Army, the Battle of Ikonium, in Asia Minor. This was his last triumph: Shortly afterwards, the Emperor drowned while bathing in the river Saleph. His body was left in Tarsus to be taken home when the army returned from Jerusalem, but in the chaotic aftermath of this Third Crusade, it could not be found. Certainly, this “death without proof” under romantic, exotic circumstances, fed the development of the legend Friedrich Barbarossa. Strangely, in another twist of historical psychology — or historical bending? — the character of legend was originally ascribed to Barbarossa’s exotic grandson, who, as we shall see, spent so little time in Germany that perhaps he had to be appropriated after death.
Photo: The Battle at Iconium - detail (c.1890) wall mural by Hermann Wislicenus, from the cycle of images at the Kaiserpfalz, in Goslar (June 2014).
Corneliu Zelea Codreanu. Leader of the Iron Guards .Crusader hero fighting evil jew subversion of Romania.