Medieval Migration Law

Hwasa thene vthemeda husath ieftha howath ieftha oppa sinne werf set, sa skel hi thes wachtia, hwetsa hi deth. Who receives a foreigner in his house or in his court or seats on his yard, shall be responsible for all that he does. This is codified law of ca. 1250, the so-called Brookmerbrief. The Brookmerbrief,Continue reading “Medieval Migration Law”

Walking the Sea

Mud flats are treacherous. Yes, the Wadden Sea stretching along the coasts of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands is UNESCO protected. We support that. But, when hiking the Frisia Coast Trail and you go walkabout on its flats at low tide, do so with the utmost care because UNESCO does not give you protection. “ItContinue reading “Walking the Sea”

How to recognize the Frisians by name?

This is one of the simplest things there is, once you got the hang of it. ‘A child can do the laundry,’ as they say in Dutch. Which has nothing to do with a history of child labor, by the way. Understanding the logic of Frisian names, is essential if you want to achieve aContinue reading “How to recognize the Frisians by name?”

Notre dame of Grou

The ‘First Lady’ of the village of Grou in province Friesland, the Netherlands, also named Grytsje of Grou. Archaeologists found her in January 2018 in the village of Grou at Halbertsmaplein Square. Her grave is dated mid-eighth century. She received the title First Lady because until this find, it was not known people lived atContinue reading “Notre dame of Grou”

True Pirates of the Caribbean

At the end of the seventeenth century, during the Nine Years War, the privateers commissioned by the Dutch Republic, based in the province Zeeland, captured booty that exceeded those of the infamous Dunkirk and St. Malo corsairs. About 24 million florin. These Zeeland pirates were known as the Pixaringos. Together with the Wadden Sea area,Continue reading “True Pirates of the Caribbean”

Oldest Vessel of the World

The Pesse Canoe. The oldest water vessel of the world was found near the village of Pesse in province Drenthe, the Netherlands. It is dated between 8040-7510 BC, leaving even ancient cradles like Egypt and Mesopotamia behind. Sure, we have time for you to re-read the previous sentence. The dugout canoe is of Scots pineContinue reading “Oldest Vessel of the World”

Legend of Esonstad

When, on a moon-clear night, on top of the dike at Lauwersmeer (lake Lauwers), you look out over the water, you just might see in the distance the spire of the former city of Esonstad above the water. A drowned city, also written as Ezonstad, and in the early-seventeenth century known as Esonstadium. starting pointContinue reading “Legend of Esonstad”

How to bury your mother-in-law

Your mother-in-law was probably chasing your tail during life. When she dies, do not think you are free at last. Looking for advice how you make sure she does not haunt you anymore when she is dead? Then this post is something for you. Here is a more than two-thousand-years-old suggestion in case you doContinue reading “How to bury your mother-in-law”

The Women of Anjum

Late in the afternoon, December 28, 2018. One of the Frisian bastards arrives at Anjum after a hike that started at the village of Holwerd. A walk of 30 kilometres along the coast. It was exactly 21 years ago that the villagers were shaken by the national news. The discovery of two bodies of men,Continue reading “The Women of Anjum”