The Batwing Doors of Northwest Europe

“Is seaport the Maasvlakte the gateway of northwestern Europe? No? Is it Europoort then? No? Is it the Botlek port area? Is it Vlaardingen? No? Surely it’s the city of Rotterdam! Say what? Okay, final guess. Since you guys only can talk about Frisia, is it the town of Vreeswijk perhaps?” Sorry to disappoint you.Continue reading “The Batwing Doors of Northwest Europe”

Merciless medieval merchants

The earliest proof of Frisian merchants trading in slaves dates from the seventh century. It was Venerable Bede himself, the Father of English history, who documented this criminal act. It was a merchant doing business on the London markets, who also traded in slaves. In this blog post we shed some light on this darkContinue reading “Merciless medieval merchants”

Porcupines bore U.S. bucks

On May 5th, 2018, it was exactly two centuries ago that Karl Marx was born. When in 1867 the good man published the first part of Das Kapital, Marx was actually 1,300 years too late to turn the tide. The ship had sailed. Ships of selfish Frisian merchants in pursuit of personal wealth, to beContinue reading “Porcupines bore U.S. bucks”

Haute couture from the salt marshes

It was not the city Parisius, and it was not that of Lundenwic either. Believe or not, the early-medieval center for expensive cloth and chique clothing in northwest Europe was the Wadden-Sea coasts of Germany and the Netherlands. Here the highly sought after pallia Fresonica ‘Frisian cloth’ was fabricated, and distributed over the wider world.Continue reading “Haute couture from the salt marshes”

In debt to the beastly Westfrisians

This blog post is about the harsh history of the ‘beastly’ Westfrisians, and especially those of the town of Medemblik. Medemblik, the grande dame of region Westfriesland in province Noord Holland in the Netherlands. There are many legends about Medemblik, e.g. that it was the city where King Radbod resided. But, above all it isContinue reading “In debt to the beastly Westfrisians”

“I did not have financial relations with that village”

On May 28, 2011 Bill Clinton held a speech in Achlum, province Friesland. The village has some 600 inhabitants. Looks like a small audience to me. What was he up to? We searched online for the keywords “Clinton” and “Achlum” and found many articles mentioning large sums of money… Indeed Achlum should be famous forContinue reading ““I did not have financial relations with that village””