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1188: Two Islands

There is a lake in the north of Munster which contains two islands, one rather large and the other rather small. The larger has a church venerated from the earliest times. The smaller has a chapel cared for most devotedly … Continue reading

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100 AD: Leucippus

Galatea, daughter of Eurytius, who was son of Sparton, married at Phaestus in Crete Pandion’s son, Lamprus, a man of good family but without means. When Galatea became pregnant, Lamprus prayed to have a son and said plainly to his … Continue reading

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340: Patron Saint of Beekeepers

According to tradition, a swarm of bees settled on the face of the infant St. Ambrose, leaving a drop of honey and thus foretelling the saint’s eloquence—his honeyed tongue. He is the patron saint of bees and beekeepers. A certain … Continue reading

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1912: Many-Headed

   Demons associated with astrological signs—from a Persian manuscript on magic and astrology, 1912.

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1863: Dictionary of Hell

   Entries from the 1863 edition of Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal: Amduscias: Grand-duc aux enfers. Il a la forme d’une licorne; mais lors-qu’il est évoqué, il se montre sous une figure humaine. Il donne des concerts, … Continue reading

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2006: A Little White Shadow

Pages from Mary Ruefle’s book A Little White Shadow, which was composed by whiting out text from Emily Malbone Morgan‘s 1890 book of the same name. …seven centuries of…sobbing…gathered…in the…twilight…and…had their…pages…wandered…through the…dead…borrow so little from…the past…as if they were alive

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1617: Atalanta Fugiens

Michael Maier’s Atalanta Fugiens is an alchemical “emblem book” consisting of 50 illustrations by Matthias Merian, each of which is accompanied by a epigrammatic verse, a philosophical discourse, and a musical fugue. This first emblem shows Boreas, the North Wind, … Continue reading

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