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How the South was Lost. (With some particular attention to the sovereignty theme.)
Date(s): 2010. Photos by Aymar. 1 - 55 of 55 Total. 12067 Visits.
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Museum's maquette of 18th century Bischofsheim (the pre industrialization look, not the Taubertal was ever too much affected). Foreground, the multi arched Tauber bridge, toll bar included. Three focal points, the market square with the narrow gabled houses (where space was at premium), the Kurmainzer Schloss with Turmstürmer (the former administrative center which presently houses the museum) and the spiritual center, the Martinskirche. (There were also some hospices.)

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The two story Sebastianskapelle can be just made out beside the tower of the Martinskirche.

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The Sebastian Chapel from 1474. The tympanum shows some kind of vetting. Summer school or something more sinister. (Just hold your score sheet upside down. Sometimes you will get away with it.) - The judgment motive is probably appropriate. The ground floor of the chapel served as charnel house (suspect that it was more some kind of a morgue, not much room for bone bins). Some Bubonic Plague aftershocks. Codename: arrows from the sky.

Arthur Machen, rooted in the Romantic tradition, did work the medieval material into a Lovecraft worthy tale. (Approximately: the Spirit Bowmen of Agincourt.) Personal opinion: withering machine gun fire would have sufficed as explanation. I do not know if the scoop was directly Langemark inspired (flashback: how to make the most of an ill conveived banzai charge of the other side). Technically: Some plot progression. At first it will be wounds without arrows and then it will be death without visible wounds. Some other discrepancies. Nobody...

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With quarrels and fleches. Could be worse. At least there is somebody in charge. Some props have been removed. Most sculptors improvise when it comes to sundials, Daiquiri sticks and pincushions. Holds also for Greek statues of flying kites. - The reddish sandstone is very much in evidence in all the monuments of the region, sacral or temporal. Twin born from the selfsame quarry, something like that. Possibly Keuper.

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Stained glass window of the upper floor chapel. As so often a 20th century replacement. Original stained glass windows are rare. A Holy Supper (fire motive) in the opposite window balances the actinic blue colors of the adoration theme. - With some technical reservations: at the focal center of a laterna magica round up. Some omnivision aspects.

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Tauberbischofsheim, ca 1880
Source: Archivbilder Tauberbischofsheim, ISBN : 978-3-89702-895-1, 26.10.2005
(The past is the future.)

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The Neogothic Martinskirche (early 20th century). It is not as hopeless as it may sound. In Intel terms: Riemenschneider inside (so you can find it without making too much of a nuisance of yourself). - Zoom in: With spider webs and stalks of grass it is dew drops, with auxiliary spires and pinnacles it is crockets.

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Westering sun. The business end, choir, is in opposition. An impeccably whitewashed house does 'ram' the starboard side of the nave from this vantage point. It did look marginally better after I curtailed it evenly on both sides. Whatever you can save of the underlying symmetry.

General tie in, unity of throne and alter. The one thing which might disappoint the unprepared visitor in Versailles is the motel lay out (I was never in Versailles but the scale model in Ludwigsburg should do as a proxy). More a unity of drive in and Absolutism. Even the throne rooms (queen suite, king suite) are basically just rooms wedged in somewhere in endless corridors (terraced office space). All the de luxe furniture cannot hide that fact. The overall dorsal symmetry, West wing, East wing, has become just so much trompe-l'œil. Churches, even early 20th Gothic facsimiles, never did depart that much from the basilica blueprint. They certainly did never go into excessive partitioning. The ce...

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Patrician house, market square
The old inn (freely, Happy Tankard) which was also the coach station. Built in 1578. Courtesy of the selfsame Westering sun.

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Kurmainzisches Schloss, Türmersturm
cloud semaphoric  - whatever it takes to align the passage of two clouds

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Kurmainzisches Schloss,  Türmersturm

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Kurmainzisches Schloss, Türmersturm

Looks like some kind of flag day. Out on a limb (usual caveat, open to revision): 12th century Bischofsheim did join the free imperial city club, however briefly. The Staufer were liberal enough with their township charters. The red and white in the town flag (townships as fiefs) will date back to that time. Bischofsheim was in the end reabsorbed into the feudal mainstream (it just amounted to a lower place in the pyramid). A common enough fate (Markgröningen). Incidentally, the respective positions were somewhat reversed in Northern Italy where the Popes were most often the sponsors of the municipal freedom fighting. - The spoked wheel is from the historic flag of Kurmainz. Field [gules] with, as charge, a flying space station [or]. Not sure about the Däniken touch. Just hope I got the tinctures right.

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Kurmainzisches Schloss, Türmersturm

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There you live peacefully in the 13th century and then you open your front door and see this. - The channel did once feed the moat around the Kurmainzer castle. Usual freeloaders (undershot waterwheels). No detectable current. Suspect some closed sluice gates.

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Kurmainzisches Schloss
the town museum

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Kurmainzisches Schloss

Better late than never. Outdoor exhibit. I do not know what is so remarkable about a Republican state within a Republican nation (Weimar). The reverse would have made for a far more interesting situation. The emigrants who had left the country in droves after 1849 never came back.

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Kurmainzisches Schloss

Immodest John (technically: quillons centered). - Somebody forgot to spray paint the fork lifters. - The forester jacket foreshadows the coloring of the 18th century infantry greatcoat of the Kurmainz army.

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Kurmainzisches Schloss

A vanitas vanitatum plaque. The spelling is rather hard on the eyes (they should dry (try) that with traffic sihns). Particular Julius Zehnder wisdom: only houses built with a higher permit (probably recourse loan related) will endure (think children and sand castles).

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some kind of scrying primer

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Bögner Haus

Hipshot picture. The showcased building is not a Baroque church but the office of the wine merchant Bögner. This particular company headquarter dates from 1746. The artwork looks politically correct for the time. Saints riding on a lower strata of caryatids (could also be part time globe carriers). The ground floor windows are well secured. (Ribbed wine decanter shape, one half of it.)

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Tauberbischofsheim, field gun, ca 1750

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Tauberbischofsheim, field gun, ca 1750
Field artillery (6 pounder range). Best guess, 18th century, Napoleonic era at the latest. Telltale features, the fuse hole (whatever you can spike), the brass pinions and the carefully jointed carriage. The breech loading field guns of the second part of the 19th century were far more advanced. Reminder: internal combustion engines were just around the corner. The museum leaflet confirmed my initial suspicions: town canons from 1750. Why do you only find the correct answers after you have figured it out for yourself.

> a field gun of  Württemberg from 1866, Asperg exhibit
> a field gun of  Württemberg from 1866, Asperg 2

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Tauberbischofsheim 1866
The battle of 1866. From a display book in the museum.  The gestures look somewhat synthetic. I am not sure which side is attacking. Blue uniforms were common. Württemberg did hold the higher ground (Hammberg), whatever good it did them. Total troop strength, both sides combined, about 100.000.  There were about 800 wounded and maybe 60 killed. The body count was 1: 6 in favor of Prussia. Technical superiority is evoked. Machine guns were not yet invented, that took a lot of raking magic away,  but one still wonders. - I missed the renowned needle-fired rifle of the Prussian side (according to the brochure somewhere in the display racks). General observation: the Mauser rifles of the future German Army were made in Württemberg. Daimler started out as gunsmith. Must leave it at that. Higher replacement cycle mysteries. On safer grounds, the particular war reason: the joint Prussio-Austrian administration of Schleswig did not work out too well. Bismarck, some things are pr...

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The memorial of the battle of 1866 was inaugurated at the first anniversary of the battle (24th of July,1867). - King Karl (heavy smoker, liberal) will have addressed the gathering. (The wainscoted reenactment hour. Probably a limited amount of escapism. Nothing in the Neuschwanstein class. Tentatively, consolation castles. The new order was accommodating.)

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The corner faces (previous picture) are reserved for officers. Rank has its privileges. By quick count: the number of deaths does not agree with the previously given figure. 239 dead, but that will have been the toll for the whole war (for Württemberg). The names of not yet incorporated suburbs are added in some cases to the place of birth. - The feathers are absent in subsequent Franco Prussian and Grand War monuments. Unique feature as far as I can tell.

Not directly related: One of the unintended consequences of industrialization were the shrinking distances. In medieval time you could safely use the same place name every 20 or 30 miles. Limited possibilities for equivocation. How many miles are you willing to walk for a quick corner store purchase. Minor exception, postal services. The problem is still far from fixed (the dreaded administrative lag, if it was good enough for your great grandfather). Most traffic signs (the modern version of Indian blankets) are rather ...

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Archivbilder Tauberbishofsheim

The picture shows the Roman Catholic memorial service from 1890. The Armada building was already in progress at the time. - Source, Archivbilder, Tauberfränkische Heimatfreunde, ISBN : 978-3-89702-895-1. The book picture is of much better quality.

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Archivbilder Tauberbishofsheim

Memorial service from 1966. The region still hosts a substantial amount of Bundeswehr. Faded Cold War script: Somebody had to protect the bank towers of Frankfurt. Somewhat resigned: why an army at all if the threat of an external expropriation, the only reason why it was allegedly set up in the first place, has long since evaporated (even as the hard currency).

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The alternative recruitment office (tentatively, Rimbaud versus Kipling). Expanded: you want to see poppy fields, go into the car export business like everyone else. - No perfect fit, just the best I could come up with on short notice. Tauberbischofsheim is obviously not Munich. Most dealerships do not cater for long haul business and most buyers prefer to do their own driving. Convoy driving is rather the exception. Also a good example for the EEC law of unintended consequences. Stricter cat-conversion rules, strong tax incentives for upgrades, are always good for export. The whole trade will obviously dry up once politicians move in to make everything so much better. - Name reference, seashells by the sea.

> My anti-Angela Merkel (homepage blog)

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fleecy clouds, crisscrossed sky - a new pair of windshield wipers might help

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hillsides clad in golden fields of rape

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Amateur formatted pdf, whatever you can lump together. As far as I can make it out: Anno Domini 1631, .. (name, place?).. Ave Maria pray for.. (more names). Particular parsing problem: the ghost of a missing conjunction. Praise and a request for intercessory prayer. Hail Mary and while we are at it please do not forget... Nothing more specific. Whatever would be most propitious for the particular circumstances. Maybe a threatened livelihood. Possibly just a blank.

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a prominent patroness of hospitals - Corinthian capital, recurring sphere motive (three by my count)

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on candle lanterns (the front lid can be opened) and strip lighting

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Werbach, Tauberbrücke

Another battle site. The Tauber bridges seems to have attracted their fair share of attention on that fateful 24th of July 1866. Oldenburg (a Prussian ally) trounced the troops of the Grand Duchy of Baden (like Württemberg an Austrian ally) at this location. There is just a small plaque. The presence of a Nepomuk made apparently no difference. (Did not detect any 'micro cratering'. Cosmetic surgery can obviously do wonders.) - It is somewhat difficult to assess troop moral on the Baden side. Not to put too fine a point on it, a Prussian army saved Grand Duke's Leopold's bacon in 1849. The Republican Bundestruppen were routed. Baden was under marshal law (or something reasonably close) until 1851. All officers were carefully screened for anti-Republican leanings (the latter was a must). Not sure how to sum up the officer profile: beholden ma non troppo? 20% of the population emigrated (which they might have done anyhow). The Bavarians, still held up in Würzburg, might have fought ...

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Werbach, Tauberbrücke
propped up

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Werbach, Tauberbrücke

The dedication dates form 1765 - From the ideological archives: Nepomuk may have been built up as the RC answer to Huss. Civil disobedience award of the year (sainthood just means that you had to be already dead). The details of the bridge drowning, some SJ scripting, are contested. Nepomuk apparently could not swim (or, more likely, was already 5th degree damaged at the time, fettered for good measures, who knows). Nepomuk was decommissioned in 1961 according to Czech sources. 'Rescinded' sanctification should mean something along that line. Authentication error. In street jargon, no longer political correct. (The Catholic Encyclopedia knows nothing of this. The corpus may be hopelessly outdated despite some recent footnotes, 2010 stamp.)

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Werbach, Tauberbrücke

You were supposed to cross this bridge in Indian file (literally, no abreast walking). The fine for a violation was a hefty 3 Marks. Those Prussians did know how to make their presence felt. In fairness, the particular traffic code made some sense. The bridge is rather narrow.

Undated anecdote, the battle of Tauberbischofsheim timeline would however fit: A Prussian officer and his local driver (liaison officer) cannot pass a road hogging hay wagon. The officer swears. The farmer answers with the Swabian greeting (the trope with the lowered trousers and the flexible tongue). Outraged officer (I actually harbor some sympathies for the unappreciated party): Did you hear what he said. What shall we do (understood, you are the local customs expert). - The driver, pensively: I would not take him up on his offer. - There exists probably a big pool of face saving anecdotes somewhere. As for this particular situation: a flame arrow might have been an appropriate response. One s...

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Wilhelm Busch, anti-Partikularist broadsheet

Busch, a 19th century cartoonist, domiciled in the Hanoverian region, makes fun of the cause the 'particularists' in this broadsheet. The particular technique is called zoomorphism. Aesop something. Basically it shows a 'particularist' (it only becomes a secessionist after a unification) who has put his faith in a French intervention (the one remaining hope after the string of Bismarck victories in 1864 and 1866). With intentional hyperbole, Isaiah 36:6 : Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; on which if a man lean, it will enter his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him. Support for Napoleon III was actually not that strong. Busch was not above some deliberate muckraking. In present parlance, more an auto determination issue. I make out the date as 1870 (the signed, second to last panel). - The 'housekeeper' makes no secret for which side she roots. Either that or she is deaf mute asking for a pair of scissors. - Peer revi...

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there is a giant chess figure at the end of every road

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A church dignitary in the front garden. My personal data bank is rather blank. Fallback position, style: a certain animate bearing must be conceded. There is even a hint of gaiety. The upper house delegate exchanging last minute witticisms with his esteemed colleague. Whatever kind of peer pleading it takes to save your neck. - The inscription should be challenge to any professional hacker. Rife with one letter acronyms.

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Pro Nobis Miserere. Hodie mihi - Cras tibi.

Feels nearly like Italy. The Tuscany sky doing its part. Just do not expect fresh seafood. - The region was part of the ecclesiastic heartland of the Holy Roman Empire, the Rhine 'aisle' (one of the three Kur-Rhine segments). That ended in 1803 when clerical holdings were needed to quickly fill some goody bags. (Polysyllabic jawbreaker: Reichsdeputationshauptschluss in charge of Mediatisation, swap market of the century should cover it. Neutral, overdue consolidation. Some attendant electoral reshuffling, territorial stocks with and without voting rights.) It all started (or ended) with perks to win over future Rhinebund allies. The Margrave of Baden Karl Friederich, to whom Bischofsheim was awarded, was just one of the beneficiaries. The assignat spooked tax payer was comparatively safe. Expropriation is a comparatively cheap export article. (Background refrain, Burke, whenever revolutionary ardor is flagging.)

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Bruegel barn with just a hint of hip roof. It may have seen the Napoleon Wars, or even the latter part of the 30 Year War. Wattled and daubed filling between the semi-riveted carrying timbers. The lopsided aerial (vertical polarized) is somewhat more recent.

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Grossrindenfelds was one of the adjacent battle sites. The Hessian contingent (Austrian ally) was stationed there. - The momument of 1901 may refer to either 1870/71 or to 1866. It looks as if a great deal of care was taken not to aggravate any party. Approximately: 'Grossrinderfeld in thankful memory of its warriors'. The particular obelisk style, cuirassier armor and mounted battlefield paraphernalia, is a knockoff from Ludwisgsburg. - Backdrop, the city hall. The discreet signs advice the visitor that this is a duck pond only. No public swimming. At least there is some accuracy. Maximal water depth: 2,5 m (8 ft). No need to fathom anything in person. Pliny the Older (the yardstick and plumb line man) would have been disappointed.

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A Pieta in a forsythia shrub. Borderline flamboyant style. One of the 'side alters' features a clothes donation.

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Grünfeldshausen, Achatiuskapelle

Achatius Chapel. So named after a purged martyr-saint (legionary of the faith). Conjectural: Crusading, Dome of the Rock inspired. Frivolously, an early example for reverse engineering. In any case an octagonal, no frills statement. Like a piece of Staufer history. The 'minaret' sports Romanesque windows. The flaring out is a later enhancement. The location is sub-optimal. Prone to flooding and seeping in ground water. A sunken containing wall was added in 1908.

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Grünfeldshausen, Achatiuskapelle
<[>Trying to be at my best behavior, it cannot always be Mardi Gras, physical beauty can be a conduit of moral perfection. Somewhat more farfetched: the cortege (ladies in waiting) of intensely colored hydragenia may add a hint of levitation. Force is canceled out inside the nearly spherical inflorescence (umbel).

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Grünfeldshausen, Achatiuskapelle
no way back - The surplus? Maria statue was removed from the chapel in 1919. Tentatively: in search of appropriate Baroque lodgings.

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Museum, votive molds
Casuistic question, can one use an actual dental cast for a votive facsimile.

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Museum, votive molds
More molds. Educated guess, fertility related (love philters were probably not permitted).

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museum, consecrated host irons

The separation between pancake makers and consecrated host irons is not always watertight. The instrument to the right is an actual wafer iron. I am not responsible for the arrangement. - In any case plenty of serrated surfaces. Not to be confused with diamond grip patterns.

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Museum, mousetraps

These are mousetraps. I needed some time to figure it out (there are room inventory lists instead of labels). Foreground, a snare model (recycled bed spring special?) Unanswered, was the securing string soaked in grease, to make gnawing it in two nearly irresistible? The battery arrangement is somewhat unusual. (How will it feel to be the last mouse to be duped.) The traps in the background are crushers. There are three and four 'cylinder' models. (Nürburgring hint, whenever you run out of motor blocks.) The smashing cubes had to be set into guillotine position. The rodent was supposed to climb into the baited 'crib'. The display does not show exactly how the fall of the pole guided 'meat choppers' were triggered. Educated guess, the sticking out 'piano pedals' were part of teeter totters. Up position, there goes the string. A mouse tag team schooled in analytic reasoning (or just Goldberg machine savvy) could have defeated the mechanism.

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Museum, mousetraps
A two cylinder model. The 'piano pedals' are hidden. Special feature, the 'menagerie'  windows. The braided nylon string looks recent. - I did not come across any technically superior Prussian mouse traps.

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