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The murder of the queen had been represented to me as a deed lawful and meritorious.  — Anthony Babington, executed for his part in the Babington Plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I of England It’s a strange turn of events that when assassinations are discussed, the discussion rarely includes the Hungarian Queen Elizabeth of Bosnia; …

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My Dear Heart: Do not be too sorrowful and upset on account of this letter.  God’s will be done.  Tomorrow at ten they will cut off my head and your brother’s, too.  Today we pardoned each other with all our heart.  Therefor I ponder this letter and ask you for everlasting forgiveness.  If I have …

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Where everybody is guilty, no one is. — Hannah Arendt The two women in the photo are breathtakingly lovely.  Their clear skin and perfect hair frame faces with smiles that reach through their eyes.  They are happy women. The two women in the photo, Maja Buždon and Nada Šakić, may have been happy, but it …

  • April 16, 2021
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For Croats I was a Serb and a unitarian from the beginning.  To Serbs, a Frankist [radical Croatian nationalist] and Ustaša; to  Ustaše a dangerous Marxist and communist; to Marxists a salon communist; to clergy and believers, the antichrist who should be nailed to a shameful pillar.  For the bourgeoisie after the war I am …

  • March 15, 2021
  • Yugoslavia
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Successfully passing down cultural folktales is vital for a society that wishes to continue through the ages. Hans Christian Anderson and the Grimm brothers were wildly successful at making sure native tales would not be forgotten.  Geoffrey of Monmouth firmly established the British King Arthur in the popular imagination. Croatia had its own passer-of-tales in …

  • September 21, 2020
  • Culture , Folklore
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In the 15th Century the Ottomans were racing through Europe, conquering everything in their path.  By 1493 they had reached Croatia and the last bastion of strong defense before Vienna. On 9 September 1493, the Battle of Krbava Field in Croatia began one hundred years of war between the Ottomans and what would become the …

  • September 9, 2020
  • History
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Royalty dictates that every dynasty and Kingdom is eternal, until history dictates that the dynasty abruptly ends and the Kingdom is shattered.  Often the end is peaceful, with one generation failing to produce an heir, and another family stepping in to take leadership and divide up the territory.  Sometimes the end is violent, on the …

  • August 26, 2020
  • Croatia
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