May 19

Meluzina is a story lot less morbid then the previous post. It is, however, cruel and sad. Meluzina was a daughter of a noble man. She was outgoing, kind, nice and beloved by everyone. Her sister, on the contrary, was arrogant and malevolent. She was jealous of Meluzina, so she told their father lies that made him close Meluzina in a secluded castle and keep her as prisoner. Then the father went for an adventure, from which he never returned. Thus, it was up to Katerina, the sister, to decide on Meluzina’s destiny, as be assured, she left her sister…

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May 17

Lets start with something properly morbid. This illustration shows a noble, wealthy lady, Salomena Klatovska, who hung herself for whatever reasons in Jicin. Instead of rope, she used silver necklaces and a silver belt. Her husband kept the cause of her death secret and had her buried with dignity. Klatovska then apparently terrorised the guards and other people that found themselves outside in the night. When the truth about her death was revealed, she was dug out, and her head was cut by a headsman. The legend tells us that her feet and the bottom of her dress were covered…

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April 30

Devil’s Kitchen is the oldest literature map of the town of Jicin and its surroundings; a mosaic of a landscape cut out of dreams, composed of known and unknown stories and tales from the 17th to 20th century. On its pages meet baroque Jesuit Bohuslav Balbin, “collaborationist devil” Josef Váchal, a czech renaissance poet Šimon Lomnický, famous historian-amateur Franz Alexander Heber or a head teacher Bilek of Jičíněves and have a chat, not only among themselves but also with the characteful linocuts of Bara Krautz…

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