LIGHT & SHADOW of an old city

LIGHT & SHADOW of an old city

Witches, robbers and rabble have plied their dreadful trade in Dresden at all times, and many a spooky attraction is only revealed at second glance.
The restless spirit of Knight Jonas Daniel, bodyguard of the Dohna burgraves, will take you on a tour around Dresden as you have never seen it before. Short anecdotes will whisk you away to places that will simply amaze you.
This compilation is a must for anyone who wants to have a say about Dresden in the future.

Let’s go then, the exploration of the city has just begun.

• short anecdotes
• historical city map
• illustrations drawn by hand
• for interested readers from the age of 12 and up


Spooky Dresden - LIGHT & SHADOW of an old city

Spooky Dresden - LIGHT & SHADOW of an old city
Edition:Alwis VerlagDresden Entdecker
Seiten / Umfang:48
Maße:17,5 cm x 14,0 cm
Preis:5,95 € inkl. 7% MwSt

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Illustrations by: Thomas Zahn

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 Did you know …

 Scold’s bridle

… that court servants caught stealing at the Saxon court were punished by wearing so-called scold's bridles? This heavy metal helmet only had two holes for the eyes and a small hole for the mouth so that the punished person could at least slurp a soup. While wearing these bridles, the culprits were forced to walk up and down the Dresden Castle courtyard until they were relieved of their burden.

Other known medieval masks for punishment are scold's bridles in the form of a pig's head or those with oversized ears with bells and tongues hanging out. Such details were to indicate the misdemeanours "piggish behaviour, eavesdropping or gossipmongering". So next time a German friend tells you their boss had "turned somebody into a sow” (bawled somebody out), you will know the idiom's origin.

This story clearly shows that they rarely asked why in the old days, relying instead on straightforward deterrence.


By the way ...

•     In 1444, a mendicant friar was hung in secular clothes, and his bedfellow was drowned in the Elbe.

•     In 1553, on Monday after St. Nicholas Day, a ton of herrings was handed over to the executioner, who first placed it at the pillory on the market that same day, then carried it to the bridge and threw it into          the Elbe. A Dresden citizen had bought the herrings from a Berlin merchant, found them dissatisfactory and rightly berated the seller.

•    In 1622, four brown bears were baited in the castle courtyard. The biggest one broke through the barrier, went up the spiral staircase and into the castle chapel – outcome unknown.


Did you know …

Cemetery boulevard

… that people going for a stroll in the Neumarkt area around the Church of Our Lady are walking all over an ancient cemetery? 500 simple burial places were found during excavations, because the forecourt of the church had served as a cemetery for centuries. Slavonic burial sites from the 10th century were discovered here as well.

In the 16th century, the Church of Our Lady was still located outside the fortress wall. It was only included in the city after the Hussite incursions. The cemetery with its obligatory tombstones above ground has meanwhile become a boulevard with numerous coffee houses and shops. As it is, everybody has skeletons in the cupboard – or basement. Enjoy your next "Schälchen Heeßen" – a hot cup of coffee!