Abelard, the medieval punk monk

12th century France Peter Abelard (1079–1142) You know the story: Teacher and student fall in love, have a baby (a boy, Astrolabe!), then marry secretly. Furious, student’s uncle has teacher castrated. The lovers separate, carry on in various monasteries and abbeys, all the while managing to stay in touch. Classic medieval shenanigans. So why allContinue reading “Abelard, the medieval punk monk”

When idol worship leads to desecration

An interesting article, despite several inaccuracies (see footnotes). English translation below. L'HISTOIRE DU JOUR | La délinquance par amour des vedettes ou quand l'adoration mène à la profanation. http://t.co/WzxzoXfQFe — franceinfo (@franceinfo) March 18, 2013 English translation When idol worship leads to desecration Claude François’* family is going to press charges for vandalism. Located atContinue reading “When idol worship leads to desecration”

Meanwhile, in London… Freddie Mercury

Is this Freddie Mercury's final resting place? Mystery of Queen legend's ashes could finally be solved – http://t.co/tMpqzL1dFN — Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) February 25, 2013 http://www.kensalgreencemetery.com/ Update Freddie Mercury mystery: Plaque dedicated to Queen singer at cemetery goes missing http://t.co/u1v4SPhed1 — Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) March 5, 2013

Who stole Jim Morrison’s bust?

The backstory Croatian artist Mladen Mikulin sculpted a bust effigy of Jim Morrison for his grave in Père Lachaise cemetery. The bust was in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Jim’s death on July 3, 1981. It disappeared in 1988. Before and after   A piece of the puzzle Film director and screenwriter, Olivier Chateau, hasContinue reading “Who stole Jim Morrison’s bust?”

Jim’s first gravestone surfaces briefly in New Orleans, ca. 1998

Tales of the unexpected I received an incredible and unexpected email the other day from Lue Isaac informing me that her brother, Keith Keller, was briefly the guardian of Jim’s first gravestone in the late 90s. So it is with my sincerest thanks to Lue that I share with you this amazing story. “My deceasedContinue reading “Jim’s first gravestone surfaces briefly in New Orleans, ca. 1998”