The thorns then bore roses [Lord, have mercy] As the babe was carried through the forest the thorns then bore roses
[1785 HRE TAKEOVER - THE END]
//Phew, done at last! I wanted a nice transition over to the regular program, and I also wanted to include the use of this song - I always liked to imagine Gilbert singing it as a lullaby to both Karl and Ludwig, for Karl to ease the way into death and for Ludwig to ease the way into life. While the lyrics are positive the music always sounded rather sorrowful to me, so it’s a favorite of mine for sure!
The lyrics used are the third and nowadays final stanza of Maria durch ein Dornwald ging. The translation here was done by me, you can surely find a better and complete translation of the song online!
Goslar is a historic town in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northern Germany, on the slopes of the Harz mountains. The Altstadt (old town) and local mines have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The town lies 40 km from Braunschweig and 70 km from the state capital Hannover. It has a rich cultural, political, and industrial history. Salian Emperor Henry I founded it in the 10th century after the discovery of silver deposits. The wealth derived from silver mining brought Goslar the status of an Imperial City, which attracted the interest of the Holy Roman Emperor. The medieval Imperial Palace was built in the 11th century and became a summer residence for the emperors, especially Henry III of Germany. Henry’s heart is buried in Goslar, his body lies in the family vault in Speyer Cathedral. Local sites include the 16-century town hall and the old mines, which now house a museum. During the Cold War, Goslar was a major garrison town for the West German army and the border police. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the barracks were vacated. There’s skiing here in winter.
Automaton of a Ship dated 1585 from the Holy Roman Empire on display at the
Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna
Made by Hans Schlottheim in Augsburg from partially painted silver, copper alloy and iron.
Centrepieces in the shape of a ship have a long tradition. Here the decorative figures and coats of arms glorify the ruler and his empire. A complex mechanism propels the ship across the table while the crew movers to the music from inside the ship. As a highlight the cannons fire a salvo.
Designed in 1779 by Austrian inventor Bartholomäus Girardoni, copied and manufactured in Great Britain c.late 18th century. .48/12,2mm caliber barrel, 20-round tubular magazine, gravity-fed repeating air rifle, leather-bound brass pressurized air tank fitted as the stock. Hailing from the soon-to-be-extinct Holy Roman Empire, the Girardoni air rifle might be famous to American readers as one of the weapon brought by Lewis and Clarke on their expedition into the untamed West.
Possibly that exact same rifle, manufactured c.1795.
The rifle adopted in 1780 by the Austrian army was a .46~.51 caliber design fitted with a 20-ball gravity magazine and a 30-shot air tank made of sheet iron. These characteristics gave it a high rate of fire, a low muzzle report, no smoke upon shooting, and made it the very first repeating gun in military service, as well as one of the very first tubular magazine designs. Reloading was made through the forward end of the tube, after which the rifleman would be good to shoot 20 rounds by simply holding the weapon skyward and work the spring-loaded breech block to the side. Each soldier was equipped with two air tanks - not counting the one currently screwed on, a full magazine, 80 extra shots in 20-round tin tubes as well as a cleaning kit and a hand pump.
Staying in limited service throughout the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, the Girardoni rifle had a few defaults that prevented its widespread usage, foremost of which was its stock/air tank. Although very difficult to manufacture in 18th century factories, it wasn’t tough enough for military service, and every dent would render it useless. On top of that the pump issued with it required upward of 1500 hand strokes to fill it completely if no specialized utility wagon was available