When King Gustav Adolf II of Sweden visited Turku Castle in 1614, a fire broke out around the complex, destroying one of the area’s oldest medieval sites. Left in ruins, the abandoned castle would become the setting of Zachris Topelius’s novel The Tomten of Åbo Castle(more…)
John William Waterhouse, A Tale from The Decameron, 1916.
The Decameron is a novel that is often overshadowed by The Canterbury Tales despite sharing many similarities. Both were written in the 14th century and have a similar narrative structure of various short stories being told by a group of characters. (more…)
Consider the human immune system — not from an academic or scientific standpoint, but from a very practical and goal-oriented point of view; the goal in question being the continued health of the human. The body seals itself off from the outside world with a strong wall, known as the skin, and only communicates with it through highly specialized ports — the bodily orifices. (more…)