Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The Mad Monarchist discusses Gustavus Adolphus' fearsome Finnish cavalry corps, the terror of the Catholic armies during the Thirty Years' War. Their name derives from a famous Finnish battle cry, Hakkaa päälle ("Hack them down!"), which would later became a rallying cry for the beleaguered Finns in their desperate Winter War (1939-1940) with the USSR.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
C. G. E. Mannerheim had a great appreciation of fine cuisine. Dining with Marshal Mannerheim, by Ritva and Risto Lehmusoksa, attempts to address this aspect of the multi-faceted Finnish war hero's life. According to one enthusiastic review:
From his childhood in a Swedish-speaking manor house in the Finnish countryside, through his time as a Chevalier Guards Officer and the splendour of the zakuski tables of the Russian Imperial Court, his wide travels in Asia, and his time as a political and military figurehead in Finland, Mannerheim always showed a strong interest in culinary affairs. He appreciated carefully prepared, fine cuisine, collected menus from his extensive travels, and acted as a generous host in his private home to numerous luncheons and dinner parties, the menus to which he designed himself.
This is a culinary and historic adventure through eight decades with the Marshal of Finland including numerous delicious recipes from the original menus, as well as many compelling anecdotes and stories from his life. Dining with Marshal Mannerheim even contains the recipes from a dinner offered to a very controversial vegetarian guest, Adolf Hitler, who suddenly appeared at the Marshal's table on his 75th birthday in June 1942.