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qwallath

Qwallath

Hi, I'm Oscar, a historical linguist from the Netherlands who also likes to write about music, games, and history. Check out my longer blog posts and other writings on Sub Specie.

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Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo
Mary Douglas
Signs: an Introduction to Semiotics
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Groote Pier (Hardcover)

Groote Pier (Hardcover) - Dirk L. Broeder A nice novelisation of the life of Grote Pier (Pier Gerlofs Donia), a Frisian freedom fighter and pirate from the 16th century.

I expected the book to be either really pro or anti, as tends to be the case with popular accounts of historical figures like this, but the book was pleasantly neutral in the way it presented the story. Pier is depicted as a man who is dedicated to the freedom of his people above all, but the book does not shy away from the cruelty he displays in pursuing his enemies, either.

I'm unsure how historically correct the novel is; I'll get back to that soon after some more research.