You Learn Something New Every Day

What  Privateers, Free Cities, and Heavy Metal Bands Have in Common

This is the most random post, but also the post most closely aligned with my original vision for this blog – Curation.  I’m not even going to write much here, but you’ll get the point.

Item the first: https://www.onekingslane.com/product/20664/1305939

Screenprint of Danzig

Screenprint of Danzig

Item the second: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danzig_(band)

Danzig at Sweden Rock Festival 2010

Danzig at Sweden Rock Festival 2010

Item the third: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_City_of_Danzig

Flag of the Free City of Danzig

Flag of the Free City of Danzig

Item the fourth (bringing us full circle): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_von_Danzig_(ship)

The Ship Peter von Danzig

The Ship Peter von Danzig

I am bemused that the screen print that caught my eye, which I thought might be a pirate ship, was of this 15th century ship, which once carried sea salt (a subject of much enchantment for me, thanks to Kurlansky’s book Salt: A World History) and later became a privateer with a letter of marque (a subject of much enchantment for me, thanks to … well … everything, but especially Sherry’s book Raiders and Rebels: A History of the Golden Age of Piracy).  But to get there… I was reminded of the band Danzig (I briefly listened to them in my “I’m gonna be just like my cool older cousin” tween years), and learned of the Free City of Danzing, which was enchanting because of the fact that in my beloved Game of Thrones (or, more accurately, the “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga) there are “Free Cities” like Qarth.

And now you have learned something(s?) new today.  And I have finally achieved my dubious goal of curation.  Curiosity for the win!

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