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The Real Falkenau

A reader asks, "When I read The Ravens of Falkenau I wondered if this was a real place and if this story really happened, but I couldn't find anything on wiki or anywhere. Did you make it up or is it real?"

The fortress of Falkenau is a fictional place closely based on a real place. The "real Falkenau" is the fortress of Hrad Loket in the Czech Republic.




You can click on the image to make it bigger. The arch in the foreground is the modern highway bridge.




Very impressive, yes? The real siege of Hrad Loket was in 1621, not 1633, when Count Tilly was still in overall command rather than Wallenstein, and the events of the story actually take place from 1621 through 1634. However, since I was writing a novella, not a book the size of Hand of Isis, I condensed the main action to about eight months in 1633-1634, a time frame dictated by the historical event of Wallenstein's assassination. Generalissimo Albrecht von Wallenstein is a real person, of course, as is Count Adam Trcka. They were indeed assassinated on the orders of the Holy Roman Emperor.

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black_raven135
Jun. 2nd, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
Oh my, I love that look, but I always did find it fascinating even though in winter imagine it to be cold, drafty and damp.......
jo_graham
Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
It's really lovely, isn't it? I hope I can go there someday. I have a friend in Munich who swears we can do it in a three hour drive if I can ever land on her doorstep.

Fortunately, there are lots of people who have posted their vacation photos online that show just about every bit of the castle and outbuildings from many angles, and also the village and church. It's so much easier writing historical these days when there are so many friendly vacation photos to use for reference!
black_raven135
Jun. 2nd, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Have you ever wanted to stay in one??
I have........
It reminds me somewhat of my experiences when I was in Russia years ago. Our group was small, 11 of us.......
When we were outside Moscow, they had made arrangements for us to stay in a convent, the one where Peter the Great's sister, Catherine, was incarcerated. Our accommodations were in the original nun's wood cottages which had been renovated somewhat. They still had wood floors and walls, heavy carpets, down bedding etc. It was very comfortable and cozy despite the frigid conditions outside which were extremely snowy and cold. We ate our meals in the refectory as the nuns had done.
It was an amazing experience. We also visited the small towns of Vladimir and Suzdal and later took the overnight train from Moscow to St. Petersburg. That train trip was reminiscent of the trip they featured in Dr. Zhivago. As it got light and I looked out our window it was a snowy wonderland........untouched and incredibly beautiful......
I was so pleased I had heeded mom's suggestion to take my three quarters length coat, a fur hat, boots and gloves. The rest of our group were dressed like regular spring here in US. It was miserable for them, but
I was not sorry I visited Russia during that time as it was sometimes quite magical.
jo_graham
Jun. 3rd, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
I would love to stay in one!

It sounds like you had an amazing experience! Nifty!
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