Title illustration of Emperor Karl V “peinlicher Gerichtsordnung”, criminal laws compendium, XVI century - Vintage Nostalgia
Title illustration of Emperor Karl V “peinlicher Gerichtsordnung”, criminal laws compendium, XVI century

The “peinlicher Gerichtsordnung” (“Constitutio Criminalis Carolina”, 1530) was the first body of German criminal law, prescribing the procedure for judgment of capital crimes. It sanctioned, among the rest, death by fire for witchcraft and the use of torture to obtain … Continued

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XVI century, copper engraving, “Strife” - Vintage Nostalgia
XVI century, copper engraving, “Strife”

Copper engraving by Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550). The Latin caption reads, more or less, “Despicable stinginess and private benefits subvert the public good with the silent approval of the law”. Nothing new under the sun…

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Embossed cupper ewer from 1595. - Vintage Nostalgia
Embossed cupper ewer from 1595.

Finely embossed copper mug bearing the owner’s name, Bartholomaeus von Rosenberg, around the neck and two righteous German sayings around the belly and on the base.

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Rune stone of Jelling Denmark from the 10th century - Vintage Nostalgia
Rune stone of Jelling Denmark from the 10th century

Vintage engraving, Harald’s runestone with Christ figure, Jelling Denmark .The stone has a figure of Jesus Christ on one side, Christ is depicted as standing in the shape of a cross and entangled in what appear to be branches. The … Continued

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