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Mystères


Cabinet d'histoires curieuses
Marie de baviere reine de saxe.

THE BLACK LADY AND THE KING OF SAXONY

In 1854, an epidemic erupted in Saxony that would quickly ravage the country as it had ravaged its neighbours’’. The royal family, led by Queen Maria, a princess of Bavaria, fled Dresden to seek refuge in the capital at the Castle of Pillnitz. The Queen only agreed to leave Dresden on the condition that her…

MURDER AT ST. JAMES’S PALACE III

« Sellis’ torso was propped against the back of his bed, his head practically detached from his body. His sheets and nightshirt were bloodied. Precisely as you saw earlier, except he appeared to you standing upright while the footmen found the poor man on his bed. The guard sergeant immediately noticed that an open, bloodied razorblade…

MURDER AT ST. JAMES’S PALACE II

Born in 1771, Prince Ernest Augustus of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Cumberland, was 39 years old. The son of King George III and Queen Charlotte of England, he was, like all the princes of the reigning Hanoverian dynasty, blond, tall, burly, and red-faced. One-eyed, he sheltered his gaze under bushy eyebrows. His beloved,…

MURDER AT ST. JAMES’S PALACE I

It was thanks to Henry VIII that the monarchy settled at St. James’s, where it continues to reside, at least fictitiously, for to this day, the decrees of Queen Elizabeth II bear the words, « Given at our Court of St. James’s ». Over the centuries, Henry VIII’s palace has been reduced, half destroyed by fires, and…

THE ABBOT’S GHOST

On that Easter Sunday, in the Cotentin Peninsula’s little village of Blanchelande, the church was crammed full. Aristocrats, farmers, and the bourgeoisie were all present on that sacred day. At the appointed hour, the clergy entered in procession, followed by the children of the choir carrying their candles and the cross, the priests of neighboring…

KIZKALESI CASTLE

Many years ago, while travelling along the southern coast of Turkey, I stopped in the ancient village of Silifke, the Seleucia of Antiquity. Across it, in the middle of the sea, stood the towers of an imposing medieval castle that seemed to emerge from the water. Legend has it that in memorial times, be it…

ROUMI

Plus tard, beaucoup plus tard, je découvre Roumi. Il devient mon héros car il représente un Islam tellement différent de celui que l’on présente de nos jours. Il naît en Afghanistan dans la ville de Balkh au XIIIe siècle. Son père est déjà un très grand mystique. Un jour, il monte en chaire dans la…

L’ÉCRIVAIN TRAGIQUE

Il y a bien longtemps j’ai lu “ le manuscrit trouve à Saragosse “ et pourtant je ne l’ai jamais oublié. Ce roman publié au tout début du XIXème siècle mêle l’étrangeté, la poésie et le suspense. Ecrit d’une main de maître, haletant, on ne peut le lâcher, œuvre unique et inoubliable. L’auteur était un…

PATMOS LE CADAVRE DANS LE COUFFIN

Je n’étais pas resté longtemps à ce cocktail patmiote. Je m’y ennuyais mais surtout je n’aimais pas la maison. Belle, elle l’était pourtant, ancienne, décorée avec le plus grand goût, ornée d’objets ravissants, entourée d’un jardin enchanteur. Cependant, je ne m’y sentais pas à l’aise. Je revins à la maison pour trouver Maria encore dans…

LE BRIGAND TRANSFIGURE

C’était en Grèce au début du 19ème siècle sous le règne du roi Othon de Bavière. Le nord d’Athènes, la région du Mont Pentélique, était ravagé par un brigand insaisissable, d’une audace sans limite et d’une cruauté égale, Christos Davelis. En plus, on disait qu’il était fort beau, à tel point qu’il aurait séduit la…