January 23, 2016

Creative and Transylvanian?

When sitting back and talking about Transylvania, one has the option of being the person who writes about one thing.  You can be passionate about it, and you can post at length about how something is great and wonderful, and the last thing you find is people don't care, or don't know about what you are talking about.

What this means is when a person asks if you can be creative and still have a link between something as small or large as you want to have. This is where I began to ask myself the question: "is being creative and talking about Transylvania something that can't be put together?"

I journaled about the fact that people have to be passionate about what they work on or what they share with others.  The lives of Queens and Kings came into my mind, but also of how creative people saw Transylvania, and the many things they did as an area.

The idea, is simple.

I've been a fan of maps for many years, and one thing that struck me is how creative a map maker is.

 These two maps are artistically amazing, it shows the artist was the reason the maps were drawn.  It is map reader beware in the one on the left, as it seems to be more for artistry than it is for fact based.

Part of the reason I say that it is less fact based is in part due to the locations of the borders, but also some of the titles used.  However, it is as close to what 1500s Europe would be like, although Wallachia and Moldova were vassal states of the Ottoman Empire.

With this map of Transylvania the artist was also detailed, but creative, and proves that you can be creative and Transylvanian at the same time.

One of the aspects which capture the eye is that the map on the left has many of the names placed as the German names, and not Hungarian or Romanian.

The rivers and the mountain range are there, and one can get the feeling the most important part to this map was Hungary played a role as a country whereas Romania was not even founded at the time.

January 1, 2016

Why Transylvania Needed A Queen

I'll be blunt, I do like royalty, but I can say that I can see a lot of faults in many of the past members of the various royal houses.

One such person whom I admire is Queen Marie of Romania, who transformed her nation, only it was during the Great War (commonly known as World War One.)  Before this time she was an irresponsible, and somewhat absorbed woman who wanted to be more than what she was.

She wanted a family, but was unwilling or unable to stand up to pressure to have her two elder children taken care of by people she didn't choose. While one can make the argument that it was a product of the time, and she was married reasonably young, she also had two mentors who she should have sought help from- her mother and grandmother. Both of whom were formidable women in their own right.  She did learn she was important, but she didn't learn that she had to prove why she was important.

That is until she learned from others.

She learned to lead.  Not as a leader with a specific title, although by this time she was a queen of a country which was fighting a losing battle, but a Queen who could lead and show courage to others.

Why did Transylvania need a Queen?

In 1914, Transylvania was not a part of Romania, but rather the Kingdom of Hungary.  It didn't have a Queen of Hungary since Elizabeth, the wife of the Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary- Franz Joseph was murdered in 1898.

In 1916, the new Queen of Hungary, Empress Zita of Austria, was crowned in Budapest but by this time she was Empress to a dying Empire, and would have little influence on Transylvania as a whole.

Transylvania needed a Queen, not of Transylvania proper, who saw its importance, and Marie did think highly of Romania's newest province, so much so she was crowned in Alba Iulia in 1922, almost eight years after she became Queen.

Had it not been for this war, and the fall of the Hapsburg Empire things would be different and people would see Transylvania in a different light, in terms of it needing a dynamic personality to bring more people to the area.