Rozes vārds | In the Name of the Rose

Roberts Birze

Doncaster East, Australia

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Turaidas pils | Turaida Castle, 2008, near Sigulda, Latvia.

In the 1600s a young woman called Maija lived in this castle. She was so beautiful that she was known as Turaidas Roze (the Rose of Turaida). The legend of Turaidas Roze is one of love, jealousy and tragedy.

In the early 1600s, a couple of Polish soldiers were stationed in the castle. One of soldiers was in love with Maija. However, she was in love with a gardener from the neighbouring castle and being faithful, dismissed the soldier’s advances.

One day, the soldier wrote a letter to Maija as if it was from her boyfriend, organising to meet at their secret place. When she arrived and her lover wasn’t there, she felt betrayed.

Maija took this quite badly and decided it was better to die than to live a life without her beloved gardener. As it happens in these stories, everyone at the time believed in magic and so she convinced the Polish soldier that the scarf she was wearing was impenetrable by any weapon and that he should test it out. He did, with the obvious outcome and then ran into the woods and hung himself.

Meanwhile, the murder weapon had been found and it was determined that it belonged to Maija’s gardener boyfriend who was then sentenced to death.

Luckily, the Polish soldier’s companion came to the rescue and told the truth about his comrade’s deception.

No one really lived happily ever after.

Camera: Bronica SQAi Lens: Zenzanon-S 80mm/f2.8
Film: Kodak Tmax ISO100

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