Wednesday, 14 November 2012
In the note I just posted on Petraeus and latinized last names -- Scaliger, Berzelius, Linnaeus -- I put "Can Grande Della Scala" and "Vladimir Nabokov" in among the tags.
Why? you ask.
Oh, because in an interview with Bayerischer Rundfunk about forty years ago Vladimir Nabokov noted that among his ancestors was Can Grande Dellla Scala, to whom Dante owed so much:
"My grandmother's paternal ancestors, the von Korffs, are traceable to the fourteenth century, while on their distaff side there is a long line of von Tiesenhausens, one of whose ancestors was Engelbrecht von Tiesenhausen of Liviand who took part, around 1200, in the Third and Fourth Crusades. Another direct ancestor of mine was Can Grande della Scala, Prince of Verona, who sheltered the exiled Dante Alighieri, and whose blazon (two big dogs holding a ladder) adorns Boccaccio's Decameron (1353). Della Scala's granddaughter Beatrice married, in 1370, Wilhelm Count Oettingen, grandson of fat Bolko the Third, Duke of Silesia. Their daughter married a von Waldburg, and three Waldburgs, one Kittlitz, two Polenzes and ten Osten-Sackens later, Wilhelm Carl von Korff and Eleonor von der Osten-Sacken engendered my paternal grandmother's grandfather, Nicolaus, killed in battleon June 12, 1812. His wife, my grandmother's grandmother Antoinette Graun, was the granddaughter ofthe composer Carl Heinrich Graun (1701-1759).
Posted on 11/14/2012 11:03 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
14 Nov 2012
As American As The Grande Canyon In April
In Inglourious Basterds, Colonel Hans Landa proves to be an able exception to Bridget von Hammersmark's rule that Germans don't speak Italian and I can speak English with a fair first generation Italian-American accent: Can granda Della scala Mounta Soracte or justa Mounta Veneris?
And yes, I wish that I had taken the good advice in Horace's Ode to Thaliarchus while I was still alive, and, like Fermor, gotten into the fur more.
On Top Of Old Smokey,
All Covered With Nazis,
General Heinrich Kreipe
cc Paddy Fermor Leigh, Wilfred "Thung" Thesiger
Tags: Brooke Shields, female escuctheon, climbing mons pubis, Delta "Force" Burke has a grand canyon all covered in cheese and is a broad too broad for leaping, Nabokov: "as American as April in Arizona"