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Thank you!​

The chief source of criminal (and to a certain extent procedural) law was, for the first seven years of the mod’s gameplay, the Constitutio Criminalis Theresiana. Despite it being published in 1768, it was a rather outdated legal code (with rather infamous woodcuts of torture types), without much influence from the enlightenment figures like Beccaria and Sonnenfels. As such it was almost immediately subjected to amendments, which intensified during the sole rule of Joseph II starting with the mod’s start date. This culminated in the promulgation of the new Josephinian Criminal Code going in effect in 1787.​

The single most important amendment prior to the start date, as mentioned in the OP already, was the abolishment of torture by a resolution from January 2, 1776. This also recommended leniency in handing out death sentences.​
Also aforementioned was the near-moratorium on capital punishment that came in the resolution of March 9, 1781: Each death sentence had to be sent for approval to the emperor. Further resolution from August 22, 1783 forbade the announcement of the death sentence to the criminal before the imperial review. These were supposedly never publicly published in that era, but instead understood as secret instructions. This minimised the capital punishment to near zero, one of high-profile exceptions being the 1786 Vienna execution of murderer Zalheimb. It should be noted however, that the capital punishment was replaced by not particularly more rosy forced labour in dangerous conditions, corporal punishment, long term prisons sentences with limbs shackled and so on.
The moratorium is significant not only for the abolitionist sentiment, but also because several of the execution methods in Theresiana were cruel, namely burning at the stake, breaking at the wheel and quartering. With the most important of the relevant legislation changes sketched above, and with lack of attested executions using these methods (randomly came upon some February 1781 hangings), we can just leave them out – the resolution about the imperial review came less than half a year after the start date, therefore with vague-to-none concept of habeas corpus, it will just about carry over the potentially atrocious player.​

Speaking of the attested executions, the last high-profile breaking on wheel was done on Ignác Schiffner in 1774, which served as inspiration for the Byronic poem May. After that, a murderer named Matěj Papšík was broken on a wheel in Písek, 1777. And after that, only the posthumous breaking of the corpse of miller apprentice Bartl in Prague, June 1786, who was an attempted murderer committing suicide. The execution apparently and understandably provoked negative reactions.​
Another can of worms was the military, which had its own laws, namely in the early period the Theresian War Articles. These again feature the atrocious trio of execution methods, but due to practical considerations and the general enlightenment spirit, hanging or non-capital punishment seem to have been preferred (the diaries of a Písek executioner for example reveal a number of brandings of a gallows "tattoo" on both cheeks in 1785). Instead it appears that sometimes the extortion of even domestic populace was taken bit too lightly. Death penalty for soldiers was reduced further by various exceptions in Leopold II’s Criminal Norm of July 3, 1790. As far as I am aware, only the wheel for waylaying in wartime (Art. XXV) was left in place besides the rope, sword and bullet. Any further mentions of the cruel methods were finally omitted in 1807-1808 War Articles. No doubt that running the gauntlet and other punishments (much latter accusations of extralegal strappado in the Austro-Hungarian Army) will be hardly bearable regardless and this instead will be a societal problem to be eventually explored within the mod’s framework.​

Next time, the actual select articles from Theresiana.​
 
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Heya,

First off, a post scriptum to the last post. Since then I have surprisingly found one further description of a wheel-breaking sentence, only in primary sources though and within the military law (which I only sketched in the last paragraph anyway). Apparently in 1784 some fourteen soldiers deployed to building the Plesy (Josefov) fortress, have tried to escape across the border after murdering their lieutenant. The emperor decreed the breaking on wheel of the instigators of the murder. No idea whether it happened.


In the end these isolated examples are definitely not deal-breaking, as the inclusion would at this moment still be rather tokenist and something more so to be talked about, rather than depicted. Not really too concerned either way though – it is not beyond the standard levels of videogame violence. However the shootin’ tootin’ and the gallows (or bone crushing to keep it on topic) should always be balanced with the sociological and psychological aspects of the crime as well as of the punishment.

Back to the Theresian Criminal Constitution/Code then! The work consists of two parts, the first one describes the methods of punishment and judicial procedures, the second one the actual crimes. Picking from the latter part, a container category crime very relevant for players frolicking bit too much around the scene, as well as some topical issues (emphasis is mine):

Article 73. Of public violence and all the violent acts that conflict with common security.

§ 1. Within public violence, We want to include all of the malicious undertakings, when deliberate and dangerous acts of violence against fellow human beings disturb and harm the common calm and security. And especially since this vice has a wide scope, and such violent acts of evil like arbitrary seizure and detention of the people, robbery at the road, assassination and murder at the road, murder-arson, and others are detailed in this penal judicial regulation, public violence is then treated as exposing the due punishment to those acts of violence which do not occur elsewhere in this regulation, and against which the penal proceedings must be brought about. As such there are:

§ 2. The breach of peace, which is committed, and the peace is broken, when a person with others after a summon, bell tolling, or otherwise calling people together, with arms in hand (be it gun, club, stick, stone, or other deadly tool) with public violence out of revenge, or for alleged justice, or for some other malicious intent intentionally and dangerously attacks or assaults someone, or intrudes into his home, or property. However, if the violence is perpetrated by someone alone without being summoned together, or with the mere aid of his partners, it is not a breach of peace, but it remains a violent act.

§ 3. The following are therefore guilty of public violence; firstly: when someone is armed and intentionally breaks into someone's house or place of residence with an armed hand, and there he is beaten, wounded, or otherwise abused or violated.

§ 4. Or when someone deliberately and insidiously watches someone on public streets and roads, and lurks to injure or kill them; even if the intended evil deed could not have been put into work.

§ 5. Same is the feud: the feud is a hostile threat, whereby someone makes the other person (be it a community, village or private person) as his enemy through some sign, such as leaflets, feuding or arson letters, other arson signs, as paper with black powder, red rooster etc. through which is announced the infliction of most severe persecution of the limb, life, or the goods, in such a way that it harms the common peace, and terror and danger is caused to the threatened person.

§ 6. Furthermore, those who violently resist the authorities, the court, the deputized commissioners and judges, or the judicial guard, wounding them.

§ 7. Also in the opposite, the excesses of the judges, officials, guards, riders, and the like, which without need and justification beat and injure those, which they to bring to obedience or to custody, are included within violent acts.

§ 8. Against those who can are intercepted with forbidden concealed weapons, there is a legal presumption, that they had malicious intentions, and the use of such forbidden dangerous weapons (even if nothing else comes out of it) is dangerous and punishable by itself.

§ 9. Furthermore, those who, apart from a formal feuding, threaten the communities, or private individuals, with fire, murder, and death, and all sorts of evils, calamities, and acts of violence with writing or words maliciously and dangerously. It is necessary to pay attention to the nature and circumstances of the threat, the threatener, and the threatened, and mainly on: whether the threatener made some efforts to put his threatening words to action? Or if he is such daring villain that one should be aware of his possibility of doing it.

§ 10. No less the ones who, individually, or in a group, by all sorts of public acts of violence and frivolity, especially at night, as with smashing the windows, and lanterns, with willful beatings, and insulting the passers-by, and the like, maliciously and deliberately wreak havoc, terror, and harm in the community. Whereas also to measure the harsher or milder punishment based on the manner of the offense committed, and especially on the circumstances of the time, place and the offended persons.

§ 11. And finally those who disgrace and open graves, maliciously throw around the bones, or rob the dead bodies, or even take away some parts of those dead bodies and bones; which is also to be understood for those bodies of the criminals exhibited for general deterrence at public places of execution.

§ 12. In order to present the due penalties against previously reported evildoers, We order that:

1. The breakers of peace, the abusers of strangers in their apartment, then the lurkers and deceitful stalkers, as well as the feuders, because of their crime listed in § 2., 3., 4. and 5., together with the forfeiture of their belongings and property, in general, and more so without too much considerations if aggravating circumstances come up, the penalty of the sword, but in the case of mitigating circumstances a thorough corporal punishment.

2. That those who (under § 6.) oppose the judges wounding them; no less those who carry the secret weapon prohibited under § 8., if they use it against the judges, or the guards, and bailiffs trying to escape, are to be executed with the sword, but otherwise the latter, if besides carrying the forbidden weapon, there is nothing else, covered with an arbitrarily measured penalty.

3. The rest of the perpetrators who appear under § 7., 9. and 10. are to be punished according to the individual case and circumstances by the confiscation of goods, corporal or capital punishment.

4. The sword punishment should also be recognized against those who deliberately and dangerously dishonor or rob the grave according to § 11.

5. Regarding those of whom evils and calamities are to be feared, it should be noted: that if such dangerous people have not forfeited life through their crimes, the community, or the private individual, which may fear the threatened danger, may demand, if the threatener is wont to fulfill his threat , and depending on the form and nature of the threat, a sufficient insurance for all repugnance, and may desire violence, and the threatening person with his immovable property, with guarantor or deposits, or if refusing to remain in prison.

But if the threatening person does not come up with a sufficient guarantee, and because of his vengeance, audacity and wickedness he cannot be trusted to take his oath, at the judge's well-considered discretion, and as long as the risk of incurring violently fatal damage and other evil must be put in secure custody.

The judge can sometimes also seek official insurance of this kind from damage to himself, to the country and its people, then he should keep him in custody until such time as adequate security is provided.

§ 13. Aggravating circumstances are:

1. In general with regard to all violent acts:

If the act of violence against the authorities, officials, superiors, or respectable persons, or against widows, and orphans, and weak persons.

Or at night while exercising a particular deceit, presumptuousness and annoyance, or with an armed hand, or against a provisional judicial prohibition.

If the violent act, even without the author's will, has given rise to insurrection, serious crimes, wounds or other crimes.

If the perpetrator of violence at the same time commits another evil act, which is punished by the death penalty; which cases of undue violence constitute an aggravating circumstance to aggravate the ordinary death penalty.

2. In regards to the breach of peace:

If it has been carefully planned and prepared.

If the perpetrator also gave his people orders that violence should be used using guns and deadly weapons.

3. In regards to home invasion:

If the violence was carried out against defenseless or otherwise weak people with breaking open the gates and doors or otherwise carried out with an extraordinary boldness or the victim suffered great harm to the body or property.

4. In regards to stalking:

If the perpetrator with long deliberation has repeatedly waited for his opponent in various places and tried to wound him.

If the targeted damage was really carried out and somehow secretly and treacherously that the damaged person would not be able to defend himself.

5. In regards to feuds:

If the feuder has already made serious preparations for the accomplishment of his evil project and has come close to the deed.

Or if he would fulfill his hostile threat himself with the deed, in which case the death penalty, which had already been earned, should be aggravated because of the feud.

6. In regards to resisting the authorities.

If one had maliciously resisted the judges and at the same time created a dangerous crowd.

If either from the unruly offender himself or by someone else due to his cause, either fatal wounds or even killing of someone happened.

7. In regards to excesses of the judiciary.

If one, whom the judges wanted to question about something or arrest, behaved modestly and did not resist, subsequently was without need and cause mistreated, roughly beaten, wounded, or otherwise great damage to the body or good was inflicted on him.

If such malicious excesses had been done against respectable or defenseless and weak people.

8. In regards to forbidden weapons.

If the perpetrator is a despicable and suspicious bad person, from whom nothing good can be expected.

If he has opposed the judges or guards one or more times before with such dangerous weapons.

9. In regards to threats.

If the threat is serious and thought through, or more often repeated and in different places, apart from fierce anger.

If the threat is aimed at serious damage to property, life or limb.

If the perpetrator has already committed such iniquity or otherwise is a maliciously daring person who is able to fulfill his threat.

10. In regards to public acts of frivolity.

If such have been done with dangerous intent to awaken an uprising or with special impudence and malice.

Or great damage or other disaster was caused.

Or if such disturbances would cause oftentimes great concern to the community.

11. In regards to despoiling and robbing graves.

If such robbery has occurred oftentimes and in different places.

Or if done by the gravediggers or church servants themselves.

Or if the bones were intended for superstition purposes.

§ 14. Mitigating circumstances are generally:

1. It is generally true that those who protect themselves against another's violence and attack by adequate self-defense are not guilty of violence.

Then, with regard to all violent acts, the punishment can be alleviated to a certain extent if the intended violent act has caused little or no damage and detriment.

2. The quality of the deed changes in regards to breach of peace:

If the assembled crowd has not been called up and called together, but rather has gathered together on its own.

If the people who went along on their own and did not intend to carry out a violent act, but rather to watch or merely protest against the opposing party.

3. In regards to home invasion:

If someone entered through open gates and doors and on the occasion of a previous heated exchange, thus not from premeditated intent, would have violently acted against someone in his apartment.

If someone begins a conflict with the enemy outside his home, the latter then escaped and he would have pushed himself into the house at the same time as the victim.

If someone wants to take away a person, over whom he has some legal authority, as if a man wanted to take away his wife, a father his child, a guardian from his orderly, a gentleman from his servant, and so act violently against those, who keep his subordinates, the same can only be punished mildly, and according to the circumstances even not at all.

4. In regards to stalking:

If the offender wasn't actually predetermined, but only stopped because he saw the opponent coming towards and attacked him.

If the waiting is just out of willfulness, or because of a previous quarrel, and not with the intention of damage, but only to insult or slap or hit with a cane.

5. In regards to feuds:

If the feuder removes the hostile marks and the like out of repentance and desire not to fulfill his threats.

If the feuder proved that the threatened person inflicted great injustice upon him.

If he can prove that he wrote the threatening letter etc. only out of willfulness and frivolity or in anger and equanimity, in order only to frighten the threatened and not to carry out the threat with serious intent.

Just like those who created, wrote, or transferred the threatening letter for profit, or scribbled the threatening symbols, if they had no agreement with the feuder and if they are dependent on him, are in his service, or under duress are to be punished more leniently.

6. In regards to resisting officials:

If the opposition has occurred with no particular violence and without wounding or just with contempt of court.

If the resister had been innocently or illegally arrested by mistake, or was severely beaten or otherwise mistreated by the judges for no reason.

7. In regards to excesses of the judiciary and watchmen:

If someone violently defended himself against the judges or guards, if he pulled out his gun or any other deadly weapon against them, or leveled against the same gross insults and abuse.

If the one to be captured was a well-known villain who had often been convicted of previous evils and was in danger of escaping

If the injury and wounding were of no seriousness or harmful consequence.

8. In regards to carrying forbidden weapons:

If the perpetrator has a significant reason why he is currently equipped with such a weapon, and that there is no danger to be done.

Or if the carrying of such a weapon is done only out of youthful willfulness or lack of understanding and the perpetrator would otherwise be a well-behaved person from whom no evil intentions can be assumed.

9. In regards to threats:

If the threat has been cast out in anger, intoxication, out of jest or mere frivolity and no serious will or intent has been there.

Especially if the threatener withdraws his threat soon afterwards and that he has declared no seriousness of it.

If in itself it is an incongruously simple-minded threat, its accomplishment would not be in one’s power.

10. In regards to public acts of frivolity:

If a rave or excess is done in the intoxication or by young people out of ill-considered courage without dangerous intent.

11. In regards to despoiling of graves:

If the perpetrator has not subjected himself to robbery but to the dishonor of the grave with the intention of inflicting an insult on the deceased or his or her family or otherwise exercising an act of frivolity and willfulness.

§ 15. The beneficial police/political order and common state security is also violated in various other ways in addition to the reported cases, therefore against the violator the penal law must be employed, according to the form of the malicious intent, danger and harmfulness of the fact.

Such misconduct either insult majesty, as namely the defectors to the enemy, the enemy scouts, and generally all those who help the enemy in whatever dangerous way, and the like; their punishment is in accordance with Article 61.

Or because of such crimes, where Our most praiseworthy ancestors or Ourselves have already issued detailed and detailed punitive laws against the transgressors:

1. Which act unlawfully at the time of the plague or other contagious diseases; or in the case of rinderpest overstep the generally prescribed measures, or in some other way do something dangerous against the state of health.

2. Which treacherously run away from Our militia/army as well as the protectors and receivers of the runaways.

3. False recruiters and other hijackers of our state subjects and citizens.

4. The fleeing subjects.

5. Those who by mutilating their limbs make themselves legally incapable of doing military service.

6. Those making food more expensive through reselling or other profit-making tricks.

7. Who weaken and exploit our subjects through usury.

8. Those who challenge to duel, accept it and their supporters.

9. Regarding “Gypsies”.

10. Regarding the idlers and such vagabonds who alone cross the country throughout.

11. Regarding the vagabonds, fugitives, exiles, and other such dangerous people that roam the country in groups.

In which cases of malfeasance, the judicial authorities have the right to rule according to the existing police and security patents, including the sentence and regulations that have been passed against the mentioned acts.
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And that’s the Article 73 in entirety! I beg for forgiveness for definitely imperfect translation, especially in the legal context. Definitely will be continued, at least for stealing and robbery and thereabouts, but let’s mix it up next time with some aggregates of dialogues or foods.

Sources:

Constitutio Criminalis Theresiana : oder der Römisch-Kaiserl. zu Hungarn und Böheim etc. etc. Königl. Apost. Majestät Mariä Theresiä Erzherzogin zu Oesterreich, etc. etc. peinliche Gerichtsordnung. Vienna : Trattner, 1768.

Constitutio Criminalis Theresiana : aneb římské císařské v Uhřích a Čechách etc. etc. královské apoštolské milosti Marie Terezie arcikněžny rakouské etc. etc. hrdelní právní řád. Vienna : Trattner, 1769.
 
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Will you get this done in EA because the mod tools are go to be release and how are you go to fixed age and your heir cant marry off i wonder .
 

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Thank you for your interest! It does indeed depend on the mod tools availability, but there is never enough preparatory work, really. I am not sure I understand the second question well, but in case the intergenerational succession went really awry, there are some contingency plans.
 

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Probably the mod I wait most of all at this moment.
Keep up the good work. Your devotion and enthusiasm is contagious.
 

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And likewise, posts like yours are very inspirational for us, thank you!

As you might have noticed, I have had bit of a holiday hiatus, over university and other RL stuff, but I am very much looking forward to coming back to much more active engagement.

A piece of news, the Czech Institute of Geodesy launched a new website, making the access to the 1820s-1840s cadastres much easier.

Ticking Originální mapy stabilního katastru (1824-1843) shows city plans of most major cities and towns in Bohemia, zoomable to high extent.
Ticking Císařské otisky spojené (1824-1843) shows the joined up cadastre map covering the country, so far a work in progress, but the whole of Silesia is done, the entirety of modern day Prague, as well as large swaths of Moravia.

Then I would like to present my vision of implementing books ingame. Obviously, majority of the literature published or printed in the country was not written in English. There are some translations, some even in public domain, but somewhat understandably rather rare and far between on the time scale. At the same time, translating whole books is obviously bit too far for a project spanning longer than some two years, if even. The other extreme of “book title and that’s it” is just as much against the spirit of the mod. I would then suggest the following:
-The whole of the information from the title page.
-List of chapters.
-Optionally summary, depending on the importance of the book, number of chapters and so on.

As such it will enable the later introduction of more thorough reading and dialogue opportunities. Perhaps the player will be able to read pages say 1-20 in one sitting, then tell about reading book X, chapter Y.

At the moment I would probably see myself transcribing the title/chapters into the modern orthography, because it would be necessary for the dialogue eventually anyway. At the same time this is one of the instances (besides correspondence, writing lessons in schools etc.) where the dichotomy between written and spoken language could be eventually explored.

As a sample, a 1777 book, in fact a print of a 1599 manuscript. Part of the efforts to revive the language by the historical humanist literature.

Příhody​
Stories of​
Vácslava Vratislava​
Wenceslas Wratislaus​
svobodného pána​
baron​
z​
of​
Mitrovic,​
Mitrovice​
které​
which​
on v tureckém hlavním městě Konstantinopoli​
he saw in the Turkish capital of Constantinople,​
viděl, v zajetí svém zkusil, a po šťastném​
experienced in his captivity, and after a joyous​
do vlasti své navrácení sám léta Páně 1599 sepsal;​
return to his homeland wrote down, 1599 AD;​
nyní pak​
now, by​
František Martin Pelcl​
Francis Martin Pelcl​
na světlo vydal.​
brought to light.​
S potvrzením cís. král. cenzury​
With approval of imp. roy. censorship​
V Praze​
In Prague​
nákladem Jana Michala Samma, na Malé Straně.​
published by John Michael Samm, at the Little Side​
1777.​
1777.​
PředmluvaForeword18 unlisted pages
Kniha první, v kteréž se obsahuje výjezd císařského poselství z města Vídně až do Konstantinopole.Book the first, including the departure of the imperial embassy from the city of Vienna, up to Constantinople.Pp. 1-56
Kniha druhá, o bytu císařského poselství v Konstantinopoli.Book the second, about the stay of the imperial embassy in Constantinople.Pp. 56-118
Kniha třetí, o zajetí a žaláři celého poselství našeho.Book the third, about the confinement and imprisonment of our entire embassy.Pp. 119-195
Kniha čtvrtá, o našem z vězení propuštění a do vlasti navrácení.Book the fourth, about our release from prison and return to the homeland.Pp. 196-232
 
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Radetzky

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Ahoj and thank you @Lucon for a very interesting question! The connection had not occured to me and thus:
-I first checked out the Wratislaw (Wratislaus is aparently the preferred given name translation in English, -aw for the surname) of Mitrovice noble house and found out it is named after a tiny village in central Bohemia of the name Staré (=Old) Mitrovice.
-And then I obviously also wanted to find out, whether there is etymological connection. And as it happens in some other places strewn accross the Slavic areas (Kyjov-Kyiv, the two Morava's), it appears so. Both the Czech and Kosovian Mitrovice seem to be named after an early Slavic settler (Di-)Mitr.

What a pleasant Today I Learnt moment. :smile:
 

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Ladies and gentlemen,

First of all, my apologies for the longer pause (though I have at least been posting non-consequential materials in the Discord channel), worked on a university project, which left me with too little time for this likewise passion project. Given the Bannerlord modding development in the meantime, I think it will be the most opportune to talk a bit more about maps.

One of the basic cartographic units (for our purposes) was the cadastral community (katastrální obec/Katastralgemeinde), introduced in the 1780s, the term itself after 1817 (from Wikipedia). Now, for anyone who played a Mount and Blade game, it is not at all uneasy to imagine a village on the map. The difference between fictional/or otherwise medieval game and the world of enlightenment is that all the plots outside the built-up area inevitably belong to this or that cadastral community, which at this time period would usually be a self-governing village, town or city (before they get amalgamated together with urbanisation). A picture is worth a thousand words:
The pictured map shows the entire built up area (Intravillan) and a large part of the surrounding plots (Extravillan). The empty part in the South-East is another cadastral community encroaching on this one.

The wonderful news are that we have maps of this level of detail for I think 95+% of Czechia from 1820s-1840s, including data on the built-up, field, forest and other areas. We also have several lexicons, which list the data for 1780s-90s, even if the accuracy may be limited (certainly not the pop/house number though). This may be a byproduct of an older landsurvey from the 1780s, which unfortunately seldom made maps, which were more like sketches as well. We do however have an albeit much less detailed military maps from 1760s, updated in 1780s:

Where did the pond go, world wonders. This is from a Czech digitalisation project, mapire.eu has their own scans of these maps. Cutout by Wiki user Marv1N.
And of course, cities like Prague have their own city plans and the like, not to mention the various artistic depictions.
It is almost a detective work, trying to find every nook and corner of the localities back in the day, but also immensely rewarding. There's so much variety hemmed in this country the area of Scotland, and that's only talking about the static world, devoid of all the people and nature, the hundreds' years old lindens and oaks, everything.

Anyway, the cadastral map hints at several ways of dealing with the lowest level of administrative division, mostly dependent on how important the campaign map will be for the economy simulation and its mechanics in general. Interesting to note the streetnames as well as the local names for fields, meadows, forests and the like. The closest approximate term would be the terroir of French vineyards.

This will be it for today, as a message that we definitely are ready resource-wise for the mapping phase. Just as always, feel absolutely free to ask anything however vaguelly related to the mod or the resources, which are this time quite obviously a technically heavy subject.
 
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They are lovely, aren't they? In Czech the nigh identical product is mostly known as povidlové (plum jam) tašky (bags), taštičky (dimun.), dialectal taške, taškrle, pěry; Slovaks have actual pirohy though, quick research into the Czech part of Teschen Silesia suggests Polish minority has actual pierogy too.

Culinary research is an botomless well of tasty resources as well. I have been, in the meanwhile of rather hectic real life against the backdrop of pandemic, looking to fill in the gaps of the Jewish Cuisine in Czechia. There was not much to go from at the start that predated 1890s, vaguelly. I did however notice three manuscripts (MS 294, 320, 324) from the Jewish Museum of Prague being mentioned in a Jewish gastronomy book (Bondyová 2008, p. 119. ISBN 978-80-86911-16-8 - pardon the nonstandard quoting). And lo' and behold, they have been digitised by the National Library of Israel:
MS 294
MS 320
MS 324
All anonymous and undated, but per Bondyová certainly 18th-19th c.

Besides that, there's the Israelite cookbook by Julia Löv from 1842 Bratislava and others, like Joseph Stolz in 1815 Carlsruhe or Rahel Aschmann in 1835 Quedlinburg and Leipzig. Unfortunately the first printed Yiddish cookbook from 1854 Vienna does not seem to be (easily?) findable.

From the typical dishes, one bearing immediate mention would be macelokš (German spellings Mazeloksch, Mazzeloksch, Matzeloksch), a sort of matzo pudding/casserole.

That's it for this quick update. As always we will welcome just about any well-meaning volunteer or contributor. We also have a Discord channel, which features tidbits that wouldn't fit here for various reasons.
 

Revverie

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So instead of wasting my life playing Bannerlord now I can just move in inside Bannerlord? Nice

Pd this thread is amazing, very rich in content
 

Radetzky

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So instead of wasting my life playing Bannerlord now I can just move in inside Bannerlord? Nice​
:lol: Nice!​
Pd this thread is amazing, very rich in content​
And thank you for your very kind words. The more and more sources we amass, the more we see, how necessary this amount of content is to have a genuine, deep and varied daily life experience. And in some areas I feel like I have barely scratched the surface.​
The vision of a "modular mod" with different regional plug-ins also creates a possibility for vibrant and distinct local microcosms, from Alpine peaks with timber-frame architecture, through fertile valleys with medieval-to-baroque towns, to Eastern border areas which fluidly culturally connect to the adjacent Polish or Slovak areas. Just today had a very pleasant (Central European Time) afternoon Discord chat, dealing with a single North Bohemian town and its surroundings, as always much new has been learnt.​
I think I should also mention that I very well understand, that despite their rarity or artistic value, only so much pleasure or knowledge can be derived from works written in for example blackletter Czech or even 19th century Ashkenazi cursive. I try to translate as much as possible on spot, especially the materials directly applicable. This will obviously be continued and expanded with time. Then I also from time to time try to include the various contemporary-to-the-era English travelogues and artwork, much artwork.​
 

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:lol: Nice!​

And thank you for your very kind words. The more and more sources we amass, the more we see, how necessary this amount of content is to have a genuine, deep and varied daily life experience. And in some areas I feel like I have barely scratched the surface.​

The vision of a "modular mod" with different regional plug-ins also creates a possibility for vibrant and distinct local microcosms, from Alpine peaks with timber-frame architecture, through fertile valleys with medieval-to-baroque towns, to Eastern border areas which fluidly culturally connect to the adjacent Polish or Slovak areas. Just today had a very pleasant (Central European Time) afternoon Discord chat, dealing with a single North Bohemian town and its surroundings, as always much new has been learnt.​

I think I should also mention that I very well understand, that despite their rarity or artistic value, only so much pleasure or knowledge can be derived from works written in for example blackletter Czech or even 19th century Ashkenazi cursive. I try to translate as much as possible on spot, especially the materials directly applicable. This will obviously be continued and expanded with time. Then I also from time to time try to include the various contemporary-to-the-era English travelogues and artwork, much artwork.​

Your knowledge and your seek for more knowledge makes me very excited for what this mod can be. I want to note that artistry can also be found in the simple village architecture, I don't know much about those lands, but discovering it through playing sounds exciting too.
 

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Thank you again! The dream wouldn't be possible without my great team mates, Ido and ScubaSteve. And the motivation from the community is a great help as well. :smile:
I want to note that artistry can also be found in the simple village architecture
Absolutely, I had planned to do some region-based posts on this topic, but usually got bogged in details, so now is just the ripe time (actually overdue, more like) to do a feast-for-the-eyes general post of vernacular architecture:
Honice 1904

Třtice 1904

Třtice 1904

Kalivody (Rakovník district) 1905, House Nr. 5 and two-storied part of Nr. 6

Petr Vilgus Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic

ŠJů Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
Hřensko 1896

Lipová (Děčín district) cca. 1930?

Volary pre-1918

Ditto
Příkazy Nr. 26, originally thatched roof

Palickap Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Cholina 1893
Topolná Nr. 90, originally thatched roof

Palickap Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Břestek Nr. 157

Author/Licence ditto
Rožnov p. R. open air museum


Both by Michal Jakubský Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
Belltower, Turčianska Štiavnička, 1890s

Štrba
 

Revverie

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Thank you again! The dream wouldn't be possible without my great team mates, Ido and ScubaSteve. And the motivation from the community is a great help as well. :smile:

Absolutely, I had planned to do some region-based posts on this topic, but usually got bogged in details, so now is just the ripe time (actually overdue, more like) to do a feast-for-the-eyes general post of vernacular architecture:
Honice 1904

Třtice 1904

Třtice 1904

Kalivody (Rakovník district) 1905, House Nr. 5 and two-storied part of Nr. 6

Petr Vilgus Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic

ŠJů Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
Hřensko 1896

Lipová (Děčín district) cca. 1930?

Volary pre-1918

Ditto
Příkazy Nr. 26, originally thatched roof

Palickap Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Cholina 1893
Topolná Nr. 90, originally thatched roof

Palickap Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Břestek Nr. 157

Author/Licence ditto
Rožnov p. R. open air museum


Both by Michal Jakubský Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
Belltower, Turčianska Štiavnička, 1890s

Štrba
Beautiful, just great. Well, I wish you the best of lucks, I wished I could help in some way in this mod but my knowledge of videogame making is null, I guess I'll just wait until it comes up
 

Radetzky

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Very happy to report that Raven2236, a very erudite music and sounds designer, as well as an English language editor, has joined our ranks!