The name Iðunn has been variously explained as meaning
“ever young”, “rejuvenator”, or “the rejuvenating one”
Who was this mysterious beauty that briefly appeared in Venice in the middle of intrigue of papal temporal power, the rise of House Habsburg and a frenzy of search for knowledge. How come she is not mentioned in the annals of history, yet continued to inspire E.T.A. Hoffman, Friedrich Schiller and Jacques Offenbach alike to create works about her centuries later? Find out more in the upcoming article in Black Sun Rising. — Orage
The Tales of Hoffmann
Yes!... to fight you.
The eyes of Giulietta are a sure weapon,
It needed that Schlemil fail,
Faith of captain and soldier,
You'll do like him.
I will that Giulietta shall use sorcery on you.
(Drawing from his finger a ring with a big sparkling diamond.)
Turn, turn, mirror, where the lark is caught,
Sparkle diamond, fascinate, draw her...
The lark or the woman
To this conquering bait
Comes with wing or with heart;
One leaves her life, the other her soul.
Turn, turn, mirror where the lark is caught.
Sparkle, diamond, fascinate, attract her.
Act 3 (Giulietta)
Venice. The act opens with the barcarolle Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour. Hoffmann falls in love with the courtesan Giulietta and thinks his affections are returned (Amis, l’amour tendre et rêveur). Giulietta is not in love with Hoffmann but only seducing him under the orders of Captain Dapertutto, who has promised to give her a diamond if she filches Hoffmann’s reflection from a mirror (Scintille, diamant). The jealous Schlemil (cf. Peter Schlemiel for a literary antecedent), a previous victim of Giulietta and Dapertutto (he gave Giulietta his shadow), challenges the poet to a duel, but is killed. Nicklausse wants to take Hoffmann away from Venice and goes looking for horses. Meanwhile, Hoffmann meets Giulietta and cannot resist her (O Dieu! de quelle ivresse): he gives her his reflection, only to be abandoned by the courtesan, to Dapertutto’s great pleasure. — from Wiki
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The Ghost-Seer (full title: Der Geisterseher – Aus den Papieren des Grafen von O**; literally, The Ghost-Seer – From the papers of the Count of O**) or The Apparitionist is an unfinished novel by Friedrich Schiller. It first appeared in several instalments from 1787 to 1789 in the journal Thalia, later appearing as a three-volume book in its own right. Although it remained unfinished, its audiences were the largest for any of Schiller’s work during his lifetime. The readership was attracted by its elements typical of the time, such as necromancy, spiritualism and conspiracies. Structurally and stylistically it is not a single story, but tells of a Jesuit secret society trying to convert a Protestant German prince to Catholicism and bring him to the throne back home in order to bolster its own power base. Writing of the Prince’s fate, Schiller shows him as the key to the conflict between passion and morality, passion and duty.
The secret society Bucentauro
The change of the Prince is becoming increasingly clear. The previously modest and reticent survivors plunges into wild celebrations, lavishly lives beyond its means and accumulates debt. He joins the company ominous ‘Bucentauro’ whose sinister methods of Graf said to see through.In the ‘bigoted, servile education’ and an authoritarian mediated religion in childhood, the Count believes the reason for the aberration of the Prince to comprehend. ‘Stifle all vivacity of the boy in a dull mind compulsion, was the most reliable means to assure the highest satisfaction of the princely parents.’  Thus, it is not surprising that the Prince ‘took the first opportunity, such a strict yokes to escape -., but he ran away from him like a serf slave his hard gentleman who in freedom carries around even in the middle feeling his servitude ‘The secret society understands the imagination of Prince exploit and favors’ under the outward appearance of a noble reasonable freedom of mind the most unbridled license of opinions. ‘Here, forget the Prince,’ that libertinism of mind and morals in people of this state for that very reason more rampant because they have a place here reins less and will be limited by any aura of holiness. ‘ The members of this society insulted by a ‘damnable philosophy and customs, which were worthy of such a leader, not their stand alone, but even the humanity’. The company boasted of its taste and fine clay, and the apparently prevailing in their equality attracts the prince. The witty conversations of members ‘of scholarly and political world […] hid him for a long time the danger of this compound.’ Step by Step ‘was the pure, beautiful simplicity of his character and the delicacy of his moral feelings lost’. The Count has to leave Venice and learns from letters of a true prince devoted Barons of the further developments. Under the influence of new ideas, the Prince can always walk, makes high debt and get to know to frivolous Marquis Civitella.
The beautiful woman
The departure from Venice, which is required by the court and to the Baron hopes delayed because the prince of a beautiful woman expires, he sees a trip to the island of Giudecca in a dark church in the light of day under going. He adores her beauty and describes the Baron with enthusiastic exuberance. ‘But where can I find words to describe to you the heavenly beautiful face, where an angelic soul as spread on her throne, the fullness of her charms?’ In the simple description of the Barons, if it were love, rejects the prince the word ‘Must it be necessary, a name under which I am happy? Love! – Do not lowering my sensation with a name that abuse the weak thousand souls! What else has felt what I feel? Such a being did not exist – as the name may be earlier than the feeling there? It is a new, unique feel newly emerged with this new single being, and is only possible for this creature! – Love! Before the love I’m sure! ‘In order to enable its further stay and get to know the woman personally, he goes into the offer of generous Marquis Civitella and borrows a lot of money. The search for the unknown woman he holds first for a Greek nobleman, turns out to be difficult; finally he meets her on a boat trip from Chiozza Murano to Venice, it comes to the long-awaited interview and further encounters.The prince is finally ‘fallen out with his court’ and is vigorously prosecuted in a letter to lead a dissolute life, to listen to ‘visionary and spirits Banner’ and with Catholic priests’ to be suspicious circumstances. ‘ There were, so the Prince resigned, only ‘a difference among men – obedience or Prevail’ Its time only spends the prince in the beloved, and all thoughts revolve around them, that he was a dreamer walks about like and nothing else interested him.