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Götz von Berlichingen

My new hero in the category of "Renaissance mercenaries I admire" is the astounding Götz von Berlichingen (Wikipedia).

He not only invented the iron fist (as a prosthetic), but he was also the first to use the crucial phrase "Leck mich am Arsch" ("Kiss my ass", but considerably stronger in the German). An astounding record of achievement, and I'm tempted to say he takes Hawkwood's spot as a consequence.

Thanks to seankreynolds for pointing out this inspiring figure. I'm off to practice saying "in the words of Götz von Berlichingen" until it ceases to amuse me. I could be some time.

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brainstormfront
Dec. 10th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing that little tidbit.

Did I tell you you've got a shout-out as an author on a book of possessions in my Dimensions Next Door story? I'm sure I did. If you need a copy, click on the Amazon link on the sidebar at my website to order. :)

You're also mentioned here:
http://tinyurl.com/5skggq
varianor
Dec. 10th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
That phrase could be good for years actually, especially since there's some mystery to it.
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