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[Photo Journal] Knights, Armour, and Castle Artefacts at the Nemzeti Museum in Budapest (Part 2 of 4)


Myra here.

We are excited to share photographs every Tuesday from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Knights, Armour and Castle Artefacts at the Nemzeti Museum in Budapest

Last week, I shared photographs of tombstones and carvings from the Nemzeti Museum in Budapest. This week, I will be highlighting knights, armour, and castle artefacts that I saw from the museum. This is Part Two of Four.


“Most have been forgotten. Most deserve to be forgotten. The heroes will always be remembered. The best. The best and the worst. And a few who were a bit of both.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows


“I thought you were her knight, but you have become only her woodsman–taking little girls into the forest to cut out their hearts.”
― Holly Black, Ironside


“I have seen too many men go down, and I never permit myself to forget that one day, through accident or under the charge of a younger, stronger knight, I too will go down.”
― John Steinbeck, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

“A great battle is a terrible thing,” the old knight said, “but in the midst of blood and carnage, there is sometimes also beauty, beauty that could break your heart.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms


“Little by little, the old world crumbled, and not once did the king imagine that some of the pieces might fall on him.”
― Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution


“This tower, patched unevenly with black ivy, arose like a mutilated finger from among the fists of knuckled masonry and pointed blasphemously at heaven. At night the owls made of it an echoing throat; by day it stood voiceless and cast its long shadow.”
― Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan


Moreover, the walls of my castle are broken; the shadows are many, and the wind breathes cold through the broken battlements and casements. I love the shade and the shadow, and would be alone with my thoughts when I may.”
― Bram Stoker

“All kings is mostly rapscallions, as fur as I can make out.”
― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


“A King will have his way in his own hall, be it folly or wisdom.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

It seemed to be a chronic disease. It was as if even the most intelligent person had this little blank spot in their heads where someone had written: “Kings. What a good idea.” Whoever had created humanity had left in a major design flaw. It was its tendency to bend at the knees.”
― Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

And the knights come down on them, faceless men clad in all steel, and the iron thunder of their charge seems to fill the world. 

And the man breaks.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows

“Sweet lady,” said Florian, “all men are fools, and all men are knights, where women are concerned.”
― George R.R. Martin, The Hedge Knight


“Wolsey always said that the making of a treaty is the treaty. It doesn’t matter what the terms are, just that there are terms. It’s the goodwill that matters. When that runs out, the treaty is broken, whatever the terms say. It is the processions that matter, the exchange of gifts, the royal games of bowls, the tilts, jousts and masques; these are not preliminaries to the process, they are the process itself.”
― Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

“No more kings. Vimes had difficulty in articulating why this should be so, why the concept resonated in his very bones. After all, a good many of the patricians had been as bad as any king. But they were…sort of…bad on equal terms. What set Vimes’s teeth on edge was the idea that kings were a different kind of human being. A higher lifeform. Somehow magical.”
― Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay


“Knights die in battle,” Catelyn reminded her. Brienne looked at her with those blue and beautiful eyes. “As ladies die in childbed. No one sings songs about them.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

“All Knights must bleed. Blood is the seal of our devotion.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows


“Yea, he who is a true king of men, will not say to himself, ‘Lo! I am worthy to be crowned with laurels;’ but rather will he say to himself, ‘What more is there that I may do to make the world the better because of my endeavors?”
― Howard Pyle, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights


“Kings are the slaves of history.”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[Photo Journal] Knights, Armour, and Castle Artefacts at the Nemzeti Museum in Budapest (Part 2 of 4)

  1. Great quotes and images! 😀


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