Great video explaining complicated history of Baltic states ( Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) during the times of World War I and our way to independence.
To quote author: ” I personally think it’s some of the most fascinating history of the whole era!”
This is the cover artwork from our old demo Semigalls’ Warchant (1997 and re-released in 2005). It also can be seen on album t-shirts, we have made with this picture. Now I want to tell you what exactly is what you can see in this picture.
It was painted by Rihards Zariņš back in 1920’s and it’s called – “Viestard’s fight with Crusader”.
Viestards (or Viesturs, Vestards, Vester, Viesthardus, Vestardus) was a famous Semigallian warchief from Tērvete land. Lately he became known as chief (kunic) of all Semigallia (Zemgale region today, see map). Continue reading →
Latvian national flag was established in times of World War I. In 1915, while forming the Latvian Riflemen battalion flags, some painters offered Red – White – Red coloured flag sketches. They draw inspiration from the old chronicles. Continue reading →