The Nonsense Bazaar is a bravely paranoid, neon-colored voyage through UFOs, the paranormal, cults, conspiracies, magic, mysticism, and the secret history of our silly world. Armed with independent research, empathy, and absurdity, Willow and Sequoyah offer a fresh, detailed perspective on the weirder side of life.
This week we’re looking at the reign (and dysfunctional family) Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II, the sadboi emperor. Rudolph II was a patron of the arts while also showing a keen interest in alchemy and the occult. A good emperor, however, he was not, preferring to amass a monstrous collection of curiosities in art, science, alchemy and esoterica to actually doing anything. We look at where Rudolph came from and what may have lead him to choose a life of escapism and interesting knick-knacks over ever actually making hard decisions.
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