From the Discovery Channel summary it looks like they have had the sense not to haul in local nutcase Jordi Bilbeny in support of the latter assertion (his Brevíssima relació de la destrucció de la Història. La falsificació de la descoberta catalana d’Amèrica must be some of the most comically incompetent history ever written). However, I don’t think it will take a bishop to pick holes in what they’ve got (or, for that matter, to wonder how La Vanguardia made the interpretative leap from “Columbus was probably not Italian” to “Columbus was a Catalan corsair”). For the record, Columbus was Norwegian.
- Adolf Hitler probably not Catalan
Just as reincarnationists invariably turn out to have been princesses in earlier lives, so mad, sad Jordi Bilbeny is incapable of
- Another sacred language, persecuted
If you thought Jordi Bilbeny was a big smoker, try Daniel Cassidy’s paranoia-fueled inventions. (Via The Lexicographer’s Rules)
- Refutation of Bilbeny’s “conclusive proof” that Quijote was written in Catalan
The problem with Catalan “philologist” and “historian” Jordi Bilbeny being a 24-carrot burro is that when he occasionally says something half
- Columbus was Irish
Following up yesterday’s Galway post, and anticipating yet more “Columbus was Catalan/lesbian/a figure of speech” lunacy on Hispanidad Day tomorrow, here’s
- Did Columbus actually ever come to Barcelona?
Letters of Alexander Von Humboldt to Varnhagen Von Ense (GBS): On the 9th of June, 1839, Varnhagen writes in his diary: “Humboldt