The Wild Turkeys of Schleswig

39:13
 
Share
 

Manage episode 347998954 series 2564186
By Pushkin Industries. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

There are eight American turkeys painted on the walls of Schleswig's Cathedral of St Peter - which is odd... since the frescoes were created two centuries before Columbus even crossed the Atlantic.

How did the creatures come to be added to the medieval Biblical scene? Was this proof that the Germans reached the Americas before Columbus? Or do the painted birds tell a different story all together?

For a full list of sources used in this episode visit Tim Harford.com

See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

89 episodes