Hi, I’m Dr Marianne de Pierres, science fiction and crime author and university teacher, amongst other things.
This website is a passion project, a public way of organising my research into an ancestor named Colonel Herman Thorn. I add information when I have a chance and have been thrilled to have met a lot of relatives because this blog exists.
You can read on the blog why Colonel Thorn caught my imagination in the first place, and why, three years in, I still get terribly excited when I find a new piece of the puzzle. Mostly, I am curious about his patronnage of the Arts and culture, which I believe is sadly taken for granted and underrated in the current world climate.
Also, he lived a wildy flamboyant and extravagant lifestyle that is said to have eclipsed the Kings of Europe – Gatsby, but a hundred years earlier. He experienced the absolute highs and lows that life can offer: wealth, brilliant and unforgettable balls, travel, a large family, litigation, death of children by drowning, elopement and disgrace of a daughter.
It will, in time, make for a compelling read.
Anyway, welcome! Have a look around. Drop me a line through the contact page!