Murder cross of Elst
In the fields outside Elst, along a road that I take every day to work, is an ancient stone cross. This cross is a so called murder cross, erected by the family of a murderer to ease the pain of the family of the person that was murdered. Before these times bloodrevenge was still a habit, which actually ment that one could murder someone from the other family out of revenge of a murder in ones own family. The murdercrosses were a new form of justice, a duty for the sinning family to pay respect to the family that was hurt. This was a custom in early medieval times and the murder cross of Elst dates back for sure to the 15th century and could be the cross that was erected for a noble young woman travelling here. The letters however have faded away in the centuries and no-one knows for sure, whose murder cross this is.
Off the beaten track, in between Arnhem - Nijmegen
Elst between the larger towns Arnhem and Nijmegen is falling in their shade. But still, it is the centre of attention within the riverlands itself and on bikingtours a perfect place to take a rest in the shade of the wonderful Saint werenfried-churchtower.