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The History of the World

The History of the World (Polish: Historia świata) is a book by Roderick de Novembre. It is a monumental though somewhat vague retelling of the history of the world — from ancient times to the present day. In "The Voice of Reason 5" in The Last Wish, the tome is described as "an interesting if controversial work".


When the fire was lit at the foot of the criminal's pyre and the flames began to engulf her, she began to hurl abuse at the knights, barons, sorcerers and lord councillors gathered in the square; using such words that terror seized them all. Although at first only damp logs were placed on the pyre, in order that the she-devil would not perish quickly and would know the full agony of fire, now came the order to throw on more dry sticks and put an end to the torture as quickly as possible. However, a veritable demon had entered the accursed one; for although she was already sizzling well, she uttered no cries of anguish, but instead began to hurl even more awful abuse. 'An avenger will be born of my blood,' she cried. 'From my tainted Elder Blood will be born the avenger of the nations and of the world! He will avenge my torment! Death, death and vengeance to all of you and your kin!' Only this much was she able to cry out before the flame consumed her. Thus perished Falka; such was her punishment for spilling innocent blood. Roderick de Novembre, The History of the World,
Volume II
— pg(s). 287, Time of Contempt (UK edition)

In The World of the Witcher[]

"During the greatly indolent rule of Vestibor the Proud, defiant Redania lost the fertile valleys of the Buina and the Nimnar to a coallition of northern principalities. The most ignoble loss, however, came during the so-called Seven Years' War, when Temeria conquered Novigrad, then capital of the realm, and the surrounding areas at the mouth of the Pontar. This forced the kings of Redania to relocate the capital to Tretogor, where it has remained.
Only Vestobor's grandson, Radovid III, known as 'the Bold' or 'the Red', managed to win back the lost lands and settle the feud with Temeria. It was then agreed that Novigrad would be made a Free City, and it holds that status to this day." Roderick de Novembre, The History of the World
— pg(s). 33, The World of the Witcher

In The Witcher computer game[]

The History of the World
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The History of the World
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Price to buy
40 oren(s)
Price to sell
8 oren(s)

The book can be acquired as an item in The Witcher computer game.


The History of the World
by Roderick de Novembre
"When the criminal's stake had been lit and the flames reached her, she began insulting all the knights, barons, mages and councilors gathered in the square in such foul language that they were all filled with dread. Though wet logs had been stacked to prevent the hag from burning too quickly and provide her a chance to suffer in the flames, dry wood was soon added to the fire to end the execution more swiftly.
She must truly have harbored a demon inside her as she uttered not a single scream though she sizzled fair enough. Instead, she began cursing horribly.
"An avenger shall be born from my own blood," she cried. "From the defiled Elder Blood, a destroyer of nations and worlds will rise! He shall avenge my torment! Death, death and revenge upon you and your offspring!" That was all she managed to articulate before she perished. Such was the death of Falka, her punishment for the innocent blood she had spilled."

Journal entries[]

Glossary: Temerian History