This, Madame, is Versailles
"We are not makers of history. We are made by history." - Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Frederic Leighton - Elijah in the Wilderness; Alphonse Mucha - Rose; John Singer-Sargent - Mrs Carl Meyer and her ChildrenFrançois-Hubert Drouais - Portrait de Femme; François-Hubert Drouais - Madame du BarryAnton Raphael Mengs - Maria Luisa of Parma; Edgar Degas - The Pink Dancer; Edward Robert Hughes - Juliette Gordon Low; Gustave Jean Jaquet - Portrait of a Lady


Bestiary: Herons Eating Eels, England ca. 1230-1240 via The British Library on Flickr Commons

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this is my destiny: to put my son on the throne of england, and those who laughed at my visions and doubted my vocation will call me my lady, the king’s mother. i shall sign myself margaret regina, margaret the queen.

22 August 1485: Henry Tudor and his Lancastrian forces defeats Richard III’s Yorkist army at the Battle of Bosworth Field and ends the War of Roses.



Eugene de Blaas (1843-1932)

 Girl in a Lilac-Coloured Dress with Bouquet of Flowers, (~1911)

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Victorian Garden


Detail from Augustus of Prima Porta 
The marble statue of Augustus at Prima Porta adopts features from a Greek athletic statue from fifth century B.C., the Doryphoros of Polykleitos; its head, facial construction, leg and overall pose. It was found in the villa of Livia in Prima Porta and was constructed to commemorate the Roman victory over the Parthians in 20 B.C. It gives the portrait of Augustus as a handsome and young ruler, wearing a decorated cuirass and a tunic, with the figure of Cupid riding a dolphin on his side.
The cuirass of the statue signifies Augustus as the leader of military power. The breastplate is covered with figures and is a complex of Augustan and Tiberian propaganda. It commemorates Augustus’ victory over the Parthians in 20 B.C. The figures on the breastplate have a cosmic setting. According to popular viewpoint, at the top is Caelus, the sky god. Below him are the Sun god, Sol in a four horse chariot and Aurora riding a female figure. On the left is a figure of Hispania (Spain) and at the right a captive female barbarian. Apollo and his lyre on a winged griffin and Diana on the back of a stag that crowned the Arch of Gaius Octavius on the Palatine come beneath1. Below, the Mother Earth Tellus reclines and cradles two babies and a cornucopia full of fruits. Both the images of the sky god and the Mother Earth imply peace that results from the victory. The gods on the breastplate suggests that Augustus’ victory has a cosmic favor.
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"Georgiana’s history is as much a part of the history of men and the wider world as it is of the woman’s community. She is remarkable for being a successful politician whose actions brought about national events; for attaining great prominence in spite of the fact she was a woman in a society which favoured men; and for achieving success while enduring great personal suffering in her search for self fulfillment." {x]


"I’d like to go to Russia very much…although the bastards murdered half my family"

Renowned somewhat infamously for his controversial remarks, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has been known to touch on subjects close to home. His statement made in 1967, when asked if he would like to visit the then Soviet Union is no exception.

The Duke of Edinburgh lost 12 members of his direct family to the Russian Revolution between 1917 and 1919. From both of his grandmothers, he is able to trace his bloodline through the House of Romanov by several degrees.His grandmother, Queen Olga of the Hellenes was born Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna, a granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas I. From her line, Prince Phillip’s great uncle, Grand Duke Dmitri Konstantinovich (pictured top, middle) was shot in January of 1919. Olga’s nephews, Prince Phillip’s first cousins Princes John, Igor and Constantine (pictured, bottom) were thrown down a mineshaft in July of 1918.  From his maternal grandmother, his two great aunts were Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, killed in the same mineshaft in July, and the Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, murdered in Ekaterinburg, along with the Tsar Nicholas II and their five children. 

The weight of this substantial genocide has weighed heavily on His Royal Highness’ shoulders throughout the years. In the 90’s he was able to support his Russian relatives by giving a critical DNA sample that was able to conclusively identify his great aunt and her family by their remains. The Duke’s ( and the Queen’s) cousin Prince Michael of Kent is also of Romanov relation, a first cousin once removed to the Tsar Nicholas II, and also provided DNA to help in investigations. 

96 years after the widespread murder of the last Imperial Russian family, and their royal relatives today protect and value their memory.

Humans Did Not Wipe Out the Neanderthals, New Research Suggests



Neanderthals went extinct in Europe about 40,000 years ago, giving them millennia to coexist with modern humans culturally and sexually, new findings suggest.

This research also suggests that modern humans did not cause Neanderthals to rapidly go extinct, as some researchers have previously suggested, scientists added.

Neanderthals are the closest extinct relatives of modern humans, and lived in Europe and Asia. Recent findings suggest that Neanderthals were closely related enough to interbreed with ancestors of modern humans — about 1.5 to 2.1 percent of the DNA of anyone outside Africa is Neanderthal in origin. Read more.

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