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Old 07-19-17, 04:30 AM   #1481
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Austen is buried at Winchester Cathedral, inspiration for this truly excellent song, which was played at her funeral:

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Old 07-19-17, 04:37 AM   #1482
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Regarding The Tudors (tv show), I've been told that it really wasn't as faithful to history as all that. I.e., Hal8 had two sister, Mary Tudor, Queen of France, married off to Louis XII as part of peace negotiations, then Duchess of Suffolk; and Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotts via her marriage to James Stewart, and Regent over her son James' kingdom.
I did say "mostly" faithful, to be fair. Suffolk is a major character (possibly the most likable character to survive more than one season), and though it's never explicitly spelled out, Hal8 does refer to him as both "Brother" and "Brother-in-law" during the series. He's Hal8's right hand for a lot of show, pretty much whenever he's at court, and he's the best one Hal had excepting perhaps Sir Thomas More.

James never appears on screen, but his exploits are important to the plot, and at one point Henry bursts out something about James having his sister. Whether it was a hostage situation or marriage or any other kind of arrangement is never detailed.

But thanks for pointing that out. The increasingly inaccurately named The Tudors...

The historical inaccuracies that most galled me were when Hal8 was depicted in a much less misogynistic light than is deserved.
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Bah. The fewer the Tudors, the better.
Oh, for all your bluster, i sincerely hope you wouldn't do away with Elizabeth I, one of the great monarchs of all time from any perspective.

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The UK released a new £10 note to honor Jane Austen. They're ruled by Tudor usurper spawn, so it marks the 200th anniversary of her death (which seems a bit bass-ackward -- why not celebrate her birthdate?).

Plus, the note sports a quote from a "Pride and Prejudice" character about how she loves to read -- except it's from the villainnette, who's only pretending to like books to try to lure Mr. Darcy away from Elizabeth.


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This is a tragedy. Fitting, i suppose, that it's a tragedy, but a tragedy nonetheless. No wonder the Scots want independence.
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Old 09-04-17, 08:27 PM   #1484
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William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, announced today that they're expecting a third usurper, who will be fifth in line for an unearned spot on the throne.

Early betting on the names is on Alice (one of the more interesting daughters of Victoria, plus a great-grandmother of Prince Philip) and on Albert (tobacco can) or Arthur (that guy).

The palace released the news early, allegedly because the duchess is again beset by severe morning sickness and has canceled activities.

But here's the real reason:

This weekend, a little girl pulled a damn sword out of the damn Cornwall lake where King Arthur tossed Excalibur to the Lady who gave it to him in the first place. The little girl's name is Matilda, as in Empress Matilda, who ruled England in the 1100s.

I mean, come on. No matter what Monty Python says, what more proof do you want? Queen Matilda, FTW.


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Wasn't that the most awesome thing EVER?

Either she's the new queen, or she gets to name the new monarch, no two ways about it.
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An open appeal to "Queen" Elizabeth II:

Earth is beset -- hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, nuclear funbooms. It's time to open your Handbag of Awesomeosity and unleash its powers. You've carried it for 103 years, waiting for a moment of true peril to act. That moment is here. Desperate times call for desperate Handbag measures.
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The problem with the sword in the lake is that it's a medieval broadsword. Fits nicely with story we know from the writings of Mallory and White, but the legend is much older than that, It was a folktale among the Bretons, or Brettaigne, of northwestern France. They were post-Roman Britons who had fled the advancing Sachsen invaders for lands across the Channel which were still largely Roman even though the Western Empire had collapsed. In longing for a return to their home lands they kept the memory of a King who would Return to restore it's former glory. Of course, the bastard son of the Norman Duke knew of these tales and they were just to juicy to resist, so he pitched himself as being the embodiment of Arthur to the Bretons when he enlisted their support for his invasion is 1066.

At any rate, Arth, in the old Brithonic language meant "bear", or so I am told, and Arturus would have been the Latinization. He he had been advised by a "wizard" then most certainly the fellow would have been a Druid. The Romans wiped out the Druids because they used human sacrifice to ensure good crop yields, foretell the future, but mostly to instill fear in the general populace and maintain power over them. Arth, if he existed at all, was either fighting the Romans or was a mythic chieftain from pre-Roman Britain. My guess would be the latter.

Back to the sword. Maybe William himself tossed it there to placate his Breton followers and History just forgot to write it down. Or maybe some some 19th Century college thespians were doing a (bad) production of Le Morte d'Arthur on site and tossed someone's family heirloom in the lake in a realistic finale....they ran two shows every Friday and Saturday afternoon for the whole Summer and only lost one sword because Bertram threw it too far, FFS.
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