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[Saint-Just] was pushed into the bay of a window, from which he could see, on the other side of the room, a noisy group round a table. ‘Move up a bit,’ someone said, ‘let him see his king lying on a table, like any ordinary man’. There was silence then as they waited to see what Saint-Just would do. He came over to the table, sat down by it, and gazed in silence at his friend. Through the last hours of the night and on into the dawn, he sat there with his bitter thoughts, watching over the wounded man.


Robespierre Wounded, original work by Chaudet (1763-1810)

Robespierre Wounded, original work by Chaudet (1763-1810)

gameraboy:

Fire Belle by Gil Elvgren

gameraboy:

Fire Belle by Gil Elvgren

The 8, 9, and 10th of Thermidor rapidly depicted in The Illustrated Story of the French Revolution. Note the unintentional hilarity of the third panel.  

fotojournalismus:

A member of the foreign media, left, cries as she embraces her Palestinian news assistant, right, who burst into tears after discovering his family house was destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

fotojournalismus:

A member of the foreign media, left, cries as she embraces her Palestinian news assistant, right, who burst into tears after discovering his family house was destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

After five decades of patient work, the pro-Israel lobby now gives  the US Congress its marching orders on the Mideast. The media in the US and Canada have largely adopted Israel’s narrative about the Mideast and Gaza.

There is growing anger around the globe over Israel’s savaging of Palestinians, but Americans don’t see this. As the Arab death toll heads tops 1,000,  the world is calling for an imposed cease fire and an end to Israel’s and Egypt’s cruel siege of Gaza. America is getting blamed for the horrors of Gaza.

Washington should be able to demand that Israel, which is due to receive over $30 billion in US aid in the next decade, cease fire and open Gaza’s gates. Of all the vetoes cast since 1950 in the UN Security Council, the majority have been by the US to protect Israel from censure.

bunniesandbeheadings:

Robespierre’s treatment after his arrest as reported in the Second Rapport de Courtois, Appendix No. 41:

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Robespierre was brought on a plank to the Committee of Public Safety, between one and two o’clock in the morning, by several artillerymen and armed citizens. He was placed on the table of the antechamber which adjoins that where the Committee holds its sittings. A deal box, which contained some samples of the ammunition bread sent to the Armee du Nord, was put under his head by way of a pillow. He was for nearly an hour in a state or insensibility, which made us think that he was no more; but after an hour he opened his eyes. Blood was running in abundance from the wound he had in the left lower-jaw; the jaw was broken, and a ball had gone through the cheek. His shirt was bloody. He was without hat or neckcloth. He had on a sky-blue coat, nankeen breeches, and white cotton stockings hanging down on his heels.

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karosen:

colourthysoul:

Herbert Sidney (1855 - 1923) - Fair Rosamund

Little is known about Rosamund, but she is discussed in books about Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry’s queen. The legends concerning her life are many, but few hard facts are available. The story that she was poisoned by a jealous Eleanor is certainly untrue, and so is the tale that Henry constructed the hunting lodge at Woodstockfor her and surrounded it with a garden that was a labyrinth (“Rosamund’s Bower,” which was pulled down when Blenheim Palace was built nearby). In the ‘French Chronicle of London’, she is, oddly enough, described as having been roasted  by the wife of Henry III, Eleanor of Provence. During the Elizabethan era, stories claiming that she had been murdered by Eleanor of Aquitaine gained popularity; but the Ballad of Fair Rosamund by Thomas Deloney and theComplaint of Rosamund by Samuel Daniel(1592) are both purely fictional.
She is thought to have entered Henry’s life around the time that Eleanor was pregnant with her final child, John who was born on 24 December 1166 at Oxford. Indeed, Eleanor is known to have given birth to John at Beaumont Palace rather than at Woodstock because, it is speculated, having planned to give birth at Woodstock, she refused to do so upon finding Rosamund there.

karosen:

colourthysoul:

Herbert Sidney (1855 - 1923) - Fair Rosamund

Little is known about Rosamund, but she is discussed in books about Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry’s queen. The legends concerning her life are many, but few hard facts are available. The story that she was poisoned by a jealous Eleanor is certainly untrue, and so is the tale that Henry constructed the hunting lodge at Woodstockfor her and surrounded it with a garden that was a labyrinth (“Rosamund’s Bower,” which was pulled down when Blenheim Palace was built nearby). In the ‘French Chronicle of London’, she is, oddly enough, described as having been roasted  by the wife of Henry III, Eleanor of Provence. During the Elizabethan era, stories claiming that she had been murdered by Eleanor of Aquitaine gained popularity; but the Ballad of Fair Rosamund by Thomas Deloney and theComplaint of Rosamund by Samuel Daniel(1592) are both purely fictional.

She is thought to have entered Henry’s life around the time that Eleanor was pregnant with her final child, John who was born on 24 December 1166 at Oxford. Indeed, Eleanor is known to have given birth to John at Beaumont Palace rather than at Woodstock because, it is speculated, having planned to give birth at Woodstock, she refused to do so upon finding Rosamund there.

tiny-librarian:

fangirlconfession:

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A) That’s not Angelina as Cleopatra, it’s Olympias the mother of Alexander the Great.
B) I’m not holding my breath for the movie to get made, it’s been rumoured for almost a decade now.
and C) That would be because she’s of largely Macedonian descent with a small amount of Persian.
The Ptolemies were in fact Macedonian Greek, which makes Cleopatra approximately as Egyptian as Elizabeth Taylor. The word ‘honey skinned’ recurs in descriptions of her relatives and would presumably applied to hers as well, despite the inexactitudes surrounding her mother and paternal grandmother. There was certainly Persian blood in the family, but even an Egyptian mistress is a rarity among the Ptolemies. She was not dark skinned.
Cleopatra, A Life - Stacy Schiff
So having someone of African descent or who had very dark skin play her would be historically inaccurate. It would be like having someone who was Chinese playing Elizabeth I. 

tiny-librarian:

fangirlconfession:

confess here || twitter || instagram

A) That’s not Angelina as Cleopatra, it’s Olympias the mother of Alexander the Great.

B) I’m not holding my breath for the movie to get made, it’s been rumoured for almost a decade now.

and C) That would be because she’s of largely Macedonian descent with a small amount of Persian.

The Ptolemies were in fact Macedonian Greek, which makes Cleopatra approximately as Egyptian as Elizabeth Taylor. The word ‘honey skinned’ recurs in descriptions of her relatives and would presumably applied to hers as well, despite the inexactitudes surrounding her mother and paternal grandmother. There was certainly Persian blood in the family, but even an Egyptian mistress is a rarity among the Ptolemies. She was not dark skinned.

Cleopatra, A Life - Stacy Schiff

So having someone of African descent or who had very dark skin play her would be historically inaccurate. It would be like having someone who was Chinese playing Elizabeth I. 

randosinarthistory:

The Irritating Gentleman, Berthold Woltze (1874) 
This guy is just trying to have a conversation. I mean, it doesn’t look like you’re doing anything else right now. It’s actually really selfish of you to just sit there while someone nearby needs constant entertainment. He notices nothing unusual about your body language.
via The Victorianachronists

randosinarthistory:

The Irritating Gentleman, Berthold Woltze (1874) 

This guy is just trying to have a conversation. I mean, it doesn’t look like you’re doing anything else right now. It’s actually really selfish of you to just sit there while someone nearby needs constant entertainment. He notices nothing unusual about your body language.

via The Victorianachronists