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I am a Stuart girl, and love Charles II, but w…

I am a Stuart girl, and love Charles II, but who doesn’t?

My other history crush is his dad, Charles I. Why? I can’t explain it. After reading about his upbringing as the sickly second child of a Scottish King, living in the shadow of his brother and having a lot to overcome to become the King of England, I think I felt bad for him. He liked to assert himself because he was insecure. He sometimes was pretty arrogant, but I think that was to hide his insecurities and feeling of inadequacy. To hear of his love for his wife which grew and built up is quite sweet despite the way it started. 

Basically, I like him. I like learning about him, and whether or not he was very wrong in what he believed, I always feel bad about his death at the roundheads’ hands.

“High Water Mark of the Wehrmacht”…

“High Water Mark of the Wehrmacht”-German units penetrate to within 19 kilometers of the Kremlin during the Battle of Moscow, December 2, 1941. Painting by Howard Gerrard

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No actual fighting going on in this painting, but an important historical moment nonetheless. This image comes from Osprey Publishing’s Campaign 167-Moscow 1941. The painting was done by Howard Gerrard.

More info from the book:

“After the fall of Istra on 27 November 1941, the remnants of the Soviet 16th Army fell back in some disarray towards Moscow. Although Rokossovsky was able to quickly re-establish a new defensive line closer to the capital, the retreat left some temporary gaps. Fourth Panzer Army dispatched a number of patrols to try and infiltrate the threadbare Soviet lines and find a suitable crossing over the Moskva-Volga Canal – the last major water obstacle between the Germans and the Soviet capital.

Around 1900hrs on 1 December 1941, a motorized patrol from the German 62nd Panzer Pioneer Battalion managed to slip unobserved through a gap in Rokossovsky’s line. During the night, temperatures rose due to a thaw, creating patches of thick ground fog that aided the German infiltration and not a shot was fired at the patrol as it moved steadily closer to Moscow. Around dawn, the German patrol reached the train station in the village of Khimki, still without being fired upon. The distance from the Khimki train station to the Kremlin was 19km. Russian civilians in Khimki panicked when they saw Germans riding into the town and either hid or fled, although a few local militia members fired at the Germans from a distance. The patrol leader realized that they had discovered an unprotected route to the capital and realized that he must report this vital information quickly to Fourth Panzer Army. After a brief stay in Khimki, the German troops drove back the way they had come and reached the German lines. However, the Fourth Panzer Army no longer had the combat strength left to take advantage of this coup.

The German patrol was probably built around a Motorized Light Combat Engineer Company and supposedly had about eight motorcycles plus a few light vehicles. This scene depicts the reconnaissance patrol as having several BMW motorcycles with and without sidecars, two Type 82 Kubelwagens and one SdKfz 15 medium personnel carrier, along with about 20 troops. Operation Barbarossa was the first campaign for the nimble Type 82 and its good performance on poor-quality Russian roads made it an instant favourite. However, the SdKfz 15, which was often used as a scout car in engineer units, suffered during Typhoon from poor off-road capability and a weak transmission. The German lieutenant leading the patrol looks at the poster on the wall of the train station and realizes just how close they are to the Soviet capital.”

I can only imagine what was going through the thoughts of these cold German soldiers. Gazing at the distant lights of Moscow that appear tantalizingly close after such a long campaign.

Camp for young ladies, 1930s.

Camp for young ladies, 1930s.

Vincenzo Peruggia, the man who stole the Mona Lisa out of the…

Vincenzo Peruggia, the man who stole the Mona Lisa out of the Louvre museum and made it a masterpiece

U.S. destroyer escort USS Raymond in action a…

U.S. destroyer escort USS Raymond in action against Japanese forces during the Battle off Samar, Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 25, 1944. Painting by Mal Wright.

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I skipped through this amazing Tumblr and I co…

I skipped through this amazing Tumblr and I couldn’t find any submission about Ludwig van Beethoven aww 🙁 so I thought I’d include him here.

I’m writing my first novel based on an specific part of his life. This is why I’ve researched Ludwig long and wide and I can’t help having a timeless crush on him! I think the best way to describe him is by sharing some bits of my investigation:

Beethoven was stocky and on the short side, with powerful shoulders. His complexion was brownish, and later a sickly yellow. He was hirsute and the hair on his head grew in thick black, and later gray, tufts of somewhat bristly texture. He had broad hands with short, spatulate fingers. His square face was topped by a rounded and high forehead. His jawbone was muscular and his chin quite prominent, with a pronounced cleft. He had bushy eyebrows, narrow eyelids, and small, piercing brown eyes that either rotated agitatedly upward or glazed into thoughtful stasis. His nose was flat and his mouth strong, with a slightly protruding lower lip. Usually his lips were set tightly closed, but when he laughed, perfect white teeth were revealed. The expression of his countenance could radiate, in rapid and unpredictable sequence, geniality, melancholy, or total oblivion of his surroundings.

Rochlitz was particularly impressed by Beethoven’s smaller but compelling eyes: “His eyes are restless, glowing, and, when his gaze is fixed, almost piercing; if they move at all, the movement is darting, abrupt. The expression of his countenance, especially of his eyes, so full of intelligence and life, is a mixture or a vacillation, sometimes in a flash, between shyness and the most sincere kindness. His whole bearing bespeaks that tension, that restless, careful listening of the deaf, that is so deeply touching… this is the man who has given happiness to millions – pure, spiritual happiness”.

The Changing Image of Beethoven: A Study in Mythmaking by Alessandra Comini

Rockel, a singer, wrote of a visit to Beethoven in 1806:

“[In his room] was placed the mighty bathing apparatus in which the Master was laving his powerful chest… and I had the opportunity of admiring his muscular system and sturdy bodily construction. To judge by the latter the composer might look forward to growing as old as Methuselah, and it must have taken a most powerful inimical influence to bring the strong column to so untimely a fall.”

“(…) My father (Stephan von Breuning) married a second time – married Constanze Ruschowitz, my mother. Beethoven was also very friendly toward her. He was drawn to women in general, very much enjoying their company. For a time she had the impression that Beethoven wanted to court her. He "chanced to meet her” with conspicuous regularity, and would then accompany her on her way, as for example to the “Kaiserbad” on the Danube, where she was going for her bath. She was not a little surprised when, coming out of the bath more than an hour later, Beethoven would be sitting gon a bench in front of the bathhouse, waiting to accompany her back to the Red House.

Beethoven’s heart was repeatedly “alight with flames of love”, but only in the context of marriage: “Bis ich Dich erlaubt mein nennen darf” (until I’m allowed to call you my own).

My mother sometimes said she couldn’t understand how women could find Beethoven attractive, since he was neither handsome nor elegant; he even looked unkempt and rather wild. My father would always answer: “And yet he’s always had good luck with the ladies”. It was the noble, elevated air about Beethoven that women sensed, whether in friendly or romantic relationships.

As soon as his face brightened in friendship all the winsomeness of childlike innocence spread over it. When he laughed you not only believed in him, but in all of humanity, he was so warm and genuine in word, gesture, and gaze.

The truth about Beethoven is that his basic personality traits were nobility of spirit, tender emotional responses alternating with quick flashes of temperament, distrust and retreat from the outer world and a love of sarcastic joking.

“From the Schwarzspanier House: My Boyhood Memories of Beethoven” by Dr. Gerhard von Breuning (son of Beethoven’s life-long Bonn friend, Stefan von Breuning)

**swoons for Ludwig** 

How Painter Mary Cassatt Defied Gender Norms a…

How Painter Mary Cassatt Defied Gender Norms and Became an Important Figure in Impressionism:

Learn more about this pioneering female painter who paved the way for women in the arts, thanks to a short biography published by The Met


Expert Claims To Have Uncovered Leonardo Da Vinci’s First Work

“The Archangel Gabriel,” a painted glazed tile, was signed and dated by an artist believed to be the 18-year-old Da Vinci. If this new find is authenticated, it would be DaVinci’s first painted work. 

Paintings by Hilma af Klint, the Swedish woman who found…

Paintings by Hilma af Klint, the Swedish woman who found abstraction before the modernists.



Artist Joseph A. Fleck in his studio, New Mexico

Photographer: T. Harmon Parkhurst
Date: 1925 – 1935?
Negative Number 073999