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    Original art work I think by Victora Frances, this variation by unknown artist.

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  • Can they go please?

    Everytime i start to follow an archaeological artifact blog it’s like 1 egyptian pendant, 1 neolithic arrow , and then 74592165 guns from the american civil war…

    Can they shut the fuck up about that?? I don’t give a shit about your civil war , the world of archeology is so much more than that.

    Where are the clay tablets???? The boar vessels??? The flint tools??? The mayan construction equipement?? The childrens toys from the Zhou dynasty or from the woodland mississipian cultures???

    I WANT to see them!!!

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  • December 7th 1545 saw the birth of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, the Anglo-Scottish aristocrat and second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots.

    He may not have been born in Scotland, but he is definitely undeniably linked to the life of our favourite Queen, Mary Stuart, he also had a claim to the Scottish throne. He was born near Leeds, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, to Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox, and Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox. However, later evidence suggested he was probably born in 1546.

    He received a fine education and was fully aware of his social status. He learned Latin, Gaelic, English, and French and was an excellent singer, dancer, and lute player. He also became good at horseback riding and hunting and had a passion for hawks and weapon.

    Darnley’s father , a Scot, Matthew Stewart had chosen the English side in the War of the Rough Wooing and was considered a traitor of Scotland. Thus, he lost his fortune and was exiled for 22 years. On his mother’s side, Henry was related to the English king Henry VII and Margaret Tudor, while on his father’s side, he was connected to James II of Scotland. His potential marriage to his cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, was his mother’s dream since his childhood. She even sent him to meet her in France when Mary was already a widow, but they were attracted to each other much later, when Mary helped him recover from measles.

    Mary and Darnley shared a grandmother, Margaret Tudor who was married to James IV of Scotland, Margaret was the daughter of King Henry VII, this made both of them in line to throne of both England and Scotland.

    Although, by blood, he had the right to the throne, Lord Darnley’s main accomplishment was becoming King Consort of Scotland by marrying Mary, Queen of Scots. However, before that, he was made the Lord of Ardmanoch and the Earl of Ross in 1565. Later, he was also made the Duke of Albany. He met Mary at the ‘Wemyss Castle’ in Fife, and she immediately took notice of him. He was tall and attractive, and as the Queen was a tall woman herself, he definitely stood out amidst the short and unappealing men who surrounded her at the court. He was also well-educated and refined and could continue conversations that raised her interest. He was of noble descent and a Catholic, all reasons to be considered suitable to marry the Queen. Despite his reputation of being arrogant and selfish and not at all popular in the high society, Mary chose him as her husband. The wedding took place at the ‘Chapel of the Holyrood Palace,’ on July 19, 1565. They were married according to Roman Catholic tradition, but Henry, being influenced by Protestantism, chose not to take part in the nuptial mass that followed the wedding.

    It did not take the Queen long to realise that her new husband was not the man she thought he was. His mean character came to light, along with his obsession to receive the “Crown Matrimonial,” which would have made him the heir to the throne if the Queen did not have a child before she died. Mary refused. One month after the wedding, she discovered she was going to have a baby. The tension in the family only increased, as Henry became more brutal even though his wife was pregnant and needed a peaceful environment.

    The Queen needed someone to turn to and chose her private secretary, Rizzio. This immediately raised suspicions from the King, who considered him a threat. Together with a group of nobles, he decided to kill Rizzio. The murder was shocking, not only because they stabbed him many times but also because it happened in front of the pregnant and shocked Queen Mary. There were voices that claimed that they let her see it on purpose, hoping that she would lose the baby. Rumors also suggested that Rizzio was the father of the baby.

    This was Lord Darnley’s desperate way to force the Queen’s hand. He also made a deal with the noble Protestants to have them sustain his claim to the “Crown Matrimonial” in front of the parliament. He agreed to give them back their lands and titles in exchange for this. Although Henry later made a declaration saying he had nothing to do with the murder, the Queen had already lost all faith in him.

    Things came to a head on February 9, 1567 when he was murdered in Edinburgh. He had been staying at Kirk o’Field, trying to recover from smallpox (or syphilis, as rumours claimed), when he was driven out of his room by two explosions in the middle of the night. He was found smothered outside the house.

    His death remained a mystery, although it was suspected that the Queen and her next husband, the Earl of Bothwell, had plotted it. Darnley was buried in the ‘Royal Vault’ in Holyrood Abbey, near several other royal figures.

    The second pic is a facial reconstruction based on his skull by boffins at The University of Edinburgh, I think it is very much like the portrait.

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  • Far too often, we have limited the definition of the Church. While not in all cases, in many cases, ‘Church’ has become an informational, inspirational weekly gathering rather than the group of people that God has ordained from Heaven to operate on his behalf on Earth in order to bring Heaven’s viewpoint into history. By Tony Evans

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  • At the time of this post, it was December 07, 2019 at 11:00AM

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  • Paleolithic Venus found in Amiens Archaeologists have unearthed an exceptional “Venus” figurine from the early Upper Paleolithic at the prehistoric site of Renancourt in Amiens, northern France.

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  • On 7 December 1941, Japanese forces attacked the US Naval base at Pearl Harbour. It prompted America to declare war against Japan, and enter WW2 on 8 December 1941. These films look back at the attack, its aftermath, and America’s entry into the war. https://ift.tt/2Pn9Trm

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  • 2:16 AM, they broke my heart

    In a previous post or who knows which one, I had said that I had an impossible love, I am aware of it as clear as water, but today it has blocked me from Messenger, I had never felt so bad

    I want to cry, but I can’t, I want to hurt myself, but I don’t have the courage, I want to scream in his face, but that would increase my stupidity more …

    I don’t even know what I did for him to do that to me, I love that person very much, he has given color to my soul and helped me in my worst moments …

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  • USAF F-4 Phantom II destroyed by the Vietcong in Tan Son Nhut Air Base after the Tet Offensive. (February 18, 1968) [800x626]

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  • At the time of this post, it was December 07, 2019 at 10:00AM

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  • Inside the main turret of a German Battlecruiser during the Battle of Jutland- Claus Bergen

    via reddit

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    Tbilisi, Georgia // 3

    Above: The Georgian National Opera Theatre (built in 1851 in Moorish style)

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    Yesterday I starter preparing for two exams I have before Christmas. They are going to be quite hard, but I’m really interested in the subjects, therefore I not worried!

    Unfortunately today I have to spend 12 hours at work, but I hope to find some time to study here!

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  • Sidi Ben Achir Cemetery and the door to the Bastion of Tears in Salé, Morocco.

    The bastion is named after an attack in 1260, when Spanish ships arrived as citizens were busy celebrating Eid Al-Fitr. 3000 survivors of the following massacre were trapped in the Grand Mosque before being shipped to Seville as slaves.

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  • The momentous event preceded the collapse of the USSR soon afterwards. Western influence was a significant factor. https://ift.tt/2RJwhLF

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  • At the time of this post, it was December 07, 2019 at 09:00AM

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    -Saphira455


    Now see here. This is not Batman saying he swoops. This is an advertisement written by third parties about Batman, and not even him specifically, but the other DC characters, who very well may swoop, as they are largely silly people with magical powers and no discipline.

    -S

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