A glorious tribute to the vanity of man
Ramblings of a history student
A blog dedicated to history, where you will find a good mix of everything I find interesting.
My obsessions include: Europe 1740-1815, the Habsburg Monarchy, the Napoleonic wars, The Age of Enlightenment and the age of sail.
Aug

theninthgeneral:

if you insult james norrington in front of me there is no chance of you making it out alive

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Anonymous said:
Can you give a quick summary of who Banastre Tarleton was and why he's important?
bantarleton replied:

Uber fast!

Ban Tarleton was an 18th century British Army soldier and later Member of Parliament. He is best know for his charm, early life womanizing, later life gentlemanly ways, singular dedication to soldiering and particular skill as the American Revolution’s most effective cavalry officer (of either side). 

He’s important because he provides an abject lesson on how cruel and one-sides history can be - because of his many victories over the colonists he was painted as a genocidal maniac and a cold-hearted killer, which he wasn’t, even in the slightest. The myths about him have been perpectrated to this day, in works such as the film The Patriot. He’s, in short, one of the most unjustly blackened people of the 18th century. Look beyond the villain stereotype and you’ll discover a fascinating figure full of vice and virtue who is so much larger than life. I wish I could have met him. 

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look at this cute bumblebee house! :D

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Every introvert alive knows the exquisite pleasure of stepping from the clamor of a party into the bathroom and closing the door.
Sophia Dembling - The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World (via mustangblood)    
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antolldubh:

Bringing Home the Body of King Karl XII of Sweden by Gustaf Cederström, 1884.

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c0ssette:

Marie-Denise Villers,Portrait of Young Woman Drawing,detail,1801.

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historyofromanovs:

Catherine Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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welkinlions:

Pallas Athene Fountain
The Austrian Parliament Building
The foundation stone was laid in 1874; the building was completed in 1883.

The Athena Fountain (Pallas-Athene-Brunnen) in front of the Parliament was erected between 1893 and 1902 by Carl Kundmann, Josef Tautenhayn and Hugo Haerdlt, based on plans by Baron von Hansen. In the middle is a water basin and a richly decorated base. The four figures lying at the foot of Athena are allegorical representations of the four most important rivers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. They represent at the front the Danube and Inn, in the back the Elbe and Vltava (German: Moldau) rivers. On the sides little cupids ride dolphins. The statues of the Danube, Inn, and the cupids were executed by Haerdtl, those of the Elbe and Moldau by Kundmann. The female statues above represent the legislative and executive powers of the state and were executed by Tautenhayn. They are again dominated by the Goddess of Wisdom, Athena, standing on a pillar. Athena is dressed in armour with a gilded helmet, her left hand carries a spear, her right carries Nike. §

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the-garden-of-delights:

"Sweet dreams" by Pio Ricci (1850-1919).

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Ioan Gruffudd in Amazing Grace (2007)

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hahahahaha lectures haven’t even started yet and i’m already despairing because of the huge amount of homework i have due on monday

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