Get to Known me Meme, Royalist Edition

[3/7] Royal Kids - Elizabeth Stuart

My Lords, I account myself very miserable that I must have my servants taken from me and strangers put to me. You promised me that you would have a care for me; and I hope you will show it in preventing so great a grief as this would be to me. I pray my lords consider of it, and give me cause to thank you, and to rest. Your loving friend, Elizabeth.



World Living Heritage Festival, Udaipur, 13th to 16th March, 2014

A four day long festival, the World Living Heritage Festival celebrates the many colours of life, the various shades of cultural diversity, which the Mewar region has to offer. The festival begins with Rang, celebrating the living heritage in the traditional, rediscovered and adapted art and craft forms of Mewar. Guests get a fun-filled opportunity to participate in the festivities and learn local art from the artists themselves.

Workshops are organized and visits planned to meet craftspeople practicing traditional art and craft forms along with music and dance performances through the days of the festivals.

Holika Dahan marked the grand finale to the World Living Heritage Festival 2014. Holi is the festival of colours and Holika Dahan is celebrated the evening before the festival. 

DRONAH is involved in the ‘Setting Up, Promotion and Strengthening of Regional and Local Museums’, where it has proposed the setting up of new galleries and enhancing interpretation and presentation of existing ones.



Slovene-Italian architect Max Fabiani died on this day in 1962 in Gorizia, Italy at age 97. Associated with the Art Nouveau (Jugendstil), Fabiani got his start in Vienna, where he designed buildings such as the Portois & Fix headquarters in 1899, the Artaria House in the Kohlmarkt in 1900, and the Urania institute and observatory between 1905 and 1909. He also worked in Ljubljana and Prague and moved to Italy after the fall of the Habsburg Empire, where he remained until his death, occupying himself with rebuilding structures damaged in World War I. As he grew older, Fabiani became quite eccentric, publishing odd theories such as a treatise on the superiority of redheads. Nevertheless, he retained the respect of the Italian architectural community and received the Italian Order of Culture and Merit in 1951, a year after its inauguration.

Reference: Richard Bassett. “Fabiani, Max.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T027249>.

Further reading: Art Nouveau by Gabriele Fahr-Becker (2011).



Claudius -the 4th emperor of the Roman Empire.

His mother Antonia often called him “a monster of a man” […] and if she accused anyone of dulness, she used to say that he was “a bigger fool than her son Claudius.” […] When his sister Livilla heard that he would be emperor, she openly and loudly prayed that the Roman people might be spared so cruel and undeserved a fortune.”

-Roman historian Suetonius unfavorably speaks of Claudius in ‘The Lives of the Twelve Caesars’ (5.3.2). Rolfe translation.

Claudius ruled the Roman Empire from 41-54 AD, was the grandson of Mark Antony, and step-grandson and grandnephew of Augustus. Claudius suffered from trembling, a limp, and a speech defect, all of which may have been due to cerebral palsy. Because of his physical disabilities, Claudius was originally never considered a candidate for emperorship. This changed when his nephew Caligula, the current emperor, was assassinated. Upon this the rampaging praetorian guards found Claudius terrified, apparently hiding behind a curtain in the palace, and proclaimed the overwhelmed Claudius emperor of Rome.

During his reign Claudius demonstrated excellent management, and was involved in several building projects that improved Rome’s supply of grain and water, such as his construction of the harbour at Ostia. Thrace and Britain were added to the empire under his reign -perhaps partly a way for Claudius to prove himself in response to the opposition he faced from the senate. He died in 54 AD, and the consensus reached by our ancient historians was that he was murdered by poison. It is thought by many that Agrippina was responsible for the poisoning, and did so to secure her son Nero’s appointment of emperorship. Accordingly, Nero became emperor of Rome.

Images used:

Bronze head of Claudius found in Suffolk, England, 1st century AD. Courtesy of the British Museum, P&EE 1965 12-1 1. Photo by Kit.

Emperor Claudius. Marble, found at Gabii. Courtesy of the Louvre, Ma 1231. Photo by Jastrow.



Royalty Meme ♛ [1/8] Royal Children
Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury

Margaret was the eldest surviving child of George, Duke of Clarence and Isabel Neville. Her mother died when she was three years old, and her father was executed for treason two years later, leaving Margaret and her brother Edward in the care of her aunt, Anne Neville, After the deaths of Anne and her uncle, Richard III, Margaret became one of the last Plantagenet survivors of the Wars of the Roses. The new king, Henry VII, married her to his cousin Richard Pole to neutralize her as a potential political threat. (Her brother Edward was eventually executed in 1499.) She later served Katherine of Aragon during her brief tenure as Princess of Wales.  

Margaret had five children by Richard. His death in 1504, however, left her nearly destitute. When Henry VIII took the throne, however, Margaret again became the now-Queen Katherine’s lady-in-waiting. Parliament restored her to the earldom of Salisbury and made her a countess. She became a wealthy patroness of Renaissance scholarship and, in 1520, she became Princess Mary’s governess.

By 1538, however, Margaret had fallen out of favor once again. She was a devout Catholic and had been a staunch and vocal supporter of Queen Katherine and Princess Mary. Despite her advanced age, her Plantagenet blood made the increasingly paranoid Henry VIII see her as a threat. She was stripped of her land and titles and imprisoned, along with her grandson Henry, in the Tower of London in 1539, where would spend the last two years of her life.

Margaret was finally sentenced to death in 1541, despite being by then a frail and elderly woman. Her execution was a grisly, botched affair. She was buried in the Tower chapel. In the nineteenth century, she was later beatified as a Catholic martyr by Pope Leo XIII.