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For the Game of Thrones Challenge!

Don’t let a pretty face fool you. Saoirse Nox is not to be trifled with.

The illegitimate daughter of a disgraced noblewoman she grew up in the kitchens of a great house; ostracised by the family for the shame of her birth and by the servants for her noble origins. At fourteen she ran away and made a life for herself in the underbelly of the great city of Lartes, surviving by disguising herself as a boy, stealing and spying. Her skills in the kitchen were also put to use, though those who ate her meals seldom lived to see their next/

By the age of eighteen she had surrounded herself with a network of friends and those who owed “Master Nox” a favour. She knew everything that happened in the city and began to trade in secrets, capitalising on the rife corruption and establishing her persona as a force to be feared and respected.

In time she was wealthy enough to abandon her disguise, setting herself up as a noblewoman in a great house and surrounding herself with her trusted henchmen. She brandishes enough power to manipulate all happenings in Lartes. Perhaps the Mayor of Lartes wears the ceremonial chain but everyone knows that it is the House of Nox who truly run the city.

Now Saoirse has her eye on a greater prize. Her network of spies has spread across the country and she senses that now might be a moment at which she might leap from great to greatest.

The Iron Throne is vulnerable and Saoirse Nox wants it for herself and her band of brothers. Inherited nobility be damned - let those who deserve greatness inherit. The House of Nox is ready to rule.

Saoirse’s Traits: Ambitious | Brave | Genius | Evil | Natural Cook

Saiorse’s CC: Hair | Outfit | Skin

anonymous asked:

Were Richard III's illegitimate children born before or during his marriage to Anne Neville? Who was there mother?


Oh, Richard III`s illegitimate children. A very interesting subject. Unfortunately we know very little about them.

They were most likely born before Richard`s marriage with Anne, though we do not know their ages. John - his illegitimate boy - was old enough in 1483 to be trusted to carry letters, so it is safe to assume he was older than eleven years old, which is what he would have been at the most had he been born during Richard`s marriage. When he was made Captain of Calais in March 1485. Richard specially pointed out John was not yet of age - that is, twenty-one. However, that would have been almost impossible anyway, since that would have made Richard twelve years old at the most at the time of his birth. That he was sometimes called “John of Pontefract” is a good indicator of his birthplace, and John Ashdown-Hill suggest that he was conceived when Richard was staying there with John Howard in 1467 and named after him. That would have made John seventeen in 1485 and, at fifteen in 1483, old enough to be carrying letters. 

We know even less about Richard`s illegitimate daughter, Katherine. She was married in 1484 and was present at the infamous Christmas party of the same year, apparently with her husband. This does not necessarily say much about her age - children could be married at a very young age - but that Katherine lived with her husband after the wedding certainly indicates she was deemed old enough to be a wife - that is, around 13 or fourteen -, not just a child bride. Her husband was a widower in 1487, so it is possible Katherine died in childbirth, but she can equally have died of anything else.

By the way, another sign the two were born before Richard`s marriage is that not a whisper of a rumour survives Richard was ever unfaithful to his wife. And there would have been whispers, had a child been born of such an illicit attachment.

It is not known who their mother(s) were. Candidates often mentioned are Katherine Haute and Alice Burgh - both of which received unspecified grants from Richard. As Josephine Wilkinson notes, there was nothing odd about such grants, but there is no other reason known about why these ladies would receive grants. That does naturally not mean there was no other reason, it is just that this gives rise to speculation. Katherine Haute is also often seen as a likely candidate for being Katherine`s mother, because of the name, which was not in any way a Plantagenet family name. Not that this means anything - Richard and/or the mother might have liked the name, or she was thought likely to die soon after birth and named after the saint of the day she was born on, etc.

It is also not know whether John and Katherine had the same mother. So it is possible that Alice Burgh and Katherine Haute were the mothers of Richard`s illegitimate children. It`s possible one of them was. It`s possible neither of them was. We don`t know.

I know it`s not much, but I hope this helped.

Margaret of Parma, Duchess of Parma and Regent of the Netherlands (1522 – 1586)

She was the illegitimate daughter of the Holy Roman emperor Charles V. Her mother, Johanna Maria van der Gheynst, a servant of Charles de Lalaing, Seigneur de Montigny, was a Fleming.

Margaret was brought up by her great-aunt, the Archduchess Margaret of Austria, and her aunt Mary of Austria, who were successive governors of the Netherlands from 1507 to 1530 and from 1530 to 1555, respectively. In 1529, Margaret was acknowledged by her father and allowed to assume the name Margaret of Austria, and in 1533, the 11-year-old girl was brought to live to the north of Italy. Though she was multi-lingual, she was to prefer the Italian language for the rest of her life.

In 1527, in the year she turned five, she became engaged to the Pope’s nephew, Alessandro de’ Medici, Duke of Florence, to assist her father’s ambition in gaining influence in Italy. The marriage negotiations had been initiated in 1526, and in 1529 the agreement was officially signed by her father and the Pope. On 4 November 1538, the 15-year-old widow married Ottavio Farnese, Duke of Parma after 1547, the 14-year-old grandson of Pope Paul III. She did not wish to marry him, preferring instead to marry Florence-born Cosimo de’ Medici instead. The union, which proved an unhappy one, produced twin sons, one of whom died in infancy. The couple lived periodically separated lives. She was in a somewhat difficult position, as the Pope and the Emperor argued about the authority over Parma. In 1555, the Farnese family were acknowledged as rulers of Parma by Spain in exchange for the custody of her son.

In 1555, she left Italy for the Netherlands, where she left her son in the care of her half-brother Philip II, who appointed her governor of the Netherlands in 1559. Opposition to Spanish rule was already strong because of the presence of Spanish troops and especially because of the creation of new bishoprics in 1559 by a papal bull challenging local religious privileges. Margaret did her best to reconciliate the King of Spain and the Dutch people.

Margaret’s chief adviser, Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, who benefited from the church reorganization, antagonized the higher nobles, led by William, Prince of Orange, and by Lamoraal, Count van Egmond. As a result, she was forced to dismiss Granvelle in 1564. The initiative then passed to a faction of the lesser nobility, who called themselves Geuzen (“Beggars”), and in 1566 they petitioned her for more moderate treatment of Protestants.

Margaret met some of the Geuzen’s requests, but she brought in a largely German mercenary army in early 1567 after Calvinist extremists had attacked Catholic churches in August 1566 (an episode known as the “breaking of the images”). Although peace was restored, Philip II then sent to the Netherlands Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alba, who assembled a Spanish army and enforced stern measures against dissident Protestants, precipitating an open revolt against Spanish rule. In December 1567, she left the Netherlands protesting against the harsh measures which Alba was instructed to execute against the “heretics.” She returned to the Netherlands in 1580 to head the civil administration, while her son Alessandro Farnese served as commander in chief.

She was appointed governor of Abruzzo, and acted as the adviser of her son and also her royal bastard stepbrother, John of Austria. Moreover, in 1578, her son Alexander Farnese was appointed to the office of governor-general of the Netherlands; Philip appointed her his co-regent, with the thought that they would balance each other. However, they were unable to work together, and Margaret had to retire to Namur in 1582. She was given permission by Philip to return to Italy in 1583. She died in Ortona in 1586 and was buried in the church of S. Sisto in Piacenza.


- John Churchill Chase
A cartoon in Chase’s ‘Frenchmen, Desire, Good Children’ shows the saints mitigating a fight between French royals.

“The cartoon represents the fact that various sectors of French royalty were suspicious of each other and always struggling with one another for power. So when streets were named for royals, they were separated by a street named for a saint,” Chapman said. “What do you do with a live wire? You insulate it with rubber. And the 'saint streets’ served as a kind of insulator, if you will.”

That’s why Dumaine Street, which Chapman says was named for an illegitimate son of Louis XIV, was boxed in on one side by St. Philip Street and on the other, by St. Ann. It’s also why Toulouse Street, named for another illegitimate son, was flanked by St. Peter and St. Louis.“



lol I love when they slip adult messages in kid cartoons.