I’m sure someone has already submitted her, but I simply must express my undying love for Julie d'Aubigny/ La Maupin. Her life story is the wildest ride, my man. Dueling! Romance! Convent burning!

(I know the picture isn’t a contemporary account, but. the pile of bodies, the nun, Noelle Stevenson– I had to use it. I’m sorry I don’t make the rules)

Mod: history fanart is one of my favorite things okay i love it
art by Noelle Stevenson, aka gingerhaze, of Nimona fame!

I finished Persona 5 like a week ago, and I am still filled with Ideas™. I mean, I like that they switched Pyro Jack’s name to the more accurate Jack-o-Lantern, but the mythology behind Jack would have made him perfect for a major Persona! But there are many figures I’d loved to have seen as a Persona - for example, Julie d’Aubigny! I mean, can’t you just hear a character shouting “La Maupin!” as they rip off a mask? :D

April 26 in Music History

1567 Birth of composer Nicolas Forme.

1603 Birth of composer Francesco Nigetti.

1762 Birth of French tenor Pierre-Jean Garat in Bordeaux. 

1783 At 13 years of age Beethoven is appointed keyboard performer court orchestra in Bonn.

1783 FP of M. Arne’s “Tristram Shandy” in London.

1784 FP of Salieri’s “Les Danaïdes” in Paris.

1796 Birth of composer Auguste-Matthieu Panseron.

1802 FP of Isouard’s “La Statue ou Femme avare” in Paris.

1806 Birth of composer Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch.

1821 Birth of American composer John Gordon McCurry. 

1822 Birth of composer Jan Albert van Eyken.

1824 FP of Carafa’s “L'Auberge supposée” in Paris.

1829 Birth of Italian baritone Francesco Graziani in Fermo.

1834 Birth of composer Horatio Richmond Palmer.

1847 Birth of English composer Sir Alfred Scott Gatty.

1854 Birth of German bass Georg Sieglitz in Mainz. 

1856 FP of Halévy’s “Valentine d'Aubigny” in Paris.

1860 FP of Campana’s “Almina” in London.

1862 FP of Suppe’s “Die Kartenaufschlägerin” in Vienna.

1863 Birth of French tenor Emile Scaremberg in Besançon. 

1865 Birth of Costa Rican composer Alejandro Monestel.

1875 Birth of American composer Natalie Curtis Burlin. 

1879 Birth of Danish baritone Albert Høeberg in Copenhagen. 

1881 Birth of Yugoslavian composer Alexander Savine in Belgrade. 

1884 Birth of Norwegian soprano Eide Norena in Horten, nr Oslo. 

1891 Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky arrives in New York City.

1894 Birth of Australian soprano Florence Austral.

1897 Death of Italian tenor Roberto Stagno in Genoa. 

1899 FP of original version of Jean Sibelius’ First Symphony. Composer conducting in Helsinki. The final version was FP by the Helsinki Philharmonic in Stockholm.

1900 Birth of American violinist Joseph Fuchs in NYC. 

1901 Death of Russian mezzo-soprano Anna Yakovlevna Vorobyeva-Petrova.

1901 FP of Hüe’s “Le Roi de Paris” in Paris.

1906 Birth of composer Leopold Spinner in Lwow Austria. 

1910 Birth of composer Erland von Koch.

1910 Birth of composer Ernst Tittel.

1914 Birth of British composer Professor Wilfrid Mellers.

1915 FP of Paul Hindemith’s String Quartet No. 1 in C, Op. 2, at Hoch’s Conservatory in Frankfurt.

1916 Birth of composer Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk.

1920 Birth of composer Juan C Lampe, Aruba.

1921 Birth of German mezzo-soprano Marga Hoffgen in Mulheim. 

1922 Birth of composer Paul-Andre Gaillard.

1923 FP of Respighi’s “Belfagor” in Milan. 

1925 Birth of Austrian soprano Wilma Lipp in Vienna. 

1926 Birth of composer Oldrich Frantisek Korte.

1926 FP in USAmerica of Monteverdi’s opera L'Incoronazione di Poppea (1642)‘The Coronation of Poppea’, at Smith College in Northampton, MA.

1930 FP of Vittadini’s “La Sagredo” La Scala.

1934 Birth of Yugoslavian soprano Olivera Miljakovic.

1935 Birth of American composer Conrad Susa. 

1936 FP of Grisar’s “Sarah” in Paris.

1943 Death of German soprano Else Gentner-Fischer. 

1950 Birth of Belgian composer Michel Bero in Melin.

1951 Death of American composer John Alden Carpenter in Chicago.

1951 FP of Ralph Vaughan Williams opera The Pilgrim’s Progress Covent Garded, London.

1953 Birth of English soprano Patrizia Kwella.

1955 Birth of conductor Gisele Ben-Dor.

1959 Birth of Swedish baritone David Aler in Stockholm.

1961 Birth of Canadian baritone Mark Tinkler in Toronto. 

1965 Death of German bass-baritone Michael Bohnen. 

1965 FP of Charles Ives’ 4th Symphony. Posthumously under conductors Leopold Stokowski, Jose Serebrier and David Katz, leading the American Symphony Orchestra and members of the Schola Cantorum.

1966 Birth of American composer Jerilyn Sykes.

1966 Final performance at MET Opera by soprano Licia Albanese.

1967 Death of American bass-baritone James Pease. 

1968 Birth of Polish-American composer Laura Andel.

1972 Birth of Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky in Moscow.

1990 FP of John Harbison’s Concerto for Double Brass Choir and Orchestra. Los Angeles Philharmonic, André Previn conducting in L.A., CA.

1991 Death of French-born American composer and arranger Leo Noël Arnaud.

2002 FP of Michael Hersch’s Symphony No. 2. Pittsburgh Symphony, Mariss Jansons conducting.

2003 FP of Joan Tower’s Incandescent. Emerson String Quartet, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

So I have a Darkest Dungeon Roleplaying Blog

And I have no idea if advertising one’s self is acceptable or not. I mean, if it isn’t, then just keep scrolling, I suppose, but if you’re interested in reading some of my writing (and/or sending me asks or the like (please do this thing <3)) then the blog is a thing that exists, that I intend to update in some form or the other on a semi-frequent basis:


My character is a Grave Robber named Madeleine d’Aubigny, who is vaguely-based on (and in many respects, is a blatant ripoff of) the real historical figure, Julie d’Aubigny, who was a wonderful, asskicking, opera-singing, swordfighting, 17th-century bisexual woman that you should totally read about today.

So…yeah. That’s a thing. Feel free to interact with my character’s blog as much or as little as you please, and have a lovely day. :]


Queens consort of England - Adeliza of Louvain

Adeliza or Adelicia of Louvain was the daughter of Godfrey I, Count of Louvain, Duke of Lower Lotharingia, Landgrave of Brabant and Count of Louvain and Brussels and his wife Ida of Chiny, a descendant of the Emperor Charlemagne.

Known as ‘the fair maiden of Brabant’, Adeliza was renowned for her beauty, in his 'Historia Anglorum’ the chronicler Henry of Huntingdon refers to Adeliza’s beauty, “A jewel grows pale on you, a crown does not shine. Put adornment aside, for nature provides your adornment.”

When William the Atheling, the only legitimate son of King Henry I of England drowned in the sinking of the White Ship on 25 November 1120, Henry urgently needed a male heir to succeed to his throne. The fifty three year old King Henry took the seventeen year old Adelicia as his second wife on 24 January 1121. Henry I’s first wife, Matilda of Scotland, had died in 1118. Despite the reputation he had acquired for begetting illegitimate children, Henry’s marriage to his first queen had produced only two children, William the Atheling and a daughter Matilda, who had been sent to Germany to marry the Holy Roman Emperor as an eight year old child. After the death of her husband the Emperor, he recalled his daughter, by now known as the Empress, to England. Henry named her as his heiress and made the barons swear fealty to her.

Henry of Huntingdon recorded that the new queen accompanied Henry to London at Pentecost. The fifteen year marriage of Adelicia and Henry never produced children. Unlike Henry’s first wife Matilda, Adeliza appears to have played a very passive role. While Matilda issued some thirty-one charters and writs during her reign, during Adeliza’s fifteen-year marriage to Henry I she issued one, and she only attested 13 of Henry’s many charters, even though they were almost always together.

After the death of her husband the king on 1 December 1135, the throne was usurped by his nephew Stephen of Blois. Adeliza retired to the Benedictine convent of Wilton Abbey, near Salisbury. She attended the dedication of Henry’s tomb at Reading Abbey on the first anniversary of his death. At about that time, she founded a leper hospital dedicated to Saint Giles at Fugglestone St Peter, Wiltshire. On the first anniversary of Henry I’s death, Adeliza give the manor of Aston to the Abbey of Reading, and endowed them with lands “to provide for the convent and other religious pweaona [sic] coming to the abbey on the occasion of the anniversary of my lord King Henry.” She also added the gift of a church a few years later.

Henry I provided generously for his widow, she was given the revenues of Rutland, Shropshire and a large district of London, with possession of the city of Chichester. Henry also gave the manor of Aston to Adeliza “as his queen and wife.” Landholdings that were part of Adeliza of Louvain’s dower include Waltham in Essex, an estate in south-east England, with areas in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Middlesex. She had property in Devon. As a gift from Henry I, she was given a property in Ashleworth, a component of the royal estate of Berkley. In 1126 the whole county of Shropshire was given to her.

Three years after Henry I’s death, in 1138, Adeliza married for a second time to William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel, the son of William d'Aubigny and Maud le Bigod. The D'Aubigny’s were royal stewards and held an important position at court. The couple lived at Adelicia’s castle of Arundel on the Norfolk coast. Although there were no children from her first marriage Adeliza presented her second husband with seven children, Alice, William, Olivia, Reynor, Geoffrey, Henry, and Agatha d’ Aubigny. Adeliza and William’s descendants include Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, the second and fifth queens of Henry VIII. The descendants of Adeliza and William still own Castle Rising and Arundel Castle to the present day.

England was plunged into a bloody Civil War when Matilda, the daughter and appointed heir of Henry I, challenged her cousin Stephen for the throne. Adeliza received her step-daughter at her home in Arundel, along with Matilda’s illegitimate half-brother Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester, the chief supporter of her cause, in defiance of her husband’s wishes, William d'Aubigny was a staunch supporter of Stephen.

She later betrayed them both and handed them over to King Stephen, John of Worcester recorded that “she feared the king’s majesty and worried that she might lose the great estate she held throughout England.” He also mentions Adeliza’s attempts to pacify King Stephen, “she swore on oath that his enemies had not come to England on her account but that she had simply given them hospitality as persons of high dignity once close to her.”

In 1150, Adeliza left William d'Aubigny to enter the monastery of Afflighem in Flanders. One of her brothers was also living at the monastery. The annals at the monastery mention her death, which occurred in 1151, and her place of burial site is not known with certainty. Some traditions imply she was buried at the monastery of Afflighem, however a donation made by her brother Joscelin of Louvain to Reading Abbey would seem to indicate that she was buried there with her first husband, Henry I.