having enhanced hearing and hearing Charles pull back the hammer on the gun
from across the mansion
Your head shot up as you heard the sound. What idiot would be using a gun on the grounds of the mansion? Quickly you got up and ran towards the sound. Once you got outside you were faced with the origin of the sound. “What the hell are you two doing?” You asked Charles and Erik. They glanced at you with innocent smiles before bursting out laughing. Idiots.
This book, Histoire de Charles Martel, contains reproductions of miniatures from the original romance “Histoire de Charles Martel et de ses successeurs” complied by David Aubert and published by Bruxelles, Vromant & Co. in 1910.
Charles “The Hammer” Martel was the mayor of the palace of Austrasia of the Frankish realm, a confederation of West Germanic peoples, from 715 to 741. He was the illigetimate son of Pippin II of Herstal, and came to power after the assassination of Pippin’s only surviving legitimate son in 714. Martel was most known for reuniting the Frankish realm and began the Muslim invasion at Poitiers in 732.
These miniature reproductions depict 120 different medieval scenes from over the course of Martel’s rule.
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Liédet, Gheyn, Gheyn, Joseph van den, & Brussels . Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique. (1910). Histoire de Charles Martel, reproduction des 102 miniatures de Loyset Liédet (1470). Bruxelles: Vromant &.
Michael had his
shirt off and Sucre was holding a mirror in front of the large mirror so
Michael could see the tattoos on his back in the reflection. You admired his
body; you didn’t get to see him shirtless often and it was a wonderful sight.
Michael in the smirked in the mirror, probably at something Sucre said, and you
felt the look touch something deep in your abdomen. Oh, good god, he was
attractive. You chewed on your lip, thinking of all the ways you could use your
tongue on him.
“In my independent study with Charles [Gaines], he introduced the idea that concepts from philosophical thought and critical theory could be relevant to making, understanding, and interpreting art. This proved revolutionary for me; it completely changed the way I made and thought about art.” –Sam Durant
Charles Gaines. Numbers and Trees V, Landscape #8: Orange Crow, 1989. Acrylic sheet, acrylic paint, watercolor, photograph. 46 5⁄8 × 38 5⁄8 in. (118.4 x 98.1 cm). Collection of Bruce Bower. Courtesy the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.
The Battles of Tours was not a war of nations, but rather a battle of civilizations between Islam and Christian Europe. The Muslims had been conquering the remains of the Roman and Persian empires and were heading toward modern day France to continue their expansion. The Frankish King Charles (“The Hammer”) Martel wasn’t about to let that happen, so he gathered his forces at Tours and defeated Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi, Governor-General of Moorish Spain, led his Army northward.
Most modern historians believe that Martel’s victory at Tours shaped the course of Western Europe. Had the Franks fallen to the Moors, there was no other power in existence at the time capable of containing Islam’s spread, meaning there would have been no Charlemagne (Martel’s grandson) or Holy Roman Empire. Christianity and Europe as we know it today may have hinged on that one battle.
In addition to changing the course of Western civilization, Martel’s brilliant strategic military mind and his ability to coordinate cavalry and infantry enabled him to beat the much larger Islamic army. The Battle of Tours marked the first time a European force of heavy infantry defeated a Moorish cavalry army, and established the Franks as the premier military power in Europe for years to come.
I think my very favourite thing about Jean is the delicate balance she embodies.
This is most blatant, of course, when it comes to the Phoenix.
But heroism has its price - and the greater the deed, the more terrible the cost. All things, you see, have their balance - the counter yang to the yin - and it is the brightest light…which casts the darkest shadow. The Phoenix is a creature of passion - it was summoned months ago by Jean’s love for the X-Men, her desperate, all-consuming need to save them from the reaper. And from that passion can come the most wondrous creation…or destruction.
- Classic X-Men 15
But it only works because it was always there. Rage and empathy, hope and bitterness, scorn and compassion, judgement and forgiveness, arrogance and humility. The Phoenix Force came to Jean because she was a kindred spirit, and all it really did was amplify the best and worst of her.
- First Class: Marvel Girl, X-Factor 01
Jean tries so hard to be the best kind of person, in part because she knows how bad she could truly be. Charles hammered this into her as Marvel Girl, for better or worse, and she saw the horrifying reality as Phoenix. She’s had to accept that it’s a part of her.
In my worst nightmare - I’m just myself. Not the Phoenix. Not Madelyne Pryor. Not even Marvel Girl. I’m just Jean Grey - one of the most powerful psis on the planet! The frightening thing is, in my dream, I’m not afraid to lose myself in my mutant ability. I cut loose. Completely.
- Uncanny X-Men 300
Jean has to make an active choice, every single day, in how she wields her power. Sometimes she stumbles. Sometimes she’s petty and cruel and callous. Sometimes she represses too much, and it explodes in ways she never wanted. Sometimes she doesn’t truly know who she is or what she wants.
But at the end of the day?
Passion is a two-edged blade, with the finest of lines between the light and the shadow. But when the scales lifted…the balance came down on the side of love.