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Royal Meme | ROYAL FACTS | [1/5]→ Isabel and Fernando, royal Europe’s great-grandparents

Europe’s Royal Families have historically intermarried among allies, but there is a family link that all of the current sovereigns share, from the Prince of Liechtenstein to the Queen of Denmark, all ten heads of Europe’s hereditary monarchies are descendants of Isabel I of Castile and Fernando II of Aragón, the powerful Catholic Monarchs.

545 years after their wedding, their major dynastic heir, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, reigns in their native territories, and with Prince Hans-Adams of Liechtenstein, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden, King Harald V of Norway, Prince Albert II of Monaco, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and King Philippe of Belgium, the King is the most famous living descendant of the couple.

Isabel and Fernando married their five adult children to powerful monarchs and well-connected women, resulting in fifteen grandchildren who became Kings, Queens, Emperors and Empresses, and whose living descendants include Europe’s current Sovereigns. 

the riptide prince

Author: boo98 (butter)

Pairing: VerKwan, side CheolSoo, side SoonSeok

Genre: fluff, slight angst, romance, fantasy, kingdom!au, arranged marriage!au

Rating: PG-13

Length: multichaptered – 8

Word Count: 48,703

Warnings: none

Description: Choi Vernon doesn’t know what to expect when he gets shipped overseas to tutor the youngest son of a foreign royal family. He really doesn’t anticipate the whirlwind that is Prince Boo Seungkwan, nor the events of the next few months. In situations like this, he figures, you either sink or you swim.

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The Riptide Prince

Complete | Verkwan | Historical/Royalty AU | 48k+ words

Choi Vernon doesn’t know what to expect when he gets shipped overseas to tutor the youngest son of a foreign royal family. He really doesn’t anticipate the whirlwind that is Prince Boo Seungkwan, nor the events of the next few months. In situations like this, he figures, you either sink or you swim.

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The Prussian Tabakskollegium (Tobacco Ministry) during the reigns of King Friedrich I (1701-1713) and King Friedrich Wilhelm I (1713-1740). Members of court, senior officers, foreign dignitaries, and the royal family would gather for pipe tobacco, drink, discussion, and socializing. The practice itself originated in the Netherlands. In the reign of Friedrich I, the Tabakskollegium resembled other aspects of the kingdom’s highly ceremonial and refined court life. 

The Tabakskollegium was more raucous during Friedrich Wilhelm I’s reign and was at the center of court life. The only rule was that you did not stand when the king arrived. Friedrich Wilhelm often personally encouraged heated arguments and pranks. 

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So someone asked me to translate the bottom page, and on my search for information I found the top page along with it.

It’s two different parts of the story (which is apparently really long, like an actual light novel, geez. Did the other Korotan Books have this too? I should get those). What I have here are pages 16-17 and pages 48-49. From what I understand, the only reasons these pages are out are because these are the ones with illustrations. All others are straight text (there’s another illustration with Asano and the princess riding a bike together, but I haven’t found the related text for it). So it’s going to be pretty disjointed, jumping from the near beginning of the story to somewhere in the middle. Particularly for page 48, it was hard to tell who was actually talking without the context of the previous pages.

Long story short, this is a story with Asano Gakushuu from A-Class as the main character. I’m not sure about the time period, but Korosensei is there too, so. It seems that a princess from a faraway country has come to Japan together with her country’s ambassador (I think she just tagged along because she wanted to see Japan). Gakushuu, through whatever connection, was asked to be her escort for the day, likely because they’re around the same age.

Judging from the content on page 48, it’s the typical story of how a rich girl sick of all the security around her is trying to break away from them. Gakushuu’s having trouble keeping her in one place, it seems. But from that one illustration of them riding a bike together, I’d say that he gave in in the end (I think he borrowed a girl’s school uniform from somewhere because she changed clothes between illustrations).

Translation~ Translation~ My definition of fun~ How sad…

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On the Italian habit to talk with hands

Do you know how it’s said that Italians talk with their hands? Well, that’s completely true, it’s not some kind of false stereotype. There is a bunch of gestures with specific meanings, like for example if you close your fingers mimicking a bird’s beak and then you shake the hand you are basically expressing “what are you saying?” or “what do you want?”. And this is just one of the many that can be used to be understood from the other side of the street without shouting or that can accompany normal chatting, more or less consciously. People at times train themselves to not use their hands while they talk, to look more professional and composed, but generally speaking that’s totally a normal thing.

So the purpose of this post is to say that the “Italians talking with their hands” thing has a historical origin and it does not come out of the blue.

Italy, after the fall of the Roman Empire and throughout centuries up to 1800, was not an united country. It was divided in many little states and suffered quite a lot of invasions. In the south: Spanish ruling, invasions of Middle-Eastern populations. In the north/centre: French or Austro-Ungarian/German ruling. By 1800 the only Italian ruler in the whole territory was the Pope. (Italian families, like the Lorena in Florence, were still related to foreign royal families.)

This fragmentary situation of the territory and politics meant that no one talked “Italian” and all the dialects that still exist in modern Italy were actual languages. Dante’s Italian, that is Tuscany’s dialect, was the language of the noblemen, of the scholars and the academies, no one among the lower classes actually spoke like that. The problems appeared in cities like Venice, Genoa, Naples, which were huge international ports, and there you could listen to people from anywhere in the Mediterranean sea, with high percentages of Arabic, especially in Naples.

So, what do you do when you can’t speak a foreign language very well, and you don’t even understand people from other states in Italy, but you need to sell things, buy things, negotiate prices and in general make others understand what the hell you are even saying?

You talk with your hands.

Royal Meme | ROYAL FACTS | [2/5]→ Queen Sofía, Europe’s best connected royal

Granddaughter of a King, daughter of a King, sister of a King, wife of a King, mother of a King and perhaps someday grandmother of a Queen, there’s no other living royal with her connections. Among her ancestors there are Kings of Greece, Kings of Denmark, Russian Emperors, German Emperors, British and Hanoverian Kings and of course, the Catholic Monarchs. 

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Ancestors of the Prince of Asturias→ Foreign Monarchs: George II and Caroline, King and Queen of Great Britain and Ireland.

How?→ Their daughter Anne’s (the Princess Royal) great-granddaughter, Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg married Archduke Charles of Austria, Duke of Teschen. Their daughter Maria Teresa married King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies