francis knight

Window to the Soul

Details taken from: Frida Kahlo’s ‘Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird’ (1940), Ford Madox Brown’s ‘The Irish Girl’ (1860), Pablo Picasso’s sketch of Francoise Gilot (approx. 1946), Paul Cezanne’s ‘Le paysan’/‘Peasant’ (1891), Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ (1665), Vincent Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait (1889), Henri Matisse’s ‘Self-Portrait in a Striped Shirt’ (1906), Laura Knight’s sketch of Elizabeth II (1950), Francis Bacon’s Self-Portrait (1969), Lucian Freud’s ‘Head of a Girl’ (1976), Fayum Mommy Portrait (1st-3rd C.), Elizabeth Catlett’s Untitled Portrait (approx.1947).


On September 16, 2013, Aaron Alexis, a lone gunman armed initially with a shotgun, fatally shot twelve people and injured three others in a mass shooting at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) inside the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast Washington, D.C. The attack began around 8:20 a.m. E.D.T. in Building 197. Alexis was killed by police around 9:00 a.m. E.D.T. It was the second-deadliest mass murder on a U.S. military base after the Fort Hood shooting in November 2009.

Sometime before 8:20 a.m. on September 16, Alexis arrived at the Navy Yard in a rental car, using a valid pass to enter the Yard. He entered Building 197 carrying the disassembled shotgun (the barrel and stock of which had been sawed off) in a bag on his shoulder. He assembled the shotgun inside a bathroom on the fourth floor, then emerged with the gun and began shooting. Many of the people shot on the fourth floor were shot at close range in the head.

He then continued firing on the third floor and the lobby. At some point, Alexis shot and killed a security officer and took the officer’s Beretta 9mm semiautomatic pistol, using it after running out of ammunition for his shotgun. Initial reports that Alexis claimed most of his victims by firing from a fourth-floor walkway onto people entering a first-floor cafeteria were later stated to be incorrect.

At 8:23 a.m., the first calls to 9-1-1 were made. Six minutes later, a four-person active-shooter response team was deployed into the building. Around that time, Alexis was still firing shots on both the third and fourth floors.

A NAVSEA employee described encountering a gunman wearing all-blue clothing in a third-floor hallway, saying, “He just turned and started firing.” At one point during the shooting, one man was hit by a “stray bullet” in an alleyway.

As D.C. police responded within seven minutes of the first shootings, Alexis opened fire on them, hitting an officer, Scott Williams, in the leg. He engaged several law enforcement personnel in a gunfight that lasted for more than 30 minutes. At around 9:20 a.m., Alexis was fatally shot in the head by police on the third floor; his death was later confirmed at 11:50 a.m.

There were 13 fatalities. The suspect and 11 of the victims were killed at the scene, while a 12th victim who was shot in the head, 61-year-old Vishnu Pandit, died at George Washington University Hospital. All the victims killed were civilian employees or contractors. Eight others were injured, three of them from gunfire. The survivors wounded by gunshots (police officer Scott Williams and two female civilians) were in critical condition at Washington Hospital Center.


  • Michael Arnold, age 59
  • Martin Bodrog, age 53
  • Arthur Daniels, age 51
  • Sylvia Frasier, age 53
  • Kathy Gaarde, age 62
  • John Roger Johnson, age 73
  • Mary Francis Knight, age 51
  • Frank Kohler, age 50
  • Vishnu Pandit, age 61
  • Kenneth Bernard Proctor, age 46
  • Gerald Read, age 58
  • Richard Michael Ridgell, age 52


Aaron Alexis (May 9, 1979 – September 16, 2013), a 34-year-old civilian contractor, was identified by police as the sole gunman. Alexis was slain in a gunfight with police.

Born in the New York City borough of Queens, Alexis grew up in Brooklyn and was a resident of Fort Worth, Texas. He joined the United States Navy in 2007, and served in Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 46 at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. His rating was aviation electrician’s mate and he had attained the rank of petty officer third class when he was honorably discharged from the Navy on January 31, 2011, although the Navy originally intended for him to receive a general discharge.

According to a Navy official, Alexis was cited on at least eight occasions for misconduct. In 2010, he was arrested in Fort Worth for discharging a weapon within city limits. Alexis was also arrested in Seattle, Washington, in 2004 for malicious mischief, after shooting out the tires of another man’s vehicle in what he later described as the result of an anger-fueled “blackout”; and in 2008 in DeKalb County, Georgia, for disorderly conduct. Authorities did not prosecute Alexis for the Seattle and Fort Worth cases.

From September 2012 to January 2013, Alexis worked in Japan, “refreshing computer systems” on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet network for a HP Enterprise Services subcontracting company called The Experts.

After returning from Japan, he expressed frustration to a former roommate that he hadn’t been paid properly for the work he performed. Another roommate of Alexis said that he would frequently complain about being the victim of discrimination. In July 2013, he resumed working for The Experts in the United States.

At the time of his death, Alexis was working online on a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He had tried Buddhist meditation for some time to control his mental illness. Alexis had been suffering from some serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder, as well as hearing voices. Since August 2013, he had been treated by the Veterans Administration for mental problems. Members of his family also told investigators that Alexis was being treated for mental issues. In August, he had been prescribed trazodone, a generic antidepressant that is widely prescribed for insomnia.

Kuroshitsuji Tarot (Major Arcana)

I did this almost a year ago and completely forgot about it. Today, I found it again and added (Othello) and changed a few things (Initially, I picked Cloudia for the Strength card??) before finally posting it.

I am rather happy that I tumbled over this again  because the 2CT is now canon :D

I am not 100% sure if the meanings of every tarot are correct (I copied the meanings in 2014 but I looked and the page seems to have been taken down/deleted???), but, I guess, they have to be more or less right?

If they are completely incorrect, I am sorry - just read this as a “‘If the tarot meanings like they are given here were right’ Kuroshitsuji Tarot.” I hope this is still enjoyable.

To the… Minor Arcana of my life

 0 ‒ The Fool [The Prince ‒ Soma Asman Kadar]

lightheartedness, facileness, frivolity, love of life, impartiality

 The rest is under the cut.

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anonymous asked:

What's the deal with so called "Good Queen Bess" Elizabeth I? The Image of the "good" queen. Good at getting rid of her family relatives, managing her slave trade companies and her pirate operations. Also good at losing the wars in which she invaded numerous foreign countries by which she was good at bankrupting England's national treasury, Good at confiscating the jewels of anyone entering her country. Good at stealing the young children from the arms of their mothers in the 'child ward' system

I respectfully disagree with you: Elizabeth I does deserve to be called “Good Queen Bess”. She had multiple nicknames, including “The Virgin Queen”, “Good Queen Bess” and “Gloriana”, but “Good Queen Bess” is my favorite one because it is very affectionate and also reflects the true love and respect which the people of England felt for their queen.

You are very wrong that Elizabeth eagerly got rid of her family relatives. She executed several relatives, but she did have serious reasons for doing that. Some of them dreamt of her death and plotted against her not once, so they kind of earned their death penalty.

Elizabeth executed Thomas Howard, the Duke of Norfolk, the grandson of another infamous Duke of Norfolk who presided over Anne Boleyn’s trial in 1536. Elizabeth imprisoned Norfolk for the first time in 1569 for scheming to marry Mary, Queen of Scots, and make England a Catholic country. 

But the Duke of Norfolk didn’t stop and participated in the Ridolfi plot with King Philip II of Spain in 1571, and the plan was again to put Mary on the English throne and restore Catholicism in England. Elizabeth didn’t pardon him again, and he was executed for treason in 1572.

Norfolk was a traitor, but Elizabeth still pardoned him and let him live after the first plot, not even stripping him off all his titles and lands. Was it Elizabeth’s fault that Norfolk didn’t use the given chance and later implicated himself into another plot against his sovereign and relative? 

The Dukes of Norfolk were staunch Catholics and would have never changed their religion; they were Catholics historically, which is a state of affairs known as recusancy in England. I’m sure that Norfolk also dreamt of power, not only of converting the whole English population into Catholicism again. Elizabeth didn’t kill Norfolk without a reason – he was digging his own grave with his own hands.

Elizabeth also executed her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned during many, many years in England. I have a firm believe that Elizabeth didn’t want to execute Mary because it is obvious that she hesitated – she wasn’t fond of the unpleasant deal to kill her own cousin, but she didn’t have any other way out of the situation because no country can have two queens and Mary did want to become the queen

Mary was accused of participating in the Babington plot, although it seems that Walsingham, Elizabeth’s great spymaster, partly doctored the case against the captive Queen of Scots. I wrote the long post about Mary, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth a couple of days ago – you can find it here. The information about the Babington plot can be found here. I don’t want to go into details in this post.

Although executions were common place in the Tudor era, Elizabeth was a very liberal monarch as compared to King Henry VIII and her elder sister, Queen Mary I. She was very religiously tolerant and didn’t persecute Catholics during the majority of her reign, although some persecutions started closer to the end of her life. I think that Elizabeth can be called a very merciful monarch. It is an illusion that Elizabeth’s lifetime was fraught with danger for everyone. Executions occurred, but Elizabeth wasn’t a bloodthirsty monster at all – she was very far from the incarnation the author of this question gave her.

You can check the list of some people executed under Elizabeth I in Wikipedia. It is not a long list. The link is here.

Elizabeth didn’t invade foreign countries, and her foreign policy was largely defensive, not aggressive and attacking. 

The exception was the English occupation of Le Havre from October 1562 to June 1563 with the aim to exchange Le Havre for Calais that was lost to France in January 1558, but the campaign ended in fiasco. Elizabeth pursue an aggressive policy only through the operations of English navy did: it was mainly the sea war against Spain, and she even knighted Francis Drake who earned fame for his countless raids on Spanish ports and fleets. 

Elizabeth never invaded Spain, but Philippe of Spain wanted to destroy her and sent Spanish Armada for invasion; no battle on the English soil happened because the fleet was damaged and dispersed by the violent storm, so the Armada returned to Spain in shattered remnants.

Although she was loved in England, Elizabeth wasn’t very popular in Ireland. Irish people wanted to have an autonomous Catholic kingdom and plotted against her with her enemies. There were many uprisings in Ireland, and the English army used the so-called scorched-earth tactics against the rebels, burning the land and slaughtering Irish soldiers, but that was the suppression of uprising and that certainly doesn’t make Elizabeth a monstrous queen

At the same time, I have to acknowledge that in the Irish wars Elizabeth didn’t show remorse and hesitation in suppressing the rebellion, although she herself advised her commanders that the Irish must be well treated. But wars always end with bloodshed for a losing party, and I don’t see anything unusual in the outcome of the Irish uprisings. Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex, was sent to Ireland in 1599 to put the new, one of so many, revolt down, but he failed; Elizabeth executed him later, but she regretted that later.

Elizabeth restored the treasury after her father’s extravagance almost destroyed the royal funds. Her wise reforms improved trade, both domestic and foreign trade. When Elizabeth came to power, she inherited one of the most debased coinages in history, which damaged economy of England and the reputation of the monarchy and the Tudor dynasty. 

Elizabeth approached the problem wisely and formulated a solution in concert with her trusted advisers William Cecil and the financial genius, Thomas Gresham. Gresham was put in charge of the programme and acted swiftly and efficiently. Within a year, the debased money had been withdrawn, melted down and replaced with newly minted Elizabethan coins of precious metal. The crown even made a healthy profit from the exercise, estimated at £50,000. 

But I agree that state finances again deteriorated by the end of her reign, mainly due to the war campaigns in Ireland and for some other reasons.

I also received several questions in my mailbox, accusing Elizabeth I of being a heartless monster and proclaiming that Mary I of England and Mary, Queen of Scots, were much better queens than Elizabeth who killed without remorse and enjoyed bloodshed. I hope this post covers the theme “Queen Elizabeth I – not a monster but a liberal queen”, as we can call it.


A Legendary Friendship-  

Francis Lovell and Richard III

“devoted attachment, which induced such marks of favour through life from the prince, and devotion to him even to death from the Lord Lovell.”

Caroline Halsted

“…a man of whom little is known save that he was probably Richard`s oldest and dearest friend. He was destined to perish mysteriously (…) after an adventurous life, through which runs the one decisive theme of his devotion to Richard of Gloucester”

Paul Murray Kendall

Having been fostered together in Middleham Castle Richard III (Then Duke of Gloucester) and Francis Lovell strike up an unusually friendship. Francis and Richard became relatives by marriage, Francis’ wife Anne FitzHugh was a cousin of Richard’s wife Anne Neville. Francis was a supporter of Richard during June of 1483 and he was even made Lord Chamberlain by Richard on his ascension to the throne. Francis had been knighted by Richard on August 22nd 1481, just four years later on that very same day Richard himself would be killed at the Battle of Bosworth

They’re friendship did not break even after death, as Francis refuses a royal pardon from Henry VII and started  up the Stafford and Lovell rebellion which had no clear goals of leadership to them. The only goal being to bring death to Henry VII, which Francis very nearly does. Francis further follows the Lambert Simmel rebellion and is supported by John de la Pole, Earl of Lincoln, and Richard’s sister Margaret of York, the former Duchess of Burgundy.

Unfortunately historians do not seem to know what happened to Francis but it’s very possible he died soon after the Battle of Stokes Field on June 16th 1487, nearly two years after the death of Richard himself.


Peter DaCunha- as Young Francis

Isaac Hempstead-Wright- as Young Richard

Tom Weston-Jones- as Older Francis.

Aneurin Barnard- as Older Richard.

Scenes taken from- World Without End, Reign, Game of Thrones and The White Queen.