- Vincent has no illusions about who he is, what he does, and what he’s intended to do. He is able to compartmentalize things/events with disturbing ease and his viciousness knows no bounds. Beneath that gentlemanly facade, Vincent has a dark—almost cruel—sense of humor and without his family, he may have succumbed (completely) to the Phantomhive malice. He is able to disguise most of his darker urges but it’s a false facade, hidden beneath a veneer of perfect charm and intellect.
- As a youth (and, tbh, as an adult) Vincent excelled in every field he put his mind to and quickly learned that station and status can have a greater impact on one’s future than raw talent alone.
- He is an excellent marksman with a steady hand, cool head, and sniper-level precision.
- Despite his apathetic view of the world and moral ambiguity, Vincent adores his baby sister Francis because she is able to fend for herself and, underneath her stern exterior, possesses a genuinely good heart. He terrorized any suitor he thought of as unworthy and initially wanted Francis to marry Queen Victoria’s third son, Prince Arthur. Having carefully cultivated the match, Vincent was quite irritated when Francis fell in love with Alexis Leon Midford but, in a rare show of true benevolence, agreed to the engagement when he realized Alexis was much easier to manipulate than a royal prince.
- Once on a mission to Budapest, Vincent was severely injured in an unexpected explosion. Diedrich rushed inside the burning building, dragged “that insufferable Phantomhive” out of there, and then carried his former rival turned reluctant best friend turned partner on his back to the nearest medical facility, nearly twelve miles away.
- After, when Diedrich was framed by the Austro-Hungarian Empire for causing that explosion, Vincent gamely abandoned his planned business trip to New York and accompanied his faithful German hound to Budapest to clear his name. During that time Vincent pestered Diedrich with horribly timed knock knock jokes, bad puns, and a relentless flow of conversation that just never seemed to end. It was the only thing Vincent could think of to keep Diedrich from falling into despair. While many don’t see past Diedrich’s gruff exterior and draconian discipline, Vincent knows that one of the things his old friend cherishes above all else is his sense of honor and duty.
- It was Vincent and Francis who arranged the engagement between Ciel and Elizabeth. Vincent desperately wanted his child to have knowledge of integrity, valor, and goodness—three things he thought the Midford family personified. He later felt some guilt in having roped his sister’s only daughter into a life of crime and immorality but in Francis’s words: “If you think a Midford would ever succumb to such transgressions then you, Vincent Phantomhive, are still as dense as ever.”
- His favorite scent is lavender and moonflower essence. He gifted the perfume to Rachel when the two began courting and since then, it’s been her signature fragrance.
- Ciel inherited Vincent’s cunning and ambition but also his mother’s compassion and fierce loyalty. Vincent hoped Ciel would be spared from the Phantomhive “evil” that is inherent in each descendent but the cult saw otherwise. Thus, he never really wanted Ciel to become the watchdog but accepted it as a real possibility.
- Vincent prefers French cuisine (particularly the recipes of Antoine Carême), baroque architecture, and only drinks wine imported from the vineyards of Aquitaine.
- In spite of his good looks and well practiced charm, Vincent thought marriage a secondary task in comparison to Funtom and his duties to the queen. He met Mr. Dalles esq. by accident and became intrigued by the description of his two daughters. During that time, Vincent was actually more interested in Angelina. He was impressed by her strong will, fierce intellect, and medical ability but her shyness, insecurity, and hesitation made him choose Rachel instead. He kept in touch with Angelina and she eventually joined the Evil Noblemen as their professional medical advisor and physician.
- If he had a daughter he would have named her Cordelia Claudia Phantomhive, after the compassionate daughter of King Lear.
- Vincent has bank accounts all over the world—from Switzerland to Munich to New York to Luxembourg. (‘I’d like to think myself a humble man but, as Diedrich so often points out, my sense of humility is often blinded by my one of a kind diamond collection.”)
- Vincent has a bachelor’s degree in moral philosophy from the University of Cambridge. (He inherited his rather curious sense of humor from his father…nudge, nudge, wink, wink.)
- He can speak nine different languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Russian, Polish, and Chinese. (Hi Lau.)
- Vincent respected and admired his mother but found it difficult to openly express affection towards her.
- It’s actually Francis who has the sweet tooth in the Phantomhive family. Vincent dislikes pastries and candy in general, preferring fine brandies, Beluga Sturgeon caviar, and rare lamb.
- The Phantomhives have a gorgeous seaside villa in Martinique that Vincent built for Rachel as an early wedding present. (They, er, spent a lot of time there.)
- Undertaker was one of the few people Vincent genuinely trusted outside his family.
- It was Rachel who came up with Ciel’s name. Vincent had wanted to name his son Joachim, after the great French military general Joachim-Napoleon Murat. (But Rachel’s response was more or less, “Why on earth would I ever saddle my son with a name that conjures up the image of a 50 year old vagabond with no teeth and a head full of lice?”) She was even less pleased when Vincent suggested the name Hannibal:
“Are you out of your mind?”
“What’s so preposterous about this one? He’s considered one of the finest military generals in history.”
“And what does his name rhyme with?”
“Oh love, you don’t believe anyone would ever be so childish as to insinuate that our son is a cannib—“
“Tell me you wouldn’t be tempted to call our child the Watchdog’s cannibal.”
On this Day, December 26 (O.S. 14) during the Decembrist Revolt general Count Mikhail Milorodovich was killed.
Count Mikhail Miloradovich (1771-1825) was notable military commander and one of the most popular heroes of the 1812 war. He was highly appreciated by Alexander Suvorov with whom he participated in Italian and Swiss campaigns (1799). Being a brilliant tactic in the Patriotic War of 1812 he defeated Davout’s corps at Viazma, after which the marshal was dismissed from commanding the rear guard of the retreating Grande Armée. He was often compared with French marshal Murat, for the similar love to elegance and grand gestures.
He was a friend of Grand Duke Constantine, the heir to the Russian throne. When Alexander I who had no issue suddenly died in Taganrog in 1825, everybody expected his younger brother to ascend the throne. Miloradovich was very enthusiastic about that. He did not know that Constantine secretly abdicated in 1823 and tsar Alexander appointed by a secret manifest another brother - Nicholas - to be his heir. Only three persons in the state knew about that, and Miloradovich was not among them. So the succession crisis began. Miloradovich forced Nicholas into pledging allegiance to Constantine, who was then in Warsaw as viceroy of Poland. After the announcement of the manifest’s terms by last tsar’s confidant Prince Golitsyn Miloradovich insisted that Constantine was legal heir, Nicholas was aware about the terms and his pledge of allegiance was an abdication in fact. The State Council and imperial guards made an oath to the Constantine. The Count had a plan to keep the true manifest in secret.
But when Constantine received the news, he confirmed his refuse to reign. Several days before the Decembrists revolt Nicholas was warned about the Decembrists intentions. Miloradovich as a Governor of St. Petersburg was to make some preventive actions but he did nothing. On 26 December (O.S. 14) the Senate and army was to swear new allegiance to Nicholas. A group of officers, known later as Decembrists, commanding about 2000-3000 men refused to make an oath and proclaimed their loyalty to Constitution. Miloradovich was sent by the new tsar to calm down the troops. He appealed to their common experience in Napoleonic wars. Avoided wounds in more than 50 battles he was fatally shot by Pyotr Kakhovsky, who was decided by Decembrists to kill Nicholas.
The activity of Miloradovich was rather dubious in that time, also he was known for making intrigues in St. Petersburg. There are even several conspiracy theories about his role in the Revolt and his plans (true head of the Decembrists, plans for dictatorship and so on).
The Dos de Mayo of 1808, was a rebellion by the people of Madrid against the occupation of the city by French troops, provoking a brutal repression by the French Imperial forces and triggering the Peninsular War
The city had been under the occupation of Napoleon’s army since 23 March of the same year. King Charles IV had been forced to abdicate in favour of his son Ferdinand VII, and at the time of the uprising both were in the French city of Bayonne at the insistence of Napoleon. An attempt by the French general Joachim Murat to move the daughter and youngest son of Charles IV to Bayonne led to a popular rebellion that was harshly suppressed by French troops after hours of fierce street fighting. The uprising in Madrid, together with the subsequent proclamation as king of Napoleon’s brother Joseph, provoked resistance across Spain to French rule.
On 2 May a crowd began to gather in front of the Royal Palace in Madrid. Those gathered entered the palace grounds in an attempt to prevent the removal of Francisco de Paula. Marshall Murat sent a battalion of grenadiers from the Imperial Guard to the palace along with artillery detachments. The latter opened fire on the assembled crowd, and the rebellion began to spread to other parts of the city.
Caroline Bonaparte, at the age of 17, and at the period of her marriage, is said to have possessed ;the most beautiful complexion in France. Her skin was thought to resemble white satin seen through pink glass. Otherwise, she was not to be compared to her older sister, Pauline. Her head was large, and her shoulders were round; her arms, hands, and feet were perfect, like those of all the Bonapartes; her hair, which in infancy, had been almost white, was now neither light or dark; her teeth were white, though not so regularly beautiful as those of Napoleon; she kept them constantly visible by a permanent sneer. Jewellery, which so well became Pauline, was detrimental to the pure, pale colours of Caroline’s complexion. Heavy stuffs, brocades, and sections were equally prejudicial, and she seldom wore them in consequence.