helen's house


Once the working day began, the King’s time was not his own, and George’s diligent attention to business meant that hours left unoccupied to spend with Charlotte were limited. But when free to choose he demonstrated unequivocally that what he really wanted was to be left alone with his wife. His fine home, renovated at huge expense, was contented domestic retirement. There seems little doubt that the King’s feelings for the woman at the centre of his meticulously created world were deep and genuine. When George fell ill in 1762, it was suggested that he leave London to improve his health. He told Bute bluntly this was impossible unless Charlotte accompanied him: ‘Nothing in this world could make me go without her.’ His love for his wife was as strong a feeling as any he had ever experienced. ‘I know,’ he confided in Bute, ‘that the loss of her I have now would break my heart.’

A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III - Janice Hadlow

Classic Literature

Foreign Language Literature

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Geography & Anthropology

Economics & Politics



Philosophy & Theology

Art & Art History


[This is by no means a perfect list and I had real trouble finding books written by female authors, specifically in more scientific areas, so if you have any recommendations then send them to me and I’ll update this list]


13 Vintage Halloween Songs from the 1910s, 20s, & 30s

01. This House is Haunted, Roy Fox (1934)
02. At The Devil’s Ball, Maurice Burkhart (1913)
03. Bogey Wail, Jack Hylton (1929)
04. The Skeleton Rag, American Quartet (1912)
05. The Boogie Man Is Here, Tom Gerun (1929)
06. Undertaker’s Blues, Helen Gross & The Kansas City Five (1924)
07. With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm, Cyril Smith (1934)
08. That Syncopated Boogie-Boo, The Premier Quartet (1913)
09. Strange Enchantment, Ozzie Nelson & Rose Anne Stevens (1939)
10. The Ghost of the St. Louis Blues, Bob Skyles & His Skyrockets (1930)
11. Spooky Spook, Victor Military Band (1917)
12. Spider Web Blues, Victoria Spivey (1926)
13. The Ghost of the Terrible Blue, The Peerless Quartet (1915)

* Playlist graciously uploaded by Lindsay Koski.

favourite Romanov facts from Helen Rappaport’s, The Romanov Sisters, so far:

  • “Alexandra Feodorovna, as she was now styled, found herself at the receiving end of hostile looks from a Russian aristocracy that was already critical of her English upbringing and manners - and to their horror, her poor French, which was still very much the language of their elite circles.” 
    • The musical got it right!!
  • Prince Charles of Denmark, correctly and surprisingly, predicted Olga’s early death.
    •  “Prince Charles of Denmark had, it appeared, been practicing his ‘ingenuity in drawing the horoscope of the ‘Czar’s infant daughter’. In it the prince predicted critical periods in Olga’s health at ‘her third, fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth years’. In so doing, he felt unable to ‘guarantee that she will even reach the last-named age, but if she does she will assuredly reach twenty’. This, the prince concluded, would grant ‘twelve years of peace to be thankful for’. For ‘it is certain … that she will never live to be thirty’.
  • During her pregnancy with Maria, Nicholas read War and Peace to Alix everyday. (Aww)

#BatB/POTO parallels: after engagement/down once more

step one: start vaguely headcanonning helen of sparta/troy as not attracted to men

step two: get really, really invested in helen not being attracted to men

step three: be sad forever because she never wanted any of this, any of them, and paris was just the next man who wanted to have her, before him is was menelaus and before him were all the damned danaan kings and before them was theseus and she has never been free from men and she’s never loved any of them, the only men she loved were her brothers- castor and pollux, and then later hector, but all men want her and so all men will have her, because there’s no place in this world for a woman who doesn’t want men, especially one as beautiful as her and she curses her face more than any long suffering soldier does because it’s condemned her to be stolen and taken for as long as she’s young and lovely and it makes all the women she’d want to be sisters to (or closer than sisters) hate her in jealousy or for their dead husbands and sons and- she didn’t want this. she didn’t want this war, she didn’t want the suitors, she didn’t want her divine blood and fair cheeks, but that’s what she got and she’ll never be free or safe or in love for as long as she lives because that’s the game the gods want to play

Random House: Summer Before The War, cover art. UNPUBLISHED

Late last year, I began work on the cover art for The Summer Before the War, Helen Simonson’s follow up to the best selling Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. It was a long process with a lot of changes and additions (to be expected with such an important book), but in the end I was really pleased with what we made. Everything seemed set to go, but as the chips can fall, at the last minute the publisher took a left turn and scraped my cover.

Aggghhhh! Bummer! It has happened before and it will happen again, all part of the business. Here’s to the next one.

like the world is gonna disappear

requested by anonymous

philkas au based on drunk in love by beyonce

After Lukas’ first experience in a gay bar, Philip hasn’t so much as mentioned going back. While he might have found it comical to see the look on Lukas’ face when he realized where they were, Philip isn’t cruel; he had made a mistake, one that made Lukas uncomfortable, and he had no interest in making Lukas panic like that again.

It was Lukas that brought it up. It was a few months after the death of Ryan Kane, and the boys were sprawled on the grass in front of Helen and Gabe’s house, listening to some music that Lukas and Philip were considering as additions to their ever-growing playlist. Lukas mentioned it, mentioned that he’d like to go back, mentioned that he thought it’d be fun.

Now, here they are, getting their ID’s checked at the door, both much better dressed than last time they were here. The bouncer lets them in without so much as a second glance, and then Philip is getting drinks, and they’re drinking much more than they should, until the world is tipping at it’s edges and they’re lighter than when they come in.

Lukas drags Philip out onto the dance floor just as some 2000s era song fills the air. It’s Mariah Carey in the worst way, but it fits, and it works, and Philip and Lukas don’t hesitate to grab onto each other and dance.

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