henry is not a good influence

The series of interviews conducted by Dr. George Henry with lesbians in the ‘30s illustrates a contentment in the lives of many of these women that would have frazzled the censors had that picture been reflected in the media. Many of his interviewees were self-actualized individuals, living to their full potential in mutually productive relationships. They say things such as:

I’m doing the work [as an editor] I always wanted to do and I’m very, very happy. I’m very much in love with the girl too. We click… She has had the most influence for good in my life.”  — 20-year old white woman

If I were born again I would like to be just as I am. I’m perfectly satisfied being a girl and being as I am. I’ve never had any regrets.”  —  26-year-old black woman

Our relationship is just as sweet now [after eleven years] as in the beginning.”  — 29-year-old white woman

Since we have been living together our lives are fuller and happier. We create things together and we are devoted to our [adopted] baby.”  —  30-year-old white woman

I have a great confidence in the future. I think I’m going to be a very well-known artist… Homosexuality hasn’t interfered with my work. It has made it what it is.”  —  30-year-old white woman

Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America, pg. 112 by Lillian Faderman

Françoise Gilot painting.

In 1943, Gilot met Pablo Picasso and would soon become a student, muse and lover to him. He exposed her to an artist circle made of such notables as Braque, Miro, Gertrude Stein and Simone de Beauvoir. She also met Henri Matisse and the two became good friends. By the 1950’s, Gilot’s style began to move away from cubist influences of Picasso and developed into a more organic style all her own.

There is no such thing as a good influence, Mr. Gray. All influence is immoral – immoral from the scientific point of view. Because to influence a person is to give him one’s own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of some one else’s music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one’s self.
—  Lord Henry, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
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–> Favorite relationships in history: Henry VIII of England and Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk.

Brought up at the court of Henry VII, Charles Brandon soon became a favorite to Henry VIII, notably thanks to his talent at jousting, and one of his closest friends. He married in secret Mary Tudor, Henry’s little sister and then widow of Louis XII of France, in 1515. Although Henry was furious at first, he quickly forgave them, something that would not have happened later in his reign.

Following Cardinal Wolsey’s disgrace in 1529, Brandon’s influence grew daily. Despite being opposed to the marriage with Anne Boleyn, he remained on good terms with Henry VIII during the early 1530′s and thereafter enjoyed a position of influence at court until the end of his life.

Careful with his investment in court intrigues and a strong supporter of the king’s religious policies, Brandon had little enemies and was appreciated by most. It is a testament to the strength of their friendship that Henry, deeply grieved, buried him at his own expense at Windsor in St George’s Chapel in 1545 and noticed that Brandon had “never attempted to hurt an adversary, nor had he ever said a word to injure anyone”, which was more than many at court could say.

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The Signs as Famous Kings pt. 1 (Fire)

This is the continuation to “The Signs as Famous Queens” which was uploaded on the blog sehn-sucht (Rike’s 2nd blog). Again our decisions are based on the signs as we know them and a more traditional view but we were also influenced by films or tv-shows due to the lack of information on some kings.
-May, Nele & Rike

Aries - Henry VIII, King of England (1509-1547)
Henry was known for his good looks and intelligence. The death of his older brother Arthur required him to learn quickly about the duties and responsibilities of kingship and many were impressed by his presence. This King was a man who enjoyed himself. He dressed extravagantly, loved eating and drinking and lived beyond his means. Although he was an extreme egoist, having more interest in his personal desires than public policy, he possessed strong political insight. Henry loved any kind of sports but his love for food grew bigger as he grew older. So he ended up becoming unbelievably fat. Today Henry is also famous for his passionate or rather volatile relationships with his six wives.

Leo - Cyrus II the Great, King of Persia (559-530 BC)
Cyrus was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, the largest one the world had seen yet. He is remembered as a tolerant and ideal monarch who was called the father of his people by the ancient Persians. The Bible portrays Cyrus as the one responsible for freeing the Jewish captives in Babylonia and allowing them to return to their homeland. Moreover he promised not to force any person to change his or her religion or faith. Cyrus was tolerant and magnanimous as well as brave and daring, which is why he was honoured as a dignified and righteous king. He is well recognized for his achievements concerning human rights which even influenced the U.S. Constitution.‎

Sagittarius - Louis XIV “The Sun King”, King of France (1643-1715)
Louis’ reign lasted for 72 years, longer than that of any other known European sovereign and is associated with the greatest age of French culture and art. He loved food, hunting and sex and mastered fencing, dancing and horse-riding. Hereby he had a high opinion of himself. As a private person Louis was reserved, secretive but furthermore polite and open-minded at ceremonial display. He showed great loyalty to servants and friends. However, he desired personal glory and precious belongings so that he could afford a prestigious life, which caused a series of wars.

META - Henry Lascelles: apathetic onlooker to advisor

An exploration of how cinematography and body-language in JS&MN portrays Mr Lascelles’ increase of influence over and interest in Mr Norrell. 

(a.k.a my first meta for this fandom I am terrified)

This is particularly focused on the series, so no book spoilers!

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