The Madrid Skylitzes is a richly illustrated illuminated manuscript of the Synopsis of Histories (Σύνοψις Ἱστοριῶν), by John Skylitzes, which covers the reigns of the Byzantine emperors from the death of Nicephorus I in 811 to the deposition of Michael IV in 1057. The manuscript was produced in Sicily in the 12th century.
image: fol. 108r: Tsar Symeon I of Bulgaria defating the Byzantine army, led by Procopius Crenites and Curtacius the Armenian in Macedonia
>This image is the 5 mile diameter fireball of the Tsar Bomba. >tsar bomba was 50 megatons, originally designed to be twice that >test had yield over 1000 times bigger than that webm >10 times the combined energy of all conventional explosives used in WWII >¼ the power of Krakatoa in 1883 >1/10 the yield of all combined tests to date. >also one of the “cleanest” nukes in comparison to its yield, 97% of its energy came from just fusion, not fission >bomb itself weight 27 metric tons >village 55 km away completely destroyed >heat would have caused 3rd degree burns at 100 km away Goddamn I Iove nukes.
omnipotentmoon said:-whispers- Maybe a cute image of the Tsar and Tsarina when they were courting?
She playfully pushes him away as he goes for a kiss. “You’re the pilot! Look where we’re going!” she chides. With a sigh, he turns his gaze straight ahead. Relenting, she takes his hand and delivers a small brush of her lips on his knuckles. “Oh, and flying one-handed is safer?” He teases.
The cult of Peter [the Great] produced a reaction, of course. But the Slavophiles who believed that Russia had taken the wrong turning under Peter were content to hold Alexis up as a symbol of what they took to be the traditional Russian values. They pictured him in hagiographical fashion as a pious Tsar, sweet-natured but fundamentally passive. This image persisted. According to a historian of religion, Alexis “was perhaps the only man worthy to wear the holy crown. Most quiet, most pious, almost a saint - he asounds us with the strength of his faith, his child-like purity of heart and his thirst for truth.” Alexis has remained an icon for the nostalgic to this day …
There is evidence to support such a view of him (although Alexis also pursued his search for truth into the torture chamber, to interrogate suspects), and it was recognized by historians with less idealistic view of the past. Soloviev describes Alexis as good-natured, soft - possibly the “most attractive phenomenon” to occupy the throne of Russia. But then he makes his saintliness explicable by divesting him of all authority: “Much of what seems pristine in his character,” he assures us, “was actually weakness … [hence] the key to government rested not with him, but with a series of favourites.” Kliuchevskii follows the suit, implying that Alexis was neglectful, a puppet of the boyars, surrounded by a crowd of worthless favourites; and Platonov, whil paying lip-service to the icon, complies an impressive list of denigrating adjective - weak-willed, weak-spirited, lacking in energy, incapable of hard work and (of course) over-dependent on a succession of favourites.
The very first drawing of Nicholas II I made for two years ago on a textured paper. His ears are kinda big :D, though I got better at drawing him as I learned more about the Romanovs and their story. More beautiful images are to come. xo