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Trinity Appreciation.

The importance of this relationship  is not only the different abilities and skills they bring for the greater good or their different personalities which creates for entertaining dynamics. They are a team, yes, but they are also close friends and family. They have built up a lot of trust over the decades, and sometimes have had disagreement, but ultimately they have a lot of affection for one another. Clark is the glue that keeps this Trinity together, I feel.

 I love Clark and Diana as a couple, and their innate optimism and  compassion I think helps Bruce and tempers that loneliness and darkness that surrounds him. That they do this unconditionally is what makes their open heartedness so significant.  For me Bruce sees them as the brother and sister he never had. 

The greatest testament of their trust, love and respect is seen when they ask him to be Godfather to their child in Kingdom Come. The timing of it is perfect too because it is all earned via the narrative of hope overcoming tragedy/ light triumphing after darkness.  Bruce,  of course, says yes. I mean, the idea of training and influencing a Kryptonian/Amazon kid, I can just see a seasoned and older Batman would love that!

It’s also why I think Kingdom Come is such a great story and seen as a perfect finale to the DCU. It ends on a high note and a whole epilogue celebrating the Trinity.

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Walhalla, overlooking the Danube, in Germany, is a memorial, one could say a temple of artistic memorials, to many famous Germanic people, starting with Arminius, sometimes called Herman Battle, who defeated three Roman legions plus auxiliaries at the Battle of Teutoburg in 9 CE. It also includes other valiant pagans: Hengist, from Jutland, who became the first Anglo-Saxon king in England, ruling the Kingdom of Kent from about 455 - 488 CE and Widukind, the continental Heathen Saxon leader who lead a long resistance to the Roman Catholic King of the Franks, Charlemagne. The resistance tragically ended in the forced conversion of the continental Saxons, with thousands of refusers of Christianity and the rebuilding of a “Holy” Roman Empire being forcibly baptized and beheaded, while those who agreed to Xtianity were commonly reduced to serfdom: a case of Ethnic cleansing and the Church being a little over-inclusive. Charlemagne is also commemorated and doubtless some would like to see Hitler memorialized. There are memorials to Widerstandskämpfer: anti-Nazi resistance fighters.

The Walhalla was conceived by Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig in 1807 and built by 1842. To me it’s a pity he chose a neo-classical style for this, out of keeping with the freedom-loving spirit of Germanic pagans like Widukind who were resisting the rebuilding of the Roman Empire.

Whatever: it’s still well worth a visit: even the memorials to those one dislikes give rise to thought and enable us to learn from history.

The pictures are taken from the Wikipedia entry Walhalla memorial:

Top: Außenansicht der Walhalla, July 2009, Michael J. Zirbes (Mijozi)

Centre: Walhalla-Ansicht aus Richtung des Donau-Ufers, Michael J. Zirbes (Mijozi), July 2009.

Bottom: Walhalla in Regensburg, by Christian “VisualBeo” Horvat, March 6th, 2006.

Wikipedia has more pictures and info.

Bertha - The First Christian Queen

When the Merovingian King Charibert I of Paris died in 567 A.D. he left behind a wife, Queen Ingoburga, and four young children. Among the small brood of royal children was Charibert’s youngest daughter Bertha. The exact date of the Frankish princess’ birth is unknown, but it is usually thought to be around 565, which would have made her a very young child at the time of her father’s death. Though her brutish father was the first Merovingian king to be excommunicated, Bertha was brought up in a Christian environment.

Around the year 580, Bertha was betrothed to King Æthelberht of Kent. One stipulation of the marriage was that Bertha be allowed to practice her own religion. This was an important condition, as Anglo-Saxon England was still a largely Pagan land in the sixth century, and Bertha was a devout Catholic. Æthelberht agreed to this and married Bertha, thus creating an alliance with the Franks. Bertha was the single force of unification between her home kingdom in Francia and her husband’s kingdom of Kent. An increase in trade and wealth soon followed. Along with political and economic gain, Bertha also brought her personal chaplain Liudhard to England. Bertha began the restoration of a church in Canterbury that had been in use during the Roman occupation of Britain and had fallen into disuse after the rise of the Anglo-Saxon kings. She dedicated her newly refurbished church to Saint Martin and used it as a private chapel. It is likely that Bertha exercised great influence over her husband in matters of faith and eventually convinced Æthelberht to convert to Christianity. It is not possible to pinpoint the date of Æthelberht’s conversion, however. In 596 Pope Gregory “The Great” sent a prior by the name of Augustine (later known as Saint Augustine of Canterbury) to Kent, accompanied by forty monks. Bertha received them warmly, despite her husband’s initial distrust of churchmen and perhaps of the Catholic Church in general. It would be generations before Christianity took a firm hold in England, but were it not for Bertha’s support of the early monastic settlements and Augustine’s mission at Canterbury, the faith may not have flourished as it did and English history would have taken a dramatically different course. Augustine would become the first Archbishop of Canterbury and established the bishoprics of London and Rochester.

Bertha and Æthelberht had two children, a son called Eadbald and a daughter called Æthelburg, who was also known by the nickname of “Tata.” Bertha’s son Eadbald would eventually rule jointly with his father and came to the throne after Æthelberht’s death as a pagan ruler, unlike his sister. Æthelburg was a Christian and oversaw the conversion of her husband, King Edwin of Northumbria, to Christianity, in a similar fashion to her mother. Bertha herself died sometime after 601. Her ultimate legacy would be that of the queen who triggered the conversion of England from Anglo-Saxon paganism to Roman Catholicism. She was venerated as a saint and is today commemorated by The Bertha Trail in Kent. Her private chapel of Saint Martin’s Church still stands today and is the oldest Christian church of the English speaking world.


kamalakhan-archive-deactivated2  asked:

What r ur fave superman quotes?? Im trying to find some :0

  • My fave is: “Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul, I swear… until my dream of a world where dignity, honor and justice becomes the reality we all share – I’ll never stop fighting.” (Action Comics, #775). 
  • “…The world is full of exceptional people. The people in the world who do kindnesses, or search for the truth despite their lives being at risk. The engineers, the teachers, the doctors and adoptive parents, the scholars and the firemen, and yes, the journalists. People who risk everything for the sake of others and those who simply try to help those whose need be greater than their own. Those people inspire me, not the other way around.” (Superman: Strange Attractors). 
  • “You’re much stronger than you think you are.” (All-Star Superman)
  • “I’ll always be there. Always. It’s not the powers. Not the cape. It’s about standing up for justice. For truth. As long as people like you [Luthor] are out there, I’ll be there. Always.” (Superman: Up, Up, and Away!)
  • “Do your worst, Luthor. Do it forever. I won’t break. ” (Superman: Reign of Doomsday). 
  • “Vengeance is not justice.” (Superman: Ending Battle)
  • “In this world, there is right and there is wrong…And that distinction is not difficult to make. The powers we have…The things we do…They’re meant to inspire ordinary citizens…Not intimidate them…Not terrify them.” (Kingdom Come). 
  • “Jonathan Kent taught me that the strong have to stand up for the weak and that bullies don’t like being bullied back. He taught me that a good heart is worth more than all the money in the bank. He taught me about life and death. He taught me that the measure of a man lies not in what he says but what he does. And he showed me by example how to be tough, and how to be kind and how to dream of a better world.” (All-Star Superman). 
  • ”Invaders from Mars, creatures on the loose, mad scientists and giant robots… bogeymen, hiding under beds and in closets… I’ve always tried to show you that there’s nothing to be afraid of…That fear was in your mind. But then you showed me that the  greatest threat to  humanity is in your hearts. (Superman: For Tomorrow). 
  • “I already know who I am. I’m a man who knows the benefit of hard work and honesty. A man who knows the difference between right and wrong. A man who can help people all over the world. I’m Clark Kent.” (The Adventures of Superman Vol 2)

A spectacular gold ring around 1,400 years old went on display with other archaeological treasures at Saffron Walden Museum.

The ring is highly decorated with Anglo-Saxon motifs including birds and interlaced ornament, but it is the engraving on the bezel which has really excited the experts. This shows a belted human figure with a cross below a bird of prey, an intriguing mix of pagan Anglo-Saxon and Christian symbols. It has been dated it to 580 - 650 AD, around the time of the Sutton Hoo burial, when the new Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, including the kingdoms of Kent, Essex and East Anglia, were choosing between traditional beliefs and Christianity.

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The night had come. Many guests gathered in honour of Prince Kent, for it was time for him to choose his future wife. Kent already knew who he belonged to, but he knew he couldn’t disclose that to the King or Queen as he knew it would cause nothing but trouble. The night ahead was to consist of a large banquet followed by plenty of dancing and mingling of guests of the highest calibre in the kingdom. But Kent wanted to be anywhere else but here as he watched the guests begin to fill the large banquet hall.