miriam for queen

thekittenknightess  asked:

And I'm guessing the royal couple has a discreet magician friend that can hide the more lasting effects of their indulgences when the two are out in public? If so... what does the queen look like without that protection?

“You presume to know a great deal about my life. I shall brook no more discussion of these inane and, might I add, utterly falsified rumors of how Robin and I spend our free time. Thank you.”

-Queen Miriam

Victoria On Film - 5 Screen Portrayals of Queen Victoria In The Last Few Decades

With the development of film production in the last few decades, the film industry has increasingly had the ability and skill to capture and retell stories, to be of easy access to anyone. From comedic to factual, here are my top 5 portrayals of Queen Victoria from film and television.

Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, 1988 - Miriam Margolyes

Oh Albert, You Naughty German Sausage!

The only time the popular Blackadder series of the 80s visited the Victorian period was in the 1988 Christmas special Blackadder’s Christmas Carol. Here Victoria is portrayed hilariously as big, bubbly and buxom by Miriam Margolyes (known for her role as Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films) who, accompanied by an enthusiastic and stereotypically-German Prince Albert (played by Jim Broadbent) head out onto the streets of London on their ‘Annual Christmas Adventure’.

On their adventure they go incognito to reward ‘the virtuous and the good’, which includes Ebenezer Blackadder who, until that day, had been the ‘kindest and loveliest man in England’. Not recognising them, he insults the disguised couple, and when he notices the resemblance to the Royal family, he berates them too. Only after they leave does Blackadder ironically learn of their true identities and how he missed out on his reward. As usual with satirised versions of history, it isn’t a very historically accurate portrayal. However, as a comedy piece with a historical basis, it is hilariously funny. This piece can be found on Netflix and usually on YouTube.

Her Majesty, Mrs Brown, 1997 - Judi Dench

It Is Not For Any Of The Queen’s Subjects To Presume To Tell Her Majesty When And Where She Should Come Out Of Mourning!

The fairly forgotten film Mrs Brown of 1997 retells the story of Queen Victoria and her relationship with John Brown, her Highland Servant. The film begins in 1863, two years since the death of Prince Albert, and Victoria (played by the legendary Dame Judi Dench) remains in seclusion at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. It is here that John Brown (played by the equal legend that is Billy Connolly), one of the Queens outdoor servants, arrives from Balmoral Castle with the Queens pony after being sent for in the hope the Queen might ride out in the grounds. Although bumpy at first, Victoria and John soon become firm friends, and Brown is given the official title of ‘The Queen’s Highland Servant’.

Throughout the course of the film the ongoing issue of the ‘inappropriacy‘ of Victoria’s relationship with John Brown becomes more urgent, in addition to her increasing pressure to return to public life and mental conflict of her loyalty to the dead Prince Albert. However, she finds peace with herself and continues her employment and friendship with John Brown. The film ends in around 1883 with  John’s death of pneumonia, depicted as being caught after chasing an intruder to the royal household.

I find Mrs Brown as a whole a incredibly accurate portrayal, from capturing Victoria’s character to getting the facts right (something many portrayals lose due to creative licence), even the use of Osborne House in filming. However, it is still a film, not a back-to-books docudrama. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone interested in Queen Victoria but it is a little obscure to find, so have a look about eBay and Amazon. If you want to know more about John Brown and his relationship with Queen Victoria, I have a post on my blog titled After Albert - Victoria’s Second Love, John Brown, which you can check out if you want. In addition, later this year (what I consider to be a sequel although it isn’t) comes Victoria And Abdul, based around the later relationship of Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim, an Indian Muslim attendant to Victoria in her last years. Judi Dench reprises her role as the Queen, as well as the beautiful Osborne House, so keep an eye out.

Doctor Who, 2006 - Pauline Collins

I Am Quite Used To Staring Down The Barrel Of A Gun.

In science fiction, historical accuracy typically isn’t the primary focus, and with Doctor Who I don’t blame them. The gun-totting Queen (played by Pauline Collins) seen in the Season 2 episode Tooth And Claw is faced with ninja-like monks and an alien werewolf in the Scottish Highlands. She meets the 10th incarnation of the time-travelling Doctor and his companion Rose Tyler by chance whilst travelling to Balmoral in 1879. However, she plans to spend the night at the ‘Torchwood Estate’ nearby, supposedly favoured by the deceased Prince Albert, and is accompanied by Rose and the Doctor. Unbeknown to her, the house had been taken over by monks in disguise as servants who harbour a man in the basement who is a werewolf,  in the hope of infecting the Queen and creating an ‘Empire of the Wolf’.

The trap is soon realised, and the Doctor tries to escape with his group, before discovering how to kill the wolf by combining the mysterious telescope in the house and the Queens Koh-I-Noor diamond (which actually existed) to create a concentrated light. As they recover from killing the wolf the Queen finds a cut from the chaos that she claims is a splinter, although the Doctor later reveals he thinks she was bitten by the wolf and that the Haemophilia she passed down through her family was in fact the infection of a werewolf. I find this portrayal a little Stereotyped and full of unnecessary historical exposition, but is generally quite interesting to watch and see her portrayed as a badass. This episode can be found on pretty much any video streaming site, such as Netflix and Amazon.

The Young Victoria, 2009 - Emily Blunt

I Wear The Crown! And If There Will Be Mistakes Then They Will Be My Mistakes!

The Young Victoria of 2009 was probably the beginning of the current spark of interest in the youth of Queen Victoria (you’ll notice toward the end of the list only are we seeing young portrayals). This film covers the life of Victoria from around the age of 16 to 22, arguably the most eventful and important years of her life. The film begins with a very brief retelling of Victoria’s life up until her coming to the throne, then throws you into the conflict of the royal family in around 1835. Victoria (portrayed beautifully by Emily Blunt) is shown at odds with her mother and Sir John Conroy whilst allied with her governess Letzen, Aunt Adelaide and Uncle William, as well as becoming acquainted with Lord Melbourne. Victoria also meets her cousins for the first time, Ernest and, more well known, Albert (played by the dashing Rupert Friend).

The film then follows Victoria’s rise  to the throne and release as she finds freedom and independence from her mother and Conroy, and an opportunity to become better acquainted with Albert. However, her struggle soon begins, with real events such as the Bedchamber Scandal and rumours surrounding her relationship with Melbourne play out. From her recovery of these issues, the rest of the film follows Prince Albert’s relationship with Victoria; their marriage, Victoria’s subsequent pregnancy and Albert preventing Victoria’s assassination-whilst getting shot himself. The film ends with Albert recovering well and the baby being born,  then a brief version of what happened in real life afterwards. Although some changes were made to timeline, such as Albert being present and the coronation and then getting wounded during the assassination attempt (when the Queen attended a private screening she wasn’t very pleased with these), I find this film a good portrayal of the real young Victoria and certainly captures Victoria’s struggles and relationships in her early days. This film will always hold a place in my heart (I know it practically word for word) because it was what sparked my interest in Queen Victoria. Its definitely worth a watch, and although it cannot be found on Netflix it is on Amazon.

Victoria, 2016 - Jenna Coleman

She Doesn’t Have A Name, She Is Doll 123.

Last year Victoria hit our screens with Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman in the staring role. As popular as it is, however, I found it difficult to watch. If your looking for historical accuracy, this probably isn’t the show for you. Victoria series one has so far covered Victoria’s life from the age of 18 to 22, and a second series is being filmed right now.

It begins right at the point of Victoria becoming Queen, dropping you into the midst of Victoria’s battle with her mother and John Conroy. It then follows her through the early days as Queen and visits the bedchamber scandal, leaning more toward the controversial death of Lady Flora Hastings. Victoria also meets and befriends Lord Melbourne. Their relationship is portrayed as being a romantically inclined one, some much to the point of Victoria proposing - although he declines. Victoria then is forced to negotiate around marriage suggestions, especially those surrounding her cousin Albert (played by Tom Hughes), who she detests - until she sees him, for the first time in years. From here their relationship develops to the point of proposal and marriage, including a curious subplot where Victoria attempts to ward off pregnancy. She fails, however, and the series ends happily with the birth of a daughter. In addition to following Victoria’s life the show also follows members of the Queen’s household, similar to Downton Abbey, and includes people like Miss Skerrett and Charles Francatelli (who were real people, although many other characters below stairs were not). 

 Personally, its not my cup of tea and I could pick it over all day, from costumes and characters to dates and sets. However to be fair, the show does follow a basic historical time timeline and I feel that Jenna Coleman does capture Victoria’s spirit and character. Victoria can be found on Amazon.

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mojona1999  asked:

I wanted to ask something about The Prince of Egypt. This might be a dumb question, but I was wondering why Miriam would assume that Moses knows her and Aaron during the well scene? I don't think he would've remembered them from when he was a baby and even though Miriam already assumed that the Queen had told Moses about his origins, he still wouldn't have known who Miriam and Aaron were. I have some guesses, but just wanted an opinion :)

Not a dumb question!  And actually, it gives me a chance to more fully form my thoughts around a few things (I’m never done agonizing over this scene…), as well as clarify something I wrote previously, now that it’s on my mind.

I agree that Moses would have been much too small to remember Miriam and Aaron.  There’s also no way Tuya knew that Moses had siblings …and even if she found out somehow, she obviously didn’t say anything :\  Going by movie canon, the most she would have been able to tell him was how he was plucked from the river, and that he’s Hebrew.

This last part is what Miriam trusts.  She believes that the queen told Moses where he came from and who he is.  To be honest, I don’t think she assumes that he knows who she and Aaron are, specifically.  When Moses shows up at their door, she’s surprised: “I didn’t expect to see you here, of all places, at our door!”  It makes me wonder, if she thought he knew about them, would his appearance at their door be that remarkable?  (e.g., wouldn’t she hope he’d try to look for/go to them first?)  In any case, it’s a pleasant shock, and maybe seeing him there, of all places, causes her to draw a quick conclusion that he does know who they are… but it doesn’t necessarily mean she anticipated that he would.

I feel that the moment she says, “Because you’re our brother” — coupled with his baffled “what?” — is the moment she realizes he doesn’t know anything.  Until that point, she’s just excited he’s returned at last, at their very door… because it’s an answer to her prayers; it’s proof that he knows who he is: the facts about his birth, the foundations of his identity.  However, he doesn’t even have those, and so convincing him of their familial ties becomes that much more difficult and desperate.  (She has to give him all the information.)

[ETA: At the same time, “Because you’re our brother” sounds a bit like, “Well, didn’t you know this?” — It sounds like she expected him to know that he’s their brother.  But, the line strikes me more as a genuine/reasonable response to his utter disregard: “Freedom?  Why would I care about that?”  (In addition to everything else, the hope that he cares about their freedom unravels during this scene.)]

This is the impression I get from the movie.  It’s what feels most natural to me, though of course there are different ways of interpreting the dialogue and animation.  You bring up a good point: Why would Miriam assume that Moses knows her and Aaron during the well scene?  What could have led her to that assumption, beyond just the belief that he’s aware of his origins?

Even though what I wrote above is my gut-feeling about the scene/situation, I wouldn’t be surprised if Miriam, and Aaron, did expect Moses to have some curiosity about his first family.  After all, if he knew he was adopted, wouldn’t he then wonder who’s out there?  (But, again, not necessarily discover who his siblings are, exactly.)  …In the end, it doesn’t really change the way the scene plays out.  Miriam still believes in something that turns out not to have happened.  Moses still lacks the truth.  For Miriam and Aaron, waiting for him has still been painful; arguing over whether they’ll be reunited, and be free someday, has still been frustrating and painful.  (Why hasn’t he come back?  When will he come back?  Does he care?  …and trying to grasp some reassurance from each other.)

I’m not sure if you read this analysis, but in it I wrote:

And as she replies, she realizes with painful clarity that he was never told who he is — he doesn’t know them.  He doesn’t know that he’s family.  She’s crestfallen.

In hindsight, the bit in bold might be misleading?  I was trying to convey her emotions (and mine) — regarding the totality of their loss, the realization that he’s truly ignorant of everything — rather than an assumption she held.  She may not have assumed that he knew them, but she certainly hoped that he knew his birthright… that he’s family in a broader sense: of his people.


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anonymous asked:

What "interest" is shared by the king and queen exactly? >:3c

“Who let this bespectacled homunculus into the castle?”

Look guys, I’m not saying that the humans and elves were spared from a long and bloody war because the King ( prince, at the time ) and Queen ( princess, at the time ) discovered they were a passionate feeder and feedee respectively.

But…

Thehumansandelvesweresparedfromalongandbloodywarbecausetheking(princeatthetime)andqueen(princessatthetime)discoveredtheywereapasionatefeederandfeedeerespectivley.

And they lived happily ever after.

Prince of Egypt asks!

feel free to reblog!

1. Favorite male character?

2. Favorite female character?

3. Favorite overall character?

4. Favorite song?

5. Favorite song sequence? (i.e., the way the song plays out in the film)

6. Goshen or The Palace or Midian?

7. Moses or Rameses?

8. Rameses or Aaron?

9. Miriam or Tzipporah?

10. Queen Tuya or Yocheved?

11. Seti or Hotep and Huy?

12. Rameses’ son or Tzipporah’s sisters?

13. Favorite fanfic?

14. Favorite gifset?

15. The Plagues or Deliver Us?

16. Through Heaven’s Eyes or When You Believe?

17. Actual feelings about Playing With the Big Boys?

18. OTP?

19. BROTP?

20. NOTP?

21. Favorite family relationship?

22. Moses’ birth family or Moses’ adoptive family?

23. Personal anecdotes/memories?

24. Headcanon(s)?

25. Favorite outfit?

Bonus:

26. Favorite quote?

anonymous asked:

What are the respective heights and weights of the characters normally? Because Mel looks like she is 4'3" and 70lbs soaking wet.

Good question! ( Most of the weights are estimates prone to extreme variance, use this as a general guide and not hard facts. )

Melody is 4′11″ and weighs in at a boisterous 124 lbs. 

Anna is 6′3″ and weighs in at a muscular 182 lbs.

Sca’llet is 5′8″ and weighs in at a whopping 145 lbs.

Queen Miriam is 7′ and weighs in at a mysterious 324 lbs.

King Robin is 6′ and weighs in at a regal 210 lbs.

And Gamfron is 4′ and weighs in at a dense 220 lbs.

( Rhodric had been excluded from the chart as he stands at a lofty 8′5″ and thus breaks the scale. He’s a big ol’ metal boy. )

The King and Queen of the united kingdom of Gwayn. King Robin and Queen Miriam married, then crown prince and princess to their respective kingdoms, married in their youth as a means to unite the warring kingdom. Proving that the races of human and elf could coexist on the same continent.

The two originally cared little for one another but after discovering they had a certain shared… “interest” the two found some common ground from which a relationship of mutual understanding and trust bloomed.

They rule to this day and are much beloved by all, regularly calling on Melody and her guildmates when the kingdom is in peril.

anonymous asked:

What's your guy's deepest, darkest fantasy?

Sca'llet guffaws loudly at your question.

“Well there’s no way in hell I’m going to tell you all my darkest fantasy. However…”

Sca'llet peers around the room to make sure no one is listening in before she leans in and whispers in the most hushed of tones.

“Miriam, the Queen, really gets off on being told she’s getting fat. Ya’ know stuff like “Wow, someone’s been sneaking seconds by the look of that belly” or “You look fit to pop a seam if you bend over, tubby.” Real blunt, commanding stuff.“

Sca'llet smirks and stands up, preparing to leave.

"Those are just examples, real basic, I know you all can do better. Just remember, you didn’t hear this from me, okay?~”

With that, Sca'llet leaves, giving you a chance to muse on what you have learned.

-Sca'llet 🎶

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What if Miriam has to die?  Like in Lost.. Charlie had to die.

Adam and Eddy also wrote Lost episodes, including season 3, episode 4, captured in this image (yes, that’s Emily de Ravin who also portrays Belle). Charlie was saved from being struck by lightning by Desmond.  Desmond was the one character from Lost who could time travel.  He could see Charlie dying, so he tried to change the future.  Then, Charlie was almost hit with an arrow, drowned, etc.  Desmond tried over and over to save him from dying, but each time the Fates had some other disaster waiting.

What if Miriam was supposed to die?  Even though Emma saved her once, what if the universe keeps conspiring to kill her?  Maybe she can say goodbye to her family and die a hero, but she’s going to die.

I would love to watch Regina tag along after Miriam trying to save her time after time, only to have Miriam see that she’s changed and forgive her.

 It’s a sad theory, but it’s one way to get out of this love triangle with the characters’ integrity intact.