plague of london

Life moves on… Time doesn’t stop so we can deal with this challenge or that challenge…

As I am studying tonight, I can’t help but feel for the families on the 17th century as the bubonic plague swept through London.

In September 1665, records show that 7,165 people died from the plague in ONE week!!

Oh, the gratitude I feel!

The November 13, 1665, Oxford Gazette, considered by some to be the first newspaper ever printed (it is more of an official government publication, as opposed to most newspapers, which are run for profit). The newspaper is still being issued, although it is now known as the London Gazette. This issue relates, among other things, the death toll from the outbreak of bubonic plague that was ravaging London at the time.

Miraculous Monsters AU Extras

A post to collect all of the extra Miraculous Monsters AU extra stories together in one place. This will inevitably be added to as more extra stories come out. 

Miraculous Wielder Breakdown - a “How To” guide to the seven Miraculous kwamis and their chosen, as imagined for the MMAU.

Lord Plague - A brief history of the English Miraculous wielder of Destruction, Lord Plague and the reason why he is considered a beloved folk hero among English magical folk. 

The Great Plague of London - a short fic encompassing the end of Lady Luck and Lord Plague, the English Miraculous wielders of Creation and Destruction in the 1600s. The story of the beginning of something else. 

Before there was a Werecat, there was a Witch and her Werewolf - A short story introducing the reasons why John Moon and Sarah Candlewick were there on that fateful day when Adrien should have just stayed home. 

Summer Solstice - a sexy little romp with John and Sarah celebrating the summer together in true magical fashion. Inspired by a “I wish you would write…” prompt 

Life With Witches - In which John Moon contemplates his life among witches. 

Hurt the Children - an alternate ending to A Werecat in London that literally no one asked for. 

“Rules and Orders” for how to deal with an outbreak of the bubonic plague, 1666. King Charles II, among other things, ordered that “no Swine, Dogs, Cats or tame Pigeons be permitted to pass up and down in Streets” and that infected houses be evacuated and marked for 40 days. The plague killed 155 of Londoners during this outbreak.

The Great Plague of London

I decided to write another tie-in backstory to A Werecat in London, this one exploring the death of Lord Plague and the introduction to another magical aspect of my Miraculous Monsters AU - demons. It has very little to do with the main body of writing, but can serve as a means of enriching the overall experience for those who are interested in deepening their understanding of the world I am building and the existence of the beings I am writing about.

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Queens of England + Jane Seymour (1508-1537)

Jane was born in 1508, the daughter of Sir John Seymour and Margery Wentworth. She had the typical education of a female at the time, being better at needlework and household management than reading and writing. She served in Catherine of Aragon’s household and later Anne Boleyn’s when she came into power. By February 1536, rumors were abound that Henry VIII was pursuing Jane. 

In May 1536, on the day after Anne’s execution, Jane and Henry were betrothed and were married at Whitehall that month. For a wedding gift, Henry granted her 104 manors as well as a number of forests and hunting chases to serve as her income during their marriage. Jane was proclaimed as queen consort in June. She was never crowned due to a plague in London where the coronation was supposed to take place. It also may have been because Henry was reluctant to crown her before she provided him with a male heir.

Jane had well-publicized sympathy for Catherine of Aragon and the Lady Mary which showed her to be compassionate. She became a popular figure with the common people and most of the courtiers. Jane eventually would form a close relationship with Mary and worked hard on her behalf to restore her to court and to the royal succession. Jane was unable to restore her to the succession but was able to reconcile her with Henry. 

Queen Jane’s household was very different from the previous queen’s. A strict enforcement of decorum replaced lavish entertainments and general extravagance. As for Jane’s political influence, there is only one report of her involvement when she asked for pardons for participants in the Pilgrimage of Grace. Henry rejected this, reportedly reminding her of the fate her predecessor met when she meddled in his affairs.

In early 1537, Jane became pregnant. During her pregnancy she developed a craving for quail, which Henry ordered for her from Calais and Flanders. Jane led a relatively quiet life during her pregnancy and took no public engagements. She was attended by royal physicians and the best midwives in the kingdom. After a difficult labor that lasted two nights and three days, Jane gave birth to the long-coveted prince who would be christened Edward. 

After Edward was christened, it was clear that Jane was seriously ill. She died on October 24 at Hampton Court Palace and was buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in the tomb that Henry had been building for himself. Mary was the chief mourner at her funeral, which was the only queen’s funeral received by any of Henry’s wives. After Jane’s death, Henry wore black for the next three months and did not remarry for three years. When he died in 1547, he was buried next to her at his request. (x)

Symbolism in Cinder: Chapter 1

So I am rereading Cinder before Heartless is released and I decided to pull out my extensive knowledge of annotating (four years of AP english classes woo) and yeah. I found some cool things that are probably a stretch but whatever.

1: OBVIOUSLY this was meant to be symbolic.

“A ring of children were standing just outside her booth, trilling-"Ashes, ashes, we all fall down!” (4)

This one is pretty easy to get. Ring Around the Rosie is describing the Black Death, the Great Plague of London, and later in the chapter Sunto shows signs of Letumosis.


2: When Kai leaves the shop, it is noted that the children switched their game to hide-and-seek.

“The children, who had switched to a game of hide-and-seek among the clustered booths, crept out of their hiding spots,” (15).

I find it interesting that during the course of Kai and Cinder’s exchange, they decided to play that game. First off, Cinder is trying to hide the fact she’s a cyborg from Kai. Secondly, Kai is trying to hide the fact he’s the Prince from everyone else. Lastly, Nainsi contains important information that is being hidden from them.
I’m probably just reading way too much into things, but it’s fun to think about!


3: This one is kind of a stretch but I want to discuss the fact there were children in the chapter. Children often represent purity, innocence, etc. Being the first chapter, nothing has really gone down yet. The fact Sunto contracts Letumosis could be a representation of how soon things are going to start happening to Cinder and she’s no longer going to be the innocent teen she is at the beginning. Same goes for Kai. He’s going to have to lead a nation soon, there won’t be anymore time for growing up.


These are just thoughts and probably wrong or unintentional but it’s fun looking for this kind of stuff! Also, chapter one has like three lines that are later repeated in Winter and I cryyyyyy.

Carlisle becoming a doctor is even more ironic (and awesome) when you consider that a lot of the early vampire folklore described vampires as bringers of disease.  

(I wonder if he blamed himself for the plague of London in 1665? Edward heard it in his thoughts once and totally teases him about it. “Remember how you thought you brought the plague with you when first visited London after becoming a vampire?” “I know NOW that I didn’t cause the plague, but at the time it was a common belief that vampires were harbingers of illness. We didn’t understand these things back then! Stop laughing, Edward!”) 

anonymous asked:

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22. Tell us about the books on your “to write” list

YESSSS! So I have three book series that I desperately want to do at some point. 

The first is a series about the Black Plague and pandemics (my true love), and blends historical fact with fiction and the supernatural. The first book starts with the real daughter of Empress Theodora and Emperor Justinian of the Byzantine Empire during the first plague outbreak in 541BCE. She is a spy for her parents’ empire and finds the true source of the disease, destroying it and beginning a group of protectors to prevent the evil demons/magic/whatever it was that caused the plague from striking again. The second book in the series would take place during the Black Death and the protectors have become the Knights Hospitaller who fight through all the demonic creatures that the people in the middle ages really believed were connected to the plague. There would be two short novellas spun off from that book talking about the Great Plague of Milan in 1629 and the Great Plague of London leading to the London Fire in 1666. The third book would be about the third pandemic in the 1890s in China and India, and the final book would be about some modern day bioterrorist event and modern day Knights Hospitallers fighting to save the world.

The second series is an urban fantasy book based on one of our Teen Wolf fics, Ab Aeterno. A skeptical cop is tracking down a series of grisly murders that seem like they have some kind of cult-like or supernatural component, so he turns to a local college professor on the paranormal for help. Turns out the professor is a man cursed with immortality, the cop is his soulmate who falls in love with the professor in each lifetime only to lose each other again, and the villain is their immortal enemy trying to destroy them both. The multiple book series would tie each crime back to a period of time when they were together (pirates, revolutionary war soldiers, cowboys, medieval royalty) to reveal something about the killer and the supernatural forces at work. The overarching enemy would tie all the smaller killers/crimes together as they work towards their final showdown, with all kinds of angst over if the two soulmates can find love or if the mortal will ever remember his past lives.

The last series I’ve thought about features a young south-Asian woman as our heroine who is an insurance investigator right out of school. This is a modern day setting, but magic is known and open. Griffins nest on top of buildings, dragons sleeping on metro tracks make commuters late for work, etc. It’s her job to investigate supernatural claims whenever someone is filing for an insurance payout where some magical being caused damage. There’ll be mystery, murder, shenanigans, and her best friend/girlfriend who is a runaway princess of the fey. Definitely a YA series.

In England, the government’s chief medical officer declared AIDS the most serious health threat to that nation since World War II. Health Minister Kenneth Clarke announced new regulations to give British magistrates the power to order an AIDS sufferer into hospital isolation if he persisted in engaging in sexual acts likely to spread the disease.

Sensational stories about AIDS in the flamboyant British press inflamed anti-gay prejudice. One prominent gay activist was attacked outside a London subway by a gang of knife-wielding youths who suggested that he should be killed before he could spread ‘the gay plague’ to others. When a London gay switchboard’s lines broke down because they were so overwhelmed with AIDS calls, telephone company employees refused to fix them because they were afraid of contracting AIDS from the wiring.


In the strangest twist to English AIDS history, the guide to British aristocracy, Burke’s Peerage, announced that, in an effort to preserve ‘the purity of the human race,’ it would not list any family in which any member was known to have AIDS. ‘We are worried that AIDS may not be a simple infection, even if conveyed in an unusual way,’ its publishing director said, ‘but an indication of a genetic defect.’

—  Randy Shilts, And the Band Played On (1987), Ch. 56
Another Aro/Carlisle "friendship" ficlet

“I fail to understand why you are so opposed to the idea,” Aro said as he strolled through the moonlit gardens of Volterra with his fair-haired friend. 

“It wouldn’t be right,” the English vampire insisted. “How could I ever justify doing to someone what was done to me?”

“But you wouldn’t be doing that, don’t you see? You would not abandon her in a lonely alley, leaving her to endure the conversion alone. You could even teach her your ways. Perhaps if your strange lifestyle is all she knows it will be easier for her to accept it.”

Carlisle shook his head as he walked, hands clasped behind his back. “It would not be right to rob her of the chance at a human life.”

“As you were robbed?” It never failed to amuse him how much the young vampire romanticized humanity. “Carlisle, my friend, human lives are so fleeting and so easily ended even when creatures such as ourselves do not interfere. I do not think you would have seen far beyond your three-and-twenty mortal years even if you had survived the night human. Did not a rather virulent plague sweep through your London around that time? And that, if I do recall, was followed swiftly by a fire. And even if you did survive, what happy future do you think awaited you? You no doubt would have obeyed your father’s wishes and followed him into the clergy and spent a miserable life in relative poverty, preaching to lost souls who would listen to your sincere sermon on Sunday and then sin freely the remainder of the week.”

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Translation: Shakespeare

Hellooo! So despite this taking ~way~ longer than I originally intended… here is the Shakespeare translation!! *cue fanfare* And it seems like it’s just in time as people are getting their Bluray/DVD copies of the show! Awesome. 

I’m sorry I don’t have the means to create a subtitle file. If anyone is experienced in those, and would be interested in making one, please feel free to contact me and let’s see if we can get something to work. :) 

Otherwise, I hope you can enjoy reading along while watching the show to enjoy it to the fullest! 

Update 4/03: I had a chance to watch the bluray while reading through and made some changes. And added some missing lines oops. Hopefully it is easier to follow now.

I’ll make a few notes at the beginning, but everything else under the cut is the full script! Please enjoy! Thank you so much :)

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A PLAGUE OF WIZARDS

LONDON IS OVERRUN WITH A PLAGUE. NOT A PLAGUE OF PLAGUE OR A PLAGUE OF RATS OR FROGS OR WHICHEVER BULLSHIT ANIMALS MOST PLAGUES ARE MADE OF, BUT A PLAGUE OF EVIL WIZARDS. THEY’RE CALLED THE CORANIEID, AND THEY STAND AROUND IN BIG-ASS BLACK CLOAKS LOOKING THREATENING. ALSO THEY CAN HEAR EVERY SINGLE WORD ANYONE SAYS, SO THEY LISTEN TO EVERYONE’S SECRETS AND USE THEM TO FUCK SHIT UP. ONCE AGAIN, KING LUDD IS FED UP WITH THIS STUPID BULLSHIT AND SETS OUT TO BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF THE CORANIEID.

LLUDD PHONES UP HIS WIZARD BROTHER LLEFELYS ON THEIR SPECIAL COPPER SPEAKING TUBE SO THAT THE CORANIEID CAN’T HEAR THEIR PLOTS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE PHONE LINE IS CLOGGED WITH EVIL DEMONS. LLUDD POURS A BOTTLE OF WINE INTO THE PHONE, AND THE DEMONS GET WASHED OUT OF THE OTHER END, LEAVING LLEFELYS WITH A PILE OF WET, WINE-STAINED DEMONS TO DEAL WITH. 

ONCE HE’S SWEPT UP THE DEMONS AND CLEANED THE FLOOR, LLEFELY TELLS LLUDD WHAT TO DO. THE CORANIEID ARE IMMUNE TO NORMAL WEAPONS, WHICH IS A PRETTY FUCKING MASSIVE PROBLEM. FORTUNATELY, THOUGH, THEY HAVE ONE WEAKNESS. BEES.

LLUDD GRINDS UP HUNDREDS OF FUCKING BEES AND SPRAYS THE CORANIEID WITH BEE JUICE, AT WHICH POINT THEY DIE AN AGONISING MELTY BEE DEATH. IT’S FUCKING HORRIBLE, BUT AT LEAST LONDON ISN’T PLAGUED WITH EVIL WIZARDS ANY MORE.