the last duchess

okay i know Hardeen was a Terrible arc for everyone involved, but what if Obi Wan had told Anakin about faking his death? Anakin’s like no worries dude I Got This, except he really. does not,,

the only reason his “acting” is remotely believable is because almost no one has seen him like this before, so it must be due to all the grief and loss and heartbreak and anger and whatnot

he starts by sobbing over Obi Wan’s supposedly dead body for a solid two hours when Obi gets shot down. “LOOK at him, so cold and Lifeless. D: HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE WARM AND FULL OF LIFE, SNIPS. I know last week I checked his pulse because he was meditating so calmly I thought he passed away in his sleep, BUT HE’S USUALLY SO WARM AND FULL OF LIFE.”

It goes on until Anakin has finished everything on his painstakingly written Outline from last night. At least half of Coruscant hears part of this speech. Mace sends Obi the security footage later, at a time he knows Anakin will be there to sit through it with Obi, because if we had to suffer then you do too, Obi Wan. 

then at the funeral, Anakin pulls out a twenty foot scroll of real actual paper, because he would appreciate this, I think, and clears his throat loudly and messily before telling the council that he has prepared a few words for the greatest jedi this order, nay, this GALAXY has ever seen, and will ever see, no matter how long any of us live—

five hours later,, he’s still going strong. half the eulogy is Terrible and V Cringeworthy, but the other half is actually v heartfelt and moving. even Mace and Yoda have to blink away some tears. 

it becomes easier after Anakin starts going into Unnecessary Details about obi wan’s life, like how he’ll miss holding onto those heavy 327 thread count woolen robes when he’s saving obi’s ass (curvature 48.5 degrees) for the 23094th time, and how he’ll never see a more sincere expression of Compassion than he saw when reading line 83 of Obi Wan’s eighth letter to Duchess Satine last month, quoted now as follows— 

Ahsoka enlists Plo Koon’s help and they finally shuffle him over to the side, promising him they can finish his fake eulogy at the council dinner tonight. Obi Wan’s death may be fake, but MY WORDS ARE REAL, SNIPS, HOW DARE YOU. says Anakin, before he (a little gleefully) starts destroying the walls to show how Emotionally Compromised he is over this 100% real death. 

he takes the 212th drinking, after having told all of them, too. so now there are 293637 men crying about Obi Wan (relatable af, y/y), all of which have the acting talent of a wilted blade of grass. there are 283747 toasts, and every single person there cries for each and every one of them, despite everyone knowing obi is still alive


Members of the British Royal Family attended a Service of Dedication on Horse Guards Parade before formally unveiling the new Iraq Afghanistan Memorial on Victoria Embankment Gardens, London. They also attended a reception for those who served in Afghanistan. | March 9th, 2017 

Desperate Duchesses

All right. After a super intense week of reading I’m done with the Desperate Duchesses series as well as Desperate Duchesses By The Numbers. Bloodydamn. That was irresponsible. Also glorious. I have too many friends who know more about Villiers than anybody cares to, but whatever. They signed up for this when they continued to talk to me after we met. 

Now, opinion time: (this is going to be a mess. Sorry)

I loved 1 to 6 more than 7 to 9, because of the larger storyline, with Villiers featuring prominently from 1. It really felt as if I got to know everyone very well, and you could really see the friendships (I love the thing where all the duchesses are talking about Stuff and Villiers is just draped on a chair/whatever like the fabulous honorary duchess he is. I can’t for the life of me remember when this happened. Everything kind of blurred into a happy mess in my head. But it was probably at the start of 3.) and everyone felt very real because they weren’t just shadows util their books came ‘round. But  I also feel the need to mention that I remember very little about the main romances in 1-5, because honestly, I’m just here for Villiers chapters. And of course the whole book about him. So yeah. Underlying plot thing. Good times.

I loved most of the characters, some more than others, but generally there weren’t books that made me want to throw my (my mother’s) Kindle (mine broke from overuse. So let’s protect the borrowed one from idiot character inspired violence) against a wall. I may have mentioned this already, but I adore Villiers. Also, Thorn was disappointing. And Ward could win prizes for stupid (again, my poor friends know more about this than they would like).

About the writing: Lovely, except once someone said OK? And it completely threw me. Did I imagine this in a sleep deprived daze? I could have, honestly.

And then, lastly, I had Feelings about most of these books (Villiers in 2, and Villiers and Beaumont in 4. I almost cried) and sometimes even about the main characters of the specific book. 

In conclusion, Villiers is the best, and I seriously need some sleep. And book recommendations.

Leading Animated Animal Ladies MBTI

Nala, The Lion King: ESFJ

Bianca, The Rescuers: ENFJ

Gazelle, Zootopia: ESFP

Marie, The Aristocats: ENTJ

Rain, Spirit: INFJ

Perdita, 101 Dalmatians: ISFJ

Dory, Finding Nemo: ENFP

Judy Hopps, Zootopia: ENFJ

Amalthea, The Last Unicorn: INFJ

Bellwether, Zootopia: ESFJ

Duchess, The Aristocats: ISFJ

Maid Marian, Robin Hood: INFJ

Jenna, Balto: ENFJ

Lady, Lady and the Tramp: ISFJ


–> anonymous asked: top ten six historical ladies?

Hatshepsut: one of the most successful pharaohs, she is considered to be a pharaoh who inaugurated a long peaceful era, due to a long and prosperous reign.

Cleopatra: last active pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt, she was a politically astute ruler who fought for the independence of her country.

Anne of Brittany: last Sovereign Duchess of Brittany and twice anointed Queen consort of France, she was a central figure in the struggle for influence that led to the union of Brittany and France.

Mary Tudor: sister of Henry VIII and Queen Dowager of France, she married for love and was the maternal grandmother of Lady Jane Grey.

Mary I of England: first queen regnant of England, she paved the way for all her female successors.

Catherine de Medici: the most powerful woman in sixteenth-century Europe, she maintained the Valois dynasty on the throne during the reigns of her three sons.


liv’s top 10 fave historical women (l-r)

  1. nell gwynn, mistress to king charles ii of england (1650-1687)
  2. madame de pompadour, mistress to king louis xv of france (1721-1764)
  3. hurrem sultan, haseki sultan of suleiman “the magnificent” of the ottoman empire (1502-1558)
  4. madame de montespan, mistress to king louis xiv of france (1640-1707)
  5. catherine ii “the great,” empress of russia (1729-1796)
  6. georgiana cavendish, duchess of devonshire, society hostess & style icon(1757-1806)
  7. anne boleyn, queen consort of king henry viii of england (1501-1536)
  8. madame du barry, mistress to king louis xv of france (1743-1793)
  9. anne of austria, queen consort of king louis xiii of france & regent for her son, louis xiv (1601-1666)
  10. elizabeth i, queen regnant of england (1533-1603)

bonuses (because i’m indecisive asf):


TOUR FASHION - HEIDELBERG, GERMANY (day four of the poland & germany tour

The Duchess treated us to two wardrobe changes during the fourth day of the royal tour!!

For a festive market party, Kate channeled the sunshine to beat out the overcast skies in a bespoke yellow brocade Jenny Packham dress with simple nude heels. For a competitive boat race against her hubby, to which she graciously lost, she wore one of her go-to staples, a Breton top and skinny jeans. And lastly, for an evening spent at a mirrored hall at one of thee last-standing ballrooms, the Duchess chose a daringly beautiful “Wild Sparrow Dress’ by German designer Markus Lupfer. Accessories were kept minimal for all three ensembles, and that was brilliant, for each one shined and slayed in its own way!


–> anonymous asked: top eight favorite overlooked or forgotten historical figures?

Hephaestion Amyntoros: lifelong friend of Alexander the Great and distinguished general of the Macedonian army, diplomat in Asia during the campaign, Chiliarch of the Empire, he also corresponded with the philosophers Aristotle and Xenocrates and actively supported Alexander’s attempts to integrate the Greeks and Persians.

Anne of Brittany: last Sovereign Duchess of Brittany and twice anointed Queen consort of France (1491-1498 and 1499-1514), she was a central figure in the struggle for influence that led to the union of Brittany and France. She is highly regarded in Brittany as a conscientious ruler who defended the Duchy - the safeguarding of Breton autonomy and the preservation of the Duchy outside the French crown being her life’s work.

Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk: lifelong friend of Henry VIII, courtier and general, he married for love Mary Tudor in 1515, risking his head in the process and losing the royal favor temporary. Much appreciated at court, he spent his life as a trusted and beloved courtier to the king, who payed for his burial in 1545.

Mary Tudor, Queen of France: sister to Henry VIII, she became the third wife of Louis XII of France in 1514. At his death in 1515, she married Charles Brandon for love, against the wishes of her brother and his council. The couple were eventually pardoned, after having paid a heavy fine. She was the maternal grandmother of Lady Jane Grey.

Anne of Cleves: fourth wife of Henry VIII whose marriage was annulled, she was afterwards refereed to as the King’s Beloved Sister. She lived to see the coronation of Mary I, outliving the rest of Henry’s wives.

Mary I of England: first queen regnant of England, she wielded the full powers of a king and paved the way for her female successors. She is mostly remembered for her restoration of Roman Catholicism and her unpopularity at the time of her death.

Gustav II Adolf, or Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden: credited as the founder of Sweden as a Great Power, he led Sweden to military supremacy during the Thirty Years War and is often regarded as one of the greatest military commanders of all time.

Louis XIII of France: one of the first examples of an absolute monarch, he relied heavily on his chief ministers (Charles d'Albert, duc de Luynes and Cardinal Richelieu) to govern the kingdom, ended the revolt of the French nobility, as well as successfully intervened in the Thirty Years’ War against the Habsburgs.