the young chevalier


Audrey + People:

With Ava Gardner (Via timelessaudrey); Bette Davis (Via onthesetwithaudreyhepburn); Rex Harrison and Joan Crawford (Here); Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti; Billy Wilder, Mel Ferrer, Maurice Chevalier and James Stewart; Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor, Mel Ferrer, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner; Barbra Streisand; Loretta Young (Here); Gene Kelly (Here); Gina Lollobrigida.
The Other Philippe - thinkofaugust - Versailles (TV 2015) [Archive of Our Own]
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’“You can’t sit on the sidelines your entire life, you know.” It takes a few moments for Philippe to identify where the voice comes from, but once he does, he cannot bring himself to look away.’ : written to fill an anonymous tumblr prompt. 1658. A young Philippe and a young Chevalier meet at a party for the first time. Flirting, dancing, and potential romance ensues. The origins of Versailles greatest power-couple


Stuart kings

As you might know, the Scottish kings became kings of England as well after the death of Elisabeth I. They were Catholics and that bothered the English parliament. A civil war broke out and after a short period of being a republic, the monarchy was restored in 1660 by Charles II. When he died without an heir, his brother, James II (VII of Scotland) became king (the painting on the left). He was also a Catholic and the Protestant Parliament wanted to make sure the next ruler was a Protestant. As his oldest daughter was a protestant married to a protestant, this looked to be a sure thing, but then a Catholic heir was born in 1688, James Francis Edward, also called ‘James III’ and ‘Old pretender’, painting in the middle) ensuring that James II’s days as King were numbered. He abdicated when his son was just a baby in the so called Glorious Revolution, 1688. 

The ‘Old Pretender’ lived in exile in France and Italy (the painting in the middle).  He had a son, Charles Edward Louis John Philip Casimir Sylvester Maria, also ‘Charles III’, Young Pretender, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Chevalier de St George (painting on the right).

More about these gentlemen as the story moves on :)

Guilt and Forgiveness in Outlander

A long while back, @aruza83 and I had a chat about the ways that guilt and forgiveness are addressed in the Outlander series and I’ve had it sitting in my drafts as something to write an analysis about since then. Part of why it’s taken me so long to get around to it is that it’s addressed from so many perspectives and angles, it’s proving a difficult subject to get a coherent handle on. There are the aspects in the books that speak to various religious doctrines and practices; there’s the question of the guilt one feels versus the responsibility one bears; there’s forgiveness of others and how that differs from forgiveness of oneself. 

So rather than try to condense this subject down into one massive post, I’ve decided instead to examine some of my favorite scenes in the books (and possibly the show) that address these topics in a series of posts. (And yes, I do still have a few unfinished analysis series in my drafts that I promise I will eventually get back to but also, feel free to send more ideas, questions, etc. to my inbox or send me a message via chat).

To start, I’m going back to the end of the first book. 

Claire’s Confession

I think that it’s interesting that in the book, Claire makes her confession to Father Anselm after she ransoms Jamie’s soul while the show chose to place that scene before she gets through to Jamie and pulls him back. As someone who was raised (but has since lapsed) in Catholicism, this placement afterwards feels like a more natural position for this scene and its relationship to everything else in this part of the book. Once Jamie is on the mend, Claire can finally let herself process everything that has happened and begin to really feel the guilt of what she had to do in the process of saving him from Wentworth and the role her actions and her choices made in how events came about. It is a chapter of their lives that Claire is looking to move on from and Confession with the promise of an absolution is one way that she might begin moving forward. 

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