tragic princess

Ankhesenamun Aesthetic ; Queen of Tragedy

Most famously portrayed as Anck-Su-Namun in the movie The Mummy, her true history is entirely different from on the big screen. She was the third daughter of Nefertiti, and married her half-brother, Tutankhamun, at the age of 13. Her older sister died while giving birth to her father’s child, who also tried to have a child with Ankhesenamun as well. She would later have two miscarriages to her husband also. After Tutankhamun’s death it is believed she may have married Ay, her grandfather, but there is no evidence of this in his tomb, and her own tomb is yet to be discovered. It is also believed she may have been the first wife of her own father, before he married Nefertiti. After Ay’s death, all trace of her in historical records disappears.

Inktober 2017-03 Fusehime’s suicide. Belongs to Mairi.

“Behold father ! Your daughter is stainless, she screams. Fuse plunged the weapon in her left flank and took it immediately to the right. In a fraction of a second, her white figure carved in the sunset became bright red like an inferno. All the witnesses thought they were seeing the bloom of an impressive peony of the same colour.” 

The tragic death of the princess Fuse marked me so much that I needed to make a picture out of it <3 Through her death, the whole story of The Eight Dog Chronicles begins :D A song to fit the mood of this story : link


Joan Plantagenet was married to the King of Scots while very young. Due to the vagaries of politics between Scotland and England and conflicts between her husband and her brother, her position remained tenuous. She would be overshadowed by her mother-in-law and never had any children.

Joan was born on July 22, 1210. She was the third child of King John of England and his second wife Isabella of Angoulême. In 1212, Alexander, son of William the Lion, King of Scots was in England and was knighted by King John. Alexander insisted from that point on that King John had promised him his eldest daughter as a wife and that Northumberland would be part of her dowry. In 1214, King William died and Alexander became king. It is most doubtful John would have parted with Northumberland but Alexander persisted with negotiations for Joan’s hand. King John had other plans. His intention was to use the marriage of Joan as an enticement to mend his relations with old enemies on the continent.

King Philip II of France was looking to marry Joan to his son but John spurned this offer and in 1214, she was betrothed to Hugh, future lord of Lusignan and Count of La Marche, as compensation for him being jilted by her mother Isabella. At the age of four Joan was sent to France to be brought up in her future spouse’s court, with the promise of Saintes, Saintonge and the Isle of Oléron as a dowry. Hugh X tried to obtain these same properties by absolute grant prior to their marriage but was unsuccessful. His failed attempt to obtain Joan’s dowry lessened his eagerness to have Joan as a bride at that point. 

On the death of John of England in 1216, the queen dowager Isabella decided she should marry Hugh X herself. The government of Joan’s brother, King Henry III, was in serious negotiations for a marriage with Alexander and in May of 1220 asked for Joan to be surrendered at La Rochelle. But Hugh kept her as a hostage in an effort to gain the properties he was promised as Joan’s dowry as well as Isabella’s dower which was being withheld from her by the English. On June 15th, Alexander agreed to marry Joan’s sister Isabella if Joan was not available but upon the intervention of the Pope and assurance of Isabella’s dower, Hugh finally returned Joan to England in the fall.

On June 18, 1221, Alexander officially settled on Joan lands in Jedburgh, Hassendean, Kinghorn and Crail which were worth one thousand pounds. Kinghorn and Crail at that point belonged to Alexander’s mother, Queen Ermengarde so Joan was to receive properties in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire until the other two properties became available. The marriage ceremony was performed on June 19 at York Minster. Joan was nearly eleven and Alexander was just past twenty-two.

There is a suggestion that Joan was not enamoured with Scotland and its society. She was hampered by her youth and had little political influence. Alexander’s mother, Queen Ermengarde was a forceful personality and had more authority at court than Joan. Joan remained childless throughout her marriage (that is not to say that she may or may not have suffered miscarriages or stillbirths in the whole of her marriage as no accounts have survived) and this lack of an heir was a serious issue for Alexander. However, an annulment of the marriage might have caused war with England as both her husband and brother were not on the best of terms and were hindered by strong tensions.

 Although, this worked in Joan’s favour as she seemed to have found a purpose and would mediate between the two monarchs. Alexander would often use Joan’s personal letters to her brother as a way of communicating with Henry, while bypassing the formality of official correspondence between kings.  One such letter is a warning, possibly on behalf of Alexander’s constable, Alan of Galloway, of intelligence that Haakon IV of Norway was intending to aid Hugh de Lacy in Ireland. In the same letter she assured Henry that no one from Scotland would be going to Ireland to fight against Henry’s interests. Another letter, this time from Henry, was of a more personal nature, written in February 1235 it informed Joan of the marriage of their “beloved sister” Isabella to the holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, news at which he knew Joan “would greatly rejoice”.

In December 1235 Alexander and Joan were summoned to London, possibly for the coronation of Henry’s new queen, Eleanor of Provence. This would have been a long and arduous journey for the Scots monarchs, especially in the deepest part of winter.

Henry’s use of Joan as an intermediary suggests she did have some influence over her husband, this theory is supported by the fact that Joan would accompany Alexander to England for negotiations with her brother King Henry over disputed northern territories in September of 1236 at Newcastle and in September of 1237 at York.

After the York summit, Alexander agreed by treaty to drop his claims and returned to Scotland. Joan and her sister-in-law Eleanor of Provence agreed to go on pilgrimage to Canterbury together to visit Thomas Becket’s shrine. Given that Joan was now 27 and Eleanor already married for 2 years, it is possible both women were praying for children, and an heir. 

The chronicler Matthew Paris suggests that Joan and Alexander may have become estranged at this point as Joan wished to spend more time in England at her brother’s court. In 1236, Henry did provide her with manors in Driffield, Yorkshire and Fen Stanton in Huntingdonshire where she could take refuge if needed. Joan may have known she was gravely ill when she began travelling to Canterbury. 

Joan died at the age of twenty-seven at Havering in Essex on March 4, 1238 in the arms of her brothers King Henry and Richard of Cornwall. 

According to Matthew Paris ‘her death was grievous, however she merited less mourning, because she refused to return [to Scotland] although often summoned back by her husband’. And even in death Joan elected to stay in England. her will requested that she be buried at the Cistercian nunnery of Tarrant in Dorset.

Henry would be generous in giving alms to the nunnery after his sister’s death suggesting he loved her dearly. He arranged for a tomb to be erected over her body and later had a marble effigy carved and placed beside the tomb. The last mention of the church where she was buried is from the Reformation and there is no trace of this tomb or the church left. 

Talking of her wedding day, the Chronicle of Lanercost had described Joan as ‘a girl still of a young age, but when she was an adult of comely beauty.’ After her death, Alexander would marry Marie de Coucy who finally provided him with a male heir.

Hair, Symbolism, and Azula's Descent into Madness

Not my hair! Father always loved my hair!

One of Bryke’s favorite forms of symbolism has to do with hair. We see it with Zuko (both with him cutting his hair in “The Avatar State,” and growing out his hair as  symbol of his gaining wisdom as the series progresses); we see it with Korra when she cuts her hair in “Korra Alone”; with Tarrlok as he adds more and more braids to his hair until he has as many braids as the man that he never wanted to become; we see it with Kuvira whenever she loses control of a situation which causes her hair to become unkempt; and, most notably, we see it with Azula.

The same principle used for Kuvira’s hair symbolism (unkempt hair whenever they lose control) can also be applied to Azula. However, with Azula, it’s not just about control–it’s about perfection. It’s about living up to her father’s standards. After all, shes a prodigy, and Ozai would expect nothing less.  

Azula grew up in a world where she was held up on a pedestal as her father’s prodigy. As such, she was forced not only to surpass her brother in the art of firebending, but to be perfect in every way in order to meet her father’s absurdly high expectations. This caused Azula to be obsessed with perfection and control. Consequently, to be anything but perfect and to lose control would mean falling short of those high standards set by her father.

And that’s precisely what happened. Her plans began to fail, pawns began acting on their own. She was no longer in control. She was no longer perfect. Her world began to fall apart around her, and she was left with nothing but her hallucinations.

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Lily Gladstone to Star in WGN America’s DC Comics Pilot ‘Scalped’
Casting has officially begun on the project that was ordered to pilot nearly a year ago — Lily Gladstone has landed the first series regular role.
By Elizabeth Wagmeister

Based on the western crime comics that were published by DC’s Vertigo imprint in 2007, “Scalped” is described as a modern-day crime story set in the world of a Native American reservation. The project explores power, loyalty, and spirituality in a community led by the ambitious Chief Lincoln Red Crow as he reckons with Dashiell Bad Horse, who has returned home after years away from the reservation.

Gladstone will play Carol Red Crow, the estranged daughter of Chief Red Crow. The former “Rez Princess”, tragic circumstances set her against her father and down a self-destructive spiral meant to punish him as much as herself. Fiercely independent and intelligent, Carol gradually comes to discover the influence she can play on the Rez’s future.

Author: The  Fudge is Grumpy aka  Bonkai goddess but also Gothic-baroque klonnie queen

we love the fudge over here and that is a known fact. therefore it was a bit complicated to come up with only five, but we worked hard, and we had some heartaches. here is the top 5

1:  surrogate

synopsis: AU. Klaus needs her to carry his baby. He doesn’t need her to be anything more than a surrogate. And yet. (three-parter)

pairing: klonnie

2.  this is bloody business

synopsis:  8x14 fix-it. If you are in possession of an able-bodied demon, you don’t let him go to waste (Bonnie routinely visits Kai). Two-parter.

pairing: bonkai

3. hell with you

synopsis: Takes place after 2x21. Bonnie failed to kill Klaus. Now, he is going to make her life hell for what she tried to do. But hell with him is like no other hell on earth.

pairing: klonnie

4: persephone is dead

synopsis: AU. Here, they are both kings of the underworld. They’ve swallowed the princess. (happy/tragic endgame)

pairing: bonkai

5: sharpen your knife

synopsis: 6x08 AU. Kai doesn’t stab Bonnie. He offers her something, and she takes it. How will Damon react when the two return home? Bamonkai.

pairing: bonkai


On 31 August 1997 the sudden and tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, stunned her family and catapulted the British public into one of the most extraordinary weeks in modern history: one in which profound shock, grief and bewilderment manifested itself in an unprecedented reaction from the nation.

Now we hear - for several for the first time - from those who were genuinely in the eye of this most unexpected storm.

Featuring interviews with Diana’s sons, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry; her siblings, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer; former members of the Royal Household Lt Col Malcolm Ross, Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office, and Anne Beckwith-Smith, Diana’s lady-in-waiting; and former Prime Minister Tony Blair and two government officials intimately involved that week, Alistair Campbell and Anji Hunter, this film will tell the story of the seven days that followed the Princess’ death and the remarkable life that preceded it.

anonymous asked:

Here are some initial impressions after watching the episode: "I drowned a lot of people" Wow is Lapis blase about human lives or what? I actually find myself disliking her more and more with her complete disregard. But then, I'm sure you have your thoughts on that.

My reactions are twofold:

First I’m interested that you interpret that as Lapis being completely uncaring on the subject because she says that while very determinedly avoiding Connie’s eye contact. For a while now, Lapis has been kind of at conflict with how powerful she is and how willing she is to use that, with her own tendency to go too far. That was quite evasive for Lapis. 

(also, to split hairs, “I almost drowned a lot of people”- one implies Lapis has a kill streak, the other doesn’t. That said, that ‘almost’ also doesn’t tell us for sure Lapis has never killed before- it’s noteworthy that she knows very effectively how to kill a human by cutting off oxygen- not something that works for Gems, nor would that be effective restraint for one.

Which suggests Lapis has developed specific lethal tactics for humans, which is.. interesting)

The bigger thing I have here is… the fact that Lapis is morally complex and kind of shady isn’t exactly news. At all. Heck, just consider the event that they’re both referencing here.

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anonymous asked:

Can you do a meta re your thoughts on Elizabeth of York and why she attracts so much controversy today when she seemed to be the opposite way alive!


Really, I initially found Elizabeth of York so bland that when the Tumblr interest in her really kicked up, I couldn’t care less (felt the same re: Henry VII).  In all honesty, Elizabeth is another person that I don’t think we know very much about–and what we do know indicates that she was a fairly conventional English queen.  The Tumblr side that really hates Henry VII seems to be under the impression that English queen consorts had a vast amount of solid political power, but as I have discussed before on my blog, they did not.  The political power of queen consorts was heavily dependent on the power their husbands exerted (Margaret of Anjou, for example, had a weak husband and therefore had more opportunity to step up to the plate) the power their husbands allowed them, and in some cases the power of their natal families.  (Catherine of Aragon was pushed around by Henry VIII, but he still had to acknowledge her as the Dowager Princess of Wales and give her some financial assistance because she was a princess of Spain; Anne Boleyn could be tossed aside and executed because her family was made up of English nobles, and not the most powerful ones at that.)  Elizabeth of York didn’t have a family base to rely on because Henry essentially did away with their true power by becoming king, at least in England; and he wasn’t particularly keen on Elizabeth having political power, it seems, probably because she came from that family.

But then–honestly?  That’s me speculating.  Because while I think it makes total sense for Henry VII to not want Elizabeth to be a political player, and don’t find that abusive at all, we really don’t have any hardcore evidence that Elizabeth had any interest in politics.  She was one of many daughters–and excess, some would say–and in all likelihood, had her father lived longer, she would have been married off to some foreign prince.  Because of her father’s death and the actions of Richard III, Elizabeth actually lucked out in becoming queen of anything, let alone a country that she almost definitely wouldn’t have been queen of otherwise.  (I………. do not give much credit to the “Elizabeth of York should have been the sovereign queen of England” argument.)  

To be super honest, I think that the fascination surrounding Elizabeth of York has to do with a) the ability to project things onto a blank canvas and b) the drama surrounding the ~Tragic House of York~. I say this as someone who loves the drama surrounding the Yorks, I think they’re super fascinating–I just wouldn’t call them victims.  

We know very little, as previously mentioned, about Elizabeth’s personality.  She didn’t have any grand speeches like Catherine of Aragon, didn’t have these moments of frenzy like Anne Boleyn; she sounds like a nice lady, and honestly, kinda bland.  I tend to feel like because we don’t have a strong idea of who she was, fiction writers are able to put whatever they want on her (the same is done with Anne Neville).  Then it spirals into people on sites like Tumblr either picking up those ideas of Elizabeth, or creating their own.  She can be anything–depending on which side you prefer, the Tudors or the Yorks.  She can be the tragic York princess who should have maybe??? been queen, stomped on by her mother-in-law and a domineering husband if you prefer the Yorks (and if you wanna get kinky, you can throw in a romance with her uncle, which is obviously bullshit on a historical level but ngl, kinda entertaining).  If you prefer the Tudors to a fault, she’s Henry VII’s beloved wife who had the Greatest Romance of All Time with him, and when people question this, you can be like “but they cried together when their son died!!!!”. 

The truth is probably somewhere in between.  Elizabeth probably wasn’t the spirited rebel forced into marriage; she probably had been expecting a political marriage her entire life, and likely went into it knowing that it was her duty.  What we do know of her indicates to me that she believed Richard III did away with her brothers, but you could always argue that she had to say so because Henry was her husband.  Doesn’t really matter; she became queen.  She seems to have had, at the very least, a perfectly pleasant marriage with Henry; if there was any grand passion, it was behind closed doors.  (As it was with most political marriages!!!  We get so used to hearing about the rows between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and all of those letters he wrote her that we forget that this wasn’t the norm, and many kings and queens might have traded affectionate letters, but for the most part didn’t perform like stage actors making out for all the court to see.)  She was popular–and why wouldn’t she be, as a beautiful, sweet-tempered daughter of Edward IV–and she seems to have been a good mother and good at her job.

You’re exactly right in that she seemed non-controversial in life.  We can’t deny that Henry VII didn’t really have a space for Elizabeth at the table during his reign, and that he turned more to his mother in matters of politics.  But for God’s sake, I haven’t really seen anything that indicates that this bothered Elizabeth.  I’m purely speculating here, but like–maybe she was fucking tired of that shit after spending years of her young life in political chaos.  And if her mother-in-law stepped on her toes sometimes, she doesn’t seem to have gotten into any catfights about it.

So, to answer your question: I think that much of the controversy around Elizabeth of York today has to do with a post-fiction, post-feminism, maybe even post-fandom obsession with the rebel princess and an inability to accept things at face value.  It’s about a desire to project our ideals of what a woman should be, what a man should be, and what a queen should expect onto people who lived centuries ago.  And it’s about an inability to distinguish between fiction and reality, to be honest.

Let’s talk about Odette’s name.

So we all know it as the famous princess-turned-swan from Swan Lake. Besides Giselle I’d argue it’s one of the most ballerina names you could get. It’s a major hint for the audience of who she is/was, it’s evocative. (and a white swan is a beautiful connection to a certain white butterfly, but that’s later).

All in all, good.

So I looked into how viable that name would have been. Turns out Swan Lake premiered in Moscow in 1877, only a few years before the movie so there’s no way Odette was named after that character. Besides, the original ballet was poorly received (most modern performances are based on the 1895 revival) so just all around not looking good. 

So- no, she wasn’t canonically named after the tragic princess in Swan Lake. That’s all right, still good even if it doesn’t quite fit. It’d still be a common name and a great reference for the audience.


So get this, because it’s either a crazy coincidence or someone did their research, I kept digging around and stumbled on something interesting…

In 1847 a ballet premiered in Milan called Odette ou la Démence de Charles VI choreographed by Jules Perrot (another famous name out of the Paris Opera). So the ballet’s about this girl named Odette. Huh. That’s interesting.

I did a little more research and holy hell- turns out that that ballet was a derivative work of a French grand opera- Charles VI. That opera features a primary character Odette, a fictional predecessor to Jeanne d'Arc.

And wait- there’s more!

Would you know it, that opera premiered in March 1843 by the Paris Opera at the Salle Le Peletier and continued to be popular in Paris for decades.

It means that Odette’s parents could have easily named her after this heroine from an opera that debuted in their city, and in the opera house that Odette would later work at, while still a great name for modern audiences that just works.

Bam. Full circle.


Did someone else research this and go, yeah, fuck yeah, that’s brilliant?

I honestly can’t tell. There’s so many blatant inaccuracies in the movie it may have been just dumb luck.

In any case, whoever chose her name- well done.