video et taceo


“Oh yes, they dearly loved it, the proud, insular English– a good laugh at the expense of a foreigner and no one had given it with more unfailing regularity over the years than Elizabeth Tudor. The suitors she had cozened, the pirates she condoned, the ambassadors she deceived– one had to admire her nerve, and the astonishing manner in which she had got away with it all. They lauded her mercy and calmly ignored its few outrageous exceptions, for whatever she had done she was nothing like so hasty in revenge as her dread sire.”

book rec moodboards: 

Legacy {by Susan Kay}, 1983


Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 - 24 March 1603) was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Also known as Good Queen Bess, The Virgin Queen or Gloriana, Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Her half brother Edward VI and half-sister Mary I held the throne before her. Known for her relative religious tolerance, one of Elizabeth’s first actions as Queen was to create an English Protestant church, of which she was Supreme Governor. Elizabeth’s rivalry with Mary, Queen of Scots became infamous as many saw the two Queens as symbols for Protestantism and Catholicism respectively. Mary was imprisoned by Elizabeth in May 1568 and was eventually beheaded in 1587. In politics, she was more moderate than her father and half-siblings had been, one of her mottos being video et taceo (“I see, and say nothing”). In foreign policy she was also moderate, carefully manoeuvring between the great powers of France and Spain. However, by the mid-1580s war with Spain became inevitable, and Elizabeth’s rousing speech at Tilbury on 8 August 1558 is credited as helping England defeat the Spanish Armada: “…I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.” Elizabeth’s reign is known as the Elizabethan era, and is famous for producing some of the greatest English writers including William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. Elizabeth, as a female monarch, is acknowledged as being a powerful and charismatic performer who carefully negotiated her public image. Elizabeth would never marry and produced no heir, giving rise to her nickname The Virgin Queen. Elizabeth’s 44 years on the throne provided stability for England and created a new sense of national identity.

Featured as Elizabeth I: Laoise Murray (The Tudors, 2010), Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth, 1998 and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, 2007), and Vanessa Redgrave (Anonymous, 2011).

Today, 30th June, my blog celebrates 5 years of its creation! And after all these years the only people I have to thank is all of you who have followed me during all this time. Every single one of you means something to me even if we never talked to each other. So, here is my follow forever of 2016. Some of you changed URLs or deleted and that’s probably why you are not here. I hope I haven’t forgot anyone and if I did, I’m really sorry! You’re still very special to me <3

my bitches: @queenmaximas, @royaltyfashion, @deprinsesser, @ladyperseverance, @tunnelslight, @thequeenmothershat, @duchakaladydiana and @zoobabystation

a-d: @aroyalargentinian, @allthelovelyroyals, @anythingandeverythingroyals, @atcam-is-back, @charlotteelizabeths, @dudeandduchessandspare, @duchesscambridges, @duchessofpennsylvania, @dirtyroyalconfessions, @dailyscands, @duchessofostergotlands, @dutchlovedove

e-h: @europesroyals, @estelleisnotamused, @flowerwreaththings,  @hrhduchessoflancaster, @hmqueenkate, @hrhduchessofclarence

i-l: @ifreakingloveroyals, @johnabradley, @littleworldofroyalty, @longliveroyalty

m-p: @margaretroses, @minimiddletons, @myroyalpointofview, @misshonoriaglossop, @maddeoneills@princess-ingrid-alexandra, @princessofsuffolk, @princelyprinceharry, @princessestelles, @pogglepoppy

q-t: @royalroundup, @royalpompandcircumstance, @royal-fandom, @royalkeeper, @royalwatcher, @royallysouthernsportsloving, @royaltyspeaking, @rememberdiana, @rebloggingroyals, @royalsgonewild, @ravishingtheroyals, @regallyswedish, @smrletiziaofspain, @sofiacarlphilipochalexavsverige, @sofihellqvist, @scandinavianroyals@thecrownsoutfits, @theirroyalhighnesses, @thecambridgees, @theroyalsandi

u-z: @vic-of-sverige, @video-et-taceo, @wombat-and-squeak, @whynotbritish@xoglitterbeauty

anonymous asked:

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@lucreziaborgia very popular so you probably already know her but?? the best aesthetic and the best person to talk to about history and memes and combinations thereof and a great friend to boot!

@video-et-taceo, bess/robin queen of my heart. (so is imjustasmith but i recced her already!! <3

@therealasr for the aesthetic and also for being so lovely. 

@theqveenofiron the gothic monica bellucci doppleganger, henry/anne bae of my heart…different timezone mind-twin. 

@beau–brummell for being beautiful and opinionated and Knowing A Lot.

@halalbarbie because i have a crush on them and they’re always right tbh?? also aesthetic, art, news, just a lot of #mood posts.

@lifeandeathbrigade cuteness and charm and gilmore girls and more. 


@swiftletinthecloud thank you so much for your input!, i’ve never wanted to learn german so much than when i first saw that docu. my native language is spanish (though not spanish spanish lol) so it was like a gift from heaven when i found that dubbing even though is always tricky to translate it to english. i love that in the french version is LOVE hahaah.

@mygoodqueenbess i blame my enthusiasm on the fact that i was in my last weekend of vacation when i did it lol. lo viste? moriste?

@video-et-taceo did you love it more than before, like me?. now all we need is some english sub and we’d have all the languages.

period drama meme : (2/5) historical figures : Elizabeth I of England 

Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, the childless Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII by his second wife, Anne Boleyn, who was executed two and a half years after Elizabeth’s birth. Anne’s marriage to Henry VIII was annulled, and Elizabeth was declared illegitimate. Her half-brother, Edward VI, ruled until his death in 1553, bequeathing the crown to Lady Jane Grey and ignoring the claims of his two half-sisters, Elizabeth and the Roman Catholic Mary, in spite of statute law to the contrary. Edward’s will was set aside and Mary became queen, deposing Lady Jane Grey. During Mary’s reign, Elizabeth was imprisoned for nearly a year on suspicion of supporting Protestant rebels.

In 1558, Elizabeth succeeded her half-sister to the throne and set out to rule by good counsel. She depended heavily on a group of trusted advisers, led by William Cecil, Baron Burghley. One of her first actions as queen was the establishment of an English Protestant church, of which she became the Supreme Governor. This Elizabethan Religious Settlement was to evolve into the Church of England. It was expected that Elizabeth would marry and produce an heir to continue the Tudor line. She never did, despite numerous courtships. As she grew older, Elizabeth became famous for her virginity. A cult grew around her which was celebrated in the portraits, pageants, and literature of the day.

In government, Elizabeth was more moderate than her father and half-siblings had been. One of her mottoes was “video et taceo” (“I see, and say nothing”). In religion she was relatively tolerant and avoided systematic persecution. After 1570, when the pope declared her illegitimate and released her subjects from obedience to her, several conspiracies threatened her life, all of which were defeated with the help of her ministers’ secret service. Elizabeth was cautious in foreign affairs, manoeuvring between the major powers of France and Spain. She only half-heartedly supported a number of ineffective, poorly resourced military campaigns in the Netherlands, France, and Ireland. By the mid-1580s, England could no longer avoid war with Spain. England’s defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 associated Elizabeth with one of the greatest military victories in English history.

Elizabeth’s reign is known as the Elizabethan era. The period is famous for the flourishing of English drama, led by playwrights such as William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, and for the seafaring prowess of English adventurers such as Francis Drake. Some historians depict Elizabeth as a short-tempered, sometimes indecisive ruler, who enjoyed more than her share of luck. Towards the end of her reign, a series of economic and military problems weakened her popularity. Elizabeth is acknowledged as a charismatic performer and a dogged survivor in an era when government was ramshackle and limited, and when monarchs in neighbouring countries faced internal problems that jeopardised their thrones. Such was the case with Elizabeth’s rival, Mary, Queen of Scots, whom she imprisoned in 1568 and had executed in 1587. After the short reigns of Elizabeth’s half-siblings, her 44 years on the throne provided welcome stability for the kingdom and helped forge a sense of national identity.

The Faves:

phff / ablackberrywinterclaireofluxembourg / coyotease / dirtyroyalconfessions / duchessofostergotlands / duchessofpennsylvania / georgeslays / harryandthecambridges / ijustcambridge / ingridnilsens / katemiddletons / katemids / lottiedianas / princelyprinceharry / royalkeeper​ / royallyvintage​ / sofiahellqvistteaandroyalty

A - F

adspicioetcommeo / allthelovelyroyals / allthingsbritishroyals / anna8910 / anythingandeverythingroyals / arianewilhelminas / aroyalargentinian / beautifulcharlotte / bernadottewindsor / bespectacled68 / cambridgebaby / cambridgedom / cambridgefamily / cambridge-inspiration / cambridgeprincess / camillasgirl / carolathhabsburg / catherinemiddletonmafia / charlotteelizabeths / colormecambridge / cosmopolitanvirgo / crazyforcambridge / dosesofgrace / duchakaladydiana / duchesscambridges / duchofcambridge / dudeandduchessandspare / englandsdreaming / englands-princess / estelleisnotamused / everythingroyalty / flawlesscatherine

G - K

grandduchessofwinterfell / hermajestysaprettyniceplaywright / highqueenof / hisroyalhotnessprinceharry / hmqueenkate / hrhroyalty / hrhstrathearn / hrhwindsor / ifreakingloveroyals / ilovethebritishroyals / isprinceharrymyboyfriend / kateisourfabbiestduchess / katemiddyofwindsor / kmiddletons / k-middy

L - Q

leotardsanity / littleworldofroyalty / longliveroyalty / lottieandgeorgie / lovingtheroyals / maryandkateourfuturequeens / marydonldson / maximazorreguietas / middletonqueen / middletonroyalty / misshonoriaglossop / mmonpezat / mr-mrswales / muchadoaboutroyals / mycrarrythings / mymrharrywales / myroyallove / myroyalpassion / myroyalpointofview / ohgollygeeitstess / ohmycambridge / ohmyduchess / olishkanikolaevna / onemoreblogaboutroyals / phfanfic / phff-wildwintersday / pogglepoppy / prettykatemiddleton / princeh3nry / princehenrycharles / princehenryofwales / princessphines / princess-sofias / queencharlottes / queenmaximas

R - V

ready4royalty / rightroyallyobsessed / royalfamilyalbum / royal-fever / royallydukeandduchess / royallymonroe / royaltyandthings / royal-windsor / sofiaandcarl / tatianasantodomingos / teamcressida / teamphilipftw / teatimeatwinterpalace / thebaconsandwichofregret / thecambridgees / thecambridgefamily / thefirstwaltz / thekensingtonpalace / thelovelycambridges / thepompandthepagentry / thequeenmothershat / therightsofkings / theroyal4 / theroyalsandi / thosedarnwindsors / todancewithkings / tsareina / tunnelslight / uilasharryfanfiction / universallyroyals / vic-of-sverige / video-et-taceo / virtuestessa

W - Z

whatliesbeforeusaretinymatters / williamcatherine / windsoraffairs / wombat-and-squeak / worldofwindsor / xoglitterbeauty / youcancallmeduchess / youlovelucie

And here is my blogroll for a complete list of everyone I follow. 

I really hope I didn’t leave anyone out! If I did, I’m really, really sorry. And keep in mind, If I follow you, I think your blog is awesome :)

Part of Robert meeting Anne for the first time

And then she found herself uttering the words that so many women before her had said and she utterly hated herself for it. “I’m so sorry.”

It took him a long time to respond and he didn’t even look at her. Finally after what felt like a lifetime, he looked up at her and casually asked if she said something. “I was too distracted by her,” he said, nodding his head towards the tiny bundle in his arms. “I know I’m her father, but I truly think she might be the most perfect child to ever exist. Anyway, did you say something?”

Elizabeth shook her head and smiled. “No, I didn’t say a thing.”

“I’ve seen a lot of babies, and while I truly adore my siblings, none of them were quite like this one right here.”

Despite everything, Elizabeth started to laugh. “They were right about you. You are very arrogant.”

“I know you were thinking the same thing.”

If only he knew what else she had been thinking…

Their daughter started to fuss in his arms and he kissed her gently on her forehead before the midwife reached for her. “There’s some things men just aren’t equipped to do,” he said, as he reluctantly handed over his daughter.

“There’s lots of things men aren’t equipped to do,” Elizabeth replied, giving Robert a saucy grin.

He leaned over her and caught her lips with his own. Elizabeth was surprised by how tender his kiss was. It wasn’t a simple congratulatory kiss and it seemed all too intimate even for what was a very personal event. Perhaps he did know what she was thinking and he was telling her that she never should have thought it in the first place.


This is a very special follow forever, please don’t be jealous you know I love you all, but I need to pay recognition to this ladys here.

OMG my obianne, she was the very first friend I had here. Our story is like: Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but we like and reblog each other like crazy, so message me maybe?. From then on, everything has been sunshine and rainbow of mutual randomess. Everytime I see Rafa Nadal I yell in my mind ANNE and so you known, you are in the other side of the world to meeeeee.

Queen of photoshop and my neighbor at the other side of the Andes. She is one of the sweetest and coolest person ever (yes you are, ok?). One of the two who is responsible for my STELLA GIBSON PROBLEM and I love her because en el último lugar del mundo al otro lado de la cordillera.

OK WE HAVE A PROBLEM HERE, because I’m not objective toward her, I just love her and that’s all. She is too, an original fangirl and a defender of RB. We are the best and we know it and shuuu it’s our problem. There’s not a second day that my askbox don’t have a message from her and I love that, it’s like a co-dependence relationship about otp feelings and stuff. The BESS to my ROBIN. (and i hate her hair ugh).

My french love. The BEARD to my TOMAS HARDY. Everytime I need to yell and cry over our Tom or something about him, she is there. Also, she get my love for Bess and Robin too, we are the original fangirl, defender of Robert Dudley and you can just shut up. I love you like tom and rob love being sassy.

OK OMG LUCY STOP IT. I’m always wondering why I didn’t follower her  sooner because your life without her in your dash is half empty. I don’t know how she is not bored of me because I may been liking, reblogging or commenting every post she has done. The other half of my STELLA GIBSON PROBLEM. I love you.

video-et-taceo replied to your chat “bess: I AM DETERMINED TO DIE IN VIRGINITY bess: so you [mary] can have…”

Elizabeth: Mary, you can have him on Mondays from 10:00am-10:15am and I will be counting.
Elizabeth: No, scratch that. You can have him for five minutes and I’ll be in the room supervising.

robert: bess i think she wants the younger lad
mary: actually, i’m reconsidering