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my-ear-trumpet:


— John Overholt (@john_overholt)
March 22, 2014

my-ear-trumpet:

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houghtonlib:

Catholic Church. Book of Hours and Missal : manuscript, [between 1485 and 1490].

MS Typ 443.1

Houghton Library, Harvard University

tiny-librarian:

On June 29th, 1875, Ferdinand I of Austria died. He was second child and oldest son of Francis II and his second wife, Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily.

Due to the centuries of inbreeding among the royal families of Europe, particularly prevalent among the branches of the Habsburg family, he was born with multiple physical and mental problems. A younger sister, Maria Anna, also suffered from similar issues.  He succeeded his father as Emperor upon his death with a regent’s council ruling in his stead, though he was never officially declared incapable of ruling.

He was married to Maria Anna of Sardinia, but it’s though very unlikely the marriage was ever consummated and the couple had no children.

During the revolution of 1848, he was persuaded to abdicate in favour of his nephew, who would go on to rule for nearly 70 years as Franz Joseph I. Ferdinand and his wife lived in retirement together after that, and he died in Prague at the age of 82.

He was buried in Tomb 62 in the Imperial Crypt in Vienna. Maria Anna outlived him by nine years, dying in 1884, and was buried next to him in Tomb 63.

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ladyhistory:

Children, please.

my-ear-trumpet:

big-mean-man:

penknife:

questionableadvice:

~ Social Etiquette or Manners and Customs of Polite Society, Maud C. Cooke, 1896

… or will result in your friends concluding that you have been possessed by eldritch horrors that don’t understand how human faces are supposed to move.  One or the other.


Maud C Cook would be in quite a tizzy if she knew that she kinda just described botox lizard-face

Or etiquette according to Clint Eastwood.

my-ear-trumpet:

big-mean-man:

penknife:

questionableadvice:

~ Social Etiquette or Manners and Customs of Polite Society, Maud C. Cooke, 1896

… or will result in your friends concluding that you have been possessed by eldritch horrors that don’t understand how human faces are supposed to move.  One or the other.

Maud C Cook would be in quite a tizzy if she knew that she kinda just described botox lizard-face

Or etiquette according to Clint Eastwood.

houghtonlib:

Kâtip Çelebi, 1609-1657. Kitab-ı cihannüma [Constantinople, 1732]
Typ 794.34.475 
Houghton Library, Harvard University

houghtonlib:

Kâtip Çelebi, 1609-1657. Kitab-ı cihannüma [Constantinople, 1732]

Typ 794.34.475 

Houghton Library, Harvard University

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sass-master-stevens:

18th century biscuits that british sailors wrote on because who actually eats biscuits that preserve that well

sass-master-stevens:

18th century biscuits that british sailors wrote on because who actually eats biscuits that preserve that well

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aaronpurr:

the song primadonna by marina & the diamonds perfectly encapsulates all that alexander hamilton was

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ladyhistory:

The Never-Ending Captioned Adventures of George Washington

PART I | PART II | PART III | PART IV | PART V | PART VI