Saturday, 31 January 2015
Friday, 30 January 2015
Edward III's son, the Black Prince, died in 1376. The king's grandson, Richard II, succeeded to the throne aged 10, on Edward's death. During Richard's first years as king, government was in the hands of a series of councils. Most of the aristocracy preferred this to a regency led by the king's uncle, John of Gaunt, yet Gaunt remained highly influential.
John of Gaunt
Here some paintings of the reign of Richard II:
Richard II, king of England, kneeling on the floor (a sign of humility) before Mary who is presenting the child Jesus to him. The King is surrounded by saints he was devoted to: St. Edmond (left) king of Anglia who spent a year in his castle tower and learned the 150 psalms by heart so that he could pray regularly. His kingdom was overwhelmed by the Danes and in order to avoid a massacre he disbanded his army. He was brought before Hinguar who made impious demands of him. He refused and so Hinguar had him whipped, shot full of arrows and beheaded in 870 AD.
In the middle we see St. Edward the Confessor. He became king of England by popular acclamation in 1042. He was a gentle man without ambition except to look after the welfare of his people. He abolished burdensome taxation and used his personal patrimony to avoid imposing taxes. He was generous to the poor. Pressured by his nobles, he married Editha, Earl Godwin's daughter but due to his vow of chastity they lived as brother and sister. Edward had bound himself to go on a pilgrimage to St. Peter's tomb but could not leave his kingdom. The pope allowed him instead to rebuild Westminster of St. Peter's abbey. He died a week after it dedication and he is now buried there.
Last but not least we see St. John the Baptist holding a lamb in his arm since he pointed out Christ as the Lamb of God. St. john confronted Herod because he unlawfully married his brother's wife Herodias. One day Herod was so pleased with Herodias daughter's dancing that he promised her even half of his kingdom. Her mother influenced her to ask for the head of John the Baptist. Herod not willing to lose face ordered this, and she was presented with John's head on a platter.
This painting then, expresses the king's deep faith and piety and was probably painted in consultation with his court painter. It is a painting of extraordinary beauty which also reflects the deep faith of the painter. "Surely it is an outstanding example of a private image, a portable diptych that would follow the king on his travels. Every time he knelt before it he would be transported among the timeless company of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and the angels.
James Taylor Eglington - The Entry into London of Richard II and Bolingbroke, 1399
Richard II meets the rebels on 13 June 1381 in a miniature from a 1470s copy of Jean Froissart's Chronicle
Anne of Bohemia, wife of Richard II
Richard II and AnnaThey were married for 12 years, but had no children. Anne's death from plague in 1394 at Sheen Manor was a devastating blow to Richard, whose subsequent unwise conduct lost him his throne.
Richard married his second wife, Isabella of Valois, on 31 October 1396.
Isabella of Vallois
Sunday, 25 January 2015
I'm a girl who grew up in the 80s so I listened to New Wave mostly, I went out with friends in a New Wave pub and my parents went mental hearing the same old music over and over again and watching me dress in black. But I still love listening to that kind of music. Even though I love all kinds of music I think I will always be that New Wave girl at heart.
one we danced a lot on:
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Friday, 23 January 2015
Henry Arthur Payne - Plucking the Red and White Roses in the Old Temple Gardens
I absolutely adore history especially British history and art so if those can be combined you couldn't make me a happier person. So today I want to begin a series of art on Friday about one subject namely; the War of the Roses on of my favourite subjects in British history.
The War of the Roses was the war on the throne of England between two royal houses; the house of York and the house of Lancaster. The name Wars of the Roses refers to the Heraldic badges associated with the two royal houses, the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster.
I will start with Edward III
Edward III probably made in 1615
Edward III Crossing the Somme
Ford Madox Brown-Chaucer at the court of Edward III 1820-1829
Philippa of Hainault wife of Edward III
Jean Fouquet-Tribute of Edward III to Philip 1455
Benjanmin West-Edward III with the Black Prince after the Battle of Crécy
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Saturday, 17 January 2015
Friday, 16 January 2015
Time for another Art blog.
I've already made a blog sometime ago about Turner but now the Turner film is out (which I'd like to go see) and unfortunately the film only has one Oscar nomination. (for best Cinematography) Timothy Spall plays the painter Turner. Here are some of his paintings below ;
Fishermen at sea 1796
The Bellrock Lighthouse
The Sarner See (Lake Sarnen), Evening c.1842, watercolor
The Burning of the Houses of Parliament, 1835
Staffa, Fingal's cave
Dutch Fishing Boats in a Storm 1801
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
It's pouring outside! I just got home soaking wet and I couldn't be happier to be honest. I've just made a large pot of tea and it's only raining harder and getting darker.
Maybe I'll curl up with a book later. I can't put my finger on it, but I've always been happier when it rains even as a kid. So let it rain for now, just for me.
I loved this as a kid;
Monday, 12 January 2015
Here we go again. I feel like I'm constantly repeating myself over and over again on this blog and never getting any closer to where I want to go. But I feel stuck again; I feel lost. I feel lonely. I'm depressed maybe and I don't know what to do about it. Maybe I do maybe the answer is staring me right in the face and I don't see it, but the fact is I am down, restless, anxious and feeling so very much alone.
So why don't I just go and do that you ask? Well that's a very good question; I just don't know. My body is hurting, my back aches, my shoulders ache and there's a strange thing in my stomach that the doc says is stress related but I'm wondering if that's the case. I also have a lot of hormonal issues. Boy if I knew that menopause caused all that trouble I would skip it. Oh wait, you can't... damn.
All in all if I look at myself right now I see a sad, unhappy person and I know that tomorrow that can change again.
That's just the frustrating thing really; the constant changing of emotions, one day you're up the next you're down. My mother once said I always had that but I'm not sure I did, it's gotten worse in menopause. And I'm only 47 and I'm already in it from age 39!
My youngest son is 17, almost 18. He has a mild case of autism and ADHD. He has a girlfriend and his hormones are raging! So not only is he reacting differently because of his autism (which he thinks is bs) he also reacts more intense because of his hormones and I of course react back with my hormonal imbalance.
Some days the old Napoleon XIV song is on repeat in my head;
They're coming to take me away Ha Ha They're coming to take me away ho ho he he ha ha
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds and basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes
They're coming to take me away ha ha...
Sunday, 11 January 2015
In the late 60' throughout the 70's and early 80's we had Funk good old Funk; a music mixture of Soul, Jazz and R&B really. With artists like Sly & the Family Stone, Chaka Khan, Kool& the Gang, Kc & the Sunshine band, The Tower of Power and of course James Brown. It never really went away but other music genres came (and went) and the real Funky grove never came back in style.
Until now; Funk is Back and we will now it! I'm glad really, I still listen to that old Funky music and can't sit still.
So shake you're groove thing and listen to some new Funk (and some old)
and last but not least one band that always makes me move ;)