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It’s time again for Real Life Romance, in which we discuss some of history’s most interesting couples. If you want relationship drama, look no further than the Tudors, and for drama with a more or less happy ending, behold Mary Tudor (not to be confused with Queen Mary I) and Charles Brandon, who risked everything to marry for love.

Charles Brandon was an orphan. Because his father died in service to the throne, he was brought up at the court of Henry VII, and he was good friends with Henry VIII from childhood on. Charles had a complicated marital history. He became engaged to Anne Browne, and she became pregnant during the engagement, but then he married her extremely rich aunt. This caused such a scandal that the marriage was annulled and he married Anne Browne after all. They had two children before she died.

When she died, he became engaged to his eight-year-old ward. This was not quite as gross as it sounds – it was common at the time for people to become engaged as children with the expectation that they would not marry until adulthood. In light of the extremely financially and politically advantageous betrothal, Charles ended up with a title and more property. His friendship with King Henry XIII eventually landed him the title “Duke of Suffolk.”

Mary_Tudor,_Princess_of_England,_Queen_of_France_and_Duchess_of_SuffolkMeanwhile, Mary Tudor was busy growing up popular and beautiful. As a child, Mary was close to her brother, who would become King Henry VIII. She ran pretty wild at court, where she was known as being willful and gorgeous. She fell madly in love with Charles Brandon, but Henry arranged a marriage between her and King Louis XII of France. Given that Mary was eighteen at the time and King Louis XII was fifty-two, Mary was less than thrilled. She told Henry that she would cooperate with the marriage if, after Louis died, she could be allowed to marry for love.

Mary was married by proxy with the Duc de Longueville standing in for the French King. She sailed to France and three months later King Louis XII was dead (presumably of gout, which he had suffered from for some time, although salacious rumor had it that he died from too much sex). Mary had to go into seclusion as per French tradition for forty days. During this time, Mary started to worry that her brother would back out on his promise. At this point, the story launches into full soap opera mode.

Henry sent Charles to France to bring Mary back to England, but Henry made Charles promise to act in a professional capacity only, not as a lover. Mary panicked and assumed that Henry was going to forbid the marriage between her and Charles. She insisted that they marry right that minute, in France, which they did. That whole engagement between Charles and his ward was annulled, probably to his ward’s vast relief.

Charles wrote to Thomas Wolsey, who was the Archbishop of York at the time, and asked him to break the news to Henry. Henry was not amused – in fact he was furious. After much mediation from Wolsey the new couple was able to purchase clemency from Henry by giving Henry Mary’s dowry, jewels, and travel expenses. They returned to England and had a second, lavish wedding with the blessing of the king. Mary was always referred to thereafter as “The French Queen.”


The couple seems to have been happy together, though alas not for very long. They had four children together, one of whom became the mother of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days Queen. Mary died of illness in 1533. Charles, who was low on money, quickly married his son’s fourteen-year-old fiancée. Despite the age difference, Charles and his new wife, Catherine (who grew up to be considerably kickass), got along well. He died at the age of sixty, in 1545.


“Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, and Princess Mary Tudor” by Marilee Hanson for Englishhistory.net

“Princess Mary Tudor” by Claire Ridgeway, for The Anne Boleyn Files

“A Tudor Romance: Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon” for History in a Hour

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So May has been a great deal of physical managing and mending, which will hopefully continue into June. Also, a lot of emotional/psychological managing and mending as I try to get my brain around being less active/less capable than I was.

Things are feeling at once more balanced and more uncertain.

I think the mouth is healing up okay, which is nice.

The scalp aches, the spinal cracking, and the twinges in the brain? Not so much.

On one hand, I feel almost like I can do more with less pain/issues throughout the rest of the body; but a general feeling of physical fragility remains in my brain, head, and neck - the sensation that I might splinter if I push myself too far, shake my head to much, turn my head too fast.

I'm just putting down thoughts and symptoms somewhere so I can come back to them later.

Vid Rec: The Flash

May. 28th, 2016 03:16 am
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Genghis Khan by fabella/wistfulfever

Cisco/Earth-2 Harry aaaaaaaaaahhhh it's amazing


Daily Happiness

May. 27th, 2016 11:24 pm
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1. Busy day at work, but I got stuff done and managed to come home only an hour or so late.

2. We took a nice walk this evening. It's been kind of warm during the day lately, but really nice and cool at night (sometimes a bit too humid, but tonight was nice).

3. For some reason Instagram has stopped crossposting to Twitter and Tumblr. I managed to get it to post to Flickr last night and used that to link here, but tonight even the Flickr crossposting isn't working. It has no trouble crossposting to Facebook, but my FB isn't public, so I can't link images from it, and Instagram itself can only link with a huge clunky embed that I can't even get to display properly on DW. I really want to be able to crosspost my kitty pictures here, so I'm trying to figure out what's gone wrong and how I can fix it, but in the meantime at least I still have my website, so I can upload pics there and link!

WisCon: Day One

May. 28th, 2016 01:04 am
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Today has mostly been about settling in and having some fun. Although I didn't sleep in as much as I would have liked, I still had a nice relaxing morning -- had breakfast, went to the coffee shop across the street (which might as well be an extension of con space -- there are even some official events there!) for a bit of writing time, and then had lunch with [tumblr.com profile] pierceaholic and [tumblr.com profile] magnetsorwhatever at a local cheese shop -- all before official con events started in the afternoon.

I went to two panels today. The first, "The Fandom Awakens", was essentially a love letter to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not to say that there was no deep discussion -- far from it, as panelists spoke about how moved they were by seeing women and people of color in such significant roles, the ethics of droid labor, and why we insist on gendering droids. One good question that provoked conversation, though no definitive conclusions, was whether a droid in the Star Wars universe has any sense of gender identity. Next up was [profile] cypheroftyr's panel on the queer gaming experience, with a focus on Dragon Age although several other games were also discussed. Many good thoughts and sharing of experiences about what games do right and the (many more) things they get wrong.

For dinner, I joined the New Attendees dinner gathering. Although it could have been better organized, I ended up with a lively and fun group. We picked up food at a Russian dumplings place, then ate it on the steps of the Capitol Building, chatting all the while about fandom, and we enjoyed the conversation enough to keep it going over coffee until the time came to head to the opening ceremonies. This event was mostly informational, introducing attendees to policies and committee heads, but since this is the 40th WisCon, they also took some time for reminiscences, as long-time WisCon attendees talked about the con community and what it means to them. We also got a stirring speech from Katherine Cross reminding us to treat hotel staff with courtesy and respect, and call from Pat Murphy to make WisCon a "'splaning free zone". Then I wrapped up the night with a panel on Hamilton followed by a singalong, which was a blast. Unfortunately, the timing wasn't organized quite right, and so we didn't have time to sing the whole thing -- just as well, though, because my voice would have likely given out. :) We sang through the entire first act, then hit some highlights from Act 2 ("What Did I Miss?", "Cabinet Battle #1", and "The Room Where It Happens"). About halfway into the first act (I think with "You'll Be Back"), people started getting to the front of the room and acting out the main roles, often to hilarious effect -- maybe my favorite was Hamilton and Burr fighting over the rolled up scarf they were both using in place of their respective newborns in "Dear Theodosia". It was a great high point to end my first full day here.

One thing I've noticed: people often use the Twitter hashtags assigned to events, so it's worthwhile to check them. Good stuff on the Fandom Awakens and Queer Gaming Experience hashtags, specifically.

Fortunately, there's nothing in particular I want to do in the first programming slot tomorrow, so I can have another relatively relaxed morning. But still, I should get to bed. Goodnight, WisCon. I'll see you at 10AM.

Unsustainable Mystery

May. 27th, 2016 10:51 pm
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Today's discussion is difficult for me to begin. The problems I'm having with the last half of this season of “Stitchers” are not easy to put into words, but I hope an image will help.

This week, I began learning how to make wire jewelry. Apparently, one of the first things an amateur must learn is how to keep the wire on the spool; if the wire was wound and immediately crimped into place on the spool, it will, very much UNLIKE a spool of thread, unspin itself into a terrible, sometimes irreparable tangle which actually wastes the entire supply.

That is what I think the writers have done.
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"Feed the hungerbeast"

May. 28th, 2016 01:10 am
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Now that we're starting Kit on solid foods, I'm trying to figure out when to give them food, and how to include them in mealtimes. I don't think they've ever really seen us eat! J and X leave work at 6 and have ~45-minute commutes, so usually J cooks while X and I put the baby to bed, and then the adults have dinner around 8 after Kit's asleep. And mornings are such a rush; I'm not awake then, but I think J and X usually grab a quick breakfast during Kit's morning nap. So I think for now, solid food will have to happen on the baby's schedule, and I guess once they're old enough to stay up until 9, they can have dinner with us at 8. (I was always a night owl and perfectly comfortable eating on an adult schedule, so the whole "kids have early dinner" thing totally baffles me.)

Parent-type friends, what do/did your young kids' mealtime schedules look like? How did you manage this transition?

Long Weekend

May. 27th, 2016 11:55 pm
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Note to self: you really need to accomplish the following over the weekend:

- Clean the damn apartment.
- Go to the grocery store.
- Make it to the cat café in the District in time for tomorrow's date.
- Put in at least 10 hours of work for Part-Time Job (and preferably more).
- Try to write at 10,000 words of fic (not necessarily all part of the same fic - just in total).
- Watch at least five more episodes of Critical Role.

Luckily, the last one can be done concurrently with either of the ones directly before it. That's the only way I even remotely have a chance of getting everything done.


May. 27th, 2016 10:31 pm
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We just started playing Witcher 3, and spent an inordinate amount of time seeing if we could make Geralt ride his horse up a flight of stairs.

Answer: yes, but we couldn't get it to make a 90-degree turn or go back down again so we abandoned the horse to respawn later.

Also Toby is still getting used to the controls for this game, so Geralt is reminiscent of Murderface in the way he bangs into walls, and he just ran a lady off the road with his horse.

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Friday Five, May 27, 2016

May. 27th, 2016 10:28 pm
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Today was my final day of work for this school year. At least, the final "official" day. A teacher's work is never truly done. I have some summer reading to complete, in preparation for a guest speaker coming in August. I have a new curriculum and textbook to learn. I have a project to collaborate on with my fellow NHS sponsor that will, we think, make the club run more smoothly come fall.

Meanwhile, though, there are Friday Five questions to answer.

1. If you could, would you be a movie star or a rock star? Movie star. While I enjoy singing, I can't carry a tune in a bucket. I always fall flat or go sharp. While my acting skills aren't the best, they're a fair sight better than my singing.

2. Have you ever been in the media (TV, Radio, Papers)? Sort of? Newspaper coverage of things I've done for work or school over the years have put my picture in places. And there are youtube clips of cosplay skits I did when I was younger able to be searched and found, if you know the keywords.

3. Do you know anyone who's been on a reality TV show? If I do, I'm not aware of it. I haven't had TV in years.

4. Have you ever met anyone famous? At conventions! Lots of sci-fi and fantasy people. Bill Mumy, James Doohan, Armin Shimerman, Diane Carey, Seanan McGuire, Tamora Pierce, Sylvester McCoy, Eric Roberts, Paul McGann....

5. Who would play you in a movie? Not sure. I apparently remind some of my students of an actress who plays a lesbian doctor on The Walking Dead. So maybe her? I have no idea, since I don't watch The Walking Dead.

Rewatch episode 1.02

May. 28th, 2016 02:43 pm
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The second post (for White Collar 1.02 Threads) is up at [personal profile] wc_rewatch | [livejournal.com profile] wc_rewatch -- and it's never too late to join in! Come and chat/squee/meta/make fanworks! :-)
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DRUSILLA: I'm naming all the stars.

SPIKE: You can't see the stars, love. That's the ceiling. Also, it's day.

DRUSILLA: I can see them. But I've named them all the same name.

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Poem: "Veranderings"

May. 27th, 2016 08:03 pm
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This poem came out of the January 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba and [personal profile] dreamwriters. It also fills the "day at the beach" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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More Fallout 4 Tobyisms

May. 27th, 2016 09:01 pm
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Aimed and shamed!

Oh that's a head on a pike. I was Awesome! He's not moving! But, crap.

No no stay there stop moving. Damn.

Yes! That was a head shot! That was a helluva head shot!

Are these guys still pissed off at me? Of course they are. Yeah, nobody here but us chickens, Steve.

Oh fine, leg, leg, arm, arm, you're not going to survive that long.

(aiming) Oh...just your gun arm.

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November 2014




The collected poems from my descent into madness year spent writing daily poems are now available from Lulu as the cheapest 330-page book they would let me make ($16.20). If that's too pricey, you can also get it from Lulu as a free download, or just click on the "a poem every day" tag to read them here. But if you did buy one, that'd be awesome.

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