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The Tudors / Re: Did King Henry VIII die a Roman Catholic?
« on: August 16, 2008, 07:58:19 AM »
After a little while away, let's return to work ;)

I would say that he died a Catholic man, indeed. He began the way to Protestantism, indeed, with the dissolution of the monasteries, the Surpemacy Act and the provision of an official English Bible. However, with the fall of Cromwell and the Act of Six Articles he began to undo the changes. As said above, the reform would have to wait til Edward VI and, most specially, to Elizabeth I.

The Final Chapter / Re: Is this story correct?
« on: May 01, 2008, 04:42:58 AM »
Just a silly question, as I don't really understand the role of the Othodox Church here. Why are they so reluctanct about the discovery? Am I missing something? I think so, because I'm quite puzzled about the attitude of the Patriarch.

The Hohenzollern / Re: The Kaiser and Britain
« on: May 01, 2008, 04:36:10 AM »
Yes, it's Alfonso, George V and, if I remember the full photo correctly, his uncle Frederick VIII next to him. Behind him are (just out of photo frame) King Haakon of Norway, King Manuel of Portugal, Kaiser Wilhelm and George I of Greece.

Thanks a lot, Grand Duchess Ella!!!

The Hohenzollern / Re: The Kaiser and Britain
« on: April 29, 2008, 04:48:46 AM »
By the way, in the picture of Adagietto, is Alfonso XIII of Spain sitting on the left side, next to George V? I would say so, but I'm not quite sure.

The Hohenzollern / Re: The Kaiser and Britain
« on: April 28, 2008, 02:53:51 PM »
Now you mention, Grand Duchess Ella...

During Edward VII's funeral.


Thanks a lot, Adaggietto!

Here, in the thread dealing with Victoria Louise, Duchess of Brunswick, we can find a picture of the wedding banquet, which depicts Wilhelm II, George V and Nicholas II. It's so sad that it was their last time together and they didn't know it. It's page two, reply 26, by the way:

(who else but our delightful Grand Duchess Ella could be the poster?  ;))

The Hohenzollern / Re: The Kaiser and Britain
« on: April 27, 2008, 10:13:09 AM »
Is there any picture of Wilhelm II and George V together? Sheer curiosity, you know...

Nicholas II / Re: Photos of Nicholas II
« on: April 27, 2008, 08:50:19 AM »
Searching for something different, I found this. I hope it has not been already posted...

Nicholas II tasting the soup served to the Russian Army


Nicholas II / Re: Photos of Nicholas II
« on: April 22, 2008, 09:29:23 AM »
GD Nikolai "Nikolasha", Nicholas, and a French official named M. Joffe

If my eyes are not playing at rick on me, I would say that the French officer is Joseph Joffre (1852 - 1931), a French general who was Commander-in-Chief of the French Army between 1914 and 1916 during the First World War. I don't remember his visiting Russia, but, perhaps, the picture could be taken while Joffre was appointed as head of the French Military Mission in Romania during the first part of 1917. Perhaps he visited then the Tsar.

Imperial Russian History / Re: Famine of 1891 1892
« on: April 06, 2008, 03:04:50 AM »
I have been reading this thread with a mix of awe at the huge amount of knowledge here shown and of horror by the incredible reach and devastyation that the famine of 1891-92 caused. It's appalling to see that this doom was going to be repeated again in  1932-34. It's seems as some kind of unavoidable doom.

And I also agree about Alexander III. He not only ruined his own spawn of time, but also spoiled his son. A pity for them and for Russia.

Nicholas II / Re: Photos of Nicholas II
« on: March 28, 2008, 07:37:04 AM »
Nadya, you've made me happy. Incredible Happy.

I have a silly doubt. I don't remember any pictuore of the Tsar openly laughing. I have seen him smiling, but not laughing. I suppose it was due to his shy nature and his position, but I was wondering about this issue. Perhaps it's something silly, but, alàs, I'm quite silly sometimes ;)

Nicholas II / Re: Photos of Nicholas II
« on: March 27, 2008, 07:29:35 AM »
I simply love this thread. The work done here is outstanding. I'm speechless. I must confess that the Tsar, from all the members of the IF, has a special grip on me, so no one can imagine how I enjoy every single photo, anecdote, story, anything, about him.

The Russian Revolution / Re: Poetry of World War I
« on: January 26, 2008, 03:53:02 PM »
When You See Millions of the Mouthless Dead by Charles Hamilton Sorley (19 May 1895 – 13 October 1915)
     When you see millions of the mouthless dead
Across your dreams in pale battalions go,
Say not soft things as other men have said,
That you'll remember. For you need not so.
Give them not praise. For, deaf, how should they know
It is not curses heaped on each gashed head?
Nor tears. Their blind eyes see not your tears flow.
Nor honour. It is easy to be dead.
Say only this, "They are dead." Then add thereto,
"Yet many a better one has died before."
Then, scanning all the o'ercrowded mass, should you
Perceive one face that you loved heretofore,
It is a spook. None wears the face you knew.
Great death has made all his for evermore.

Sorley was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and educated, like Siegfried Sassoon, at Marlborough College (1908–13). At Marlborough College Sorley's favourite pursuit was cross-country running in the rain, a theme evident in many of his pre-war poems, including "Rain" and "The Song of the Ungirt Runners". Before taking up a scholarship to study at University College, Oxford, Sorley studied in Schwerin, Germany, up to the outbreak of World War I. After a brief detention in Trier, Sorley returned to England and volunteered for military service, joining the Suffolk Regiment. He arrived at the Western Front in France as a lieutenant in May 1915, and quickly rose to the rank of Captain at the age of only twenty. Sorley was killed in action, shot in the head by a sniper, at the Battle of Loos on October 13, 1915.

Robert Graves, a contemporary of Sorley's, described him in his book Goodbye to All That as "one of the three poets of importance killed during the war". (The other two were Isaac Rosenberg and Wilfred Owen.)

In his work Sorley may be seen as a forerunner of Sassoon and Owen, and his unsentimental style stands in direct contrast to that of Rupert Brooke. Sorley's last poem was recovered from his kit after his death. The writer Robert Goddard took the title of his novel In Pale Battalions from the lines quoted above. Sorley's sole work was published posthumously in January 1916 and immediately became a critical success, with six editions printed that year. Sorley is regarded by some, including the Poet Laureate John Masefield (1878–1967), as the greatest loss of all the poets killed during the war. Despite the horrors of World War I, Sorley felt it had freed his spirit.

The Hohenzollern / Re: Kaiser Wilhelm II
« on: January 24, 2008, 02:39:18 AM »
Thanks for the clarification! I feel that something was odd in this "choosing"...

The Russian Revolution / Re: Poetry of World War I
« on: January 24, 2008, 02:32:29 AM »
A man of mine
lies on the wire.
It is death to fetch his soulless corpse.
A man of mine lies
on the wire.
And he will rot
And first his lips
The worms will eat.

It is not thus I would have him kiss'd
But with the warm passionate lips
Of his comrade here.

Herbert Read wrote these lines 1917, after seeing one of his friends dead on the wire after a failed attack.

The Hohenzollern / Re: Kaiser Wilhelm II
« on: January 19, 2008, 02:23:11 PM »
Is it true that, when George V died, the Kaiser send, in his representation, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha dressed in Nazi regalia?

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