delphes:

Do you remember this picture you might have seen yesterday or the day before ?
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You might have hope for something, like a new movie, or at least a short television serie. Well it’s even better.
IT’S GONNA BE A FULL SHOW delivered by Canal + and named Versailles. There’s gonna be 10 episodes for the first season which is gonna be released in 2015. A “first” season, mean there’s gonna be others ! :D
Filming started this August on the 18th at Versailles and is directed by Jalil Lespert (who directed Yves-Saint-Laurent 2014) for 6 months.
We know some names, without knowing the parts such as :Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman, Noémie Schmidt, Evan Williams, Anna Brewster (The Tudors), Sarah Winter (Reign), Anatole Taubman Pillars of Earth), Lizzie Brocheré (American Horror Story), Elisa Lasowski, Maddison Jaizani, Peter Hudson, Gilly Gilchrist.
BUT MOST OF ALL WE KNOW WHO IS GONNA PLAY LOUIS XIV AND MONSIEUR (yes Monsieur my dear followers YES !) - and Anne of Austria (and a courtesan named Beatrice).

The plot will be set in 1667, I guess that Anna of Austria will be there for flashbacks (since she’s supposed to be dead a year before and I hope they didn’t let this huge anachronism).
I’ve translate the show’s synopsis from Canal + site (sorry for mistakes) :

"Louis XIV is 28 years old. He starts building Versailles, to tame the aristocracy and impose his absolute power. Just like you lay a trap.

Louis XIV is a young king haunted by a childhood trauma, the Fronde, a Noble’s revolt against his father Louis XIII (that’s the text, I don’t agree with it because Louis XIII was dead since 5 years and so it was against Mazarin. Anyway…) Extraordinary Political strategist, manipulative, Machiavellian, he is going to “invent” Versailles to divert Nobles, keep them under control, and slowly, transform Versailles into a golden cage. He is also capable of romantic passion. But how can he live them as he is the greatest King in the world.

The first season sees the young king turn into the Sun King, King of Kings. Historical and fictional character, from the most known courtier to the humblest villager, guide us in a world of treason and intimate secrets, political plot and declaration of war, revealing Versailles in all its glory and roughness.”

1667 is a very good choice, because Louis XIV really started to rule as he wanted to since his mother death so I can only agree on this.

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SOooo let’s go back on acting !! Did you recognise the actor on the first picture ? who IS Louis XIV.

He will be played by George Blagden better known as :
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YUP ! Athelstan from the show Vikings.

Now for my favourite part, favourite because Monsieur is maybe gonna be an important character (I guess (I hope) he’s the second name given and the story is gonna focus around Louis’ younger life).
Monsieur will be played by Alexander Vlahos better known as :
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Mordred from Merlin (I’m glad with him, because it could have been reaaaally awful, and Mordred was not bad as acting, now I’m just afraid that they’re gonna make monsieur only as the huge gay guy, childish, stupid and silly and that’s it, fingers crossed they won’t). Anyway there he is in the hall of mirror :
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Anna of Austria will be played by Dominique Blanc who played Madame de Maintenon in The King’s Way a few years ago :
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There she is with Jalil Lespert :
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And Amira Casar who will played a courtier named Beatrice.

How can I say ? That I am SUPER DUPER EXCITED !? Even if I fear this can be something wrong they finally gonna do what I always dreamed for : A SHOW ON LOUIS (AND MONSIEUR WHICH IS EVEN BETTER).
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You got me at George Blagden.

And since it’s Canal + , we may get some good French pronunciation /o/ (I too often need subtitles to understand when characters speak French in English-speaking TV shows)

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Anonyme said,
"Tu trouve pas bizarre que les anglophones appellent le 14 juillet 'Bastille Day' alors qu'on fête le 14 juillet de 1790 et non celui de 1789?"

La Fête de la Fédération peut aussi être vu comme un symbole d’unité vu qu’elle a réuni toute la population (dont le roi, le clergé, les nobles aussi) lors de la cérémonie. Cette signification est beaucoup moins violente que celle de la prise de la Bastille, et par l’inclusion du roi et des élites, pouvait être mieux acceptée par les monarchistes.

Comme le choix du 14 juillet comme fête nationale date de 1880, période où les Républicains venaient à peine d’arracher le pouvoir aux monarchistes, on peut voir aussi dans cette date une volonté de donner une possibilité à tous les Français de se retrouver dans la date, qu’ils soient Républicains ou non.

(d’ailleurs pas sur que les contemporains ait fait la différence non plus:

awesomefrench:

C’est du chipotage d’historiens, ça. La date de la Fête de la Fédération a été arrêtée au 14 Juillet en souvenir de la Prise de la Bastille. Ce n’est pas un hasard de calendrier, ni même une erreur basée sur une coïncidence, les deux événements sont liés in fine donc personne n’a tort ni raison. D’ailleurs, il n’a jamais été acté que c’était la célébration de la Fête de la Fédération, juste que la date officielle serait le 14 juillet. 
Donc trois options :
- Soit tu optes pour la célébration de la Prise de la Bastille, donc la célébration de l’événement emblématique de la chute du régime et de l’avènement des nouvelles valeurs de la France. 
- Soit tu optes pour la Fête de la Fédération et tu célèbres le patriotisme français qui a découlé en parti des événements du 14/07/1789.
 - Soit tu optes pour les deux, et tu célèbres la chute du régime, l’inauguration des valeurs modernes ET le patriotisme français. 
Mais s’ils ont envie de célébrer la Bastille plus que la Fête de la Fédération, je ne vois pas en quoi c’est bête, erroné ou problématique, c’était déjà le cas dès le départ ! 

La date qui vient d’être choisie pour fête nationale correspond, dans tous les esprits, à l’événement fondateur de 1789 et non à la fête de la Fédération nationale du 14 juillet 1790, invoquée lors des débats au Sénat.)
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histoire:

Aller ou ne pas aller à Blois…

Dernier avatar de l’utilisation de «La Chute» pour présenter la polémique née de la conférence inaugurale de Marcel Gauchet aux rendez-vous de l’Histoire à Blois dont le thème cette années et “Les Rebelles“ :

La controverse des Rendez-vous de l’histoire de Blois entre Edouard Louis et Marcel Gauchet expliquée par le point godwin

Quelque soit votre position à propos de la polémique, ce nouvel…

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Je remets le lien pour vers l’article d’aggiornamento sur la polémique en question dans la vidéo.

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Christine de Pizan (1364- c. 1430)
Art by April Babcock (tumblr)
Christine de Pizan is one of the best known writers of the medieval period, yet if not for circumstances beyond her control she might never have picked up a pen.  The daughter of an Italian scientist at the court of Charles V of France, Christine was given a classical education before her marriage at the age of fifteen to a royal secretary named Etienne du Castel.  When she was 25, her beloved husband died in an epidemic.  As her father had already passed away, Christine found herself responsible for the care of not only herself and her two children, but also her mother and an orphaned niece.
Christine began writing love ballads that caught the attention of wealthy patrons who enjoyed both her poetry and the novelty of a female writer.  Christine wrote hundreds of poems, many on commission for specific nobles, and this work allowed her to support her family and clear the debts left after her husband’s death.
Christine’s most famous work, The Book of the City of Ladies (1405), is an impassioned defense of women.  It challenged misogyny by creating a symbolic city of righteous women.  The women profiled include historical figures such as Zenobia and Sappho, pagan goddesses such as Isis and Minerva, women from the Hebrew Bible such as Deborah and the unnamed Woman of Valor (Proverbs 31), and Christian saints such as the Virgin Mary and St. Lucy.  Christine’s book was a testimony to the accomplishments of women and argued for wider access to education for women. 
While The Book of the City of Ladies is primarily about female achievement, Christine also included an anti-rape message.  As a character in the book, Christine says “I am therefore troubled and grieved when men argue that many women want to be raped and that it does not bother them at all to be raped by men even when they verbally protest…”  Lady Rectitude, one of Christine’s guides in The Book of the City of Ladies, responds “Rest assured, dear friend, chaste ladies who live honestly take absolutely no pleasure in being raped. Indeed, rape is the greatest possible sorrow for them. Many upright women have demonstrated that this is true with their own credible examples…”
In 1418, Christine retired to a convent in Poissy.  At the convent she wrote one final poem which she dedicated to Joan of Arc.  It is the only known French language work about Joan of Arc written during Joan’s lifetime.

coolchicksfromhistory:

Christine de Pizan (1364- c. 1430)

Art by April Babcock (tumblr)

Christine de Pizan is one of the best known writers of the medieval period, yet if not for circumstances beyond her control she might never have picked up a pen.  The daughter of an Italian scientist at the court of Charles V of France, Christine was given a classical education before her marriage at the age of fifteen to a royal secretary named Etienne du Castel.  When she was 25, her beloved husband died in an epidemic.  As her father had already passed away, Christine found herself responsible for the care of not only herself and her two children, but also her mother and an orphaned niece.

Christine began writing love ballads that caught the attention of wealthy patrons who enjoyed both her poetry and the novelty of a female writer.  Christine wrote hundreds of poems, many on commission for specific nobles, and this work allowed her to support her family and clear the debts left after her husband’s death.

Christine’s most famous work, The Book of the City of Ladies (1405), is an impassioned defense of women.  It challenged misogyny by creating a symbolic city of righteous women.  The women profiled include historical figures such as Zenobia and Sappho, pagan goddesses such as Isis and Minerva, women from the Hebrew Bible such as Deborah and the unnamed Woman of Valor (Proverbs 31), and Christian saints such as the Virgin Mary and St. Lucy.  Christine’s book was a testimony to the accomplishments of women and argued for wider access to education for women. 

While The Book of the City of Ladies is primarily about female achievement, Christine also included an anti-rape message.  As a character in the book, Christine says “I am therefore troubled and grieved when men argue that many women want to be raped and that it does not bother them at all to be raped by men even when they verbally protest…”  Lady Rectitude, one of Christine’s guides in The Book of the City of Ladies, responds “Rest assured, dear friend, chaste ladies who live honestly take absolutely no pleasure in being raped. Indeed, rape is the greatest possible sorrow for them. Many upright women have demonstrated that this is true with their own credible examples…”

In 1418, Christine retired to a convent in Poissy.  At the convent she wrote one final poem which she dedicated to Joan of Arc.  It is the only known French language work about Joan of Arc written during Joan’s lifetime.

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Louis XIV pf France (the Sun King) wanted to make France the arbiter of everything luxury — and make his country rich selling it. And one of the most important luxuries was fashion. To show off the newest French styles, Louis XIV’s designers created bisque dolls, or fashion dolls. They were small, easy to travel, and wore only the finest and most trendy clothes. Bisque dolls remained important, and designers used little dolls instead of females as models through World War 2.

historical-nonfiction:

Louis XIV pf France (the Sun King) wanted to make France the arbiter of everything luxury — and make his country rich selling it. And one of the most important luxuries was fashion. To show off the newest French styles, Louis XIV’s designers created bisque dolls, or fashion dolls. They were small, easy to travel, and wore only the finest and most trendy clothes. Bisque dolls remained important, and designers used little dolls instead of females as models through World War 2.

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soudakki:

raptortooth:

mybine:

lumos5001:

amazingpeetaisnotonfire:

sluttynuggets:

aphtaiwan:

johnhamishmorstan:

I don’t understand american school years what the fuck is a freshman or a sophomore why do you have these words instead of the numbers

what why would you use numbers

so IT FUCKING MAKES SENSE WHAT THE HELL IS A SOFT MOORE OR A FRESH MAN WHY ARE THE MEN FRESH

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America makes no sense, as usual.

bless the person that actually made the chart

laughter from France

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France what the fuck

France always had was weird with counting xD

Oh, one of the mysteries of my life was just lifted. lol I always thought that “freshman” was a pet name for the youngest generations in school… Maybe bc in Poland’s high schools the youngest were always called “cats”…

It’s not weird counting. It’s fusinioning. We count backwards, that’s true but that doesn’t explain why we have two naming systems. 

At the beginning ( after Jules Ferry’s laws of the early 1880’s) when our school system was even more elitist than nowadays, there used to be two kind of school: schools for the common people let’s say, that ended around 14 (a bit before, a bit after, depending of the time), and a school for rich people where you could learn latin or greec, enter if you had money, and that took you to university.

The two systems were separated. A wealthy child couldn’t go to the common people’s school, and if you had no money, even if you were brilliant, (that’s one of the reason French national tests at that time got better results than nowadays, because only 10% of the students, from the wealthier families, took them. Not nearly 100% of them like today), you could get extra classes in the primaire supérieur, and if you were very lucky and very brilliant go to the lycée and to university.

Anyway, the school for wealthy people was called the lycée even though it was composed of primary school, junior high, and high school. You found the unity in the name of the classes because  each one got a number. From 11th to Terminale. Primary school and junior high were nicknamed “les petites classes du lycée”.

This system doesn’t exist anymore because of the reforms voted after WW2 - one of the main in 1975 with the creation of the “collège unique” (one junior high for everyone) - created a unique organisation of scolarity for everyone. The class of the collège and the lycée (junior high and high school) kept their elitist numbers, but primary schools kept the names they had before the fusion for the small classes: cours préparatoire, cours élémentaire and cours moyen.

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C’est un trou de verdure où chante une rivière,

Accrochant follement aux herbes des haillons
D’argent ; où le soleil, de la montagne fière,
Luit : c’est un petit val qui mousse de rayons.

Un soldat jeune, bouche ouverte, tête nue,
Et la nuque baignant dans le frais cresson bleu,
Dort ; il est étendu dans l’herbe, sous la nue,
Pâle dans son lit vert où la lumière pleut.

Les pieds dans les glaïeuls, il dort. Souriant comme
Sourirait un enfant malade, il fait un somme :
Nature, berce-le chaudement : il a froid.

Les parfums ne font pas frissonner sa narine ;
Il dort dans le soleil, la main sur sa poitrine,
Tranquille. Il a deux trous rouges au côté droit.

Arthur Rimbaud

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For Awesomefrench (et parce qu’au final, j’aime beaucoup la première photo même si c’est un fail)

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Marie Curie's century-old radioactive notebook still requires lead box

lostsplendor:

"Marie Curie made some of the most significant contributions to science in the 20th century. And as most people already know, she did so at a great cost to her own health. What most people probably don’t know, however, is that the radiation levels she was exposed to were so powerful that her notebooks must now be kept in lead-lined boxes." - Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

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Eugene Bullard, the first African American combat pilot. Born in Georgia, Bullard left for Europe in his teens (he later claimed to have seen his father narrowly escape lynching). He worked as a boxer in Paris, then joined the French Army during World War I. Bullard was severely wounded at Verdun, and after he recovered he joined the French Air Service. Once the United States joined the war, Americans fighting for France were mostly absorbed into the American forces, but because the Army Air Corps was whites only, Bullard remained in the French army. After the war, Bullard remained in France until the German invasion in the Second World War, when he and his daughters fled Paris. Bullard took part in the defense of Orleans but was wounded and escaped over the border into Spain, and from there to New York. 
In 1949, Bullard was attending a concert in Harlem that was organized by entertainer and activist Paul Robeson to benefit the Civil Rights Congress. In what was later known as the Peekskill Riots, performers and attendees of the concert, Bullard among them, were savagely beaten by a mob that included members of the local and state police. Bullard’s beating was captured on film, but none of his attackers were ever prosecuted.
Bullard died in 1961 of stomach cancer in relative anonymity, and was buried with full military honors in the French War Veteran’s section of Flushing Cemetery. He had been a recipient of 15 decorations from the government of France, including being made a chevalier of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award.

fuckyeahhistorycrushes:

Eugene Bullard, the first African American combat pilot. Born in Georgia, Bullard left for Europe in his teens (he later claimed to have seen his father narrowly escape lynching). He worked as a boxer in Paris, then joined the French Army during World War I. Bullard was severely wounded at Verdun, and after he recovered he joined the French Air Service. Once the United States joined the war, Americans fighting for France were mostly absorbed into the American forces, but because the Army Air Corps was whites only, Bullard remained in the French army. After the war, Bullard remained in France until the German invasion in the Second World War, when he and his daughters fled Paris. Bullard took part in the defense of Orleans but was wounded and escaped over the border into Spain, and from there to New York. 

In 1949, Bullard was attending a concert in Harlem that was organized by entertainer and activist Paul Robeson to benefit the Civil Rights Congress. In what was later known as the Peekskill Riots, performers and attendees of the concert, Bullard among them, were savagely beaten by a mob that included members of the local and state police. Bullard’s beating was captured on film, but none of his attackers were ever prosecuted.

Bullard died in 1961 of stomach cancer in relative anonymity, and was buried with full military honors in the French War Veteran’s section of Flushing Cemetery. He had been a recipient of 15 decorations from the government of France, including being made a chevalier of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award.

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