icarus never dreamt of flying
persephone didn’t ask for a crown
daphne hardly wanted the love of a god

the myths are varied, true and false,
full of gods and monsters, fate and luck
but they are stories of more than magic
more than immortality and divinity

they are stories of people like you and me
people who didn’t pray for heroism
or for a throne high above on olympus

myths are stories of humans
who loved and lost like us
who fell from great heights
to even greater depths

the gods would never dare to tell
the secret of their myths:

but the truth is, the highest
form of divinity
is humanity.

all hercules wanted was family [x] (via aesopeau)

09.15.2014 / +1910 / cinderslinh / lydiamaartin

I never wanted any of this. I never wanted to be in the games. I just wanted to save my sister and keep Peeta alive. Miss Everdeen, it’s the things we love most that destroy us.

09.15.2014 / +1828 / rencrown / tayloralisonswft

get to know me meme: [5/] favorite movies → Marie Antoinette 

ma: This is ridiculous.

cdn: This, Madame, is Versailles. 

"Letting everyone down would be my greatest unhappiness."
09.15.2014 / +441 / barbarajoangordon / ladystcrk

teslaarmor:

Me: joins tumblr for fun

Me: starts to critically analyze almost every aspect of modern society 

09.15.2014 / +163935 / rchardgansey

“He leaned against the window, and the gilded frame came into sharp focus. “Do you think it would be any different with your tracker beside you? With that Lantsov pup?”
“Yes,” I said simply.
“Because you would be the strong one?”
“Because they’re better men than you.”
“You might make me a better man.”
“And you might make me a monster.”

09.15.2014 / +183 / rencrown

gaskells:

queens of portugal; isabel of coimbra (1432-1455)

Born in 1432, Isabel was the third child and eldest daughter of Infante Pedro, Duke of Coimbra, and his aragonese wife, Isabel of Urgell. Two months older than the Crown Prince Afonso, a match between the cousins was a strong possibility, and discussed early on by Duarte I and Pedro. In 1438, a refusal by the Queen Regent Leonor on the matter of their betrothal was one of the reasons for her father’s rebellion. In 1439, Pedro became regent and the Queen Mother exiled herself in Castile where she would die. Isabel was praised for her beauty and her kindness, and in 1447, she and the King were married in a political move by Pedro to maintain control of Afonso, after the end of the regency.

Although initially reluctant to marry, Afonso fell quickly in love with his wife, seeking her company often and indulging her every wish. This behavior sparked a slew of criticism from Pedro’s enemies, who complained that he “subjugated himself to his wife more than was reasonable” and that too great a female presence was dangerous to a young man’s health and virility, which contradicted the accusation that the two “were public adulterers and dishonest concubinarians, lying like infernals in much continued and reproved coitus”.

A year after the wedding, Pedro handed over the government of the kingdom to Afonso, who became surrounded by his late mother’s supporters, namely the Duke of Braganza. Pedro retired to his lands in Coimbra but the growing tension in court eventually came to a head in the Battle of Alfarrobeira, between Pedro, and the King and the Duke of Braganza. Isabel’s father lost his life in the confrontation and his corpse was left on the battlefield for three days. Immediately afterwards, Pedro’s enemies attempted to convince the king to divorce his wife, which he refused to do, instead sending a message to her, begging her pardon for not going to her and ask that she return to court. Despite having “much felt and wept” at the news of her father’s death, Isabel made a formal entry in court wearing only light mourning, in a display of pragmatism and sang-froid. While not able to prevent her family’s fall from grace and the scattering of her siblings over Burgundy, Italy, and Cyprus, Isabel kept her position and was treated with the greatest affection by her husband.

The Queen gave birth to two surviving children, Saint Joana, and the future João II. The birth of a son allowed her to request her father’s entombment in the Monastery of Batalha. Six months after the birth of João, Isabel hemorrhaged to death, possibly poisoned. The king was devastated, giving her the grandest funeral of any Queen of Portugal until then. Afonso remained a widower for the next twenty years, and no mistress or illegitimate children are known during his life.

09.15.2014 / +21 / gaskells

He was Aemon Targaryen. And now his watch is ended.

09.15.2014 / +749 / buck--y / persephoine

mihtrandir:

lagertha appreciation week

Day 7: whatever I want

09.15.2014 / +516 / starklady / mihtrandir

ye wouldna expect me to be less bold than a wee sassenach lassie, now would ye?

09.15.2014 / +786 / rosebelikova / starkqueen

allicynsart:

Blue and Noah’s relationship is the cutest cute of all the cutes.

Do not even try to tell me otherwise. I don’t want to hear anything you have to say.

Finished my Raven Boys re-read last night c: Now onto Dream Thieves.

09.15.2014 / +266 / dailyya / allicynsart

falling kingdoms by morgan rhodes

09.15.2014 / +42 / heir0ffire

eros-turannos:

The Four Marys: Fleming, Livingston, Seton, and Beaton, ladies-in-waiting to Mary Queen of Scots. Referenced off various court portraits from the 1560s, since there are no existing contemporary portraits of the four, but it was fun to interpret what we know about them. I’ll quote some bits from Fraser:

  • Mary Fleming: Descended from the royal Stewarts, like her queen. “As her beauty bloomed, her remarkable combination of looks and vitality made her, in the opinion of Leslie, ‘the flower of the flock’… which the fair Fleming owed perhaps to her share of Stuart blood.” She was nicknamed “La Flaminia” and Thomas Randolph described her as “a Venus for beauty, a Minerva for wit, and a Juno in wealth”.
  • Mary Livingston: Nicknamed “Lusty”, she was athletic and lively. As part of John Knox’s efforts to blacken Mary’s court he wrote of Livingston, “It was weill knawin that schame haistit mariage between Johne Sempill, callit the Danser, and Marie Levingstoune, surnameit the Lustie”. However, Fraser says, she “owed her nickname of the Lusty to her energetic habit of dancing rather than to any raging physical appetites… The truth was that Mary Livingston was a girl of high spirits and exceptional vivacity, two qualities which were scarcely likely to commend her to Knox.”
  • Mary Seton: More sober and quiet than the others, Fraser describes her as “The meekest of the four… The only Marie to remain unmarried, and the only one therefore to follow her queen into captivity, Mary Seton had a naturally devout nature, and also a certain amount of pardonable family pride – the Setons being among the grandest of the Scottish court families, and her father and brother in turn playing a leading part as magnates, loyal to the crown.” After the queen’s execution Seton spent the last years of her life in a convent.
  • Mary Beaton: Huh, well, we don’t know too much about her life and Fraser doesn’t have too much to say about her, though she calls her “the most classically beautiful of the four”. The description most bandied about regarding Beaton is that she was “pretty and plump, with fair hair and dark eyes”. Like the other four Marys she was educated alongside the queen and her handwriting was most similar to the queen’s, and it’s been long speculated that it was Beaton’s hand that wrote the infamous Casket letters that incriminated and discredited Mary, but I think it would be heartbreakingly awful if it were true.
09.15.2014 / +169 / belgallia / eros-turannos