currently reading: "richard iii" by paul murray kendall

music: fleet foxes


crying over richard iii


Dante and Virgil in the Ninth Circle of Hell
Oil on canvas (detail)
Gustave Doré - 1861


Ilse Bing

Three men on steps, Paris, 1931

[From the Réunion des Musées Nationaux]

Details of The last day of Pompeii - Karl Bryullov


Alexandre Iolas (1907-1987) photographié sur l’Acropole d’Athènes en 1927 par Nelly (Έλλη Σουγιουλτζόγλου-Σεραϊδάρη) ; Ο Αλέξανδρος Ιόλας στην Ακρόπολη. Αθήνα 1927 Φωτογραφία: Νέλλη Σεραϊδάρη

Palais des Beaux-arts de Lille.


Gilded Silver Roman Cavalry Helmet, c. 319-323 AD

This splendid cavalry-helmet was found in 1910, by people cutting peat in the Peel in the vicinity of the town of Deurne, Holland. Initially, it seemed that man and horse had drowned in the bog. Nowadays it is assumed, rather, that the helmet was given a ritual burial after its owner had completed his military service.

An inscription shows that the helmet was made by Marcus Titus Lunamis, using nearly 370 grams of silver sheets. Its owner belonged to the sixth cavalry unit of the Equites Stablesiani. On the right side of the helmet cap it says ‘Stablesia VI’. The right cheek flap was missing and was added again in modern times by a goldsmith.


Abbott H. Thayer, Waterlilies, 1884

Life is so damned hard, so damned hard… It just hurts people and hurts people, until finally it hurts them so that they can’t be hurt ever any more. That’s the last and worst thing it does.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned (via quotes-shape-us)


The song of steel on steel woke a hunger in Jon. It reminded him of simpler, warmer days, when he had been a boy at Winterfell matching blades with Robb under the watchful eye of Ser Rodrick Cassel. Ser Rodrik too had fallen, slain by Theon Turncloak and his ironmen as he’d tried to retake Winterfell. The great stronghold of House Stark was a scorched desolation. All my memories are poison. 


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H I S T O R Y  M E M E  O N E  W A R 

Wars of the Roses, (1455–85), in English history, the series of dynastic civil wars whose violence and civil strife preceded the strong government of the Tudors. Fought between the Houses of Lancaster and York for the English throne, the wars were named many years afterward from the supposed badges of the contending parties: the white rose of York and the red of Lancaster. further reading (x)