Late September and October Update

Hey Everyone! I apologise for the update being so late this time around but I have been writing non-stop to keep myself on these deadlines that keep popping up to shout at me. First of all, if you didn't see my previous post, I have a new series out next with BHC Press! This is the Secret …

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Queens of Infamy: The Rise of Catherine de’ Medici

Longreads

Anne Thériault | Longreads | September 2018 | 18 minutes (4,588 words)

From the notorious to the half-forgotten,Queens of Infamy, a Longreads series by Anne Thériault, focuses on badass world-historical women of centuries past.

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The year was 1519. Henry VIII was king of England and still (mostly) happily married to Catherine of Aragon. The throne of France was held by Francis I, also known as “Francis of the Large Nose,” which may or may not have been a dick joke. Charles I of Spain had just become Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. Martin Luther was stirring up shit in Germany. And in Florence, a couple whose union represented a last-ditch coalition between France and the Pope against the ever-expanding Holy Roman Empire welcomed their first child, a daughter they named Catarina Maria Romula de’ Medici (hereafter referred to as Catherine).

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BHC Press to Publish Amy Kuivalainen’s Magicians of Venice Series

Resharing the good news for all my blog followers out there! Expect a proper update in the next few days…there is so much good stuff going on!

Amy_KuivalainenAmy Kuivalainen’s upcoming Magicians of Venice series is a fresh and exciting new series blending elements of fantasy, mystery, and romance that are as dangerous and seductive as the beautiful city of Venice herself.

The series opens with The Immortal City, where we are introduced to Dr. Penelope Bryne, an archaeologist who is ridiculed by the academic community in her quest to find the lost remnants of Atlantis. When an  ancient and mysterious script is discovered at a murder site with links to the lost city, she flies to Venice, determined to help the police before the killer strikes again where she meets the enigmatic Alexis Donato, who challenges everything she believes about the unexplainable and magical history of Atlantis. As Alexis draws her into the darkly, seductive world of magic and history, Penelope will have to use her heart as well as her head if she is to…

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Lust, mating and spells were the traditions of Vappu (Walpurgis Night) in the Old days of Finland

A Nordic Witch

In the peasant culture Walpurgis Night, Vappu in Finnish, wasn’t a celebration of work, but a celebration of free-time, the traditions
included banishing the beasts, the interaction between youth and the protective, magical force that came from between
the legs of the lady of the house.

John Björkman, a folklorist from Turku works in a museum in Varsinais-Suomi as a researcher of the cultural traditions of
the nation. He knows the celebration of Vappu amongst the peasants from centuries back.

In folklore Björkman is interested in “basically every period”, but his expertiece lie in the customs and traditions
dating back 100-400 years.

The peasant culture of farming and living in villages is very old in Finland, especially West- and South-Finland. The
peasant culture was thriving up until the beginning on 20th century.

” I was just at an archaeological seminar, that strongly raised the fact, that the coming of Christianity…

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Artemisia Gentileschi, a Baroque heroine for the #MeToo era

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.Detail from Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, c. 1616. Her role playing predates by centuries the preoccupations of artists such as Cindy Sherman. WikimediaChristopher R. Marshall, University of Melbourne Artemisia Gentileschi’s 17th-century painting, Self Portrait As Saint …

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Resurrecting the Ancient Wines of Pompeii

Timeless Italy Travels

What did the earliest Roman wines taste like? Were the highly appraised wines of the first century really worth their legendary status? Will we ever know?

List of suggested wines at bottom

Mastroberardino Vineyard in PompeiiMastroberardino Vineyard in Pompeii

When Vesuvius blew in August of 79 AD, ash covered the entire area of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The thriving seaport towns, once bustling with activity, became graveyards of civilizations frozen in time. There it lay undisturbed for eighteen centuries until it was excavated by Giuseppe Fiorelli, director of excavations from 1860 to 1875. Under twelve feet of solid ash, he discovered the decayed bodies of thirteen men, women, and children huddled together next to a stone wall inside their garden, where they suffocated in the swirling volcanic air.

Orchard of the Fugitives

Today the garden has been named the Orchard of the Fugitives. But instead of death, it is filled with green grass, robust…

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