Sunday, September 30, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
480 BC Battle of Salamis: The Greek fleet under Themistocles defeated the Persian fleet under Xerxes I.
106 BC Pompey the Great, statesman and general of the Roman Empire was born. He was the chief rival of Julius Caesar and in 61 BC Pompey celebrated his victory in the third Mithridatic War (between Rome and the Kingdom of Pontus, a Persian state off the Black Sea) on his 45th birthday.
440 Saint Leo I, the Great, was elected Roman Catholic pope.
1227 Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, was excommunicated by Pope Gregory IX for his failure to participate in the Crusades.
1399 King Richard II of England abdicated; he was succeeded by his cousin Henry Bolingbroke (Henry IV). Richard was initially imprisoned and later died from uncertain causes.
1364 Battle of Auray: English forces defeated the French in Brittany; ending the Breton War of Succession between the Houses of Blois and Montfort.
1547 Miguel de Cervantes, Creator of Don Quixote, was born.
1564, the reign of Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley became earl of Leicester.
Friday, September 28, 2012
48 BC Pompey the Great was murdered on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt.
351 Battle of Mursa Major: the Roman Emperor Constantius II defeated the usurper Magnentius in one of the bloodiest battles in Roman military history.
365 Roman usurper Procopius proclaimed himself Roman emperor.
855 The Emperor Lothar died in Gaul (present day France, Luxembourg and Belgium, most of Switzerland, the western part of Northern Italy, as well as parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the left bank of the Rhine), and his kingdom was divided between his three sons.
1066 William the Conqueror and his Norman army arrived in England, landing at Pevensey, beginning the Norman Conquest.
1106 The Battle of Tinchebrai: Henry I of England defeated his brother, Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy. Henry's knights won a decisive victory, capturing Robert and imprisoning him in England and then Wales until Robert's death in Cardiff Castle. England and Normandy remained under a single ruler until 1204.
1322 Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor defeated Frederick I of Austria in the Battle of Mühldorf.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
46 BC Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the battle of Pharsalus.
715 Ragenfrid defeated Theudoald at the Battle of Compiègne, the first definite battle of the civil war which followed the death of Pepin of Heristal, Duke of the Franks.
1181 St. Francis of Assisi, Italian Founder of the Franciscan Order, was born.
1143 Celestine II became Pope. He was a friend of Peter Abelard (French scholastic philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician), Celestine was a scholar whose pontificate only lasted six months.
1687 The Parthenon in Athens, unscathed since 432 BC, was severely damaged by a gunpowder explosion, caused by the bombing from Venetian forces led by Morosini (Doge of Venice) who besieged the Ottoman Turks stationed in Athens.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
A mental patient (Jonathan Dexter), with an ongoing history of violence and suffering an extreme form of Borderline Personality Disorder, is discharged into the community after three years in a private asylum. In a ...
The two develop a relationship - a good one, a warm one, one with a future, until things start to go badly wrong.
A dark, brooding romance novel based loosely in the Minster town of Southwell in Nottinghamshire, readers interested in crime, psychology, mental health, personality disorders and the ongoing relationship between men and women will enjoy this book.
Carla is written from the perspective of the mental patient, in the style of fifties legend Jim Thompson (to whom this is a homage), and as such, it offers a hard core, unflinching, unyielding, no holds barred innerscape of someone suffering serious mental health problems including Borderline Personality Disorder.
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Monday, September 24, 2012
15 Aulus Vitellius was born. Vitellius was acclaimed emperor following the quick succession of the previous emperors Galba and Otho, in a year of civil war known as the Year of the Four Emperors. Vitellius was the first to add the honorific cognomen Germanicus to his name instead of Caesar upon his accession; the latter name had fallen into disrepute in many quarters because of the actions of Nero.
768 Pepin the Short, King of the Franks and father of Charlemagne, died at age 54.
1645 Battle of Rowton Heath, Parliamentarian victory over a Royalist army commanded by King Charles I; casualties estimated at 600 dead and 900 injured.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
480 BC The Greeks defeated the Persians in the greatest of ancient naval battles, at Salamis, avenging the destruction of Athens. Over 1,000 Persian ships were sunk by fewer than 400 Greek vessels.
63 BC Augustus (Octavian) was born. He was the Roman emperor at the time of Christ, and the founder in 27 BC of the Roman Empire as it was known after the end of the Roman Republic of Julius Caesar's time.
1122 Concordat of Worms brought to an end the first phase of the power struggle between the Papacy and the Holy Roman Emperors.
1459 Battle of Blore Heath, the first major battle of the English Wars of the Roses, was fought at Blore Heath in Staffordshire. The Yorkists, though inferior in numbers, were completely victorious.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
66 Emperor Nero created the Legion I Italica. 530 Both Boniface II and Dioscorus (antipope) were consecrated. The short-lived schism ended with Dioscorus' death on October 14, 530.
1499 Switzerland became an independent state.
1515 Anne of Cleves was born. The fourth wife of Henry VIII, Anne was able to obtain a divorce and maintained a friendly relationship with the Tudor family.
1586 Battle of Zutphen was a confrontation of the Eighty Years' War fought between forces of the United Provinces of the Netherlands, aided by the English, against the Spanish, who sought to regain the northern Netherlands. Elizabeth I sent troops under the earl of Leicester to aid the rebels, however the Spanish were victorious.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
On September 20
451 The Battle of Châlons took place in North Eastern France. Flavius Aetius's victory over Attila the Hun in a day of combat is considered to be the largest battle in the ancient world.
1066 The Battle of Fulford: King Harald III of Norway (Harald Hardrada) and Tostig Gowinson, his English allay, defeated Edwin of Mercia and Morcar of Northumbria.
1187 Saladin began the Siege of Jerusalem. This act of aggression provoked the Third Crusade.
1378 Cardinal Robert of Geneva, called by some the Butcher of Cesena, was elected as Avignon Pope Clement VII, beginning the Papal schism.
1633 Galileo Galilei was tried before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun and was found "vehemently suspect of heresy", forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
335 Dalmatius was raised to the rank of Caesar by his uncle Constantine I.
912 Emperor Leo VI was born. Known as the Wise or the Philosopher, Emperor Leo VI of Byzantium issued imperial laws in Greek that became the legal code of the Empire.
1356 Hundred Years' War: Battle of Poitiers: an English army under the command of Edward, the Black Prince defeated a French army and captured the French king, John II.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
53 Roman Emperor Trajan was born.
96 Marcus Nerva was proclaimed Roman Emperor after Domitian was assassinated.
324 Constantine the Great decisively defeated Licinius in the Battle of Chrysopolis, establishing Constantine's sole control over the Roman Empire.
1180 Philip Augustus became king of France. Philip was one of the most successful medieval French monarchs in expanding the royal demesne and the influence of the monarchy. He broke up the great Angevin Empire (an area stretching from the Pyrenees to Ireland ruled by the Angevin Plantagenet dynasty during the 12th and early 13th centuries) and defeated a coalition of his rivals (German, Flemish and English) at the Battle of Bouvines in 1214.
Monday, September 17, 2012
530 Boniface II was selected Pope. He was by birth an Ostrogoth, the first Germanic pope, and he owed his appointment to the influence of the Gothic king Athalaric. Boniface was chosen by his predecessor, Pope Felix IV, who had been a strong adherent of the Arian king, and was never elected. Boniface had for some time an antipope, Dioscurus, who had been elected by most of the priests of Rome. Boniface and Dioscorus were both consecrated in Rome on 22 September 530, but Dioscurus died twenty-two days later.
642 Arabs conquered Alexandria, destroying the library.
1745 Jacobite leader Bonnie Prince Charlie entered Edinburgh, proclaiming his father James VIII of Scotland.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
891 Pope Steven V died. The pontificate of Stephen witnessed the disintegration of the Carolingian Empire.
1523 Pope Adrian VI died. Adrian VI was the only Dutch pope, and the last non-Italian pope to be elected until Pope John Paul II in the twentieth century
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
1185 Byzantine emperor Andronicus I was tortured and executed by the Greek nobility, led by Isaac Angelus, during a war between the Byzantines and Norman invaders of the empire.
1213 Albigensian Crusade (directed against Christian heretics in southern France) Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester, defeated Peter II of Aragon at the Battle of Muret.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
9 Arminius' alliance of six Germanic tribes ambushed and annihilated three Roman legions of Publius Quinctilius Varus in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.
214 Aurelian, Roman Emperior was born.
384 Flavius Honorius, Emperor of the East Roman Republic was born.
999 or 1000 Battle of Svolder was a naval battle fought in the western Baltic Sea between King Olaf Tryggvason of Norway and an alliance of his enemies; the background for this battle was the unification of Norway into a single state, long-standing Danish effort to gain control of the country, and the spread of Christianity in Scandinavia. With the allied victory, Norway was partitioned and the spread of Christianity was set back.
1087 William the Conqueror died in Rouen at age 59 after an accident while riding his horse.
1513 James IV of Scotland was defeated and died in the Battle of Flodden Field, ending Scotland's involvement in the War of the League of Cambrai.
1543 Mary Stuart, at nine-months-old, was crowned Queen of Scots in the central Scottish town of Stirling.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
M. C. Arvanitis, writer / WORDS TOGETHER MAKE TALES: M. C. Arvanitis, writer / WORDS TOGETHER MAKE TALE...
Friday, September 7, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
If I were to rate, in order, how I liked the stories it would be (1) Baptism Of Fire (2) Mirror Mirror (3) For the Love of a Beautiful Woman and (4) Hand in Glove.
Baptism of Fire I liked because of the story of personal tragedy...and having to face the consequences.
Mirror Mirror I liked due to the story being told about two friends.
For the Love of a Beautiful Woman was about pushing limits; what would you do or not do for love? Do you have limits? Really?
And Hand in Glove... well, it was too violent for me to enjoy.
I rated this book 4 stars only due to the story "Hand in Glove". If you are asking yourself if this book is worth reading then the answer is a simple and clear: Yes.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I don't want to give away this novel or the ending so I am going to end this review with this: Photo Finish is a well thought out mystery placed in a beautiful location with characters that will leave you with a sense of having new friends....for life. This story is a must read and I am looking forward to more of Terry Ambrose's future novels!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Well, I felt like I was in a pub, on a barstool, as he drank his ale and I, mine, and he spoke quietly as he told me his story about Carla and him. He spoke from his perspective and quite literally I was enamored. Being taken into the depths of his mind, thoughts, actions and reactions to situations real or perceived was an amazing and sometimes scary journey.
Scary....as in....I know that kind of feeling....kind of scary.
Carla is a beautiful person who has been projected to be exactly who she is: an open minded, busy, young, and attractive woman who knows her mind and also deals with her own set of insecurities giving Carla a mixture of attributes that makes an appeal to the reader.
Sharna is the dedicated friend to Carla and it is interesting to watch how she projects herself as Carla's protector when meeting John and then the development of their friendship with Carla being the vine that connects them.
John is an older man who struggles internally with each encounter - perceived or real - that occurs. He has come a full circle in his life and finally has an understanding of who and what he is; both the good and the bad. You will fall in love with John and then you will love to hate his actions or reactions. You will cheer for John but in the next breath you will berate him. You will definitely be able to relate to John at some point in the story!
And by the time you get to the ending....oh my... No spoiler here! You must read to find out; but, I promise you one thing, it won't be what you expect!