Friday, November 30, 2012
1016 Cnut, king of Denmark, claimed the throne of all England after Edmund 'Ironside', king of England, died.
1406 Gregory XII became Pope. Gregory was the last of the Roman line of popes during the Western Schism.
1630 16,000 inhabitants of Venice died this month of plague.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
526 Antioch in modern day Syria was struck by an Earthquake, about 250,000 died.
799 Pope Leo III, aided by Charles the Great, returned to Rome.
800 Charlemagne arrived at Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III.
939 Edmund was crowned as king of England as his half-brother Aethelstan died.
1268 Clement IV died. Upon the death of Clement, no new pope was elected for almost three years.
1314 Philip IV of France died.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
741 St Gregory III ended his reign as Catholic Pope.
1095 On the last day of the Council of Clermont, Pope Urban II appointed Bishop Adhemar of Le Puy and Count Raymond IV of Toulouse to lead the First Crusade to the Holy Land.
1291 Edward I's wife, Eleanor of Castile, died.
1503 Julius II was officially crowned pope. Born Giuliano Della Rovere, Julius was the nephew of Pope Sixtus IV, who built the Sistine Chapel. Although his relationship to Sixtus helped his early career, he was forced to flee Italy to avoid assassination attempts ordered by Rodrigo Borgia (Pope Alexander VI), and stayed in exile for ten years before Borgia's death made it possible for him to return.
M. C. Arvanitis, writer / WORDS TOGETHER MAKE TALES: Just in time for Christmas Giving;The Legend of EL...
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:
*Post 11 random facts about oneself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
*Pass the award onto 11 other blogs.
*Write 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.
*Paste the award picture into your blog. (Or another blog, if you're a bored hacker.)
Now down to the nitty gritty - these are the questions asked of me:
1. What is most important to you in choosing a book to read?
Since I am a very picky reader, I tend to gravitate towards biographies of people that interest me, from Alexander the Great to Henry VIII. However, I will not discount contemporary stories, if the plot is intriguing and holds my interest.
2. Name an absolutely terrible movie that you secretly love.
"Valhalla Rising" because I am a Mads Mikkelsen fan.
3. What makes you want to slam a book shut and never finish it?
If the story does not make sense or if it takes too long to get interested in the storyline, I'll chuck the book and move on.
4. You think you're alone. The music is loud. You have a spoon, and you're lip-synching that song you're kind of embarrassed for liking. Who is singing, and what's the song?
Nickelback's "Shaking Hands" and...another title that begins with an "S" -- Google it, I dare you.
5. The Zombies are coming. Why should we put you on our team?
Because I kick butt - that's right, I am fearless, so bring them on!
6. If Heaven existed, and its like a book you've read or movie you've seen, which one is it?
"Lost Horizon" by James Hilton. Shangri-La depicts an earthly paradise where mankind is in perfect union with himself, and where love and happiness flourish in an immortal setting.
7. Which character (you've written or read) would you most want to be friends with (with or without benefits)?
Do I just get to pick one? Bummer. OK, then, I guess it will have to be Brantson, who the reading public will meet early next year when "The Briton and the Dane: Concordia" launches.
8. The world as we know it will end: a) In a zombie apocalypse, b) Never, because Light will always defeat Darkness, c) When we jump on that last rocket and finally ditch this backwater planet, or d) With you, "cause you're taking all the other suckers out when you go. Which one?
The only answer is d) above because taking everyone with me works. What fun will it be on this planet, if I no longer exist? Eat your heart out solar flare!
9. Do you consider yourself to be an artist?
I wish. Unfortunately, I cannot draw a straight line even with a ruler. But then writers are artists, aren't they? If that is the case, then yes, I am an artist.
10. What's the dumbest thing to be afraid of that scares the crap out of you?
Being helpless - does not compute!
11. Your blog is now famous. As a result, celebrities want your attention. Writers call, actors call, singers text, but you only have time for 1 or 2. Whom do you hang out with, and whom do you have a secret fling with?
My hangout buddies are: Dustin Clare a.k.a. Gannicus and Sam Worthington a.k.a. Perseus. My secret fling is...drum roll please...Francois Arnaud a.k.a. Cesare Borgia.
1. I was born on a Navy base.
2. I drive a Honda with 85,000 miles and still going strong.
3. I almost knocked over Nancy Walker (actress best known for appearing on the TV show Rhoda).
4. I hung out with the First Class flight attendants on a trip from Texas to New York and was introduced to Mickey Mantle who, of course, was flying in First Class.
5. Tom Jones touched my hand during a concert at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York.
6. I was the only female in an accelerated program created for US veterans pursuing a Bachelor's Degree.
7. My favorite color is teal and I have 31 teal blouses.
8. While in Bermuda, I had a motorbike accident and severed the muscle in my right leg. When brought to the clinic, I assisted the doctor, who was also from New York, as he stitched my leg since his nurse had yet to arrive at the office.
9. Being a proud Trekker, I have attended Star Trek conventions in New York City and have been to the Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, and can be found on the Voyager bridge next to Captain Janeway.
10. I fought off a mugger in the Parking Garage at LaGuardia Airport.
11, When AIDS first appeared in the news, I marched in a Gay Rights parade, shedding light on educating society about the nature of the disease.
And now, here are my nominees, and like my nominator, was a tad bit lazy.
FINALLY - here are YOUR questions, my creative and talented nominees:
1. Tell us about any fun or unusual thing that has happened to you since you became a published author.
2. Are there any characters, fictional or otherwise, that you'd like to run away with in one of your novels?
3. Your favorite author has a new book that has been made into a motion picture. Will you read the book before you see the movie? If so, why or why not?
4. Doctor Who's infamous telephone booth (TARDIS*) is outside your door. What will you do?
*Time and Relative Dimension in Space time machine and spacecraft
5. Your cover as a government operative has been blown and capture is imminent. Facing torture and death, your choices are: a) take the L-pill (cyanide), b) take your chances and make a run for it, c) give up, but agree to be turned, d) feign submission and release your grip on a grenade hidden in your jacket pocket. What is the right answer, or is there one?
6. Do you prefer to cook or eat out?
7. You're marooned on a desert island with all the amenities of home, except company. If you could invite one person to join you, who would you choose?
8. Who is your favorite sports team?
9. If you could assume the persona of your favorite hero/heroine, who would that be?
10. Do you prefer to read, listen to music or watch a movie? Depending on your choice, what is your favorite book, song, film?
11. Lastly, if you were permitted to choose which century you could live in, which era would you choose and why?
If anyone I didn't think to nominate wants to do this, join in. We'll start a cult. We'll call ourselves the Liebser Children of the Sacred Eleven. And we'll eat loads of cheese at the meetings.
8 BC Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) the great Roman lyric poet, died at Venusia, in Apulia at age 56.
176 Emperor Marcus Aurelius granted his son Commodus the rank of Imperator and made him Supreme Commander of the Roman legions.
511 Clovis, King of the Franks (Merovingian Dynasty) died.
1095 Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade to reclaim sacred Christian sites from Islamic hands at the Council of Clermont.
1295 the first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as "The Model Parliament".
1582 William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway.
1703 The first Eddystone Lighthouse (south west of Rame Head, UK) was destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703.
Monday, November 26, 2012
43 BC The Second Triumvirate alliance of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (Octavian, later Caesar Augustus), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony was formed.
579 Pelagius II became Pope. When assistance from Emperor Tiberius II of Byzantium was not forthcoming, Pelagius convinced the Christian Franks to defend Rome from encroaching Lombards. He attempted to end a schism in the Church over the Three Chapters Controversy and began a controversy of his own when St. John IV the Faster, Bishop of Constantinople, assumed the title of "ecumenical patriarch" (a position that made him the equal of Pelagius, if not his superior). Pelagius was also responsible for building projects in Rome and turned his home into a hospital that was of great assistance when the city was struck by a disastrous flood. He himself died of the plague.
783 the Asturian queen Adosinda was put up in a monastery to prevent her kin from retaking the throne from Mauregatus.
885 Danish Vikings attacked Paris and were paid by the Frankish emperor Charles the Fat (great grandson of Charlemagne) not to destroy the city as they had in 845 and 856.
1476 Vlad III Dracula defeated Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Bathory and became the ruler of Wallachia for the third time.
1703 Hurricane-force winds killed as many as 8,000 people as the Great Storm swept southern England. Bristol incurred heavy damage and the Royal Navy lost 15 warships.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Welcome to Meet the Author! Today, Ngaire Elder has stopped by to give us a little insight into her life and her books. So let's get started.
I met my husband through my work and have 4 children.
955 King Eadred brought Northumbria permanently under English rule.
1034 Máel Coluim mac Cináeda, King of Scots died. Donnchad, the son of his daughter Bethóc and Crínán of Dunkeld, inherited the throne.
1120 The White Ship sank in the English Channel, drowning William Adelin, son of Henry I of England.
1177 Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and Raynald of Chatillon defeated Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard.
1185 Urban III became Pope. Urban inherited a tense diplomatic relationship with the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa, from his predecessor Lucius III.
1276 The Habsburg dynasty was founded as Rudolf of Habsburg seized Vienna and made it his capital.
1277 Nicholas III was elected Pope. Nicholas began an administrative reform of the Papal States, inducing Rudolf I to acknowledge that the Italian province of the Romagna belonged to the church.
1343 a tsunami, caused by an earthquake in the Tyrrhenian Sea, devastated Naples (Italy) and the Maritime Republic of Amalfi.
1491 The siege of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, began.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
380 Theodosius I made his adventus, or formal entry, into Constantinople.
1429 Joan of Arc unsuccessfully besieged La Charité.
1434 Thames River froze from London Bridge to Gravesend; the frost lasted from November 24th to February 10th.
1542 at the Battle of Solway Moss: The English army defeated the Scots. The English force of approximately 3,000 was far outnumbered by an army of at least 10,000 Scots, but in-fighting among the invaders helped the English commander, Wharton, rout his foes in this surprising victory.
Friday, November 23, 2012
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534 BC Thespis of Icaria became the first actor to portray a character onstage.
800 Charlemagne arrived at Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III.
912 Otto I (The Great) was born. He was King of Germany from 936-983 and was the first king to become Holy Roman Emperor in 961.
955 King Eadred died. King of Wessex and acknowledged as overlord of Mercia, and the Danelaw, Eadred brought Northumbria permanently under English rule.
1165 Pope Alexander III returned from exile to Rome.
1248 Conquest of Seville by the Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile.
1499 Pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck was hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from the Tower of London. He had invaded England in 1497, claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV of England.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
498 Symmachus Consecrated. Christian convert Symmachus was chosen by the Roman Church to succeed Pope Anastasius II at the same time a Byzantine faction selected Laurentius. Both individuals were consecrated on the same date, and the Ostrogothic King Theodoric the Great was asked to choose the new pope. He chose Symmachus.
845 the first King of all Brittany, Nominoe, defeated the Frankish king Charles the Bald at the Battle of Ballon near Redon.
1307 Pope Clement V issued the papal bull Pastoralis Praeeminentiae which instructed all Christian monarchs in Europe to arrest all Templars and seize their assets.
1221 Frederik II Hohenstaufen crowned Roman-German Emperor.
1428 Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick and also known as known as Warwick the Kingmaker, was born.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
164 BC Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restored the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.
235 St. Anterus became Roman Catholic pope. He was Pope from November 21, 235 to January 3, 236, and succeeded Pope Pontian, who had been deported from Rome along with the antipope Hippolytus to Sardinia. Anterus was the son of Romulus, born in Petilia Policastro and is thought to have been of Greek origin, but the name could indicate that he was a freed slave. He died on January 3, 236 of undetermined causes.
1272 following Henry III of England's death on November 16, his son Prince Edward became King of England.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
284 Diocletian was chosen as Roman Emperor.
869 Edmund the Martyr died. Saint Edmund was king of East Anglia. His gruesome death at the hands of the Danes led to legends and a shrine at what is now Bury St. Edmund's, West Suffolk.
1194 Palermo was conquered by Emperor Henry VI.
1272 Barons swore fealty to Edward I. Upon the death of his father, King Henry III, Edward received the fealty of the English barons and succeeded to the throne.
1407 a truce between John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy and Louis of Valois, Duke of Orleans was agreed under the auspices of John, Duke of Berry. Orleans was assassinated three days later by Burgundy.
Monday, November 19, 2012
1095 The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land, began.
1367 League of Cologne (medieval military alliance against Denmark signed by cities of the Hanseatic League on their meeting called Hansetag in Cologne) approved war against Denmark and Norway.
Though besotted with a mysterious Moor, a diplomatic guest of the King's Court, she honors her promise to wed a besotted Anglo-Saxon warrior on condition that he accompany her to Rome prior to consummating their marriage. In transit, their ship is boarded by bloodthirsty Saracen Corsairs. Her husband slain, Concordia finds herself at the mercy of a dashing young Captain who considers her precious virginity his bounty.
Using only feminine cunning, Concordia must defend her honor and plot her escape while Anglo-Saxon warriors come to her rescue, somewhere inside steamy, unconquered, Moorish Hispania.
And now, I'll pass the baton to the following writers who kindly agreed teo participate in the blog chain...stay tuned to read about their Next Big Thing.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Welcome to Meet The Author! Today Suz Korb has stopped by to give us a little insight into her life and her books. So let’s get started.
When did you start writing?
I’ve written bits and bobs throughout my life. Stories as a kid. Journalism and PR work as an adult. It was in 2009 that I started writing novel length fiction. My first ever novel was a supernatural Chick Lit about the devil, who was a woman.
Tell us about your novels.
Eve Eden vs. the Zombie Horde was my first novel in the Bedeviled trilogy. The premise of it kicked off the series with Eve being forced to rid her small town of zombies with her newly- found supernatural abilities. These books will be available in paperback soon.
For self-published authors I’d say: keep at it. I’ve been a self-published author for a year now. There have been tremendous ups and downs throughout my short career. The one thing I’ve always been able to count on when things get tough is online support. There’s a massive writing community online. Establish contacts. Create friendships. Support each other and you’ll come out winning. Giving each other book exposure online can lead to your work being listed in Amazon’s bestseller lists and that’s where you want to be for real readers to see.
And finally, can you tell us some fun facts about yourself, such as: crossed skydiving off my bucket list.
I used to be so much more fun when I was younger. Been white water river rafting. Moved countries. Worked on films and TV shows as an Extra. Broke my left arm in half when I was twelve and needed two surgeries to fix it over the course of a year. Now? I write. Not that writing isn’t fun. It is. So much fun, and incredibly painful to leave your characters after creating them when you get to the end of a novel, or worse, a whole series!
326 Old St. Peter's Basilica in Rome was consecrated.
942 Saint Odo of Cluny died. The second abbot of the great monastery at Cluny, Odo achieved exemption from all but papal authority for his monastic community and reformed monasteries in Gaul and Italy.
1105 Maginulf elected the Antipope Sylvester the IV.
1210 Pope Innocent III excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV.
1302 Pope Boniface VIII issued the Papal bull Unam sanctam (One Faith).
1307 William Tell shot an apple off of his son's head.
1421 A seawall at the Zuiderzee dike in the Netherlands broke, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people.
1477 William Caxton produced Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres, the first book printed on a printing press in England.
1494 French King Charles VIII occupied Florence, Italy.
1626 St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome was officially dedicated on the same day the Old Basilica was consecrated 1300 years earlier.