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Painswick between Stroud and Gloucester in the Cotswolds


Karl Brullov, The Last Day of Pompeii (1830 - 1833)

Heartbreak, unspeakable loss, disaster… 

Favorite Movies: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
"For who could ever learn to love a beast?"

I saw The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on my T.V. tonight. Which is a big deal because I’m in Australia and didn’t think that show EVER aired. >.<

Make me choose - Anonymous asked: Curse of the Black Pearl or At World’s End?

Yesterday, I was told about a book that has the potential to be the best I’ve ever read. Now I just have to find a copy.


Madame de Pompadour was her own greatest creation. It was Louis XV who turned Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson into madame la marquise de Pompadour; but it was Jeanne Poisson who made Madame de Pompadour the dazzling personage known to history. She was, after all, an actress, and she assumed the role of mistress to the king with aplomb, as she did its subsequent evolutions. Whatever the heartache and disillusionment, the exhaustion and disgust, she stayed in character. She died convinced of the purity of her intentions, with a clear conscience, and with a control of iron over her life’s last act.

Christine Pevitt Algrant, Madame de Pompadour: Mistress of France


Head of Mars.

The French School, 1800s. 


A cat’s the only cat who knows where it’s at.


how to love your favourite historical figure

  1. read about them
  2. gaze at paintings of them and sigh
  3. remember that they’re dead
  4. curl up on the floor in foetal position
  5. cry

I’ve actually done 4 out of 5 of these, at some point. And with authors, too, if they aren’t included in the ”historical figure” category.