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meme, because memes are fun.

1. How do you like your coffee?
Filter, black, no sugar. I will drink Americano if there is no filter, and sometimes Espresso. And wait for the water to be not-quite boiling before making, or it burns.

2. How do you like your tea?
Black, no sugar. Earl Grey or Lapsang for preference, although I drink any kind of tea. Boiling hot water, or it's less good.

3. What's your favourite late night beverage?
Gin. Or hotchocolate, but I'm very picky about chocolate - really good chocolate (I like Hotel Chocolat best) and only milk, no water, and I prefer to use a pan, although ugh, washing up

4. If you could only drink one thing for the next week, what would it be?
Tea. Earl Grey. Hot (of course it is hot, what is this heretical cold tea???)

5. If you were on vacation, what would be the first thing you'd drink to celebrate?
Something a stupid colour with a cocktail umbrella.
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I read stuff...

Once Broken Faith - yep, another Toby Daye book. More of the same, yaaaaaay!

Fix - the end of the 'mancer series. I liked the ending, which nicely concluded the story imo.

A Face Like Glass - weird, but good. I think "weird but good" might be what Hardinge *does*

The Other Half of the Sky - I have been reading this collection for *ages*, because turns out I don't really like collections of unconnected short stories. Too much attention hopping! Give me a nice multi-volume epic.


Americahna - being that this is not SFF it is not "what I usually read". So far I'm liking it though, I guess I should read more different things more often.


Sep. 9th, 2016 01:00 pm
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I thought this was an interesting idea, but rather drawn out. Post-scarcity economics and how to get there from here and why that it mostly a political/social problem rather than a technological one.

Obelisk Gate (book #2 in the trilogy that began with the Fifth Season). I very much liked this, but don't start here.

The Levee was Dry. short story by Seanan McGuire. I thought this one was less interesting than previous, although still good. Unconnected to her ongoing sagas, possibly not available except via her Patreon.

Once Broken Faith. Seanan's latest Toby Daye novel. Gloriously the UK ebook is available already! so far so good.

To Read:
Fix. The finale to Ferrett Steinmetz's trilogy. DRM free ebook available direct from the publisher, no issue with international orders (HURRAH!). Looking forward to reading it.
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Read: I read some Seanan short fiction: Threnody for for Little Girl, With Tuna, at the End of the World - which is just so perfectly sad, and In Little Stars - which was a reasonably addition to the Toby Daye universe. Both are from her Patreon, I don't know if/when there will be general availability

Reading: Trekonomics. Because I'm a GIANT NERD... and I'm not ashamed. Economics requires fewer currently utterly impossible things than physics, and this seems to largely be an optimistic book about how post-scarcity economics could be really good because humans are basically decent people. I've not finished reading it yet.
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Read: Necessity. This is an excellent conclusion to the series. Which as a whole is very well written and not at all the sort of thing I've read before, which is nice.

Reading: well, I did *just* finish it. I have some Seanan stories she wrote for her Patreon to read, and then I'm sure I'll find something in the giant pile of unread books.
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Read: a pile of Seanan short fiction; now read all the free stuff from her website.

Reading: Necessity (Thessaly #3) by Jo Walton. Just started, so no real opinion yet.
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Oops, missed a week.

Read: More Seanan shorts. Now I've read all the free Incryptid shorts.

Reading: the Long Cosmos by Baxter and Prattchet. Turns out they wrote these much faster than they could publish, and this was really co-written with PTerry not just following on from a joint idea. So it is, I guess, his last book. Sadness. So far, so good, a lot of the same as the other Long Earth books. Don't start here.
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Liv found a meme, it's been ages since I perpetrated this kind of meme...

meme )
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Read: more shorts by Seanan McGuire

Reading: yet more of same.

These stories are entertaining background to the novels, but probably of little interest to people who aren't already fans.
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league of dragons. I thought this was quite a nice end to the story, but don't start here. No more dragon stories :(

rise, Mira Grant. Shorts from the newsflesh world, 2 of which are new. If you liked the novels and want MOAR you will want to read this. Contains spoilers for the novels, not a good place to start.

shorts by Seanan McGuire - star of new mexico (oops, out of order), one hell of a ride, no place like home. These are free on her website, fitting in with the incryptid novels. I'm enjoying them. HAIL.

reading: more shorts...
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Read: Children of Earth and Sky, GGK. I liked this, Sarantium has fallen to the Asharites, but this book is more about trade and intrigue than fighting.

Reading: League of Dragons, Novik. The final Temeraire :(
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Every Heart a Doorway , Seanan McGuire
A story about portal fantasies and how it feels to come back from one , good as ever.

Children of Earth and Sky , Guy Gavriel Kay
In the same world as Sailing to Sarantium , which has fallen to the Asherites. So far quite good.

This post brought to you with the help of dasher . Steep learning curve but helpful
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N K Jemisin - the Fifth Season. I liked this, but not as much as Uprooted. Suffers from being 1/3 which means I have to waaaaaait for the end.

From the Editorial Page of the Falchester Weekly Review (Memoir by Lady Trent, #4.5) - short story. Cute, but wouldn't make sense without having read the novels I think.

Stage of Fools (Seanan McGuire) - short story, Tybalt focused. mmmmm puss cat.


Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire).
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oops, missed a few there. lots of books then!

miss Peregrine #3. I thought this was a good end to the trilogy, and it *is* an ending, so you needn't fear starting it and getting trapped in "waiting for the next book" hell.

Virgin Widow: England's Forgotten Queen (Anne O'Brien). This is a novel about Anne Neville, I have read (I think) 3 novels and 1 not-novel featuring her heavily, so I think the subtitle is entirely untrue (many other Queens get less; quick, what can you tell me about Isabella of Angouleme?). I like O'Brien's style and I think I shall be reading more of her work.

The Raven and the Reindeer (Kingfisher, T.). This is a brilliant retelling of the Snow Queen story. I'm quite fond of fairy tales retold anyway, so this was clearly right up my street. Very good. Quite short.

Only Ever Yours (Louise O'Neil). This is rather like the Handmaid's Tale, but YA. It comes with a serious Content Note for disordered eating (of all sorts) and body shaming and implied sexual assault. And it's a really nasty distopia, and not really a pleasant read. I found it oddly compelling.

Lady Trent #4. Our Heroine sets out to do MORE SCIENCE, in a new part of the world. Adventure, mild peril, lady scientist... DRAGONS. Seriously, what is not to like? (waiting for #5 is what is not to like).

Well, I was going to read Children of Earth and Sky (Kay) but the Hugo packet came out and reminded me to read TH Fifth Season (Jemisin), so I shall do that.
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Tales of Arilland and Trix and the Fairy Queen by Alethea Kontis. Tales of Arilland is shorts, and entertaining. Trix and the Fairy Queen is better. In any case these continue on from the previous novels.

Mrs Peregrine books 1 and 2, by Ransom Riggs. I enjoyed these, much darker than your usual 'boy finds out he is magical' sort of a book.

Mrs Peregrine book 3

also I am listening to Ancillary Justice, which mostly means I'm discovering I was saying it all wrong.
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Cut. Which is a very graphic memoir, and not at all an easy read. Hibo Wardere is now an anti-FGM activist, I hope she (and others doing the same work) succeed, I'm not sure how I can help.

Trixter, Dearest, and Messenger by Alethea Kontis. Continuing the series that began with Enchanted. These are enjoyably fairy-tale stories. (Trixter is more of a novella, and Messenger is a deleted-chapter from Dearest and barely a short story)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I've seen this recommended all over the place, so far I'm finding it fairly interesting.

forgot about previously:
while I was walking a very long way I listened to the audio book of House of Shattered Wings by Alliete de Bodard. Which I found interesting but not as good as some of her other stuff.
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read: collapse (Diamond). Interesting case studies but very repetitive analysis imo

Reading: Cut ( This is not a pleasant read.
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still Collapse. er, or more accurately 'plants vs zombies'...
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Reading: Still Collapse, it's long and not as gripping as fast-paced urban fantasy... but still interesting
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Read: Chimera. The end of Parasitology. I do not like these as much as I like Seanan's non-horror stuff or as much as I liked the zombie stuff. But I liked it enough to know the end, which, er, is not actually a high bar, I am a completest by nature.

Reading: Collapse. Diamond. So far, so interesting.

To read: I got the raven/reindeer book ya'll rave about so much.

Programming note:

My little finger on my right hand has had pins-and-needles for well over a week. Typing is hard. So sorry, not posting stuff. I hope this is rsi and will go away with less typing/mousing. But maybe it isn't? should I be seeing a doctor el-pronto? Very annoying anyway. Left handed mousing is also, I wish to report, much harder than I expected it would be (I'm generally ambi- if I practice enough).
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Died on this day in 1620 aged 58 Katherine Cromwell (my toy,wikipedia). Grand-daughter of Elizabeth Seymour, sister of Jane, wife of Henry VIII. Jane Seymour's husband Gregory Cromwell was the son of the Thomas Cromwell who stars in Wolf Hall. Katherine married Lionel Tollemache of Helmingham and wrote lots of interesting things down which have been collected into this book (I think she's the right Catherine Tollemache anyway). Fascinating book, I wonder where my copy is. Incidentally Oliver Cromwell is not a descendant of Thomas, but of his sister Katherine whose children adopted the Cromwell name.

Born on this day in 1621 Prince John VI of Anhalt-Zerbst (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand father of Augusta, mother of George III (her husband, Frederick, was Prince of Wales, but died before George II did). He was a member of the Fruitbearing Society ( which had the aim of standardising German.
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Read: Chaos Choreography
Well, that was, as expected, an enjoyable installment of the series. More Verity, and lots and lots of dancing. Yay, dancing. Probably this is not the place to start (it is volume 5), but if anyone does want to borrow it I'm done with it and have the US paperback sitting around taking up space (did someone borrow my copy of Red Rose Chain? I can't find it, I'm probably a muppett)

Reading: Chimera; Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire in disguise)
This series is less fun that that ^^ one, and the protagonist is a bit tiresomely stupid a lot of the time (she's getting better I guess). Anyway I want to know how it turns out so...

To read:
Since I am planning a looooooong walk I have bought some audio books (which with GREAT FAFF I managed to get onto my mp3 player, thanks Audible for not just letting us buy mp3s) including House of Shattered Wings, which I am told is good. I don't usually like audio books, but something to listen to while I walk is probably great. Any other suggestions of good audio books would be great.
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Died on this day in 1596 aged 39 Henry Unton (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Edward, brother of Jane, wife of Henry VIII. Henry was a member of Parliament and an Ambassador to France.

Born on this day in 1990 to Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson, Princess Eugenie of York (my toy,wikipedia). Grand-daughter of the current Queen. Eugenie is happily still alive today is her 26th birthday, happy birthday Eugenie. Eugenie is not officially a "working" member of the royal family, and actually has a job with an art dealership in London.
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Died on this day in 1456 aged 56 Antoine , Count of Vaudemont (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Frederick, husband of Yolande, sister of Margaret, wife of Henry VI. Tried to take the Duchy of Lorraine when his uncle died without sons, he failed and the duchy went to his cousin Isabella and her husband Rene; Antoine married his son to their daughter, and through them his grandson became Duke of Lorraine (after her brother and his sons died).

Born on this day in 1572 to William Welf , Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg and Princess Dorothea of Denmark, Anne of Brunswick-Luneburg (my toy,wikipedia). Sister of George, grandfather of George I.
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Died on this day in 1539 aged 0 John of Austria (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand son of Ferdinand and Isabella, parents of Catherine, wife of Henry VIII. Died tragically young, does not merit own wiki page.

Born on this day in 1448 to Louis , Duke of Savoy and Anne of Cyprus, Marie of Savoy (my toy,wikipedia). Wife of Louis, brother of Jacquetta, mother of Elizabeth, wife of Edward IV. Marie was Louis' second wife, one of his sons by his first wife was married to Marie's sister. There is no way at all that that would be weird...


Died on this day in 1306 aged 58 Robert II, Duke of Burgundy (my toy,wikipedia). Uncle of Marie, mother of Margaret, wife of Edward I. Ended the practice of dividing the duchy up between the dukes children, instead leaving the whole place to the next Duke.

Born on this day in 1551 Maria of Bavaria (my toy,wikipedia). Mother of Margaret, wife of Philip, son of Philip, wife of Mary I (but Philip was his son by a different wife). Maria married her Uncle (I'm sure the Pope would not have approved!)
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Died on this day in 1875 aged 87 Anne Wellesley (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand-mother of Elizabeth, wife of George VI. Anne was married to Lord Abdy when she began an affair with Charles Bentink, Abdy sued for "Criminal Convesation", they were then divorced by Act of Parliament, and she married Bentink their first child (born only three weeks later) to be legitimate. Having to get an Act of Parliament to get a divorce seems really weird...

Born on this day in 1749 to Frederick, Prince of Wales and Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess Louisa of Great Britain (my toy,wikipedia). Grand-daughter of George II. Louisa never had good health and died unmarried aged only 19.
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Died on this day in 1929 aged 64 Elise of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand daughter of Victoria, mother of Queen Victoria.

Born on this day in 1918 to Patrick Bowes-Lyon , 15th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and Dorothy Godolphin-Osborne, Nancy Bowes-Lyon (my toy,wikipedia). Niece of Elizabeth, wife of George VI.

Also her twin brother Timothy (,_16th_Earl_of_Strathmore_and_Kinghorne)
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Died on this day in 1536 Katherine Howard (my toy,wikipedia). Half-sister of Thomas, grandfather of Katherine Howard and Anne Boleyn, wives of Henry VIII. Also 6-greats grandchild of Edward I. Does not merit own wikipage.

Born on this day in 1605 to Louis Hesse-Darmstadt V, Landrgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt and Magdalene of Brandenburg, George II, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Anne, grandmother of George I.
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future visions

A nice collection of shorts, but I'm mostly reminded that I don't really like short stories much.

The West Highland Way.

Interesting and hopefully useful.

Lightweight Camping, John Traynor

Mostly not new info, rather rude about people who do heavyweight camping.


Chaos Choreography, Seanan McGuire

more Incryptid. gave in and imported the paperback. Stupid UK publishers being so slow
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Died on this day in 1281 aged 56 Gertrude of Hohenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Great great grand mother of Anne, wife of Richard II. Queen consort of Germany.

Born on this day in 1620 to Elizabeth of the Palatinate, Frederick , Elector of Brandenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Grand father of Frederick, husband of Sophia, daughter of George I. A religiously tolerant Calvinist, promoter of trade, and frequently at war.
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Died on this day in 1526 aged 66 Charles Somerset , 1st Earl of Worcester (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Elizabeth, daughter of Mary, sister of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV; also illegitimate son of Henry, descendant of John of Gaunt.

Born on this day in 1407 Jacob , Margrave of Baden-Baden (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Catherine, sister of Isabella, mother of Margaret, wife of Henry VI. Fame for his justice and intelligence, Jacob was a very religious man and founded many churches. Also, after his sister fled a nasty inheritance dispute, which cost him some territorial claim, he imprisoned her - this does not seem just! or intelligent! or virtuous!
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apparently I'm really bad at weekends...


Died on this day in 996 aged 46 Odo I, Count of Blois (my toy,wikipedia). Great great grand father of King Stephen. Remembered mostly for fighting people.

Born on this day in 1500 to Richard Pole and Margaret of York, Reginald Pole , Cardinal Pole (my toy,wikipedia). Great great great grandson of John of Gaunt, Reginald's grandfather was the brother of Edward IV. Reginald worked to depose Henry VIII after he split with the Catholic church, to this end the Pope made him a Cardinal. Reginald helped organize the Pilgrimage of Grace. He spent many years in exile, but returned to England when Mary became Queen, after this he was ordained (you can be a cardinal without, apparently) and because ++Canterbury.


Died on this day in 1490 aged 21 Charles I, Duke of Savoy (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Charles, brother of Isabella, wife of Richard II. Charles managed to get himself declared King of Cyprus and Armenia, but he never actually held the territory.

Born on this day in 1271 to King Rudolf I of Germany and Gertrude of Hohenburg, Judith of Hapsburg (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand mother of Anne, wife of Richard II. Judith was married off to the King of Bohemia at a very young age, this appears to have been less disastrous that it could have been.


Died on this day in 1443 aged 60 John , Count Palatine of Neumarkt (my toy,wikipedia). Uncle of Isabella, mother of Margaret, wife of Henry VI.

Born on this day in 1880 to Frederick VIII of Denmark and Louise of Sweden, Princess Thyra of Denmark and Iceland (my toy,wikipedia). Niece of Alexandra, wife of Edward VII.

(neither of today's people have anything interesting on their wiki pages)
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Died on this day in 1503 aged 23 John Stewart , Earl of Mar (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of James IV, great grand father of James VI & I. Not much is known of his life.

Born on this day in 1530 to John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony and Sibylle of Cleves, Johann Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Weimar (my toy,wikipedia). Son of Sibylle, sister of Anne, wife of Henry VIII. When Johann Wilhelm's father died Saxony was divided between his three sons, who spent pretty much their entire lives fighting over bits of it... yaaaaay.
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Died on this day in 1572 aged 89 William Paulet , 1st Marquess of Winchester (my toy,wikipedia). Father of John who married Elizabeth, sister of Jane wife of Henry VIII. William had a long career as a courtier, holding many positions. He was a friend of Cromwell (of Wolf Hall fame...).

Born on this day in 1682 William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Frederick who married Mary, daughter of George II. William was his father's 7th son, but for some reason inherited anyway (one of his older brothers was too busy being King of Sweden, I expect the others died).
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Died on this day in 1301 aged 35 Richard FitzAlan , 8th Earl of Arundel (my toy,wikipedia). Great great grandfather of Mary, wife of Henry IV. Feudal lord of Oswestry, he fought the Welsh when they decided they didn't like being ruled by the English. Richard's wife was Italian, contact with Europe was not confined to the royal family.

Born on this day in 1672 to John Hanover , Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg and Benedicta of the Palatinate, Henriette of Brunswick-Luneburg (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of John, brother of Earnest, father of George I. Does not merit own wikipage.
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Seveneves. Stephenson.

So, I read this entire nearly 700 page novel in less than a week. Very hard for me to put down. My main criticism is that I would expect to see much more change in 5000 years, I mean 5000 years ago Stonehenge was being built.

Future Visions, a collection of short stories inspired by Microsoft.

I'm reading this because Anne Leckie and Seanan McGuire both have stories in it. So far so good.
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Died on this day in 1594 aged 53 Elisabeth of Simmern-Sponheim (my toy,wikipedia). Wife of John, son of Sibylle, sister of Anne of Cleves, wife of Henry VIII. John was captured by the Holy Roman Emperor, and Elisabeth spent many years petitioning to have him freed, she later moved into captivity with him.

Born on this day in 1263 to King Afonso III of Portugal, Afonso of Portugal (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Violante, daughter of Manuel, half brother of Eleanor, wife of Edward I.
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Died on this day in 1599 aged 53 Elizabeth Stafford (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of William Stafford by his second wife, his first wife was Mary, sister of Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII. During the reign of Mary the protestant Staffords lived in Geneva, they returned to London when Elizabeth became Queen and Elizabeth Stafford became a Lady of the Bedchamber.

Born on this day in 1402 Louis I, Landrgrave of Hesse (my toy,wikipedia). Great-great-grand-father of Anne of Cleves, wife of Henry VIII. Doesn't appear to have done anything of interest.


Died on this day in 1596 aged 48 George I, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (my toy,wikipedia). Great-great-grand-father of George I of England.

Born on this day in 1679 to Frederick Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg and Magdalena of Saxe-Weissenfels, Elisabeth of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Sister of Frederick, father of Augusta, mother of George III. Doesn't even merit own wikipedia page.
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Died on this day in 1505 aged 38 Philip of Cleves (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of John, Grandfather of Anne, wife of Henry VIII. Philip was a bishop of Nevers, Amiens, and Autun (not all at the same time).

Born on this day in 1364 to William Julich II, Duke of Julich and Marie , William V, Duke of Julich (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Joanna, sister of Phillipa, wife of Edward III. William's rule was full of chivalry, and he has been cited as the "ideal knight", obviously this meant he spent much of his reign at war - going on crusades, fighting in the 100 years war, etc.
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Died on this day in 1426 aged 36 Catherine of Pomerania (my toy,wikipedia). Grand-daughter of Bogislaw, grand father of Anne, wife of Richard II. Catherine and her brother were adopted by their Grand-aunt, I'm not clear on why, although this resulted in her brother becoming King of Denmark/Sweden/Norway. It was apparently planned to send Catherine to a convent, but she was eventually married off.

Born on this day in 1715 James Waldegrave , 2nd Earl Waldegrave (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Maria, who later married William, grandson of George II. Very briefly prime-minister.
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Died on this day in 1551 aged 50 Thomas Wentworth , 1st Baron Wentworth (my toy,wikipedia). Nephew of Margery, mother of Jane, wife of Henry VIII.

Born on this day in 1455 to King Afonso V of Portugal and Isabella of Coimba, King John II of Portugal (my toy,wikipedia). Great great grand son of John of Gaunt. Also father of Afonso, husband of Isabella, sister of Catherine, wife of Henry VIII. John consolidated power for himself, revoking the privileges of the nobility (about which they were obviously unhappy!)
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The Lie Tree
young Victorian girl doing SCIENCE and also INVESTIGATING with the titular tree being the only fantastic element. Very much enjoyed.

Seveneves, Stephenson
I'm trying to read things that came out last year that I might like in order to Hugo-nominate. I usually like Stephenson and so far I'm liking this too.
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Died on this day in 1333 aged 72 King Wladyslaw I of Poland (my toy,wikipedia). Great great grand father of Anne, wife of Richard II. Known as "the elbow high" because he was short. Wlodyslaw had to fight his relatives to get to be King and then he had to fight the Teutonic Knights. So that all sounds like fun then.

Born on this day in 1635 to Thomas of Savoy and Marie of Bourbon, Eugene , Count of Soissons (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand son of Philip, husband of Mary I. A military man and a diplomat, Eugene was present at the coronation of Charles II as ambassador of France.
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Died on this day in 1399 aged 74 Marie of Brabant (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand daughter of Edward I. Does not merit own wiki page.

Born on this day in 1432 to Peter Aviz , Duke of Coimba and Isabella of Urgell, Isabella of Coimba (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand daughter of John of Gaunt, son of Edward III. Isabella married her first cousin, the King of Portugal.
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oops, once again busy weekend


Died on this day in 1658 aged 69 Adolf I, Duke of Mecklenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand father of Charlotte, wife of George III. During the 20 years war he was ousted from his dukedom after siding with Sweden, later Sweden helped him take it back.

Born on this day in 1427 to Louis III , Elector Palatine and Matilda of Savoy, Ruprecht of the Palatinate (my toy,wikipedia). Son of Louis, husband of Margaret (this Louis was the son of a different wife), daughter of Henry IV. Archbishop of Cologne.


Died on this day in 1572 aged 38 Catherine of Austria (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, parents of Catherine, wife of Henry VIII. Catherine married King Sigismund of Poland, who had previously been married to her (now deceased) sister. She didn't want to marry him, and he didn't really want to marry her, but family pressure prevailed... the marriage was not happy and she eventually returned to Vienna, but they did not divorce.

Born on this day in 1616 to Louis Hesse-Darmstadt V, Landrgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt and Magdalene of Brandenburg, Frederick of Hesse-Darmstadt (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Anne, great grand mother of George I. Born a Lutheran he converted to Catholicism and became a Spanish Admiral and then a Cardinal... interesting life.


no deaths on the 29th Feb

Born on this day in 1964 to Angus Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra , James Ogilvy (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand son of George V. James is still alive, so today is his 13th birthday, happy birthday James.
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Died on this day in 1587 aged 35 Magdalene of Lippe (my toy,wikipedia). Great-great-grand-mother of George I. Magdalene was pious, and benevolent, and had 10 children in 15 years of marriage. Perfect Woman. Apparently didn't manage to fit much else in.

Born on this day in 1869 to Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein and Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, Albert Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg , Duke of Schleswig-Holstein (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Queen Victoria. Albert went to school in England, but whilst his brother joined the English army he joined the Prussian. When WWI started Albert was excused from the actual fighting, and he spent the war at HQ in Berlin.
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Died on this day in 1559 aged 77 King Christian II of Denmark (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Isabella, grand-daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, parents of Catherine, wife of Henry VIII. Christian was King of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden (which have been variously all-one-country and at-war-with-each-other over the years). He was deposed by his uncle and went into exile in the Netherlands, from whence he attempted to retake his throne, at which he failed, and ended up imprisoned.

Born on this day in 1860 to Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein and Princess Adelheid of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Karoline of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-daughter of Victoria, mother of Queen Victoria.
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Voyage of the Basilisk. Dragons! A round-the-world trip on a sailing ship (just like Charles Darwin!) Dragons! Excitement, peril, SCIENCE (of dragons), etc. I am very much enjoying these books (don't start here).


The Lie Tree. I heard good things, so now I am reading it. But I've only just started, so no opinion yet.
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Died on this day in 1595 aged 65 Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria (my toy,wikipedia). Great grand son of Ferdinand and Isabella, parents of Catherine, first wife of Henry VIII. Ferdinand married a commoner secretly and morganetically. He collected a lot of art, and spent rather more money than he had on it.

Born on this day in 1777 Emmanuel von Mensdorff-Pouilly (my toy,wikipedia). Husband of Sophie, sister of Victoria, mother of Queen Victoria. Emmanuel was an officer in the Prussian army, and fought against Napoleon.


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