I am not plotting out a high school AU
I was just thinking about how an academic AU would work and then got distracted into a publishing house AU (it makes sense in context! kind of! IS IT A MOBSTER PUBLISHING HOUSE i don’t know but it’s tulinlina’s fault)
and then I was thinking of backstory
like they needed to be very close in age for the plot to work so … there’s a set of twins? Cesare and Lucrezia? or, wait, Cesare and Juan
NO haha it’s Lucrezia and Juan, a year after Cesare, but Lucrezia’s closer to Cesare, partly because she skipped a grade (while Cesare is placed in all the advanced classes) and partly just because. And people always assume Cesare and Lucrezia are the twins and it becomes a long-standing joke to everyone but Juan, who is perpetually sullen
Her mother likes to say that novels have ruined Amelia for real men. This observation insults Amelia because it implies that she only reads books with classically romantic heroes. She does not mind the occasional novel with a romantic hero but her reading tastes are far more varied than that. Furthermore, she adores Humbert Humbert as a character while accepting the fact that she wouldn’t really want him for a life partner, a boyfriend, or even a casual acquaintance. She feels the same way about Holden Caulfield, and Misters Rochester and Darcy. —
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (via theinwardsources)
On one hand, yes, thank you, reading novels doesn’t mean your worldview gets worse, on the contrary.
On the other hand I’m confused: WHO WOULDN’T WANT DARCY AS THEIR BFF???
I was just trying to wrap my brain around throwing Darcy in with Humbert Humbert, Holden Caulfield, and Rochester. Pffft, Darcy is an awesome friend.
heckofabecca said: 10, 7, 13
10. Pieces of art ( paintings, sculpures, lithographies, ect.) related to history you like most ( post an image of them)
Good heavens, I wouldn’t know where to start. I also wasn’t sure if it’s asking the art I like the most or a piece of art related to the history I like most. Going with the latter, this is not remotely my favourite Borgia-related art, but I love it a lot:
A Glass of Wine With Caesar Borgia
LOL @ EVERYTHING
7. Historical dressing, uniform or costume?
Wow, there are so many choices!! Ummm, I really like this court gown:
13. Something random about some random historical person in a random era.
Alfonso, King of Aragón and eventually of Naples, razed Marseilles after the French shot his brother’s body out of a cannon. It took three times—the first two times he tried, it rained, and he declared that if it rained a third, he would take it as a sign from God. The third time, it didn’t rain.
Full cast announced for Donmar's all-female Henry IV - Theatre News - 15 Aug 2014 -
have you ever been so obsessed with something that it made you angry because you physically cannot shut the fuck up about it
#idk how to like things casually
pledgeallegiancetothestruggle said: I was wondering what you made, if anything, of the fact that Rodrigo mentions neither Cesare or Lucrezia as he's on his death bed? It's always something that bothered me, since I've never seen it mentioned and when it's brought up it's kind of made out to be like at the end Rodrigo really only cared about himself
I make nothing of it.
He was a real person, and people generally don’t die in the most dramatically appropriate ways. Honestly, when people are like “oh my god he had the presence of mind to confess his own sins but didn’t think of his children” it’s kind of gross. I don’t want to be one of those fans who’s all HATERS ARE JUST LOOKING FOR A REASON TO HATE, but in this case… yeah.
It’s like—okay, when Jane Austen was dying, she said “God grant me patience, pray for me, oh, pray for me” and finally, in reply to being asked if she wanted anything, “only death.” She didn’t say the names of her loved ones: Henry or Cassandra or Fanny or Anna or w/e. Nobody says anything about that, or really anything that isn’t sympathetic (she died in terrible pain). But suddenly when it’s Rodrigo Borgia, he’s blamed for it? No.
(Really, most of the rhetoric around Rodrigo’s death is pretty awful.)
I have only just realized that the whole time della Rovere is chatting up the other cardinals, plotting his rise to power even as Rodrigo lies dying—Cesare is right there the whole time watching them.
omfg could you be any more ridiculous
and there are ~dark hints~ about what Cesare’s position is going to be when Rodrigo dies for reals BUT UM EXCUSE U Cesare didn’t fall from power when Rodrigo died just because he died, but because he himself was incapacitated and he had two armies to deal with and the friendly Pope that succeeded Rodrigo died early and he took a gamble on the much more subtle rl della Rovere
I mean, it was basically Murphy, everything that could go wrong did go wrong (and then he was betrayed and sent to Spain and a captive in the mountains of his own homeland but then he escaped but then he got captured again but then he escaped again and broke both his hands but did manage to get to safety only to get killed trying to single-handedly take on an army for reasons that still baffle historians today)
it wasn’t just one thing
plotting against cesare literally in front of his eyes this may be the stupidest action that any character in this show takes and that is saying a lot