There are some copies of my V&A inspired zine, ‘Not Your Anonymous Nude’ (or NYAN for short ahaha), now for sale in the small press section of Orbital Comics. If you’re in or around London you should check them out!
Greek Tetradrachm from Myrina, Aeolis c. 155-145 BC
Struck on an especially large medallic flan. The obverse one of the great masterpieces of Greek numismatic art.
A laureate head of Apollo right. On the reverse, Apollo Grynios standing right, holding branch and phiale; monogram to left, omphalos and amphora at feet to right; all within laurel wreath.
There was a Temple dedicated to Apollo Gryneion 4.5 miles away from Myrina in the city of Gryneion, which was an ancient center for prophecy.
The ruins of Myrina are located on the Beriki Tepe hill, on the left bank of the Pytikos River. Its site is believed to be occupied by the modern Sandarlik at the mouth of the Koca Çay in Turkey.
Queens of England + Margaret of Anjou (1430-1482)
Margaret was born in March 1430, the second eldest daughter of René I of Naples and Isabella, Duchess of Lorraine.
In April 1445 Margaret married Henry VI, who was eight years her senior. At this time Henry claimed France and controlled various parts of it in the north. His uncle Charles VII, who also claimed France, only agreed to the marriage on the condition he wouldn’t have to provide the usual dowry and instead would receive the lands of Maine and Anjou. This provision was kept secret since a negative reaction was feared from the English. She was crowned in May 1445 at the age of 14. Even at this age she already understood her duty to protect the interests of the Crown. She learned this from her mother who had fought to establish her husband’s claim and her paternal grandmother Yolande of Aragon who governed Anjou “with a man’s hand.”
By the time Margaret married Henry, his mental condition was already unstable. He suffered a complete breakdown by the time she gave birth to their only son, Edward of Westminster, in October 1453. She suffered rumors that Edward was not the king’s son and was rather the result of an adulterous relationship.
While Henry had been incapacitated from 1453 to 1454, Richard, Duke of York had served as regent. He had a credible claim to the throne and at the end of his regency had powerful supporters ready to back his claim. Margaret didn’t trust him and perceived him as a threat to the king’s authority. Enmity between the two came to a head when in May 1455, Margaret called for a Great Council from which she excluded the Yorkists. An assemblage of peers was called to protect the king against his enemies and the Lancastrian army marched north. York met the army and crushed it at the First Battle of St. Albans in May 1455. Henry was captured and taken prisoner by York.
In December 1460 Margaret’s forces defeated the combined armies of York and the Earl of Salisbury. Both men were killed and beheaded. She had another victory at the Second Battle of St. Albans in February 1461 when she defeated Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick and freed her husband. Despite these victories Margaret’s forces were decisively beaten in March 1461 by York’s son, the future Edward IV. He deposed Henry and declared himself king. Margaret fled with her son to France and made an alliance with her cousin Louis XI. It was at his instigation that in 1470 she met with the Earl of Warwick who had fallen out with the king over his marriage. They cemented the alliance with the marriage of his daughter Anne to Prince Edward.
Warwick briefly restored Henry VI to the throne in October 1470 and Margaret and her son went back to England. Their good fortune was short-lived, however, and the Earl was defeated and killed by the returning Edward IV in April 1471. Margaret led her own army at the Battle of Tewkesbury but she was defeated and her son was killed. She was taken captive and imprisoned by Edward.
In 1475 Margaret was ransomed by Louis and for the next seven years she lived in France as a poor relation of the king. She died in August 1482 and was entombed next to her parents in Angers Cathedral. (x)
being human uk → series one
Everything is about to change. And nothing can stop it. This is nature. This is… tectonic plates shifting. And the only thing, this, the only thing you and me get to choose… is which side we’re on when it happens.
"Dear God, guide us and protect us. We are too young to reign."
I was tagged by Pip (papermassacres) but I lack her rock star aesthetic