Last night's thunderstorm project: a chart of European royalty in 1898 to go with the Corpus Christi Vienna photo I posted on Facebook yesterday. This one is different from other similar pictorial charts I've made in that almost all of the pictures come from the same source: Die souveränen Fürstenhäuser Europas (1898-99), giving it a certain stylistic and chronological consistency. The only exceptions are Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898) and Grand Duke George of Russia (1871-1899), who both died before the second volume was published (it depicted only living people) but had to be included to keep to the June 1898 theme.
Until the shocking murder of Empress Elisabeth in Geneva that September, royal
assassinations (apart from that of Alexander II of Russia in 1881) in Europe since the end of the French Revolutionary era had
been quite rare; European royalty could be fairly confident they would
die of natural causes. However, from then on major royal assassinations became
disturbingly frequent (1898, 1900, 1903, 1905, 1908, 1913, 1914), culminating in the horrors of the Russian
Revolution two decades later. (It's perhaps worth noting that during the same era presidents of the world's two leading republics, the USA and France, were assassinated in 1865, 1881, 1894, and 1901.) So the summer of 1898 can be seen as the
tail end of a relatively calm time, though Europe would enjoy sixteen more
years of general peace before the real apocalypse.
For absolute pictorial consistency an 1899 version is here; by then, no
thrones had changed hands but the monarchs of Denmark, Austria, and
Bulgaria had all been widowed, and the Tsar had buried his beloved
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buried yesterday in Oplenac. May he rest in peace.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Endorsement definitely not implied. An irritatingly snarky, irreverent article (not surprising from this source, which can't even spell "Prince Philip" correctly) that I nevertheless can't ignore. These claimants and many more are exactly what the world needs. It's not pleasant to be continually reminded of how much contempt fashionable opinion has for my most deeply felt beliefs. If I occasionally raise eyebrows by straying into other issues, it's partly because I can't stand it that these days monarchism is more likely to be ridiculed than denounced.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
I know I haven't been blogging recently, despite a fair amount going on in the world of royalty, notably the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II last month. I'll admit I've developed a tendency to say all I have to say on Facebook and neglect this blog. However, I do have a new addition to my website: this chart of Monarchs, Consorts, and Heirs of the World, complete with heraldry and pictures. Looking up the info on the non-European consorts and heirs was interesting, though frustrating in a few cases. Let's just say I'm fonder of some of these monarchies than others. If anyone is still reading this blog, I hope you find this page a useful resource.