31.05.2018 PWT 22-2018 SILLY SILHOUETTE OF LA FAYETTE

“After the forming of the National Constituent Assembly, LaFayette helped write the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, with Thomas Jefferson’s assistance; inspired by the United States Declaration of Independence, this document invoked natural law to establish basic principles of the democratic nation-state. In keeping with the philosophy of natural liberty, Lafayette also advocated for the end of slavery.

After the storming of the Bastille, Lafayette was appointed commander-in-chief of the National Guard and tried to steer a middle course through the French Revolution…

As leader of the National Guard, Lafayette attempted to maintain order and steer a middle ground, even as the radicals gained increasing influence…”

La Fayette et Mme de Staël – à propos d’une correspondance inédite

“La Fayette ! Madame de Staël ! Deux noms qui appartiennent à la même période de notre histoire et que cependant on n’a point l’habitude de voir associés. C’est que le héros de l’indépendance américaine et l’auteur de Corinne n’ont jamais participé à une action commune et ont mené deux vies très différentes. Semblable a été néanmoins en ceci leur destinée, que, depuis qu’ils ont disparu de la scène du monde, la popularité de leur mémoire a connu de singulières vicissitudes. Avant de publier un certain nombre de lettres du général à Mme de Staël, qui ne paraîtront pas, je l’espère, dénuées d’intérêt et qui font honneur à tous deux, je voudrais rechercher les causes de ces vicissitudes.

La popularité de La Fayette est depuis quelques années en recrudescence, mais c’est à l’Amérique qu’il le doit…”

((Paul-Gabriel Othenin de Cléron, comte d’Haussonville, Revue des Deux Mondes, 1921)

Texte integral en ligne : https://fr.m.wikisource.org/wiki/La_Fayette_et_Madame_de_Staël

PWT 22-2018 Lafayette Nous Voila

While reading the PWT, you can listen to a song, quite popular during those days and which updet the aristocrats:

AH ! ÇA IRA, ÇA IRA, ÇA IRA ! Edith Piaf singing (Youtube) :

27.05.2018 You could not crash in the party last Saturday ? … Please join us at Bloomsbury Holyday Inn next Sunday

“… and so, at last, to the festivities of today, when Markle was hitched to her true love—her true true love, forever and ever—at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. Third time lucky. The heavens above were of an unfamiliar blue. Ever since Elizabeth II was crowned under soaking skies, the pact between good news and bad weather has been a matter of national pride, yet here we were, suffused with warmth—an event so rare that it was greeted by Amal Clooney in a dress of liquefied sunshine. Her husband’s suit, to judge by its tint of shimmering gray, had been woven from the same material as his beard. Oprah Winfrey was in pink and continued to radiate satisfaction, despite the fact that, having turned up promptly at a quarter to ten, she had to occupy her spot in the knights’ stalls of the chapel (not the coziest of perches) for two and a quarter hours before the main event. So contagious were “the atmospherics,” as one member of the palace staff described them, that even Victoria Beckham was affected. She didn’t actually smile, but there were several moments when it looked as if she might.

The surrounding mood was of a buoyancy not seen since the London Olympics in 2012. Ordinary citizens initiated conversations of their own free will rather than, as custom dictates, either waiting for their dogs to sniff each other or deciding not to speak at all. More than two thousand members of the public had been invited onto the castle grounds and were guaranteed a clear view of the proceedings. The invitation was, in part, a vote of thanks for services rendered. One such guest, Helen Mack, had worked in the hospice movement for thirty years, providing care for the terminally ill; another spectator, Cavita Chapman, is not only a senior manager in the treatment of mental health—a cause to which Harry has lent outspoken support—but, as I learned, an expert on the insanely complex plot of “Suits.” Chapman was crisp in her assessment of the real-life couple, expecting great things of Meghan (“She’s a feminist”) and the Prince—“Harry’s always been, you know, ‘Why not?’ ” Put together, Chapman said, “Both of them will change the world.”(Anthony Lane, The New Yorker)       Read more »

Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-1889)
Windsor Castle and Town Skyline, 1851
Salt paper print from an albumen glass negative 

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10.05.2018 PWT 19-2018 THE KING WHO WOULD BE A MAN

Alexander Pavlovitch, The King Who Would Be Just A Man

In the first written epic of humanity, Gilgamesh, after having conquered half the world, after having known and overcome the most terrible hardships and amassed all known treasures, Gilgamesh, the first historical king, plans to renounce all this to enjoy a peaceful life.

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, was only 56 when he abdicated and sought the peace of a monastery in September 1556. He retired to the secluded Monastery of Yuste in Extremadura living alone with clocks lining every wall, which some historians believe were symbols of his reign and his lack of time.

Since 1825, many people in Russia and elsewhere believe that Tsar Alexander I after defeating Napoleon and reigning over much of the emerged lands aspired to a contemplative and traveling life. Not only Tolstoi but his main biographer, General Schilder, described the possible staging of his own death in Taganrog, Azov Sea port thousands of miles from St. Petersburg. The discreet departure to the Holy Land on Lord Loftus’ yacht, then his return in 1837 to Siberia with the long beard of a holy man. The last five peaceful years of his Siberian life under the name of Fedor Koznich in an isba near Tomsk or members of the imperial family do not fail to visit him and to dedicate a particular devotion to him.

PWT 19-2018 Imperial Mystery

06.05.2018 PWT 18-2018 Port Famine, A Tragedy Without Pictures

Weekly transmission 18-2018 presents:

Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa (1532–1592) was a Spanish explorer … iiFortifying the Strait and closing the loop of the Columbian exchange … iiiFondation de deux villes dans le détroit de Magellan au XVIe siècle  iv-ixWeekly drawing by Théophile Bouchet: “Closing the loop” xTwo unpublished drawings by Wilhelm Heine who crossed the Strait  1-2

PWT 18-2018 Port-Famine

Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa (1532–1592) was a Spanish explorer,

author, historian, mathematician, astronomer, and scientist. His birthplace is not certain… In 1555 he began his exploring career, sailing across the Atlantic Ocean. His first destination was New Spain (in what is today Mexico), where he lived for two years. Little is known of this period in his life, other than that he encountered difficulties with the Inquisition. He then sailed to Peru, where he lived for more than twenty years, gaining a reputation as a navigator.
In Lima he was accused by the Inquisition of possessing two magic rings and some magic ink and of following the precepts of Moses. He then joined Álvaro de Mendaña’s expedition through the southern Pacific Ocean to find the Terra Australis Incognita, which, should Mendaña have followed Sarmiento’s indications, had reached New Zealand or/and Australia; but they discovered the Solomon Islands instead, in 1568. The expedition failed to find gold and attempts at establishing a settlement in the Solomon Islands ended in failure. In order to take credit for the discoveries for himself Mendaña threw the journals and maps made by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa overboard and abandoned him in Mexico. However, a trial was then held in Lima, with the result giving Sarmiento credit for the discoveries.
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