Saturday, December 29, 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Spanish Democracy Assented

The Coat of Arms of the King of Spain40 years ago today, King Juan Carlos I of Spain gave his assent to the democratic constitution, after a referendum 3 weeks earlier.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas.












Empress and Queen

An Empress and Queen to be was born on Christmas Eve, 181 years ago today.

Elisabeth of Bavaria.


Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Battle of Savenay

The Banner of the Catholic and Royal Army of VendéeNine quarters of a century ago today, the Battle of Savenay took place.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Siege of Toulon Ends

225 years ago today, the Siege of Toulon ended with a revolutionary victory.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Remaking and Redrawing the World

Remi Jouan: Entrée du port militaire de BrestA century ago today, the bête noire of this weblog arrived for the post-WWI Versailles conference.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Solzhenitsyn Centennial

A century ago today, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Surrender of Jerusalem

The Flag of JerusalemA century ago today, the Holy City was surrendered to British forces.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Across the Ocean for a New World Order

Children's playroom in the George Washington luxury steamer, built by the Norddeutsche Lloyd in 1909; Zeitschrift Deutscher Hausschatz, 1910
A century ago today, the Persona Non Grata of this weblog, the Democratizer-In-Chief, set sail aboard the USS George Washington to carve up Europe and make the world safe for Wilsonian mass democracy.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Franz Joseph Accession at 170

170 years ago today, the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria commenced.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

C.S. Lewis 120

C.S. LewisA dozen decades ago today, C.S. Lewis was born.

We recall some of what C.S. Lewis told us:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
And:
There, right in the midst of our lives, is that which satisfies the craving for inequality, and acts as a permanent reminder that medicine is not food. Hence a man’s reaction to monarchy is a kind of test. Monarchy can easily be ‘debunked;' but watch the faces, mark the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach - men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hungary Power Renunciation

replica of renunciation of power of King Charles IV of Hungary
A century ago today, King Charles IV of Hungary renounced his involvement in the state affairs of the Kingdom of Hungary at Eckartsau.

The desk of Charles of Austria-Hungary at Eckartsau.

Eckartsau on September 18, 2011


The top photo is of the replica of the renunciation declaration at display at Eckartsau. Photos taken by yours truly at Eckartsau on September 18, 2011.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Armistice at 100

A century ago today, the guns of the Great War fell silent.

This also marks the end of German-speaking monarchy, save Liechtenstein.

Hundert Jahre Interregnum sind ganz mehr als genug!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Kirk 100

A century ago today, Russel Kirk was born.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Friday, October 5, 2018

Christianity in the French Revolution

Notre Dame Cathedral from the Seine River225 years ago today, Christianity was disestablished in France.

Interregnum of Portugal

108 years ago today, the interregnal government of Portugal commenced.



Viva o Rei!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Wilsonian Terms

Mordor on the PotomacA century ago today, the German Empire sought an armistice with the bête noire of this weblog, who later the same month “responded,” saying only a “democratic Germany” would be dealt with.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Damascus

The historical palace of SaladinFive score years ago today, Ottoman forces abandoned Damascus.

The next day Lawrence of Arabia is said to have taken Damascus, but reportedly, there's more to it.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

Bulgaria Withdraws

Ferdinand I, Tsar of BulgariaA hundred years ago today, the Kingdom of Bulgaria sought a ceasefire with the Allied Powers.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

Assassination at 120

Luigi LucheniSix score years ago today, the Empress-Queen of Austria-Hungary was assassinated at the hands of Luigi Lucheni.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Birthdays of Emperors

188 years ago today, Archduke Franz Josef was born.

131 years ago yesterday, Archduke Charles was born.



Gott erhalte und beschütze den Kaiser!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Liechtenstien National Day

Happy National Day!





Hoch leb' der Fürst vom Land!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Japanese Surrender

Imperial Seal of Japan73 years ago today, the Empire of Japan formally surrendered after the very recent atrocities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Crown Council in Spa

Jean-Pol Grandmont: Spa, BelgiumA century ago today, the German Crown Council met at Spa.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

An Austrian Monarchist at 109

109 years ago today, Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn was born.

Please feel free to browse previous posts.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Bismarck Passing

Philipp Petri: Otto von BismarckA dozen decades ago today, Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck passed away.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Yngvar Nielsen 175

Yngvar Nielsen175 years ago today, Yngvar Nielsen was born. Yngvar Nielsen was a prominent historian in the old world. During the “democratic progress,” at the end of the 19th century he was a proponent of the old order. He was a friend of King Oscar II. He was thus “frozen out” by the Conservative Party.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Act in Bad Ischl

104 years ago today, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Invasion of Puerto Rico

El Castillo San Felipe del Morro120 years ago today, the forces of those United States of America invaded Puerto Rico.

Mussolini Arrested

Villa Savoia, where Mussolini was arrested75 years ago today, Benito Mussolini was dismissed by his King, and shortly thereafter arrested on His Majesty's orders.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Sultan Restores Constitution

Sultan Abdul Hamid II110 years ago today, the Ottoman Sultan restored the Constitution.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Grand Duchess Elizabeth

A century ago today, Grand Duchess Elizabeth, along with several other members of the House of Romanov, fatally fell prey to the Russian Revolution.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Strutt Passing at 70

Today we mark seven decades since the passing of this weblog's icon, or mascot if you will, Lt.-Col. Strutt.



Please feel free to browse posts on this great officer.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Beneš Resigns

President Edvard BenešSeven decades ago today, President Edvard Beneš of Czechoslovakia resigned – “rather than sign a new constitution that would make his nation into a communist state.” However, he had no problem preferring the Nazi flag flying in Prague over Otto in the Hofburg.

Parliament Deposes

Coat of Arms of King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway
113 years ago today, the Parliament of the Kingdom of Norway moved to depose the King – Oscar II.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sir Filmer

Sir Robert Filmer: Patriarcha365 years ago today (May 26 in the Julian Calendar), Sir Robert Filmer passed away.

Patriarcha

Let us remember him in this age of popular sovereignty.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton at workTwelve squared years and four days ago today, G.K. Chesterton was born.

A quote of choice:

My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.

EvKL Passing at 19

Kuehnelt-Leddihn Family Crest19 years and a week ago today, Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn passed away.

Please feel free to browse previous posts.

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Russian Prince

150 years ago today, the future Nicholas II of Russia was born.





Thursday, May 17, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Karl Marx

Two centuries ago today, Karl Marx was born.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Asquith

A century, a decade, and a day ago today, Herbert Henry Asquith became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. It was under Asquith's Premiership the Parliament Act 1911 was enacted.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Lecky 180

William Edward Hartpole Lecky at Trinity College, Dublin180 years and two days ago today, William Edward Hartpole Lecky, who stood up against the rising age of democracy, was born.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Feldkirch 99

99 years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Family arrived at the Austro-Swiss border in an Imperial train and departed Austria – under the protection of the icon of this weblog, Lt.-Col. Edward Lisle Strutt.



Neunundneunzig Jahre Interregnum sind ganz mehr als genug!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Eckartsau Departure at 99

A year short of a century ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Family departed the hunting lodge at Eckartsau, where the Emperor-King and his family had been in internal exile since the end of the war, under various protection, the last three and a half weeks led by this weblog's icon, Lt.-Col. Edward Lisle Strutt.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Last Britannic Denial of Royal Assent

Anna dei gratiaThree centuries and ten years ago today, Her Britannic Majesty denied Royal Assent, a right never since exercised by a Britannic Sovereign.

Ibsen at 190

190 years and two days ago today, Henrik Johan Ibsen was born. Incidentally, it is also World Storytelling Day.

Please feel free to visit or revisit my centennial article on Ibsen.




Louis XVI and Rebels

Antoine-François Callet: Portrait de Louis XVI230 years and two days ago today, His Majesty King Louis XVI of France received American rebels.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hungary 1848

170 years ago today, an attempted revolution broke out in Hungary.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Frederik Stang at 210

Frederik Stang210 decades ago today, Frederik Stang was born.

Stang was first minister in Christiania from 1861 and Prime Minister (statsminister; a title shared from then until 1905 with the head of the Stockholm delegation, who had had the title alone till then) and head of government from 1873 until he left the fight over the checks and balances with the parliament to Christian August Selmer.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Brest-Litovsk at 100

The Treaty of Brest-LitovskA century ago today, the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed, marking Russia's exit from the Great War.

The Vendée

225 years ago, the War in the Vendée commenced.

An excerpt from a movie based on the conflict:


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Schopenhauer

Jules Lunteschütz (1822–1893): Arthur Schopenhauer23 decades years ago today, Arthur Schopenhauer was born.

Schopenhauer was well into the art of controversy. He also had something to say about meritocracy and forms of government:

A peculiar disadvantage attaching to republics — and one that might not be looked for — is that in this form of government it must be more difficult for men of ability to attain high position and exercise direct political influence than in the case of monarchies. For always and everywhere and under all circumstances there is a conspiracy, or instinctive alliance, against such men on the part of all the stupid, the weak, and the commonplace; they look upon such men as their natural enemies, and they are firmly held together by a common fear of them. There is always a numerous host of the stupid and the weak, and in a republican constitution it is easy for them to suppress and exclude the men of ability, so that they may not be outflanked by them. They are fifty to one; and here all have equal rights at the start.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Happy Birthday, King Harald V!

Today marks the nine squared birthday of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway.

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Birthday, Your Serene Highness!

Best wishes to Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein, on his 73rd birthday!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Julian Simon

20 years ago today, Julian Lincoln Simon, author of The Ultimate Resource, passed away.

Jules Verne

Born in the same year as Henrik Ibsen, Jules Verne was born 190 years ago today.



Amongst his works are The Eternal Adam.

Lisbon Funeral

110 years and a week ago today, His Most Faithful Majesty Carlos I of Portugal and the Prince Royal were assassinated.

The funeral was 110 years ago today.


Strutt at 144

Lt. Col. Edward Lisle Strutt CBE DSOTwelve squared years ago today, the icon and mascot of this weblog was born.

Please feel free to browse posts on the late officer.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

Charles John Accession

François Gérard: Charles John as Crown Prince of SwedenTwo centuries ago today, King Charles John acceded to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

André Bjerke

Klaus Forbregd: André Bjerke100 years ago today, Norwegian poet André Bjerke was born.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

German Strike

A century ago today, German workers prepared to strike.

Kaiser Wilhelm II

A year short of eight score years ago today, then future Emperor Wilhelm II was born.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Ukraine

Galicia et alA century ago today, Ukraine declared independence.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Horrible Day at Place de Louix XV

225 years ago today, King Louis XVI of France was brutally slain at Place de Louis XV.


Lysander Spooner

210 years and two days ago today, Lysander Spooner was born.

Overthrow in Hawai'i

125 years and four days ago today, the Hawai'ian monarchy was overthrown.


Fourteen Points at 100

A day short of two weeks and a century ago today, the bête noire and the Persona Non Grata of this weblog issued hisFourteen Points.”


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Prosit 2018

As we enter a new year, I wish all readers and occasional bypassers a happy new year.

Enjoy from Kaiserstadt Wien:



Eckartsau scenery:



160 years ago yesterday, Johann Josef Wenzel Graf Radetzky von Radetz passed away.


Italian Interregnum at 70

Seven decades and five days ago today, the Republican Constitution of Italy came into force.