Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!


Saturday, March 30, 2019

A Dozen Years

Today is the duodecennial anniversary of this weblog. A dozen years ago today, this blog was launched. It's the silk anniversary.

This blog was launched on the day of the promulgation of the constitutional amendment making parliamentarism a part of the written Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway, and that is also a dozen years ago. The amendment was passed in Parliament on February 20.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Feldkirch a Century Ago

A century 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.

The day before, the family had departed Eckartsau, where they had been in internal exile.

At Feldkirch by the Austro-Swiss border, the Emperor proclaimed the Feldkirch Manifesto.



Hundert Jahre Interregnum sind ganz mehr als genug!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Zita Passing

Thirty years ago today, Her Imperial and Royal Majesty Empress-Queen Zita passed from this world in her 97th year. She had lived roughly half a month short of 67 years as Empress-Queen Dowager.


Monday, March 11, 2019

Fitzjames Stephen

Sir James Fitzjames Stephen125 years ago today, Sir James Fitzjames Stephen passed on.

Wrote Chilton Williamson, Jr.:

Even so, [Stephen] -- believing as he did, with Tocqueville, that mass democracy was the inevitable future, whether it worked or not -- maintains that he has nothing to recommend as a substitute for universal suffrage. The old ways, many of them as bad in their own time as new ones are in ours, were being swept away "like haycoocks in a flood." "The waters are out and no human force can turn them back." Only, "I do not see see why as we go with the stream we need sing Hallelujah to the river god."

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Hjort Passing at 50

Ivo de Figueiredo: Fri mann50 years ago today, J.B. Hjort passed away.

J.B. Hjort wrote Justismord (Miscarriage of Justice), where he analyzed – amongst others – the “trials” against Anne Boleyn, King Charles I of England, Queen Marie Antoinette of France, and Prime Minster Selmer of Norway.

J.B. Hjort also wrote Demokrati og statsmakt (Democracy and State Power), where he addressed – although being guilty of abuse of the word democracy – the need for checks due to the vices of democracy.

He often wrote in Farmand, and he was an active opponent of a government-“developed” language.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Happy Birthday, King Harald V!

Today marks the 82nd birthday of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway.

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Henry Adams 180

Henry Adams180 years ago today, Henry Adams, later author of Democracy: An American Novel, was born.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

A League Draft

A century ago today, a draft covenant for the League of Nations was presented by the bête noire of this weblog.


Happy Birthday, Your Serene Highness!

Best wishes to Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein, on his 74th birthday!


Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Seven Year's War

The Coat of Arms of Québec2^8 years ago today, a treaty was signed in Paris, ending the Seven Years' War.

The treaty affirmed – amongst other things – His Britannic Majesty's sovereignty over Québec. One might speculate in whether the King of France would have supported the American rebels were it not for this war.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Strutt at 145

Lt. Col. Edward Lisle Strutt CBE DSO145 years ago today, the icon and mascot of this weblog was born.

Please feel free to browse posts on the late officer.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

Paris Conference Opening at 100

A century ago today, the Paris Peace Conference opened, four dozen years on the day after the proclamation of the German Empire in the halls of Versailles, in France.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019

"Big Four" Getting Together

A century ago yesterday, the big leaders of the Entente met in Paris.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Archduke Karl at 58

Today is the birthday of the Archduke Karl, head of the House of Habsburg. 58 years ago today he was born to Archduke Otto and Archduchess Regina.

Happy Birthday, Your Imperial and Royal Highness!


Tuesday, January 1, 2019