Sunday, February 28, 2010

Quote of the Month

Writes Dr. Jonathan M. Kolkey:

Today it’s a cardinal article of faith that the America colonists were completely justified revolting against King George III and British colonial rule. However, the beauty of comparative history is that it allows us to look at this episode in broader perspective so that the alleged uniqueness of events often fade as larger patterns are identified. In fact, the American Revolution looks a great deal less wholesome – indeed rather unnecessary – upon sober reflection.

Some Quotes at the End of the Month

The Western Confucian, denying it began with King George III, writes:

It all began with King John, who usurped the both ancient Anglo-Saxon and Catholic liberties, a situation corrected when the tyrant was forced to sign the Magna Carta, whose first article guarantees "that the English Church shall be free, and shall have its rights undiminished, and its liberties unimpaired."
Mr. Gerald Warner of Scotland on Sunday writes (also at The Monarchist):
For generations, British schoolchildren were educated – or brainwashed – into an exaggerated respect for parliament and its associated institutions. Even as the British Empire went into receivership, imitation chambers emerged in former colonies, with Speakers and clerks decked out in the horsehair wigs that replicated the supposed gravitas of the circus on the Thames. Reinforcing this spurious deference was the Whig interpretation of history, which attempted to imbue an infamous gang of self-serving bandits and tyrants with a "democratic" veneer and an invented romance.
Now, the challenge is to explore all our existing resources, as is the British way, to replace this failed legislature. We must be the only tribe in the world to have a council of elders that we relegate to ceremonial duties: time to make more use of the Privy Council. An executive monarch, too, curbing the power of a prime minister, was until recently unthinkable; but, considering the record of recent prime ministers, it now seems a positive alternative.

Monarchists Shut Down Nepalese Capital

KathmanduMonday in the past week Kathmandu was shut down by monarchists. So Reuters India reports.

Google News has more.

Gay "Marriage"

The Western Confucian posts:

Please also feel free to visit or revisit yours truly's My Bike Is a Car.

Loyalist Book

James Henry Stark: The Loyalists of Massachusetts and the Other Side of the American RevolutionRoyal World recommends James H. Stark's The Loyalists of Massachusetts and the Other Side of the American Revolution.

Please also feel free to visit or revisit your blogger's related bibliography.

Louis XVI Remembered

Over at The Times, Ms. Bess Twiston Davies reports on a memorial Mass for Louis XVI.

Another mass:

And a procession:

H/T: Royal World

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Capuchin Crypt

The Imperial Crypt in ViennaDag T. Hoelseth, proprietor of Hoelseth's Royal Corner (please note that it has moved) blogs on a Der Spiegel article on the Imperial crypt in Vienna.

Elsewhere: Royal World

Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Legal Tender Act

1862 United States Dollar BillA century and four dozen years ago today, the Legal Tender Act was passed.

J.B. Hjort

Ivo de Figueiredo: Fri mannA century and fifteen years ago today, J.B. Hjort was born. Four decades and a year ago yesterday, he 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.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Andreas Hofer

Andreas HoferTwo centuries and three days ago today, Andreas Hofer was martyred.

William and Mary

William Miller: Prince of Orange Landing at TorbaySixteen score and a year ago today (February 13 in the Julian Calendar), William and Mary were proclaimed sovereigns – in the so-called Glorious Revolution.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

Best wishes to His Majesty King Harald V of Norway on his 73rd birthday!

Hans Majestet Harald V Olavsson, af Guds Naade og efter Rigets Constitution, Konge over Norge

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Norwegian King Emasculation

The Norwegian ParliamentThree years ago today, the Norwegian Parliament unanimously passed a Constitutional Amendment to include parliamentarism in the written Constitution – the day before His Majesty's 70th birthday.

Some other interesting material on royal activism:

Wrote “Lord Beaverbrook” over at The Monarchist at the end of last month:
Her Majesty looks more and more like the King of Sweden[,] who holds no reserve powers at all, who has no theoretical ability to withhold Royal Assent, declare war or dismiss a government. In Sweden, the king is purely ceremonial and purely symbolic. How much longer will it be until Her Majesty becomes a bicycle riding monarch too?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Henry Adams

Henry Adams: Democracy: An American NovelEight score and a dozen years ago today, Henry Adams, later author of Democracy: An American Novel, was born.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Charles II, King of Scotland

Sir Peter Lely: Charles II of England in the robes of the Order of the Garter361 years ago today (February 5 in the Julian Calendar), Charles II was proclaimed King by the Parliament of Scotland.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Draft Covenant for the League of Nations

The Palace of Nations in GenevaSeven long dozen years 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 65th birthday!

Hans-Adam II, Fürst von und zu Liechtenstein

Rebels Accept Treaty of Paris

Commemorative plaque for the Treaty of Paris226 years ago today, the Treaty of Paris was ratified by the Congress of the Confederation.

Update: It was January 14.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Chinese Abdication

The young, deposed Emperor of ChinaTwo years short of a century ago today, the Emperor of China was forced to abdicate.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

James Wright Escapes

Province of Georgia234 years ago today, Sir James Wright, Governor of the Province of Georgia, escaped imprisonment by the rebels in Savannah.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Gouverneur Morris

Gouverneur MorrisA quarter of a millennium and eight years ago today (January 31 in the Julian Calendar), Gouverneur Morris was born.

President Jefferson Davis

149 years ago today, Jefferson Davis received word he had been made President of the Confederate States of America.

The Seven Years' War Ended

The Coat of Arms of Québec247 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.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ukraine at Peace with Central Powers

Kiev92 years ago today, Ukraine came to terms with the Central Powers.

Charles I Beheaded

361 years ago today (January 30 in the Julian Calendar), Charles I was beheaded.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Archduchess Regina, R.I.P.

Her Royal and Imperial Highness Archduchess Regina

Princess Regina Helene Elizabeth Margarete of Saxe-Meiningen passed on in the past week, 85 years old. Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Archduke Otto and Archduchess Regina would have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in May of next year.

Your blogger is sadenned by the loss of now Her Late Imperial and Royal Highness, and he extends his condolences and thoughts to His Imperial and Royal Highness the Archduke Otto and the House of Habsburg.

Requiescat in pace!

Elsewhere: The Mad Monarchist, Royal World, The LRC Blog, The Daily Telegraph

Friday, February 5, 2010

Judicial Day of Infamy

Six dozen and a year ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt announced his plan to pack the SCOTUS.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

No Diplomacy with the Kaiser

German Empire 1871-191893 years ago today, those United States broke diplomatic relations with Imperial Germany.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Monarchist Rally in Prague

Monarchist rally in PragueCzech monarchists marched in Prague last month. So České Noviny reports.

H/T: Royal World

Monday, February 1, 2010

Republican for Active King

Caricature from 1905 by Andreas Bloch in 'Korsaren': Johan Scharffenberg being spanked by “Mother Norway”Two score and five years ago today, Johan Scharffenberg passed away.

Scharffenberg was active in 1905 for the republican cause in the Kingdom of Norway, but at the end of World War II he was behind a move to give more powers to the King.


Old City Hall Supreme Court building in Philadelphia, PAEleven score years ago today, the SCOTUS met for the first time.

Lisbon Assassination

A century and two years ago today, His Most Faithful Majesty Carlos I of Portugal and the Prince Royal were assassinated.