Monthly Archives: January 2017

1649 – Charles I of England is Executed

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After dissolving Parliament in 1629 to rule entirely on his own, leading to civil war in 1642, Charles I was not a particularly liked monarch, especially by the sizeably Protestant portion of his subjects after he made the decision to marry a Catholic princess.  The king’s Royalist forces were defeated and in 1648, he was summoned to a “fixed court” controlled by his political enemies was was found guilty of high treason and sentenced to death.

It was a cold Tuesday when the execution was to take place, and Charles asked for two shirts to prevent himself from shivering, a gesture he did not want the crowds to mistake for a sign of fear.  At 2 O’clock that afternoon, he said his prayers and an unnamed headsman swung his weapon down onto the block and Charles’ waiting neck.  He died with one skilled stroke of the axe and some in the crowd stepped up to dip their handkerchiefs in the king’s blood.  Charles was 48 years old.

After his head was put on display for the crowd, it was sewn back onto his body, which was then embalmed and buried in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.  The monarchy was abolished and Parliamentarian leader Oliver Cromwell assumed control over what would be briefly known as the Commonwealth of England, though this control also extended to Wales, Ireland, and Scotland.  In 1660, Charles’ son Charles II took his place as king of the restored monarchy.

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Posted by on January 30, 2017 in Today in History


Documentary Sunday – The Real Scorpion King

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Posted by on January 29, 2017 in Uncategorized


1533 – Henry VIII Marries Anne Boleyn


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The wedding was conducted in secret at the now lost Palace of Whitehall in London, at a time where, according to the Catholic Church in Rome, Henry was still married to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, the official annulment being declared on the 23rd of May.  According to Nicholas Harpsfield, writing at the time of the reign of Henry’s oldest daughter Mary I, only four people were in attendance, with the king telling the minister that he had a license to be wed despite not showing it, claiming it was in another location for safekeeping.  Anne may have already been pregnant at the time, as evidenced by the fact that her only living child, the future Elizabeth I, was born just eight months later on 7 September; another reason for a secret marriage.  By March, when he questioned Henry about the rumors of a royal wedding being planned for Easter, even the Archbishop of Canterbury was shocked to hear from the king himself that he was already married!

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Posted by on January 25, 2017 in British Royalty, The Tudors, Today in History


Documentary Sunday – Egypt’s Lost Queens

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Posted by on January 22, 2017 in Ancient Times, Documentary Sunday


Documentary Sunday – David Bowie; Sound and Vision

As of Tuesday, it had been a year since Bowie’s death, so when I saw this documentary, I thought it would be a good idea to honor his memory by posting it.

Bowie was a true star in every sense of the word and he taught me to be myself, not follow the crowd, and stand out.  His legacy lives on in the hearts of so many including my own since I first saw him in the film Labyrinth as a little girl and fell in love with his voice and dual-colored eyes.

Rest peacefully, Starman.

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Posted by on January 15, 2017 in Uncategorized


1876 – Jack London is born

Born John Griffith Chaney, the man who took the pen name Jack London not only wrote a series of novels now considered beloved classics, but was an outspoken voice when it came to socialism, animal cruelty, and workers’ rights.  Born and raised in San Francisco, he was a self-taught learner who rose to international fame when he published his novel The Call of the Wild at the age of thirty.  He died from unconfirmed causes after a series of illnesses in 1916, when he was only forty years old, and has gone down in history as one of the great literary giants of the 20th century along with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.

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Posted by on January 12, 2017 in Uncategorized


A New Year – New beginnings – UPDATE

Happy New Year, everyone!

I wanted to make this post to update everyone on a few things, the first of which is Thorns of Time’s new posting schedule.  I have a few resolutions for 2017, and one of them is to update this blog more often.  I was pretty scarce for most of 2016, so I want to be sure not to let that happen again.  Even with my hectic school schedule, I will be making an attempt to post a new article once a month at the very least.  I will also be working on my novels (by now I have quite a few projects in progress) which I will be explaining below.

I started a Tudor era novel back in 2015 called Crown of Thorns, based off of the story of the three English queens who were struggling for the throne – Mary, Jane, and Elizabeth – in the aftermath of King Edward VI’s death in 1553.  However, I put the project on hold to work on another one, which gave me a bit more leeway as there was very little historical basis other than the time setting.  At present, this novel, under the working title Best Served Cold, is an almost-completed first draft that I have been picking at for several months trying to tie up loose ends to get to the final draft, but the storyline hit a lull and it may have to get reworked entirely.  Instead, I am putting all my focus into a new novel, a political thriller called Witness.  Updates on progress can be found on my personal blog, here, very soon for anyone interested.

That being said, I want to take this chance to thank everyone for their love and support for this blog for the past three years it has been running.  I never thought I would still be posting here by this time and I am grateful to all my readers and visitors.  Thank you all so much and enjoy the new year wherever you are in the world.

  • Love, Nicki Krys
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Posted by on January 1, 2017 in Holidays, Uncategorized