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Documentary Sunday – Vampire Island

I remember when vampires first caught my interest very well.  The first novel I ever managed to read in it’s entirety was The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, sequal to Interview With the Vampire and the story of a French aristocrat who becomes a vampire with a life spanning two centuries, and this book is still one of my all time favorites.  Whether vampires are real or not, this documentary certainly got my attention.  Just be warned that things can get a little disturbing in this one!

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Posted by on May 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

1152 – Eleanor of Aquitaine Marries the Future Henry II

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Eleanor’s story is definitely a fascinating one.  She was born a French aristocrat and was highly intelligent and a praised beauty, becoming the Duchess of Aquitaine at the age of fifteen and she was later married to Louis VII of France.  This union failed to produce a son and was annulled to the mutual happiness of both sides, but Eleanor did not remain single for long – she would meet Henry Plantegenet, the Duke of Normandy, and marry him soon after in a quiet ceremony.  Henry was the handsome, red-haired son of Empress Matilda and heir to his cousin King Stephen.  While tempestuous, their marriage produced eight children, three of whom would become Kings of England.

Eventually, their sons revolted against Henry and Eleanor sided with her children.  She fought alongside them in each of their violent squabbles, despite being imprisoned by her husband in Winchester Castle for years, all the way up until Henry II’s death in 1189, when their son was crowned as Richard I of England, known better as Richard the Lionheart.

She died in 1204, witnessing the death of her beloved son Richard on crusade and the reign of her next son King John, one of only two children to outlive her.  She was 82 years old and buried alongside Henry II, where the former couple’s tombs can be seen today (pictured above).

 

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Documentary Sunday – UNWRAPPED; The Mysterious World of Mummies (Part 2 of 3)

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Documentary Sunday – The Mystery of Pope Joan

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2018 in Documentary Sunday, Uncategorized

 

Where Have I Been?

It takes a lot to keep a blog like this going, and for a long time, I did not have the drive to do that.  The fact is that I thought multiple times about deleting ToT for good.  I did not think there was a way to keep it going, especially when I did not have the heart to make posts anymore and was getting frustrated trying to find new and exciting things to say.

A lot of crazy things have happened since I’ve been away, some I’m not willing to disclose, but I lost all confidence as a result and just couldn’t write anymore.  It felt like work, and that is not what this blog is about.  I shouldn’t have to feel chained to my desk trying to write an article or find a video for Documentary Sunday, especially with college courses to take and essays to write.  So I took what I thought was going to be a few weeks to recharge, but this ended up being a lot longer – more than a few months.

Recent events let me reevaluate everything, especially in the last couple of weeks.  I got my confidence back, and while I may not have all the time in the world to make new posts, I will certainly be back on Thorns again very soon with new content that I find myself actually looking forward to for the first time in awhile.  I refuse to throw away three and a half years of work.  We’re going to make it to four years in December.

I want to thank everyone who reads this blog for your support over the past few years in the meantime, and reassure everyone that I will be back very soon, probably even this week.  I’m very grateful for you standing behind me!  Let’s keep the ball rolling!

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Posted by on August 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Documentary Sunday – Royal Romances of The British Monarchy

A little early for Valentine’s Day, but this week’s documentary is definitely one that I enjoyed watching and hope you all do as well.

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Documentary Sunday – The Real Scorpion King

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2017 in Uncategorized