Pacific Rim AU where everything is the same except it’s a musical.
black widow/ Чёрная вдова/ chernaya vdova/ natalia alianovna romanova/ natasha romanoff
Metamorphoses of Goddesses: Caterina de’ Medici (1519-1589)
Caterina was a child of the Medici court, and brought the intellectual world of the Italian Renaissance to France. She was immersed in a world of talismans and practical magic, as Voltaire later wrote that Caterina’s court was “a mix of luxury, intrigues, courtesies and debaucheries, of plots, of superstition, and of atheism. Never before had the madness of witchcraft enjoyed such currency.”
The spell of which the French considered themselves to be the victims of in the fragmented period of nearly forty years (Caterina had to stand in four times for the monarch — her husband, Henry II, her son Charles IX, and her third son, Henry III) was the absolute power that Caterina de’ Medici exerted over her children, which aroused the suspicion that she had made a pact with the devil. Following the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, the widow’s weeds Caterina always wore after the death of Henry II became the symbol of the Black Queen. An anonymous pamphlet titled Discours merveilleux de la vie, actions et deportements de Catherine de Médicis, Royme mère was published in 1575, describing Caterina as a ‘tyrant’ who violated the Salic Law, a fault compounded by the fact that she was a Florentine who, secretly, plotting in the shadows, did not hesitate to put Machiavelli’s precepts into practice:
As those who have frequented them all their lives have stated, for the most part the Florentines have little concern for their conscience, want to seem religious without being so, love no one but themselves, envy and mortally hate all those who have something more than they in virtue, nobility or other good qualities, and above all those towards whom they are obliged, although they show themselves to be friendly with all as a matter of ceremony. The Medici posses the quintessence of all these good qualities observed by all the historians of our times.
i woke up last night and saw the ghost of gloria gaynor at the end of my bed first I was afraid then i was petrified
my take on the lady of the lake, of arthurian legend. :D for sketch_dailies. hope to do more, like i used to!