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My mom's gift to me arrived. I am kind of stunned.

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Oxford

Nov. 4th, 2012 11:22 am
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 Yesterday I went to Oxford for lunch and somehow now possess a Waterloo Chess Set. :D

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 So. The House. The house that Andy and I have recently moved to, Andy actually bought pretty much straight after separating from his wife. And then he didn't really live in it until now. Which means that it is full of junk. I've been able through the heartless tactic of "If you can't tell me in 15 seconds what this thing is and whether you've used it in the past month, I'm throwing it away,' to sort out the living room, kitchen, bathroom and the guest bedroom, but the dining room and what I call 'the tiny bedroom' were still of things and boxes. So what with the long weekend we decided it was time. TIME FOR BOOKCASES. 

Andy loves books, but  while he does have some in the house, pretty much all of his books went the way of rubbish heap when he separated from his wife, and that's the one thing I could punch his ex-wife for. >.< So up until we moved in he had just enough shelving for them. And then came my boxes of doom. 

So over the weekend Andy made three big bookcases (well, five big shelves each with a little space on top to put outsize books lying down). And he actually entertained the foolish hope that that will be enough. HA. While I managed by 'double-rowing' the top shelves with small books and by putting books flat on top of the ones standing up to fit in pretty much everything I had in the house (thankfully I got two small bookcases for the bedroom, so there was some space there. :) ), there are still four boxes of books in the storage Andy has been using for them and some books at Andy's mother's house. 

Andy has promised me two more bookcases. XD The Napoleonic Wars and Era took up one entire bookcase. Wellington has his own shelf, and some of the books didn't fit so I had to put them lying down on top of others. This was the first time in my life when upon taking out yet another Wellington biography I said "Oh for fuck's sake'. XDD

And there was also cleaning and stuff involved. I hurt now. x___x

GIVEAWAY: It turns out that I have two copies of "Life in Wellington's Army" by Antony Brett-James. If anyone's interested, I will gladly post it to you for free. First come, first served. :)  Has been claimed.



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 Wellington's Busaco despatch on-line at the University of Southampton. It's a bit difficult to read, but there's a transcript available. :)
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Philip Guedalla in his biography of Wellington gives this list books, transcribed by Wellington himself on the occasion of his move from Calcutta to Madras in 1798.
 

 

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When you are researching a historical person for your own interest where do you start? With his or her birth or do you go farther than this? I decided that I wanted to at least get a vague idea of who Wellington's ancestors were, specifically his parents and grandparents.


In all the Wellington's biographies that I have, the only person who gives any sort of detailed information on Wellington's family heritage is Elizabeth Longford. According to her research the family of Wellesleys originally came from Somerset.1 She also describes the research of William Lynch, who made a strong argument that the reason for Wellesley family's appearance in Ireland was the fact that a certain Wellesley became a Standard Bearer for Henry II and as such was required to join him on his invasion of Ireland.


By late 14th century the Wellesley family in Ireland was well-established and gaining in lands and fortune. Unfortunately, Garret Wellesley (circa 1665 – 28 September 1728) could not produce an heir, so he had to choose one and his choice fell on his cousin Richard Colley, the younger son of Garret's maternal uncle.


Richard Colley (variously spelt as Cowley, Cowly or Cooley) was to become Arthur Wellesley's (1st Duke of Wellington) grandfather. Born around 1690, son of Henry Colley and Mary Ussher, he attended Trinity College, Dublin University between 1706-1714 where gained first a BA in 1711 and then an MA in 1714. In 1728, upon the death of Garret Wellesley, he had his name legally changed to Wellesley (Wesley at the time) and inherited all his cousin's lands and fortune, including Dangan Castle in County Meath. Between 1729 to 1746, Richard was an MP for Trim and on 9 July 1746 he was created 1st Baron of Mornington (Jane Wellesley writes that, perhaps, the choice of this title was due to the manor of Mornington, an acquisition by a 15th century Richard Wellesley).


Mary Delany nee Grenville, describes Richard Wellesley thus: 'my hero'... 'so much goodness, friendliness and cheerfulness joined” and “he has no ostentation, no taste merely for grandeur and magnificence. He improves his estate and all the country round him as much as if he had a son to enjoy it (which there is no probability of having).” Despite Mrs Delany's fears, a son did arrive, and she became his godmother.


Richard Wellesley had three children: two daughters, Elizabeth and Frances, and, finally, a son, Garret (the Duke of Wellington's father). To Garret, Richard Wellesley passed on not only his estates and fortune (much depleted by Richard's attempts at improving his estates) but also his love of music. Richard played the violin and was acquainted with Matthew Dubourg (Master of the Dublin Castle Band since 1728), and through him and his post as a governor of Mercer's Hospital, Richard met and was host to George Handel, who gave a first performance of Messiah in Dublin on 13 April 1742. Jane Wellesley in her book states that “it is said when Handel left Ireland in August 1742, he presented Richard Wesley with one of his organs he brought with him from England.”



1. Interestingly enough, Wellesley and Wellington were two nearby villages in Somerset, and both the family name Wellesley and the title Wellington seem to derive from these place names.  

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Waterloo was on tv today, husband insisted we watch it. We started off by debating Hugh Fraser vs. Christopher Plummer as Wellington, but quickly subsided. My face during the movie went from ;____; to *____* in split seconds. *sigh* I want Welly fic. x_x
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Off for a short trip to Vienna tomorrow. Am making a list of places I want to try and see because Welly was there. Am sad. XD

Fic

Jan. 27th, 2010 11:53 am
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Title: "A Guide to Surviving in Restaurant Business" 1/?
Rating: erm, PG-13 (some swear words)
Pairing: Sharpe/Wellington pre-slash
Genre: AU!! XD Really AU!
A/N: I am crazy. Yes, I am. XD

 

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Title: "Trade Union"
Rating: PG-13 for suggestiveness.
Pairing: Sharpe/Wellington
A/N: The fic is not to be taken seriously. Clearly, the characters in it did not actually behave like that, though God knows... XD


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From the letter by Lady Sarah Napier to Lady Susan O'Brien on Richard Wellesley.

London 25th of October, 1809.

"Ld. Wellesley has a character of some use for he is a compleat despot, & it suits Bonaparte better than old English politicians. God knows how it will end."

FIc

Dec. 6th, 2009 11:57 pm
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Title: "Christmas Ball"
Author: le_russe_satan
Main Characters or Pairing: Sharpe/Wellington, Hogan and a surprise guest, who some of you may recognise and who is terribly OOC, I'm sure. ((
Rating/Type: PG, maybe PG-13
Summary: A Christmas Ball in Lisbon
Disclaimer: Sharpe, Hogan and other characters don't belong to me, I'm just playing with them.
A/N: Written for [livejournal.com profile] aninfamousarmy Christmas challenge, is therefore schmoopy and way too romantic.

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Signed up to play Wellington on a Russian forum RPG of the Congress of Vienna. O_o *is worried*
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Ohoho, that was an awesome day! After attending to certain matters, I met up with a friend for coffee, then as he left for work, I met up with another friend and we scouted the new mall that opened in Aberdeen over the weekend. :D They have Paperchase and Nando's! :D As we were leaving to go to the beach to watch the fireworks we met another mutual friend and so went there altogether. And then we decided on the spur of the moment to go to my favourite French restaurant, where we had amazing wine and snails and duck and absolutely gorgeous tarte tatin. *sighs, is content and warm and happy*

Oh, and I actually remembered I have written a Sharpe/Welly fic recently. It is somewhat cracky, but I had fun. :3

Title: "Drunk"
Rating: R/NC-17
Pairing: Sharpe/Wellington.

 

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The Marquess of Wellington's 'household' as of October 1813 (from S.G.P. Ward's "Wellington's Headquarters")

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Last night, after an awesome day out with [livejournal.com profile] sharpiefan and [personal profile] latin_cat , I stayed up late reading "The Man Wellington Through The Eyes Of Those Who Knew Him."

First of all, let me say "OH. MY. GOD". The author (Muriel Wellesley) didn't fangirl him. Oh, no, I believe she worshipped him. And had a dodgy altar where she sacrificed little animals in his name. It is not a bad thing in it's own right *hides her own altar*  but combined with the constant cropping up of passages that I believe can be filed under the heading of purple prose it is MERCILESS. I groaned. I scoffed. I puked.

Let me give you an example, actually several examples, cause I am just cruel like that.

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Secondly, despite the "interesting" style, the book does quote numerous first-hand sources, sometimes in rather delicious big chunks, which is always cool. There are lots of good ones, but I will give you two: one, I think, is rather widely quoted, but still makes me go Aaaw, and the other makes me squee over Alava. :D

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Phew. *crawls away*

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For the drabble meme [personal profile] latin_cat requested Wellington/Hunter, 'secrets'. Here it is. No stoning. XD

 

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The city library continues to surprise me. Pleasantly, I might add. Today I found (and borrowed) "The Dairy of a Cavalry Officer 1809-1815, Lt.-Col William Tompkinson" and "Wellington's Lieutenant, Napoleon's Gaoler: Peninsular letters and St. Helena diaries of Sir George Ridout Bingham". :D
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Title: 'Briefing'
Rating: R/NC-17
Pairing: Sharpe/Wellington
A/N: For [personal profile] latin_cat , who I hope enjoys it. :)



 

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