Starting in 754, the Papal States existed until the unification of Italy in 1870. In their prime, the Papal States comprised of a good chunk of central Italy all of which was ruled directly by The Pope. Italy officially gave sovereign land (Vatican City) to The Pope in 1929 creating the quasi nation-state known officially as the Holy See.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Ice Scream U Scream is a new ice cream place that opened up not long ago in my city of Spartanburg, SC. It's owned by the same guy who runs The Bargain Mill which is almost like Big Lots meets a flea-market almost. He converted a trolley-bus into an ice-cream shop. Apparently this thing can go on the road still, apparently to be a vendor at events. Imagine seeing that down the road eh?
Craster is a wildling (Free Folk) in Game of Thrones. While Game of Thrones have their notrorious villains, Craster often gave the big bad guys competition in the despicable department. Despite being a "friend" to the Night's Watch, Craster's main flaw is his love life. Most of his wives are really his daughters, and he keeps the practice up. He also is a very jealous man and doesn't let any of the Night's Watch talk to the women. Jon Snow sees him offer up one of his sons (as the rest had been done) to a White Walker which fans later found out became a new White Walker. For someone so pro-White Walker, why on Earth would he help out the team that protects the realm from them?
Due to issues revolving around the Black Death, high taxation (from war with France), and the corruption among the leadership in London, the royals faced a internal uprising not from a rival lord, pretender, or foreign king but the common people themselves. After murdering several nobles who served after the death of King Edward III, they demanded many things including the abolition of serfdom. The very young King Richard II seemed to appeal to their demands and took a lot of risk confronting the peasants in person at first. However Richard II was not true to his word and had the rebellion crushed.
Monday, August 21, 2017
It's been Solar Eclipse fever here in South Carolina and probably in every area in its path. We happen to be in North Carolina today, so we won't get to see it. Even with those stupid glasses, I don't want to risk burning my eyes by accident.