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22 June 2016 @ 10:40 am
"History is a lie...Lies, truth, it's irrelevant. The best story wins."

This is a comm focussing on historical drama and historical fantasy.
Although it was created primarily to give Tumblr Da Vinci's Demons fans somewhere more suitable for discussion a place to post meta and hold rewatches, other historical tv shows/films/miniseries are all welcome, including, but not limited to, The Borgias, The Tudors, White Queen, Black Sails, Versailles, Indian Summers, Peaky Blinders, Deadwood, Spartacus, Pride and Prejudice, etc.

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03 February 2017 @ 04:39 pm
I wrote several Borgias fics for Yuletide:

My assignment: The Beloved Henchman
Post-canon. Cesare is alone; Lucrezia is mourning Alfonso, his parents are angry with him, and he misses Micheletto more than ever. And then Cesare's prayers are answered, for Micheletto returns to him.

Together We're Invincible
A treat fic for my recipient, again touching on reunions, and the relationships between Cesare, Lucrezia, and Micheletto. Future fic. Cesare and his father have both been taken ill – poisoned, most likely - and in his delirium Cesare is heartened by a hallucination of Micheletto. Except Micheletto is no vision but flesh and blood, returned to the Borgia family at their time of greatest need.

Even if I Must Tame Cerberus A treat fic with more h/c, again exploring the Cesare/Micheletto/Lucrezia dynamic. When Micheletto is injured while saving Cesare's life, Lucrezia struggles to save him while dealing with her own grief and that of her brother. Micheletto is too important to them both; he must live, whatever it takes.

The Cardinal's New Pants Silly treat fic. Lucrezia and Micheletto discuss Cesare's wardrobe, in particular *those* pants.

I also wrote a Black Sails fic for Yuletide:

Bless Me Father For I Wish To Sin Treat fic for the modern au and religious kink prompts. Father Flint discovers more than he bargained for when he takes yet another confession from the not-truly-penitent John Silver. For one thing, they both know a liar when they see one.

Crack Black Sails fic
Horticulture (739 words) by meridian_rose
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Black Sails
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eleanor Guthrie/Max
Characters: Captain Flint (Black Sails), Eleanor Guthrie, Max, Ensemble
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Gardens & Gardening, Crack Treated Seriously, Fluff and Humor, Bad Puns
Summary: Modern AU crack fic. Flint is trying to get Miranda's garden ready for a horticultural competition with the help of his group of ne'er-do-wells. Of course things aren't going to go smoothly.</p>

Da Vinci's Demons
The Dark Mirror of Your Soul (Da Vinci's Demons, Leo & Riario (gen), trope bingo prompt Secret Twin/Doppelganger)
summary/preview: Leo is imprisoned with no obvious way out; Riario has one idea, if Leo will listen. But things are not quite what they seem.
content notes: No standard warnings apply.
 
 
 


Black Sails AU: Never make a deal with a witch. It's all fun and games until someone gets cursed

"You made a deal with a sea witch?"
Silver shrugged helplessly. Flint leaned forward. "She took your voice. That was the price."
Silver scrawled on the parchment again.
SHE LIED TO ME
"Well, witches do that, or so the stories say," Flint mused.


Fantasy AU in which Silver makes an ill-advised deal with a sea witch and Flint helps him out because he's a stupid little shit sometimes but it's becoming obvious that he's Flint's stupid little shit of a quarter master.

The Captain, His Quartermaster, and the Sea Witch at AO3
 
 
25 October 2016 @ 12:43 pm
There's a great overview of the first couple of seasons of Black Sails by selenak, Black Sails: Why Everyone Should Watch It! first posted 2015. Well worth a look if you're still considering if it's worth starting watching, or are a fan who likes meta, or you want to convince others to join you in your watching of the show.
 
 
 
10 October 2016 @ 12:18 pm
This must be my third rewatch of DvD and I just understood that the whole thing had been foreshadowed since S1 ? They speak of the Turks and the Ottomans non stop ?
We have Al-Rahim, of course, but Vlad speaks of the Ottomans and his idea of waging war upon them for revenge. Sixtus exposes the same idea to his imprisonned brother at the end of E08S01.
Sixtus also prophetizes the theft of Leo's designs by the Ottomans, when they are in the Archives in E07S01.
In S2, when we first meet Alfonso and his father, Sixtus says Naples is the last rempart against the Ottomans threat.
So,I acted all surprised in S3 when the Labyrinth doctor aks Riario if the Pope has agreed to lead the Crusade, because it seemed to pop from nowhere, but it seems not ?
 
 
 
28 September 2016 @ 05:17 pm
For the a_war_of_roses "Fandom History 101" challenge; 5/5 The Knick




Title: The Knick
Format: TV Show
Era/Location: 1900, New York
Brief Summary: The Knickerbocker Hospital deals with poor patients others won't touch and pushes the boundaries with regards to surgery and new techniques; opium addict Thackery is brilliant but needs to learn restraint. He is less than impressed when told to work with a black surgeon, Edwards, but finds that Edwards is exceptional and that together they can reach new heights.
Why you like it/would recommend it: Excellent cinematography and effects and Clive Owen is wonderful as troubled if brilliant surgeon, Thackery. The show doesn't shy away from themes including racism, poverty, corruption, and reproductive rights, and there are many great characters and storylines. The more modern musical score provides an interesting contrast and it's amazing to see how far medicine had – and had not – yet developed by this time period.
 
 
28 September 2016 @ 11:19 am


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25 September 2016 @ 11:27 am
For the a_war_of_roses "Fandom History 101" challenge; 4/5 Versailles



Title: Versailles
Format: TV Show
Era/Location: 17th Century France
Brief Summary: King Louis XIV, determined to oppose the nobles working against him in Paris, begins an ambitious building project at his father's hunting lodge, Versailles. His personal life is complicated by his relationship with his bisexual brother, Philippe, his affair with Philippe's wife, Henriette, plots against his life, and war with Spain.
Why you like it/would recommend it: The hair! The costumes! The scenery! Phillipe – Alexander Vlahos is amazing as the second son who has never been allowed to overshadow the Sun King and resents his brother's vanity. There are a lot of complicated relationships to explore, a conspiracy to uncover, and some great side characters like Fabien Marchal, the king's head of security, and Claudine, who becomes the king's chief physician despite her gender. There are certainly flaws, historical and otherwise, but there is enough splendour and interesting characters and their relationship dynamics to overlook them.