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Decisive moments in British history: The Coronation riots, 1714

by 5ocietyx

The coronation riots of October 1714 were a series of riots in southern and western England in protest against the coronation of the first Hanoverian king of Britain, George I.

On 20 October George was crowned at Westminster Abbey but when loyalists celebrated the coronation they were disrupted by rioters in over twenty towns in the south and west of England.[1] The rioters were supporters of High Church and Sacheverellite notions.[1] The Tory aristocrats and gentry absented themselves from the coronation and in some towns they arrived with their supporters to disrupt the Hanoverian proceedings.[2]

The celebrations of the coronation—balls, bonfires and drinking in taverns—were attacked by rioters who sacked their properties and assaulted the celebrants.

The general election of 1715, which was also accompanied by riots, produced a Whig majority in the House of Commons. In response to these riots, the new Whig majority passed the Riot Act to put down disturbances like these.

Eleven days after the riots, Henry Sacheverell published an open letter:

The Dissenters & their Friends have foolishly Endeavour’d to raise a Disturbance throughout the whole Kingdom by Trying in most Great Towns, on the Coronation Day to Burn Me in Effigie, to Inodiate my Person & Cause with the Populace: But if this Silly Stratagem has produc’d a quite Contrary Effect, & turn’s upon the First Authors, & aggressors, and the People have Express’d their Resentment in any Culpable way, I hope it is not to be laid to my Charge, whose Name…they make Use of as the Shibboleth of the Party.[9]

taken from  –

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronation_riots

Decisive moments in British history: The Act of Settlement, 1701

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The Act of Settlement is an Act of the Parliament of England that was passed in 1701[2] to settle thesuccession to the English and Irish crowns and thrones on the Electress Sophia of Hanover (a granddaughter of James VI of Scotland and I of England) and her non-Roman Catholic heirs. Her mother, Princess Elizabeth Stuart, had been born in Scotland but became famous in history asElizabeth of Bohemia.

The act was prompted by the failure of King William III and Queen Mary II, as well as of Mary’s sisterQueen Anne, to produce any surviving children, and the Roman Catholic religion of all other members of the House of Stuart. The line of Sophia of Hanover was the most junior among the Stuarts, but consisted of convinced Protestants. Sophia died on 8 June 1714, before the death of Queen Anne on 1 August 1714, at which time Sophia’s son duly became King George I and started the Hanoverian dynasty.

The act played a key role in the formation of the Kingdom of Great Britain. England and Scotland hadshared a monarch since 1603, but had remained separately governed countries. The Scottish parliament was more reluctant than the English to abandon the House of Stuart, members of which had been Scottish monarchs long before they became English ones. English pressure on Scotland to accept the Act of Settlement was one factor leading to the parliamentary union of the two countries in 1707.

taken from –

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act_of_Settlement_1701

The goddess Nerthus

by 5ocietyx

1905 artist’s impression of the procession of Nerthus

‘In Germania, Tacitus records that the remote Suebi tribes were united by their veneration of the goddess at his time of writing and maintained a sacred grove on an (unspecified) island and that a holy cart rests there draped with cloth, which only a priest may touch. The priests feel her presence by the cart, and, with deep reverence, attend her cart, which is drawn by heifers (virgin cows). Everywhere the goddess then deigns to visit, she is met with celebration, hospitality, and peace. All iron objects are locked away, and no one will leave for war. When the goddess has had her fill she is returned to her temple by the priests. Tacitus adds that the goddess, the cart, and the cloth are then washed by slaves in a secluded lake. The slaves are then drowned.’

In the image above the cows are shown as white, and this could possibly relate to the Chillingham cattle of Northumberland. The man on the left is wearing the caw, or band, of a full bard, or Druid of ancient Briton. He also appears to be holding a divining rod. The other men wear white robes, signifying their class of bard as ‘Ovydd (Ovate)’, or herald bard, also known as ‘Gwynvardd’ – a white bard. On their cart is the goddess, with two outstretching heads, not dissimilar to descriptions of the Ark of the Covenant.

taken  from –

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nerthus

Notes on ancient Britain and The Britons (1858), by William Barnes, B.D.

Meaning of the name ‘Heinrich Himmler’

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Heinrich Himmler

Heinrich Himmler

Heinrich Luitpold Himmler  7 October 1900–23 May 1945) was Reichsführer of the Schutzstaffel (SS), a military commander, and a leading member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) of Nazi Germany. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler later appointed him Commander of the Replacement (Home) Army and General Plenipotentiary for the entire Reich’s administration (Generalbevollmächtigter für die Verwaltung). Himmler was one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany and one of the persons most directly responsible for the Holocaust.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Himmler

Heinrich is a given name of Germanic origin and cognate of “Henry”.

Henry masc. proper name, from Fr. Henri, from L.L. Henricus, from Ger. Heinrich, from O.H.G. Heimerich, lit. “the ruler of the house,” from heim “home” + rihhi “ruler.” One of the most popular Norman names after the Conquest.
Source: http://www.etymonline.com

Himmler
Last name origin & meaning:

German: topographic name for someone living at a high altitude or in a pleasant place (see Himmel), the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.

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So we can deduce that the name ‘Heinrich Himmler’ means ‘one who rules the homeland (or fatherland) from a lofty height’. So when Himmler met Hitler in the Kehlsteinhaus in his role as Commander of the Home Army and later on the Reichsführer-SS, nominative determinism seems to have played a part.

If you include his middle name of ‘Luitpold’ which derives from ‘Leopold’ which means ‘bold people’ then it becomes ‘one who rules the homeland of bold people from a lofty height’. Yep, sounds like Nazi Germany alright.

Perhaps the reason there has been 9 kings of England named ‘Henry’ is because the royal houses were encoding the meaning in the name like a self-referential meta-tagged holographic cryptogram. Kind of like ‘King King’.

Berlin Cathedral and Television Tower

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Berlin Cathedral and TV Tower
©2011-2012 *pingallery

The history of the Cathedral on Berlin’s Spree Island began in 1465, when the St. Erasmus Chapel in the newly built royal palace of Cölln on the Spree was elevated to the stature of collegiate church. The German name for the Cathedral, “Dom”, can be traced back to the term “Domkirche”, which was used for such collegiate churches at that time.

http://www.berlinerdom.de/content/view/39/120/lang,en/

Black Boxes in Berlin

by 5ocietyx

Black Box Berlin

http://arcotelhotels-en.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/art-highlight-of-berlin-black-box.html

‘Giant Mermaid’ Sculpture in Hamburg’s Alster Lake

by 5ocietyx

Giant Mermaid Sculpture

http://www.amusingplanet.com/2011/08/mermaid-sculpture-in-hamburg-alster.html

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