Yours Jane x

"IF YOU WOULD LIVE HAPPY, ENDEAVOUR TO PROMOTE THE HAPPINESS OF OTHERS" - ADVICE TO YOUNG LADIES, ENQUIRE WITHIN UPON EVERYTHING, 1856

irefiordiligi:

The Painted Garden of the Villa di Livia, Prima Porta, Rome
This lush painted garden covered the walls of a semi-subterranean chamber, probably a cool triclinium (dining room) for summer banquets, in the suburban Villa of Livia Drusilla, the wife of  the Emperor Augustus.
This Second style fresco, the most ancient example of continuous garden painting (30 - 20 BCE), presents a variety of plants and birds rendered in a naturalistic way.

(via mademoisellelapiquante)

My mother descends from the Dukes of Burgundy and so carries the watery blood of the goddess Melusina, who founded their royal house with her entranced ducal lover, and can still be met at times of extreme trouble, crying a warning over the castle rooftops when the son and heir is dying and the family are doomed. Or so they say, those who believe in such things. x

(Source: desdemonalovesmoon)

edwardslovelyelizabeth:

"The Burgundians have been overwhelmed by Bessie’s beauty. They repeated that king Louis had remarked with positive awe when he had learned of Edward’s marriage: "He married her," said Louis, "for her love and for her beauty" © The White Rose, Jan Westcott

edwardslovelyelizabeth:

"The Burgundians have been overwhelmed by Bessie’s beauty. They repeated that king Louis had remarked with positive awe when he had learned of Edward’s marriage: "He married her," said Louis, "for her love and for her beauty" © The White Rose, Jan Westcott