There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

What a pint of Guiness will do to your thought process.

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Save us Obama!

Fr Tim Finigan Parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen has posted this on his blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity today...
..."In fact, scientists calculate that Obama has four years in which to save the world."

From a short piece in which Newsnight's Science Editor Susan Watts talks about "the environmental challenges President Barack Obama faces." (The Watts What blog has much of the piece transcribed with other comments.)
Ok this picture is scaring me.
God is still King!
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Marie-Antoinette Accused

Elena-Maria has posted an excerpt from her book Trianon which relates the moment that the indictment was read to Marie-Antoinette. In a time when we have become used to all manner of accusation thrown during trials and especially divorces, this still stands out as one of the most gastly episodes in the history of the world.

Our God is a just God. He sees his people and He gives them succour. He thrusts down injustices and preserves those He calls to suffer, just as His Son suffered for the salvation of mankind.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Mother of Octuplets faces Questions

This has been in the news over the last three days. A woman, described as young gave birth to 8 babies. She either had 8 embryos implanted in her uterus to insure that at least one would become a baby or her eggs were stimulated to help fertilization.

News reporters are stating that she is coming under criticism for having multiple babies since she already has 6 other children all under 7 years old. She and her husband now have a total of 12. Her husband is in Iraq as a civilian contractor.

OK here are my problems with all this:
Having embryos implanted or taking fertility drugs is an unnatural act. (I am sure to be criticized for that statement, bring it on).
Those who are doing most of the criticizing are the same ones who tell the Pro-Life Movement that a woman's body is her own and we need to stay out of her right to choose. I understand she was asked to abort one or so to insure that viability of the others. The pro-abortion types, can't wish this woman and her children health, only question her sanity.

I for one pray that all this children health and happiness.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Les Martyrs d'Angers en 1794-99

Pour écouter cliquez ici...
Conférencier: Raymond Beaugrand-Champagne

Un Dieu, Un Roi, Une Foi!

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Travel In Paris in the 18th Century

From Lauren, comes an article about traveling through the city of Paris in the 18th century. The Paris of today is not the Paris of then, the streets were closer together for one and there really was no police force to speak of...

Paris Travel: To Cab or Not to Cab?

If you were visiting Paris in the 18th century, you would be in luck! It was possible to navigate the city by purchasing maps and following the clearly labeled streets. (Street names were carved into the buildings on corners.) Of course it was not a very wise idea to walk, as it was dangerous and dusty. The economical way to travel would be renting a cab!

Cabs were great because they were a steal at 1 livre 10 sous/hour! The cab system in Paris was pretty well pulled together. Every cab was numbered. There was a central station where you could go in case you lost items on the ride, and they were usually there! necessaires, feathers, corsets...

The only cons of a cab were that they were not very safe. One might get that rush in their stomachs wondering "did I make the right choice" after the cab has taken off. If you are not second guessing whether or not you should have rented a coach, and a little danger doesn't bother you, then the only other thing you would have to get past is the lack of cleanliness! (grimy!) And I am not talking dust here. These cabs were infamous for being just filthy. But cheap and quick. Your call!

Lost corsets! Mon Dieu! What were they doing in those cabriolets?

Whew! Thanks and a tip of the beret to Lauren, who follows my blog.

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

Monarchy and tolerance

From the Monarchist Initiative

King of Bahrain donates plot of land to build a Catholic church

А new Catholic church is going to be built in the country’s capital Manama. The decision by King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa comes in response to a request Pope Benedict XVI made to the Gulf State when its new ambassador presented its credentials to the Holy See.

“Everyone is aware today that because of the rising number of Catholics, it would be desirable for them to have more places of worship,” the Pope said during the audience with Naser Muhamed Youssef Al-Belooshi, first representative of the Arab kingdom to the Vatican.

About 80 per cent of the 800,000 people living in the country are Muslim (60 per cent Sunni and 20 per cent Shia). Catholics represent about 10 per cent, mostly foreign workers from Asian nations.

Bahrain became the first country in the Persian Gulf to build a Catholic church, the Sacred Heart Church, which will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year, since it was inaugurated with a Christmas Midnight Mass in 1939.

Relations between the Holy See and the Gulf kingdom saw significant progress in 2008. Not only did the Vatican receive the first ambassador from Bahrain, but King Hamad met Pope Benedict XVI as well. After the meeting on 9 July the sovereign issued an official communiqué inviting the Holy Father to visit the country.

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

Note: I have been to Bahrain. (it is a mile from the sun). A Catholic Church will be a nice addition to the capital of Manama, but, (yes, there is always a but) I expect it to be the target of terrorist from all over the middle east. As far as I know, a fatwa should be descending on the King for giving anything religious to an infidel, especially if there is a possibility that someone may convert to Catholicism. I will believe in the tolerance of the king when he allows a Synagogue to be built.

Empire of the crinolines

Catherine Delors offers another look at those things distaff in this post.

The Empire in question is the Second Empire, the reign (1852-1870) of Napoléon III and Eugénie. This exhibition at the Palais Galliéra, the City of Paris's fashion museum, gives us a glimpse at a brilliant, vital, corrupt, prosperous, and ultimately disastrous era of French history.more...

I add the portrait of Eugenie and her Ladies in Waiting at the bottom of Catherine's article. It is the epitome of style of the mid-nineteenth century and the mode to which all women of quality aspired to.

An article of Catherine's which draws a comparison between Marie-Antoinette and Eugenie may be found here.

Eugenie is one of the few redeeming aspects of the Second Empire.

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

Incidentally my mother's name is Eugenie.
The current Madame Royale is named Eugenie.

Last note, the wearing of crinolines was supposed to be what gave a woman's dress the classic bell bottom shape. Most women wore a hoop instead as it was lighter (and cooler). The Picture of Deborah Kerr (found here) shows an extreme of the classic woman's dress of the 1850-60's. In an accurate portrayal of Victorian woman's dress the hoop is invisible, no part of the chemise or crinoline may be seen, peeking out. I am continually saddened by living historians who are dressed incorrectly. In addition women presented a rounded busom, not the "let it all hang out" style of the 1950's.

ThePrince Jean's Ready to Rule--If Only the French Would Let Him

This Wall Street Journal article from last month details the Orleanist pretender's hopes for France.

...Even if France decided it wanted its monarchy back, Prince Jean would have to battle a claim from a rival family -- the Bourbons, who share a family name with the executed king, Louis XVI. Meanwhile, his own dynasty is struggling to end years of decline.Prince Jean does his best to live like a king.

He has no official status and little public recognition, and he has to work for a living. He has been a financial consultant, and he now works full time promoting French heritage.

But he still carries out a program of "royal" engagements, aided by a staff of 30. He tours France 10 times a year, meeting mayors and visiting factories, where he says people see him as a reminder of French history. He also makes an annual overseas visit. He has discussed foreign policy with Vatican officials, has performed a tribal dance with Houma Native Americans in Louisiana, and traveled to the North Pole to raise awareness of climate change.

Visit Laudem Glorae here for more...

L'Egalite here is your family's reward...

Vive Louis!
Vive le Roy!

Dieu le Roy!
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Ten Conservative Principles

Thanks to Carlos I can send this to my blog...

...It is not possible to draw up a neat catalogue of conservatives' convictions; nevertheless, I offer you, summarily, ten general principles.

Being neither a religion nor an ideology, the body of opinion termed conservatism possesses no Holy Writ and no Das Kapital to provide dogmata. So far as it is possible to determine what conservatives believe, the first principles of the conservative persuasion are derived from what leading conservative writers and public men have professed during the past two centuries. After some introductory remarks on this general theme, I will proceed to list ten such conservative principles.

Perhaps it would be well, most of the time, to use this word "conservative" as an adjective chiefly. For there exists no Model Conservative, and conservatism is the negation of ideology: it is a state of mind, a type of character, a way of looking at the civil social order. more...

by Russell Kirk

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de Brantigny

Note: From a Monarchist point of view, one that I agree with, there is no such thing as a "conservative" in the United States, and has been none since 1783. Both parties, no, all parties in the American political spectrum are left leaning. In order to vote for some one over a God given King, one must be liberal. More appropriately these ci-disant "Republicans" are whigs.

Jacobin Awards!

I am considering instituting a new award, the name of which came to me last night. I will call it the JACOBIN AWARD. I will present it on this blog for those who have done the most to further the agenda of the Jacobin Club, being a vision of collective rights, rather than the rights of each individual.

I will be accepting nominations for this most coveted prize. Those who wish to place a name in nomination need to send me an email the address in my profile. Of course a short dissertation is required as to why you feel this person is worthy. Unfortunately the person must be alive. (Robespierre and Marat already have their rewards)

I hope to present this award on my blog about the 16th of February, 2009, the anniversary of George Washington's birthday.

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de Brantigny


The Apostle Of Brittany, Blessed Julien Maunoir

Blessed Julien Maunoir born in Saint-George de Reintembault, France, October 1, 1606 taken into Heaven at Plévin, France, January 28, 1683.

Joseph reminds us that not all Jesuits of the 18th century found missions in New France, some found their mission in France as well. Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit... As Father Julien was inspired by Jesuit martyrs of New France, he remains an inspiration to us.

In the village of Plévin in Brittany in France, Blessed Julien Maunoir, priest of the Society of Jesus, that both in towns and villages as in cities of this province to forty-two years he devoted himself entirely to the missions to the people.

Blessed Julien Maunoir is considered the ‘apostle of Brittany’, the historical region of France, for the extraordinary work missionary who played well for forty-two years. Born on October 1, 1606 in Saint-George de Reintembault fifth of seven children of a small trader of fabrics. The venerable Le Nobletz Michele (1577-1652), a popular missionary mysteriously learned of her birth and that in him God had prepared a help and a successor. Julien’s first teachers were his parents, usually happy to share with the poor the proceeds of their work. The favorite game of Julien was to bring together the partners, siding two by two in order of procession, and to repeat their prayers and songs learned in church. A priest of the parish, noting his attitude, uncommon in his peers, taught the him the basics of Latin and allowed him to attend a college of Rennes, the Jesuits between 1620 and 1625. Julien did not let himself be influenced by bad company and persuaded some of the companions of Mary congregation to burn the books perverse, not to attend the inns and to moderate the passion for the game. Hearing of businesses Jesuit missionary in China, Japan, America, and the thought that many souls are lost for lack of apostles, he meditated finally enter into the religious life.

During his novitiate he was noted in the exercise of brotherly love. Since the time of college life was proposed:

“I want to live as if there were not that God, always assuming his rescue: without that I know of nothing he can not … Always attentive to what God wants from me, think that he may want to prepare for a Jesuit to everything that require its services. Oh, how I love that God is infinitely good and love me as I want from him.”
To that end he began to punish various ways in his flesh. After the religious profession Julien studied philosophy for three years in La Flèche, until 1630. His studies of Saint Jogues who was also martyred in North America.

It was because of priests like Blessed Julien whose influence the populations of Brittany and the Vendee remembered during the persecutions durng the war on the Chouanerie just a bit over 100 years after his death.

May God raise you to the honours of the altar Blessed Julien.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

The spirtual exersises of Saint Ignatius may be found here...

The Society of Jesus prortal is found here on sjweb...

The Vanishing Trousseau

Elena-Maria Vidal has a nice article which speaks to the vanishing trousseau of a new bride, more disappearing however is the vanishing dowry. My daughter Genevieve escaped from our home with enough pots, pans, glass ware, appliances, and linens to supply the needs of a small business.

The trousseau is another feminine custom that has practically fallen into disuse. While the trousseau presently seems to be limited to the apparel of a bridal party and the collecting of lingerie, it once consisted not only of clothes but of everything a young lady would take with her into her new life as a matron. Often it would take years to gather together the treasures meant for adorning a future home, as well as embroidering linens and making quilts. There would be special heirlooms passed down from grandmothers and usually it would all be stored in a cedar chest until the bride set up her new residence with her spouse. According to the 1969 Vogue's Book of Etiquette:

Traditionally, the bride has not only a clothes trousseau, but one for her new house as well. This includes her good china, silver, glass; bed, bath, and table linens; and the necessary pots and other cooking utensils for her kitchen. Like many traditions, however, this one is observed or not, depending on individual circumstances. Most brides try to acquire at least a minimum of these appointments, for three reasons. First, a minimum, regardless of quality, is essential for even the simplest way of life unless one lives in a hotel. Second, handsome household appointments tend to become a luxury after marriage, and if a woman does not start out with them she often finds that she never gets around to buying them later. Third and last, quality endures and quality shows. It is true that fine china can get broken, but not as easily as pottery.

We know the great importance God has placed on marriage by remembering that His son began his ministry on Earth at a wedding. The taking of a trousseau has the added function of instilling the permanence of the sacrament, and the beginning of one's own family.

We loose so much through the abandonment of traditional things.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

‘The Wedding Morning’ 1892 John Henry Frederick Bacon (1866 – 1913) National Museum Liverpool.

Roe v. Wade the 'Dredd Scott' of our age

Fr Pilcher has placed this article in his blog Subimonk. I do not think that anyone with a mind could agree with the Dredd Scott decision of 1857. Incidently, The chief Justice of the United States Suprime Court was Roger B Taney. He was from Maryland and he was a Catholic.

From Catholic News Services

Roe v. Wade the 'Dredd Scott' of our age, commentator argues

Washington DC, January 22 (CNA).-In an article for the National Review, M. Edward Whelan III, President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, made the argument today that the pro-abortion rights U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade is the "Dredd Scott" decision of our age. Both cases, he wrote, invoke "substantive due process" to deny American citizens the authority to "protect the basic rights of an entire class of human beings."

The 1857 Dredd Scott v. Sandford decision ruled that a prohibition on slavery could not apply to slave owners who brought their slaves into free territory. This ruling helped precipitate the U.S. Civil War.

Thanks Fr. Pilcher.

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de Brantigny

A Tender Father

Hummingbird posted this on her blog Monday.

After the tragic loss of his wife, Queen Astrid, King Leopold III of the Belgians had to try to be both father and mother to his children... despite his many public obligations.

His eldest daughter, Princess Josephine-Charlotte, also attempted, courageously, to take care of her younger siblings, Baudouin and Albert. But she was only a child herself.

Here please find my article on the Queen Astrid...

Merci, ma Oiseau-mouche!

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de Brantigny


Children of the Battlefield

"It is earnestly desired that all papers in the country will draw attention to the discovery of this picture and its attendant circumstances, so that, if possible, the family of the dead hero may come into possession of it. Of what inestimable value will it be to these children, proving, as it does, that the last thought of their dying father was for them, and them only."

The sergeant died just as the great titanic battle began, gazing at a picture of his children.

This is a sad story with a happy ending.

On the hot afternoon of the first day of July, 1863, the men of the 154th New York Infantry, double quicked through the streets of Gettysburg. Along with the 27th and 73rd Pennsylvania they were part of the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, of the 11th Corps. They were rushing headlong to the front of the Union line which had begun to crumble under the weight of Confederate attacks, and threatened to drive the Union troops out of the town and turn the Union flank.

Amongst those who sweated in his woolen uniform that day was Sgt Amos Humiston a native of Portville, N.Y. Sgt Humiston's last act of his life would capture the heart of the nation and would engender a mystery which took 7 months to solve.

The 154th was made up of men from the southwestern area formed by Chautauqua and Cattaragus counties. Answering Mr Lincolns call for an additional 300,00 volunteers,after the failed Peninsula Campaign of 1862 the regiment contained older men in their 30's and 40's. Humiston was in his early 30's an harness maker by profession, with a wife, Phylinda, and 3 small children, Frank, 7, Alice 5, and Fredrick aged just 3.

The 154th NY was part of Oliver O. Howard's XI Corps and was present at the battle of Chancellorsville in May 1863. It took a beating there. Of the 590 men it started that battle, it found itself entering Gettysburg just a short month and a half later with 300 men(1).

As they took up their positions just northeast of the town, the 134th NY formed on their right, the 27th Pennsylvania on the left and the 73rd Pennsylvania taking up the reserve. Compelled to give way to Early's Division, they retreated through the town in an attempt the reach the Union Positions to the south on Cemetery Hill.

One of those who made that dash was Sgt Amos Humiston. As he reached the intersection of York and Stratton Streets, Humiston was shot in the chest, just above the heart. Soldiers in that conflict were particularly knowledgeable about wounds delivered by a .58 caliber rifled musket, and Sgt Humiston could have been no different. Realizing his wound was mortal he somehow gathered enough strength to a vacant lot between the rail road tracks and the home of one Judge S. R. Russell. Removing a small ambrotype from his pocket, he looked at the 3 children whom he would never see again and there died.

At the end of the day only 12 men and 3 officers of the 300 who started the day were able to answer the regimental roll call that night. Lieutenant Colonel Allen was not aware of the fate of Sgt Humiston.

After 2 additional days of intense fighting the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee, withdrew from Gettysburg, unhindered by a Union Army of the Potomac too tired to pursue with much vigor.

For any one who travels to Gettysburg today it is hard to imagine the tranquil village as anything more than a quiet burg in the rolling countryside of southern Pennsylvania. It remains thus either purposely or by happenstance very close to what it appeared in 1863 when two armies met and fought over this road junction.

A history of the Battle of Gettysburg may be found elsewhere, suffice it to say the during the three day battle, the Confederates were triumphant the first day, the armies fought to a draw on the the second day, and the Union won the third day. By then Sgt Humiston had been dead for two days.

The carnage of this battle can not be imagined; the heat of mid-summer made the bodies of the dead men and horses putrefy almost immediately. The dead were everywhere. The smell of rotting flesh of both horse and man gave the air a sickly sweet odor. The wounded who were in some cases laying on the ground two days where they had been shot were in indescribable agony. Teams of soldiers from the union army scoured the battle field for survivors. Makeshift hospitals remained in the area until at least November 1863 and the wounded in them lay in shelter half's in the weather. It rained the day after the battle.

At some time soon after the battle the body of Sgt Humiston was found, still glazing with vacant eyes upon the picture of the three children. Someone, touched by the sight of this pitiful scene removed the picture and searched the body. No identification could be found. Sgt Humiston was buried near the spot upon which he fell. His marker read, "Unknown".

As it did for many of the 51,000 casualties his story could have ended there. It did not. Dr John Francis Bourns of Philadelphia came to the battlefield to assist in caring for the wounded. It is not exactly known how the photograph and the story of how it was found came into the possession of Dr Bourns, but it did. Dr Bourns became intrigued and determined to ascertain who the soldier was.

In order to accomplish this he had copies of the ambrotype made into the popularcartes de visite and had them distributed in the north. The interesting story caught the interest of journalist who wrote articles about the photo in newspapers. In the 1860's it was not possible to copy pictures into newspapers so a detailed description was placed in each paper.

The story appeared in the American Presbyterian. In November 1863 Phylinda Humiston heard of the story and recognized the details of the ambrotype. She had heard nothing of her husband since Gettysburg and did not know whether he was killed, or captured. Sending a letter to Bourns telling him of her suspicions, Bourns replied by sending a copy of the picture to her. As she looked at it she realized immediately what had befallen her husband.

In January 1864 Dr. Bourns traveled to Porterville to return the ambrotype to Phylinda. Dr Bourns had hoped to raise money to assist the 3 children by selling copies of the photo, however at a charity meeting he changed his plans to assist the great number of children orphaned in the war. The American Presbyterian aided in in this effort and sponsored a poetry contest. The winning entry was submitted by James G. Clark of Danville N.Y. who set the poem to music. The sale proceeds of this sheet music went to benefit war orphans.

As 1865 turned into 1866 and the war a fading memory for many an orphanage was established in Gettysburg. Phylinda Humiston was offered a job there as matron which she accepted. The building was within sight of her husband's grave in the National Cemetery. He lays in repose in the New York section, Grave 14, Row B.

In 1869 Phylinda Humison remarried and removed once again to Massachusetts.

Today a marker marks the spot where Sgt Amos Humiston of the 154th New York Infantry died. It is engraved with a plaque bearing the likeness of Sgt Humiston and his three children whom he loved so dearly that his last thoughts were of them. Dedicated on July the 3rd 1993 it is work of Cindy Stouffer and Mary Ruth Collins two present day Gettysburg citizens.

What may we learn from this? We may learn that each defender of our country is not an automoton as many would have us believe. That there are things worth fighting for and yes, dying for. Sgt Humiston acts as a reminder that it is still the common soldier who does the work of freedom, and there have been and still are thousands just like him.

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de Brantigny

(1) Regiments were formed up of 1000 men, the number 300reflects causualties, missing and men detached to other duties; However 300 men reporting to the colours meant that the 154th was only 30% of its original strength. It was not alone, either in the north or the south. Primary sources at the end of the war refer to the brigades being the size of regiments, and the colours being too close together. In this way CW reenactment units are extremely accurate.

Cogno ergo sum

Joseph Fromm has posted an article on Rene Descartes which is of intrest as he may be viewed as a progenitor of the Age of Reason and Enlightenment and all its errors
which is still evident in various cults...

Rene Descartes: Jesuit Educated

Educated in Catholic schools by the Jesuits at the Jesuit College of La Flèche between 1606 and 1614, Rene Descartes came of age during the scientific revolution. Observation and the empirical method had tumbled old belief systems and provoked crises in faith in individual identity. Doubts pervaded every aspect of life, and it was Descartes' destiny to grapple with and resolve them.

With everything in turmoil, how can people be sure they even exist? His answer, "I think, therefore I am," has reverberated through the centuries,positing a radical and dualistic sense of self, based not on external authority, divine or regal, but on subjectivity.

Link (here) to the full article.

Dieu le Roy.
de Brantigny

Wine and Cheese

Elena-Maria has posted today two of my favorite subjects, and why not I'm French...

Winegeeks offers some guidance on the pairing of wine and cheese:

Perhaps the best method to pair wines with cheeses is to go by the same simple standard that applies to all regional cuisine and wine pairing: Location, location, location.

It could only be better with a loaf of French bread, here...

Thanks Elena-Maria and a tip of the beret,

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de Brantigny