Charles Martel and Melania Trump
A Bear's Lent Season Finale; Not Yet Renewed for Second Season
Based on the Bear's traffic, he concludes that a few people seem to really like the somewhat didactic adventures of the Bear's Lent of 741 A.D. Others, not so much. The Bear gets that. Maybe not many people are that into the 8th century. And the series took on a different tone from the "cozies" once the Bear set out for Rome. Things got dark, and there was not always a neat lesson to be driven home by St. Corbinian.
That in itself is significant.
Dark and confusing. Lots of different names and places once the plot became Lombard-centric.
There will be one more episode. It has not yet been renewed for a second season. The Bear does not know exactly how the next season might be delivered. Maybe a separate fiction blog. Sadly, the Bear could easily write two separate blogs. He has no life. Maybe hand puppets on YouTube.
741: Charles Martel Died
It struck the Bear that Charles Martel, who staved off a Muslim invasion at the gates of Paris in the Battle of Tours, died in the year 741 -- the very year of these memoirs. Pity the Bear never met him. What would Charles Martel, El Cid, Jan Sobieski, Don Juan of Austria, and Charlemagne make of today's situation? "Ungrateful," and "idiotic," are a couple of words they might use.
Literally from one end of the Mediterranean to the other, and points north, an Islamic tsunami attempted to swamp Christendom. The Christian heartland in Asia Minor and North Africa were lost. The land of St. Augustine is swarming with Muslim factions in Libya. The west was never entirely submerged, but much was lost. More is being thrown away in our day.
Full disclosure: God has not given me the grace to care much for Muslims. That's neither here nor there, Bear supposes.
Shock: Professional Model Has Posed as Professional Models Do
And as for the anti-Trump ad featuring a tastefully nude Melania Trump (taste is a subjective thing, and hard for a Bear to calibrate, which is why there is no link)... first, off she was a model. The Bear is having a hard time getting worked up about this. It was GQ, not Hustler. Marilyn Monroe posed waaaay nuder, and still got to sing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to JFK in public.
But after eight years of this, maybe America deserves a first lady who can compete with European princesses.
Of course, this argument is just as stupid. Ted Cruz has conveniently washed his hands of the ad, and Trump threatened to expose Cruz's wife in return. The Bear loves human politics. Nothing much has changed since the 8th century. In your face, Queen Letizia!