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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Eleanor of Florence – The Grand Duchess of Hurricanes

You may think that my choice of words for this title is just appropriate for another role-play post that you are used to see at The Good Gorean but look closely. Not only the real Eleanor of Toledo (and Florence) was my inspiration for the wardrobe and background settings but also how the Hurricane Florence has been part of the news for the last few days.

If you are in the East Coast of the United States you must be prepared for this storm. In this day and age where media is easily accessible, there is no excuse to put yourself in danger. You can replace a car or a house but you cannot replace your life. If you chose staying behind just remember that you put many rescue crew workers at risk as well. If evacuations are mandatory or voluntary in your area, leave. Leave now. I currently reside in the Carolinas but not in any of life threatening areas however, don’t be surprised if you don’t hear me for a few days. This means my power is probably out.

Since bad weather is coming, you will probably find yourself with little to do at home. If you feel like spending your Lindens, head out to the Fantasy Collective or to the We <3 Role-play events. The 8th annual Renaissance Grid-wide Hunt and Faire is also a good way to spend your time. This is a good opportunity to stock up in very affordable merchandise or if you decide to hunt, free role-play items. 

Fellow role-players and friends, before I wrap this post for good, I am currently looking for role-play sim owners that are interested in being reviewed by The Good Gorean. If anyone is up to this challenge, I will come in for 1 or 2 weeks and engage role-play with the residents. During my time there, I will also try to capture some of your sim’s beauty. After everything is gathered, I will review your sim right here. This is a good opportunity to promote your sim and also feed my need to write about role-play words of Second Life. Im me in SL at PewPew Zero and I promise I will get back to you!

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"Eleanor of Toledo born Doña Leonor Álvarez de Toledo y Osorio, was a Spanish noblewoman who was Duchess of Florence from 1539, after Margaret of Austria. Although Eleanor is often referred to as the Grand Duchess of Tuscany, she predeceased the creation of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. She is credited with being the first modern first lady, or consort. She served as regent of Florence during the absence of her spouse. During her marriage, despite her initial unpopularity as a Spaniard, she gained great influence in Florence, she encouraged the arts and was patron to many of the most notable artists of the age. A pious woman, she encouraged the Jesuit order to settle in Florence; she also founded many new churches in the city. Eleanor was also interested in agriculture and business. She owned great tracts of Tuscan land that she managed effectively which, helped to expand and increase the profitability of the vast Medici estates (her products were shipped as far as Spain), and through her charitable interests, the lot of the peasantry. She also supported unhesitatingly her husband and his policies, so much so that he consulted with her. So great was his trust in her that in his frequent absences he made her regent, a station which also established her position as more than just a pretty bearer of Medici children. As a consequence, it became known that Eleanor was the key to her husband, and those unable to gain an audience with Cosimo realized that through his wife their causes could at least be pleaded. No evidence exists, however, to prove that she greatly influenced him; but the importance of her usefulness to him cannot be ignored.”
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