Anastasios II

Anastasius, known in English as Anastasius II or Anastasius II, was the Byzantine Emperor from 713 to 715. Anastasios was named Artemius and had served as a bureaucrat and Imperial secretary for his predecessors. After the Opsician army in Thrace had overthrown Emperor Philippikos Bardanes, they acclaimed Artemius as Emperor, he chose Anastasius as his regnal name. Soon after his accession, Anastasius II imposed discipline on the army and executed those officers, directly involved in the conspiracy against Philippikos. Anastasios upheld the decisions of the Sixth Ecumenical Council and deposed the Monothelete Patriarch John VI of Constantinople, replacing him with the orthodox Patriarch Germanus in 715; this put an end to the short-lived local schism with the Catholic Church. The advancing Umayyad Caliphate surrounded the Empire by land and sea, Anastasios attempted to restore peace by diplomatic means, his emissaries having failed in Damascus, he undertook the restoration of Constantinople's walls and the rebuilding of the Roman fleet.

However, the death of the Caliph al-Walid I in 715 gave Anastasius an opportunity to turn the tables on his rival. He dispatched an army under Leo the Isaurian, afterwards emperor, to invade Syria, he had his fleet concentrate on Rhodes with orders not only to resist the approach of the enemy but to destroy their naval stores; these troops of the Opsician theme, resenting the Emperor's strict measures, slew the admiral John, proclaimed as emperor Theodosius III, a tax-collector of low extraction. After a six-month siege, Constantinople was taken by Theodosius. In 719, Anastasios headed a revolt against Leo III, who had succeeded Theodosius, receiving considerable support, including auxiliaries provided by Tervel of Bulgaria; however the chronicler Theophanes the Confessor, who offers this information elsewhere, confuses Tervel with his eventual successor Kormesiy, so Anastasios was allied with the younger ruler. In any case, the rebel forces advanced on Constantinople; the enterprise failed, Anastasios fell into Leo's hands and was put to death by his orders.

List of Byzantine emperors Ostrogorsky, George. History of the Byzantine State. Oxford: Basil Blackwell; the Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, Oxford University Press, 1991. Media related to Anastasius II at Wikimedia Commons

The Moravian Night

The Moravian Night is a 2008 novel by the Austrian writer Peter Handke. It tells the story of a retired writer who talks about a recent journey and the state of Europe in front of a small crowd on his houseboat, while anchored outside the village Porodin on the river Morava in Serbia; the book was published in English in 2016, translated by Krishna Winston. Publishers Weekly wrote: "In this story where memory and reality battle, Handke once again showcases his valuable insight and imagination." Kirkus Reviews wrote: "history dance nimbly. Stellar." Joshua Cohen wrote in The New York Times that The Moravian Night "might be the most important novel of Handke's career", that "Handke has written a poignant book despite himself, or to spite the day, out of the grim confusion of his ruins". The Moravian Night was subsequently reviewed in The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and Bookforum; the Moravian Night was longlisted for the 2008 German Book Prize, although the nomination was rejected by Handke, according to himself out of respect for the younger writers on the list.

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Go West, Young Lady

Go West, Young Lady is a 1941 American comedy western film directed by Frank R. Strayer and starring Penny Singleton, Glenn Ford and Ann Miller; the town of Headstone eagerly awaits the arrival of their new sheriff, hoping that he will vanquish the dreaded outlaw, Killer Pete, who has murdered the last four sheriffs. Meanwhile, on the stage bound for Headstone, Tex Miller, the new sheriff, is making small talk with fellow passenger and former seminary student Belinda "Bill" Pendergast when the stage is attacked by a band of Indians. Taking aim at the Indians, Bill shoots them off their horses and calmly explains to the astonished Tex that her father always wanted a son and taught her to handle a gun. Back in town, Killer Pete and his gang rob the Crystal Palace saloon. After the outlaws abscond with the money, Judge Harmon hands saloon owner Jim Pendergast a letter from his deceased brother Joe, asking Jim to take care of Joe's progeny Bill. Jim insists that Bill be appointed as the new sheriff until the stage arrives and he discovers that Bill is a girl.

Bill scandalizes the women of the town. Weeks Tex visits Bill and asks her to marry him, she sends him to her uncle to ask permission, in Tex's absence, Killer Pete enters the saloon with guns blazing. Upset that the sound of gunfire has caused a pie baking in her oven to fall, Bill proceeds downstairs and throws the pie at the outlaw, but misses and hits Tex, who has come running into the saloon. Blinded by the pie, the sheriff is unable to pursue the bandits, who hijack a carriage, tied up outside the saloon. Unknown to the outlaws, Judge Harmon and Hank, the deputy, are hiding in the back of the carriage. Killer Pete visits his girl friend Lola, a dancer at the saloon; the outlaw removes his disguise and becomes Tom Hannegan, a respected and wealthy rancher. Lola, jealous of Bill's presence in town, demands; when Jim broaches the topic with Bill, she insists on discussing the issue with Lola. After Bill informs Lola that she intends to remain in Headstone, Lola quits her job at the saloon, Bill decides to take her place onstage.

Embarrassed by his niece's unladylike performance, Jim orders her to return East immediately. Jim relents, when Tex asks for his niece's hand in marriage. Jim consents to the union and Tex rushes to tell Bill the good news, but is met by another pie in the face when Bill, unaware of Tex's presence, berates the pie for spoiling her engagement and throws it; that night, Judge Hank return from their buggy ride, having captured one of the bandits. After locking him in jail, they meet Hannegan and blurt out that they have captured bandit Dave Watson, who revealed the location of the gang's hideout. Soon after Hannegan shoots Dave in his jail cell, he arranges for Chief Big Thunder Cloud and his tribe to ambush the posse when they ride to the hideout. In the posse's absence and his gang plan to loot the town. After Tex and the others ride out of Headstone, Bill begins to pack her suitcase and goes to Lola's dressing room to retrieve her costume; when Bill's dog Waffles uncovers Hannegan's disguise there, Bill visits Lola and tricks her into revealing Hannegan's plans.

The two women fight and after Bill subdues Lola, the women of the town denounce her for being unfeminine. Bill changes their minds when she tells them of the planned robbery and ambush, recruits Bertha, one of the wives, to warn the posse; when Hannegan and his gang stride confidently into the saloon and the women pelt them with pans and brooms. By the time the posse arrives, the women have captured the outlaws, Bill, in her enthusiasm, flattens Tex with a frying pan. Penny Singleton as Belinda'Bill' Pendergast Glenn Ford as Sheriff Tex Miller Ann Miller as Lola Charles Ruggles as Jim Pendergast Allen Jenkins as Deputy Hank Onslow Stevens as Tom Hannegan San Antonio Rose: The Life and Music of Bob Wills by Charles Townsend The motion picture guide by Jay Robert Nash, Stanley Ralph Ross "Go West, Young Lady - IMDb". Retrieved 2014-06-09