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Anu (Irish goddess)

In Irish mythology, Anu is a goddess. She may be an alternate name for Danu. In the Lebor Gabála Érenn, “Anand” is given as an alternate name for Morrígu. While an Irish goddess, in parts of Britain a similar figure is referred to as “Gentle Annie”, in an effort to avoid offence, a tactic, similar to referring to the fairies as “The Good People”; as her name is conflated with a number of other goddesses, it is not always clear which figure is being referred to if the name is taken out of context. This name may be derived from the Proto-Celtic theonym *Φanon-. Anu has particular associations with Munster: the twin hills known as the Paps of Anu, at 52°00′55″N 9°16′09″W, near Killarney, County Kerry are said to have been named after this ancient goddess. Evidence that Anu may be the same deity as Danu appears in the following comment from Sanas Cormaic: “Ana.i. Mother of the Irish gods. Well did she feed the gods.” MacKillop, James. Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998: ISBN 0-19-280120-1.

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Antoine de Lalaing, 3rd Count of Hoogstraeten

Antoine II of Lalaing, 3rd count of Hoogstraten, was a patron and nobleman of the Southern Netherlands. He was the son of his wife Anna of Rennenberg. At the age of 22 he took possession of the Gelmelslot at Hoogstraten, he became governor of Mechelen at an early age, in 1558 he was allowed to receive the Holy Sepulcher Knights to their first chapter. In 1560 he married Eleonora de Montmorency in Weert, they had William of Lalaing. In 1566 the Beeldenstorm broke out, he replaced William of Orange as governor of Antwerp. Like the counts Lamoraal, count of Egmont and Philip de Montmorency, count of Horn, Hoogstraten was summoned by the Duke of Alba to Brussels to appear before the Council of Troubles. Hoogstraten was on his way to Brussels when he heard that Egmont and Hoorn had been arrested in Brussels, he turned around, took from his castle his most important possessions, fled on horseback to Cologne. As a consequence, the Duke of Alba banished him, confiscated his possessions, deprived him of all his rights and privileges, his library was moved to Madrid.

Despite all this, Antoine II of Lalaing remained resolute in his support of William of Orange. In a military manoeuver near Tienen after the Battle of Jodoigne, where the army of William of Orange was forced by the Duke of Alba to retreat over the kleine Gete, he was hit in the foot by a shot from his own gun, on 11 December 1568 he succumbed to his injuries. Het Gelmelslot van Hoogstraten, website van het Penitentiair Schoolcentrum Hoogstraten, naar opzoekingen van de "Hoogstraatse Oudheidkundige Kring" P. C. Hooft, P. C. Hoofts Nederlandsche Historien, Vyfde Boek.. P198

Salem (TV series)

Salem is an American supernatural horror television series created by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, loosely inspired by the real Salem witch trials in the 17th century. The series premiered on WGN America on April 20, 2014, becoming the network's first original scripted series; as the network's first and highest-rated series, it was renewed for a second season on May 15, 2014. A third season was commissioned on July 11, 2015 and premiered on November 2, 2016. On December 13, 2016, it was announced that WGN had cancelled the show after three seasons, with the final episode airing on January 25, 2017; the series stars Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley, a powerful witch who controls the Salem witch trials by exacerbating hysteria among the Puritans while executing her plan of summoning the Devil. Problems arise when John Alden, returns to Salem, complicating Mary's plans; the show has prominent elements of Gothic romance. The series first appeared as part of WGN America's development slate in July 2012, under the title Malice.

On June 4, 2013, WGN America bypassed the pilot stage and placed a series order for 13 episodes, under the new title Salem. On November 8, 2013, filming of the series began in Shreveport, Louisiana, on an expansive set reflecting 17th-century Massachusetts. On May 15, 2014, Salem was renewed for a 13-episode second season by WGN America. On July 11, 2015, Salem was renewed for a 10-episode third season by WGN America, it began production on January 21, 2016. In December 2016, a month after the third season premiere, it was announced that the series had been cancelled, its series finale aired on January 25, 2017. Casting announcements began with Ashley Madekwe first cast in the role of Tituba. Seth Gabel was the next actor cast, in the regular role of Cotton Mather. Janet Montgomery and Xander Berkeley were cast in the lead role of Mary Sibley and the role of Magistrate Hale, respectively. Shane West signed onto the series regular role of John Alden. Cast was Tamzin Merchant as Anne Hale. Elise Eberle was cast in the series regular role of Mercy Lewis.

On the June 1, 2014 episode, Stephen Lang joined the cast in the recurring role of Increase Mather. For the second season, Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend joined Salem in the recurring roles of Countess Marburg and Samuel Wainwright, respectively. Joe Doyle and Oliver Bell joined the second season in regular roles of Baron Sebastian Marburg and Mary's lost son, respectively. During the third season, singer Marilyn Manson joined the cast in a recurring role as barber and all-around problem solver Thomas Dinley; the majority of Salem's score was composed by Tyler Bates. Bates selected "Cupid Carries a Gun", a song he co-wrote with Marilyn Manson and recorded by the band for their album The Pale Emperor, as the show's title track; the first season was released on DVD in the United States on October 28, 2014 by Fox Home Entertainment. The second season was released on DVD on April 5, 2016, is manufactured by Amazon's CreateSpace MOD Program. Critical reaction to Salem has been mixed to positive, scoring 49 out of 100, based on 16 critic reviews, on Metacritic.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season scored 54%, with an average rating of 5.5 out of 10 based on 26 critic reviews, although 81% of audiences enjoyed the show. Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times, upon reviewing the first season, said the show is "brash and well executed... perversely entertaining". He went on to say that "when'Salem' isn’t being deliberately outrageous, it's cultivating a dynamic that could be fruitful as things move along. Here in the 21st century and reason rule, but in a world of sorcery, clinging to rationality just makes you stupid." Mark Dawidziak of Plain Dealer gave the first few episodes a positive review, saying "Slowly drawing you into its heightened version of that Puritan community,'Salem' casts its spell with an opening episode, a witch's brew of romance, deceit, hysteria and uncertainty." The series premiere rose to 3.4 million viewers in Live+7 ratings, had more than 1.5 million viewers in adults 18–49. The season two premiere rose 150% in adults 18–49 in Live+7 ratings, from 0.2 to 0.5, while it rose to 1.5 million viewers in Live+3.

The second episode rose 300% from 0.1 to 0.4. Salem on IMDb Salem at TV Guide