Crown of Louis XV of France

The Crown of Louis XV is the sole surviving crown from the French ancien regime among the French Crown Jewels. The crown was created for King Louis XV in 1722, it was embellished with diamonds from the Royal Collection. The new crown was made by the French Crown jeweller, it contained a collection of Mazarin Diamonds, the Sancy diamond in the fleur-de-lis at the top of the arches, the famous'Regent' diamond, set in the front of the crown, as well as hundreds of other precious diamonds, rubies and sapphires. All of France's about 20 crowns of the Ancient Regime, kept in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, including the one of Saint Louis and the one said of Charlemagne, were destroyed in 1793 during the French revolution; the crown of Louis XV was the only one to survive and counts, with those of the 19th century, among the only six remaining French crowns. In 1885 the French Third Republic decided to sell the Crown Jewels. Given its historic importance, the crown of Louis XV was kept, though its precious stones were replaced by glass.

It is on permanent display in the Louvre museum in Paris. Media related to Crown of Louis XV of France at Wikimedia Commons Crown of Louis XV.

Tommy Thompson (Kentucky politician)

Tommy N. Thompson is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing District 14 since January 2003. Thompson earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and his MBA from the Indiana University School of Business. 2012 Thompson was unopposed for the May 22, 2012 Democratic Primary and won the November 6, 2012 General election with 12,107 votes against Republican nominee Marian Turley. 2002 When District 21 Republican Representative Mark Treesh ran for Kentucky Senate and left the seat open, Thompson was unopposed for the 2002 Democratic Primary and won the November 5, 2002 General election with 7,625 votes against Republican nominee Ray Askins. 2004 Thompson was challenged in the 2004 Democratic Primary, winning with 2,300 votes and won the November 2, 2004 General election with 11,015 votes against Republican nominee Steve Winkler. 2006 Thompson was unopposed for both the 2006 Democratic Primary and the November 7, 2006 General election, winning with 11,493 votes.

2008 Thompson was unopposed for both the 2008 Democratic Primary and the November 4, 2008 General election, winning with 15,410 votes. 2010 Thompson was unopposed for the May 18, 2010 Democratic Primary and won the November 2, 2010 General election with 11,282 votes against Republican nominee Paul Estep. Official page at the Kentucky General Assembly Campaign site Profile at Vote Smart Tommy Thompson at Ballotpedia Tommy Thompson at the National Institute on Money in State Politics

Thomas Linley the younger

Thomas Linley the younger was the eldest son of the composer Thomas Linley the elder and his wife Mary Johnson. He was one of the most precocious composers and performers that have been known in England, became known as the "English Mozart". Linley's abilities were apparent from a young age, he played a concerto at a concert in Bristol on 29 July 1763, at the age of 7, from 1763 to 1768 was apprenticed to Dr. William Boyce, the Master of the King's Musick. In 1767 he appeared with his sister Elizabeth Ann Linley in a London production of The Fairy Favour at Covent Garden Opera House, dancing a hornpipe and playing the violin. Between 1768 and 1771, he journeyed to Italy to study violin and composition with Nardini in Florence. There he met Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in April 1770, Charles Burney in September of the same year. In reference to Linley, Burney wrote, "The'Tommasino', as he is called, the little Mozart, are talked of all over Italy, as the most promising geniuses of this age." Thomas and Mozart - both aged 14 in 1770 - had met and become warm friends in Florence earlier in 1770.

On his return to England he performed in the concerts directed by his father in Bath and at various oratorios at the Drury Lane, of which he was leader between 1773 and 1778. A significant number of Linley's compositions have been lost, including many in the Drury Lane Fire of 1809. Surviving works attest to his congenial mastery of melody, gift for counterpoint, musical imagination. Linley composed violin sonatas and concertos as well as choral works, provided most of the music for his brother-in-law Richard Brinsley Sheridan's opera The Duenna. Among his surviving works are "Let God Arise" a large-scale cantata-anthem for the Three Choirs Festival an "Ode on the Spirits of Shakespeare", the Lyric Ode, set to a text by his fellow-Bathonian French Laurence, an oratorio entitled The Song of Moses, an afterpiece comic opera and substantial incidental music for Sheridan's 1777 production of "The Tempest". Linley assisted his father, their works were published together in two volumes. Linley was drowned in a boating accident at the age of 22, while staying at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire with his sister Mary.

He is buried at Edenham Parish Church. Linley's early death was recognised as a tragedy for English music. Mozart commented on Linley in a conversation, recorded by the musician Michael Kelly: " said that Linley was a true genius. Free scores by Thomas Linley the younger at the International Music Score Library Project Short biography Expanded biography Biographical summary Performing material for Let God Arise