Falcon Fleet Forty Five

John Dee was the Merlin behind the scenes who bid Queen Elizabeth to build England’s first fleet. Pope Adrien had a fabulous celebration for the Hospitaller Fleet after they retreated from Malta. I suspect Adrien named the Falcon College after ‘The Tribute of The Falcon’. In 1488 he was chosen by the Faculty of Arts to be their representative on the Council of the University.

I am almost certain Arthur K. Barnes and John K. Butler are in these two photographs with my grandmother. I will tie Barnes and Butler to C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Ian Flemming. Add Dashiell Hammet to the mix. He would go camping on Anacapa Island with my grandfather, Royal Rosamond.

I am forming a fleet in answer the the threat from China’s Navy. This fleet carries on the mission of the fleet that removed the Knights Hospitaller from Malta, and before that Rhodes. The name of this fleet is……

Falcon Fleet Forty Five

John (Jack) Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

Knights Hospitaller – Wikipedia

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Sinfonie Nr. 1 (A Sea Symphony) | SWR Symphonieorchester – YouTube

Battle of Lepanto – Wikipedia

The Maltese Falcon (1941) title sequence – YouTube

We grant, and of our liberality we bountifully bestow upon the aforesaid Very Reverend Grand Master of the Religion and Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, in feudal perpetuity, noble, free and unencumbered, our cities, castles, places and islands of Tripoli, Malta and Gozo, with all their cities, castles, places and island territories; with pure and mixed jurisdiction, right, and property of useful government; with power of life and death over males and females residing within their limits, and with the laws, constitutions, and rights now existing amongst the inhabitants; together with all other laws and rights, exemptions, privileges, revenues and other immunities whatsoever; so that they may hereafter hold them in feudal tenure from us, as Kings of both Sicilies, and from our successors in the same kingdom, reigning at the time, under the sole payment of a falcon; which every year, on the Feast of All Saints, shall be presented by the person or persons duly authorised for that purpose, into the hands of the Viceroy or President, who may at that time be administering the government, in sign and recognition of feudal tenure; and having made that payment, they shall remain exempt and free from all other service claimable by law, and by custom performed by feudal vassals

“Fog Over Frisco”

Fog Over Frisco – Wikipedia

P.S. And let’s not forget our tough American Dames! They’ll give the Chinese leaders a run for their money! Yeah!

For Dime Detective Butler wrote eight stories in all about Rex Lonergan, intermittent with six about Tricky Enright, a secret agent for the California governor. Best of all was Butler’s last series for the magazine and his superb swan song to the detective pulps. Steve Midnight, featured in nine exciting stories appearing between May 1940 and March 1942, was a graveyard-shift Los Angeles cab driver. Midnight—Steven Middleton Knight— passes as a simple working man but has a complicated past as a wealthy reprobate who hit bottom. Now, like the hero of David goodis’s Shoot the Piano Player, he just wants to do his mundane job and forget the past. But strange events have a way of finding Steve Midnight, even when he is only trying to find a fare, and each new story draws him into a dangerous adventure. Butler’s smooth, tough style and the atmosphere of a sleeping city made the Midnight stories terrific reads.

Tribute of the Maltese Falcon – Wikipedia

Science Fiction Square | Rosamond Press

Arhtur K. Barnes and John K. Butler | Rosamond Press

The Rose of Faramond | Rosamond Press

Tribute of the Maltese Falcon – Wikipedia

Abstract: The ability to launch, or otherwise deploy, a cylindrical body such as an unmanned vehicle, from an outer tube in an underwater environment continues to be of interest to the marine community. Applications of such technologies include the use of small unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV’s) deployed from deep ocean craft to support oil exploration efforts or inspection of damaged infrastructure. Historically, these payloads are deployed from their containment tube through the use of a water slug generated from a pump which pushes the vehicle into the open ocean environment. The objectives of this project are to identify and demonstrate a method to launch a cylindrical body from the launch tube utilizing an electromagnetic scheme. It was found that the solenoid coil launching mechanism was the most effective for an underwater launcher. A design was created, modeled in simulations, and finally built and tested to prove its validity. It was found that the solenoid coil launcher could effectively expel a payload with ample exit velocity, low noise, and could be reloaded several times within a minute.

The Hudson proposal becomes more affordable than the Navy’s plan by gradually rebalancing the fleet to incorporate more smaller, less-expensive ships and fewer large multimission combatants. The proposed fleet would also constrain the size and cost of some large new ships, such as the future large surface combatant and next-generation attack submarine.

Employing new operational concepts, the proposed fleet would outperform the current Navy in important metrics for future operations. First, the proposed fleet’s groups of manned and unmanned vessels would generate more numerous and diverse effects chains compared to today’s Navy, improving the force’s adaptability and imposing greater complexity on enemy decision-making.

Second, the fleet would deliver more offensive munitions from vessels and aircraft over a protracted period, and defend itself more effectively using distribution, shorter-range interceptors and electric weapons.

Lastly, it enhances the fleet’s amphibious, logistics and strategic sealift capacity. Overall, this results in a Navy that can help the joint force prevail across a range of potential scenarios, including the most challenging ones such as an attempted Chinese attack on Taiwan.

China is readying itself for American and Japanese involvement in any Taiwan Strait conflict, with recent warplane exercises around the island aimed at displaying its ability to isolate Taiwan from potential support, according to analysts in Beijing and Taipei.

After 10 People’s Liberation Army aircraft, including fighter jets and reconnaissance planes, flew sorties into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone on Monday, a senior defense official in Taipei noted the “offensive posture” of the military exercise. Deputy Defense Minister Chang Che-ping described the waves of Chinese aircraft as part of a naval and air force “joint operation.”

China’s Military Preparing for U.S. Intervention in Taiwan Strait (msn.com)

The Homeric Hymns. Dionysus and the Pirates. Warner, et al., comp. 1917. The Library of the World’s Best Literature (bartleby.com)

Pope Adrian VI – Wikipedia

John of Gaunt – Wikipedia

Knights Hospitaller – Wikipedia

The Hospitallers and the Knights Templar became the most formidable military orders in the Holy Land. Frederick Barbarossa, the Holy Roman Emperor, pledged his protection to the Knights of St. John in a charter of privileges granted in 1185.

The Knights Hospitaller operated a wide network of properties in the Middle Ages from their successive seats in JerusalemAcreCyprusRhodes and eventually Malta. In the early 14th century, they received many properties and assets previously in the hands of the Knights Templar.

They became known as the Knights of Malta when, on 26 October 1530, Philippe Villiers de L’Isle-AdamGrand Master of the Knights, sailed into Malta’s Grand Harbour with a number of his followers to lay claim to Malta and Gozo, which had been granted to them by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V[7] in return for one falcon sent annually to the Viceroy of Sicily and a solemn Mass to be celebrated on All Saints Day. Charles also required the Knights to garrison Tripoli on the North African coast, which was in territory that the Barbary Corsairs, allies of the Ottomans, controlled. The Knights accepted the offer reluctantly. Malta was a small, desolate island, and for some time, many of the Knights clung to the dream of recapturing Rhodes.

Nevertheless, the Order soon turned Malta into a naval base. The island’s position in the centre of the Mediterranean made it a strategically crucial gateway between East and West, especially as the Barbary Corsairs increased their forays into the western Mediterranean throughout the 1540s and 1550s.

The Grand Master of the Order of St John of Jerusalem had to pay an annual tribute to the Emperor Charles V and his mother Queen Joanna of Castile as monarchs of Sicily, for the granting of TripoliMalta and Gozo. There were also other conditions. The annual tribute payable on All Saints day (1 November) was one falcon. The grant was made at Castel Franco and is dated the 23rd day of the month of March, Third Indiction, in the Year of Our Lord 1530; in the 10th year of our reign as Emperor, the 27th as King of Castile, Granada etc., the 16th of Navarre, the 15th of Aragon, the Two Sicilies, Jerusalem and all our other realms.

John of GauntDuke of Lancaster (6 March 1340 – 3 February 1399) was an English prince, military leader, and statesman. He was the third of the five sons of King Edward III of England who survived to adulthood. Due to his royal origin, advantageous marriages, and some generous land grants, Gaunt was one of the richest men of his era, and was an influential figure during the reigns of both his father, Edward, and his nephew, Richard II. As Duke of Lancaster, he is the founder of the royal House of Lancaster, whose members would ascend to the throne after his death. His birthplace, Ghent, corrupted into English as Gaunt, was the origin for his name. When he became unpopular later in life, a scurrilous rumour circulated, along with lampoons, claiming that he was actually the son of a Ghent butcher. This rumour, which infuriated him, may have been inspired by the fact that Edward III had not been present at his birth.[2]

Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York (22 September 1411 – 30 December 1460), also named Richard Plantagenet, was a leading English magnate, a great-grandson of King Edward III through his father, and a great-great-great-grandson of the same king through his mother. He inherited vast estates and served in various offices of state in IrelandFrance, and England, a country he ultimately governed as Lord Protector during the madness of King Henry VI.

His conflicts with Henry’s wife, Margaret of Anjou, and other members of Henry’s court, as well as his competing claim to the throne, were a leading factor in the political upheaval of mid-fifteenth-century England, and a major cause of the Wars of the Roses. Richard eventually attempted to take the throne, but was dissuaded, although it was agreed that he would become king on Henry’s death. But within a few weeks of securing this agreement, he died in battle. Two of his sons, Edward IV and Richard III, later ascended the throne.


In June 1476, he started his studies at the University of Leuven,[7] where he pursued philosophy, theology and Canon Law, thanks to a scholarship granted by Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy. In 1478 he had the title of Primus Philosophiae, as well as that of Magister Artium (that is, he took his undergraduate degree). In 1488 he was chosen by the Faculty of Arts to be their representative on the Council of the University.[8]

On 30 June 1490, Adrian was ordained a priest.[9]

After the regular 12 years of study, Adrian became a Doctor of Theology in 1491. He had been a teacher at the University since 1490, was chosen vice-chancellor of the university in 1493, and Dean of St. Peter’s in 1498. In the latter function he was permanent vice-chancellor of the University and de facto in charge of hiring. His lectures were published, as recreated from his students’ notes; among those who attended was the young Erasmus. Adrian offered him a professorate in 1502, but Erasmus refused.[4]

In November 1506 Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy, became Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands and chose Adrian as her advisor. The next year Emperor Maximilian I appointed him also tutor to his seven-year-old grandson, and Margaret’s nephew, who in 1519 became Emperor Charles V. By 1512 Adrian was Charles’s advisor, and his court obligations were so time-consuming that he quit his positions at the university.[4]

In the history of naval warfare, Lepanto marks the last major engagement in the Western world to be fought almost entirely between rowing vessels,[11] namely the galleys and galeasses which were the direct descendants of ancient trireme warships. The battle was in essence an “infantry battle on floating platforms”.[12] It was the largest naval battle in Western history since classical antiquity, involving more than 400 warships. Over the following decades, the increasing importance of the galleon and the line of battle tactic would displace the galley as the major warship of its era, marking the beginning of the “Age of Sail“.

The victory of the Holy League is of great importance in the history of Europe and of the Ottoman Empire, marking the turning-point of Ottoman military expansion into the Mediterranean, although the Ottoman wars in Europe would continue for another century. It has long been compared to the Battle of Salamis, both for tactical parallels and for its crucial importance in the defense of Europe against imperial expansion.[13] It was also of great symbolic importance in a period when Europe was torn by its own wars of religion following the Protestant Reformation. Pope Pius V instituted the feast of Our Lady of Victory, and Philip II of Spain used the victory to strengthen his position as the “Most Catholic King” and defender of Christendom against Muslim incursion.[14] Historian Paul K. Davis writes that,

“More than a military victory, Lepanto was a moral one. For decades, the Ottoman Turks had terrified Europe, and the victories of Suleiman the Magnificent caused Christian Europe serious concern. The defeat at Lepanto further exemplified the rapid deterioration of Ottoman might under Selim II, and Christians rejoiced at this setback for the Ottomans. The mystique of Ottoman power was tarnished significantly by this battle, and Christian Europe was heartened.”[15]

The last pedagogy

Shortly after the start of the university, the pedagogy de Valk was founded by Jan Stockelpot (professor of the arts, † 1465), more specifically in the house de Valk located in the Penninkstraat (the current Savoyestraat). In the 15th century the foundation expanded rapidly into the Hoelstraat (now the Tiensestraat) to purchase the house the Ketel (Cacabus), to which the pedagogy was also called.

De Valk is actually an old pedagogy rather than a lecture. There was a distinction at the old Leuven university: a college was a building that served to house students. Usually a college was founded by a wealthy patron who opened it to less fortunate students from a particular faculty or from a particular region. Although disputes took place in the lectures as an extension of the lessons, the residential function was central.

The four pedagogies of the Artesfaculty (de Lelie, de Valk, the Burcht, the Varken) were first and foremost educational institutions. They not only provided room and board, the students (young students from the Faculty of Arts) also received almost all lessons. The combination of residential and educational function made pedagogies more closely related to the famous colleges in Oxford and Cambridge than to the lectures in Leuven. The notion of confusion becomes even greater when we see that the current pedagogies, usually called ‘pedas’, have the same function as the current lectures, namely providing accommodation for students.

In the ancien regime , the pedagogies naturally also had their own coat of arms. That van de Valk was gold, with a falcon on a branch, probably in natural color. The motto was : volitat super omnia falco , “the falcon eats everything”.

Pieter-Jan Minckelers († 1824), the inventor of light gas, studied in Falcon Pedagogy. The famous Maastricht scholar received his doctorate there in 1766 and was professor of philosophy from 1771 to 1788.

De Valk is the only pedagogy that has not disappeared from the cityscape. Nothing remains of the medieval building in the Savoyestraat. The impressive classicist ensemble at the Tiensestraat is a 19th-century reconstruction to the 18 th -century concept of Claudio Fisco (1736-1825). Fisco is the Leuven architect of the Brussels Martelarenplein, where the ministries of the Flemish government are now located. In 1783, according to Fisco’s plans, the left wing, the rear section and the Valk portal were built. Only the gatehouse was preserved, because the other buildings went into flames in 1866. During the reconstruction in 1873, Fisco’s original plans were used.

The building in brick and sandstone has a U-shaped floor plan. The main wing is marked by a middentravee, which is crowned with a triangular pediment. This middle section is rhythmized by piers walking through the two floors. The 19 th -century architecture historian AG Schayes ( Histoire de l’architecture and Belgique , 1849) found it one of the finest Leuven university buildings.

In contrast to other buildings, the Falcon was not sold after the dissolution of the university in 1797. From 1801 until the fifties of last century the building functioned as a military hospital for the Leuven garrison. Around 1960 the Falcon came back into possession of the university. The Falcon is now the seat of the Faculty of Law. The old building was restored in 1960-1962 by the famous professor RM Lemaire and was extended in 1966 (architects P. Felix and G. Pepermans). The building was restored again in 2013.

Black Mask Authors

Posted on July 28, 2013 by Royal Rosamond Press


This extremely rare photo of the first west coast Black Mask get-together on January 11, 1936 captures possibly the only meeting of several of these authors.

Pictured in the back row, from left to right, are Raymond J. Moffatt, Raymond Chandler, Herbert Stinson, Dwight Babcock, Eric Taylor and Dashiell Hammett. In the front row, again from left to right, are Arthur Barnes (?), John K. Butler, W. T. Ballard, Horace McCoy and Norbert Davis.

Rosemary told me her father, Royal Rosamond, used to sail to the Channel Islands and camp with his friend, Dashiell Hammett who is seen standing on the right in the photo above.

Aunt Lillian told me she would fall asleep listening to Royal and Erle Stanley Gardner on the typewriter in the living room. Royal was Gardner’s teacher and a member of the Black Mask. I believe I can almost recoginize Black Mask authors under the tree on Santa Cruz Island sitting under a tree with my grandmother, Mary Magdalene Rosamond, who does not look very happy as she embraces a black dog. Who is that woman? Is she a writer? She looks a bit crazed, as does the guy holding a gun. Is Mary hearing some far-out and weird ideas around the campfire?

When I was fifteen Rosemary showed me about six magazines wherein her father’s stories appeared. There were several mysteries. I am going to send the camping photo to some experts. That looks like Raymond Chandler in front of the tent. Is he the guy packing heat?

Hammett wrote the Maltese Falcon that begins with a story about the Knight Templars. Was this a tale passed around the campfire on Santa Cruz Island?

Jon Presco

Copyright 2013


Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature, and is considered by many to be a founder, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and other Black Mask writers, of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. His protagonist, Philip Marlowe, along with Hammett’s Sam Spade, is considered by some to be synonymous with “private detective,” both having been played on screen by Humphrey Bogart, whom many considered to be the quintessential Marlowe.

Black Mask was a pulp magazine launched in 1920 by journalist H. L. Mencken and drama critic George Jean Nathan as one of a number of money-making publishing ventures to support the prestigious literary magazine The Smart Set, which Mencken edited, and which operated at a loss. Under their editorial hand, the magazine was not exclusively a publisher of crime fiction, offering, according to the magazine, “the best stories available of adventure, the best mystery and detective stories, the best romances, the best love stories, and the best stories of the occult.” The magazine’s first editor was Florence Osborne (credited as F. M. Osborne).[1]

1 Editorial control
2 Contributing authors
3 Decline and revival
4 In popular culture
5 Anthologies
6 References
7 External links
Editorial control[edit]
After eight issues, Mencken and Nathan considered their initial $500 investment to have been sufficiently profitable, and they sold the magazine to its publishers, Eltinge Warner and Eugene Crow for $12,500. The magazine was then edited by George W. Sutton (1922–24), followed by Philip C. Cody.[2] In 1926, Joseph Shaw took over the editorship.

Contributing authors[edit]

Early Black Mask contributors of note included J. S. Fletcher, Vincent Starrett, and Herman Petersen.[3] Shaw, following up on a promising lead from one of the early issues, promptly turned the magazine into an outlet for the growing school of naturalistic crime writers led by Carroll John Daly. Daly’s private detective Race Williams was a rough and ready character with a sharp tongue, and established the model for many later acerbic private eyes.

Black Mask later published the profoundly influential Dashiell Hammett, creator of Sam Spade and The Continental Op, and other hardboiled writers who came in his wake, such as Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner, Paul Cain, Frederick Nebel, Frederick C. Davis, Raoul F. Whitfield,[3] Theodore Tinsley, W.T. Ballard, Dwight V. Babcock, and Roger Torrey.[4] Author George Harmon Coxe created “Casey, Crime Photographer”, for the magazine, which became a media franchise with novels, films, radio, comic book tie-ins, television, and legitimate theatre.[5] Black Mask’s covers were usually painted by artists Fred Craft or J. W. Schlaikjer,[6] while Shaw gave the artist Arthur Rodman Bowker a monopoly over all Black Mask interior illustrations.[7] Although primarily known for male contributors, Black Mask also published a number of women crime writers, including Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Katherine Brocklebank, Sally Dixon Wright, Florence M. Pettee, Marion O’Hearn, Kay Krausse, Frances Beck, Tiah Devitt and Dorothy Dunn. [8] The magazine was hugely successful, and many of the writers, such as Hugh B. Cave, who appeared in its pages went onto greater commercial and critical success.
Although crime fiction made up most of the magazine’s content, Black Mask also published some Western and general adventure fiction.[1]
Decline and revival[edit]
Black Mask reached a sales peak in the early 1930s, but then interest began to wane under increasing pressure from radio, the cinema, and rival pulp magazines. In 1936, refusing to cut writers’ already meager pay, Shaw resigned, and many of the high-profile authors abandoned the magazine with him. Shaw’s successor Fanny Ellsworth, (1936–40) managed to attract new writers to Black Mask, including Cornell Woolrich, Frank Gruber, Max Brand and Steve Fisher. [9] However, from the 1940s on, Black Mask was in decline, despite the efforts of new editor Kenneth S. White (1940–48). The magazine in this period carried the work of John D. MacDonald.[1] Henry Steeger then edited Black Mask anonymously until it eventually ceased publication in 1951. [2]
In 1985, the magazine was revived as The New Black Mask, and featured noted crime writers James Ellroy, Michael Collins, Sara Paretsky and Bill Pronzini, as well as Chandler and Hammett reprints. Edward D. Hoch praised the revived Black Mask, stating in the book Encyclopedia Mysteriosa that “it came close to reviving the excitement and storytelling pleasure of the great old pulp magazines”. Due to a legal dispute over the rights to Black Mask name, the magazine ceased publication in 1987. It was revived as a short-lived magazine titled A Matter of Crime.[10]
Original copies of the Black Mask are highly valued among pulp magazine collectors. Issues with Chandler and Hammett stories are especially rare and command high prices.[1]
In popular culture[edit]
Black Mask magazine was the specific pulp fiction magazine that inspired the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction. Originally, the title of the film was Black Mask, before being changed.
An issue of Black Mask magazine features as a (planted) clue in the 1927 murder mystery novel Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers.
An episode of the 1990s television series Millennium mentions a ‘literary journal’ known as the ‘Dark Mask’ which featured detective fiction, an obvious parody of the Black Mask.
The Hard-Boiled Omnibus: Early Stories from Black Mask edited by Joseph T. Shaw, (1946).
The Hard-Boiled Detective: Stories from Black Mask magazine, 1920-1951 edited by Herbert Ruhm, (1977).
The Black Mask Boys: masters in the hard-boiled school of detective fiction edited by William F. Nolan, (1985).
Includes a short history of the magazine.
The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories edited by Otto Penzler, (2007).

This extremely rare photo of the first west coast Black Mask get-together on January 11, 1936 captures possibly the only meeting of several of these authors.
Pictured in the back row, from left to right, are Raymond J. Moffatt, Raymond Chandler, Herbert Stinson, Dwight Babcock, Eric Taylor and Dashiell Hammett. In the front row, again from left to right, are Arthur Barnes (?), John K. Butler, W. T. Ballard, Horace McCoy and Norbert Davis.

Cleve F. Adams (6 stories)
Dwight V. Babcock (21 stories)
W. T. Ballard (43 stories)
Max Brand (9 stories)
Katherine Brocklebank (7 stories)
John K. Butler (11 stories)
Paul Cain (17 stories)
Hugh B. Cave (9 stories)
D.L. Champion (30 stories)
Raymond Chandler (11 stories)
Merle Constiner (12 stories)
George Harmon Coxe (27 stories)
John Carroll Daly (60 stories)
Norbert Davis (13 stories)
Ramon DeColta (24 stories)
Lester Dent (2 stories)
Bruno Fischer (5 stories)
Steve Fisher (9 stories)
Erle Stanley Gardner (103 stories)
William Campbell Gault (7 stories)
Frank Gruber (14 stories)
Brett Haliday (2 stories)
Dashiell Hammett (49 stories)
Baynard H. Kendrick (14 stories)
Louis L’Amour (1 story)
John Lawrence (14 stories)
John D. MacDonald (6 stories)
Horace McCoy (17 stories)
Robert Martin (8 stories)
Frederick Nebel (67 stories)
Robert Reeves (10 stories)
Stewart Sterling (12 stories)
Herbert Stinson (27 stories)
Eric Taylor (7 stories)
Roger Torrey (50 stories)
Donald Wandrei (6 stories)
Raoul Whitfield (66 stories)
Cornell Woolrich (24 stories)

Historic background of the College of the Falcon

Former Pedagogy ‘De Valk’: from its foundation until modern times (early 15th c – 1962)

In between 1781 and 1783, the construction of the current left wing, middle wing and gateway building at the Tiensestraat started. Military engineer Claude Joseph Antoine Fisco was appointed as architect. On 14 August 1782, the Austrian government lent a loan to the pedagogy for the construction of the left and middle wing. These works were finished for about seventy-five percent at the end of 1784. In 1853, A.G.B. Schayes described the buildings of Pedagogy ‘De Valk’ as being full of grandeur and positively royal.

‘To achieve this, the architect of the noble monument has used columns nor pillars. It is because of the grandeur of the mass and the perfect combination of all these aspects that he sought and succeeded to give the monument a striking character with grandeur and kingship. (…) The four corners of the square building that they from, is completely constructed except for the right wing that is completely missing. Especially the façade is very remarkable and the ornaments reminds of the style of the Palace of Luxembourg in Paris.’

A drawing by Van Petegem from 1782, published in Van Even, shows the new left wing in three floors and three bays. The building reached all the way into the gateway’s walls of the Tiensestraat and is placed on two panels left from the entrance gate. The building phase however was interrupted by political troubles that reflected upon the existence of the university. On 15 September 1793, already in the French Republic, all colleges and universities were forced to close down. The Old University of Leuven closed its colleges permanently on 9 November 1797. The movable goods and especially its rich library with 80.000 books was transferred to the “École centrale du département de la Dyle” (Central School of the Dijle Department) in Brussels. The Paedagogium Falconis from then ceased to exist as such.

From pedagogy to military hospital (1797-1962)

In between 1801 and 1814, the building of the former pedagogy ‘De Valk’ was used as a convalescent hospital for French soldiers. ‘De Valk’ got incorporated into a large group of ‘Hôtels des Invalides’ together with several (former) colleges, like the Winckeliuscollege, Baiuscollege (across the street), Pauscollege, Veteranencollege and Koningscollege, supplemented with fourteen individual houses in the Bériotstraat. The military hospital of the Tiensestraat could provide for four hundred beds. From 1814, the building complex became a military hospital for first French, then Dutch and finally Belgian soldiers (after the Independence of 1831).

In 1857, a new building phase started by city architect Edward Lavergne (1815-1878), based upon plans from 1781. A part of the right wing that was still the original construction from 1631 was demolished and reconstructed after the original eighteenth century plans from architect Fisco, and under the supervision of colonel Meyers. Just a decade later, on 12 June 1866, the building complex burnt down almost entirely. Van Even mentioned that only the gate building and a part of the reconstructed right wing were spared. The reconstruction of the damaged buildings commenced in 1873. The left wing was reconstructed after Fisco’s original plan and shortened with about fifteen meters until its current length. The right wing followed this example and thus the building complex was transformed from a partly open square to a T-shape with a portal building and continuous wall.

The building complex was continuous in use as a military hospital until 1962. The complex was bought by the Catholic University of Leuven in 1953 but the function of military hospital remained a few more years afterwards.

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and James Bond

Posted on February 22, 2019 by Royal Rosamond Press

The California Barrel Company is a euphorism. It is my McGuffin. My grandfather, Royal Rosamond, was a writer who went sailing to the Channel Islands with his friend, Dashiel Hammert. Royal taught Erl Stanly Gardener how to write and type in Ventura. My second cousin, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, lived in Augustus John’s house, who is kin to Ian Fleming. Caspar John, was a Sea Lord.


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Highly-decorated Commander Fairbanks Jr., KBE, DSC, etc, after the war – and wife, Mary Lee

Non-national Knighthoods

It is my conclusion, that Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is the model Ian Fleming used for James Bond. I discovered this by looking at the cast of ‘The American Venus’. Douglas plays Trident, the son of Nenptune. Consider the opening of ‘On Her Majesties Secret Service’ where beautiful nude women are carrying tridents.

I suspect Ian Fleming saw the movie ‘State Secret’ and knew of Fairbank’s secret operations. Then there are those images of beautiful actresses hanging on him, the man who was considered the most handsome man in the world. A million women wanted him – at least. Fairbanks was at that bathing beauty contest starring Fey Lanphier.

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