CAMELOT - ROOSEVELT, JACKSON, JEFFERSON
& SUPPORT TEAM
PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS CHARMING PRINCE CHARMING:
Storyline: The ebullient enchanter combines a lusty love of power with an upbeat personality and excellent social skills to compensate for a certain shallowness that is rarely probed because of his ongoing winning and winsome ways.
Uther Pendragon - Father of King Arthur. Seduced the wife of a rival, Ygraine, through a spell cast by the magician, Merlin, allowing him to take on the form of her husband. Killed before his son’s rise to power. Archetype of the enchanting seducer. Gerhard Schroeder (1944) - German chancellor. Outer: Mother supported 5 children working as a housekeeper, while his father was killed in WW II during the retreat of the German forces from Russia. Dropped out of school at 14 and sold china ware, then labored as a part/time construction worker. 5’9”. Attended evening classes, and finished high school in his early 20s, before finally getting a law degree from Gottingen Univ. at 32. Set up a practice in Hannover in 1976, and became active in the Social Democratic Part, while serving as a president of an anti-American and anti-nuclear club, as well as a Marxist. In 1980, he was elected to the lower house of the German Parliament, and became the first man to speak in it without a necktie. After a night of drinking in 1982, he walked up to the gates of the chancellory and shook them, yelling he wanted to be in there. In 1984, he lost in his bid to be governor of Lower Saxony, but won the office in 3 successive election bids in 1988, 1992 and 1996. Despite voting against German reunification, and being on the wrong side of many issues, he managed to maintain his political popularity. Married and divorced twice, to Eva Schubach, between 1968 and 1972, Anne Taschenmacher, between 1972 and 1984, abefore taking on a formidable 3rd wife, Hiltrude Hampel, who was pro-gay rights, a vegetarian and a Green, 3 stepchildren from numbers 2 and 3. The duo divorced in 1995, and she later wrote a book disparaging him, calling him an opportunist and egotist, although it failed to stir the German electorate. Rejected by the Social Democrats the previous year for being too ambitious, and then dismissed as their economic spokesperson in 1995. Married a feisty journalist 2 decades his junior, Doris Kopf, in 1997, one adopted Russian orphan from the union, as well as his spouse’s 6 year old daughter from a previous marriage. His wife would prove his most loyal mate, serving as both cheerleader and regulator of his excesses. Despite a rising deficit and more unemployment in his state, he won the chancellorship from Helmut Kohl in 1998. Proclaiming himself an exemplar of the New Middle, he turned rightward to refuel the German economy, abandoning his base of workers and labor unions, to slash government spending, end subsidies and free pensions in a gamble to follow a more American road to prosperity at the expense of party ideals. His most controversial minister would be Joschka Fischer, a former street-fighting man and Green, who became more powerful the longer he held office. Despite a rocky first term which saw his popularity erode around a shaky economy, he managed to eke out a second term by using the military aggressiveness of the United States as a bete noir, thereby alienating the latter while earning the electoral approval of his own state. Nevertheless, he lost a third term bid in 2005 to Angela Merkel, Germany’s first female chancellor, and very reluctantly stepped down after several weeks of refusing to do so. Became chairman of a Russian-German gas pipeline afterwards, that he had championed while in office, while penning his memoirs, “Decisions: My Life in Politics,” a bestseller in Germany. Inner: Handsome, hard-working, roguish, and extremely political. Self-creating lifetime of underprivileged upbringing to counteract his previous journeys as a young prince, in order to deal more directly and deeply with himself, while circling back to his European roots to head the nation he had previously defeated, in a symbolic closure of his own long run as one of the West’s premier personalities of state. Franklin Roosevelt (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) (1882-1945) - American president. Outer: Had a patrician upbringing, and was extremely closely connected with his mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt (Doris Kopf-Schroeder), who dominated his life and smothered him with love, giving him a fear of intimacy. An only child, he was brought up like a little prince. His father was a prosperous railroad executive, who became an invalid when he was 8 and died a decade later. The former had earlier married a cousin who died, and they had one son, who was his older half-brother. Handsome, imperious and aristocratic, he attended Harvard Univ., then after being rejected by the girl of his dreams, he married his cousin Eleanor Roosevelt in 1905, whom he had met when he was 5, and thereafter greatly admired her for her intelligence. 6’2”. On the physical level, they were sexually incompatible, despite 6 children, with 3 sons and two daughters, and one dying in infancy. Had wanted the same number as his cousin Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy). Gained a law degree at Columbia Univ., and became a lawyer. Elected to the NY State Senate in his late 20s as a Democrat, he was appointed assistant secretary of the Navy in his early 30s. When his wife learned of his affair soon after with their governess, Lucy Mercer (Maria Shriver), the pair ended their intimacy, although she continued as his willing political partner. Although she had offered him a divorce, and he was in love with Lucy, he declined to take it, knowing it would ruin his chances for the presidency. Had numerous mistresses, nevertheless, including the ever-loyal Missy LeHand (Daryl Hannah), who was with him his entire career. Ran for vice-president with James Cox (Julian Castro) on top of the ticket in 1920, and both were soundly thrashed by Warren G. Harding (Warren Beatty), in reaction to eight previous years of Democratic rule under Woodrow Wilson (Michael Eric Dyson). Contracted polio after a swim in a cold lake in 1921, and though confined to a wheelchair afterwards, he was never publicly shown as an invalid. His wife served as his legs, as well his adviser and critic. Learned compassion through his disability, and had a genuine commitment to social improvement. Spent part of the next decade building a clinic for polio victims at Warm Springs, Georgia, calling himself, ‘Old Doc Roosevelt,’ and learning how to connect with ordinary people. Handpicked by his mentor Al Smith (Antonio Villagairosa) to succeed him and was elected governor of NY in his mid-40s. After giving farmers tax relief, he was re-elected 2 years later. Became president of the U.S. in 1932 during an economic Depression, handily beating unpopular incumbent Herbert Hoover and remained in office for an unprecedented 4 terms, through WW II. His singular populist potential rival, Huey Long (Joschka Fischer), was assassinated in 1935. Survived an assassination attempt shortly after assuming office, and immediately began to broadcast his optimism around a New Deal for America to a highly beleaguered nation suffering through the shell-shock of economic depression. Following the earlier example of Britain, he took the nation off the gold standard, which it had been on since 1879, and ordered all gold coins, bullion and certificates over $100 to be turned in and redeemed for a set price. The move ultimately allowed the Federal Reserve to plump up the money supply, as the price per ounce was raised the following year, further raising the former’s holdings. Attracted a great bevy of talent to serve under him, showing that his real gift was in manipulating people to his ends. Liked to set his cabinet officials against one another, using conflict and competition to bring out the best in them. Repealed Prohibition, as he had promised, asked for emergency powers, and instituted an alphabet soup of agencies, using public funds for relief and public works, while operating out of deficit financing, setting a liberal precedent of spend, spend, spend in order to try to right economic wrongs. Greatly expanded the government’s regulatory powers and instituted Social Security, despite much conservative opposition. Became the last president to be inaugurated in the beginning of March for his first term, and the first to start office towards the end of January in his second. Recognized the power of electronic media, and instituted “fireside chats,” making his patrician voice a smooth palliative to a nation licking its many economic wounds. Held nearly 1000 press conferences, alongside his 28 radio chats, making him far and away the most accessible president of the 20th century. Easily won re-election in 1936 over Alf Landon, winning all but 8 electoral votes. Tried to pack the Supreme Court in his second term in a pique over its resistance to his policies, although was roundly rebuffed for the effort by the Congress. Despite being secretive about his own decision-making processes, he was able to push through sweeping imaginative reforms and relief, while continuing to be labeled as a ‘lightweight.’ Erratic as a manager, he often made snap decisions, while showing a superficial understanding of the currents of the time, despite an acute political sensibility. Nevertheless, he effectively created a political coalition for the Democratic Party, uniting the urban working class, with the labor unions and the South, that would stand firm until 1980. In 1940, he garnered five times the electoral votes over Wendell Willkie (Barack Obama), winning an unprecedented third term, by promising not to take the U.S. into war, despite desiring the exact opposite. Deliberately provoked Germany and Japan to act aggressively against the U.S., in order to undercut America’s innate isolationism, in his eagerness for armed conflict as an economic boost to the U.S., and then served as a personality of power that helped guide the Allies to victory in the 2nd World War, beginning with his “day of infamy” speech following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in late 1941. Earlier the same year, the first Presidential Library and Museum was inaugurated, which all his successors would also employ as testaments to their administrations. Viewed as a traitor to his class because of his social programs and his democratic socialist solutions to economic problems, although he ultimately used the time-honored entry into war as his eventual economic salve. Heavy smoker and a steady drinker. Worked closely with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill from 1941 onward, beginning with his lend-lease program to help the British war effort, then , like him, used the power of his voice to rally the nation in the final direct alpha empire war of the 20th century. Created the Joint Chiefs of Staff to oversee the military aspect of the conflict, and very rarely overrode their decisions. Interned many Japanese immigrants in relocation camps, and, when the war began turning in the Allies favor in 1943, began the planning for the post-war world, while showing a curious blindspot towards Russian dictator Joseph Stalin, and his secretive machinations around Soviet domination of Eastern Europe. Was far more suspicious of British imperial aims, seeing England as America’s future worldly competitor. Suffered a serious heart attack in March of 1944, and was only able to work four hours a day afterwards, spending much of the year just resting. Although visibly ailing, he was elected to a fourth term in 1944 by hiding the extent of his ill health from everyone around him, beating Thomas E. Dewey with over four times as many electoral votes. Died of a stroke and cerebral hemorrhage while an artist, Elizabeth Shoumatoff, was painting his portrait, shortly before WW II in Europe ended, saving him from having to fashion a decision about using nuclear weapons in Japan, which he allowed his successor, Harry Truman, to make instead. A funeral train carried his body from Warm Springs, Georgia, where he died, to Washington, before his burial at his Hyde Park estate. His career oddly counterparalleled German dictator Adolf Hitler’s, rising to power when he did, and dying two and one/half weeks before him. Inner: Handsome, athletic, cheery, charming, confident disposition. Utter patrician, superficial intellect, with lack of understanding of economic designs and far more of a political dependence on his wife than publicly acknowledged. Strongly religious, although never flaunted it. Active Freemason. Often confused, but rarely dictatorial, understanding the limitations of power of the democratic system, where the head of state is largely custodial. Loved nothing better than entertaining company. Smoked two packs of Camels a day, fitted into an ivory holder, which probably foreshortened his life considerably. Physically fearless, but with a certain emotional cowardice, that some found sadistic. Looked upon by some as the most effective president of the 20th century, despite his egregiously superficial nature, and by others as a befogged liberal. Healing lifetime of overcoming a disability to help his country do the same, during his stewardship of a wounded nation coming to re-grips with itself. Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) - American president. Outer: Of Dutch ancestry. Son of an improvident Dutch-speaking farmer, innkeeper and slave-holder. Mother had been a widow. Only president ever to have been raised in a non-English speaking family. Grew up in the Dutch Reformed Church, and had two older sisters, and two younger brothers, as well as several older half-siblings. Nothing is known of his upbringing, other than spending a few years at a village academy, while getting his real education hanging around the family tavern. 5’6”, later known as ‘little Matty.’ Left school at 13, and was apprenticed to a lawyer at 14, doing chores in exchange for instruction, allowing him to begin practicing at 21 in his native town, while becoming a Republican, as was his sire’s affiliation. In 1807, he married his cousin Hannah Hoes (Daryl Hannah), who died early in his career in 1819, 5 children, with 4 sons reaching maturity, including John (John F. Kennedy, Jr.). Made a county surrogate in 1808, then served 2 terms as a state senator beginning in 1812, as a Jeffersonian liberal Republican. Appointed state attorney general in 1815, he eventually became head of the New York state political machine, known as the “Albany Regency,” one of the first of its kind in the country, which used party newspapers and loyal local officials to control the state, and, in doing so, revolutionized American politics. Reorganized his party’s coalition to combine the support of the masses of the North with the planters of the South to create the eventual new Democratic Party. In the 1810s, he serially lost his parents and wife, while remaining an active father in his children’s life despite never remarrying. Rebounded from both personal and political losses, when he was elected U.S. Senator in his late 30s, and in 1828, won the governorship of NY, although 12 weeks later, he resigned to become Secretary of State to his mentor, President Andrew Jackson (Joschka Fischer), after helping garner eastern state support for him. Immediately began forging his party into a tight coalition via patronage, showing keen political instincts, despite losing his primacy as a close Jackson adviser. Forced to resign in 1831 because of cabinet infighting, he served as minister to Britain, although his political enemies soon rejected his appointment. In retaliation, Jackson chose him as his running-mate in 1832, and he became vice-president. Regained his pre-eminent position in the party, and succeeded Jackson as president in 1837, running as a pro-slavery candidate and beating William Henry Harrison (Dwight D. Eisenhower) by one hundred electoral votes, despite running poorly in the South. Enjoyed his single status in Washington, as the first unwed president, using his daughter-in-law, Angelica van Buren (Dakote Johnson) as his official hostess. Carried on Jackson’s policies, including his removal of eastern indigene tribes, which caused an extremely bloody war against the Seminoles in Florida. Unable to handle the depression of 1837, as the nation became engulfed in a financial panic, which caused divisions within his own party, while opposing territorial expansion for fear it would destroy his uneasy coalition of southern slave-owners and northerners sympathetic to them. Viewed as an elitist, and out of touch with the common people, he wound up rejected for a 2nd term, losing badly to the Whigs and William Henry Harrison. Retired for a year, but was soon on the stump again, looking for another presidential nomination, then made further runs for national office with minority parties, as an opponent of expanding slavery. By the 1850s, he was firmly antislavery, endorsing the Compromise of 1850, while continuing to back the Democratic Party. Made an extensive tour of Europe, then retired to his estate. Deeply disturbed by the Civil War, and his party’s failure to stop it, he died of asthma. His 80 year life spanned America’s revolutionary union and civil war disunion. Inner: Short, fashionable, urbane, courteous, self-assured, loved good food and wine. Known as “King Matty,” for his bon vivant tastes. Clever politician, superior abilities, but seen as sly and devious by his opponents, despite being honest and ethical. His life parallels later Roosevelt incarnation in many ways, from his marriage to a cousin, to political instincts to political offices. Learning lifetime of failures as chief executive in face of depression, which gave him his inspiration for his successful designs as FDR, and the mandatory inclusion of a vital helpmate in order to further his effectiveness in democratic rule. Sir William C. Johnson (c1715-1774) - Irish/American colonial official. Outer: From a comfortable and modest Irish Catholic family, which limited his opportunities in the United Kingdom. Never particularly religious, he converted to Protestantism for career reasons in his early 20s. Tall, handsome and well-made, as well as relatively eloquent when called on to speak. Invited in the summer of 1737 to come to colonial America by his uncle Capt. Peter Warren of the Royal Navy to oversee the development of 12,000 acres the latter had purchased on the south bank of the Mohawk River. Immigrated with a dozen Irish Protestant families, and bought slaves to clear the land. Established a settlement there and immediately began looking after his own interests, supplying traders with goods and buying furs from them, allowing him to deal directly with New York City merchants, much to the displeasure of their Albany counterparts. Adopted by the Mohawks as an honorary sachem or civil chief, around 1742, earning the name Warraghiyagey, “the Man who undertakes great things.” Made New York’s agent to the Iroquois, and organized small raiding parties for British interests against the French. Ultimately built a well-fortified manor, Ft. Johnson, in 1748, so that he could live like an Irish lord, and remained a central figure in colonial upstate New York. Moved a former indentured servant, Catherine Weisenberg (Carolyn Bessette) into his home, and had two daughters and a son with her, before her premature death in 1759. Quite seductive, he had relationships with a number of women both native and otherwise, with illegitimate offspring with several. Most important was Molly Brant (Daryl Hannah) a Mohawk, who proved inestimable in his dealings with the tribes, further teaching him their language and customs, with which he became proficient. Had 2 sons and 6 daughters with Molly all told. while always adding to his considerable lands. His uncle left him nothing in his will on his death in 1752, and he ran afoul of political machinations in NY, but through Iroquois intervention, was able to maintain his colonial office. Wounded in the hip at the Battle of Lake George in 1755. The following year, he was made sole Superintendent of Indian Affairs of the northern colonies, after resigning his commission as a general. Continued leading raids, and, as the war improved for the British, was able to marshal a large contingent of Iroquois warriors, allowing him to take credit for victories that were probably not of his making. Nevertheless, he was made a baronet by the British government for his services, while focusing on increasing his land holdings. Founded Johnstown and outside it, erected Johnson Hall in 1763, which was built to encourage further settlement. Had a considerable slave labor force working for him, and organized a Masonic Lodge at his holdings. Tastefully decorated his estate with fine furnishings and a magnificent library, along with experimental and formal gardens. Successfully negotiated a treaty to quell the indigene leader Pontiac’s rebellion in 1766. Needed the protection of armed detachments, however, following the hostilities of the French & Indian War because of resentments against him by the losing side. After being in decreasing health, he collapsed and died during a tense conference over land robbery by Europeans from the Shawnee. Over 2000 people attended his funeral. Inner: Charming, and shrewd businessman as well as a generous patron of craftsmen and furniture makers. Always looked for advantages for himself, and used his considerable social skills to excellent advantage. Living well is the best revenge lifetime of making a memorable bridge into the New World from the Old, where he established upstate New York as his stomping grounds in his next two succeeding lives of power, after many a go-round of European kingship. Henri IV (1522-1610) - King of France. Outer: Of Bourbon descent. Eldest surviving son of a Protestant prince. Mother was of the royal blood, and had been the daughter of Margaret d’Angouleme (Eleanor Roosevelt). Succeeded to his father’s titles at 9 and as King of Navarre in his late teens. His mother’s espoused Calvinism gave him a Protestant upbringing, and he was a battlefield general by his mid-teens, giving him a soldierly spirit his entire life. Escaped the St. Bartholomew Day massacre in 1572 and became head of the Protestant cause. Well-built, not unhandsome, and endlessly chasing after beautiful women. In his mid-30s, he succeeded as king on the assassination of his rivals, including Henri, the 3rd duc of Guise (Joschka Fischer), while changing his religious allegiances several times to suit the temperament of the times, uttering his famous dictum on returning to Catholicism, “Paris is worth a Mass.” Began the Bourbon line on the throne in 1589, and effectively oversaw the reuniting of France after 40 devastating years of religious wars. Guaranteed religious freedom via the Edict of Nantes, and proved to be an exceptional monarch, using common sense and persuasion to effect his aims, rather than violence. Rarely washed, and smelled and acted like a randy goat, with an unofficial count of 56 mistresses, through whom he had a host of children, most of whom he recognized and ennobled. His first marriage at 19 to Margot of Valois (Maria Shriver) was annulled, since both were unfaithful to one another and were childless to boot, but remained good friends. Had wanted to marry his favorite mistress, Gabrielle d’Estrees (Daryl Hannah), but she died in childbirth before he could, much to his great grief, as his hair and beard turned white at the news. His 2nd marriage, in his mid-40s, was to Marie de’ Medicis (Doris Schroeder-Kopf), daughter of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and not particularly attractive. 6 children, including his successor, Louis XIII (Cecil B. DeMille). Maintained liaisons with mistresses and continued producing children outside the royal bed. His most effective adviser was Maximilien, duc de Sully (Saul Williams), who reorganized the country’s finances. Drew able people to him and raised his nation from religious depression and self-destruction. Had his wife crowned the day before his assassination, as he was preparing to go on a military expedition. Stabbed by a religious fanatic in his aorta while riding in his coach, when it was held up by a pig and a handcart. Greatly mourned afterwards, and known as Henri the Great. Inner: Immensely charming, witty, well-loved, rising to the level of folk hero after his death. Soldierly, seductive, and able to act as a political healer, breathing new life into France in the 2 decades he sat upon the throne. Full-hearted lifetime of bringing all his kingly skills to bear, before martyring himself to the religious passions of his time. Philippe III of Burgundy (1396-1467) - Duke of Burgundy. Known as ‘the Good.’ Outer: Father was Jean the Fearless (Joschka Fischer), duke of Burgundy. Mother was a Bavarian princess. Tall, handsome, lean and a good athlete. In 1409, he married Michele of Valois, the daughter of the French king, Charles VI (Reza Abdoh). Succeeded his sire in 1419, after the latter had been assassinated. Held the future king of France, Charles VII (Leon Blum), responsible for his father’s murder, and in revenge, signed the Treaty of Troyes with the English king, Henry V (Winston Churchill), in which the crown of France was to be given to Henry, and French lands would be partitioned to Burgundy, England and the disinherited Charles. After his wife died in 1422, he married Bonne of Artois, the widow of his uncle, who passed on in 1425. Neither union produced progeny. Maintained an alliance with England, save for one 4 year break, when he failed to conquer Calais, although rarely gave England help against France, thanks to the claims of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (Maxwell Beaverbrook) on his Netherlands territories. The latter had married his cousin, Jacoba van Beieren (Mary Renault), and did brief futile battle with him over her inheritance, which thoroughly alienated him from England. When Jacqueline and her next husband staged a rebellion in Holland in 1432, he successfully invaded, and wound up as her heir at her death 4 years later. In 1435, he finally recognized Charles and disavowed his role in his father’s murder. Attacked and swallowed up his smaller neighbors, through purchases and campaigns, while maintaining a Camelot-like court. and wound up as her heir at her death 4 years later. Earlier in 1430, he wed Isabella, the daughter of the king of Portugal. 2 short-lived sons followed, before he finally produced his heir, Charles the Bold (Bob Geldof). In 1435, he finally recognized Charles and disavowed his role in his father’s murder. Attacked and swallowed up his smaller neighbors, through purchases and campaigns, while maintaining a Camelot-like court. Had a great love of pomp and splendor, while employing the name artists and musicians of his time to to illumine and serenade his spectacles. Held tournaments and elaborate banquets, had a host of mistresses, whom he kept separate from state affairs and fathered many illegitimate children, some of whom were brought up at court, while allowing medieval France to reach its apex under his tutelage. In his later years, he enjoyed doing repair work. Died of pneumonia. Inner: Teller of bawdy tales, gregarious, flamboyant, self-assured and opportunistic. Lived life to the fullest, while bringing the court life of the French Middle Ages to its heights. Libidinous lifetime of thoroughly enjoying his role as one of the premier nobles of his time, while continuing to open himself up to his full lusty, roguish self. Philippe II Auguste (1165-1223) - King of France. Known as Philippe Augustus. Outer: From the Capetian line. Only son of Louis VII ((William Bennett)), his mother was the king’s 3rd wife, Adele de Champagne (Dana Loesch). Ascended the throne at the age of 14, when his father fell mortally ill. Handsome, generous to friends, vengeful with enemies, and an enjoyer of sensual pleasures. Married a few months before his accession to the daughter of a French count, Isabella (Carolyn Bessette), one son, his successor, Louis VIII (Joschka Fischer). His wife expired a decade later giving birth to twins who also died. Expelled all the Jews from his domain, and appropriated their properties and goods, while doing on and off battle with the English throne. In his late 20s, he married Ingeborg (Catherine Deneuve) a Danish princess, but conceived a strong dislike to her on their wedding day. The marriage was annulled and his wife was dispatched to a nunnery several months later, although protested to the pope over her mistreatment. Excommunicated for the action, he had his next intended kidnapped and wed to another, before he tried to marry the true love of his life, Agnes of Meran (Daryl Hannah), but he was forced to repudiate her 4 years later, despite 2 children from the union. Reluctantly reinstated his official queen afterwards, under threat of papal indictment, and a desire to use her connection to the Danish throne as a means of making a play for the English throne. A crusader ally, then enemy of Richard I of England (Richard Burton), thanks to an irritation at his ostentation and extravagance. Used illness as an excuse to return to France from the 3rd Crusade, and attacked Richard’s possessions there, ultimately winning them back from his successor John I (Henry Fonda), in 1204. Doubled the land of his realms, leaving the local barons in power, while breaking up the rival Angevin empire. Allowed his vassals and knights free reign against gnostic heretics in France, held his nobles in check, and maintained good relations with the clergy, as well as received support from his towns and countryside. Able to give administrative order to his kingdom, particularly the city of Paris, which he fortified, and gave a central marketplace, Les Halles. Died of malaria, with his kingdom a far more united place for his 4 decade plus reign. The richest and most powerful king in Europe at his death, he was the singular member of his line who did not have to crown his son before he died to insure his succession. Inner: Charming, cunning, but not physically courageous. Steppingstone lifetime of creating a personality bridge to a more charming persona than previous lives, one that would continue to serve him in his ongoing incarnations of rule, particularly in trying to resurrect devastated or depression-rid lands in democratic times. Clotaire II (584-629) - Frankish king. Outer: Of Merovingian descent. Son of Chilperic I (Adolf Hitler) and Fredegund (Leni Riefenstahl). His sire was assassinated when he was an infant, while his mother was one of the most murderous matriarchs in Western his’n’herstory, although quite loving and protective of him, assuring his place in the dynastic rule of the Franks. Protected by his uncle, the king of Burgundy, then as a teen, fought off an attack by a cousin, before seizing territory from his cousin’s young successors, although lost much of his territorial gains to them a few years later. In 613, when his foes were dead, he seized both Austrasia and Burgundy and reunited the Frankish lands, while killing his rivals. Enjoyed excellent relations with the clergy, through a wide-ranging edict issued at the Council of Paris, and the rest of his reign was relatively peaceful. Had 3 wives, beginnning with Haldetrude, who died in 604. Their son Dagobert I (Bob Geldof), succeeded him. Had no issue with his second wife, Bertrada, while his third, Sichilde, produced a future king of Aquitaine, Charibert II, who may have been assassinated on his older brother’s orders and a daughter. Maintained separate mayors of the palace for his 3 administrative districts, and passed on a relatively stable kingdom to his heir. Inner: Sensualist, gregarious, loved hunting, playing cards and chasing after women. Self-referential lifetime of having a monstrous mother and father, as reflection of his earlier Roman dynastic rule, with the ability to transcend both as an effective uniter of his realm, and then maintain it, once he had secured it. Augustus Caesar (Caius Julius Caesar Octavianus) (63BZ-14AZ) - First Roman Emperor. Outer: Born into a prosperous family of knights, father became a senator, the first of his family to do so, as well as governor of Macedonia, but died when his son was only 4. One sister, Octavia Minor (Darryl Hannah). His mother, Atia (Barbara Walters), who had been his second wife, remarried a consul, and he was raised by his stepfather, who treated him as one of his own, along with his natural children. Adopted by Julius Caesar (Charles de Gaulle), who was his mother’s uncle, and he supervised his education and made him his heir in his will. Made Senator before he was 20. Handsome, well-proportioned but short and frail, suffering from colitis, eczema and bronchitis. Sent to study in Macedonia with his childhood friend Marcus Agrippa (Joschka Fischer) and Gaius Maecenas (Saul Williams), where he learned of Caesar’s assassination in 44BZ. Hurried back to Rome, and used his innate political skills, to both avenge the latter’s death, and position himself to ultimately replace him. In 43 BZ, he entered the 2nd triumvir of rule with Marc Antony (Marquis de Lafayette) and Marcus Lepidus (Bernard Baruch), which went on to expropriate property from 300 senators and 2000 officials, as well as liberally dispatch many of them, in a consolidation of troops and moneys for the state, and avenged the death of Caesar by overrunning the armies of his slayers Brutus (Henri Petain) and Cassius (Robert Nivelle), with the help of Antony. His sister subsequently married the latter, while he married Antony’s stepdaughter the same year, although the duo were divorced 2 years later, while tensions between himself and Antony escalated, particularly with his on-again, off-again relationship with the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra (Clare Booth Luce). In 40BZ, he married a relative of Pompey’s son, Scribonia, whom he divorced the following year to wed Livia Drusilla (Doris Kopf-Schroeder), who was married at the time, but was obligingly divorced by her husband at his request. Unfaithful with a long string of mistresses but devoted to his wives, particularly Livia. His single offspring was Julia (Eleanor Roosevelt), by his 2nd wife, as well as a premature baby by his 3rd who died. Ill health curbed his own military career, but he had good commanders under him, particularly Agrippa, who more than anyone, secured for him the mastery of Rome. Consolidated his power, by defeating his fellow triumvir, Antony, in a naval battle in 31BZ, after the Senate declared war on Egypt, while Lepidus’s soldiers deserted to his cause. Subsequently had Caesarion (Sonny Bono), the son of Caesar and Cleopatra, put to death, as one Caesar too many. Made Caesar Augustus in 27 BZ., by the Senate, he brought peace to the Empire after 20 years of civil war. Fell ill afterwards, although recovered. Proved to be an excellent administrator, and an imaginative lawmaker, giving Rome a period of peace and prosperity known as the Pax Romana. Lost his heir apparent, his nephew, Marcus Marcellus (John F. Kennedy, Jr.) in 23 BZ, then his 2 grandsons around the turn of the millennium. Reluctantly had to accept his stepson and son-in-law, Tiberius (Lucien Bonaparte) as his heir. Purged the Senate, reformed the law, and reorganized the provinces, returning Rome to constitutional rule, while bringing stability and security to the Empire. Ended his career with plans for the conquest of Germany, which went completely awry. Withdrew from the public towards the end of his life. May have died in same room he was born, and also might have been poisoned by his wife to assure the succession of her son. Asked his friends to applaud for him as he lay on his deathbed, while his last words were, “Did you like the performance?” in acknowledgment of his own shrewd abilities at playing the emperor. Succeeded by Tiberius, and the month of August was named after him. Both the titles of Caesar and Augustus would become the titles of the subsequent rulers of the Roman Empire, although none served as long as he did, over four decades. Inner: Shrewd politician, articulate, ruthless when he had to be, otherwise mild, with a good sense of humor. Simple tastes, modest literary ability, wrote a 13 volume auto-biography. Moderately capable commander, tolerant of criticism, in essence a constitutional monarch. August lifetime of bringing his administrative skills to bear on the creation of the most formidable empire the western world had ever known up to that time, while evincing the same competence and like-ability he would carry over into most of his subsequent lives of rule in this series. Lucius Sulla Felix (138BZ-78BZ) - Roman dictator and general. Outer: From a patrician family in decline. Grew up in extremely modest circumstances. Golden-haired, blue-eyed, although with splotchy skin. Had a dissolute youth, then came into some money at the death of his stepmother, before being made heir to a wealthy woman, which gave him the money to pursue a political career. May have facilitated the deaths of both, while adopting the sobriquet, ‘Felix,’ or lucky as a lifetime emblem. Saw military service under Marius (Adolf Hitler) in North Africa, and won the former’s jealous enmity for capturing the Numidian king. Fought the Germans with him, then the two went their separate ways. An imaginative commander, he proved himself again militarily in South Italy, and won a consulship in 88BZ. Given a coveted command against an invading king, Mithridates, only to be out-manipulated for it by Marius, so that he was forced to leave Rome in the ensuing violence. Emerged, however, with a loyal and devoted army, and marched on Rome, after his more conservative officers refused to join him. Took the city by force, extracted revenge and Marius fled. Passed a largely reactionary body of legislation, then in 87 left for Asia Minor to engage Mithridates. Proved victorious, although his command was transferred to another consul. Refused to hand it over, let Mithridates go free, and accrued enormous wealth and influence in Greece and Asia. In 84, he invaded Italy again, and with the help of some powerful allies, became dictator of Rome in 82. Made a wide score of constitutional reforms, while suppressing the powers of the tribunes. Married a cousin, Ilia, by whom he had two daughters, and a son who died young. Divorced his 2nd wife, Aelia, after she proved sterile. Following a short third marriage, he wed Caecilia Metella, who died after giving birth to twins, and he immediately married again to Valeria Messala, who produced a posthumous daughter. Helped restore Rome, but facilitated the eventual end of the Republic, by setting the precedent of taking the city by force. Died at the peak of his lucky life, shortly after completing his memoirs, which were never found. Inner: Extremely charming, but ruthless and strong-willed. Loved good food, good drink, and entertaining company, particularly actors and dancers. Lucky lifetime of exercising his considerable charm and ambition to mixed ultimate results, inadvertantly setting up the dynamic of empire, over which he would take full subsequent advantage. Amenhotep III (c1406B.Z.-c1353B.Z.) - Egyptian pharaoh. Outer: Of the XVIIIth Dynasty. Son of Thutmose IV (Charles de Gaulle). Succeeded his father around the age of 12, and soon afterwards married a commoner, Tiy (Doris Kopf-Schroeder), whose father was a priest and military commander and had vast land holdings on the Nile Delta. His wife’s family may have served as regents his first few years, although they remained largely in the background. A son from the union, Amenhotep IV (Adolf Hitler), was his eventual successor following a 37 year reign, after an older sibling died. Also had many children by his concubines, thanks to a large harem and several diplomatic marriages. 5’, with a narrow face. His commanders put down a Kush rebellion in the 5th year of his reign, and he was able to maintain relatively peaceful relations with Asia afterwards, thanks in large part to his grandfather Thutmosis III’s (Yukio Mishima) dominating military policies, which established Egypt’s supremacy for several generations afterwards. Had a close relationship with Amenhotep (Saul Williams), who served him throughout his reign in a number of capacities, including his massive construction projects. Maintained a luxurious court at his grandiose palace, with several foreign princesses among his many wives and concubines, which insured good relations with former enemies. Used trade and Nubian goldmines as the basis for his wealth, which was further augmented by his diplomatic skills. Sponsored construction on a huge scale, particularly in the area of the royal capital, building a huge harbor and palace complex. Also built a funerary temple that was unrivaled in its time for its size. Gave military figures high posts in his civil administration at the expense of older bureaucratic families, insuring the loyalty of his armies. While his nobles did well during his reign, ordinary people failed to share in Egypt’s riches, since his focus was totally on his upper tier. His wife Tiy played a much more important role as adviser than earlier queens, and was a pivotal figure during his end/days, when he could no longer rule effectively. Descended into ill health and obesity at the end of his long reign, although he had himself deified as a god, rather than identifying himself with his royal predecessors, thereby breaking with tradition, and probably inspiring his son to take the conceit to the next level. His move was probably largely politically inspired in order to curb the power of one element of the priesthood, although his son took the conceit to a whole other level. Inner: Enthusiastic hunter and builder, and a wily manipulator, using the embrace of human arms, rather than the force of mechanical arms to secure diplomatic unity with his potential foreign rivals. Had an excellent sense of self-expression and probably an ebullient personality. Cemented his governing presence with monumental architectural reminders of his exalted status. Strongly identified with Aten, the sun god. Sun God lifetime of making the most of the throne of Egypt, before bringing the same personality of power to bear on western Europe, as one of its lustier and better-loved characters, down through the succeeding epochs.
PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS POPULIST IDEALIST:
Storyline: The crypto-royal commoner evinces a longtime identification with the mass he serves, operating on the philosophy of every man a king, with himself as knightly kingfish over all, disguised as a populist agitator.
Sir Geraint - Knight of the Round Table. Thought his wife Enid was faithless, but saw his error when she nursed his wounds, trusting her evermore. Archetype of the chivalric warrior. Joschka Fischer (Joseph Fischer) (1948) - German politician. Outer: Of Hungarian descent, raised in the state of Hesse. 3rd child of a butcher in a meat-processing plant, whose family had fled Hungary in 1946. Quit school at 17, and hitchhiked around western Europe with a girlfriend, supporting himself as a sidewalk chalk artist, before marrying her in Scotland in his early 20s. One son from the union. After his father was felled by a stroke the following year, he decided he would never live a traditional life and worked as a wedding photographer, auto worker, used-book seller and taxi driver. Wrote endless left-wing political tracts, while engaging in radical street activities with the Revolutionarer Kampf (Revolutionary Struggle). Subsequently, every decade or so he would go on to reinvent himself. Arrested and jailed after a police car was firebombed during a demonstration. Brought to trial while a young police officer’s life hung in the balance, but was let go. Around 1977, he lost his street-fighting fervor, seeing that the various movements he had been involved with, had turned into sheer criminal organizations with terrorist murders and the same anti-Zionist sentiments as their Nazi forebears. In 1979, he joined the fledgling Green Party, and as a clowning provocateur, was elected to Parliament, where his in-your-face antics got him noticed, before he started moving towards the right as a peacenik environmentalist. Chipped away at the extremist postures of his fellow Greens, including their total anti-NATO policy, and eventually became an advocate of force to stop force. Divorced in 1984, he married a second time to Inge Vogel in 1984, divorced 3 years later. One daughter from the union. Famously was sworn in, in sneakers, when he became energy minister of the state of Hesse in 1985. Divorced his 3rd wife, Claudia Bohm, who was nearly 2 decades his junior, in 1996 when he ballooned up to 246 pounds on his 6’ frame. Took up jogging and remodeled himself back down to 165 pounds. Married Nicola Leske, a 29 year old journalism student in celebration of his new self, while becoming the Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor to Gerhard Schroder in 1998. Despite his anti-establishment stances, he showed himself to be a realist in politics, looking for viable, rather than party-line solutions to Germany’s place in the post-millennial world, which he took to roaming over in his Luftwaffe Airbus. Pelted with paintbombs by his former comrades, which broke an eardrum, but remained resolute in his overview of finding the correct place in the European communal sun for the Germany of the post-millennium, despite having his past come back to haunt him while testifying for a former movement comrade in 2001. An enthusiastic supporter of the U.S., he gained even more power during Schroder’s second term, while positioning himself to be a central figure in Europe’s early move towards ultimate unity. After divorcing for the fourth time in 2003, he took up with a Persian woman half his age, Minoo Barati, marrying her in 2005. The same year, he was forced to take responsibility for a poorly regulated visa program that allowed illegal immigrants entry to Germany, tarnishing his reputation, and putting his future in question. After his party lost the 2006 election, he became a lecturer at Princeton in the U.S., vowing not to return to Parliament, but instead to serve on the New York-based Council of Foreign Relations, in a sidestep in his career, and a return to his crypto-past. Inner: Firebrand and provocateur, but with a honed facility for reading the political winds. Multiple personalities lifetime of returning to his European roots in order to act out his ongoing interior wildman within a political context and try to integrate himself around his ever more leftist leanings, despite citing Bob Dylan as a greater influence on him than Karl Marx. Huey Long (1892-1935) - American political demagogue. Outer: Son of a Baptist landowning farmer, parents had strong negative feelings against wealthy landowners. 8th of 10 children, 6 of whom were able to go to college. Grew up in an area that supported rural radicalism and absorbed its tenets, while feeling as a youth that he would one day be president. An excellent debater in high school, he wanted to study law, but because of finances, he became a successful traveling salesman while spending one semester at the Univ. of Oklahoma Law School. Married Rose McConnell in 1913, 3 children from the union, then briefly studied law at Tulane Univ., before his funds ran out 8 months later. Passed a special bar exam, and was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1915. Served on Louisiana’s railroad commission for a decade, beginning in 1918, during which time he unsuccessfully ran for governor. Finally won the governorship of Louisiana in 1928 as a Democrat, and became known as ‘The Kingfish,’ creating the most formidable political machine the country had ever seen. Ran Louisiana as his virtual fiefdom during the Depression, escaping an impeachment for bribery and misconduct in 1929. Used the state police as his private army, while he took on all the trappings of a dictator. Corrupt but well-beloved, he exercised total control through his political machine and heavy-handed methods along with road-building, public works, welfare reform and taxation on the rich. Elected senator in 1930, but still ran the state from Washington, although his focus was now clearly on higher office, despite often acting the buffoon in the Senate. His “Share the Wealth” populism, with the slogan “every man a king,” along with his genuine concern for the poor, and his proposals for a more equitable distribution of the nation’s wealth, made him a national figure. Crucial to FDR’s nomination for the presidency in 1932, he became a highly vocal critic afterwards, accusing him of being a tool of the ruling class, while showing himself to be the singular American popular politician with the capacity to become a dictator. Wrote “My First Years in the White House,” in 1935 and was preparing a run for the executive mansion the following year as a 3rd party candidate. Assassinated on the steps of the statehouse at the height of his fame by the son-in-law of a political enemy. His last words were, “God, don’t let me die. I have so much to do.” His brother inherited his political machine for another quarter century, and his son was also a longtime senator. Inner: Fiery super-salesman, boisterous and profane. Ruthless, violent, but also intelligent and disciplined with a strong antagonism towards the wealthy and privileged. Folksy but autocratic, as a democratic demagogue and rural radical. Southern Fried Chicanery lifetime of trying to integrate the commoner and the king within, through outrageous manipulation, only to be brought down by a violent shadow of his own overarching ambitions. Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) -American president. Known as ‘Old Hickory.’ Outer: Father was an immigrant tenant farmer who died before his birth. 3rd and youngest of 3 sons, with both his brothers dying in 1780. Ran wild as a child, then served in the Revolutionary Army, before settling down to become a lawyer when he was 20, after sowing considerable oats as a brawler, gambler and rake. 6’1”, and lean. Moved to Tennessee, entered politics, and was elected to the U.S. Congress in his late 20s, and to the Senate at 30, but resigned to become a judge of the Tennessee Supreme Court. In his mid-20s, he married Rachel Donalson Robards (Maria Shriver), although the duo later discovered her earlier divorce was illegal. No children, but they adopted one of her twin nephews, as well as an Amerindian boy he had found on the battlefield next to his dead mother. Killed a man in a duel who insulted the legality of his marriage, then carried a wound from the fight in his chest the rest of his life. Quite thin, he would wear an overly large coat in duels to obscure his body. Fought with distinction as a major general in the War of 1812, enduring great hardships, and sleeping on the ground with his own soldiers. His aggressiveness caused an international crisis, when he pursued the Seminoles into Spanish Florida, capturing 2 forts. His anti-Amerindian stances, would later lead him to pursue a policy of uprooting the Eastern tribal nations, and continually move them westward, despite the integration of the Cherokee into larger American society. Appointed military governor of Florida in 1821, and 2 years later was re-elected to the Senate, before running for and winning the presidency the following year, although his wife died just before he entered office. Wore a picture of her in a locket next to his heart for the rest of his life, while taking it off each night, so it would be the last thing he saw before falling asleep, and the first he viewed upon awakening. Defeated his predecessor John Quincy Adams (Rob Lowe) by more than doubling his electoral votes. As a populist, operating under the slogan, “Let the people rule,” he expanded the Jeffersonian principles of democracy, despite being extremely racist and high-handed in his methods, while also making the president the central figure of government. Depended on a small coterie of advisers, called the ‘kitchen cabinet.’ An intense political party partisan, he was one of the founders of the Democratic Party, although he was more into personal loyalties than party politics. The White House was mobbed at his inauguration, emblematic of his populist stance. Alternately seen as a dictator and a champion of the people, and the most controversial chief executive up to his time. Championed the spoils system, rewarding party members with government posts, and became the first president to weather an assassination attempt. Defended the honor of the wife of a cabinet member, causing his entire cabinet to resign. Saw himself in Roman terms, as a tribune of the people, as long as they shared his skin tone. Responsible for the deaths of thousands of Amerindians in his uprooting of the “5 Civilized Tribes” at gunpoint in 1835, and sending them on their trail of tears to the barren Oklahoma territory. Anti-aristocratic and anti-central bank, which ultimately precipitated a depression after he left office. Put the union of the country over all other considerations, including expansionism and sectionalism. Retired after 2 tumultuous terms to a quiet life on his estate, the Hermitage, and died full of years and full of wounds. Inner: Gallant, chivalrous, courtly, gracious, hot-tempered, violent, arrogant and highly emotional. Active Freemason. Chivalric lifetime of passionately acting out his inner view of himself as a populist American knight, with complete disregard for all who did not share his race, or his self-view. Robert Walpole, 1st earl of Orford (1676-1745) - British politician. Outer: From a prominent political family. 3rd son and fifth born in a family of 17, of a leading Whig squire. Eight of his siblings died prematurely. Raised as a patrician and country gentleman. Large, direct and earthy. Educated at Eton, then King’s College, Cambridge, and wound up as heir to his father’s estate in 1698, succeeding to it 2 years later, giving him the wherewithal to enter politics. The same year, he married Catherine Shorter (Barbara Walters) the daughter of a timber merchant, 4 sons and 2 daughters, including writer Horace Walpole (Tom Wolfe), whose true paternity remained in question. Largely indifferent to his wife, whose extravagance displeased him greatly. Entered Parliament as a Whig in 1701, and made his maiden speech in 1704, while representing the same district for 40 years. Enjoyed a steady rise, showing religious toleration throughout his career. Held numerous posts, and was recognized for his financial acumen, while earning the nickname, “Sr Blustering.” In 1712, he was falsely accused of corruption, impeached, expelled and imprisoned in the Tower of London for 6 months. Later extracted revenge by impeaching his impeachers. Supported the Hanoverian succession in 1714, although was initially distrusted by George I (Prince Charles), since he fought the government on virtually every issue. The following year, he became prime minister and chancellor of the Exchequer, holding the position for 2 years. An active parliamentarian, he was involved in all the controversies of the decade, while freely using bribery and corruption to retain his power throughout his career. His fortunes improved with the nationwide disaster of the South Sea Bubble in 1721, which was comparable to a stock market crash. Enjoyed the confidence of the first 2 King Georges, who gave him his power base, although both were initially suspicious of him, and returned to his posts as prime minister and chancellor of the Exchequer in 1721. Depended on royalty, rather than his cabinet for his support. An excellent debater and tireless administrator, although not particularly innovative. Laid the foundations for free trade and colonial policy in his long career. Always opened his gamekeeper’s letters before his correspondence of state. Helped establish the future office of Prime Minister. Intense political party partisan. Had a couple of periods of being seriously ill, but always recovered. Enjoyed his wealth and power, and was the dominant political figure of his time. Helped the crown maintain good relations with its colonies through tolerance and support, although he was viewed as a betrayer of English interests by his enemies. Saw his influence diminish in 1737, the same year his wife died. The following annum he married his longtime mistress, Maria Skerrett (Maria Shriver), but 3 months later she died in childbirth, to his everlasting grief. He retired 6 years later, after his ministry fell due to foreign policy, and was elevated to the House of Lords, which made him feel absolutely superfluous. His twenty year run as prime minister, would remain an English parliamentary record down through the centuries. Made Earl of Orford by the king and remained politically active the rest of his life. Died in debt 3 years later. Inner: Gregarious, commonsensical, hardworking, good-humored, with a gift for making his will manifest. Exhibited a keen eye for art, making his home, Houghton Hall, a repository for his impressive collection. Ostentatious, free-spending, with a gift for both earning and dispensing monies. Free-wheeling lifetime of being a good-old-boy English gentleman working in concert with the throne for a long productive run of power, while beginning his descent from the highest levels of the aristocracy, into the more democratic recesses of modern times. Henri I, 3rd Duc de Guise (Henri I de Lorraine) (1550-1588) - French claimant to the throne. Outer: Son of Francois de Lorraine, the 2nd duc of Guise, who was assassinated when he was 13. Became obsessed afterwards with avenging his father’s death. Fought in the French wars of religion with distinction as an ardent Catholic and a daring and beloved warrior, with Paris as his base, where he was hugely popular. In his early 20s, he married Catherine of Cleves, a French noblewoman, 14 children from the union. In 1572, he supervised the murder of Gaspard de Coligny (Robert Nivelle), whom he blamed for his father’s death, although took no part in the infamous St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, sheltering 100 Huguenots in his home. By the following year, he was the head of the Catholic Party, and later formed the Holy League in defense of the Catholic cause. Defeated the Germans, and won his father’s nickname ‘Le Balafre,’ the Scarred, for wounds received. Built a working relationship with the ruling house of Spain, and received a pension from it. In the War of the Three Henri’s for the crown - himself, Henri III (Gianni Versace) and the future Henri IV (FDR) - he was triumphant in once again driving the Germans out. Bypassed an opportunity to seize the throne, placating the Paris mob instead, as the unofficial King of Paris, when the real king fled the city. Lover of Henri IV’s wife Margot (Maria Shriver). Appointed lieutenant general of the kingdom, but was such a threat to the crown, that he was set upon by Henri III’s bodyguard and stabbed to death. His body, as well as his brother’s, who was murdered the next day, were burned and thrown into the Loire. Inner: Courageous, chivalrous, religious ideologue. Scarface lifetime of righting perceived wrongs while adhering to knightly principles, only to be undone by his immense popularity. Jean the Fearless (1371-1419) - Duke of Burgundy. Nicknamed ‘The Fearless.’ Outer: Eldest of 7 surviving children of Philippe the Bold of Burgundy (Darryl F. Zanuck) and Margaret of Flanders. Educated for rule in the lively court of hus father, where he also learned an appreciation of the arts, although he was not given any responsibility. In 1385, he married Maragaret, a Bavarian princess, 8 children from the union. His eldest son Philippe the Good (FDR), succeeded him, while his second youngest daughter, Anne, married John Plantagenet, Duke of Bedford (George C. Marshall). In 1396, he led the Burgundian crusade against the Turks, and was captured by them, thereby winning his nickname. Learned from the mistakes of his commanders, and later evinced considerable political and military skills. Succeeded his father at he age of 33. A violent intriguer, albeit also a skilled diplomat, he expanded his own and family’s power through any and all means. Had Paris as his power base, where he did battle for control over the mad king, Charles VI (Antonin Artaud), hiring assassins to kill the latter’s brother, the duc d’Orleans (Ernest Hemingway), in order to subdue Paris and the crown, although won the enmity of the throne for it. Driven out of Paris by the rival Armagnac family, but did not do battle with the English, who were attempting to take over the throne of France. Instead, he formed an Anglo-Burgundian alliance. Eventually assassinated by the forces of the future king, Charles VII (Leon Blum) through treachery, during a diplomatic meeting upon a bridge. Inner: Volatile, rash, unscrupulous and cunning. Traded off violence elsewhere for peace in his own lands. Manipulative lifetime, once again, of intrigue around the French crown, with a martyred ending in keeping with own sense of violent ambition. Etienne Marcel (c1316-1358) - French political leader. Outer: From a family of successful cloth merchants, who had risen from the bourgeois and become ennobled. Entered the family trade in 1333 after the death of his father, and married the daughter of another ennobled merchant, giving him wealth, power and position. By 1354, he had become provost of the Parisian merchants, a position akin to mayor of Paris. The following year, he forced the government of Jean II (Bernard Baruch) to consider far-reaching reforms, through strikes. Led a hostile assembly that wanted to clear the court of its corrupt officials, while playing off the future king Charles V’s (Raymond Aron) need for tax money. Helped the king of Navarre escape from prison, then assassinated 2 of the king’s marshals, causing the Dauphin to flee, while fearing he had taken over the government as a revolutionary usurper. Began the defense of Paris in 1358 in concert with a crew who were revolting against the nobles, but lost his power when his revolt was put down. Tried to get aid from both the English and the Flemish, but his popularity had already seriously waned. Desired to be king, but had no powerbase outside of Paris, nor was he willing to compromise his stance. Demanded the keys to the city, and in the melee that followed, he was assassinated, by his own followers, the third leader of a bourgeois uprising in a dozen years to suffer that fate. With his death, the reform movement was aborted. Inner: Uncompromising idealist who later inverted his ideals to self-ambition and power-mongering. Transition lifetime of living and dying by the sword of self-ambition, while moving directly into the populist sphere after many a royal go-round. Louis VIII (1187-1226) - King of France. Known as ‘the Lion-Heart.’ Outer: From the Capetian line. Eldest son of Philippe II Augustus (FDR), mother was the daughter of a French count. In 1200, at the age of 12, he married Blanche of Castile (Barbara Walters), daughter of the king of Castile, 14 children, including his successor Louis IX (Michael Eric Dyson), as well as his youngest son, Charles I of Anjou (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Greatly attached to his wife, who, in turn, was greatly attached to their oldest son. Went to England in 1216, to aid the rebel barons against King John (Henry Fonda), after being offered the English throne for his help, although was never officially crowned despite being declared king, and given homage by many of the nobles of the realm. Although initially successful, he was eventually defeated at sea, and saw his support defect back to the English royal house. Signed a treaty in 1217 declaring he had never been true sovereign over England and returned to France. Succeeded to the French throne in 1223, and continued his father’s policy of a strong centralized government at the expense of the rival Angevin party. Reversed his sire’s edicts on usury and Jews, depriving the crown and his nobles of easy access to their money, while a crusade against the Albigensians, French heretics, in the south of France occupied much of his brief reign. Took a personal role in the crusade, wherein vast numbers, including women and children, were slaughtered wholesale in the name of Christian orthodoxy and loyalty to Church’n’crown. Helped establish the dominion of the French throne, then died of dysentery. Told intercourse with a virgin would save him, but refused to be unfaithful to his wife, who acted as regent after his death. Inner: Chivalric and a strong-willed warrior, who brooked no opposition. Foreshortened lifetime of living out his own sense of knightly ideal, while bathing his country in blood through his incessantly enthusiastic love of sheer swordplay. Sigebert I (535-575) - Frankish king. Outer: Son of Frankish king Clotaire I (Oswald Mosley) and half-brother of Chilperic I (Adolf Hitler). When his father died in 561, the kingdom was divided into quarters among his sons, and he received the northeast, Austrasia. Showed an inclination towards ancient Roman values, and proved a capable ruler. When his brother Charibert died, he divided his lands with Chilperic. In 566, he married a Spanish Visigothic princess, Brunhild (Doris Kopf-Schroeder), while her sister, Galswintha, married Chilperic. A close match, and his son Childebert II succeeded him. The scheming Chilperic, however, soon had Galswintha murdered to marry his former mistress, Fredegund, and the 2 brothers went to war. Although he had the upper hand in the fighting, conquering most of his kingdom and driving his brother from his capital, he was murdered during his victory celebration by 2 assassins pretending to make a request of him on the orders of Fredegund. Inner: Strong and intelligent ruler, able warrior who loved battle, and unusual for the times, a faithful husband. Nominally Christian, although pagan in nature. Introductory lifetime of rule in the Frankish realm, only to fall victim to the murderous shadows which would continue to plague him there. Marcus Agrippa (Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa) (63-12BZ) - Roman general and statesman. Outer: Parents were a newly wealthy family, and he attached his fortunes to that of childhood friend Augustus Caesar (FDR), becoming his assistant, and then his most trusted commander in the field. Both were cavalry officers under the latter’s uncle Julius Caesar (Charles de Gaulle), who sent them along with Gaius Maecenas (Saul Williams) to study in Macedonia, where he impressed the commanders with his leadership skills. Learned of Caesar’s assassination there, and became Octavian’s most trusted lieutenant afterwards, handling all his military responsibilities with aplomb. Shared 2 consulships with Augustus, the first in 37BZ and served as his most important supporter. Married Caecilia Attica, the daughter of an equestrian, daughter from union became the first wife of the future emperor Tiberius (Otto Strasser). As naval commander-in-chief, he was able to secure victories in Sicily over the next two years, after Octavian had earlier failed there. Made an aedile in 33BZ, and used his office to greatly improve the city of Rome, restoring and building aqueducts. Was a pivotal factor in Octavian’s naval victory over Marc Antony (Marquis de Lafayette) in 31BZ at Actium, which gave the former uncontested rule of Rome. Given Octavian’s niece, Claudia Marcella, in 28BZ as a reward for his service, one daughter from union, and the following year, he held his third consulship with the former, who was made empire by the senate, and given the title of Augustus. Became the victim of jealousy and intrigue, particularly by the Octavian’s third wife, Livia (Doris Kopf-Schroeder), who felt he held too much sway with her husband. Left Rome to govern Syria, although stayed at Lesbos, and did so by proxy, before being recalled to the Eternal City as an indispensable aide to Augustus. On Maecenas’s advice, Augustus induced him to divorce his second wife and in 21BZ gave him, in her stead, his daughter Julia (Eleanor Roosevelt), who had been the wife of his recently deceased rival and heir apparent Marcus Marcellus (John F. Kennedy, Jr), 5 children from the union, including Gaius Julius (Robert Kennedy) and Lucius Caesar (Kathleen Kennedy), as well as Julia (Maria Shriver). Through the marriage, he worked his way into the dynastic succession. Created lavish estates for himself, and rivaled the Emperor in his ostentation, power and influence, although was always obedient to his superior. Made governor of Syria a second time in 17BZ, founding several cities, and proving himself a just and able ruler. Wrote his autobiography, as well as a geographic guide. Died while in the midst of trying to conquer the upper Danube River region. Inner: Loyal and modest, albeit imbued with the display of power of his time. Excellent administrator and organizer, and talented general and admiral, as well as engineer. Problem-solving lifetime of giving evidence of his protean talents, while being denied title because of humble birth, but assuming everything else that went with it, including dynastic ambitions for his sons. Lucius Cinna (Lucius Cornelius Cinna) (130-84BZ) - Roman consul. Outer: From a prominent patrician family. Supported the popular party, and fought with distinction during the Social War, probably as a legate for Pompeius Strabo. In 87, he was elected consul after Sulla (FDR) left to fight in Asia Minor. Repealed Sulla’s conservative laws and threatened him with proscription, while proposing the recall of Sulla’s exiled opponents. Expelled for trying to revive enfranchisement laws. Escaped from the city and raised an army of the disaffected, disbanded and exiled. Along with Marius (Adolf Hitler), he recaptured the city, and was unmerciful to his enemies, although was unable to curb the massacre of political opponents engineered by Marius. Elected consul in 87BZ after the death of Marius, and exercised dictatorship, restoring order. Elected consul twice more in a period called Cinnae dominatio, where he expanded voting rights, instituted reforms, and acted in a moderate and conciliatory manner. Prepared to advance against Sulla, but his troops mutinied and he was killed. Inadvertantly helped bring about the decline of the Republic, despite his good intentions. His youngest daughter, Cornelia, would go on to marry Julius Caesar (Charles de Gaulle). Inner: Relatively liberal for his times, with a do-good sense, but a great need for control. Republican lifetime of learning the limits of autocratic will, in his ongoing desire to make the world a different and better place for his having been in it, thanks to the projected glory of his deeds.
PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS RENAISSANCE MAN:
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Sir Galahad - Son of Sir Launcelot. The noblest and purest of Knights of the Round Table. Occupied the singular ‘Siege Perilous’ seat, left unclaimed for him. His purity allowed him to look upon the Grail, the object of the Round Table’s Quest. Archetype of the pure quester. Saul Williams (1972) - American actor, poet and singer. Outer: Of African/American descent. Father was a pastor, mother was a schoolteacher. An older brother Michael T. Williams also became an actor. Had a middle-class upbringing, and began writing poems in his head while young, mastering the art of ‘slamming,’ or putting together extemporaneous, metaphorical rhymes. Also loved acting as a child, beginning with elementary school plays. Became an exchange student in the mid-80s, living for a while in Brazil, which gave him a great thirst for travel, and he has been globetrotting ever since, as an ambassador of sorts of the ever-evolving percussive world of Hip Hop. 5’11 1/2, and slim. Received a B.A. in philosophy and acting from Morehouse College, and a Master of Fine Arts in drama from NYU. Began performing publicly as a spoken-word artist on the improv poetry circuit in NYC in the 1990s. Had a daughter, Saturn, with artist Marcia Jones in 1996, and she would eventually join him on stage as a fellow performer. Won the Grand Slam championship at NY’s Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe the same year, and came into mass public consciousness through his role as a slamming dope dealer in Slam in 1998, after making his film debut the previous annum in Lesser Prophets. Did both TV series and TV films afterwards, although his true métier is live performance. As such, he has appeared with progressive hip-hop acts, and the punk-rock group Rage Against the Machine, with a great desire to be a multimedia artist in the tradition of Paul Robeson. Released "The Rise and Inevitable Liberation of Niggy-Tardust!" on the net in 2007, in an attempt at reaching a broader audience, since his imagistic sensibilities are not conducive to commercial radio, and was quite thrilled at the response, despite the grousing of his producer Trent Reznor, at the relative giveaway. Married actress and musician Persia White in 2008 on his birthday, only to subsequently split relatively quickly, and the following year moved to Paris with his daughter to raise her there. The author of several collections of poetry, he has also toured and lectured around the world, and is an outspoken critic of America’s war machine. In 2014, he starred in his Broadway musical, “Holler If You Hear Me,” which adapted the music and lyrics of rapper 2Pac, and he initially spent time developing his new album, “MartyrLoserKing,” as a musical for the stage before considering it as a film. Inner: Articulate, earthy, artistic and ambitious. Sees theater and language as a profound force for entertaining change, and music as a universal healing balm. Enjoys listening to the instrumental and vocal sounds of the world, collecting samples from wherever he alights, while also viewing himself as a planetary citizen. Power-of-the-spoken-word lifetime of transliterating the African-American experience into high art, while continuing to use his longtime gift for idealistic self-expression to raise public consciousness and, in turn, make himself more reflective of it. James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) - American poet, lyricist, actor, singer and diplomat. Outer: Mother was of French and Haitian descent, and a schoolteacher, who trained her sons in music, as well as drawing, and gave them a love of reading. Father was a freeman of mixed racial ancestry who worked as a headwaiter in a fashionable hotel. 2nd of 3, with an older sister dying in infancy. His younger brother, J. Rosamund Johnson (Mos Def), became a well-known composer. Received a B.A. with honors from Atlanta Univ., delivering his class valedictory address, then studied law in his spare time and was admitted to the bar in 1898, the first African-American to do so in Florida. Later, he earned his master’s degree. Served as a principal of a black high school in Jacksonville, while also founding and editing a newspaper, the Daily American. At century’s turn, he wrote the lyrics to ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ which became a black anthem. In 1901, he was elected president of the Florida State Teachers Assoc., only to be nearly lynched in a Jacksonville park, which made him see he had no future in the south. Resigned and joined his brother in NYC, writing some 200 songs for the Broadway stage before teaming up with a partner, Bob Cole (Oscar Brown, Jr.), to become a vaudeville act. Along with Cole, he supplied the lyrics for his brother’s songs. Went to graduate school at Columbia Univ. then after going on a European tour, he quit vaudeville to become U.S. consul in Venezuela from 1906-08, and then Nicaragua for 5 years, before deciding to devote his time to writing and the civil rights movement. In 1910, he married Grace Nail, the daughter of a well-to-do real estate entrepreneur. Anonymously published a novel, "The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man," a sweeping view of the black American experience, through the eyes of a surreally gifted being passing as white, in a landmark literary venue that would help others to publish their own journeys through the country’s heavy racial divide. Became field secretary for the NAACP in 1916, and four years later executive secretary of that organization, as he assiduously worked on expanding membership and opening new branches, during his ten years at the post. A moderate militant, he continued writing, both poetry and prose, and wound up his career as a professor of creative literature at Fisk Univ. and a visiting professor at NYC. Wrote his autobiography, “Along This Way,” in 1933. His best known work was “God’s Trombones,” published in 1927, a group of seven black dialect sermons in verse. Declined the offer of the presidency of Atlanta Univ. in 1936, and two years later, he was killed when a train struck his car in a rainstorm near his summer home in Maine. His wife was a passenger, but she survived, outliving him by nearly four decades. Inner: Conservative, cautious and courteous. Extremely perceptive, and once again, a renaissance man, capable of excellence in a wide variety of fields. Always felt that the means to combat racism was to produce great art and literature, as a way of showing that the inner being of everyone was capable of soaring sentiment, no matter how they were outwardly constructed. Recompense lifetime of assuaging his own personal guilt as a former slave owner, by dipping into a sore-oppressed culture, and becoming an explicator and anthologizer of its innate power and strength. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) - U.S. President. Outer: Of Welsh and Scotch/English ancestry. Mother was wealthy, father was an uneducated landowner, surveyor and justice. Eldest surviving son and 3rd child, with two older brothers dying in infancy, and two older sisters, as well as 4 younger ones, all of whom he outlived, with only one sister and one brother surviving past his presidency. Inherited his sire’s 5000 acre estate at 14. Attended the College of William & Mary, where his life-long interest in science was stirred, and admitted to the Virginia bar in 1767, after a prolonged period of study. 6’ 2 1/2” with hazel eyes, red-hair and an erect carriage. In 1772, he married a young widow, Martha Wayles (Halle Berry), who was the daughter of a large property owner, 5 daughters and a son, with only 2 duaghters surviving infancy. No portraits exist of his wife, who died in 1782. Unable to deal with her early departure, he fainted at the news of her death, and never mentioned her again. Pursued a political career, served in the Virginia House of Burgesses for 6 years, and through his anti-British writings, became a leading patriot. As a delegate to the Constitutional Congress in 1776, he drafted the Declaration of Independence, which he viewed in terms of eloquence far more than principal, then worked during the Revolutionary War to reform Virginia law. A slave-owner, he first decried the practice, then was publicly silent on it from the 1780s onward, viewing blacks as inferior, and feeling black and white could never live together in peace, despite his overt humanitarian beliefs. Became governor of Virginia during the critical period at war’s end. Elected to the 2nd Continental Congress, where he again was a pivotal player. Supported the new Constitution, and became America’s first Secretary of State under President George Washington (George Marshall). In 1790, he hosted a dinner party with James Madison (Woodrow Wilson) and Alexander Hamilton (JFK), where the trio made the fated decision that the national capital would be on the Potomoc, and that the colony’s huge debts would be subsumed by the new government, giving it an economic authority, right from the beginning. Later became a bitter foe of Hamilton, favoring a more democratic, decentralized government, despite initially strongly empowering it. Resigned at the end of Washington’s first term and went back to Monticello, the home he had designed in retirement. Ran for President under the banner of the newly-formed Republican party in 1796, but was defeated by John Adams (Martin Sheen) and served as his Vice-President, ultimately becoming alienated from Adams as well. In 1800, he was elected President over Aaron Burr (Jacqueline Kennedy) after the vote was decided by the House of Representative. Served 2 terms in that office, beating Charles Pinckney (Daniel Moynihan) for his second term, while adding the Louisiana Territory to the burgeoning United States and nearly doubling its landmass, while proving an effective Chief Executive, eschewing extremes for a balanced middle course between them. Better theorist than practical applicator, with a mixed record in many of his offices. Owner of over 200 slaves, including his lover Sally Hemings (Whitney Houston), the half-sister of his wife, by whom he had 4 or 5 children, although was never affectionate with them, as he was with his own racial kind. Later DNA tests showed that Eston (Mos Def), a musician, was definitely one of them. Proponent of humanity’s equality in theory if not quite in practice. Instrumental figure, however, in the founding of U.S. of A. High voiced and a poor public speaker, as well as a true Renaissance man as a musician, architect, inventor, political philosopher, and writer, with an incredibly broad range of interests. Democrat to the core, as a champion of commonality, a free press and public education. Ended his career as rector of the Univ. of Virginia, which he founded, designed and breathed intellectual life into. His generosity put him deeply in debt at life’s end. Probably died of a stroke, the same day as John Adams, on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. As a coda to his remarkable life, he penned his own epitaph and designed his tombstone, as well. Seventy years after his death, a work he had composed on his version of the real teachings of Jesus was discovered, and it would come to be known as the Jefferson Bible. Inner: Deeply serious, reserved, all mind, leaving his passion for public affairs, rather than his private life. Self-righteous and humorless. Despite his polymath reputation, largely conventional in his views, but with an excellent facility for self-expression. Idealist who believed in nature over civilization and “the illitimable freedom of the human mind.” Distrusted government, and in his declaration tried to fashion executive and legislative institutions that would serve, rather than control their citizens. Humanist, realist, modernist, but also inaccessible, contradictory, far more derivative than original. Polymath lifetime of providing the intellectual basis for the creation of the American republic, while exploring and developing his own Renaissance talents, and exposing both his strong points and failings to the subsequent close scrutiny of his/story. William Penn (1644-1718) - English Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania. Outer: Father was an Anglican admiral, who was rarely at home, and though a Royalist at heart, compromised himself to get along during the Protectorate. His mother was a merchant’s daughter. Contracted smallpox as a child, which fed into his deep religiosity from a young age. Well-built, handsome and courtly in his youth. Lived for four years in Ireland, returning in 1660, at the Restoration. Given a good classical education, he proved himself scholarly, although was expelled from Christ Church College, Oxford, which he saw as shockingly rife with debauchery, and was briefly imprisoned because of his Quaker religious principles. Had strong conflict with his father, who wanted him to be a politician. His sire sent him to France and Ireland on business matters to try to broaden his scope, and he quelled a mutiny in the latter, while studying law, although went to prison there in 1667. Afterwards, he became a missionary preacher instead, as well as a prolific writer on religious and political matters, and wound up in the Tower of London in 1669 for publishing a nonconformist book. While there, he wrote “No Cross, No Crown,” propounding nonviolence, humility and trust as moral precepts. Arrested again for street-preaching, although he skillfully gained an acquittal through an eloquent plea for free expression. Married Gulielma Springett in 1672, and had a devoted relationship with his wife. One son from the union. As a Whig and liberal, he published numerous tracts propounding his beliefs. Obtained a charter from Charles II (Peter O’Toole), as repayment of a debt to his father, for an American colony where religious and political freedom could flourish. Drew up plans for the city of Philadelphia as well as the framework for the colony’s government, although restricted its sense of republicanism, while maintaining excellent relations with Amerindians. Forced to return to England, and lost his royal backing in the Revolution of 1688, and was deprived of his proprietorship. After his wife died, he married Hannah Callowhill in 1695, 3 more sons from the union. Returned to Pennsylvania in 1699. Struggled with the authorities over religious tenets, then was swindled out of thousands of pounds by his steward, despite a personal desire for wealth. Also had difficulties with his oldest son and namesake. Deeply in debt at life’s end, he was briefly imprisoned for it. Traveled as a missionary in Europe, then suffered a debilitating stroke, and lingered for a half dozen years afterwards. Inner: Pious, political and driven. Optimistic, gregarious, joyous, self-confident with a sense of deep communion with the Christ within. Always looking for his/storical precedents for the expression of religious freedom. Self-important, with his own sense of power, which he did not like challenged. Unoriginal, albeit a combination of theoretician and pragmatist. Bad manager and businessman. Politicized spiritual lifetime of great struggles over his beliefs and designs, preparing him for his Jefferson life, where he eschewed religiosity to concentrate purely on politics, for a far more successful run at welding ideas and practicalities. Maximilien de Sully (Maximilien de Bethune, duc de Sully) (1560-1640) - French minister. Outer: Of Flemish descent. Father was a Huguenot baron, who sent him early to the court of Henri of Navarre (Franklin D. Roosevelt), the future Henri IV, where he completed his education. Brought to Paris at 12 by Henri, and barely escaped with his life during the Huguenot St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre in 1572, by pretending to be Catholic. Enlisted in the Protestant army at the outbreak of yet another of the country’s endless wars of religion several years later, but failed in trying to get back his family estates in the Netherlands. Rejoined Henri after more Dutch service, while showing skill as a military engineer. In 1583, he was a special agent in Paris for Henri, and then married an heiress who died five years later. One son of the same name from the union, who was his complete opposite, a debauched rake. Joined Henri again at the resumption of the religious wars, and was severely wounded in 1590. Urged Henri to become a Roman Catholic for political reasons, although he retained his own Huguenot beliefs. Once Henri gained the throne in 1589, he was well-rewarded for all his efforts on his behalf and came into considerable personal power. In 1592, he married a widow, Rachel de Cochefilet, who converted to Protestantism for him. 9 children from the union, of whom 6 died young. Became the director of the king’s council of finance in his mid-30s, and reformed abuses in tax collecting, while assuring the state of revenue, by making offices hereditary and payable. Helped arrange Henri’s 2nd marriage to Marie de Medicis (Doris Kopf-Schroeder) in 1600, and held several administrative posts over the next decade, including governor of Nantes and Poitou, although refused to be elevated to marshal of France, since it would have meant converting to Catholicism. Extremely loyal to the king, he was rewarded by being made a duc and a peer of France in 1606, while amassing a sizable fortune in the process. Promoted road and bridge building, planned a great canal system, and strengthened the military, while also overseeing agriculture and the country’s ecology. Largely disinterested in the industrial life of France, and also felt French colonial policy did little to enhance the country’s standing in the world. An all-around trouble-shooter and problem-solver, he proved an invaluable aide to the king in all spheres, including dealing with rebellious nobles, and effecting diplomatic missions, with both enemies and friends. With the assassination of Henri in 1610, his political influence immediately came to a standstill, thanks to the enemies he had made, and within a year he was forced to resign. Arrested briefly in 1621, otherwise largely stayed out of the spotlight. Spent the rest of his life in retirement, writing his memoirs, in which he propounded a ‘Great Design’ for a confederated Christian Europe. In 1634, he was finally given his marshal’s baton. Died full of years, as in all his lives of accomplishment in this series. Inner: Domineering, self-centered and rude but also respectful of the offices of king and state. Roundly disliked by both Protestants and Catholics alike for their own reasons. Extremely competitive and a workaholic, although a gifted administrator, with a sense of surety about everything he tackled. Accomplished seer and doer, with a long 3 decade retirement in which to re-examine his life and works. Transition lifetime of switching from his scholarly sense of curiosity about the world to his administrative mode, showing a clear grasp of financial and military affairs, as well as the less glamourous but far more pragmatic affairs of state, while evincing a little too much ego for everyone but his one superior to bear. Leone Alberti (Leone Battista Alberti) (1404-1472) - Italian writer, architect, scientist and artist. Outer: Father was the patriarch of a Florentine family involved in the wool trade, and was a banker, as well. 2nd of 2 illegitimate sons, mother had been a widow. His sire later married a fellow Florentine, to give the family legitimacy. The family had been exiled before his birth, and he grew up in Genoa, Rome and Ferrara, before receiving his education in humanities in Padua, beginning at the age of 10 in a boarding/school. Enjoyed a pampered upbringing, as well as the ministrations of a devoted sire, who gave him a mathematical and rational view of the ordered universe. Later studied the law at the Univ. of Bologna, the singular discipline that did not appeal to him, which was compounded by the death of his beloved progenitor during his 7 year impoverished stay there. Showed himself to be a brilliant student, as well as an excellent athlete, and the master of a host of disciplines, including music, art, invention, engineering, architecture, writing and science. At 20, he wrote a Latin comedy, evincing his firm grasp of classical content and his life-long love of ancient literature. In 1428, he became an aide to the papal legates to Burgundy and Germany, and 3 years later became a papal secretary, which enabled him to study art and classical architecture, and later design several notable edifices, as well as become a papal adviser on architecture. The Church subsequently provided him his livelihood, and he was allowed to take holy orders, despite the circumstances of his birth. Never married, and presumably led a chaste life of the mind. From 1434 to 1452 he lived in Florence, after the ban on his family had been lifted, and was a central figure in the humanist circles there. He spent the rest of his life writing voluminously, including the first Renaissance treatises on painting and sculpture. Supported the use of vernacular in literature, and wrote didactic dialogues on family life and education, while limning his ideas on training for statesmen and rulers. Continually experimenting and theorizing on scientific matters, he allowed his mind free reign in the heady intellectual atmosphere of the time. Traveled a great deal around Italy in the 1450s and 1460s, with a focus on architecture, but always saw Rome and Florence as his intellectual homes. His magnum opus, “On the Art of Building,” would be on the discipline of architecture, which he wrote in Latin. Spent the last years of his life in Ferrara, Mantua and Rome, and died peacefully, full of years, while being universally viewed as “the universal man.” Inner: Figure of his time, unlike his far more inventive futurist peer, Leonardo da Vinci (Gordon Parks), uniting the past with his present in all his varied disciplines. Felt “men can do all things if they will.” Extremely cerebral, rational and well-ordered, looking to unite the theoretic with the practical, while searching for the underlying foundations of all contemporary knowledge, so as to put them to good earthly use. Figure of controversy, later seen as a misfit and opportunist by some, whose designs undermined the principles they were supposed to avow. Uomo universale lifetime of bringing all his intellectual skills to the fore in a highly supportive atmosphere that allowed him the complete freedom of his ever-inquiring mind. Lanfranc (c1005-1089) - Italian/French/English archbishop. Outer: Of Lombard extraction, father was a magistrate. Divergent accounts cover his early years. Probably had a solid secular education, studying both Greek and law, before becoming a lawyer. Traveled to France in his mid-20s, and developed a contingent of pupils, before setting up a school in Normandy in 1039. Gained a reputation as a great teacher, although soon tired of the adulation given him and took monastic vows, before entering a Benedictine convent at Bec, where he went into seclusion for 3 years. Became its prior in 1045, and opened a school in the monastery to which scholars from all over Europe flocked. Corrected the Latin versions of the Old and New Testaments, as well as the writings of the early church fathers. Took part in the controversy over transubstantiation before the pope, as well as before the Terran Council in 1059. Reluctantly left Bec to become abbot of St. Stephen’s Caen in 1066. In 1070, he was appointed archbishop of Canterbury, and worked closely with William the Conqueror (Arundhati Roy), as his trusted counselor, despite earlier having opposed his marriage to Matilda of Flanders (Ayaan Hirsi Ali), because of degrees of kinship. Largely responsible for the excellent relations twixt Church’n’State during that noble king’s reign. Rebuilt Canterbury Cathedral in the Norman style after it had earlier been burned. Reformed and reorganized the English Church, making it as independent as possible, despite his support of papal sovereignty, while showing great loyalty to the crown. Separated and protected the church from royal influence, dividing the secular and the sacred. Replaced English bishops with Normans, and exposed a conspiracy against the king. Secured the succession on the death of William and crowned his son, William II (Joseph P. Kennedy) in 1087, before exiting 2 years later from a fever, after receiving last rites. Buried in the nave of his new cathedral. No cult formed around him after his departure, although he would be remembered with considerable honor. Inner: Austere, with tireless energy and equal insight into the secular and religious worlds he strode. Excellent problem-solver, continually working for the betterment of whatever primacy he oversaw. Cerebral and pragmatic lifetime of viewing English life from the standpoint of an outsider, while effecting the changes he had begun his previous existence from the vantage of being a Benedictine and a firm upholder of separation of Church’n’State. St. Dunstan (c910-988) - English abbot and statesman. Outer: Birth date largely unknown and a matter of conjecture. From an aristocratic well-connected family, with one older brother, and educated by Irish scholars at Glastonbury. Entered the household of his uncle, the archbishop of Canterbury, then the royal court. Became a favorite of King Athelstan (Duke of Wellington), but was accused of being a wizard and expelled. Took refuge with his kinsman, the archbishop of Winchester and then underwent his monastic vows, living as a hermit at Glastonbury while practicing metalworking, painting and transcription. Became a counselor of King Edmund I (Robert Kilroy-Silk), and was almost dismissed again on false charges. Around 945, he became abbot of Glastonbury, and made the abbey into a famous school. His appointment was a turning point in English ecclesiastical his/story. For the next 600 years, until the time of Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook), monastic life had a strong effect on English spiritual culture. Appointed treasurer and chief minister of state of King Edred (Michael Kennedy), where he worked to reform the clergy, abolish heathenism and conciliate the Danish sector of the kingdom. Rebuked his successor Edwy (Ethan Hawke) for leaving his coronation feast to visit his mistress, and was subsequently exiled to Flanders by the king for refusing to authorize his marriage, forcing him into exile for two years in Ghent in 956. While there, he studied continental monasticism, then restructured English monasticism when he was appointed by the latter’s successor, Edgar (Gene Autry), bishop of Worcester and 2 years later, had London added to his monastic resume. In 961, he was made archbishop of Canterbury. Focused on integrating the Danes as an integral part of the nation, while the intellectual life of the kingdom flourished. Crowned Edgar at Bath in 973, then imposed penance on him for incontinence. Sympathized with the Benedictine movement and the abolition of secular monasteries. Averted Civil War by crowning Edgar’s successor, Edward the Martyr (Bing Crosby) in 975, and after his death, predicted the calamities that would grow out of his half-brother’s murder. Retired to Glastonbury and spent the rest of his life teaching at the cathedral school. After his death, he became a venerated saint. Inner: Rigorous intellect, highly moral, enthusiastic reformer. Unafraid to challenge kings, having been one himself, even though his entire career depended on royal patronage. Ambitious and agile, able to keep up with the courts, which were always on the move. Continually excited jealousy and suspicion from those less skilled than himself, while earning equal encomia galore from his supporters for his learning, generosity and sense of justice. Gifted teacher, patron of learning, skilled musician and painter. Activist lifetime of effecting change and reform through close association with royal authority, while pursuing his own course with integrity and great faith in his own considerable abilities. Alfred the Great (849-899) - King of Wessex. Outer: Father was Ethelwulf (Harold Nicolson), king of the West Saxons. Sent to Rome at 4, and was given the title of Roman consul by the Pope, returning 3 years later. Frail and deeply spiritual, he was the embodiment of the Wounded King. No attempt was made to put him on the throne following his father’s death in 858. Bore the title of secundarius during the serial reigns of his 3 older brothers, Ethelbald (Bernardo Bertolucci), Ethelbert (Tim Buckley) and Ethelred (Jeff Buckley). Married Eahlswith, a descendant of the kings of Mercia, in 868, who survived him. 2 sons and 3 daughters from union, including his successor, Edward the Elder (JFK), as well as Aethelflaed (Eleanor Roosevelt). Succeeded to the throne in 871, after showing his valor in battle, and being elected by the Witan, the national council. Spent his early reign battling the Danes, suffering a mighty defeat in 878, which forced him into hiding, before finding the propitious moment to raise an army and strike. After proving victorious, he induced his enemy’s chief to accept Christianity and be baptized, and signed a treaty with them, then organized his country’s defenses, before finally gaining the south and west of England for himself, when he received the submission of the Angles and Saxons throughout Britain. Admired Charlemagne (Napoleon Bonaparte) and created a Camelot-like court where learning was revered. Translated Latin works, including Boethius, a former life of his, and established Old English prose as a literary language. Constantly plagued by bodily pain, he was also a hypochondriac. Organized a court school, strengthened the military and codified laws, while giving spiritual and secular shape to early England. Instilled a great respect for both law and order throughout his fledgling nation, and started the compilation of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, so that it would have an his/storical basis as well. A keen huntsman, he was also a builder, restoring towns and creating dwellings for his own courts, while founding monasteries, constructing churches and revivifying the Christian spirit of the country, after it had fallen into disarray and neglect. Invited distinguished churchmen from the continent to the country, as well as scholars, so as to rebuild England body, mind and soul. Although Danish incursions continued up to and after his death, he managed to transform an island of warring tribes that he had inherited, into an incipient nation based on law, literacy and rough order. The singular English king to earn the sobriquet, “the Great.” Inner: Noble and pure, mixture of scholar, soldier and spiritualist. His wounded body did not deter his warrior spirit, nor did it hamper his abilities at grounding his inherited state. Nation-building lifetime of drawing all his skills together to give an intellectual, spiritual, martial and legal foundation to the future nation of England. Anicius Boethius (c470-524) - Roman poet and philosopher. Outer: From an ancient and distinguished Roman family that had been Christian for over a century, with a former Roman emperor, Olybrius (Michael Kennedy) as one of his recent ancestors. Father had been a consul, and died when his son was in his teens. Raised by the senator and his/storian Quintus Symmachus whose daughter, Rusticana, he would later marry. Well-educated, he was able to write on a variety of subjects, including music and mathematics. Spent his youth translating and commenting on the works of Aristotle (J. Robert Oppenheimer), and had intended to translate all of Aristotle and Plato into Latin, but did not live long enough to complete the task. Little really known about the details of his life. Appointed consul in 510 by the Ostrogoth king of Italy, Theodoric (Charles de Gaulle), and in 520, he was made Master of Offices, which put him in charge of all the government and court services, allowing him to gather an impressive group of administrators, poets and men of letters around him. In 522, he saw his 2 sons made joint consuls for the year, while he delivered a panegyric for the king. In 523, however, he fell out of favor, for defending a senator who had criticised the king, and was imprisoned for a year, during which time he wrote his most famous work, On the Consolation of Philosophy, a treatise on fate and fortune, and evil, free will and Providence. This synthesis of Platonism and Christianity was one of the most popular texts of the Middle Ages, 2nd only to the Vulgate Bible. In 524, he was clubbed to death after hideous tortures, although the charges against him are not clear. He may have been in contact with the Byzantine Emperor Justin I (Nikita Khruschev), an orthodox Christian, while he served an Arian king, which occasioned his being accused of practicing magic, a charge that obviated the keen rational tone of his mind. Inner: Moralist and synthesizer of Christianity and Hellenic traditions, as a bridge between late antiquity and early medievalia. Saw many levels to existence, and the pursuit of wisdom and the love of God as human ideals. Excellent orator, unoriginal, albeit highly articulate thinker. Martyred lifetime of high intellectual and spiritual pursuits, only to suffer an ignominious end for his troubles, perhaps as reflection of an inner sense of Christian martyrdom and identification with the sufferings of the Christ. Gaius Maecenas (c70BZ-8BZ) - Roman diplomat and literary patron. Outer: Descendant of Etruscan kings, mother’s family was powerful in ancient Arretium, north of Rome. Probably inherited considerable wealth, but also added to his impressive coffers. Born into the knightly class, as an equestrian, and felt any pursuit of higher office would demean him. Made himself a loyal and useful aid to the career of the future emperor Octavian (FDR), from 43BZ onward, after being sent by Julius Caesar (Charles de Gaulle), along with the former, and Marcus Agrippa (Joschka Fischer) to study in Apollonia with the Macedonian legions. Acted as a go-between and also was given the management of Rome and Italy, thanks to a gift for diplomacy, rather than martial artistry. Accepted a knighthood, rather than becoming a senator to deliberate remove himself from the political arena. Never stained his hands with blood, accomplishing his given tasks and acting in utmost civil manner in a highly uncivil age. When Octavian became emperor, he shared with Marcus Agrippa the role of vice-regent, with access to the imperial seal, and the power to alter official dispatches. Deeply involved in governmental decisions on both domestic and foreign affairs, he worked to secure the succession for the emperor’s nephew, Marcus Marcellus (John F. Kennedy, Jr.), who died prematurely. Unhappily married Terrentia, a vixenish and petulant beauty whose brother, Varro Murena, quarreled with the emperor and plotted his assassination in 23BZ., which cooled Augustus’s trust in him. His wife ultimately became the mistress of the emperor, while he aged rapidly, although his loyalty to his sovereign never wavered. Found himself compromised with Augustus, and lost his position in councils of state. Encouraged to retire, he pursued the cultivated life-style for which his name continues to resound. Associated with numerous poets of the Augustan age, including Virgil (Ezra Pound), Horace (T.S. Eliot) and Propertius (James Joyce). His name has subsequently become synonymous with literary patronage, for giving them the leisure and security to compose their lasting works, although part of his motive was political in utilizing them to glorify imperial Rome. An undisciplined writer himself, although only fragments of his output survive. Left his considerable estate to Augustus. Inner: Mild and humane. Generous, well-mannered, and filled with noblesse oblige. Dual character, very energetic and focused as an official, while cultivating an extremely luxurious private lifestyle. Dual lifetime of inadvertantly creating a lasting name through his secondary career as patron, and perhaps absorbing some of the genius that he patronized into his own future as a scholar/statesman/scribe nonpareil. Amenhotep (c1435B.Z.-c1365B.Z.) - Egyptian governmental official. Outer: From the provinces. Entered government service, and rose through the ranks, becoming a close associate of the young pharaoh, Amenhotep III (FDR). Probably became a general of the army, as well as a high-ranking priest. Oversaw many of the pharaoh’s projects, serving as an information-gatherer, as well as the overseer of his vast construction program, utilizing his sense of organization and administration, and his ability to get things done. Eventually, he was placed in charge of all royal works, and was much honored for his services to the throne, including having a small funerary temple for him built next to the pharaoh’s grandiose monument, a highly unusual honor for the time. Inner: Excellent administrator, all-around pragmatic polymath. Go-to lifetime of serving the throne of Egypt in exemplary fashion, in preparation for his own ongoing role as integrator of the pragmatic with the theoretical, and the glories of the mind with the physical sphere.
PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS COMPASSIONATE HUMANITARIAN:
Storyline: The political patroness slowly evolves her heartfelt sense of charitable support and kindness, with a particular feeling for the downtrodden and outcast, as she makes herself into a formidable figure of power on her own, through her longtime aristocratic activism.
Sir Galahad II - Son of Sir Launcelot. The noblest and purest of Knights of the Round Table. Occupied the singular ‘Siege Perilous’ seat, left unclaimed for him. His purity allowed him to look upon the Grail, the object of the Round Table’s Quest. Representative of the female embodiment of the archetype. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) - American writer, political helpmate and humanitarian. Outer: From a privileged background. Father was Elliot Roosevelt (David Kennedy), mother was a cold-hearted southern belle. Eldest of 3 children. Began life as an ugly duckling in a beautiful family, with her mother calling her ‘Granny,’ and berating her for being so plain. First female member of her clan not to be a belle, with a weak chin and protruding teeth. Very attached to her father, who lived on an inheritance, but could never match his younger brother, future president Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy), and died of alcoholism when she was 10, while her mother had passed away 2 years earlier from diphtheria. First met her fifth cousin and future husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, when she was 2. With her younger brother, who ultimately followed his father’s patterns, she went to live with a repressive, religious grandmother and her dependent brood after the death of her mother. Learned to lower her expectations through her early travails, with a strong desire for eliciting sympathy for herself. Went to an all-girl’s school in London, which liberated her from her childhood, and opened her up to the world. Felt her 3 years there were the happiest of her life. Returned to NYC in 1902, a transformed person, energetic, stylish and self-assured. 5’10”. After a secret engagement, she married FDR at 20, who admired her compassion, intelligence and integrity. 6 children from union, one dying in infancy, although she was not allowed to take care of them. Proved to be like her own mother, often cold and withholding, and her progeny reflected her dualism, with 17 marriages between them. Her mother-in-law, Sara D. Roosevelt (Doris Kopf-Schroeder), dominated her subsequent married household, and competed with her while living next door. Inhibited sexually, she was shocked at the discovery of her husband’s affair with Lucy Mercer (Maria Shriver) in 1918, which ended their intimate, albeit not their political, partnership. Resolved afterwards to make an independent life for herself. Subsequently offered to divorce him, but he declined, because it would ruin his chances for the presidency. When FDR contracted polio 3 years later, she nursed him through it, serving as his legs. On his doctor’s advice, she became more politically active to help her mate. A poor speaker at first, she improved with experience, developing her own agenda, with a particular emphasis on the disenfranchised. Worked closely with her husband throughout his career, giving him many ideas while establishing her own strong persona in the process. Had a close relationship with the bodyguard he assigned to her, Earl Miller, a former NY state trooper, while he was governor of NY. Rose in prominence when he assumed the presidency for 4 unprecedented terms, beginning in 1932. Wrote a daily syndicated column called ‘My Day’ starting in 1936, and did not hesitate in publicly disagreeing with FDR’s decisions and attacking him for them. Consistently one of America’s most admired women, and equally controversial with conservatives for her good-hearted liberalism. Women in particular found her an inspirational role model. Had several very close female companions, and was capable of intimate friendship, although later speculation on the sexual nature of them was probably totally unfounded. Continually pushed for social reforms, and the true democratization of America, although FDR ignored many of her moral pleas, despite his high regard for her intelligence and determination. Ignored insults, knew how to use the press to further her aims, and always retained the ability to laugh at herself, despite her seriousness of purpose. Showed no bitterness at her husband’s ongoing liaison with his secretary Missy LeHand (Daryl Hannah), accepting both their roles in his life. Traveled the world during WW II to help raise American morale. After FDR’s death in 1945, she was appointed to the U.N., where she served as chairman of the UN Commission on Human Rights, helping to draft and implement its declaration on that subject. Traveled extensively, wrote two autobiographies, in 1937 and 1958, and lived a full, active, highly admirable life. Died of aplastic anemia. Inner: Always felt like an outsider, ascetic in personal tastes, with the ability to face her own demons. Secretly smug, albeit genuinely compassionate. Moody, intense, perceptive, judgmental and critical, with an eye for the underdog and a deep humanitarian sensibility. Plagued all her life by her “Griselda moods,” deep dark depressions that left her incapacitated. Large-hearted lifetime of transcending an ugly duckling sense of being unbeautiful and superfluous, by being shocked into activism by her husband’s disloyalty and disability, allowing her to become the swan of America’s mid-century, as active ruling partner and liberal social consciousness on her own. Lydia Child (Lydia Maria Francis) (1802-1880) - American writer and abolitionist. Outer: From an abolitionist family, mother was a do-gooder and inculcated that spirit into her children. Father was baker famed for his “Medford Crackers.” Youngest of 6. Disliked her first name, and was usually called ‘Marie.” Her mother died when she was 12. Initially educated at home, she went to a local ‘dame school’, then spent a year in a nearby seminary, but received her true education when she went to Maine, after a brief teaching career, to live with her brother, a Unitarian clergyman, who later became a professor at Harvard Divinity School. Began writing in her early 20s, penning 2 novels about New England life, as well as a series of practical books limned, The Frugal Housewife. From 1825 to 1828, she conducted a private school in Watertown, Mass, during which time she founded the first monthly magazine for children, “Juvenile Miscellany.” In 1828, she married an editor, David Child, and through him, came under the influence of the controversial abolitionist, William Lloyd Garrison (Allard Lowenstein). Published An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans in 1833, which called for the education of African-Americans, an idea so outrageous at the time that she suffered ostracism and outright contempt from Boston society, as the sales of her works, save for one novel, precipitated markedly. Her plea did manage, however, to convert others to her cause, and in 1840, she became a member of the executive council of the American Anti-Slavery Society. From 1841-1844, she and her husband edited the “National Anti-Slavery Standard”, a weekly newspaper, and later compiled a tome of her columns. Became interested in religion in the 1850s, and settled permanently on a farm in Wayland, Mass. in 1852. Gained public censure once more, when she offered to nurse abolitionist John Brown in prison, and continued to contribute to the abolitionist cause, despite her limited income. Spent the rest of her life writing, producing pamphlets, novels and studies, and ultimately came to be seen as a forceful figure in trying to right the wrongs of social injustice. Inner: Free-wheeling with facts when they did not fit her theses, but otherwise big-hearted and an ongoing champion of the underserved, with whom she held strong identification. Had a lifelong passion for beauty, more inclined towards art and literature, although largely a didactic writer whose ideas transcended her abilities at lyricism. Visceral liberal, who never found a church that reflected her beliefs, finding them all too narrow-minded. Transition lifetime from the lofty perches of the aristocracy into the trenches of commonality, where she served as an uncommon soldier of justice and compassion for the downtrodden. Margaret d’Angouleme (1492-1549) - French writer and humanist. Outer: Daughter of a French count, who died when she was 4. Elder sister of King Francois I (Bob Geldof), to whom she was deeply devoted and supportive. Raised by her mother, a noble Bourbon, she received an extremely rich education, although her larger existence was difficult and threadbare both materially and morally. Married at 17 by the king to a royal prince, Charles IV de Ancelon, who died when she was in her early 30s. Began corresponding with a bishop, which opened her up to the ideals of platonic love and gave her a sense of mysticism, and she married Henri II, the ruler of Navarre shortly afterwards. Their daughter became the mother of the future French king, Henri IV (FDR). She soon became estranged from her 2nd husband, which gave her the freedom to attend her royal brother when needed, and to give full flower to her own humanistic instincts. Able to maintain a brilliant separate Camelot-like court, which served as a refuge center for those suspected of the heresy of humanism, and was known as the “New Parnassus.” Gave protection to some of the writerly genius of the day, as well as those daring to reform the Church, although she was unable to save her circle throughout her brother’s reign. A supporter of religious liberty, she was an outstanding figure of the French Renaissance, and the most influential woman in France, eliciting rage from her detractors, and endless encomia from her defenders. Ultimately became estranged from her daughter because of their variant religious views, evincing a far greater facility for cerebral connections than intimate personal ones. A skilled writer of both prose and poetry, she was best known for the Heptameron, a collection of moral stories. Had a gift for satire as well as a strong moral sense. Deeply grieved by her daughter’s political, rather than platonic, marriage, and was even more saddened by her brother’s death, joining him 2 years later. Inner: Charming, kind, with a great curiosity and sensitivity. Tolerant pietistic humanitarian. Liberating lifetime of being given the power to act out her intellectual fantasies without the burden of a long-lasting mate, as well as lending much-needed support to others of similar disposition, while developing her own burgeoning powers of exposition. Matilda (Edith) (1080-1118) - Queen of England. Also known as Good Queen Maud. Outer: Daughter of Malcolm III Caenmore (JFK) and Margaret of Scotland. Through her mother, she was a direct descendant of the West Saxon kings of England. Educated at Romsey before an abbess tried to make her a nun. Made to wear a veil for safety sake as a little girl, although never took religious vows. Left Scotland on the death of her father and saintly mother in 1093, and went to live with her uncle, while changing her name to the Norman Matilda. In 1100, she married Henry I (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.), and encouraged her husband’s liberal policies. As a direct descendant of the West Saxon kings, including Alfred (Saul Williams), she integrated the ruling houses of Normandy and Old England. Acted as a patroness of poets and musicians, as well as a correspondent with eminent churchmen. 2 children, although the heir to the throne drowned in 1120, devastating her husband. Built a leper hospital, and founded an Austin priory in 1108, while also serving as a highly competent regent during her spouse’s frequent absences in Normandy. Had a close relationship with his Archbishop Anselm, which allowed her to intervene during complex negotiations over lay investiture. Greatly admired, and sorely missed at her relatively early passing in her late 30s. Inner: Great love of music, gentle and sweet. Extremely pious, wore a hair shirt, kissed leper’s feet. Good works lifetime of support and allowing her pure character to come through in a highly public role. Aethelflaed (c875-918) - Queen of Mercia in England. Outer: Daughter of Alfred the Great (Saul Williams), sister of Edward the Elder (JFK). Around the age of 15, she married a Mercian ealdorman, whom her brother made an earl. Attacked by Danes on her way to her wedding, and lost half her company, although she redeployed into an old trench, and using it as a fortress, defeated the marauding party. Eventually proved to be the real ruler of Mercia, some years before her sickly husband’s death in 911, one daughter from union, Aelfwynn. Ruled for some 8 years on her own as “Lady of the Mercians,” fortifying her borders, and leaving a stable earldom behind her Helped her brother in his conquests, but died before they were completed. Succeeded in Mercia by her brother, Edward, which united Mercia and Wessex. Inner: Wise, just and righteous. Amazon lifetime of both rule and conquest in the tradition of the warrior queen, with her father as an excellent role model and her brother as solid support. Julia (39BZ-14AZ) - Roman political offspring. Outer: Only child of Augustus (FDR) by his first wife Scribonia. Her parents divorced when she was only a few days old. Educated with great strictness, she was watched over and carefully controlled. Brought up traditionally, and married in 25 BZ to Marcus Marcellus (John F. Kennedy, Jr.), a first cousin who was heir presumptive, but he died unexpectedly in 23 BZ. Afterwards her father forced Marcus Agrippa (Joschka Fischer), who was 25 years her senior, to divorce and marry her in 21BZ. 3 children from union, Gaius Julius (Robert Kennedy) and Lucius Caesar (Kathleen Kennedy), as well as a daughter, Julia (Maria Shriver), who was exiled for adultery. Her frank and lively temperament and ready wit made her many enemies. After her husband’s death in 12 BZ, her father forced the future Emperor Tiberius (Lucien Bonaparte) to divorce and marry her, one son who died shortly after birth. Deeply attached to his former wife, Tiberius resented the union, as did she and the two often quarreled. Exiled in 2 BZ on a false charge of adultery, she shared her isolation with her mother for 5 years, then was removed to Rhenium where her confinement was somewhat relaxed, although with the ascension of Tiberius, she was put under newly rigorous restrictions. Died of consumption. Inner: Known for both her kindness, intelligence and humor. Threatening figure because of her keen mind in a time when women were procreators and little else. Pawn lifetime of trying to balance her own sense of inner light while connected to figures of the darkness of power, an ongoing theme she would ultimately redress in her unusual and noted spiral down through time.
PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS FORMIDABLE MATRIARCH:
Storyline: The indomitable dowager makes her presence known, no matter what female archetypal role she chooses to play, giving energy and strength to her longtime apostle of charm, while making sure her own needs for dominance and will made manifest do not go unheeded.
Ygraine - Mother of King Arthur. Wife of Duke Gorlois. Seduced by the enchantment of Merlin, when Uther Pendragon appeared to her in her husband’s form. After her husband’s death, she became the reluctant wife of Uther. Archetype of the woman who is forced to make her will known, otherwise she will be made to do otherwise. Doris Kopf-Schroeder (Doris Kopf) (1963) - German journalist and helpmate. Outer: From a modest background, and a strict household. Went to a strict Catholic boarding school in her native Bavaria, before going to work at a regional newspaper. Very career-oriented, she worked her way to become a parliamentary correspondent for the tabloid, “Bild,” Germany’s most widely-read newspaper. Married a TV reporter, then spent some time in NYC as a freelance journalist, where she had a daughter in 1991, before returning to Germany and going to work for “Focus” magazine in Munich. Found her niche as a writer of children’s books, then met Gerhard Schroeder, while his political career was still on the ascendant, and the two immediately began an affair, despite a near two decade age difference, which effectively ended his third marriage, amidst much acrimony from his animal-rights activist wife. Following his divorce in 1995, the duo were married in 1997, and she immediately proved to be one of the most influential German first ladies ever, when he won the chancellorship the following year. Despite their high profile union, she has always kept her daughter out of the public eye, while focusing her considerable attention on enhancing his career, using her journalistic skills to make him a ‘media darling.’ Stopped working as soon as he achieved the office of chancellor, while living in his family home in Hanover, and traveling regularly to Berlin for state occasions, which led some to question the solidity of their marriage. Served as a temperance to his excessive drinking and cigar smoking, while making sure he dressed the part of a world leader. The duo adopted a Russian orphan towards the end of his term. Attacked his opponents in print, spoke out directly on the issues affecting his chancellorship, and stood by her man throughout his tenure of office and ultimate defeat for another term in 2005, making herself into as much of a point of contention as her husband. Inner: Feisty, highly political, and very aware of both image and substance in modern political life. Pen-wielding lifetime of joining up with her longtime husband/son later in the game than usual, while continuing to prove to be a formidable partner in his ongoing dance with power, whether both come from common stock or the highest levels of society. Sara Roosevelt (Sara Delano Roosevelt) (1854-1941) - American political matriarch. Outer: Daughter of a wealthy overseas trader. Lived in Hong Kong as a child, while her father traded in China. Raised like a dowager queen at the family’s Hyde Park estate, Algonac. Renowned for her beauty when she was young, once wooed by architect Stanford White (Halston). Her husband James was almost twice her age when they married in her early 20s, and he acted like a father to her. He was a railroad executive, and she remained subordinate to him as his second wife, although had no physical relations with him after the birth of their only son, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Totally enthralled with her boy, and thoroughly dominated him from the beginning, wishing him to be just like his father, while smothering him with attention and love. Tended to her husband, who became an invalid after a stroke in 1890, and died a decade later, but clearly her son was the singular man in her life. Did not allow her son’s golden hair to be cut until he was 4, kept him in dresses until he was 6, and served largely as his singular companion while he was growing up. Subsequently had a strong rivalry with his wife Eleanor over him, after their marriage in 1905, wanting him all to herself, and was a constant presence in his life, much to his wife’s consternation. Controlled life at the family mansion at Hyde Park, making decisions and considering her daughter-in-law’s friends as interlopers. In Europe when FDR got polio in 1921. Platitudinous in public, argumentative in private. Warned her son not to be just a famous name used by others, after he lost the race NY state governor in 1924. Continued her overarching presence in his emotional life, all during his subsequent political rise. Died during her son’s 3rd term, after a long dowager queen existence overseeing the welfare of her wounded son. The largest Oak tree in Hyde Park toppled over minutes after she passed away. Inner: Imperious and dominating, patrician to the core. Bore a striking resemblance to dowager Queen Mary of England. Oak tree lifetime of expressing strong will and control, while basking in the glory of a powerful father, husband and son, and enjoying their reflected prominence through her own unique brand of dominance and submission. Mary Coke (1727-1811) - Scottish/English aristocrat and diarist. Outer: 5th and youngest daughter of John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll (Robert F. Kennedy) by his second wife. Her mother was maid of honor to the Princess of Wales, so she had access to the court while growing up, which gave her a lifelong fascination with royalty, although her father’s volatile career was over by the time she was first aware of her social status. Close to several of her sisters, who would serve as her most intimate friends. Her sire died when she was 16, and four years later she married Edward Coke, the son of an earl, despite considerable conflict twixt the two. The union was never consummated, while he kept her a prisoner on his family estate before a settlement was reached between the two families in 1750, in which it was agreed that the marriage would be upheld in form if not in substance until the groom’s death, although the bride was allowed to live with her mother. Her husband died in 1753, and she never officially married again, preferring her independence, thanks to a handsome bequest from her father, which allowed her to travel, without having another unwanted mate thrust upon her. Kept a diary of her adventures, while pursuing upper-crust friendships, particularly that of royalty, often insinuating herself where she was not wanted. Despite her avowed widowhood, she gave overt indication that she had wed Prince Edward Augustus, the younger brother of George III (Jeffrey Archer) and a dozen years her junior, after his death in 1767, although the relationship was probably no more than a royal flirtation fantasy on her part. Visited Maria Theresa (Mary Renault), the Hapsburg ruler of Austria several times, only to ultimately alienate her by involving herself in gossipy court intrigue. Wound up paranoid around the empress’s supposed power in her life, blaming her for everything that subsequently went amiss around herself. Used political gossip as currency, and though a keen judge of character of some, often saw conspiracies where none existed. Best remembered for her private journals, which were written for herself and her sisters, with no thought to publication. They cover the period from 1766 to 1791, when its primary reader, her sister Anne, lost her husband. Continued to sporadically add to it afterwards, although only its earlier entries were eventually published, since she had lost most her social cachet by the latter part of her life. Never, however, lost her sense of being royally unique. Inner: Self-important, attention-seeking and largely humorless, causing her to serve as a figure of ridicule to some, and an irksome personality to others. Generous, high-spirited, and to the manner born. Royalophile lifetime of playing with personal power without a throne behind her, revealing a queenly temperament that was ill-suited for ordinary intercourse, while developing her skills for self-expression. Marie de’ Medicis (1573-1642) - Italian queen of France. Outer: Father was Francis I de’ Medici. Mother, who had been an archduchess of Austria, died when daughter was 5. 2nd surviving child. Short, heavyset and buxom, with bovine features. Displayed a lethargic disposition, but was taught self-control at an early age. In 1600, she was married to Henri IV of France (FDR) by proxy, sight unseen, in an effort on his part to pay his debts through her large dowry. He kissed her passionately on first sight, causing her to faint and to be put to bed, while she was also asphyxiated by his goatish odor, since he never washed. 6 children from the union, including Henrietta Marie (Dowager Queen Mary), queen of England. Had a strained relationship with her husband because of Henri’s many mistresses, and he despised her Florentine favorites, Concino Concini and his wife. Known as ‘the fat banker.’ Henri was assassinated the day after her official coronation in 1610, the only public occasion she seemed to truly enjoy and radiate around. Emerged from seclusion afterwards to become feverishly interested in politics for the first time. Served a regent for her son Louis XIII (Cecil B. DeMille), for 7 years, alienating the nobility with her choice of Concini as her primary minister, as she squandered state revenues and placated rebellious nobles, giving in to their excessive demands. Tried to reverse her husband’s policies by allying with Spain and Austria, marrying her son to the daughter of the Spanish monarch, Anne of Austria (Gloria Swanson) to achieve that aim, despite strong opposition from her nobles. Never on good terms with her son, with little real affection between them. Exiled for meddling in 1617, when Concini was assassinated, she escaped, and raised a revolt 2 years later. Reinstated at the behest of Armand de Richielieu (Henry Kissinger), she raised another revolt in 1620, but was once again admitted to the king’s council in 1622. Helped Richielieu gain his cardinal’s hat, but the two became bitter enemies, and in 1631, she was banished from court once again and sent into exile. Rejected by England and France, she wound up in Cologne, decrepit, unloved and unhappy, where she died destitute. Inner: Strong, domineering personality, albeit tight-lipped and humorless. Sedentary and respectable, hated, feared and loved her husband. Despot at heart with a particular susceptibility to unscrupulous sorts. Staunch bigoted Catholic. Payback lifetime of being an alien queen and bearing the repercussions for her usual heavy-handedness. Eleanor of Provence (1223-1291) - French queen consort of England. Outer: Father was Raymond Berenguer IV (Phil Graham), a French count and descendant of the kings of Aragon. Her mother, Beatrice of Savoy (Katharine Graham), was a skilled diplomat, who made sure her four daughters would be entwined with the thrones of Europe. Her older sister Marguerite (Michelle Obama) married the king of France, while her two younger sisters, Sanchia (Daryl Hannah) and Beatrice (Maria Shriver) wed the ultimate king of the Germans and the eventual king of Sicily. In 1236, she married Henry III (Jacqueline Kennedy) of England, 6 children, including Edward I (JFK) from the union. Thoroughly devoted to her eldest son, while her youngest, a deaf daughter who died at the age of 3 of a degenerative dis-ease, caused her unending grief. Unpopular because of her willful placement of her relatives in English high offices, as well as her partiality to French adventurers in England, which would later feed into a baronial revolt that would put enormous pressure on her husband. Refused to assimilate English culture by surrounding herself with her fellow Savoyards, which did little to enhance her reputation in her adopted country. Served as joint governor of England in 1253, along with the king’s brother, then used royal and ecclesiastical money to support the ambitions of yet another relative. Attacked in her barge on the Thames in 1263 by angry Londoners, before being rescued. Led royalist exiles in France after Henry was imprisoned in 1264 during a baron’s revolt. Raised an invasionary force but the fleet was wrecked and the rebellion crushed. Returned to England on the release of Henry. On his death in 1272 and the accession of her son to the throne, she stayed on in England to help raise several of her grandchildren, before retiring to nunnery. Remained in touch with her royal house, however, until her death. Inner: Beautiful, strong-willed and clever. Self-serving lifetime of acting in her own interests in the face of great hostility and opposition, a continuing theme with her, in all her lives of power. Eleanor of Aquitaine (c1122-1204) - French queen of England and France. Outer: Daughter of the count of Aquitaine, inherited vast estates in France. Spent her childhood traveling through those estates as part of an itinerant household. At 15, after realizing her inheritance, she married Louis VII (Wlliam Bennett), who was madly in love with her, but she found him dull and unsatisfying, complaining she wed a king and got a monk instead. Had 2 daughters by him. Influenced many state decisions, and established a brilliant court, where she was patron to poets, musicians, troubadours and scholars. Founded houses of learning and served as France’s cultural matron. Provoked her husband with her outrageous sexual behavior while separately accompanying him on the 2nd Crusade, in which she led 300 women, both fighters and healers. Won an annulment after 15 years of marriage in 1152, and was deluged with suitors. Married a Norman noble 2 months later, and he quickly became king of England in 1154 as Henry II (Kathleen Kennedy), who was 11 years her junior. Volatile relationship twixt the pair, thanks to her talent for intrigue and drama. 8 children from union, including her husband’s successors, Richard I (Richard Burton) and John I (Henry Fonda). Actively involved in the administration of the kingdom as well as her own lands and oversaw a highly cultured court. Instigated a revolt of her sons in 1173 because of her husband’s infidelities. Captured on her way to Aquitaine, she was held in quasi-imprisonment until the king’s death in 1189. On her release, she triumphantly returned to power, granting amnesty to prisoners and upholding her son Richard’s succession. Ruled as regent during her son’s long absences over the next decade, while upholding her French possessions, then insured the succession of his brother, John, while remaining active in protecting her interests. Retired to a monastery at the end of her long life. Her progeny married into various royal houses of Europe, making her the acknowledged ‘Grandmother of Europe’ of her time. Inner: Strong-willed and combative. Beautiful, capricious and willful. Intelligent, cultured, with an extremely strong drive to dominate. Regal dominatrix lifetime of doing battle with husbands and supporting sons, as well as her own powerful desire for power and influence. Brunhild (c534-613) - Frankish queen. Outer: Daughter of the Visigothic king of Spain. Brought up in the Roman tradition as an Arian, in a wealthy, albeit weak polity. One of 2 sisters. Beautiful, elegant and chaste. In 566, she married Sigebert I (Joschka Fischer), the Frankish king of Austrasia, while changing her religion to Roman Catholicism. More intelligent than her husband, although loyal to him, she tried to instill the imperial ethos of Rome into a realm without that tradition. In the same year, her sister Galswintha married Sigebert’s half-brother Chilperic I (Adolf Hitler), king of the western half of the land of the Franks, but the following year Chilperic, on the instigation of his mistress, Fredegund, had Galswintha murdered. Sigebert extracted territory in recompense, but after a war broke out twixt the 2 with the forces of Sigebert dominating, he was assassinated in 575, and she was imprisoned in Rouen. Forced to marry one of Chilperic’s sons the following year, but it was dissolved by Chilperic, and she went to Metz, where her own young son, Childebert II, was proclaimed king. Hardened and more embittered over the years, she became the formidable dowager queen and deputy ruler over Austrasia and later Burgundy for the next near 3 decades, presiding over weak male heirs, although her Roman ways often brought her into conflict with the nobles she oversaw. Believed in absolute monarchy in the Roman style, and became more autocratic and cruel as she aged. After Childebert’s death in 595, she failed to make herself guardian over her grandson, and after more political turmoil, she tried to make one of her 4 great-grandsons king in 613, which caused the Austrasian magnates to appeal to Clotaire II (FDR), king of Neustria and son of her longtime enemy and rival, Fredegund. After fleeing, she presented herself in royal robes before him only to be accused of causing the deaths of 10 Frankish kings. Tortured for 3 days, she was bound on a camel, led through the ranks, and finally tied by her hair to one unbroken horse, and one leg to another, and cut to shreds by them. Her corpse was then burnt and the ashes scattered, without a grave to mark her. Inner: Great courage, astute statesmanship, with a capacity for hard work. Natural sense of compassion and also for moral rectitude, unusual for the courts of the time, although capable of the era’s cruelty. Basically outlived her era. Retrograde lifetime of embodying the dying sense of the Roman Empire in Gaul, replete with having her death enact its final violent dismantling. Livia Drusilla (58BZ-29AZ) - Augusta of Rome. Outer: From a powerful political family. Father had excellent connections. In 43 BZ, she married her cousin, and bore the future Roman Emperor Tiberius (Lucien Bonaparte). Pregnant with a 2nd son, Nero Claudius Drusus (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.), when the Emperor Augustus Caesar (FDR) arranged her divorce so she could marry him. The pair made an excellent match, although they produced no further children, making her eldest son the emperor’s reluctant heir. Played an important role as the wife of the emperor, as a living embodiment of the matronly virtues he tried to foster. Both dignified and chaste in her public projections, she also took great interest in affairs of state, particularly around her husband’s heir. May have had a hand in the manipulated deaths of several rivals for the throne, including poisoning her own husband, Augustus. After his death in 14AZ, she continued her influence into the reign of Tiberius, whom she had carefully prepared for rule. Partner in power with her son until her death, often causing him embarrassment through her hostility to rival houses. Inner: Great dignity, austere in public, with a tremendous desire to maintain her dynastic ambitions at all costs. Regal lifetime of exerting the full force of her personality in the arena of rule. Tiy (c1401BZ-?) - Egyptian queen. Outer: From commoner stock, although her father had vast land holdings on the Nile Delta. Probably evinced exceptional talent at an early age. Her sire was a provincial priest and military commander, while her mother was a servant of the queen mother. Married at 10 or 11 to the pharaoh Amenhotep III (FDR), when he was in his teens, shortly after he took over the reins of his reign. Sharp-chinned with deep set eyes and a firm mouth. Showed herself to be uncommonly shrewd and able, serving as both behind the scenes adviser and equal helpmate during her husband’s long reign. Their son, Amenhotep IV (Adolf Hitler), would succeed her husband. Despite having to compete with numerous other wives, who were married for political purposes, as well as a huge harem, she was able to make her presence known, and during her husband’s declining health at the end of his reign, she played a very prominent role in government, breaking a precedent of passivity that had long held royal wives in check. Inner: Cunning, clever and highly competent. Behind and next to the throne lifetime of proving her governmental mettle in an age when women were largely property, while ultimately acting very much the equal of her longtime cohort.
PATHWAY OF THE JOURNALIST AS CELEBRITY IN HER OWN WRITE:
Storyline: The incisive interviewer breaks through the glass ceiling of telecommunications to become a pioneer in projecting intelligent women into America’s livingrooms, after 2 earlier early exits in preparation for her enthronement as dowager queen of the small screen.
Titurel - Original guardian of the grail, also upholder of a world that is destined to fall apart. Archetype of mutual creative and destructive energy in its feminine form. Barbara Walters (1931) - American journalist. Outer: Of Jewish descent. Mother was a Russian immigrant, who was shy and reserved. Father, Lou Walters, was an English immigrant and theatrical producer with a penchant for gambling. Their first son died at 2, and oldest daughter was mentally retarded. Shy and reserved as the third and final child in the household. Experienced a financially rocky early childhood, until her sire succeeded with a Boston nightclub, the Latin Quarter, in 1937. He later opened a NY club of the same name, giving his daughter a childhood spent among celebrities, and the opportunity to see them both onstage and unpainted in the dressingroom afterwards, so as to imprint on her, they were at heart, ordinary people as well. Grew up in Boston, NYC, and Miami Beach. Very close to her mother and despite the glitter of her surroundings, craved normalcy, while seeing her sire’s gambling addiction as a signal that she might ultimately have to support her family, which she did. Her older sister was ultimately able to work with her handicap by becoming a teacher to similarly afflicted students, and lived a full life, dying in 1985 of ovarian cancer. Graduated first in her class in high school, only to be put on the waiting list by snobby Wellesley, for reasons of class and background. Went to the far more egalitarian Sarah Lawrence, instead, receiving a BA in English after initially majoring in theater arts with the intention of becoming an actress. Took a master’s degree in education, then instead of becoming a teacher, obtained a job as a TV station assistant to a publicity director. Graduated to producer and writer before winding up at CBS, where she learned telecommunications, but felt blocked in her higher ambitions. In 1955, she married Robert Katz, a businessman, divorced in 1957, the same year her father failed financially and suffered a nervous breakdown, bringing her fears to bear as family breadwinner, which would be a motivating force the rest of her life. Left TV for a job with a theatrical public relations firm, then went back to NBC as a writer with the “Today” show, as the only female on the staff, occasionally doing interviews. Finally given the opportunity to be a full-time TV performer, despite the producer’s fears that an intelligent woman would turn off most viewers. Worked on her lateral lisp, which made ‘r’s’ difficult, and came into her own during JFK’s assassination in 1963. The same year, she married Lee Guber, a theatrical producer, one adopted daughter, whom she named after her sister, as well as two stepchildren. The couple separated after 9 years, and divorced in 1977. Her 3rd marriage to a businessman Merv Adelson, a businessman, in 1986 also ended in divorce six years later. After a considerable struggle, she became co-host of the “Today,” show in her early 40s, after establishing a reputation as an incisive interviewer with world notables. 2 years later, in 1976, she became the first woman to co-anchor a nightly newscast with ABC television, with an annual salary of $1 million, although her precedent-setting position failed to find a large enough audience, and was also compounded by a distinct hostility from her co-host Harry Reasoner. Eventually, she settled into a niche with interview specials as well as co-hosting duties on “20/20,” in 1979, while enjoying her celebrity status as a high profile pioneer in the ubiquitous domain of televised vision. An incisive interviewer, with a particular interest in the psychological, occasionally bringing her interviewees to tears in their discussions of their inner, rather than outer, lives. Her facility for stroking famous egos, would also result in no bitter aftertaste in the mouths and minds of her subjects for what she cleverly wheedled out of them. Won several Emmys, and was also the author of How to Talk With Practically Anybody About Practically Anything. Created “The View,” a multigenerational woman’s daytime talk show, in 1997, for midmorning consumption for stay-at-homes. Retired from 20/20 after 25 years in 2004, with a desire to step down still at the top of her game, although continued with interview specials, as well as “The View,” as TV’s alpha female broadcaster. Admitted in a 2008 memoir, Audition, that she had had an affair in the 1970s with Senator Edward Brooke, a married African-American senator from Massachusetts, which could have summarily ended the career of both, adding an extra dimension to the connection, which ended after a few years. Despite her occasional failing memory, and an age that would put most women long out to pasture, she remains a stalwart survivor of a notoriously fickle medium. Successfully underwent heart surgery in 2010, and three years later, she tearfully announced she would be retiring in 2014, after fifty years in the managed news business. In May of that year, she did so exiting the “View” in a day-long, celebrity-studded celebration, as ABC News renamed its headquarters building after her. Changed her mind about retirement the following year as host of “Barbara Walters Presents American Scandal,” revisiting a variety of sensational crimes, as an active interviewer. Inner: Highly competitive, and able to rise to every challenge thrown at her, over a long precedent-setting career to allow her to become an ultimate dowager queen in the pantheon of American celebrity. Hand’s-on producer, right down to the rough editing. Despite all her extraordinary adventures, extremely sensitive to slights, letting them rankle her for decades. Pioneering lifetime of breaking gender barriers in telecommunications to become a national institution of sorts herself, and a living testament to the power of her own unstinting unsinkability. Nixola Greeley-Smith (1890-1919) - American journalist. Outer: Father was a lawyer. Mother was the daughter of journalist Horace Greeley (Walter Lippmann). Born on the estate her mother had inherited from Greeley. Her mother died when she was 2, leading to an unsettled childhood, spent in various locales. Her father was appointed U.S. consul in Quebec, and then in Belgium, and she attended schools in both places, gaining fluency in French. Began writing as a teenager, enjoying the publication of her early efforts in periodicals, before embarking on her career in journalis. Worked for Joseph Pulitzer’s (Rudolph Giuliani) St. Louis paper, and then his New York World in 1901, with which she would continue to associate for the rest of her relatively brief career. In 1910, she married Andrew Ford, a city editor, no children from the union. Became an expert at personal interviews and material for women. Developed a format for her interviews which she carefully clove to, featuring an attention-grabbing opening, a personal description and then extensive quotations. During WW I, she specialized on women’s activities in the war effort. Supported the woman’s suffrage movement both personally and in her stories. Died after an operation for acute apendicitis at the age of 38. Inner: Serious, pessimistic, with a wide range of interests. Prelude lifetime of focusing on the skills that she would bring to sharper and more lasting focus in her next life as one of the primary female media practitioners of the art of penetrating conversation. Maria White Lowell (1821-1853) - American poet. Outer: Father was a prosperous cattle trader and influential citizen. Her family were Unitarians, and she prided herself in her Puritan upbringing. Trained as a governess although her formal education ended at 13, when a Know-Nothing mob burned the convent where she was studying. Joined Margaret Fuller’s (Margaret Sanger) conversation group, and felt a strong moral duty to educate and uplift the country. Worked to raise money for the abolitionist cause, while writing poetry. Also sewed, drew and translated German into English. Met poet James Russell Lowell (John Kenneth Galbreath), at the very beginning of his career, offering support for both his political and poetics interests. In her early 20s, they married when he began establishing his literary career. Of delicate health, with a continual cough, she had 4 children, 2 of them dying in infancy and early childhood. The family left for Italy in 1851 because of her health, which was weakened by tuberculosis. Continued to write poetry, but her 4th child, and only son, died in Rome, and she never recovered from the loss. Died a year after returning from Europe, only 32. Inner: Unworldly and angelic, with a strong social conscious and well-developed poetic sensibilities. Death-shrouded lifetime of focusing on her spiritual and otherworldly side, while still working in the world of power and communications. Catherine Walpole (Catherine Shorter) (1682-1737) Outer: Grandfather had been lord mayor of London. Father was a wealthy timber merchant. In 1700, she married British politician Robert Walpole (Joschka Fischer), bringing a sizable dowry of £20,000 to the match, which was unhappy. Together they had 4 sons and 2 daughters, including Horace Walpole (Tom Wolfe), a noted writer, who was born over a decade after all but one of his other siblings. Because of his effete nature, he was thought to be the product of an illicit liaison on her part, but he also bore a striking resemblance to one of his father’s illegitimate brood. Compensated for her husband’s lack of attention to her and his many mistresses by pursuing an extravagant and highly social lifestyle, replete with expensive clothing and jewelry. By the time Walpole had achieved the prime ministership, he was openly living with his mistress Maria Skerrett (Maria Shriver), while she, too, had taken on other lovers. Raised her favorite, Horace largely by herself, and he remained devoted to her. Within a year of her death, Walpole had married Maria Skerrett (Mariah Shriver). Inner: Extravagant, highly social, and very much into the material. Revenge is mine lifetime of exercising her power through excess, after finding herself rendered powerless by her longtime sometime loving and sometime ignoring mate. Blanche of Castile (c1188-1252) - Queen of France. Outer: Mother was an English princess, grand/daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine (Sara Roosevelt), father was the king of Castile. Third of four sisters. Her other three siblings all became queens, enjoying rule on the Iberian peninsula. In 1200, while still a preteen, she became the wife of Louis VIII of France (Joschka Fischer). Her husband was only a year older than she, and the marriage was not consummated until 1205. Nevertheless, the couple were devoted to one another, and also were close with their 14 children, including her husband’s successor, Louis IX (Michael Eric Dyson). They were crowned in 1223, with Louis dying a scant three years later, leaving her in charge via his will. A devout Roman Catholic, she proved to be a skillful administrator and regent for her son, Louis IX during his minority, and long afterwards. When her husband was dying of dysentery, he was told he would be cured by a virgin, but he refused to be unfaithful to her and died shortly afterwards. Rode into battle at the head of her troops dressed in white, to stem a rebellion against her son, whom she dominated and to whom she served as chief adviser until her death. Despised by her enemies, who spread false rumors of her promiscuity, because of many of her independent positions. Protected the Jews in her kingdom, and refused to side with the papacy on a crusade against the German emperor. Also showed great compassion for the poor, rescuing serfs from prison, and freeing many of them from servitude to the crown. Generous with alms, she also founded two abbeys. Had a contentious relationship with her daughter-in-law, Marguerite (Michelle Obama), and was constantly interfering in her marriage. Opposed her son’s going on crusade in 1248, and while he was gone, she met her own demise, lying down in a bed of hay, and asking forgiveness at the end of her life. Died in a nun’s habit of a heart ailment, and her heart was buried away from her body. Much mourned by the French as a well-loved figure. Inner: Strong-willed, enterprising and supportive. Powerful personality, domineering, with a hands-on approach to rule. It’s good to be queen lifetime of showing herself to be her own woman with a compassion for all levels of society, marred only by an innate competitiveness around her intimate heart. Atia Balba Caesonia (85-43BZ) - Roman noblewoman. Outer: Mother was the sister of future Roman dictator Julius Caesar (Charles de Gaulle). Father was a praetor and commissioner, who came from a plebian senatorial family. The middle of three sisters, all of whom carried the same name. Became the second wife of Gaius Octavius, who was the first of his family to become a senator. Two children from the union, Octavia Minor (Daryl Hannah) and the future Augustus Caesar (FDR), in whom she sensed greatness while still pregnant with him. Traveled with her spouse to his various posts, including the governorship of Macedonia, until 59BZ, when he died on the way to Rome to accept a consulship. Subsequently contracted another political marriage with one of her uncle’s supporters, a consul, Lucius Marcius Philllippus, who brought a son and daughter to the union. Took a direct hand in educating her own son for rule, while working in concert with her husband to effect the best marriages possible for their daughters. Greatly admired for her probity, she weathered her uncle’s assassination in 44BZ, and greatly feared her son would also fall prey to the same forces. Urged him to renounce his status as the dictator’s designated heir, although he did not. Died the following year during her progeny’s first consulship. Her husband would later marry one of her similarly named sisters. Inner: Strongly religious and superstitious with a powerful sense of matronly duty, as well as an intuitive grasp of the role her son would ultimately play. Conduit lifetime of serving as a blood bridge between Rome’s final dictator and its first emperor, and exercising her duties efficiently and ethically, in a time that often played fast and loose with both those traits.
PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS FAITHFUL AND FAITHLESS WIFE:
Storyline: The sensuous spouse plays with themes of fidelity, infidelity and legitimacy in her dance around the longtime intimate cohorts in her lives, in her ongoing self-definition through power partnerships rather than self-discovery, as she slowly carves a name of her own while still remaining harnessed to powerful men.
Enid - Wife of Geraint. He believed rumors she was faithless, but after she nursed his wounds, he saw the purity of her heart, and accepted their mutual love for one another. Archetype of the faithful lover, and its hidden polarity, the faithless lover. Maria Shriver (1955) - American journalist. Outer: Mother was Eunice Kennedy, 3rd oldest daughter of the Kennedy clan. Father was R. Sargent Shriver, an editor from a socially prominent but impecunious Catholic family, who ultimately became the founding director of the Peace Corps, but whose larger political ambitions were squelched by the Kennedy family. 2nd of 5 children, her other siblings were all boys. Grew up on the family’s Maryland estate, and enjoyed a proximity to power throughout her early life. Striking features early in life, which gradually hardened. Educated at Georgetown Univ., and began working as a news producer for a Philadelphia TV station in 1977, before becoming a correspondent for CBS News in 1983, and then a co-anchor for “CBS This Morning.” In 1991, she switched to NBC, with her own eponymous interview show, and then became a contributing anchor for “Dateline NBC” in 1995 for nearly a decade. Proved herself to be quite aggressive and driven, as well as telegenic, landing a number of prize interviews. 9 years after meeting actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, she married him in 1986, 4 children from union, and was able to withstand the rumors of his roving eye, thanks to an extended family guilty of the same. Eventually found motherhood and her career incompatible, and withdrew from the fast track of the latter to focus more on the former, after the birth of her first child, while still remaining in the cyclopean public eye, but reducing her workload in half. Found time to write 5 books, with each one targeting a specific issue, child disability, death and Alzheimer’s among them. A staunch Democrat, she was initially reluctant to allow her husband, a Republican, to run for governor of California, but relented in the recall election of 2003, and enthusiastically supported him. After his win, she became an integral part of his administration, ultimately asserting herself as the most powerful first lady in California’s his’n’herstory as an activist advocate for issues that interest her, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, which had claimed her father. Also an unashamed self-promoter in her own desire to be a national figure, with her own well-paid staff to help her achieve her aims. Following her husband’s run of office, she announced they were separating after 25 years of marriage, upon learning earlier he had fathered a son with their housekeeper five days after the birth of their lastborn son, some 13 years previously. Leaked the information to the press, then moved out when he refused to do so, while hiring a divorce lawyer to divide up their considerable estate. Returned to the Today show as a special anchor centering on women’s issues in 2013.Inner: Driven, assertive and deeply attracted to power, only to find herself largely ignored by her husband for years. Steppingstone lifetime of continuing her intimate associations with powerful mates, although also able to carve a name of her own, through her own unique communication skills. Lucy Mercer Rutherford (Lucy Mercer) (1891-1948) - American social secretary. Outer: From a prominent patrician family whose fortunes ultimately sank. Tall, striking beauty, devout Catholic. Educated in private schools, but had to go to work because of familial financial reversals, after she and her sister suddenly found themselves penniless in a convent school in Austria. Became governess to the children of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in 1914, when FDR was asst. secretary of the navy, and over the course of the next 2 years, was included in the family’s social life. Despite this downturn, she remained in their social circle. Following America’s entry into WW I, she enlisted in the navy, and FDR got her assigned to his office. The pair became lovers, at first secretly, and then more publicly, while several members of his family encouraged the affair, seeing that it brought out a new sense of himself in it. Relieved of her duties in 1917, although both the affair and correspondence continued. The duo separated in 1918 when a shocked ER discovered their illicit relationship, which also ended the latter’s married sex life. In the same year she became the governess for 6 small children of a wealthy 55 year old widower. They were married in 1920, much to Eleanor Roosevelt’s satisfaction when she heard about it. The couple also had a daughter, and she proved to be a devoted and well-loved mother to the entire brood. After she became a widow in 1944, she reconnected with FDR, because of his need for intimate companionship and was with him when he died. Divided her time twixt her estates in Aiken, SC and Allamuchy, NJ, and burned all of FDR’s letters. Died of leukemia. Inner: Vivacious, poised, and quite mesmerizing to the opposite sex, with a talent for making people happy. Soft-hearted, with a great desire to make her surroundings beautiful. Devout Catholic, excellent listener, probably had a strong need for father figures. Realized that FDR’s sense of duty was more important than her happiness, although was wistful about how things might have been, had the circumstances been different for their romance. Support lifetime of incarnating into privileged but shaky circumstances, and then willingly playing the role of the other woman to her long/time mate, before living in privilege and power, only to finish the circle of intimacy she had earlier started as a sub rosa spouse. Rachel Jackson (Rachel Donalson) (1767-1828) - American political helpmate. Outer: Of Scottish, Irish, Welsh and English ancestry. Father was a soldier, surveyor, foundry owner and co-founder of Nashville, Tennessee, who was murdered in 1786. 10th of 11 children with 7 brothers and 3 sisters. Short with brown hair and eyes. Probably never received a formal education. Good horsewoman, although largely unlettered, despite an obvious intelligence. Married at 17 to an abusive and adulterous captain and landowner who flew into jealous rages about her imagined unfaithfulness to him. After 4 years, she left him, and was protected from his further abuse by Andrew Jackson (Joschka Fischer). In 1790, the Virginia legislature granted her the right to sue for divorce, which she mistakenly thought was the divorce itself. The duo were married in 1791, then later remarried in 1794 when they discovered the divorce was improper at the original wedding. Her husband was called a bigamist by his later political opponents over the misunderstanding. Jackson killed a man in a duel over his wife’s honor, while his fellow duelist’s bullet lodged in his breast for the rest of his life. She then nursed him back to health. Couldn’t conceive children, so they adopted the son of her brother, and later an Amerindian boy her husband had found on a battlefield alongside his dead mother. Became a devout Presbyterian during her husband’s long absences, as well as put on considerable weight. Settled into their home, the Hermitage, and never wanted to leave it, viewing her spouse’s impending presidency with great fear. Crushed by the opprobrium heaped on her during his presidential campaign and died prematurely of a heart attack, just before the couple were scheduled to go to Washington. Inner: Dynamic, lively, with an energy equal to her husband’s. Possessor of a natural simplicity and openness. Archetypal lifetime of directly reflecting the ancient Arthurian legend of the questioned spouse who proves her loyalty and love. Maria Skerrett (1702-1738) - English mistress. Outer: From a well-to-do background, and a noted beauty. Became the longtime mistress of British politician, Robert Walpole (Joschka Fischer), who opely lived with her while separated from his wife Catherein (Barbara Walters). Brought a considerable dowrry to the relationship, some £30,000. Following his spouse’s death in 1737, the two finally wed, although she died three months later in childbirth, to her husband’s undying grief. Their daughter, Catherine, was given the rank of an earl’s daughter, in an unprecedented nonroyal move on her husband’s part, in securing a ladyship for his offspring. Inner: Beautiful, witty and well-loved. Support lifetime of serving as the inamorata of a faithless husband in her ongoing byplay with the wages and fortunes of adultery. Margot (1553-1615) - Queen of France. Also known as Marguerite de Valois. Outer: 3rd daughter of Henri II (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Catherine de’ Medici (Indira Gandhi). Strongly resembled her mother, and was deeply involved in the religious controversies of the time. Married to Henri IV (FDR) several days before the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in 1572. Both were equally sexually active but unfaithful to one another. In love with Henri, 3rd Duc de Guise (Joschka Fischer), another claimant for the throne, who was assassinated, clearing the way for the coronation of her husband. Their marriage, however, was eventually annulled in 1599, although the 2 remained good friends. No issue. Lived in splendid style the rest of her life, pursuing her own amatory interests. Wrote a lively set of memoirs. Inner: Strong-willed sensualist. Act out lifetime of dealing with the politics of spirituality and sexuality, from the perspective of disloyalty and total self-interest. Beatrice of Provence (1234-1267) - French queen of Sicily. Outer: Youngest of four beautiful daughters of Beatrice of Savoy (Katharine Graham) and Raymond Berenguer IV (Phil Graham) of Provence, all of whom would become European queens. Her eldest sister Marguerite (Michelle Obama) married Louis IX (Michael Eric Dyson) of France. The next, Eleanor (Doris Kopf-Schroeder) wed Henry III (Jacqueline Kennedy) of England, while the third, Sanchia (Daryl Hannah) was betrothed to the ultimate king of the Germans, Richard (Richard Nixon) earl of Cornwall, who was the younger brother of Henry. In 1246, she married Louis’s youngest brother, Charles I of Anjou (Arnold Schwarzenegger), 6 surviving children from the union, including her husband’s successor, as well as a future queen of the Hungarians. Her spouse was the recipient of her father’s counties, Provence and Forcalquier, because his prospects seemed the dimmest, although he would prove, by far, the most aggressive of the lot, and the bequeathal would cause considerable tensions within the family. Her husband spend a good deal of time off fighting, as a crusader with his older brother, as an authoritarian ruler over his own territories and their rebellious nobles, and later in his own personal crusade to extend his empire as far as he could. Towards the end of her life, he was given the kingdom of Sicily by papal authority, so that she, along with her siblings, could claim a queenship as well. Accompanied her husband to Italy, and having done her duties as wife and mother, made a relatively early exit before he could fully secure their kingdom. Inner: Support lifetime of coming into a powerful family, and winding up with the most aggressive mate of her three siblings, only to exit well before his ultimate triumphs and failings, so as to only share in his early struggles. Julia (c19BZ-28AZ) - Roman political daughter. Outer: Father was Marcus Agrippa (Joschka Fischer) and mother was Julia (Eleanor Roosevelt), the daughter of Augustus Caesar (FDR). Unhappily married to a Roman official, 3 children from union including a daughter who became the first wife of the emperor Claudius (Saul Williams). After an affair, she was condemned to perpetual exile in 8 AZ for adultery, the same fate that had earlier, and falsely, befallen her mother. A child was born after her disgrace was exposed. Supported by her step-grandmother, Livia Drusilla (Sara Delano Roosevelt), who kept her alive for the next 2 decades. Celebrated by Ovid (D.H. Lawrence) as Corinna in his erotic poems. Inner: Probably chafed at the lack of control she had over her life, deliberately and provocatively rebellious. Penance lifetime of carrying the cross of public adultery, her longtime stigma, and being forced to live in exile for it, although not without familial support.
PATHWAY OF THE RULER LOOKING FOR THE LEGITIMACY OF LOVE:
Storyline: The misplaced mistress winds up playing secondary roles to the primary men in her life, while struggling with the ongoing lesson of looking for completion within herself, and finding it through activism, rather than passive compliance with overbearing partners.
Isolde - Betrothed to one king and falls in love with a hero under the enchantment of a potion. Miscommunication leads to both his and her death. Archetype of the thwarted lover. Daryl Hannah (1961) - American actress. Outer: Father was a tugboat and barge company owner. Parents divorced, and her mother married a wealthy industrialist. At 3, she lost part of left index finger in a pulley in a well, although subsequently always managed to cleverly cover it up on screen. Sickly as a child, she took ballet to strengthen herself, and then pursued an acting career, making her film debut in 1978, with The Fury. Later revealed that she almost got hooked into a sex slave ring at the time, when she answered an ad for a modeling trip. Escaped through a window with another young woman, and fled back to Los Angeles. Subsequently would use her influence to battle sex trafficking. 5’10”, classic blue-eyed, golden-haired beauty, who built her early career on offbeat roles, as a mermaid, cave woman and other otherworldly creatures, gradually adding substance to her decorative looks in more challenging parts. Never a big star, but always an interesting personality on the screen. After an abusive relationship with songwriter Jackson Browne, she was rescued by John F. Kennedy, Jr. in a much publicized romance, although that, too, eventually fizzled. Continues to expand herself on the screen, while still looking for the supportive love she craves. Studied directing at NYU’s film school, and won a Berlin International Film Festival Jury Award for one of her shorts, The Last Supper. An environmental activist, and a humanitarian, as well, with a great desire to make the planet a better place for her having been on it. Also an avid game-player, having co-designed several creations in that realm. Inner: Offbeat, nonconformist, honest and direct. Ongoing multi-life relationship with the Kennedy/Roosevelt stable of males. Self-expressive lifetime of continuing her search for the elusive dynamics of love and stability, while fashioning her own unique career in the process, thanks to the magic of celluloid virtual reality. Missy LeHand (Marguerite LeHand) (Marguerite LeHand) (1898-1944) - American secretary. Outer: Mother took in tenants to support her large family of 5 children, while her father was an alcoholic who lived apart from the family. After high school, she went to secretarial school, moved to NYC and wound up as a secretary with the Democratic Party at their national headquarters. Assigned to the Cox-Roosevelt ticket in 1920, and became involved with Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s vice-presidential campaign, before being hired as FDR’s private secretary, and serving him as an integral part of his subsequent rise. Tall, with a long face, and blue eyes, bearing a strong resemblance to her next go-round. Moved with her family to Albany in 1928, and in essence, became a wife, constant companion and assistant for Roosevelt for the length of his political career, managing his daily routines. Had a couple of romances, including one with Eleanor Roosevelt’s bodyguard, and one with ambassador William Bullitt, but compared with FDR, all other men were secondary to her. Always provided him with her own honest opinion. The duo were relatively discreet, although Eleanor Roosevelt was aware of their relationship. Once tried to set herself on fire, carrying a suicidal sense from her insecure upbringing and the secondary role she was forced to play with the primary man in her life. Had a stroke at the end, which impaired both her speech and motor skills. Some said it was brought on by trying to keep up with her lover. Lingered on for three years, dying the annum before the president made his exit. Neither ever publicly acknowledged their relationship, although FDR had made her the beneficiary of half his estate. Inner: Honest, direct, but with a strong sense of self-destructiveness. Incomplete lifetime of loving in secret while maintaining the public veneer of propriety in ongoing dualistic liaison with her longtime lover. Hannah Van Buren (Hannah Hoes) (1783-1819) - American political helpmate. Outer: Of Dutch descent. First cousin and childhood sweetheart of Martin Van Buren (FDR), with only 3 months separating them. Father, who was a farmer, died when she was 6, while her mother lived to the age of 98. Through the latter, she was related to the Roosevelts. Had one sister and a brother who became a Presbyterian minister. Small, blonde, blue-eyed and fragile, she was raised in the Dutch Reform Church, and Dutch was her first language, although she later became a Presbyterian. Married Van Burn in 1807, after he had established his law practice. 7 children from the union, with two daughters, one of whom was stillborn and a son dying young. 4 sons reached adulthood, including John (John F. Kennedy, Jr.). Often chatted in Dutch with her husband, and the duo evinced a deep affection for one another. Active in charitable works, with a considerable amount of empathy and concern for the needy. Became a guiding force in her husband’s rise in state politics, but she developed tuberculosis when his political career took him to Albany, and died of it after only 12 years of marriage, robbing him of a much needed helpmate. She asked that mourning scarves not be used at her funeral, and instead the money spent on them be given to charity. In his subsequent overlong autobiography, her husband never mentioned her once. Inner: Loving, gentle, deeply religious, with a strong sense of charity. Modest and timid. Foreshortened lifetime of support and following her sense of justice through personal charity, before exiting early to allow her longtime mate to develop his ongoing American political persona on his own. Molly Brant (c1736-1796) - Iroquois estate manager, diplomat and revolutionary Loyalist. Known in her youth as Konwatsi’tsialienni or “Someone lends her a flower.” Outer: A Mohawk and member of the Iroquois 6 Nation Confederacy, she was born into a matrilineal society where women held power and property. Older sister or half/sister of Joseph Brant, a Mohawk leader. From a small village on the south bank of the Mohawk River, which was surrounded at the time by Dutch and German settlers, while her tribe was undergoing profound changes. At her majority, she received a second name Deonwadonti or “Two Against One.” Lost her father and her mother remarried, while she grew up largely between worlds, becoming a devout Anglican and living in a colonial style frame house, rather than a longhouse. Learned English when young, so that she was quite fluent in it, and took on her stepfather’s name. Became intimate with Sir William Johnson (Gerhard Schroeder), who was an important colonial administrator and land-owner as well as a friend of her stepfather. After the death of his primary consort in 1759, she moved into his home and together they had two sons and six daughters, although there is no record of the duo ever having been formally married. Took charge of his busy household as his estate manager, and proved invaluable as a liaison with the tribes in the area. Showed herself to be both an efficient manager and a gracious hostess, while enjoying a prestigious position among both the settlers and her own clan, eventually becoming the leader of the clan mothers. Following Johnson’s death in 1774, he left her some land and money, but she decided to return to her village with her children along with four black slaves, Rejoined her mother and brother and set up a store, selling supplies, before the American Revolution interrupted their existence. Became a Loyalist to the British crown during the fray, because of her sense of loyalty to Johnson’s memory. Because of her, five of the six Iroquois nations supported the Loyalists against the colonists. Quietly served as a spy, gathering information, although her activities forced her to flee in 1777, going first to Onondaga, the Iroquois capital, where she found her people in despair over the dynamics of the revolution and the distinct possibility they would become victims of it should the colonials win. Failed to rally them, before going to Fort Niagara, using her diplomatic skills to try to convince her people to stand firm, while keeping an open house for them, although all her efforts proved to little avail when the colonists won their independence from the crown in 1781. Eventually the Iroquois were given new land in Canada and for her services she was awarded an annual pension and a house in Ontario province. Lost her eldest son in the fighting, but her other children all survived, with her daughters all marrying men of European descent, while her surviving son wed a fellow Iroquois. Refused to return to the U.S. at the urging of its new government, and lived out her days as a respected member of her adopted community. Inner: Charismatic, and an excellent manager. Comfortable in two cultures, as a respected figure in each. Stepping stone lifetime of bridging over to the New World from the Old as a bi-cultural diplomat and manager, transliterating her hidden queendoms into the democratic demands of a whole other kind of leadership. Gabrielle d’Estrees (1573-1599) - French royal mistress. Outer: Daughter of a French marquis. Her aristocratic lover introduced her to the king, Henri IV (FDR), who fell in love with her and arranged a nominal marriage for her. Influential in his decision to become a Roman Catholic. The king publicly acknowledged her, while she bore him 3 children who were later legitimized. Made a duchess, and looked on herself as queen of France. About to be married, but suffered an attack of eclampsia, then gave birth to a stillborn son and died the next day, much to the king’s everlasting grief. Inner: Compliant and traditional. Foreshortened lifetime of alliance with longtime love, but, as in all other existences with him, denied official sanction as wife, this time because of her own unconscious need to exit early, in order to make him feel the full pain of her in his heart. Sanchia of Provence (c1228-1261) - French Holy Roman empress. Outer: 3rd of 4 beautiful daughters of Beatrice of Savoy (Katharine Graham) and Raymond Berenguer IV (Phil Graham), count of Provence. All four, including Marguerite (Michelle Obama), Eleanor (Doris Kopf-Schroeder) and Beatrice (Maria Shriver) would become European queens, in a highly competitive household between them, with the youngest duo forced to do temporary obeisance to their older siblings because of their exalted status, which annoyed her greatly. Her sister Eleanor, the wife of Henry III (Jacqueline Kennedy), arranged her marriage with her extremely wealthy widower brother-in-law, Richard of Cornwall (Richard Nixon), breaking an engagement she had with a French count. Their wedding in 1243 was an extravanganza fit for a prince, with some 30,000 dishes served at the dinner and paid in goodly part for by levying taxes on the country’s Jews. Three sons from the union, with the first dying in infancy, and the second ultimately succeeding his father as earl of Cornwall. Lived the life of a wealthy princess with him, and in 1257, found herself elevated to queen, when her husband was offered the kingship of the German states, after offering excessive bribes to that effect. The two were subsequently crowned in Aachen, Germany, although it would prove an empty throne for her spouse, as subsequent visits to the German states would prove. Died four years later during a baron’s revolt in England, which destabilized the kingdom, and also saw her husband captured for ransom. Inner: The most feminine, and the least inclined to exercising her power prerogatives of the four sisters in the pure realm of rule. Enjoyed her wealth and status, although unstable times and a less-than-ideal spouse probably fed into her relatively early departure. Short-lived lifetime of rule with a far less attractive mate than in her other enthroned go-rounds, leading to an abrupt exit stage right, after she had done her wifely duties of producing an heir and a spare. Agnes de Meran (1180?-1201) - Queen of France. Outer: Daughter of a powerful German noble. Became the teen-aged wife of Philippe II Augustus (FDR). Despite being the genuine love of his life, the Pope refused to grant him an annulment from his previous marriage, after he had repudiated his wife and locked her up, and the pair were forced to part, 4 years after they wed, 2 children from union. Died shortly afterwards, probably heartbroken. Inner: Frustrating lifetime of briefly tasting legal love and losing it, in partnership with a longtime elusive mate that is never allowed full and legal flower for long, in her ongoing unconscious attempt at finding herself by herself rather than through a powerful male channel. Octavia Minor (69-11BZ) - Roman noble. Outer: From a prosperous family of knights. Father was a senator and governor who died when she was 10. Mother, Atia (Barbara Walters), was his second wife and the niece of Julius Caesar (Charles de Gaulle). Older sister of the future emperor, Octavian (FDR). Spent much of her childhood traveling, thanks to her father’s posts. Her mother remarried following the death of her sire, and she was raised by her stepfather, a consul, as one of his own, along with his own two children. In 54BZ, she had an arranged political marriage with a future consul, two daughters and a son from the union, including Marcus Marcellus (John F. Kennedy, Jr.), a heir presumptive to the throne. Her great-uncle wished her to divorce her husband and marry his triumvir Pompey (Henry Luce), although the latter declined the deal, while her husband remained an implacable foe of Caesar’s. On the death of her spouse in 40BZ, she was married to Marc Antony (Marquis de Lafayette), in another political union meant to augment her brother’s shaky alliance with the latter. Two daughters from union. One, Antonia (Rose Kennedy), would become mother of the future emperor Claudius (Joseph Goebbals), while the other would be the grandmother of the future emperor Caligula (Napoleon Bonaparte). Proved to be a loyal wife to a disloyal husband, raising her children, his children, and their two daughters , and traveling with him until he returned to his earlier paramour Cleopatra (Clare Booth Luce), the seductive queen of Egypt. Returned to Rome in 36BZ, and acted upon occasion as a negotiator between Octavian and Antony, while also supplying men and troops for him for his eastern campaigns. Her husband eventually divorced her in 32BZ, and two years later he committed suicide after being defeated in battle by her brother. Lived quietly afterwards, raising her combined broods of his, hers and theirs. Although Octavian, now Augustus Caesar, had adopted her son Marcellus as his heir, the latter died in 23BZ as a teenager. Never fully recovered from his death, and spent the rest of her life in mourning. Given a public funeral. Inner: Greatly respected for her virtues and as a totem of Roman noble femininity. Political pawn lifetime of doing her duty and showing great loyalty to a rejecting mate, while losing all the men in her life, save her brother, before suffering the final blow of the loss of a beloved son, from which she never recouped.
PATHWAY OF THE SINGER SINGER AS HELL-INFESTED ANGEL:
Storyline: The total package performer skyrockets onto the entertainment scene at a young age before imploding with the added baggage of a volatile mate and unconscious memories of burning out as a pioneering integrative figure of the turn of the century stage, as well as deeper roots in the apartheid world of early America.
Ettare - Beautiful maiden, who was loved deeply, but she scorned her inamorata for his innocence, preferring less idealistic expressions of passion. Archetype of the fickle feminine. Whitney Houston (1963-2012) - American singer. Outer: Of African/American, indigenous and Dutch descent. Mother Cissy was a back-up rhythm & blues and gospel singer, who was a strong influence on her early life. Father was an ex-serviceman and househusband, who became a music exec. Youngest of three children, with brother Michael, a musician. Cousins with singers Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, while her home was always filled with music and musicians. Had a Baptist upbringing, and when she was 4, the family moved to East Orange, following the Newark riots. Began singing in church at 11, and her parents were very loving and supportive of her, but also gave her a sense of discipline, before separating when she was a teen. 5’8”, willowy and quite striking. Went to a Catholic girls high school, and toured nightclubs where her mother performed, while also singing back-up on albums and singles. Worked as a model, doing mostly magazine work, before beginning her public career in earnest at 20, after being discovered by Clive Davis, who introduced her at his annual pre-Grammy gala. Proved a huge success from the beginning, with a big voice and a stunning stage presence, despite being accused in some quarters as a white blackgirl. Her debut eponymous album produced three no. 1 singles, while her subsequent releases, ultimately added up to some 170 million units sold. Her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the 1991 Superbowl became a classic. Expanded her popularity to films, with The Bodyguard in 1992, proving herself an equally adept actress. Allegedly had an extremely close relationship with her assistant Robyn Crwford, who may have been the love of her life, only to have it broken up by her family, for fear of her public image. Reacted by picking the worst possible straight mate for herself, former boy band star Bobby Brown, in 1992, one daughterBobbi Kristina,, from the disastrous union. Suffered three miscarriages as well, while starting to show up late and missing performances entirely thanks to crack cocaine abuse. Suffered three miscarriages as well, while starting to show up late and missing performances entirely thanks to cocaine abuse, as the couple separated then reunited, becoming favorite fodder for tabloid speculation, through a series of public antics. Despite a wholesome image and wide appeal, her darker side would continually surface, as she began acting more and more like a prima donna in a struggle within over the use and misuse of her considerable musical charisma. Reached a tabloid peak with an arrest for marijuana possession followed by erratic behavior around the 2000 Oscars, where she was fired, and then struggled to reclaim herself around rumors of drug abuse, voice loss and personal disintegration. Signed a $100 million + contract with her longtime label, Arista, in 2001, despite all her problems off-stage. Sued by her father for $100 million the following year, while admitting to past drug abuse and denying she was anorexic, with the telltale dualistic avowal, “I’m either my best friend or worst enemy.” Continued to be tabloid fodder, as did her husband, while her family finally, albeit briefly, prevailed in 2004 to get her into drug rehabilitation, to combat an addiction to the extremely debilitating effects of crack cocaine. Agreed to be part of a reality TV series, with BB, ‘Being Bobby Brown,’ despite coming off in a very negative manner on it, thanks to an uninhibited desire to present herself at her worst with the cameras rolling. In 2007, she divorced Brown, winning custody of their daughter, then was forced to auction off many items to pay their mortgage and an excessive storage unit fee. After several years out of the limelight, she released a comeback album, “I Look To You,” in 2009, which was extremely well-received. A further stint in rehab ensued, and, then, three months before her premature exit, she began partying as if there were no tomorrow, before quoting the Bible and singng religious songs in a desire to end her tribulations. Subsequently found unconscious underwater in a bathtub in the Beverly Hills Hilton by an aunt the afternoon before the 2012 Grammys. Died soon afterwards, eliciting a moving tribute at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala, where her career was launched. Preliminary findings pointed to a mixture of alcohol and prescription drugs, as the cause of death. The official cause of death would later be released as accidental drowning combined with effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use, while all traces of the drug were removed from her death scene by her dealer. All the other prescription drugs found in her system, as well as the alcohol, were dismissed as being totally unrelated to her death, in a questionable retelling of her demise. The Grammys, themselves, featured a somber tribute by Jennifer Hudson, and much outpouring of love for her, as did her subsequent well-attended funeral at the church in Newark, where she began her public life. The winner of 6 Grammys, along with over four hundred other awards, including two Emmys, and a record 22 American Music Awards. Her final posthumous film, Sparkle, gave strong indication of the powerful character actress she could have become, as she tapped into various elements of her own life, to give her valedictory to show business. Three years after her death, her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was found face down in a bath-tub, after a drug overdose, aping her mother exactly. Put on life support afterwards in an induced coma before finally dying some five months later, with suits galore filed over the disposition of her $20 million inheritance. Inner: Strong-willed, confident, and ambitious initially, and then self-destructive, irresponsible, extremely dependent and totally prey to her hidden demons. Harbored a strong duality between the conscientiousness of her mother and the irresponsibility of her husband, thanks to an innate difficulty in loving herself. Houston-we’ve-got-a-problem lifetime of having it all through a highly popular career from a relatively young age to see how she would deal with both fame and fortune as a natural given, and self-destruction as an unconscious taker-away of her gifts. Aida Walker (Aida Overton) (1870-1914) - American entertainer. Outer: Of African/American descent. Family background unknown, had a close connection with mother, with whom she came to live in New York, which became her home base. Began her career as a soubrette with the Black Patti Company, and later joined the Oriental American Company, traveling the burlesque house circuits, working her way up to featured performer. Made her Broadway debut in the first African-American show to hit that fabled street, showing great versatility in both her singing and dancing. Also had a chorus role in the first black-owned and managed theater, and her subsequent career centered around pioneering efforts of turn-of-the-century African-American entertainment. Married singer and comedian George Walker (Little Richard), who predeceased her from advanced venereal disease, which she may have also contracted. Became involved in the George Walker-Bert Williams (Sidney Poitier) shows, holding her own with those 2 established stars, but after the death of her husband, her career faltered, despite her obvious talent. Began producing acts and promoting the careers of other black performers. Probably died of pneumonia from a life of high stress and little sleep. Inner: Driven, but over-worked, with an inability to relax. Candle at both ends lifetime of pioneering in making African-American entertainment accessible to the general public, before burning out early as a result of her efforts. Sally Hemings (Sarah Hemings) (c1770-1835) - American slave. Outer: Her mother, whose name was Betty Hemings, and other members of her family were owned by John Wayles, the father of Martha Wayles (Halle Berry), and very likely, her father as well, making the two of them half-sisters. After Wayles died in 1773, he left her to his daughter, who became the wife of Thomas Jefferson (Saul Williams) in 1772. When Martha’s sire died the following year, he left her to his daughter, who brought her into the Jefferson household in Monticello by 1776, and on her death in 1782, left her to her husband. As a child she was probably a child-minder to Jefferson’s daughter Mary. Brought to Paris via London in 1787 by Jefferson when he was American envoy to France as a companion for Mary, where she learned needlework and the care of clothing, to be a proper lady’s maid, then returned with him two years later, to spend the rest of her life at his estate and in nearby Charlottesville. May have become his mistress while in Paris, while the true nature of their relationship remains somewhat clouded. Very light-skinned with long straight hair down her back, and a handsome countenance. Had 7 known children all told, with the first dying young, and various DNA tests have concluded that at least 4 were with TJ., while 3 of them passed as white. Served as a chambermaid at Monticello, Jefferson’s estate, where TJ had ready access to her company. Never officially freed, since state law dictated that slaves had to leave the state within a year, although she was given an unofficial form of freedom, after outliving Jefferson by 11 years. Lived with her two sons Madison and Eston (Mos Def), for a while and spent her final two years by herself. Inner: Nothing really recorded of her character. Blank slate lifetime of serving as a bridge reminder of the constant intimacy between greatness and anonymity, in the make-up of humankind’s larger own unkind legacy of mastery and slavery. Pocahontas (Matoaka/Amonute) (c1595-1617) - Amerindian cross-cultural figure. Outer: Father was Wahunsunacock, an intertribal Amerindian chief of the Powhatan, whose name he also used. Her mother was one of his many wives, but had little direct contact with her. One of over 20 half/siblings. Got the nickname by which she would be known, “Little Wanton,” for her fun-loving nature, from her sire. Grew up near what would become Jamestown, Virginia, one of the first European colonial settlements. According to legend, she saved the life of its leader, John Smith (Jonathan Caouette), by throwing herself down on him just before he was to be executed by her progenitor, and begged that his life be spared. The story may be apocryphal, but she entered the mythos of early colonial America through it, at around the age of 11. Learned English by frequenting the colonial fort, where she played with the young English boys. Quite striking, she married a tribal warrior, Kocoum, although no record of what happened to him exists, and presumably he died young. Saved Smith a second time, when she sneaked through a forest to warn him of an imminent ambush. After Smith returned to England, she was told he was dead, and had nothing to do with the Jamestown colonists for the next 4 years. In 1613, she was kidnapped when the colonists and her father were at loggerheads, as a bargaining tool, although she was treated with respect during her captivity, wherein she converted to Christianity, and was redubbed Lady Rebecca. One of the settlers, a prosperous widower, John Rolfe, fell in love with her, and her father agreed to a marriage between the two in 1614, assuring peace between the interlopers and the indigenes for the length of the chief’s life. One son from union, who later became a solid Virginia citizen. Taken by the governor Thomas Dale (Jerry Brown/Joseph Biden) to England, along with her husband in 1616, as an emblem of his company, the London Company of Virginia, she was a sensation at the English court, as a civilized savage, via her complete conversion, in dress and manner, to their way of life. Angrily upbraided Smith, when at last she saw him, for never having contacted her after he left. Just before she was to return to the New World, she came down with either smallpox, pneumonia or tuberculosis and died. Buried in England. Inner: Charming, headstrong, and extremely well-socialized, although illiterate. Stranger in a strange land lifetime of serving as a cultural bridge and a martyr to her own weakened will to continue beyond youth, a role she would continue to play in various guises.
PATHWAY OF THE MUSICIAN AS MULTI-TALENTED TEACHER:
Storyline: The lyrical shaman does a repeat performance as champion of Afro-centric culture, to a world increasingly more fine-tuned to its many rhythmic roots, after earlier having to play offshore from the mainstream, because of its deficiencies rather than his own.
Governal - Poet and laureate of the Arthurian court. Archetype of the creative expositor. Yaslin Bey (Mos Def) (Dante Terrell Beze) (1973) American actor, poet and musician. Outer: Of African/American descent. The oldest of 9 children, in an extremely close family. Grew up in a Brooklyn housing project, where he absorbed the culture of his times, from hip-hop to jazz to performance art. An avid reader, he originally thought about becoming a doctor or minister. His younger brother became DCQ of Medina-Green, while a sister was a performer as well. Began rhyming at 9, and formed UTD or Urban Thermo Dynamics, with his 2 siblings. Converted to Islam as a teenager. After high school, he began acting and appearing on TV, including the short-lived “The Cosby Mysteries,” although came to see that music and the lyrical word was where his true talents lay. 5’9 1/2”. Brought into the Native Tongues family of groups, which focused on socially conscious Afro-centric material, rather than the thuggery prevalent in rap. Appeared on some of their albums, while building up a solid reputation as a clever rapper and scatter, before releasing his first single, “The Universal Magnetic.” Issued his debut album, “Black Star,” with Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek in 1998, through Rawkus, which established him as a unique voice limning a much more nuanced sense of lyricism than normally associated with rap, as did his subsequent follow-up solo album, the following year, “Black on Both Sides.” Single father of 2. Despite much underground and overground acclaim, he began focusing on acting and the theater again, while also taking part in the rap-rock supergroup, Black Jack Johnson, in an unconscious reprise of his earlier name in this series. Appeared in several films, including Monster’s Ball, and to excellent effect in Sixteen Blocks, and also on Broadway, in the Pulitzer Prize winning, “Topdog/Underdog.” At the same time, he continued to reclaim rap-rock from both its gross commercialization and its complete dearth of all-black bands, with his own band of topdog musicians, in his ongoing championing of Afro-centric culture in a larger world just beginning to learn to really listen to it. Changed his name to Yaslin Bey at the end of 2012, and moved to South Africa, only to be blocked from re-entering the country as an undesirable in 2014. Two years later, he decided to retire from film and music entirely, because of his and his family’s questionable status, following more hassles with the South African government over his “world” passport. Inner: Extremely charismatic, thoughtful and articulate. Second act lifetime of continuing to serve as self-appointed cultural emissary and exemplar of his roots through any and all mediums available to him. James Rosamund Johnson (1873-1954) - American performer and songwriter. Outer: Mother was of French and Haitian descent, and a schoolteacher, who gave her children a love of reading, as well as training in music and drawing. Father was a freeman of mixed racial ancestry who worked as a headwaiter in a fashionable hotel. His mother had wanted a girl, and wound up giving him the name she had chosen for a daughter, as his middle one, in symbol of awakening the feminine and the creative in him. An older sister died in infancy. Youngest of 3, and younger brother of James Weldon Johnson (Saul Williams). Had a formal musical education at the New England Conservatory, although preferred pop culture to classical. Became a supervisor of music in the public schools of Jacksonville, before launching a vaudeville career, making his NY stage debut in “Oriental America,” in 1896. Teamed up with Bob Cole (Oscar Brown, Jr.) as a vaudeville duo, while also working with him, as well as his brother, on songs, which he would incorporate into his act. Very careful in all his performances to avoid stereotypes and minstelry, while celebrating the true richness of Afro-centric culture. The trio’s first combined effort, “Toloso,” was a satire of American imperialism, and proved far too controversial for anyone to stage. They went on, however, to do several successful popular musicals, while he wrote many songs, including his best-known, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Appeared as a headliner in London with Cole in 1905. When his brother became consul to Venezuela the following year, he continued working with Cole. Despite their successes, they had difficulty in booking theaters, causing the latter to suffer a nervous breakdown in 1910, and commit suicide the following year. Deeply shaken by the loss, he, nevertheless, began performing again with a broad comic in 1912 and continued collaborating, while also maintaining his connection with the Henry Street Settlement Music School for Colored Children, until it was forced to close down. In 1913, he married Nora Floyd, one of his former piano students, 2 children from union. Served with the 15th Infantry of the NY National Guard during WW I. Continued collaborating, while producing several song collections of spirituals and shout songs, while forming the Rosamund Johnson Quintet, and appearing in such all-black Broadway fare as “Porgy and Bess,” and “Cabin in the Sky.” Died in his sleep of a heart condition. Inner: Strong cultural sensibilities, dynamic and charismatic. Lift every voice and sing lifetime of trying to wake the world up to the beauty of Afro-centric culture with mixed results, albeit a long run as a voice in the wilderness of mass ears still very much tuned into listening to its limitations rather than its potential. Eston Hemings (1808-1856) - American slave and musician. Outer: Mother was Sally Hemings (Whitney Houston), an octoroon who lived as a slave on Thomas Jefferson’s (Saul Williams) Monticello estate. Later DNA testing proved that Jefferson or his brother was his father, since he possessed the Jefferson y chromosome. One of 6 children, all of whom were very light-skinned. Had musical skills and worked initially as a carpenter, living with his mother and older brother Madison, until the early 1830s, at which point he moved to Chilicothe, Ohio, where he worked as a professional musician. Around 1852, he moved to Wisconsin, where he changed his name to Eston Jefferson, along with his racial identity, making it known he was a son of the former president. Inner: Identity theft and reclamation lifetime of pursuing a longtime musical gift, while regaining his humanity from the degradations of slavery.
PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SELF-INTEGRATING INTEGRATOR:
Storyline: The venusian victim repeats her dynamics to review herself through new eyes in her ongoing attempt to heal both her own and the larger society’s wounds via her talent, ambition and drive to be a whole person.
Elaine - Loved Sir Launcelot but his heart had already been given to Guinevere. Died from the loss, and her body was placed on a barge, with a lily in one hand, and a letter in the other avowing her love. When she was rowed to Arthur’s castle, he ordered she be buried like a queen. Archetype of the doomed lover, with the potential for resurrection. Halle Berry (1968) - American actress. Outer: Mother was a registered nurse, father was a hospital worker. The pair were an interracial couple, mother was white, father black. Younger of 2 daughters. Her progenitor was an alcoholic who abused her mother and sister and deserted the family when she was 4. Her mother worked at a VA psychiatric ward to support her children, while both sides of their extended family rejected them. Obsessed with gaining acceptance from childhood onward, she became a classic overachiever. Got into her African/ness in a predominantly white high school, where she was a cheer leader, editor of the newspaper and member of the honor society. Excelled at studies and had a strong compulsion to be liked. Although elected prom queen her senior year, she was accused of stuffing the ballot box and had to share the crown with a blonde, blue-eyed classmate. 5’6” with a classic beauty. Won the titles of Miss Teen Ohio and Miss Ohio USA, before being a runner-up in the Miss USA contest in the mid-1980s, and then 3rd in the Miss World pageant, wearing a star-spangled bikini. Attended Cuyahoga Community College for one semester, before becoming a model in Chicago. Became estranged from her mother, when she wouldn’t support her career ambitions. Made her TV debut in her early 20s in “Living Dolls,” then learned she was diabetic after collapsing into a coma while making the series. Lost 80% of her hearing in her left ear from a blow from an abusive mate, although rarely wears a hearing aid. Her dentist and former boyfriend sued her for never repaying him the $80,000 he lent her, although she won her case in court. Began building a reputation in films as a solid young actress, and married baseball star David Justice in 1993, divorced 3 years later because of his physical abuse, after which she contemplated suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning in her car, having been taught from a young age that she needed a man to complete herself. Contracted diabetes through stress, and indicated that she would retire in her 40s. Initially had her beauty work against her, when she had to fight for roles that ran against her looks. Won the coveted role of Dorothy Dandridge in an HBO movie, which she also produced, in an unconscious review of her previous existence, after repeating many elements of it, right down to being born in the same hospital, and still feeling the restrictions placed on her career because of surface skin. In 2000, she got into a hit-and-run car accident that required 22 stitches, a symbolic number of completion, and ultimately found the experience liberated her from people’s opinions, through her ability to rebound from it, which helped validate her to herself. Married singer Eric Benet in 2001, and the following year, won an Academy Reward for Best Actress for Monster’s Ball, the first African-American actress to do so. Left Benet in 2003 and officially divorced him in 2005 because of his infidelity, as she continues to struggle with her private life despite her public professional triumphs, showing herself to be an actress of considerable depth and range. Finally came to see that she had compartmentalized herself into positive thoughts professionally and negative ones privately, and tried to redress that conundrum, with an upbeat relationship with a Canadian male model, Gabriel Aubry, a decade her junior, and the hope that motherhood would bring her the completion she has long sought. The union produced a daughter, before, it, too, splintered after nearly four years, to once again force her to look at herself without a handsome man by her side blurring her inner vision. That situation was amended with French actor Olivier Martinez in 2010, who brawled with his predecessor, and later married her in 2013. One son from the union. In 2014, she was made to pay $16k a month in child support to Aubrey, as well as $300,000 in lawyer’s fees, and retroactive child support, while sharing in health care costs. Returned to series TV the same year in “Extant” playing an astronaut who inexplicably becomes pregnant while soloing out in space for 13 months. Her third marriage unraveled as the others did and in 2015, both she and Martinez sued one another for divorce. Inner: Innately self-destructive, with an early inability to integrate her beauty, talent and heart, and a later realization that she has not fully utilized her well-developed communication skills. Propensity for car accidents and hitting and running. Repeat lifetime of coming into a more integrated world in order to deal with her own continued disconnection with the opposite sex, while reshuffling familiar elements from the past on a far more supportive foundation so as to pursue a more focused pathway to her own sense of personal integration. Dorothy Dandridge (1923-1965) - American actress, singer and dancer. Outer: Mother was Ruby Dandridge, of Mexican and Jamaican descent, and a minor stage and screen actress. Father was 1/2 white and 1/2 black and a laborer. The duo were totally mismatched, and she rarely saw her father. Teamed with her sister when she was 4 as ‘The Wonder Children,’ and began performing professionally. Her bisexual mother left her husband and fled to Hollywood with her 2 children and a domineering new partner in tow, who abused both daughters. Had little say in the wake of her mother’s ambitions for her, and by the time she was 14, she was in films, playing a bit part in the Marx Brothers’ A Day at the Races. Continued playing bit parts, and literally growing up on screen, a budding African-American actress during a time when color relegated all non-Caucasians to side-line entertainment. 5’5”. Sang and danced her way through a series of musical films, appeared as a regular on the ‘Beulah’ show on both radio and TV, and fashioned a successful career as a sultry nightclub singer. In her early 20s, she married dancer Harold Nickolas, with whom she had performed, and retired from show business. A daughter from the union was brain damaged and had to be institutionalized, which brought her back to performing. Her husband was often absent and adulterous, and she eventually divorced him 6 years later. Her breakthrough film was Carmen Jones in 1954, based on the opera “Carmen,” and she also had the starring role in Porgy & Bess, 5 years later. Although her sister started out with her, she eventually became her hairdresser, and because of the unhappiness of their upbringing, the duo remained estranged. Became the first star to sue the sleazoid magazine ‘Confidential’ for defaming her as a nudist, which opened a floodgate of suits from fellow famous defamees. In 1959, she married Jack Denison, a Las Vegas slickster, and in her late 30s, she subsequently lost all her money in a get-rich-quick oil-investment scheme that he had proposed, forcing her into bankruptcy. Had a series of disconnected affairs with several stars and director Otto Preminger, and found none of them fulfilling, and the latter quite shattering in his inability to support her emotionally. Became addicted to prescription drugs, and just before she was going to open in a NY nightclub, she took an overdose of barbiturates, after being deeply depressed at the direction her life was taking. Collaborated on an autobiography, Everything and Nothing: The Dorothy Dandridge Tragedy. Inner: Extremely insecure, great desire to be a dignified and accepted figure for her talents, her elegance and her transcendental beauty. Victimized lifetime of being infused so deeply with her mother’s drives, as not to be able to see herself at all through the people she chose to intimately mirror her. Della Fox (1870-1913) - American actress and singer. Outer: Father was a photographer with a theatrical clientele. Fascinated with the theater from a very young age. Began appearing in juvenile theatricals while still in school, and made her professional debut at 1 in “Editha’s Burglar,” touring for 2 years with the play. Sang with a succession of touring opera companies over the next 5 years, and made her NY debut in 1890 with “The King’s Fool,” then appeared opposite DeWolf Hopper (Mandy Pantinkin) in several successful operettas. Achieved stardom by her mid-20s, formed her own company and toured the country as the highest paid performer on the American variety stage of that time. Small, baby-faced and plump, which gave her a childlike grace, so that her ‘Della Fox curl,’ was much imitated by young girls. Couldn’t quite deal with her success, and began drinking and using drugs, which caused intermittent bouts of illness from her late 20s onward. Suffered peritonitis in 1899, and greeted the new century with a nervous breakdown, although recovered after time in a sanitarium. Married Jacob Levy, a Jewish diamond broker at 30, and gradually disappeared from the stage and into herself. Returned in 1912 for one final season, then died of an intestinal obstruction, several months after her final performance the following year. Inner: Driven, but unable to maintain her own sense of success. Her death was symbolic of issues of power, as well as her ongoing problems with self-identity. Unhappy lifetime of allowing the dark side of her dual nature to ultimately overwhelm her, before coming back to try to integrate herself from the far more difficult perspective of a minority performer in a world where race would count heavily. Martha Jefferson (Martha Wayles) (1748-1782) - American presidential spouse. Outer: Father was a native Englishman who became a lawyer, grew quite wealthy, and had an extensive property known as The Forest in Charles City County, Virginia. Her mother died two weeks after giving birth to her, and her sire married twice more, producing three surviving daughters by his final official union. Afterwards, he took up with his half-white half-black slave, Betty Heming, and had six children with her, including Sally Heming (Whitney Houston). Wound up with seven half-sisters and three half-brothers, all told. Never left Virginia her entire life. Above medium height, with auburn hair and hazel eyes. Probably educated at home by private tutors, and had noticeable skills in music. In 1766, she married Bathurst Skelton, a planter and an acquaintance of Thomas Jefferson, who died 2 years later. One son from the union who died at 4. After a 2 year courtship, and fending off other suitors, she married Thomas Jefferson in 1772, 5 sons and a daughter from the union, with only 2 daughters surviving. The duo had opposing personalities, although shared a common passion for music, playing duets together, and reading aloud to one another. Ran his plantation effectively, although her health became seriously affected by her pregnancies, and four months after delivering her last daughter, she died. Afterwards her husband allowed nothing of hers to survive, and fainted dead away at the news, before taking several months to recover. Her half-sister, Sally, who was always looked upon as a servant rather than a slave, would have another 5 children by Jefferson. Inner: No known portraits exist of her, nor has very much about her ever surfaced, other than her musical abilities. Obliterated lifetime of briefly living in the embrace of a great man, only to have him destroy every memory of her afterwards, indicating someone with strong ongoing identity problems, which she would later deal with on her own.