Storyline: The charismatic martyr plays with his own sense of the slain Christ in an ongoing desire to purge himself of his less-than-exemplary impurities in order to realize his full potential for glorified leadership and the genuine love of his subjects.

Arthur - Early British chieftain of both myth and loose record. Maintained the legendary court of Camelot, with 12 warrior/apostles as his Knights of the Roundtable. Served as a personality of power for one of western Christendom’s most romantic myths. Conceived in deception by his father Uther’s enchantment of his mother, Ygraine. A lifetime of enchantments and deceptions culminated in betrayal by his wife, Guinevere and closest friend Lancelot. Mortally wounded by son Mordred, whom he had conceived in deception with his half-sister. Borne away and buried on the mystic isle of Avalon. Archetype of the wounded king. John F. Kennedy (John Fitzgerald Kennedy) (1917-1963) - American president. Outer: The ‘AR’ of Arthur is inverted in his middle name. Father was financier Joseph Kennedy, mother was Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. 2nd of 9 children, with one older brother, two younger ones, and five younger sisters. Sickly as a child, with an unstable back, ulcers, and gastrointestinal problems, among other maladies, while suffering in the bullying shadow of a fiercely competitive older brother, Joe, who was groomed for the presidency. Had an active, privileged upbringing, courtesy of his family’s prominence. His progenitor played a dominating role in his life, offering him a model of patriarchal power and sexual excess to emulate, while his mother was emotionally distant. Became the only family member who was an active reader, thanks to his debilitating condition. Educated in private schools and graduated cum laude from Harvard. Suffered from Addison’s disease, a nerve disorder brought upon by stress, although he always kept his poor health well-hidden.6’1”, 165 lbs., with greenish-gray eyes, and light brown hair. Performed WW II heroics aboard a sunken PT Boat, despite an earlier rejection from the army, then somewhat reluctantly assumed his brother’s projected career after the latter’s war-time death in 1944. Following the war, he pursued a political career at his father’s behest, beginning with a seat in the House of Representatives in 1946. Rumored to have married a socialite in 1947, although no proof ever offered, while a doctor told him he had one year to live at the same time. Suffered from chronic back problems, a symbol of paternal difficulties and had 2 spinal fusion operations, while being given last rites twice. In 1953, he married Jacqueline Bouvier, 2 children from the union, Caroline and John, one still-born daughter, Arabella (Carolyn Bessette), and one short-lived infant son, Patrick (Max Kennedy). Continued his seductive ways after his marriage, creating considerable strains in the union, although the two eventually held each other in high regard. Wrote several books, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1957, for Profiles in Courage, which he supposedly composed while recovering from back surgery, although it was later revealed that much of it was ghostwritten for him. Elected senator from Mass. in 1952, and was initially seen as a playboy lightweight by his peers, with no substance. After hiring a studio make-up artist to give him a TV friendly healthy glow, he inaugurated that medium as central to future elections, easily trumping his opponent, a sweating, nervous Richard Nixon in a televised debate. Through it, he won the presidency in 1960 against Richard Nixon, with his father’s help, a faux hawkish stance, a focusing in on the country’s sense of malaise, and a deft defusing of his Catholicism, making him the first of his religion to gain the nation’s highest elective office. Ultimately won by less than 120,000 votes out of nearly 69,000,000 cast. Constantly in pain to the point of physical dysfunction, he began using a methamphetamine mix by Dr. Max Jacobson, known as Dr. Feelgood to relieve his symptoms, beginning with the 1960 race. Some doctors projected he was in such poor shape that he might not have made it through a second term had he been re-elected. Continued his lifelong pattern of illicit liaisons throughout his White House run, including high priced call girls and a connection with Judith Exner, who was carrying on a simultaneous affair with mob boss Sam Giancana, who had helped deliver Illinois to him in his 1960 presidential campaign. Also had a rumored affair with actress Marilyn Monroe, and then reputedly paid her off to be quiet. Contracted gonorrhea and needed daily sexual release to relieve constant headaches from it. Code-named Lancer by the Secret Service. Became the first president to have public addresses broadcast live on television, marking a new way of conducting politics, that would become standard procedure with his successors. A Camelot legend rose around his presidency, despite his inability to get anything major through Congress, and his misguided militarism in Cuba, where he failed to undo dictator Fidel Castro. His disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, made him want to splinter and dismantle the CIA for the misinformation it had handed him, creating enmities galore between that organization and himself. Also deeply disturbed by the CIA’s use of illicit drug money to fund their various Black Ops programs. Fired CIA director Allen Dulles, while calling his agency a malignancy, that would probably support a coup against the U.S. government. Peacefully faced down a possible nuclear missile confrontation with Russia there in 1962, which proved to be his finest hour as president. Had a strong antipathy to war as a solution to global problems, and distrusted his own generals. Saw Civil Rights as a political necessity, rather than a social one, and acted accordingly, moving slowly to insure white Southern votes in the 1964 presidential election. The Peace Corps was launched under him, and he also supported space travel, which would lead to an American landing on the moon at decade’s end. Viewed as a creature of style rather than substance, but was capable of channeling great adoration. Secretly met with Russian present Nikita Khrushchev, in order to negotiate the possibility of world peace. At the same time became involved with divorced socialite Mary Pinchot Meyer (Tamron Hall), who would prove to be the love of his life. She, in turn, deeply influenced him with had progressive politics, while also turning him on to hallucinogenic drugs. Planned on divorcing Jackie after his run of office and marrying her. Acted out an assassination scenario months before the actual event, and in October of 1963, signed legislation that would pull the country out of Vietnam by 1965, an order that was immediately rescinded after his death. Managed to alienate a host of powerful groups, including Big Oil in his desire to cut their tax benefits, the CIA and the old school cold warriors in government, all of whom were eager for his removal form office. Also allegedly wanted to share covert UFO technology with the Russians, as a means of helping all of humanity. His erratic behavior, including once running around nsked in a NYC hotel, under Dr. Feelgood’s thrice a week ministrations also fed into a total lack of confidence in him by the country’s conservative power structure. Assassinated in Dallas, Texas on a motorcade route, under continually suspect circumstances, after being told by fellow passenger, Nellie Connally, “Mr. President, you can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you,” moments beforehand. Probably the victim of a rogue faction of the CIA of hard core cold warriors, with Allen Dulles supposedly playing a pivotal planning role, as reflection of the will of the hidden ruling elite who didn’t like the relatively liberal direction his foreign policy was heading towards, using European Mafia hit-men to effect their aims, so that they could not be traced. A commission headed by a very reluctant Chief Justice Earl Warren concluded a lone gunman had killed him, against overwhelming contrary evidence, and there matters would officially stand, despite a later House Select Committee’s on Assassinations conclusion that the investigations were seriously flawed and a conspiracy was probably at the root of his death.Promises were made to release a host of papers surrounding the assassination on its 50th anniversary in 2013, but it never happened, although some documents were later released in 2017, with many still deemed too sensitive for the public mind. Just after the Warren Commission released its report on the assassination, the level of public trust in government was at 77 percent. A decade later it had plummeted to 36 percent in a loss of American innocence that has never remotely rebounded. Mary Pinchot Meyer would be assassinated in 1964, when it was feared she would put definitive lie to the Warren Commission. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery, while his Presidential Library and Museum are in Boston, Mass. Inner: Literate, intelligent, telegenic. Voracious curiosity about what was useful to him. Viewed alternately as a martyred Christ-figure and a compulsive sexual betrayer. Changed clothes twice a day, indicating a sense of innate uncleanliness. His penchant for going hatless, also ended that sartorial accouterment in men’s outer clothing for the rest of the century. Wore his Catholicism lightly and casually, although he acted out the role of martyr/hero to add to his sense of rule, and may have come in specifically to be a victim of the fates. Had an extraordinarily high threshold of pain. Good athlete, and probably the best golfer of any president. Continually acted the sexual betrayer, bringing the Arthur legend of the betrayed king full cycle, as the betraying king. Fast on his feet, writing some of his speeches orally, including his memorable inaugural address. Managed to alienate a host of power groups, from the CIA to the mafia to the powerful captains of various industries, each of whom could have been complicitous in his early death. Fallen king lifetime of pretending to be someone he had once been, i.e. his father, while struggling to become someone new, and, in the process, trying to open himself up more to his own humanity, as well as being a far more rounded leader in the future. John C. Breckinridge (John Cabell Breckinridge) (1821-1875) - American politician and general. Outer: Grandfather of the same name was a senator and U.S. Attorney General, whose early death prevented him from the possibility of the presidency. Fourth of six children, and the only son. Wound up outliving all his sisters, despite his own relatively early passing. Father became Kentucky’s Secretary of State just prior to his son’s birth, only to die two years later. Mother got sick from the same fever, but survived, although heavily in debt, forcing her to take her children to live with her mother-in-law, who imbued her grandson with a sense of public duty. The two women did not get along, and at 11, he, his mother and a younger sister went to live with his oldest sister and her husband, who was president of Centre College, in Danville, Kentucky. Enrolled there at 14, and received a B.A., before completing his education at Transylvania Univ. in Lexington, getting his law degree in 1841. Tall and strikingly handsome with a genial air and a powerful voice. Settled in a frontier town on the Mississippi with his law partner, Thomas Bullock, a relative, before falling ill and returning home. After a brief courtship, in 1843, he married Mary Cyrene Burch (Jean Kennedy Smith), a wealthy farmer’s daughter. Two surviving sons and two daughters from the union, including congressman and foreign minister Clifton Rodes Breckinridge. Opened a law office in Lexington, then volunteered to fight in the Mexican War, although did not see combat there. Returned home after six months, and won a seat in the state House of Representatives as a Democrat, showing a great facility for speechmaking. Became friends with future president Abraham Lincoln (Carl Sandburg), before winning a senate seat in 1851 as both proslavery and pro-Union, gaining him the reputation of being a moderate. Further senate battles around territorial choice concerning slavery saw him almost fight a duel, before deciding not to run for a third term. Returned home to Kentucky from Washington, and remade his fortune through land speculation in the West. in 1856, he was courted by all the presidential candidates for his support, including Stephen Douglas (Barack Obama), a good friend of his, and James Buchanan (Patrick Fitzgerald), and wound up the youngest vice-president ever under the administration of the latter. Had great difficulties with Buchanan, who was ill-suited for his office, while also counseling his fellow southerners against secession. Nominated for chief executive in a breakaway convention by the southern Democrats In the 1860 presidential race. Readily carried the South but did not win one northern state, while finishing third in the popular vote and second in the electoral vote, as Abraham Lincoln got elected, which virtually guaranteed a civil war. Returned to the Senate as leader of the southern Democrats, and despite his anti-secession stance, joined the Confederate army, while trying to keep Kentucky neutral. Expelled from the Senate at the end of 1861 and charged with treason, he became the only member of that body to ever be so dishonored. In addition, he was also only one of two vice-presidents, after Aaron Burr (Jacqueline Kennedy), to be labeled treasonous. Steadily rose to the rank of major general during the war, he directly engaged in a host of battles, where he occasionally showed a recklessness that bordered on a death wish. Made Secretary of War by Confederate president Jefferson Davis (Lyndon Johnson) in the closing months of the fray, while counseling him at the end to give up the losing fight. Fled to Cuba and then England, before settling in Toronto with his family, feeling quite uncomfortable in exile. After Pres. Andrew Johnson (George Wallace) declared an amnesty for all Confederate officers at the end of 1868, he returned to the U.S. Despite entreaties to do otherwise, he retired from elective politics and instead practiced law, while also involving himself in the building of railroads. Refused to buy a home in the reconstructed U.S., preferring to live in hotels or rentals the rest of his life. By 1873, he began suffering health problems, including cirrhosis, brought on by liver injuries during the war. Underwent two operations which drained some excess fluid from his lungs, but died in a hospital following the second one. Eventually given a memorial on the courthouse lawn of Lexington, Kentucky. Inner: Commanding figure, with a natural charisma, and excellent oratory skills. A white supremacist, he idealized the southern way of life. As a slave owner himself, he favored recolonizing African-Americans in Africa, while firmly believing in states’ rights, rather than a strong centralized government, as he had in is previous go-round in this series. Probably harbored a secret heroic death wish, as evidenced by his behavior on the battlefield. Stalwart southerner lifetime of running counter to his earlier federalist beliefs in order to give himself a more rounded sense of the United States, as one of the country’s pre-eminent imagination-grabbing political figures, century after century. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) - American statesman. Outer: The ‘AR’ of Arthur is in the first and last letters of his first name. His mother, Rachel Faucitt Lavien, had left her husband, who repulsed her, and took up with the son of a Scottish laird, James Hamilton, although could not marry him, because she was not divorced. After an older brother was born out-of-wedlock, he followed two years later, just as his father went bankrupt as a trader. Grew up in a colorful milieu on the Caribbean islands, evincing a precocious intelligence, and a strong sense of family. His father, however, eventually shattered that illusion when his son was 10, forcing him to go to work at age of 11, keeping accounts for a counting house. The following year, his mother, a headstrong Huguenot, died of a fever in the bed next to him, which scarred him for life, and he became the ward of relatives, early on showing strong ambition and skills to match it, despite his initial impecunious state. Able to finance his own voyage to NY in the summer of 1773 through a combination of the hand of fate, willing supporters and transactions thrown his way, to begin life anew in the brave new world of the American colonies. Rarely spoke of his childhood afterwards. 5’7”, large-headed and red-haired with deep blues eyes, as well as slender. Attended King’s College, then joined a volunteer militia company at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, and became aide-de-camp of George Washington (George C. Marshall), who valued his services but refused to give him a command until war’s near end. In his mid-20s, he married the daughter of Philip Schuyler (Robert McNamara), Elizabeth (Rose Kennedy), 8 children from the union, including son Philip (John F. Kennedy, Jr.) who was killed in a duel 3 years prior to his own death in the same manner and place. Totally inconstant husband, engaging in a multitude of extra-marital affairs. After the war, he studied law, was elected to the Continental Congress, and became involved in the logistics of creating a new republic as a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, a convene he had been demanding for years. Completely at odds with his fellow founders, in wanting a strong, elitist central government based on the British model, and his vision received no support, although he remained a major figure in the founding of the U.S.A. Showed himself to be an inveterate pamphlet writer and manipulator of events, with a surety to his positions and views. Began writing for “The Federalist,” which helped sway New York in ratifying the Constitution. Always had an eye on the presidency, and became the first secretary of Treasury under Washington, during which time he started an affair with Maria Reynolds (Tamron Hall), the abused and weepy wife of an unsavory character, which turned into a major scandal that ultimately tarnished his reputation Shaped the financial program of the early republic, created the Bank of United States, and gave form to the economic anarchy that had followed the Revolution, in his desire to make the country a capitalist power, but eventually was forced to resign the office. In 1795, he returned to New York to practice law, and was outed for his affair, along with being accused of shady financial dealings with her husband. Wrote a pamphlet in his defense, his wife stood by him, and he was not censured. Bitter opponent of Thomas Jefferson (Saul Williams), whose democratic republicanism was the opposite of his elite Federalism, but he proved pivotal in helping Jefferson gain the White House in 1800 because of his greater hatred for Aaron Burr (Jacqueline Kennedy), who in many ways was his shadow. He was eventually challenged to a duel by Burr, who had felt he had impeded his career, while he, in turn, saw Burr as a divisive element that had to be confronted. Earlier, he had been on the brink of dueling some 10 times, although this would be the only one in which he would participate. His shot hit a cedar branch, while Burr’s struck him in the viscera, and he died the next day. His funeral eulogy was delivered by Gouverneur Morris (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.). Inner: Proud, ambitious, highly intelligent, passionate and manipulative. Strong desire for fame, arrogant without any natural sense of grace, while viewing himself as a natural leader of leaders. Powerful sense of pride, with an explosive temper. Elitist who felt ordinary people were ruled by avarice and desire for property, in a highly pessimistic view of humankind. Nevertheless, felt a chosen few were the rightful and elevated leaders of everyone else. Believed in institutions rather than people, an anti-democrat. Orphan-in-a-storm lifetime of giving full expression and passion to both his emotions and his ideas, in a democratic environment, for which he was, as yet, ill-suited. John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722) - English general and statesman. Outer: The ‘AR’ of Arthur is in his title. Father, Winston Churchill (Clark Clifford), was a member of Parliament, although his gentry family was not well off. Spent his first 10 years in genteel poverty, which taught him to hide his personal feelings and appreciate the value of money, as well as venerate the English ruling House of Stuart. Became a page to the duke of York, later James II (Martin Sheen). Middle height, handsome and dashing. Extremely seductive, tried to sleep his way to influence. Involved with Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland (Bette Davis), who had a daughter by him, and helped him with his ambitions. Pursued a military career, and showed outstanding abilities in the field. Secretly married in his late 20s to Sarah Jennings (Jacqueline Kennedy), whom he had met at court, 4 surviving daughters from union. James, however, opposed the union. Despite being a close supporter of James II, and rising to the rank of major general under him, he allied with William III (Lyndon Johnson) when he took the English crown in 1688, but later was accused of treasonable intrigue against him, and was imprisoned, then lost all influence, although gradually returned to favor. Probably was a victim of William’s jealousy. Finally reinstated by the king near the end of his reign to stop French territorial interests. After William’s death in 1702, he rose in power again and was made duke of Marlborough the same year. His subsequent political success lay with his wife, Sarah, a childhood companion of Queen Anne (Princess Anne). Wielded enormous power during the first decade of the 18th century during Anne’s reign. His career was also intertwined with Sidney Godolphin (Robert McNamara), as well as Eugene, Prince of Savoy (Arnold Schwarzenegger), acting in unusual synergistic manner with him as complementary foreign generals. The pre-eminent English military figure of his age, proving ever-victorious on the battlefield, but an increasingly isolated figure politically, despite his heroic ambience. Ultimately dismissed from power on trumped up charges of misuse of public funds in 1710 and went into self-imposed exile. Returned to England and was given back his military posts, but suffered sickness and devastating personal loss, including the death of his favorite daughter, Anne (Julie Nixon), the wife of Charles Spencer, earl of Sunderland (Richard Nixon) in 1716. Had a series of paralyzing strokes the same year, and finally died of a 3rd one, after drifting off into senility. Inner: Physically and intellectually vigorous. Overly ambitious, self-serving, with a touch of arrogance. Traditional and conservative, also charming and tactful, archetypally knightly and heroic. Married for love, which probably curtailed the financial aspects of career, but brought out his fuller being. Considered one of the pre-eminent English generals of all time. Effective administrator, brilliant strategist and tactician, loved by his soldiers, who called him ‘Corporal John’ for his concern for them. Victim of his own insatiable ambitions. Braveheart lifetime of successfully learning the techniques of early modern infantry warfare, as well as the politics of intrigue, before incurring lessons of failure and loss to open his still rigid character. John Pym (1584-1643) - English politician. Outer: From an old family of the minor nobility, which had been established in Somerset since the 13th century. His father died a few months after his born, and several years later his mother married a client of the Earl of Bedford. Went to Broadgates Hall, Oxford, and then the Middle Temple in 1602, although was never called to the bar. In 1614, he married Anne Hooker, the daughter of his stepfather’s sister, 2 sons from the union. The marriage underlined his place in his stepfather’s circle, and also fed into the development of his Puritan leanings and fierce opposition to Catholicism, although his wife died in 1620, as did his mother. Managed his family estates and also got a position as an Exchequer in receipt of the king’s revenue for several shires. Under the patronage of the Earl of Bedford, he was elected to Parliament in 1614, then held a seat for the first 3 parliaments of his successor, Charles I (George VI), although was placed under house arrest in 1622. A charismatic figure, he became an outspoken opponent of Catholicism, as well as the king’s abuse of his powers. Active in the impeachment proceedings of the Duke of Buckingham (Warren Beatty), in 1626, which also caused the dissolution of Parliament. Showed a keen financial acumen, so that the Earl of Warwick hired him to manage his affairs and estates in 1627. Made treasurer of a Puritan colony in the West Indies, which brought him into contact with the leading Puritan families of the time, as well as many of the men who would serve as leaders against the crown in the 1640s, including John Hampden (Kathleen Kennedy). Felt during the 1630s that the crown was heading in a dangerous direction in its desire to destroy the country’s Protestant faith. After Parliament was reconvened in 1640, following an 11 year hiatus by order of the king, he became a leading figure in articulating the nation’s grievances against the recalcitrant monarch. Able to initially present his views in moderate fashion, although the king quickly dismissed what would be known as the Short Parliament. Instigated what would be known as the Long Parliament later that year, when the king was forced to reconvene it, after traveling through the provinces with Hampden to win popular support for his position, although his radicalism alienated the more moderate members of the House of Commons. Became the acknowledged leader of the opposition, and went after two of the king’s primary ministers, the Earl of Strafford (Maxwell Beaverbrook) and William Laud (William F. Buckley), ultimately winning the execution of both, before going after the various institutions that had allowed the king to govern without Parliament. The queen wanted to make him Chancellor of the Exchequer in order to compromise his effectiveness, but the offer was never accepted. Saw that the king might try to use the army to overwhelm the Parliamentarians, and wound up one of 5, along with Hampden, who were cited for arrest in 1642, which would precipitate the English Civil War. Fled after being forewarned, as did the others. When the royal family were forced to flee from London, he was hailed as King Pym by his supporters. Became a leading figure, along with Hampden, on the Committee of Public Safety, and headed the War Party, using his financial skills to create the basis for the Parliamentarian war effort. Initiated excise duties as well as land taxes, creating the financial web that allowed the country to survive both the Civil War and the Commonwealth afterwards. Made covenant with the Scottish Covenanters, who were led by the earl of Campbell (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.), seeing that an alliance with the Scots was pivotal in realizing his aims. Although he was forced to concede more to the Presbyterians than he wished, he was the first of the Parliamentarians to sign the Covenant with them. After suffering from an internal abscess, he died of cancer several months later, and was given a state funeral. After the Restoration in 1660, his body was exhumed and he was reburied in a communal grave. Inner: Charismatic, clever and extremely focused. Crypto-kennedy lifetime of dealing with several key family members in Puritan guise, while eschewing his usual martial make-up to focus on both strategy and finances, in his ongoing development as an all-around player in the annals of English/American his/story. Sir John Howard, 1st duke of Norfolk (c1430-1485) - English nobleman. Outer: The ‘AR’ of Arthur in his last name. Descended from Edward I (himself) on his mother’s side, through the females in her family. Mother was the daughter of Thomas Mowbray (Joseph Kennedy, Sr.), the 1st duke of Norfolk from that family, father was from the prominent Howard clan. Pursued a military career, and was made a knight of the shire for Norfolk, then constable of various castles. In 1455, he was sent to Parliament as a member for Norfolk. Had a close relationship with the monarch, Edward IV (Errol Flynn), serving as the king’s carver, as well as sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk, constable and consistent supporter of the House of York. An aggressive brawler, he was briefly imprisoned for fighting. Knighted in 1461, while his first wife, Katherine Moleyns, died in 1465. Their union bore 4 daughters and a son, the 2nd duke of Norfolk (Prescott Bush). Despite his allegiance to the Yorkists, he was made a baron by the restored ruler, Henry VI (Harold Nicolson), and was treasurer of the royal household from 1467 to 1474. Married again in 1467, to Margaret Chedworth, one daughter from the union. Remained loyal to Edward IV, accompanying him when he invaded France in 1475. After Edward’s death in 1483, he supported Richard III (Evelyn Waugh), who created him duke of Norfolk and made him earl marshal of England that same year. The Shakespearean prophetic couplet “Jockey of Norfolk, be not too bold, for Dickon thy master is bought and sold”,” was pinned to his tent the night before he was killed leading the king’s army at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Although his family survived the attainder brought on by his death, the battle signaled the end of the great feudal lords who rivaled the English crown. Inner: Aggressive, loyal and martial, a warrior through and through. Braveheart lifetime, once again, where his death heralded a whole new symbolic his/storical beginning, as it would nearly 500 years later, as this martyr-prone martial artist slowly comes to grips with the humanity behind his charismatic warriordom. Edward I (1239-1307) - King of England. Known as Edward Longshanks. Outer: The ‘AR’ of Arthur is in his name. Son of Henry III (Jacqueline Kennedy) and Eleanor of Provence (Doris Kopf-Schroeder), and named after a Saxon predecessor, Edward the Confessor (J. William Fulbright). Had a happy childhood, and good relations with his parents. Despite some early health concerns, he grew up tall, strong and imposing. 6’2”, with curly blonde hair in his youth, which darkened with age. Spoke with a slight lisp, and was a faithful husband to both his serial wives. In 1254, he was married to Eleanor of Castile (Caroline Kennedy), sister of the king of Castile, and received an extensive land dowry, in several countries making him relatively independent. Close relationship with his wife, 16 children from union, with most of them dying young, save for 5 daughters. Made his eldest surviving son, number 14, the future Edward II (John F. Kennedy, Jr.), prince of Wales, beginning a precedent for the crown’s heir apparent. Involved with warrior duties from his teens onward, playing a strong role in his father’s disputes with his barons, while learning from his mistakes and proving his mettle in battle. Initially under the influence of his mother’s court faction, then in 1258, switched over to his father’s, despite having disagreements with him over policy in his dowry estates. Initially ambivalent during the baronial reform movement that plagued his sire, then softened his stance when their will became pre-eminent. Fed into Henry’s paranoia that he wanted to depose him while the former was in France, and spent the next few years alternating between England and France. Wound up briefly imprisoned during the mid-decade civil war between the barons and the royalists, then proved victorious against the baronial forces in 1265. Proved to be ambivalent during the succeeding years, after the civil war was concluded in 1267. Eager to leave England and its problems, he sailed for Syria as a crusader in 1271, and was wounded with a poisoned dagger but, after personally killing his assailant, he recovered when an English doctor cured him, although a romantic tale lingers that his wife sucked the toxin out. Ascended the throne the following year at his father’s death, and in his subsequent reign did much to give shape to parliamentary England, thanks to his need for taxes to support his wars in Wales, which he subdued, and Scotland, which he did not. Less interested in details than his role as overseer, particularly after his experience during his father’s reign of other interests threatening the power of the crown. Raised the authority of the crown, rooted out abuses, reformed the government, instituted statues and judicial reform and developed the common law, while reforming the country’s currency. Also saw himself as a latter-day Arthur, and held roundtable jousts. Far less successful in his foreign policy, with most of his desires thwarted, including going on another crusade. His wife’s death in 1290 affected both himself and his realm for the worst. Expelled the Jews from his kingdom the same year, and seized their property. Organized what was known as the Model Parliament in 1295, giving further foundation to the representative system of government at the heart of future democracies. Married again in 1299, to Marguerite (Caroline Bessette), daughter of the king of France, 2 sons and a daughter from union. Engaged in constant warfare, particularly with Scotland, right up to the end of his life, in his desire for a united United Kingdom. Intermittently ill towards the end of his life, and suffering from dysentery, he died on the way north to crush the rebellion of Robert the Bruce (Robert Kennedy). Obsessed with the Scots, he instructed his son to boil his body to remove all his flesh so that his bones could be carried at the head of the army until the last Scot had surrendered. Inner: Decisive, talented leader who brooked no opposition. Short-tempered, energetic and high-handed, with great fighting skills. Autocrat, cruel and violent, even to children, albeit fearless. Warrior to the core, inspiring leader. Keen huntsman, and traditionally religious. Sword-in-hand lifetime of trying to live a chivalric ideal within the violent framework of his time, showing himself to be far more effective when well-partnered than on his volatile own. Malcolm III Caenmore (c1031-1093) - King of Scotland. Outer: The ‘AR’ of Arthur is loosely in his last name. Third son of Duncan I (Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.), mother was related to the earl of Northumbria. Older brother of Donald Bane (Jack Kerouac), who succeeded him. Lived in exile in England during the reign of the usurper MacBeth (Richard Burton), where he picked up Anglo-Saxon ways, then returned to kill him in 1057, before assuming the throne a year later at the death of the latter’s stepson, Lulach (Peter O’Toole). Illiterate, he was known as Ceann Mor or Big Head, referring to his status as a great chief, rather than the size of his cranium. A vigorous soldier, he defied the English borders, pillaging and enslaving border Englishmen, although without any lasting affect, in his thwarted desire to expand his kingdom southward. Married Ingebjorg Finnsdotter, the daughter or widow of the earl of Orkney, who died in 1069, 4 children from the union, including Duncan II (John F. Kennedy, Jr.). Around 1067, he married the saintly Margaret (Caroline Kennedy), the daughter or sister of a Saxon pretender to the English throne. 11 children, two of whom succeeded to the throne, Alexander I (Robert McNamara) and David I (Dwight D. Eisenhower). Margaret’s brother Edgar the Atheling was also a pretender to the English throne, which infuriated the English king, William the Conqueror (Mohandas Gandhi). Forced to do homage to him, and hand over his son as a hostage after a foray into English territory in 1072. Following another brutal assault on English territory, he was again made to do homage to the Conqueror’s son, William II (Joseph Kennedy, Sr.), in 1091, little realizing he was his son in the latter’s earlier incarnation. When William refused to accept him at his court, he made a fifth sojourn into forbidden territory and was ambushed and slain with his son in a castle seige by the forces of his enemy. Through his progeny, he became the founder of the House of Canmore, which would rule Scotland for over two centuries. Inner: Ruthless and machiavellian, with a warrior’s sensibilities, befitting the violent, kilted kingdom he inherited. Long reign lifetime of continuing his ongoing education of governance by the sword, only to be ultimately undone by his own ongoing father, as emblem of his ongoing struggles of getting past his warrior past. Edward the Elder (?-924) - King of Wessex. Outer: The ‘AR’ of Arthur is in his name. 2nd born and eldest son of Alfred the Great (Saul Williams). Brother of Aethelflaed (Eleanor Roosevelt). Joint ruler with his father. Well-educated and well-trained by him, then overcame a rival for the throne after his death, and became king of the Angles and Saxons in 901. Spent his entire lifetime as a warrior fighting the Danes and Vikings. Co-operated with the Danish king of East Anglia and promoted a code which recognized Danish customs. Married Ecgwynn, who also may have been his mistress, and by whom he produced his successor, Athelstan (Duke of Wellington). In 901, he wed Aefllaed, who died in 920. His third wife, Edgiva, outlived her husband by over 6 decades. Extremely fertile, he fathered 18 legitimate children by the trio. Extremely fertile, he fathered 18 legitimate children by his three wives. His natural son, Edmund I (Richard Wellesley) also became king, as did his 4th son, Edred (Michael Kennedy), while one daughter Eagdifu, became queen of the Franks, and another Edith, married Otto I (Mohandas Gandhi), the first of the Holy Roman Emperors. A bold soldier, he defeated the Danes several times and finally received their submission. His court attracted foreign churchmen as well as foreign aristocratic exiles, thereby broadening the scope of English culture and custom. Consolidated his position as ruler of most of England and established the disputed precedent of English overlordship of Scotland. Inner: Patient warrior, good organizer. Extremely able strategist, his campaigns were filled with tenacity and imagination. Developmental lifetime of building on the legacy of his father, showing the same skills in the field, while learning the specifics of English rule. Majorian (Julius Valerius Marjorianus) (c420-461) - Roman emperor. Outer: The ‘AR’ of Arthur is loosely in his name. Son of a financial administrator in Gaul. Took his name from his maternal grandfather, who had been a master of soldiers for a previous emperor. Pursued a military career, and proved a successful warrior, but was dismissed because of the jealousy of the wife of his commanding general, Flavius Aetius (Gene Autry), who felt he outshone her husband. Retired to his country estate in 454, but was recalled to duty by Valentinian III (Ethan Hawke), while harboring his own desires for the western throne of Rome, which was going through a period of upheaval, with a series of shadow emperors following the long reign of Valentinian. May have had a hand in the death of his predecessor, Avitus (Kathleen Kennedy), along with the Visigothic general, Ricimer (Robert Kennedy). Close friend of the latter, having served under him earlier in his career. Became Master of Soldiers in Gaul, and was nominated as western Emperor by Leo I (Robert McNamara) in 457, shortly after he had achieved the purple, although there was a gap in time before the formal announcement, causing tensions twixt the two. It was also assumed that Ricimer would be co-regent with him, because of his extensive power. A reformer, he passed numerous laws to curtail abuses in tax collection as well as other oppressive measures. Initially, he only had control of Italy, but built up his army with barbarian mercenaries, and was able to impose his will in the western empire through his military victories in Gaul. Wound up spending most of his brief reign outside of Italy, because of pressing military problems, but also realized the need to placate the Roman Senatorial aristocracy. After initially being punitive against his enemies, was conciliatory the more successful he became. Made Ricimer a consul in 459, and also employed the Gallic aristocracy in his positions of power. Turned his attention to Spain and Africa, but his position was subsequently undermined by the loss of his fleet, while trying to recapture Africa from the Vandals. After a mutiny, he was forced to abdicate, and reportedly died of dysentery 5 days later, but in actuality was arrested, tortured and beheaded by Ricimer, who had similarly undone his predecessor. After his death, the power of the western emperors was limited solely to Italy. Inner: Courageous, attractive, witty, possessor of royal virtue, heroic character. Singular figure of Roman imperial strength in an otherwise lackluster century of rule. Glimpse-of-the-future lifetime of bringing his regal presence to the throne of Rome, only to fall victim to the same murderous forces that have long driven his longtime family, and forced them into self-destructive positions of karmic recompense in order to continually balance their bloody books. The fall of Rome was very much a Kennedy family story, as they ended one cycle to begin another in Scotland and England. Germanicus Caesar (15BZ-19AZ) - Roman general. Outer: Eldest son of Nero Claudius Drusus (Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.). Brother of the future emperor Claudius (Joseph Goebbels). Grandnephew of Augustus Caesar (FDR). Received an excellent education, proving to be a good scholar and skilled orator. Became prominent after the deaths of Gaius (Robert Kennedy) and Lucius Caesar (Kathleen Kennedy), which shifted the focus to the Claudian side of the family. Nephew of future Roman emperor Tiberius (Lucien Bonaparte), who adopted him in 4 AZ. In the same year, he married the granddaughter of Augustus, Agrippina the Elder (Jacqueline Kennedy). 9 children from union, 6 of whom survived him, including Gaius Caligula (Napoleon Bonaparte), who became emperor. Made quaestor, or magistrate, 2 years later and served under Tiberius. In the year 12, he was elevated to consul, and commanded Gaul and 2 Rhine armies. Able to stop the martial mutiny that broke out on the death of Augustus in 14AZ, through his tremendous personal appeal, but stayed loyal to Tiberius, when he could have been anointed emperor by his soldiers. Recalled to Rome by the latter when the emperor feared for his great popularity, after military successes and one near disaster, as well as the ensuing delirious devotion accorded him by the Roman masses. Celebrated a triumph and then became consul again in 17. Given supreme command over all the eastern provinces, where he proved a successful diplomat, despite incurring the enmity of Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso, the governor of Syria. Visited Egypt in 19, despite being forbidden to do so under an earlier edict against Romans of senatorial rank entering that country and incurred the strong censure of Tiberius. Returned to Syria, and was probably poisoned on Piso’s orders. His ashes were sent home and they impelled extraordinary spectacles of mourning everywhere. Inner: Handsome, generous, and congenial, albeit proud and full of himself. Extremely well-loved, a champion of republican principles, and a competent general, with the ability to excite devotion and admiration from virtually everyone. Foundation lifetime of being struck down in his prime, a martyr to his own considerable talents, and a template for the final life in this series, which would find him once again a beloved political figure in many circles violently swept off his/story’s unkind stage. Lucius Lucinius Lucullus (c110BZ-57BZ) - Roman general. Outer: Through his mother, he was a nephew of the powerful Metellan clan. Father was a general whose intemperate reaction to being replaced, caused the family to go in to exile. Became an intimate of Lucius Sulla (FDR) during the Social War and was the only senior officer to support Sulla’s march on Rome in 88BZ. Went east with Sulla on his campaign against Mithridates, the king of Pontus, and stayed on as a proquaestor for 6 more years before returning to Rome to serve as a curule aedile with his brother. Sponsored some particularly lavish games, and was elected governor of Africa after serving as an aedile. When his term ended, Sulla entrusted him with the guardianship of his son, as well as the publication of his memoirs. Elected consul in 74BZ, he went east to do battle with Mithridates once more, defeating him as well as an additional army. His harsh mode of command, however, inspired several mutinies, and the loss of much of the territory he had won. In 66BZ, he was relieved of his command through the machinations of his enemies. Awarded a triumph for his victories in 63, and then permanently removed from public life during the first consulship of Julius Caesar (Charles de Gaulle) in 59BZ. Added to his fortunes and once more sponsored lavish public games, while retiring to a life of pleasure and extravagance, sating his senses to such extreme that he supposedly died insane. Lucullan or luxurious derives from his name. Inner: Epicurean and hedonist. Extremely able general, but far too harsh a disciplinarian for his men to ultimately handle. Double-sided lifetime of acting out the duality of the dark general and the light sensualist and never quite integrating the two for any sense of self-satisfaction, preferring extremes to the moderate middle, a lesson he continues to work upon.


Storyline: The wide-eyed widow works through loss as recompense for her own unintegrated emotions in the face of power, while pursuing her ongoing desire to play in the public realm from the perspective of both genders.

Guinevere - Wife of King Arthur. Daughter of a king, who created the great court of Camelot with Arthur. Betrayed the king through her passion for his most trusted knight, Lancelot. Seduced by Mordred, fled and took the veil, as the kingdom shattered in her wake. Archetype of the inconstant feminine. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Jacqueline Bouvier) (1929-1994) - American political helpmate. Outer: From a wealthy and self-assured family, very attached to her philandering, alcoholic father, ‘Black’ Jack Bouvier, and subsequently only sexually attracted to men she felt were dangerous like him. Mother was of Irish extract, and ultra-feminine, as well as cold and withholding, although she set high standards for her daughters. Older of 2 sisters. Her father lost most of his inherited wealth in the crash of 1929, and his irresponsibility fed into her parents separation in 1936 and divorce when she was 10, giving her a great unfounded fear of poverty afterwards. 5’7”, slim, with size 11 feet, symbol of strong grounding. Precocious and meticulous, with a gamin beauty. Went to Vassar College, where she studied French literature, then continued her studies at the Sorbonne, before graduating George Washington Univ. in 1951. Became an inquiring camera girl for a Washington newspaper, and was initially engaged to a stockbroker. Heavy smoker her entire life, but always felt guilty about it. Married John F. Kennedy in 1953, and immediately had to put up with his philandering. Unhappy early in the union, she thought of leaving him. Estranged from the rest of the Kennedy family, particularly the women, who called her ‘the deb,’ although she saw some of her own father in Joseph Kennedy, Sr. Her first pregnancy in 1956 was a miscarriage, in which her husband didn’t even bother to leave his vacationing yacht in the Mediterranean to console her, until ordered to do so for political reasons. Her 2nd child, Arabella (Carolyn Bessette), was stillborn, although the loss drew her and JFK together. Had 2 more healthy offspring, John and Caroline, then a fifth premature child, Patrick (Max Kennedy), who died after only two days. Very close to her children, serving as a strong guide for them. Upon JFK’s election as president in 1960, she restored the White House, and was a stylish icon and media favorite, evincing a breathless charm, in what was acknowledged as an American Camelot. Code-named Lace by the Secret Service. Like her husband, began getting amphetamine injections from Dr. Max Jacobson, known as Dr. Feelgood, to boost her sense of self-esteem and continued doing so throughout her life, eventually turning on Jacobson in the 1970s during his fall from prominence to save her own reputation. Showed little interest in the political, preferring to put her emphasis on cultural events and elevating America’s collective taste. Rarely accompanied her husband on political trips, although was with him when he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963 and cradled his head in her lap as they rushed to the hospital. Stood next to Lyndon Johnson when he was sworn in as president, while still wearing her bloodied outfit. Orchestrated JFK’s theatrical funeral afterwards, patterning it on Abraham Lincoln’s while curiously paralleling an ancient frieze of her Agrippina go-round, when she did the same for her husband’s much earlier incarnation of Germanicus. Afterwards, she became a public symbol of material extravagance, while allegedly pursuing her own sexually liberating agenda and downing amphetamines and alcohol to balance her grief. Had a great love for RFK, during a four year affair following JFK’s death, and after his assassination in 1968, she left America, declaring she hated the country, and did not wish her children to be targets there. The same year, she married Greek billionaire shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, who saw her as an acquisition, while she spent some $20 million their first year together. Many ordinary Americans felt betrayed by the union, thanks to her iconic status. Soon after the marriage the pair went their separate ways, while she continued to look to older men for ballast, while remaining a figure of constant fascination for the press. In the process of divorce when Onassis died in 1975, she refused to travel to his deathbed. Wound up contesting his daughter for his billion dollar estate, and came away with $26 million. Moved to NYC and became a book editor at Doubleday & Co., for $10,000 a year in what she would declare as the most contented period of her life. Continued to maintain a distance from the press, while also avoiding most of the Kennedy clan. Her escort for the last 15 year of her life was a Jewish diamond dealer, Maurice Tempelsman, with whom she lived. In the same hospital as Richard Nixon when he died, she succumbed shortly afterwards from lymphatic cancer, a symbol of allowing her anger to eat her away. The subject of more than 50 books, as well as countless articles and innumerable photos, she remains an American artifact for the ages, thanks to the wealth of images she left in her wake. Inner: Intelligent, strong-willed, sophisticated, stylish, self-assured and a world-class shopper. Also seen as pretentious, cold and manipulative, as well as peevish, highly judgmental, and largely apolitical, viewing world figures as personalities rather than embodiments of power. Conventional in her uxorial thinking, but probably held strong inner anger at the subordinate role she was forced to play as a trophy wife. High profile lifetime of dealing with loss from a position of power, as well as trying to maintain privacy while continually on public display. Ida Saxton McKinley (1847-1907) - American political helpmate. Outer: Of German, Scottish and English ancestry. Her grandparents had founded her hometown of Canton, Ohio. Father was a banker, who gave his daughter a privileged upbringing, including a grand tour of Europe. Always had a great interest in clothes and hair, and was spoiled as a child. Eldest of 3, with a younger sister and brother. Given a business training by her father, and she wound up working as a cashier in his bank for a number of years. Also taught at the Presbyterian Sunday School. After meeting him at the bank, In 1871, she married William McKinley (Richard Nixon), who doted on her. Her 2 daughters, Katherine (Carolyn Bessette) and Ida (Patrick Bouvier Kennedy) died in childhood, as they would her next go-round, and she suffered periods of unbalanced madness the rest of her life, acting as a smiling mannequin when under subsequent medication. Also crippled with phlebitis, and subject to epileptic fits, forcing her husband to throw a handkerchief over her face during seizures in public, and quickly wheel her out of sight. After he was elected president in 1896, the staff dressed and moved her around like a puppet, while she was often limp and sick. At receptions, she would hold a bouquet so that she wouldn’t have to shake hands. To compound her sense of familial loss, her brother was murdered by his mistress, then her husband was assassinated in 1901, by anarchist Leon Czolgosz (Lee Harvey Oswald). Unable to deal with the funeral ceremonies, she spent the rest of her life living with her younger sister in Ohio, wishing only to die, while visiting her husband’s grave almost every day. Mercifully exited six years after her martyred spouse. Inner: Beautiful, proud, spoiled and materially extravagant. Payback lifetime of dealing with loss, public spectacle and madness without any sense of personal control as a way of releasing her own vulnerabilities of passion and power, as well as past excesses in both those realms. Aaron Burr (1756-1836) - American lawyer, soldier and politician. Outer: From a prominent New Jersey family, which was austerely Presbyterian. Grandfather was famed minister Jonathan Edwards (John Stott). Father was a scholarly theologian, mother was the daughter of her husband’s mentor, and some 16 years his junior, with the same intelligence and piety, and considerably more wit. One older sister. 5'6". Studied theology and law at the College of New Jersey (later Princeton), where he proved himself a brilliant student, while pursuing many affairs and romances all through his life. Small, quick, charming and sophisticated. In 1782, he married Theodosia Prevost, a widow who was a decade older, one daughter, Theodosia (Caroline Kennedy), from union. His wife, a woman of great charm and intellectual vigor, ultimately became an invalid and died in 1794. Proved to be an adoring and adored father. A brave soldier in battle during the American Revolution, he demanded discipline from his troops. On George Washington’s (George C. Marshall) staff during the Revolutionary War, but antagonized him and was transferred. Pursued a political career afterwards, and was ultimately elected to the Senate, making a political enemy of Alexander Hamilton (John F. Kennedy) in the process. Elected vice-president of United States in 1800, through Hamilton’s opposition to him as president. Roundly disliked by Thomas Jefferson (Saul Williams), under whom he served. Lost the governorship of N.Y. because of Hamilton, spurring a famous duel twixt the 2 in 1804 in which Hamilton was killed. Indicted as a sitting vice-president, he fled and schemed with James Wilkinson (Michael Kennedy) over colonization in Louisiana and Mexico, but was betrayed by the latter. Tried for treason over his dreams of empire with himself as Emperor, and acquitted on a technicality. His daughter Theodosia was the single loyal figure to him. Went to France, and tried to enlist Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in a plot to conquer Florida. Returned to the U.S. in 1812 and practiced law in obscurity for the rest of his long life, an unloved, unwanted outcast. Married a widow two decades his junior at the end. Suffered a series of strokes, paralyzing his left arm and leg, before succumbing to them. Inner: Highly volatile, and nakedly ambitious, with many enemies, although always tried to show the public a face of unruffled serenity. Curious admixture of continual self-defeat. Embraced delay when action was needed, proved a flawed judge of people’s character, and was always looking for the unattainable. Name ‘Burr’ reflected his contentiousness, as well as his need to view politics as a purely emotional sphere. Litigious lifetime of bringing the madness of passionate self-ambition to politics, and then having a long afterwards to think about it. The Camelot themes of betrayal, as well as lessons of consequences of actions were inherent in this go-round. Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (Sarah Jennings) (1660-1744) - English political wife. Outer: Father was a wealthy landowner, and his daughter enjoyed a privileged upbringing. Formed a childhood friendship with the future Queen Anne (Princess Anne), and entered her royal household. Had a tempestuous courtship with John Churchill (JFK), which was opposed by the head of the household, the future James II (Martin Sheen), but the couple married secretly when she 18. The duo were genuinely devoted to one another, 4 surviving daughters from union, including Anne (Julie Nixon) who later married Charles Spencer, the 3rd earl of Sunderland (Richard Nixon). Aided her husband’s career through her court connections and position. Dismissed from her offices when he was disgraced, through the jealousies of William III (Lyndon Johnson), then returned to great favor with the accession of Anne in 1702. Their subsequent political life, when her husband virtually ruled in a triumvirate with Sidney Godolphin (Robert MacNamara) and Robert Harley (Rupert Murdoch) depended on her remaining in royal favor with Queen Anne. Brought a cousin of hers, Abigail Masham, to court, only to see the latter supplant her in the queen’s esteem. Through the machinations of Harley and Masham, she and her husband eventually lost their position at court. Opposed the Queen’s politics, and feuded violently with her, thereby undoing her husband’s career in 1710. Never saw the Queen again afterwards, retired to Germany, then her family palace at Bleinheim, which she had completed, quarreling bitterly with both her architect and her relations. Lost her daughter Anne in 1716. Well after her husband’s death in 1722, she published a defense of her conduct at court in 1742 in her memoirs, which raised great controversy, allowing her the satisfaction of maintaining herself in the public view until the end of her long life. Inner: Intelligent, difficult, resourceful and political, but not politic. Vigorous, shrewd, brilliant conversationalist, never let her Whig sympathies influence her husband. Also vulgar, spiteful and indefatigable. Partnered lifetime of finding true love and working in political concert with her equally ambitious husband, only to allow her anger and passions to rule her, with ultimately unhappy results. Piers Gaveston, Earl of Cornwall (c1284-1312) - English noble. Outer: Son of a Gascon knight, he was brought up at court as a boyhood friend and foster-brother of the future Edward II (John F. Kennedy, Jr.). Exerted great influence over him, and the duo were probably lovers. A skilled athlete, he was eventually exiled in 1307 by Edward I (JFK), who considered him a pernicious influence. Recalled on Edward II’s accession to the throne later that year. Made adviser to the king, given a title, estates and money, and married the monarch’s niece, who was daughter of Gilbert de Clare (Duke of Wellington), one daughter from the union. Briefly regent of England in 1308 during Edward’s sojourn in France, then played a prominent role in the king’s coronation, which infuriated his nobles, who found his behavior towards them extremely insulting. Forced into banishment, through pressure from the latter group, he spent a year in Ireland as the king’s lieutenant, then returned, only to be given perpetual banishment for his continued outrageous insolence. Retired to Flanders, but secretly returned soon after, and was publicly restored, despite outrage by the barons, who kidnapped and beheaded him. Inner: Haughty, arrogant and highly ambitious. Manipulative lifetime of playing with royal power and the resultant gross resentment that his flawed, opportunistic character continually merits whenever it takes male form. Henry III (1207-1272) - King of England. Outer: Eldest of 5 children of King John (Henry Fonda), and his second wife, Isabella (Jane Fonda). Brother of Richard, Earl of Cornwall (Richard Nixon) and Eleanor de Montfort (Kathleen Kennedy). Saw little of his sire, but was close to his mother. Well-educated and highly cultured, with a personal sense of gravitas from an early age. Also sensitive to the arts, with a reverence for his Angevin ancestors, he was a great patron of ecclesiastical architecture, but was also given to outbursts of temper. Enthroned at the age 9, at the death of his progenitor, with the country heavily divided, he also had his mother return to France to remarry, and did not see her again for another 14 years, leaving him largely an orphan with surrogate father figures serving as regents, beginning with William Marshal (George C. Marshall), who successfully put down a French-inspired rebellion, and restored order to the government, issuing a modified Magna Carta. 5’6” or so, with a strong build, while a drooping eyelid covered part of his pupil. Following Marshal’s death in 1219, a triumvir served as regent with Hubert de Burgh (Lyndon Johnson) dominating. Given homage by Alexander II (Vo Nguyen Giap) of Scotland in 1220, when he was crowned a second time, and then had to suppress several revolts over the next several years, through taxation and charters, which hamstrung his government, but also legitimatized it. Declared himself of age in 1227, although in reality Hubert, who was made justiciar for life the following year, continued at the helm. Nevertheless, over the next 4 years, he built an independent following, while Hubert’s influence began to wane, and he was ultimately supplanted by his sworn enemy, Peter des Roches (Hubert Humphrey). Forced to depend on great councils, thanks to limitations placed on royal revenues, which further weakened royal power. After much court intrigue and several failed French expeditions, he declared himself his own minister in 1234, and for the next near quarter of a century, England enjoyed political peace, with occasional difficulties from rivalries within the royal family, finances and foreign entanglements. In 1236, he married Eleanor of Provence (Doris Kopf-Schroeder), 4 sons and 2 daughters including his successor Edward I (JFK), in a happy union, in which he proved to be a devoted parent. In 1258, factional struggles at court and discontent in the country fed into an extended period of instability which would last most of the rest of his reign. Survived an assassination attempt, made disastrous campaigns in France, surrounded himself with French favorites who were roundly disliked, and eventually, albeit temporarily, lost the power of the crown when he was captured during the barons’ rebellion. Saved several times by the military skills of his brother-in-law, Simon de Montfort (Robert Kennedy), although later insulted him, which led to the king’s undoing. Reinstated in 1265, but continued to alienate the nobility with his capricious acts, and ultimately drifted off into senility, after a long life of rule, where the kingdom came together, despite his incompetence, proving the inherent strength of England even when led by a dubious monarch. Art, science and education flourished under him, while he built many cathedrals, and also spent much time enlarging and beautifying Westminster Abbey, in homage to his earlier predecessor, Edward the Confessor (J. William Fulbright), with whom he strongly identified. Appropriately was buried near him, after being laid out in his old coffin in a magnificent funeral. His heart was sent to Fontevrault, to lie with his Angevin ancestors, to show where his true love lay. Wound up ruling for 56 years, the third longest in English his/story, and inspired a brief cult of miracle-making after his death, largely inspired by his wife. Inner: Willful, devout, extravagant, deceitful, luxurious, fickle and cowardly. Also open, accessible and easily moved to tears, as well as kind, genuinely pious and merciful, chivalrous to his foes and basically a man of peace. Had little interest in military affairs, and disliked those two martial standbys, campaigning and hunting. Uncomplicated and unworldly. Traveled little for most of his rule, largely a homebody, who greatly enjoyed beautifying his abodes. Dominated by advisers, which made him inconsistent, while his family always took precedent over all his concerns. Capricious leadership lifetime of angry, incompetent rule, providing weakness at the top, so that its support base could counterbalance him with its growing sense of its own power. Agrippina the Elder (c14BZ-33AZ) - Roman political helpmate. Outer: Daughter of Marcus Agrippa (Joschka Fischer) and Julia (Eleanor Roosevelt). Younger sister of Gaius Julius (Robert Kennedy) and Lucius (Kathleen Kennedy). In 4AZ, she married the Roman general Germanicus (JFK), 9 children from the union, including the Roman emperor, Gaius Caligula (Napoleon Bonaparte), and Agrippina the Younger (Unity Mitford), the mother of Nero (Adolf Hitler). Accompanied her husband to Germany and to the east, bringing his ashes back to Rome in 19AZ when he was poisoned, to a tremendous outpouring of public grief. Her immortalized funeral procession on a frieze would parallel her latest incarnation in this series, when she did the same for JFK. Her independence annoyed the emperor Tiberius (Lucien Bonaparte), as did her reflective popularity. When her sons came into line for the throne at the death of Tiberius’ son, she came under severe attack by the arch-manipulator and chief adviser to the emperor, Sejanus (Richard Nixon). In 29, she was finally exiled to the island of Pandateria, where she either starved herself to death or was starved by order of Tiberius. Outlived all but 4 of her children. Subject of a number of flattering portraits. Inner: Strong-willed, independent and well-loved, but once again the victim of a highly martial world. Matriarch of a line of several demented emperors, indicating something way off in the political genes she passed down. Thwarted lifetime of enjoying union with her longtime mate and then falling victim to the political machinations of another longtime ally/foe before literally being starved to the death by the lack of love inherent in her repetitive, competitive power-mongering crew.


Storyline: The photogenic namesake looks like a Greek god and ultimately embraces Grecian tragedy as his legacy, after taking his modest talents as far as they would go, and deciding to try to break through to another plane of himself on the next go-round.

Mordred - Son of King Arthur and his half-sister Morgawse, in an unconscious act of incest. Led a revolt against his father in which both were mortally wounded in the final battle of Camelot. Archetype of the weak, failed or willful seed that brings a line to its end. John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1960-1999) - American lawyer and publisher. Outer: Son of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. 3rd of 4 children, younger brother Patrick (Max Kennedy) died as an infant, sister Arabella (Carolyn Bessette) was still-born. Born prematurely with weak lungs. Only 2 when his father was assassinated, making an indelible public impression by saluting at his sire’s funeral. Code-named Lark by the Secret Service. Enjoyed an extremely close relationship with his mother, who protected him from the media saturation thrust on his family, during his privileged upbringing. Taught to safeguard his fame, while at the same time, was the continual subject of clicking lenses. Attended private schools, and graduated from Brown Univ. with a his/story major before becoming an indifferent NY lawyer after several tries at the bar exam, eventually serving as an assistant district attorney. Much more interested in charity work. 6’1”, strikingly handsome, sculpted, athletic and social, generating much interest by the tabloid press, including being crowned one year by People magazine as ‘the Sexiest Man Alive.’ Linked with several actresses, including Daryl Hannah, but eventually married in his mid-30s to Carolyn Bessette, and the pair quickly became a paparazzi favorite. Became the publisher of a glossy political magazine called George, that proved popular through its focus on the superficial rather than the substantive. Despite his name and legacy, he was ambivalent about a political career. Went down in a plane crash off of Martha’s Vineyard, along with his wife and sister-in-law, en-route to a cousin’s wedding. Probably felt he had taken his life as far as he could, while speculation also persisted that both his marriage and magazine were in trouble at the time. The latter proved true when it folded after his death. His mother earlier had premonitions of his demise, and was dead set against his flying. Inner: Charming and self-assured, although had little interest in politics as a career, because of an innate disillusionment of the entire process. Natural actor, with a Greek god body that he loved to exhibit. Extremely restless, constantly on the move. Fishbowl lifetime of being in the public eye from early childhood on, while trying to find a balance for himself between his public and private person, only to disappear dramatically from this plane, like his father. Plane crashes usually symbolize a desire to rise to the next level in the next go-round. John Van Buren (1810-1866) - American political offspring. Outer: 2nd son of Martin Van Buren (FDR) and Hannah Hoes Van Buren (Daryl Hannah). Clearly his father’s favorite, with the former seeing much of himself in him. His mother died when he was 9, and his sire was often away from home, making for an unstable upbringing. Educated at Yale, where he drank and gambled, much to his progenitor’s dismay, and showed little aptitude for study. Had a fine physique and was a fashion plate, like his progenitor. Became a lawyer, and capitalized on his sire’s career, serving as secretary to the American legation in London, while his father was minister-delegate there. Known as ‘Prince John,’ in English circles. Opened a law practice in Albany and in his early 30s, married the niece of a lawyer, Elizabeth Vanderpoel (Carolyn Bessette), one daughter from the union, although his wife died 3 years into the marriage. Far more interested in politics than his practice, he was royally received in London when his father was president, after serving the latter as his business and political agent in Albany during his campaigns. Wroked as a power broker, and was made attorney general in NY in 1845, a patronage-rich position, after joining the radical wing of the Democratic party. Made and lost large sums of money on the stock market because of his insider status, while also alienating many with his political stances. Became an organizer and leader of the Free Soil Party, which advocated that the country’s western territories remain slave-free. An active lobbyist and a passionate abolitionist, he was once was jailed for 24 hours for getting into a courtroom fistfight with a rival attorney. Proved to be a tireless campaigner, but he often outmaneuvered himself, and his influence steadily eroded as the country became more and more divided over the issue of slavery, as his beloved Democratic Party was deserted in droves for the newly formed Republicans. Censured Pres. Abraham Lincoln (Carl Sandburg) for calling in troops so quickly after the firing on Ft. Sumter, which precipitated the Civil War, despite supporting the fray, and denouncing the secession of the South. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1861 as a Democrat. Supported George McClellan (George McGovern) against Lincoln in 1864, and was defeated for attorney general the following year. His health failed and he decided to go to England for treatment for what was probably venereal disease. Died of kidney failure at sea. Inner: Great surface appeal, charming, well-mannered, quick-witted and handsome. Good-humored with a ready wit. Practice lifetime of coming into the modern world as handsome scion of a political adept, without the depth to do anything of note with his legacy, other than draw considerable attention to himself. Philip Hamilton (1782-1801) - American political offspring. Outer: Father was Alexander Hamilton (JFK), mother was Elizabeth Schuyler (Rose F. Kennedy). Eldest of 7 children. Graduated Columbia College and was expected to become a lawyer, with a seemingly bright future ahead of him, despite his character defects. Argued with a violently Republican lawyer at the theater, and fought 2 duels with him. The second took place in the same spot his father would be killed 3 years later. Neither fired for a minute, before he took aim, only to be shot just above the hip. The bullet lodged in his body, and he died in agony 24 hours later, with his parents at his bedside. His father never got over his death. Inner: Characterized as a ‘sad rake.’ Red flag lifetime of serving as a warning for his father’s overweening ambitions and anger. Edward Wilson (?-1694) - English bon vivant. Outer: 5th son of a family of old standing that had become impoverished. Known as ‘Beau’ Wilson, because of his expensive lifestyle. No one could understand how he kept up such lavish standards. Quarreled with John Law (Joseph Kennedy, Sr.), over an incident at the house where the latter’s mistress lived. The duo dueled and he died of a stomach wound. Left only a few pounds and no evidence of the source of his wealth. At Law’s trial, proof of letters twixt the 2 proved their relationship was more than casual. People later surmised that the mistress of William III (Lyndon Johnson), one Elizabeth Villiers, was his benefactress and she also arranged for his death, when he became too inquisitive about her generosity. Inner: Comeuppance lifetime of doing battle with his future grandfather over the source of his false power, and getting a lethal reminder of the deadly company he continues to keep. Edward II (1284-1327) - King of England. Outer: 14th child, but eldest surviving son of Edward I (JFK) and Eleanor of Castile (Carolyn Kennedy). Aroused suspicion that he was a changeling, because of his weakness in comparison with his sire’s strength. His father distrusted him and disliked his friends, as well as his propensity to make strong attachments to his lessers. Served as regent at 13 during his father’s absences, then showed his extravagance in camp-life during successive Scottish campaigns in his late teens. Tall, strong, golden-haired and good looking, with nothing internally to back up his surface appeal. Ascended the throne at the age of 23, on the death of his sire, who had expected him to continue England’s conquest of Scotland. In 1308, he married the daughter of the king of France, Isabella (Richard Nixon), 4 children, including his successor, Edward III (Duke of Wellington). Liked dressing up, and royal entertainments, but was neither an effective soldier nor skilled statesman. Reputedly a homophile, so that his favorite, Pier Gaveston (Jacqueline Kennedy), was eventually executed by angry nobles. Defeated at Bannockburn in 1314 by Robert Bruce (Robert Kennedy), insuring Scottish independence. Showed great vindictiveness in ensuing reprisals, and ultimately failed to subdue Scotland in later battles. Found further favorites, and provoked civil war among the nobles, although he emerged victorious from it in 1322, becoming tyrannical in his resurgence of power. Allowed his queen to go to France and she led an invasion against him in 1326, along with Roger Mortimer (Howard Hughes), which was supported by his nobles. After fleeing, he was captured and forced to abdicate in favor of his son. Executed by having a red hot poker stuffed up his posterior to leave no mark on his body, although the story may be apocryphal. Inner: Nasty, grasping and vicious, with an over-inflated view of himself. Comeuppance lifetime of having his self-view severely challenged and then totally overwhelmed, by taking on a royal role far beyond his own limited capabilities, a lesson well-learned, for he never did it again. Henry FitzHenry (1155-1183) - English prince. Outer: 2nd son of Henry II (Kathleen Kennedy) and Eleanor of Aquitaine (Doris Kopf-Schroeder). Betrothed at the age of 3 to a daughter of the king of France, and was crowned as his father’s successor in 1170 as Henry III, without being given any power. One child from union (Patrick Bouvier Kennedy?) who died in infancy. Educated by Thomas a Beckett (Martin Luther King). Revolted against his father with his mother and brothers, and fled to the French court after its failure, but was forgiven in 1174. He was immensely popular with the masses, despite turning on his brother Richard (Richard Burton). Died of dysentery in France, while intriguing further against his father, although was penitent at his short life’s end. Deeply mourned, his body was fought over after his death. Inner: Handsome and charismatic, but also selfish, faithless and unprincipled. Oedipal lifetime of receiving the education for rule and rebellion, but the successful experience of neither, thanks to numerous character flaws. Duncan II (1060-1094) - King of Scotland. Outer: Son of Malcolm Caenmore (JFK), and his first wife, St. Margaret (Caroline Kennedy). Sent to the court of William II Rufus (Joseph Kennedy, Sr.) as a hostage at the age of 12. Lived there for over 15 years, before returning to Scotland on his father’s death to reclaim his kingdom. Married Ethelreda, an earl’s daughter, one son from the union. Overthrew his uncle, Donald Bane (Jack Kerouac) with English and French support, and had himself crowned, in what would prove to be an extremely brief reign. Issued the first Scottish royal charter, but was seen as far more English than Scottish, and was quickly slain by his fellow countrymen. His descendant line had little luck in pressing their subsequent claims to the throne. Succeeded by Donald. Inner: Exiled lifetime of brief rule, causing him to continue his desire for thrones, until finally exhausting his thirst several centuries later. Marcus Marcellus (Marcus Claudius Marcellus) (42BZ-23BZ) - Roman heir to throne. Outer: Eldest son of Octavia (Darryl Hannah), a sister of Augustus Caesar (FDR). Father had been a consul in 50 BZ. Named after an ancestor who had been a famous general during the Punic Wars. Received the education for eventual rule, and was paraded by his uncle as his choice for his successor, since the latter had no sons of his own. In 25BZ, he married the emperor’s daughter Julia (Eleanor Roosevelt), his own cousin. Had a strong conflict with Marcus Agrippa (Joschka Fischer) over his ambitions for the throne. Agrippa later married his widow. Served under Augustus in Spain, but died in his teens. Inspired much grief and panegyrics galore after early death. Inner: Highly ambitious, although never given the chance to strut his stuff. Abbreviated lifetime of education and preparation for rule without being given the experience of it, one of his ongoing themes, which he has yet to work out, millennia later.


Storyline: The sorry seed continually sacrifices himself in the shadow of his forceful family, in order to ultimately learn strength by constantly exposing his ongoing weakness, as well as teach his cohorts the terrible power of mortal loss.

Mordred - Son of King Arthur and his half-sister Morgawse, in an unconscious act of incest. Led a revolt against his father in which both were mortally wounded in the final battle of Camelot. Archetype of the weak, failed or willful seed that brings a line to its end. Maxwell Taylor Kennedy (Matthew Maxwell Taylor Kennedy) (1965) - American political offspring. Outer: 5th son of Robert Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy, and 3rd youngest of family of 11. Only 3 when his father was assassinated. Suffered severely from asthma, and had great difficulties in sorting out his own identity in a fatherless house, where the children were allowed to run wild. Eventually became addicted to both drugs and alcohol, although was able to sober up at 20, and remain so. Arrested at 17 for an altercation with a police officer, then attended UCLA where he studied business administration, before going to the Univ. of Virginia Law School. Became assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, before founding the Watershed Institute, which introduces urban children to the city’s ecology. In 1991, he married Victoria Strauss, an academic, 3 children from union. Dabbled in journalism as well as deep sea expeditions, before coming to public notice, by announcing he would run for a vacated Congressional seat in 2001. Gave a disastrous performance in his opening speech, and quickly withdrew from the race, citing family concerns. Left in limbo, afterwards, as the Kennedy who couldn’t, in a 21st century testimony to his long-held position as doormat of a powerhouse family far beyond his own modest abilities. Inner: Sweet, self-searching, goofy, mischievous and vulnerable. Yoga enthusiast, and curiously, a great admirer of Benedict Arnold (Whittaker Chambers) for his innate courage, rather than his traitorous actions. Over-his-head lifetime, once again, of being put on public show, when his real need is to find himself away from the public eye. Patrick Kennedy (Patrick Bouvier Kennedy) (1963-1963) - American political offspring. Outer: Infant son of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. Born five weeks early and weighed only 4 pounds. Died from a lung ailment two days after his birth, although was baptized prior to his departure. Initially buried in Brookline, then reburied in Arlington National Cemetery. Less than three months later, his father would follow him in death. Inner: Barely there lifetime of dealing punishment through loss to his parents for slights of the past, as well as refusing to come into being under such closely watched circumstances, which he would, anyway in his next go-round in this series. Ida McKinley (1873-1873) - American political offspring. Outer: 2nd daughter of Ida McKinley (Jacqueline Kennedy) and William McKinley (Richard Nixon). Died in infancy, and coupled with the death of her older sister Katherine (Arabella Kennedy) 3 years later, totally unbent her mother. Inner: Abbreviated lifetime, once again, of an extremely early exit to compensate for earlier mistreatment at the hands of her highly political parents. Richard Cromwell (1626-1712) - Lord Protector of England. Outer: Father was Oliver Cromwell (Robert Kennedy), the future lord Protector of England. Mother was Elizabeth Bourchier, the daughter of a prosperous fur dealer. Fourth of nine children and third of five sons, although the eldest to survive. Evinced early on he was soft and timid, and in no way a reflection of his majestic, martial father. Became his heir in his late teens when his two older brothers died, after a largely unrecorded youth. Married Dorothy Maijor, the daughter of a squire in 1649, after his father negotiated the union, which produced nine children, with only three daughters and a son surviving into adulthood. Served briefly in the Parliamentary army without distinction, and was a member of Parliament, where he made little impression as well. Groomed as a successor to his sire, although the latter had long recognized his weak character, while seeing him as far too addicted to the good life to have any moral backbone. Largely lived in the country occupying himself with field sports during much of his progenitor’s protectorate, while also playing a decided secondary role in affairs of state. Became chancellor of the Univ. of Oxford, then a member of council of state in 1657, when he was officially named his sire’s successor, although questions remain as to whether he was ever given the official nomination by the latter. Succeeded his father as Lord Protector on the latter’s death in 1658, but offended the generals by insisting on his own military leadership over the army. The officers established a council, called a Rump Parliament and forced him to abdicate soon afterwards. Fled England because of his debts and lived under the name of John Clarke in Paris, then Geneva, while losing his wife in 1676 nearly sixteen years after he had last seen her. Eventually returned to England in 1680, and existed the rest of his life in quiet seclusion, as a lodger in other people’s homes. Outlived all his children but two daughters,while living anonymously for the entire period following his brief run of office. Buried beside his wife.. Inner: Accident-prone, weak, gentle, may also have been bisexual. Decent and honest, but ill-suited for the role thrust upon them. Completely out of his league lifetime of being thrust into a position of great power without the requisite skills to hold it, an ongoing theme of his as the weak seed of a powerful family. John Comyn, Earl of Buchan (1265-1306) - Scottish nobleman. Outer: Of Norman descent. Known as the Red Comyn to distinguish him from his father, a regent of Scotland, whom he succeeded n 1289. Nephew of John Baliol (George VI), aiding him in his struggle against England’s Edward I (JFK). Helped initiate the Scottish War of Independence by attacking family rival Robert the Bruce (RFK), although he proved no martial match for him. Appointed guardian of the realm, but surrendered to Edward in 1296 in exchange for retaining his lands, since the task was beyond his scope of abilities. Briefly imprisoned in England before swearing fealty to Edward, at which point he was sent home by the king in order to deal with the open rebellion led by William Wallace (Yo Nguyen Giap). While continuing to profess loyalty to the English crown, he surreptitiously supported the rebellion, then actively did so following the turn of the century, holding the position of justiciar while participating in border raids. By 1304 he was back in the English fold in order to protect his estates. Two years later, he was ritualistically murdered in church by Robert the Bruce under the pretext that he was about to betray Scotland’s plans of attack to England, but in actuality, his death was part of an old pagan rite of one claimant for the throne succeeding another. Bruce was crowned at Scone shortly afterwards. Inner: As always, held his position of power through heredity, rather than any notable skill of his own. Martyred lifetime of self-sacrifice to the ancient earthy ways of the past, while evincing the same weak will as in all his lives in this series. Arthur I (1187-1203) - Duke of Brittany. Outer: Posthumous son of the 4th son of Henry II of England (Kathleen Kennedy). Mother was the daughter and heiress of the count of Brittany, and he was declared heir of that realm by his uncle, Richard I (Richard Burton) in 1190. Reared in the court of Philippe II of France (FDR), and betrothed to his daughter. His claim to the crown was bypassed, and he was captured in battle, imprisoned and probably murdered by orders of his uncle, King John (Henry Fonda). Inner: Symbolic lifetime of carrying the legacy of a legendary name and suffering the consequences of being a weak mirror of it. Romulus Augustulus (470?-511) - Roman Emperor. Outer: Father, Orestes, had been a secretary of Attila the Hun, who had sent him on missions to Constantinople. Once there, Orestes had married the daughter of a senior Roman officer, and after Attila’s death, had joined the Roman army, rising to Master of Soldiers, with a patrician rank. He endeared himself to his soldiers, who were almost entirely German, and when talk of rebellion led to investing him with the purple in 475, for some reason, he decided to elevate his son rather than himself. Although not recognized in the east, Orestes controlled the western empire for 10 months in his name, until a mutiny over land promises among the troops brought about their downfall. Orestes was killed in the subsequent fighting, and he was forced to abdicate his throne, although his life was spared. He and his family were assigned a palace near Naples as their place of exile, and were given a generous annual allowance, and allowed to live out their lives in relative peace. 476 was thus marked as the fall of the western Roman Empire, even though the eastern emperor continued. In the circle of things, the last emperor, who was only 5 or 6, held the name of Rome’s founder, as well as Augustus, the name of the first emperor, although he was known as ‘Momylus,’ or little disgrace. Inner: Nonentity, who nevertheless became an his/storic figure through the manipulations of his father. Figurehead lifetime of ending a cycle, before going on to provide a weak mirror for one of the more powerful families in the annals of western civilization.


Storyline: The dutiful daughter avoids the spotlight despite her continual high profile parentage and manages to carve her own competent niche in the process.

Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg (1957) - merican lawyer, writer and ambassador. Outer: Daughter of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. 2nd of 4, including stillborn sister Arabella (Carolyn Bessette), brother John, and younger brother Patrick (Max Kennedy) who did not survive infancy. Grew up in the direct glare of publicity, with photographers always at the ready to record her. Code-named Lyric by the Secret Service. Her father used to enjoy exhibiting her when the family was in the White House. After he was assassinated when she was 6, she continued a close relationship with her mother, who protected her from the glare of publicity, and passed on an aversion to being the target of a gawking public. Developed a fear of notoriety and remained largely cerebral and interior, despite her outer, regal looks. 5’7”,145 lbs. Because of comparisons with her famously svelte mother, who was obsessive about dieting, her self-esteem eventually plummeted, and at one point, she shaved off one eyebrow, complaining her face was too symmetrical. Her mother’s dislike of America, and subsequent marriage to Aristotle Onassis, probably gave her more of a sense of being an alien, which was compounded by her constant need to protect herself from the prying eyes of others. Attended private schools, spent a year in London taking art courses at Sotheby’s and graduated Radcliffe, majoring in fine arts. Worked in the educational film dept at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 5 years, where she met her husband, Edwin Schlossberg, whom she married in 1986, two daughters and son from the union. Went to Columbia law school, receiving her law degree in 1988, although after interning for a summer, decided not to practice. Preferred the company of artists and creative people, 3 children from union. Has managed to keep a strong sense of herself despite the celebrityhood of her family. In 1991, she co-authored a bestseller on the Bill of Rights. Also authored two other best-sellers on her mother’s favorite poems and, in imitiation of her father, “Profiles in Courage of Our Time.” Declined an offer by Bill Clinton to chair the Democratic National Convention the following year, and has balanced career, motherhood and privacy into mature, adult life. Became the last surviving member of her family, when her brother died in an air accident in 1999, which forced her into becoming more of a public figure. Addressed the 2000 Democratic National Convention, while maintaining her balance of a limited public life in order to enjoy her private one, although 2002 saw her accept the position as chief fund-raiser for NYC’s schools, which she did for two years, before retreating from the public eye again. In 2008, she endorsed Barack Obama’s primary presidential run, thereby bestowing the Kennedy mantle on him as a successor to her father’s Camelot. Subsequently expressed a desire to succeed Hillary Clinton as senator from NY, putting her in the nitty-gritty political arena for the first time in her life, and subjecting her to much carping about her lack of experience in it. Withdrew her name afterwards, citing her desire to care for her uncle Ted as the reason, although she may have avoided being rejected as an appointee by NY’s governor, who was unimpressed with her pre-pick performances in interviews and private sessions with state officials, and began leaking unfavorable information about her, to compound her discomfort with suddenly being sharkmeat for the media, after a lifetime deliberately dedicated to normalcy, despite the extraordinary circumstances of her family. Appointed ambassador to Japan in 2013, and won easy Senate approval. Served for three years, claiming it was the privilege of a lifetime, before stepping down in Donald Trump’s clean-sweep of prior administration appointments. Inner: Intelligent, hard-working and conscientious with a wry wit. Reserved, bookish, cautious and decidedly uncharismatic. Far more impressive on paper and in private, than she is with public interviews. Last-one-standing lifetime of protecting her own sense of normalcy in a fishbowl existence of familial fame, while enjoying the fruits of it, without the intrusive side-effects, until a brief aborted try for public office. Clara de Chambrun, Comtesse de Chambrun (Clara Eleanor Longworth) (1873-1954) - American/French writer and patroness of the arts. Outer: From a prominent and wealthy family who dominated Cincinnati life. Father was an Ohio State Supreme Court judge. Brother Nicholas Longworth married into the Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy) clan via Alice Roosevelt, whom she did not like, and was a longtime congressman and Speaker of the House of Representatives. In 1901, she married count Aldebert de Chambrun, a member of an old aristocratic French family, and a descendant of the French general and American revolutionary hero, Marquis de Lafayette. Her husband, who had been Washington-born, would later become a lieutenant-general, after serving as a military attaché in Washington, and on the lines as an artillery officer in WW I. Son and daughter from the union, with the latter tragically dying of heart disease before reaching 20. After the war she moved to Paris, as an expatriate, and at 48, gained a doctorate from the Sorbonne, before embarking on her own scholarly career, writing in both English and French. Awarded the Bordin Prize of the Académie Française, in 1926, for a book on William Shakespeare (William Butler Yeats) written in French. One of the founding members of the American Library in Paris, she served as a trustee from 1921 to 1924. In 1928, she was elected a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. In 1935, her lawyer son married the daughter of Pierre Laval, a future collaborator with the Nazis, which allowed her to keep the library open through much of WW II, although Laval’s disgrace forced her to resign as its director in 1944. Supported young writers and also penned a host of books, including a biography of her brother, while contining her literary explorations into the life of Shakespeare. Died in her adopted city. Inner: Scholarly, sophisticated and very attuned to the arts. Pen-in-hand lifetime of coming into a wealthy and powerful family, and using it as a springboard for pursuing her own artistic and self-expository interests, while experiencing intimate familial loss, an ongoing theme of hers, via her fascination with power and its tragic consequences. Theodosia Burr (1783-1813) - American political offspring. Outer: Only child of Aaron Burr (Jacqueline Kennedy). Mother had been a widow, and was a decade older than her spouse, although matched him in intellectual vigor. The latter became an invalid and died when her daughter was 11. Her father carefully monitored her education, and at 14, she began acting as hostess for his functions, and by 16, she was a belle of NYC society. Remained intensely loyal to her sire through his self-destructive difficulties, all during her 20s. In 1801, she married into prominent South Carolina circles, via a lawyer and statesman, and settled in her husband’s home state. The birth of a son affected her health, and he died several years later in 1812, which thoroughly undermined her delicate condition. An agent in America for her father during his exile in France, and an apologist for his actions. Probably died in a shipwreck. Inner: Highly intelligent, gracious and charming. Blind to her father’s frailties. Loyal lifetime of dealing with the downside of fame, and ultimately drowning in her own sense of disappointment. Eleanor of Castile (1246-1290) - Queen of England. Outer: Daughter of Ferdinand III, the Spanish king of Castile, and his 2nd wife, a French countess. One of 3 children, her elder half-brother Alfonso X (Raymond Arons) became king of Castile. In 1254, at the age of 8, she was married to the crown prince of England, the future Edward I (JFK), giving claims on French territory to the English crown, through her mother. Came to London the following year, and was made welcome by Henry III (Jacqueline Kennedy), then educated for rule, while her husband was off doing what he loved best, engaging in warfare and tournaments. The union was unpopular with the mass because of fears that she would bring a horde of Castilians to London. Nearly a decade later, she found herself a refugee in France. A loyal helpmate, who greatly aided her husband, even to point of sucking poison out of one of his wounds, after joining him on Crusade in 1270, although the story is probably apocryphal. 16 children from the union, most of whom died young, save for number 14, his successor Edward II (John F. Kennedy, Jr.). While they were gone Henry III died, so that on their return, they were the ruling monarchs of England. Crowned 2 years after her husband in 1274. Went north to meet Edward, during one of his endless martial forays, but died along the way, contracting a fever. Left a son and five daughters. Her husband felt her loss deeply when she died, setting up stations of the cross where her coffin touched the ground on its funeral procession from Nottinghamshire to London, then had two candles burned in perpetuity by her tomb in Westminster Abbey, a ritual that lasted for the next two and a half centuries. His kingship also suffered afterwards. Inner: Vivacious, charming and lively. Highly cultured, supporting English universities, as well as serving as a patron of vernacular letters. Vivacious, charming and lively. Royal lifetime of support, as well as continuing her education about the partnership of rule. St. Margaret (c1045-1093) - Scottish queen. Outer: Daughter of a Saxon pretender to the English throne. Her brother Edgar the Atheling also became a pretender to the throne, one other sister. Raised in exile at the Hungarian court, where her father had fled, and was deemed attractive for her time. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, she bolted again with her mother and brother and sister to Scotland. Around 1067, she became the 2nd wife of Malcolm III Caenmore (JFK), which enraged the English king, William the Conqueror (Mohandas Gandhi). 11 children from the union, including Alexander I (Robert McNamara) and David I (Dwight D. Eisenhower). Had a great deal of influence over her husband, tempering his rough ways, and helping him substitute Saxon for Gaelic as their court language. Educated her sons with great care, and gave them English names. Forbade fighting and getting drunk, and was able to bring European manners, customs and culture to the Scottish court because of her upbringing. Founded a priory at Dunfermline with monks from Canterbury, and showed a strong partiality to native Scottish saints. Helped the poor and also encouraged foreign trade. Tried to integrate her Roman Church roots with the Celtic church and became noted for her piety leading to her canonization in 1250. Begged her husband not to invade England just before his final sojourn there, but he refused to listen and was killed soon afterwards, as she lay mortally ill. Died soon after hearing of his and her eldest son’s death. Malcolm’s brother Donald Bane (Jack Kerouac) immediately tried to kill her remaining sons, and surrounded her castle with his fellow highlanders, but a heavy white mist fell by miraculous good fortune, and they were able to spirit her body out for a proper burial and escape to France. Inner: Virtuous, intelligent, much loved and devout. Sainted lifetime of bringing a larger sense of Europe to the Scottish highlands, while showing herself to be a figure of unusual moral standing.


Storyline: The sorry seed continually reveals herself as the soft link in the chain-mail genealogy of her powerful family, but remains unable to escape from their unhappy grasp to give true voice to her more delicate, sensitive nature.

Rosemary Kennedy (Rose Marie Kennedy) (1918-2005) - American political daughter. Outer: Third child and eldest daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Kennedy. Unfortunate victim of a ferociously ambitious father and a mother obsessed with surface appearances. Mildly mentally retarded, as a child she was subject to tantrums and anger at her exclusion from normal family social life. Because of her potential political liability, her father had her lobotomized and institutionalized in Wisconsin when she was in her early twenties, and she disappeared from view in a private house he had constructed for her with two nurses in attendance. Afterwards, she was reduced to an infantile state, staring at the walls and mumbling incoherently. The family was into denial around her, and while her mother and sisters would visit, her brothers and father never did. Her condition was publicly revealed in 1960, just after her brother was elected president, since it no longer was deemed politically incorrect. Her younger sister Eunice founded the Special Olympics for mentally disabled athletes in her honor, and in the 1980s, tried to involve her in family affairs, when she took over overseeing her care after their mother had a stroke. Nevertheless, she spent most of her long life hidden away in the recesses of her family’s imprisonment when she could have had a productive and social existence within the confines of any other family of her milieu, had her parents not been so concerned with appearances. Died of natural causes. Inner: Angry and abused for her apparent lack of social graces in a family where power meant everything and weakness was shunned at all cost. Martyred lifetime of mirroring the shortcomings of an extreme family, and suffering ostracism and incarceration in her own mind for it. Perhaps her final go-through in the 20th century will exhaust her desire to be the rejected totem of an iconic family and she will be able to move on to a more satisfying series with people who better reflect her own sensitivities and inherent gifts. Alice L. Roosevelt (Alice Hathaway Lee) (1861-1884) - American political helpmate. Outer: Daughter of a Boston banker. Blonde, blue-eyed, graceful, coquettish and willowy. Her family were neighbors with Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (Kathleen Kennedy), who was attracted to her because she reflected the same child/woman demeanor as his mother. Although she rejected his first proposal to her, she did not discourage his courtship, and the duo were married in 1880 on her husband’s 22nd birthday. Unsophisticated, she remained at home in NYC while he began his political career in Albany, serving far more as a fantasy mate than a real, pragmatic one. Died from undiagnosed Bright’s disease after child birth the same day and in the same house as Theodore Roosevelt’s mother, Martha (Ethel Kennedy). TR never mentioned her again, while her daughter, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, went on to become a noteworthy nonagenarian. Inner: Weak-willed and fragile, sickly, frail and timid. Open-hearted and innocent. Blotted out lifetime of giving expression to weakness in the face of a powerful family, only to have her memory once more denied. Angelica Hamilton (1784-1857) - American political offspring. Outer: Daughter of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (Rose Kennedy) and Alexander Hamilton (John F. Kennedy). Showed a sensitive, creative nature. Given a musical education, married, no children. Went into shock and then insane at news of her brother Philip’s (John F. Kennedy, Jr.) death in a duel when she was in her late teens. Her father’s death 3 years later cemented her interior isolation. Spent the last 5 decades of her life under her mother and doctor’s care. Her singular release was her music. Inner: Beautiful, charming, but delicate and easily unhinged. Unbalanced lifetime of dealing with great anger towards her own weakness in a powerful family, by totally retreating inward. Jane Bede (fl. 16th century) - English court jester. Outer: Probably mentally retarded and suffering from disability, causing her to have a keeper when she was brought to the royal court. It’s unclear when she arrived there, since she may have originally been part of Anne Boleyn’s (Katherine Hepburn) household. 5’2”. From 1537 onward, she lived with the future Mary I (Rose Kennedy), who paid for her clothes and horse in return for her devoted service. When Mary became queen in 1553, she was her official jester. Wore lady’s dresses, along with clown shoes, as a deliberate parody of gentlewomen. Also had her head shave once a month, either for health reasons, or as part of her jester make-up, since her bald pate was painted on occasion for the amusement of others. Able to sing, juggle and compose rudimentary masques, performing the basics of her profession, as an “innocent,” whose reduced mental status gave her considerable leeway in what she was allowed to say. Her ownership of her own horse, indicates an individual who was given court privileges despite her considerably lesser status. Lost Mary in 1558, and, in 1572, she married a 2 foot tall French dwarf, Sir Nicholas “X-it” LeGrande, who had once been jester to Edward VI (Cecil Beaton), and was knighted by him. Almost as a joke, the two produced a son who grew to seven feet tool. Eventually disappeared from the records, during the reign of Elizabeth I (Mae West). Inner: Motley lifetime of continuing her longtime familial connection in a reduced mental state, beginning a series of lives in which she would continue to do so, as a damaged and lesser reflection of an ongoing all-powerful family. Robert III (c1337-1406) - King of Scotland. Outer: Eldest son of Robert II (Clark Clifford), by a mistress. Originally named John, but refused to be crowned under his own name, believing it boded ill for its holder, since an earlier John de Baliol (George VI), had been dethroned. Took an active military role in his family’s affairs, including a rebellion against David II (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.), in 1363 over his misuse of moneys raised for his ransom from the English. The disputes were settling in 1367, by his marriage to Anabella Drummond, the queen’s niece, 7 children from the union, including his successor, James I (Richard Burton). On the king’s sudden death, his father succeeded to throne in 1371, making him next in the line of succession, which was insured in 1378, by the birth of his first son. Given added responsibilities, but grew frustrated with his sire’s longevity and hold on power, and tensions grew ever more palpable twixt the two. Lost his closest ally and in 1388, he was crippled in a horse-riding accident where his horse kicked him. Became mentally unstable afterwards, and was forced to surrender his position as the realm’s official guardian. Known as ‘John Faranyeir’ or John Yesteryear, indicating he was no longer the man he once was. Although he succeeded to the throne in 1390, he was declared unfit to govern and not allowed to rule, with his brother Robert reigning in his stead. His rule would be seen as the bottoming out of Scotland’s medieval royal period, with his magnates taking advantage of no real central authority. Recovered some of it when he made his son and heir, David, an active participant in his government, although unaddressed disorders throughout the kingdom continued, and in 1402, his heir expired. Died of grief after his last surviving son, James, was captured at sea by the English, despite his plans to secret him out of the country to France. Refused to eat afterwards, and chose as his epitaph, a sad summation of his life, “Here lies the worst of kings and most wretched of men in the whole kingdom.” Inner: Melancholic and depressive, with extremely low self-esteem after his accident. Unhappy lifetime of bodily taking on the losses of his own house and becoming the living embodiment of the weakness of unwanted power thrust upon him, a situation he would continue to explore in succeeding lives in the same powerful family from the opposite side of the gender coin. Maid Margaret (c1282-1290) - Queen of Scotland. Outer: Daughter of the King of Norway. Mother was from the Dunkeld line of Scotland. After the death of Alexander III (Michael Kennedy), she became next in line for the throne. At the age of 7, she was sent by ship to Scotland, but died aboard it, without reaching shore. Inner: Foreshortened lifetime of being the pawn of other’s ambitions, while reflecting the end of her family line, serving once again as a sad terminal point in the face of power, and death’s ongoing premature bride. Adeliza (1103-1151) - English queen. Outer: Descendant of Charlemagne (Napoleon Bonaparte). Father was the Count of Louzain. Although landless, she had an excellent pedigree. Became the 2nd wife of Henry I (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.) in 1121, in a desperate desire on his part to produce a legitimate male heir, following the death of his son the year previous. Although known as a remarkable beauty, she was largely vacuous. Despite the fact that he kept her constantly by his side, the duo had no issue in their fourteen year union, and after he died in 1035, she retired for a year of mourning, refusing to become involved in the issue of succession. Married again to William d‘Aubigny, the son of the royal butler, and had 7 surviving progeny. 2 queens ultimately descended from her offspring, Anne Boleyn (Katherine Hepburn) and Catherine Howard (Sarah Ferguson), both of whom lost their heads to the serial wife killer, Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook). Outlived Henry by 30 years, and retired to a convent after 11 years of her 2nd marriage. Inner: Gentle, tactful, supporter of literature. In the background lifetime of failing to provide a male heir, and ultimately removing herself from the world, in her ongoing struggles with being a powerless person thrust into the lives of very powerful people.


Storyline: The quietest Kennedy eventually gets to shine as a diplomat, after many a go-round as a background support of far more dynamic partners than she could ever be.

Jean Kennedy Smith (1928) - American diplomat and political spouse. Outer: Of irish descent. One of five daughters and four sons born to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy, of the famous tragic Kennedy clan. The 8th child and youngest daughter, with only her brother Ted younger than she. Future president John F. Kennedy was her second oldest brother, with her eldest sibling Joseph, Jr. and sister Kathleen, whose 8th birthday she had been born on, both dying quite young in the 1940s. Shy and quite guarded in a boisterous family that was destined to capture the imagination of America, she went to Catholic schools in both England and the U.S. and graduated from Manhattanville College, where she majored in English. In 1956, she married Stephen Edward Smith, who worked for his family business at the time operating tugs and barges, before becoming a financial manager of the Kennedy family’s ever-growing fortune. Two sons from the union, including William Kenned Smith, who was later acquitted on a rape charge, followed by two adopted daughters. After her brother Joseph’s death in 1944, she was a member of the Board of Trustees of his foundation, while also serving on other family boards as well. Campaigned for her brother John’s successful senate and presidential campaigns in 1946 and 1960 respectively, and was present at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968 when her brother Robert was assassinated. Co-wrote “Chronicles of Courage: Very Special Artists,” about people with disabilities, which was published in 1993. The same year, she was made ambassador to Ireland, and served in that ministerial post for five years, aiding the peace process by helping get a visa for Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Fein, to the U.S., which was a step forward in ending a stalemate between the IRA and the northern Ireland government. Given honorary Irish citizenship at the time of her retirement from her post. Courted controversy for using taxpayer money to refurbish her Dublin residence, while elements of the State Department were not happy with her meddling. The recipient, nevertheless, of numerous awards, while also holding a host of honorary degrees. Lost her husband to cancer in 1990. Her last two siblings, sister Eunice and brother Ted both died in 2009, making her the very last of her generation of Kennedys. In ill health in her 80s, having suffered a number of strokes. Inner: Charitable, quiet, and unassuming, while competently handling the various family responsibilities thrown her way. Spotlit lifetime of being thrust into the midsts of a dynamic, extremely well-recorded family as a means of opening up her own guarded character to greater possibilities of both self-expression and public service. Mary Breckinridge (Mary Cyrene Burch) (1826-1907) - American political spouse. Outer: Father was a wealthy farmer. The oldest of three daughters in a relatively privileged household. Lost her progenitor when she was 8 years old. After a brief courtship, she married rising politician John C. Breckinridge (John F. Kennedy) in 1843. Together they had six children, with four surviving, two sons and two daughters, including congressman and foreign minister Clifton Rodes Breckinridge. Quite content to stay in the background as a domestic support, while her husband was a front-and-center figure for his tumultuous times. Prominent in southern society, and noted for her charitable work. Lost her spouse in 1875, and wound up outliving him by over three decades, staying with her two daughters. After a lengthy illness, she died at the home of one of them in NYC, and was buried in her native Lexington. Inner: Quiet, well-loved and unassuming, and quite content to stay in the background. Support lifetime of giving domestic ballast to her own future sibling, without making any personal waves of her own.


Storyline: The short-lived fashion plate continues to opt out of a high-profile existence, despite its ongoing draw, in her ongoing internal conflicts between private growth and public display.

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (1966-1999) - American political helpmate. Outer: Grew up in affluence. Mother was an administrator and public school teacher. Her parents divorced when she was 8, and her mother remarried an orthopedic surgeon. Youngest of 3 sisters, 2 older siblings were twins. 6’, slender and photogenic. Went to a Roman Catholic high school, then attended Boston Univ., where she got a degree in elementary education. Afterwards, she did promotion and marketing for a chain of local nightclubs, before working as a salesclerk at Calvin Klein’s in Boston. Moved to its Manhattan headquarters in 1989, where she was a personal shopper to the stars, thanks to an innate sense of simple style. Ultimately became a publicist for the firm’s high-end collection line. Highly social, she probably met John F. Kennedy, Jr. in 1992 through mutual friends. The duo endured a stormy and well-recorded courtship and were married in 1996, although the unwanted publicity surrounding their relationship was galling to her both before and after the marriage. Quit her job beforehand, then unwillingly served as a fashion-plate and paparazzi favorite, which probably was far more public intrusion on her than she cared to bear. Rarely uttered anything in public, remaining a visual, rather than a verbal icon. Rumors of the marriage being in trouble abounded when she and one of her sisters died in a plane crash with JFK, Jr. at the helm. Former "Baywatch" star Michael Bergin posthumously revealed an ongoing relationship with her into her marriage. Inner: Strong temper, good listener, but probably got far more than she expected by linking up with such a high profile mate. Candle in the wind lifetime, once again, of failing to integrate a very public life with a distinct need for privacy to enhance her growth. Arabella Kennedy (1956-1956) - American political offspring. Outer: Stillborn daughter of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy, and oldest of the subsequent 4 children, including John F. Kennedy, Jr. Her father was away during the tragedy, causing guilt on his part, while her mother realized through her she would never have a large brood like the other projected members of her generation. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery next to her parents, with her marked simply reading ‘Daughter.’ Inner: Breathless lifetime of bringing great sorrow to her household, perhaps as recompense for hidden pain from the past. Katherine McKinley (1871-1876) - American political offspring. Outer: Mother was Ida McKinley (Jacqueline Kennedy), father was future president William McKinley (Richard Nixon). Died suddenly when she was 5. Her death, combined with her sister, Ida’s (Patrick Bouvier Kennedy) earlier demise, unhinged her mother, who was subject to seizures and depression the rest of her life. Inner: Sacrificed lifetime of acting out an early death in order to open her mother and father’s heart to abject loss. Elizabeth Van Buren (Elizabeth Vanderpoel) (1810-1844) - American political helpmate. Outer: Father was a law professor, who was a friend of Martin Van Buren (Gerhard Schroeder) and taught his son, John Van Buren (John F. Kennedy, Jr.). In 1841, she married Van Buren, a month after he began his political career, one daughter from the union. Died 3 years into the marriage. Inner: Foreshortened lifetime, once again, of failing to bring her existence to full maturity through an inability to reconcile her life with a highly public family with an ongoing draw towards early death. Catherine Weisenberg (1723-1759) - German/American helpmate. Outer: Little recorded of her life, save as an adjunct figure. Came to America from the German Palatinate as an indentured servant. Escaped from her NYC owner and fled north. Taken in by William Johnson (Gerhard Schroeder), from a nearby home, and though they never officially wed, they had two daughters and a son together, whom he named as his heirs before her premature death. Inner: Largely unrecorded lifetime of relative anonymity and an early exit in keeping with most of her lives in this series as an adjunct to powerful men without exhibiting anything other than surface charm and/or beauty to mark her ongoing stay upon the Earth. Marguerite (1282-1318) - French queen of England. Outer: Father was Philippe III (Eliot Spitzer) of France, mother was Marie of Brabant (Katherine Graham). Following the death of his beloved wife Eleanor (Carolyn Kennedy), Edward I (JFK) of England went into negotiations for a second wife, and was offered Blanche, a beautiful daughter of the king of France. When his brother went to fetch her, however, he found she had already been promised to another, and she was offered in her sister’s stead. Edward immediately declared war on France, but after 5 years, under a truce, accepted his teenage bride for the price of a city and £15,000. In 1298, she became the 2nd wife of her 60 year old husband. 2 sons and a daughter from union. Followed her husband on his campaigns, which pleased him no end, since it reminded him of his first wife, although he feared dis-ease, and ordered no one touch her. Became close friends with his surviving children, including Edward II (John F. Kennedy, Jr.), and also served as an ameliorating force for her husband’s considerable wrath. Close union twixt the two. When he died in 1307, she retired, refusing to marry again, and spent the rest of her life in comfort, using her considerable dowry to help people, as well as encouraging the arts. Spent much of her time and wealth helping to build the church of the Greyfriars in London, where she would ultimately be buried, although it burned down in the great fire of London in 1666. Inner: Conscientious and loyal, with a good heart. Support lifetime of serving her longtime family, suffering loss, and being rewarded for her efforts. Isabella (1170-1190) - French queen. Outer: Daughter of the count of Hainaut, mother was the countess of Flanders. Oldest sister of nine, including several subsequent rulers of the Latin Kingdom of Constantinople, Baldwin I (Ryan O’Neal), Henry of Hainaut (Luc Besson), and the regent Yolanda (Meg Ryan). Had a large dowry, and at the age of 10, she married King Philippe Augustus II (FDR) a few months before his accession. One son from the union, Louis VIII (Andrew Jackson), who succeeded his father. Died after giving birth to a pair of twin sons, who also succumbed at the time. Inner: Abrupt lifetime of doing her royal duty, before making an early exit in an ongoing pattern of disappearing from high public view, despite continual efforts to resolve her conundrum between constantly being on display and wanting to both revel in it and flee from it.


Storyline: The pixyish patriarch gradually allows his more bibulous, mischievous nature to emerge in his ongoing pursuit of power, pleasure and capital within the strictures of his longtime, equally obsessed, royal family.

King Leodegraunce - Father of Guinevere, passes on the roundtable to Arthur, having been given it by his father, Uther. Archetype of the patriarch passing down power to the next generation. John ‘Honeyfitz’ Fitzgerald (1863-1950) - American politician. Outer: 3rd son of Irish immigrants. Father was a laborer, who became the proprietor of a grocery and liquor store. One of 7 brothers. Had a humble upbringing, but there was always food on the table, so that he never felt deprived. Short, slight, good athlete, and faster with his feet than his fists in his rough-and-tumble North End neighborhood. Showed his social dexterity by being involved in neighborhood affairs to such extent he was made president of its most important local club, whose members were all his father’s age. Attended Boston Latin, and received an excellent education, during which time his mother died. Went to Harvard Medical School for a year, then dropped out to take care of his siblings when his father passed on. Took an examination job in the Custom House, then worked in the insurance business, specializing in fire insurance, and as a sign of his rising status, took up polo, while joining every possible organization he could and learning the name of every voter in his district. At 26, he married a pious woman, Josephine Mary Hannon, with no interest in politics, but whose good looks wound up being passed down to the Kennedy clan. 6 children from union, including Rose Fitzgerald, his oldest. Made himself a dominant figure in the North End, with the facility for non-stop talking and being everywhere at once. Never missed a wake, and had a gift for easy tears during them, while being on a first name basis with virtually every family in his district. Elected to the State Senate in 1892, where he built up the machine to take him higher, then served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 3 terms, although he was always far more interested in exercising his own personal power than with issues at hand. Became moderately wealthy as a newspaper publisher, after buying a moribund neighborhood paper, the Republic, and turning it into an Irish-American social weekly, which was always full of ads, despite its small circulation and limited appeal. Following the paper’s success, he lived like an Irish aristocrat in a large, expensive home in Dorchester, a Boston suburb, and was a showman in his public life, continually glad-handing, while using his daughter Rose as his official hostess, since his wife refused to be involved in his outer life. Realized his lifetime political ambition by being elected mayor of Boston in 1905, and proceeded to oversee a graft-drenched administration. His dynamism and ubiquitous presence seemed to quell the growing number of scandals around his cohorts, during his first two year term, although he was defeated in 1907, for a second term. During his comeback campaign in 1909, he received his enduring nickname, ‘Honeyfitz,’ for his mellifluous rendition of “Sweet Adeline,” during a rally, and it subsequently became a standard for him at all public occasions, save for funerals. Also was known as ‘Fitzblarney,’ by his detractors, for his ingratiating flattery of everyone, while his continual use of ‘Dearo,’ as a contraction of ‘dear old,’ had long been intimately associated with him. His second term was a repeat of the first, although he was able to add a zoo and aquarium to the city, as well as build a city hall annex, while inaugurating the ‘banned-in-Boston’ tradition, over several minor moral infractions. By bosses’ agreement, he left City Hall at the end of his term, while toying with running for higher office, before changing his mind and going up against the calculating James Curley, who forced him to withdraw, when he revealed an ongoing affair with one Toodles Ryan, a shapely blonde cigarette girl. Although publicly denying the accusation, his political career was ruined, even though he would continue to run unsuccessfully for various offices, as a compulsive campaigner. A doting father, although a philandering husband, he was bitter about his daughter’s choice of Joseph Kennedy as a husband, and almost came to fisticuffs with him at the wedding reception. Ultimately became the namesake of their second-born, future president John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Continued seeking office, before settling into a long dotage. Lived long enough to see his grandson begin his political career, and enjoyed his diamond wedding anniversary. His wife lasted until 98, long enough to see her grandson elected president, although she was never told about his assassination. Inner: Garrulous, gregarious, partial to the grape, and a friendly exhibitionist. Far more adept at socializing than any innate political skills, although understood the principles of power. Self-inventing lifetime of parlaying his communication skills into a colorful, albeit mixed career, while giving play to an impish personality that has slowly evolved from a more bloodthirsty and power-hungry figure in past incarnations with the same ongoing family. Stephen van Rensselaer (1764-1839) - American military and political figure. Outer: From a wealthy NY family, fifth generation from the original patroon. His father died when when he was 5, and he inherited an enormous estate in upstate NY, allowing him to be one of NY’s wealthiest and most extensive-landholders, as the 8th patroon of his family. His grandfather took charge of his education. In 1783, he married Margarita Schuyler, a daughter of Philip Schuyler (Robert McNamara), 3 children from union. Held a high rank in the state militia from an early age, rising to major-general by 1801. Also entered politics as a Federalist, holding separate seats in the state assembly in 3 different decades. After his wife died, he remarried the daughter of the former governor of New Jersey, Cornelia Paterson, in 1802, 9 children from the union, including clergyman Courtlandt Van Rensselaer. At the outbreak of the War of 1812, he was ordered to defend the northern border of the state, but was unable to do so, when he failed to receive assistance, and promptly resigned his commission in the wake of a heavy defeat to resume his political career. Foresaw the need for a canal to connect the Hudson River with the Great Lakes, and served on the state’s canal commission, along with its prime promulgator, DeWitt Clinton (Kathleen Kennedy), eventually becoming the president of the commission when it opened in 1825, and serving in that post until his death. In 1822, he succeeded a kinsman in Congress, holding that seat until 1829. Regent and then chancellor of the Univ. of the State of NY, and also founder of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Also elected several times to the House of Representatives, where his deciding vote elevated John Quincy Adams (Rob Lowe) president. Retired in his mid-60s to look after his huge manor. Inner: Simple tastes, genial manners. Foremost figure in the state of NY in terms of wealth and prominence. Lenient landlord, good integrity, genuine aristocrat. Transition lifetime of being born into high privilege and power, and acquitting himself in mixed fashion over his public and private duties, while making a transformation of character from his far more gluttonous and avaricious Scottish and Roman incarnations. Oliver St. John (c1598-1673) - English politician. Outer: Born into the gentry of an ancient family to a same-named sire. Educated at Queen’s College, Cambridge and became a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn in 1626. Married a distant cousin of Oliver Cromwell (Robert Kennedy), Johanna Altham, who died young. 2 sons and 2 daughters from union. Became associated with the Puritan cause, and worked in tandem with John Pym (JFK). In 1638, he served as counsel for John Hampden (Kathleen Kennedy) in his contesting against unfair taxation practices. The same year, he married an even closer cousin of Cromwell’s, Elizabeth, the daughter of his uncle, which put him in good stead with the future Protector’s family. 6 children from union. Made a solicitor general by Charles I (George VI) in 1641, but continued to oppose him, while acting in concert with both Pym and Hampden. Along with them, participated in the impeachment and execution of the Earl of Strafford (Maxwell Beaverbrook). Following his become a widower a second time, he married a third and final time to the sister of a nonconformist divine in 1645. Drew up a number of bills and was given the power of an attorney-general. Supported the army against the king in the Civil Wars, and was made chief justice of Court of Common Pleas in 1648. Refused to act as a commissioner for the trial of the king, who was summarily executed in 1649. In 1651, along with several other envoys, he tried to negotiate a union between the Commonwealth and Dutch Republic, but the mission failed. Nevertheless, he was able to effect a successful connection twixt Scotland and England the same year. Wanted Cromwell crowned as king during the Commonwealth. Served as chancellor of Cambridge Univ., and commissioner of the Treasury before devoting himself to his judicial duties. Later, he was a member of the Council of State. After the Restoration in 1660 he wrote in his own defense, and was merely excluded from office. Retired and went to the Swiss and German states. When the English government called him back in 1667, he disappeared completely, with his place of death unknown. Inner: Avaricious, manipulative and greedy, continually concerned uppermost with his own welfare. Self-serving lifetime of machinations during a time of great upheaval, while covering himself cleverly when it was all over so that he merely disappeared from the pages of his/story, rather than being executed. Alexander Comyn, 2nd earl of Buchan (?-1289) - Scottish laird. Outer: Father was the 1st earl, and mother was both a countess and heiress. Succeeded to the earldom in 1233, and became one of the country’s most powerful magnates, as a member of Alexander III’s (Michael Kennedy) council in 1244, and justiciary of Scotland in 1253, although he was banished from the court 2 years later. Returned to power in 1257, and the following year, he became head of the Comyn clan. Had at least 9 children through his marriage to Elizabeth de Quincy. Plundered the revolted Western Isles in 1264 and the same year, he inherited great estates in Galloway. Made sheriff and then Constable of Scotland in 1270. In 1283, he pledged to support Margaret the Maid of Norway (Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy), and was made a regent of Scotland 3 years later, serving as the country’s guardian during the interregnum between the death of Alexander III and the tainted kingship of the House of Baliol. Died around the time of the end of the House of Dunkeld’s rule, which he had inaugurated several centuries previous, in yet another crypto-circle of ancient kingship. Inner: Manipulative, avaricious and power-hungry. Shifting lifetime of playing a major role in Scottish affairs, without wearing a crown, while dealing with his longtime associates from a position of having to create his own power base. Malcolm II (c954-1034) - King of the Scots. Outer: Father was Kenneth II, mother unknown. One of 2 brothers. Usurped the throne by murdering his predecessor and his son, and later the rest of his family, then marched south on northern England, only to be repelled. His marriage is unknown, although it produced 3 daughters. Untalented militarily, he, nevertheless proved victorious enough, and ultimately established the border between England and Scotland through his various skirmishes, while extending his own realm via the political marriages of his daughters. Ruled for almost 3 decades, and eventually passed his crown down to the son of one of his daughters, Duncan I (Joseph Kennedy, Sr.). Supposedly died fighting bandits. Inner: Violent and rapacious. Long-lived lifetime of employing cleverness rather than sheer muscle to affect his aims, handing over a wide swath of territory to his designated-hitter heir, thanks to his political acumen. Zeno (Tarasicodissa) (c425-491) - Roman Emperor. Outer: Originally from Isauria in south-eastern Asia Minor, he pursued a career in the military. Brought to Constantinople by the emperor Leo I (Robert McNamara) as a means of counteracting the power of his Master of Soldiers, Aspar (Vo Nguyen Giap). Entrusted as head of the new palace guard, and given the more palatable name of Zeno. In addition, Leo gave him his eldest daughter, Ariadne, in marriage, replacing his previous wife. Their son Leo II (Lee Harvey Oswald), reigned briefly with his grandfather. Made Master of Soldiers in Thrace and became the target of an assassination plot on the part of Aspar, but was forewarned and escaped. Became consul in 469, then Master of Soldiers in the east, where he maneuvered himself to the throne in 474 through assassinations, including his own son, Leo II, who had made him co-augustus. A second son, also named Zeno, did not survive his reign. Had good relations with the west, because the western emperor, Julius Nepos (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.), was one of his proteges, through marriage to his wife’s family. Never particularly popular with his subjects, because of his outlander origins, and his selling of offices did not endear him to the aristocracy, although he had little choice because of the debts incurred by his predecessor’s disastrous Vandal campaigns. Subject to attacks by the very-same Vandals as well as a kinsman of Aspar, but he was able to outmaneuver them through treaties and his own generals. His mother-in-law, Aelia Verina (Alice Roosevelt), however, felt his wife was playing too important a role, and conspired to make her lover emperor, and a conspiracy was hatched involving her brother, Basiliscus (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.), as well as several generals. Once again, he was forced to flee to Isauria with funds and friends. The senate rejected her lover for Basiliscus, but after a 20 month rule, he returned to the capital in late summer of 476. Had little interest in the west, because of his own problems, and presided over the termination of the western empire, which was under the dominion of the 5 year old Romulus Augustulus (Max Kennedy), who was soon compelled to abdicate. His second reign was far more troubled than the first, with a rebellion supported by his mother-in-law, and a schism by the extreme bishops of his empire, who cared not a whit for his attempt at conciliation, between them and the Roman church. Faced down another rebellion in his last years, and was able to hold power for 17 years all told, before dying in relative peace. Inner: Good athlete, but cowardly in battle, morally degraded, unwholesome, unattractive figure. Less cruel and avaricious than his predecessor. Voluptuary, tyrant and miser. Clever and steadfast, albeit unpopular for maintaining Isaurian mercenaries as well as not persecuting heretical beliefs. Manipulative lifetime of watching his back, while a great his/storical epic circled to an end, with many of his same ongoing family members as participants in the various dramas of his life. Marcus Pallas (c1-63AZ) - Greco/Roman imperial freedman. Outer: Originally a Grecian slave in the house of the Roman matriarch Antonia (Rose Kennedy), who was made a freedman in his 30s. On her death in 37, he was passed onto her son, Claudius (Joseph Goebbels). On the latter’s accession in 41 AZ, he became one of the most influential members of his household. Served as his secretary of finance, and in the process, amassed a considerable fortune for himself, while being voted flattering honors by the Senate, which secretly loathed him. Supported Claudius’s last wife Agrippina the Younger (Unity Mitford) and may have had a hand in poisoning his mentor. His power and honors lasted into the reign of Nero (Adolf Hitler), but because he had garnered so much wealth, he was eventually killed. Inner: Avaricious and ambitious. Self-inventing lifetime of recreating himself from extremely humble beginnings to become a major financial adept only to be ultimately undone for his excessive talent for accruing capital and property, in yet another circular Kennedy story from the annals of Rome to America.


Storyline: The notorious ex-newsmaker also serves as a reporter instead, although still harbors issues that make her stand out in her chosen field.

Tamron Hall (1970) - American journalist and TV host. Outer: Of African-American descent. Parents divorced when she was young and her mother remarried a soldier who spent his entire career in the military, giving his daughter a strong sense of self-discipline. Had an older half-sister, the daughter of her step-father..Grew up in modest circumstances. Went to Temple Univ. and graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism. 5’9”, with black hair and black eyes, slim and striking, Began her TV career in Fort Worth, before moving to Chicago, where she worked for WFLD from 1997 to 2007 as a general assignment reporter following political and consumer stories. Became host of the three-hour segment, “Fox News in the Morning.” In 2004. Her half-sister Renate, a mother of two, was murdered in her Houston home, after several relationships with abusive men. No one was ever arrested and the crime remains unsolved. Later became a spokeswoman against domestic violence, through “Today’s” Shine-A-Light program. In 2007, she joined the national news network MSNBC, where she was a general reporter and occasional host. In 2009, she joined David Shuster as co-host of “The Big Picture” Became co-anchor of “Today’s Take” in 2014, the first African-American woman to co-anchor the Today Show. In early 2017, her contract expired with the network and she left it, to join the Weinstein Media network, announcing that she and Harvey Weinstein would be producing a daytime talk show, only to have him subject to all sorts of criminal prosecution for his predatory sexual behavior. Has had a longtime relationship with liberal broadcaster Lawrence O’Donnell, whom she shared co-hosting duties on MSNBC’s 'The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,’” although the duo have never gone public with their connection. Active in various social media outlets with a huge host of followers on both Twitter and Facebook. Has a net worth of $5 million. Inner: Extremely ambitious, with an innate sense of drama about her, culled from many lives as a controversial figure. Front and center lifetime of enjoying a full measure of personal fame, while still dogged by tragedy and a need to continue to expiate old wounds. Mary Pinchot Meyer (Mary Eno Pinchot) (1920-1964) - American journalist, artist and socialite. Outer: Granddaughter of the naturalist Gifford Pinchot (Al Gore, Jr.) Father was a wealthy lawyer and a progressive who believed in world government. Mother was his second wife and a journalist, who wrote for a variety of magazines, Older of two with a younger sister. Also had two older half-siblings from her sire’s first marriage, a brother and sister. Had a stimulating childhood, thanks to her parent’s friends and went to private school, before going to Vassar, where she flirted with communism, like many young people during the Depression. Met JFK at a prep school dance in 1936, when he was 19, and she was 16. Small, slim and quite striking. On graduating in 1942, she became a journalist, writing for the UP and “Mademoiselle” magazine. Her pacifist views and left-wing politics brought her to the attention of the FBI, although nothing came of it. In 1945, she wed CIA official Cord Meyer. Three sons from the union, with her middle son dying at the age of 9, after being struck by a car. Worked as both a journalist and editor, before becoming a full-time mother, as her husband became president of the United World Federation, an off-shoot of the United Nations, for which she wrote. After her spouse was appointed to the CIA, the family moved to Washington, D.C. and became an active part of the social scene there. Soon showed herself to be highly critical of the CIA and its programs, as well as its director, Allen Dulles. In 1953, she and her husband were accused to being communists by witch-hunting Sen. Joseph McCarthy (Ann Coulter), which soured her spouse on the agency, although it defended him. In 1954, JFK and his wife Jacqueline bought a house next door to the couple. Her middle son’s accidental death probably ended the marriage, and she filed for divorce in 1958. Turned to painting as a means of creative release all during this time, and garnered a modest reputation for her efforts. Had several affairs, while coming under the scrutiny of the CIA, and in 1961, after visiting JFK in the White House, became intimate with him. Probably influenced his world view with her own progressive politics, which ultimately led to his assassination. A year later, she was shot in the left temple and back at close range, while taking her daily walk on a Georgetown towpath. just ten days after the release of the Warren Commission Report on the JFK assassination. An African-American named Ray Cump was arrested for the murder, after two witnesses identified him, and he was subsequently indicted and tried, although not convicted, and her murder remains an unsolved crime. Immediately after her death, her diary was confiscated by the head of the CIA, and she became another victim of the conspiracy to kil JFK, and the government’s need to cover-up any and all elements that contradicted its story of a single left-wing assassin. Inner: Highly social, with a progressive overview. Enjoyed altered states, and probably introduced JFK to them. May have held far too many secrets for her own good, and was deemed highly expendable by the CIA. The Woman Who Knew Too Much lifetime of loving a martyr-to-be all too well, and knowing far too much for her own good.. Maria Reynolds (Maria Lewis) (1768-1828) - American political mistress. Outer: Of Dutch descent on her mother’s side, and the product of the latter’s second marriage. Had one half brother and five full siblings, at least two of whom reached maturity. Father was a merchant who also worked as a laborer. Grew up in straightened financial circumstances. A physically attractive young woman, at 15 she married James Reynolds, a wounded Revolutionary War veteran, one daughter from the abusive union, which ended when he left her for another woman, and she became destitute, after the family had moved to Philadelphia. Knocked on the door of Alexander Hamilton (JFK) in 1791, asking for help. He, in turn, gave her some money, and the two launched an affair, even though he was married with children at the time. Had a reconciliation with her husband, who then wished to work for Hamilton in the Treasury Department, who refused to hire him, The latter began sending threatening letters to Hamilton, trying to wheedle cash out of him. These manipulations ended the affair in 1792., and Reynolds was imprisoned for forgery, as he tried to collect soldiers’ pensions. She, in turn, successfully petitioned for divorce from him the following year, with the aid of Aaron Burr (Jacqueline Kennedy), and went to live with Jacob Clingman, an accomplice of her now ex-husband, whom she would later marry. In 1797, a journalist wrote an exposé on Hamilton via a series of pamphlets, in which his affair with her was revealed, as well as the blackmail schemes of Reynolds. Moved to Great Britain with her second husband in the aftermath of the scandal, only to return some years later without him. There is no record of her reaction to Hamilton’s death via a duel In 1806. She soon wed for a third time to a Dr. Matthew, for whom she had worked as a housekeeper. Her unhappy daughter Susan (Renate Hall) came to live with them, while continuing her pattern of abusive relationships, before moving on. Felt a need to atone for her past and became an active Methodist, living out the rest of her life quietly, without any further controversy. Inner: Well-liked, friendly, and highly emotional, given to much weeping. Also highly manipulative, always looking for underhanded ways to advance her own interests. Wounded heart lifetime of constantly trying to keep her head above her considerable waters, before finally finding some inner peace at the end.



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