Storyline: The principled puritan brings his ruthless, no-nonsense style to all he undertakes before falling victim to his blood-stained past in his on-going family’s triumphant and tragic march through the annals of Roman, English, Scottish and American his/story.

Sir Bedivere - Knight of the Round Table, and loyal adherent of King Arthur. Threw Arthur’s sword Excalibur into the Lake at the dying king’s request and bore his body to the barge which took him to Avalon. Archetype of the loyal soldier. Robert F. Kennedy (Robert Francis Kennedy) (1925-1968) - American politician. Outer: Son of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. 7th of their 9 children. The runt of the litter, he had difficulties as a child in his family’s highly competitive household, where little was expected of him. Had a great desire to please, but was ineffectual and inarticulate, despite an intense desire to prove himself. Strongly religious with a deeply felt moral code, even as a child. Eventually transformed himself through sheer grit and iron-willed self-determination. 5’9”. Served in the Navy as a seaman during WW II, then returned to Harvard, where he proved a poor student, necessitating going to the Univ. of Virginia for his law degree. Although a mediocre athlete, he played football at school through all sorts of injuries. Went to work for the Justice Dept.’s Internal Affairs Division, a position his father obtained for him, then turned around his brother Jack’s first campaign for Congress in 1946 through his high energy and drive. In 1950, he married Ethel Skakel, after first being more interested in her older sister, 11 children from union, close family life, paralleling Theodore Roosevelt’s outdoorsy and boisterous crew. Organized his brother John’s successful campaign for the Senate in 1952. Achieved national prominence through counsel work for the highly publicized Senate subcommittee hearings on Joseph McCarthy’s (Ann Coulter) charges against the army, and later against labor racketeering, making a lifelong enemy of teamster Jimmy Hoffa, who may have been part of the later assassination plot against his brother. Closest adviser and Attorney General to JFK after he became president in 1960, showing a ruthless determination to ferret out corruption and malfeasance, while redirecting the FBI away from its obsession with Communists to focusing on organized crime and racial injustice. Held a deep enmity against vice-president Lyndon Johnson, who felt the same about him. Found his full maturity during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, offering sage counsel to avoid confrontation. Marshaled support for civil rights and took on organized crime, while transforming himself once again as a voice of the voiceless, with a genuine caring for the suffering of America’s dispossessed. Penned several books, and was deeply depressed over his brother’s assassination in 1963, which helped him to later thoroughly identify with the nation’s unmoneyed, truly believing they were his people. The morning of the assassination, he had called what proved to be the final meeting of his Mob Task Force and was about to permanently break the underworld’s grip on American economic life. The group never convened again, afterwards. Secretly investigated JFK’s death, and swore if he became president, he would open up the case again, using the full power of the executive although never got the chance to. Despite an initial resistance to elective politics, he began aping his brother’s physical gestures, and eventually turned himself into an effective, albeit far more unkempt, campaigner. Elected senator for NY in 1964, although he needed Johnson’s help, who in turn needed a liberal senator from the Empire State, although he became a vociferous critic of the latter’s Vietnam policy, while seeking legislation to help the plight of America’s urban and rural poor. Had a four year affair with Jacqueline Kennedy, following his brother’s death, and probably would have married her, if it hadn’t been so politically inexpedient. After waffling, he entered the 1968 presidential race in March of that year as a direct challenge to Johnson, with the express intent of ending the Vietnam War. After securing the California primary, he made a victory speech, and was about to exit the ballroom of the LA Ambassador Hotel, when he was shot three times, with the fatal bullet entering the back of the head, along with one in his right armpit, and one slightly below it. His first words, as he lay dying, were reportedly, “Is everyone alright?” Died with his pregnant wife and 10 children nearby, after lingering for a day, in a hospital. A young Jordanian, Sirhan Sirhan, was apprehended and convicted of the assassination, which he claimed was for his pro-Israeli stand, while showing he may have been the product of hypnosis and auto-suggestion. Conspiracy theories immediately put forth the possibility of a second gunman standing much closer to him, since he was shot from behind, while audios picked up 13 shots fired, and Sirhan’s .22 revolver only held eight, so that the true dynamic behind his death remains wrapped in as much conjecture and mystery as his brother’s. At the time of his demise, his transformation had been completed, making for a genuine compassionate leader, who will undoubtedly rise again in some distance future, as a far more complete political figure. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery next to his brother John, despite an earlier wish to be interred in the Massachusetts family plot. Inner: Aggressive and blunt, with a capacity for learning and change. Curiously childlike in his enthusiasms and demeanor. Energetic outdoorsman with a genuine liberal concern for the downtrodden. Repeat of the dynamics of self-invention of his earlier comrade-in-arms, Theodore Roosevelt. Hard-charging lifetime of fighting to find and define himself in an otherwise overwhelming family, and then doing it again in a highly public political career, which was tragically foreshortened by the blood of the past. Quentin Roosevelt (1897-1918) - American political offspring. Outer: Youngest son of Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy) and Edith Carow Roosevelt. Very close with his father, with a great desire to be just like him. Impish child, liked to walk through the White House on stilts and pelt the Secret Service with snowballs. Would test his young manhood by putting his mother’s knitting needles on the floor and then suspend his body over them with his feet and arms braced. Loved language and made friends easily, he was a big baseball fan, and as a family favorite, was endlessly indulged by his sire. Went to private schools and then Harvard to become a mechanical engineer. Despite a bad back and weak eyes, he memorized the eye chart and got into the U.S. Signal Corps during WW I, where he became a fighter pilot. Shot down in a dogfight with 2 German planes and killed by a machine gun shell squarely to the forehead, breaking his father’s heart, who followed him in death a year later. Inner: Shrewd, honest, generous and principled, with a romantic sense of bravery. Briefly tasted lifetime of an active and thoroughly engaging childhood, with no need to extend it into adulthood. Death-wound in the forehead signaled an opening up of his mind and imagination in lives to come. Henry Lee (1756-1818) - American military commander. Known as “Light Horse Harry.” Outer: Born into an estate-holding family, mother was one of George Washington’s (George C. Marshall) boyhood loves. 2nd son, his brothers Richard and Charles Lee had distinguished careers as well. Graduated at 17 from the College of New Jersey (later Princeton), and was going to study the law in London, when the Revolutionary War broke out. Like the rest of his family, he declared on the revolutionists’ side. Became a captain in the Virginia cavalry, which joined Washington’s army. Made a major, and was given command of three infantry and cavalry troops in 1778 that became known as ‘Lee’s Legion,’ while he won the sobriquet of “Light Horse Harry.” Won impressive victories, then joined the Southern theater, where he performed with both brilliance and distinction, showing himself to be a skilled strategist and inspirational battlefield leader. Present at the seige of Yorktown, which ended the war. Felt, however, he had not been recognized for all his contributions and bitterly resigned his commission in 1782. A month later he married his cousin Matilda Lee, 4 children from the union, with two surviving. As a war hero, Congressional Medal of Honor winner and a confidant of Washington, he entered politics in Virginia in 1785, serving on the state legislature and in the Continental Congress. Voted for the ratification of the Constitution, and was a 3-time governor of Virgina, showing himself to be an ardent Federalist. Served one term in the House of Representative, then retired from politics in his mid-40s. In 1790, his first wife died, and he married Anne Hill Carter, the daughter of a wealthy and religious planter 3 years later, 5 children including Gen. Robert E. Lee (George Marshall). Almost joined the French revolutionary army when Washington didn’t appoint him to command an army against the Northwest Amerindians, for fear some senior officers would not serve under him. Helped suppress the Whiskey Rebellion, and in 1798, was made a major general. The following year, he uttered the immortal phrase, ‘First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen,’ at Washington’s eulogy. Retired from public life in 1801, but proved a poor plantation manager, and was continually plagued by creditors. Became involved in land speculation which ruined him financially, and wound up in debtor’s prison twice in his early 50s, where he wrote his memoirs. Failed to win an appointment during the War of 1812, much to his chagrin. Injured in a Baltimore riot while trying to protect an editor, and his health deteriorated rapidly. Moved to the West Indies, then died while attempting to return home. Inner: Intelligent, courageous and impetuous. Resourceful warrior, who often employed the element of surprise in his campaigns. Fine orator, dashing and capable. His guerrilla-style operations were central to the southern campaign in the Revolution. Transition lifetime of altering his martial talents and scope to accommodate democratic institutions, although once again over/reached his grasp, this time in the realm of finances. John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll (1678-1743) - Scottish general. Outer: Son of Archibald Campbell, 1st Duke of Argyll (Kathleen Kennedy), brother of Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke (Ted Kennedy). One sister as well. Fell from an upper story window the very day his grandfather (Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.) was executed in 1685, although was not seriously injured. Educated by private tutors, and from an early age onward, was fascinated by all things military. His first marriage in 1701 was to Mary Brown, the niece of the lord mayor of London, which produced no children. His 2nd marriage in 1717 was to Jane Warburton, a maid of honor to the queen, which proved far more fecund, with 5 daughters, including Mary Coke (Doris Kopf-Schroeder). Succeeded to his sire’s title in 1703. Helped forge the union between Scotland and England, then served under the Duke of Marlborough (JFK) in the War of the Spanish Succession, distinguishing himself in battle, although he wound up bitterly hostile to his commander. Made commander-in-chief of British forces in Spain, and later was governor of Majorca from 1712 to 1716. His unexpected appearance at a Privy Council meeting during Queen Anne’s (Princess Anne) last illness, helped George I (Prince Charles), and the House of Hanover to secure the throne in 1714. Suppressed a Jacobite uprising in Scotland afterwards, and was given a dukedom as reward, while holding various political offices. Both in and out of power through his own uncompromising stances. Ultimately rose to the grade of field marshal, one of the first 2 ever to be appointed to that office in the British army. Made a violent speech against the government which ended his long, uneven career, and retired. Suffered paralysis towards the end of his life, as he internalized his rigidities. Inner: Hot-tempered, poor politician, far too impetuous and passionate to be effective as such, albeit a powerful orator. Tactless, volatile warrior who remained unintegrated although he ironically dedicated his career to the integration of England and Scotland. Contemptuous of women, despite being surrounded by them at home. Probably frustrated over his lack of overall power, after having been a crypto-king of both Scotland and England prior to this go-round. Contentious lifetime of trying to reflect inwardly what he was doing outwardly, although unable to countenance any authority other than his own. Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) - Lord Protector of England. Outer: His grandfather, whose name was Williams, was a nephew and protege of Thomas Cromwell (Chris Patten), and changed his name in honor of him. Father had been a younger son, and was a member of the lower Puritan gentry. Mother (Rose Kennedy) was deeply religious and strong-willed, in a 2nd marriage for her. One of 10 children, including 7 sisters. Preferred sports to study as a youth, although read the Bible, but struggled with his sense of spiritual self. Had an incomplete education at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge Univ., leaving in 1617 when his father died. Married in his early 20s to Elizabeth Bourchier (Edith Roosevelt), the daughter of a prosperous fur dealer, 8 children, including his brief successor, Richard (Max Kennedy). The union would provide important contacts for him later on. Studied law, and entered Parliament at 28 in opposition to the king, Charles I (George VI) but made little impression, and only one poorly received speech, after which the king dissolved Parliament for the next 11 years. Went through a period of depression in his late 20s, seeking medical aid for his condition, and at the same time started embracing Puritanism as a tonic for his fallen emotional and spiritual state. After local disputes, he sold most of his family properties and moved downward socially, before inheriting control over properties from an uncle in 1636, as well as the job of tithe collector, which put him back into the gentry class from which he had originally come. By this time, he had also established solid social ties, and saw himself as saved by his beliefs in a merciful puritanical God. Sided with the Puritans against the king in his late 30s, as England entered the crisis that would percolate into Civil War. Returned to Parliament in 1640, and when the two opposing groups of Parliamentarians and Royalists finally went at one another militarily, he was clearly on the side of the former. Despite having had little martial experience beforehand, his military and organizational ability gave him power during both phases of the war, as he subjugated both Ireland and Scotland, showing a particular sense of vengeance on the former, where his name is still loathed. Believer in the dictum, “Trust in God and keep the powder dry.” Rose to the rank of lieutenant general by 1644 because of his successes, while leading from the front, although was often in conflict with fellow officers. After the first phase, he resumed his political career in London, then returned to action when the 2nd phase of the war broke out in 1648. Became a leading voice demanding the king’s execution, when he was made one of 135 commissioners for the beleaguered monarch’s trial. Made first chairman of the new Republic’s Council of State, following the regicide in 1649. After further military victories, he became Lord Protector of the newly-formed Commonwealth in 1653, in an installation ceremony, replete with trumpets and white horses that was a coronation in all but name. Lived at Hampton Court to separate himself from earlier monarchs, and banned all display of frivolity, although retained his love of music, and showed religious tolerance, looking benevolently on all ‘godly’ peoples, allowing Jews back into England, after a four century ban. Evinced far less of a sense of toleration for Irish Catholics, however. Had difficulty in working with Parliament, dissolving it 3 times, while instituting regional government through his major generals and ultimately ruling without it his last year. The nation was greatly divided under him, since he was anything but a unifier, in his rigid sense of right and wrong. Flirted with kingship, but declined it. Weakened at the end by the death of his favorite daughter Elizabeth (Ethel Kennedy), he died soon afterwards of malaria, which he had probably contracted in Ireland, on the anniversary of his two most important battles in 1650 and 1651. After his death and the Restoration of the crown, his body was exhumed and he was beheaded, with his head stuck on a pole for 20 years outside Westminister Hall. His pate was eventually recovered and buried some three centuries later, although his body disappeared into anonymous dust. Inner: Great force of character, passionate orator, commanding figure, but his influence lasted only as long as his life. Excellent military organizer, skilled tactician and an inspiration to his men, thanks to his manic martiality. Had deeply held religious convictions, but was also cruel and intolerant to those who opposed him. Highly emotional, subject to fits of depression and hypochondria, also at times, boisterous and a practical joker. Grim-lipped lifetime of being given the throne in all but name by recognized legal means. Unable, however, to create a popular alternative to the monarchy, and instead, wound up representing a deeply divided nation through his own unintegrated but prepossessing character. Edward the Black Prince (1330-1376) - English heir to the throne. Outer: Eldest son of King Edward III (Duke of Wellington) of England and Philippa of Hainault (Jane Seymour). Brother of Lionel of Antwerp (Ronald Reagan) and John of Gaunt (Lyndon Johnson). Made duke of Cornwall at 7, the first duke to be created in England, and served as guardian of the realm during his father’s absences. At 13, he became Prince of Wales. Accompanied his sire on campaigns during the Hundred Years’ War, where he gained a reputation for valor, winning his father’s benediction at the his/storic Battle of Crecy in 1346. Wore black armor, and had an equally foul temper, which earned him his nickname. Showed his military abilities in 1356, at the Battle of Poitiers, where he was outnumbered, and yet managed to capture the French king, Jean II (Bernard Baruch), and bring him back to London. Maintained a brilliant Camelot-like court with his wife Joan of Kent (Edward Kennedy), whom he married in 1361, at Bordeaux. Two sons from the union, including the future Richard II (Richard Nixon), whom he tried to support for the succession against his brother John of Gaunt. In 1362, the king made two French provinces, Gascony and Guienne, into a principality for his son. When the dethroned king of Castile asked help from the English crown to regain his throne, his father sent him to Spain in 1366 at the head of 30,000 men. Able to do so, although the ungrateful monarch failed to acknowledge his huge debt to him, and while there, he probably contracted the illness which would prove fatal to him in another decade. Lost his eldest son at the age of 6 as well, for whom he grieved greatly. An effective administrator as well as military commander, he was also prey to excess in his martial incursions. Pillaged, sacked and plundered on his various French expeditions and ordered a needless massacre at Limoges in 1370 over tax policies. Iill health curtailed his greater ambitions over his last decade and he was forced to resign several principalities at the near-end of his career. Greatly mourned by his own people at his relatively premature death. Inner: Literate, pious, great love of fine possessions and artistic treasures. Alternately generous and cruel. Known for his foul passion. Bad-tempered lifetime of continuing to exercise his martial skills under an excellent teacher, as well as receiving the education but not the experience of rule, in his ongoing quest, like several of his family members, to be the compleat leader. Robert I Bruce (1273-1329) - King of Scotland. Outer: Father was an unambitious Scottish earl, who turned the family name and title, earl of Carrick, over to his son. Divided in loyalties between his country and his feudal superior, Edward I of England (JFK), to whom he initially paid homage, although he changed sides some 5 times, unable to resolve his dual commitments. Became the natural leader of Scottish nationalist aims in 1304, and his wavering ceased. Committed a sacrificial murder in a church of his rival, John Comyn (Patrick Kennedy) in an attempt to bring Celtic culture back to Scotland. Proclaimed king afterwards in 1306, then was forced into hiding, after being both excommunicated and outlawed. One daughter from his 1st union to Isabela of Mar, who died in childbirth in 1296. In 1302, he wed Elizabeth de Burgh, 4 children from the union, including his successor David II (Robert Kennedy, Jr.). His firstborn, Marjorie, married into the Stewart clan, and from them descended the Stewart kings of Scotland. Took advantage of the weaker Edward II of England (John F. Kennedy, Jr.) and rallied the country around him. A brilliant general, he freed Scotland from English rule in the his/storic Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, although sporadic fighting continued until 1328, when a final treaty twixt the 2 countries was signed. Deeply spiritual, although he had an uneasy relationship with the papacy, which finally recognized him in 1323. Consolidated the kingdom, empowered his supporters, secured peace, and reorganized the Scottish Parliament. Generally viewed as the greatest king in Scotland’s his/story. Died of leprosy. After his death, his heart was removed to be buried in the Holy Land, but it was flung at the enemy instead, along the way, and later retrieved and buried with him. Inner: Upright, pious, fierce. Martial adept, brilliant tactician and superb strategist. Legend persisted that he learned courage and perseverance from watching a spider spin a web. Patron of the Church, while expressing considerable remorse for his actions past. Kingly lifetime of bringing all his martial and royal skills to the fore. Simon de Montfort (c1208-1265) - English rebellion leader and ruler. Outer: Born and raised in France, son of the crusader of the same name (T.E. Lawrence). One of 5 siblings, including 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Went to England to claim his grandfather’s estate in Leicester at the age of 21, and was subsequently recognized by the crown. Became Henry III’s (Jacqueline Kennedy) adviser, and married the king’s sister, Eleanor (Kathleen Kennedy) who had earlier taken a vow of chastity, 6 children from union. Became a figure of power and influence, distinguished himself on crusade, then returned to ruthlessly crush a territorial revolt and bring rough order to Gascony. Insulted by the crown and, viewing the king as incompetent, organized a baron’s revolt, which forced Henry to relinquish some of his power to a committee of 15, of whom he was one. Internal dissension caused him to leave England, then he returned to resume leadership when the king and barons were once more at war. After a huge victory, he ruled for a while as virtual military dictator of England, invoking an early form of Parliament and setting up more equitable governmental structures, before being overwhelmed and killed in battle, by the traditionalists of the crown. His body was later mutilated. Inner: Arrogant, avaricious, prideful and power-hungry, but loyal and conscientious as well. Grave and stern, pious and cultured. Sword-in-hand lifetime of acting out his own arrogant sense of Christ consciousness, during times when the warrior Christ was the European totem of true spirituality. Robert Guiscard, Duke of Apulia and Calabria and Duke of Sicily (c1015-1085) - Norman conqueror. Outer: Known as “the Astute,” while his nickname of Guiscard meant ‘weasel’ or ‘cunning.’ French born into a family of Norman knights, father Tancred was a minor Norman landholder. Half/brother of William de Hauteville (William Wallace). One of 12 strapping sons by two marriages, and a product of the second union to Fredisenda, the daughter of the duke of Richmond and sister of his first spouse. Exceptionally tall, ruddy and fair-haired, with broad shoulders and fierce eyes. Joined his half-brothers in military campaigns in southern Italy, when he was in his early 30s. Pillaged the countryside, and after his semi-siblings’ serial deaths, he established his own Norman rule in Apulia, wresting control from his nephews, and expanding his holdings into a duchy. Solidified his conquest following the arrival of his younger brother, Roger (Kathleen Kennedy), to whom he gave the counties of Sicily and Calabria, after the latter agreed to his supreme authority, following some family bickering. Dealt harshly with rebels, set the foundation for the kingdom of Sicily and put up Roger as its ruler, while extending his own sphere of influence. After six or seven years, he dissolved his first marriage to Alberada, because of consanguinity, after the couple produced Bohemond I (Michael Kennedy) as well as a daughter. In 1058, he made a far more advantageous union by wedding Sichelgaita, the sword-wielding sister of a Lombard prince, 3 sons and 6 daughters from the union, including his heir Roger Borsa (Robert Kennedy, Jr.). His 2nd wife accompanied him into battle in full armor, and gained the reputation as an amazon. Both unions were political. Excommunicated, but reconciled with the pope, and married a daughter to the Byzantine court, although she was confined to a monastery in a palace upheaval. By 1060, he had expelled the Greeks from Italy, and in 1071, ended the Byzantines presence there forever. The following year, his forces captured Palermo, the capital of Sicily, adding it to his domains. Sailed to Byzantium in 1081, with the idea of gaining its throne, but, after defeating its emperor in a naval battle, was called back by the pope to suppress a revolt back home. In 1084, he attacked and sacked Rome, capturing the pope Gregory VII (Michael Eric Dyson), who died the following year. Died while campaigning against the Greeks, possibly of typhoid fever. Inner: Attractive, ambitious, with tremendous martial will, and great guile in battle. A martial master and highly religious, he was capable of towering rages as an iron-handed ruler, who used Roman Catholicism as a base to create a prosperous state in southern Italy. Highly aggressive unifier, with a vision commensurate with his ambitions, and traditional religiosity as a grounding base. Hand firmly on the wheel lifetime of integrating his Christian sense of spirit with strategy and rule in preparation for similar more lasting go-rounds later on in the millennium. Flavius Ricimer (c405-472) - German general. Outer: Son of Gothic royalty, father was of Suevic origins, mother was the daughter of a Visigothic king. Also brother-in-law and uncle to Burgundian princes. Spent his youth at the court of Valentinian III (Ethan Hawke), although he was debarred from the imperial throne of Rome because of his barbarian birth, as well as his Arian beliefs. Rose through the hierarchy of the western empire, showing his battlefield skills under Flavius Aetius (Gene Autry) and was made Master of Soldiers on the headquarters staff of the emperor Avitus (Kathleen Kennedy) in 455, during a time of great transition, after a thirty year reign by Valentinian. Raised a new army and navy with German mercenaries, and established his growing power through a naval victory over the Vandals, followed by a land triumph over them in Sicily. With the consent of the Roman Senate, he promptly deposed his patron Avitus in 456, and won the title of Patrician from the recently enthroned eastern emperor, Leo I (Robert McNamara). In 457, he set up the general Majorian (JFK) as western emperor, although he proved far more than a puppet, and through treachery, arranged for his assassination in 461, while serving, in essence, as his co-regent. For the rest of his life, he was de facto ruler of the fading western empire. His most easily manipulated prince of the purple, Libius Severus (Edward Kennedy), did his bidding, but he found his position challenged by the Roman aristocracy, and reluctantly agreed to the accession of Anthemius (Eugene McCarthy) to the western throne in 467, and married his daughter, Alypia. The two, emperor and general, however, did not get along, and he replaced him with Olybrius (John Fitzgerald), only to succumb 6 weeks later. Died vomiting blood, a testimony to his own political hatchetry. Although his 16 years behind the throne gave the waning western Empire some sense of continuity through its succession of shadow emperors, his concessions of Roman territory to Germanic tribes proved the death knell for that legendary polity. Inner: Fierce, blood-thirsty and uncompromising. Gore-drenched lifetime of serving as emporor-maker-and-taker of the last of the Roman Empire, doing in his longtime family members with equal impunity in a life of sheer martial will and manipulation of power at the highest levels at all costs. Gaius Julius Caesar (20BZ-4AZ) - Roman prince. Outer: Eldest son of Marcus Agrippa (Joschka Fischer) and Julia (Eleanor Roosevelt). Brother of Lucius (Kathleen Kennedy), and Agrippina the Elder (Jacqueline Kennedy). Adopted by the Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar (FDR), his grandfather, in 17BZ, and soon proved to be his favorite. Designated as the emperor’s heir, he was given fanfare and public display. His advisers included Sejanus (Richard Nixon). Given proconsular powers in 1 AZ, and established a pro-Roman ruler on the Armenian throne. Wounded in a siege in 3AZ, he became ill and depressed, and set out for Italy, but died en-route in his mid-20s, well before he could claim throne. His death forced Augustus to adopt Tiberius (Lucien Bonaparte) and make him his heir. Inner: Headstrong, arrogant. Born to rule, but fates decide against it. Foreshortened lifetime of receiving the early education for rule without the later experience, reflecting, like the other members of his family, his own truncated reflection nearly 2000 years later in the same ongoing family, and its peculiar place in the annals of western rule over the last two millennia.


Storyline: The iron-willed icon switches genders to bring out his/her heart, after many a go-round as a male warrior/king with a macho sense of law and order, and a great belief in the big stick as an emblem of power and will.

Sir Gaheris - Knight of the Roundtable. Brother of Agrivain, Gareth and Gawain. Slew his mother, Morgawse for adultery, as emblem of his rigid code of conduct. Archetype of the excessively moral warrior. Kathleen Kennedy, Marchioness of Hartington (1920-1948) - American political offspring. Outer: Daughter of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. 4th of 9 children, she had a privileged upbringing. Known to the family as ‘Kick.’ Blonde and petite, she overshadowed the other girls, and formed a triumvirate with brothers Joe and Jack, often dating their friends, while remaining outspoken. Educated at convent schools. Rebelled against her mother’s wishes, and followed her own heart, although she saw herself with the family failing of lacking deep affection, and despite her rebelliousness, was desperate for familial approval. Involved in newspaper work and the Red Cross during WW II. Under the threat of excommunication, in 1944, she married William Cavendish, a Protestant British marquess, which both his and her family had both opposed and held up. To the horror of mother, she agreed to bring up their offspring in the Church of England, but the couple only spent 5 weeks together, before he went off to his regiment and was subsequently killed in WW II. Devastated at the loss, she, nevertheless, stayed in England, and became involved with a wealthy married Irishman, and planned to marry him over her mother’s threat at disowning her, despite his reputation as a hard-drinking philander. Flew with him to Paris in a chartered plane, and when her husband-to-be arrogantly demanded they continue, they soared through a storm and right into a mountain, killing them both. Inner: High-spirited, rebellious, lively, vivacious, outspoken, honest, independent. Learning lifetime of giving play to a fiery sense of self from the second-class perspective of being a woman in a highly patriarchal family. Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) - American President. Outer: Son of Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., a lawyer and partner in a prosperous family glass-importing firm, and Martha Bulloch (Ethel Kennedy), a Southern belle. The older of two brothers, with Elliott (David Kennedy) paling in comparison to him and ultimately becoming an alcoholic. Enjoyed a privileged upbringing, and both feared and loved his buoyant sire. Sickly, frail, asthmatic, nearsighted and timid as a child. Educated at home and overcame his disabilities to become an extroverted outdoorsman, reinventing himself through iron-willed discipline. 5’10”, bespectacled, with a high-pitched voice. Had a keen interest in nature and his/story, graduated Harvard, and in 1880, married Alice Hathaway Lee (Rosemary Kennedy) who reflected his earlier childhood personality before his self-transformation. Studied at Columbia Law School, and took up the law, instead of following his natural bent for the environment, in order to provide his wife with the luxuries to which she was accustomed. Published his first book in 1881, a study of the War of 1812, and thought of a literary life, then entered politics as a Republican NY State Assemblyman in 1882, while still a law student. Seen as a fop and an eccentric, by his fellow legislators, but was re-elected twice more. Midway through his third term, he was devastated by the death of his wife and mother on same day in 1884, when their single daughter, Alice, was born. Never spoke of his wife again, after his mourning period was over, and omitted her from his autobiography, while refusing to have her name mentioned to the point where their daughter was referred to by her middle name, as ‘Baby Lee.’ Went out West to recover, finding solace in nature, and viewing it as the romance of his life. Returned, came in third in a mayoralty race in NYC, then went to London and married childhood friend Edith Carow in 1886, adding 4 sons and a daughter to his brood of one. Had an extremely close family life, taking great delight in his offspring. Served on the U.S. Civil Service Commission, then became Police Commissioner of NYC in 1895, enjoying the drama of the job, but hating its bureaucracy, while improving its morale and efficiency. Campaigned to become Asst. Secretary of the Navy in 1897, then served as a cavalry commander in the Spanish American War, which he had avidly pushed for, as a way of obliterating the shame he felt for his father’s having paid for a substitute to take his place in the Civil War. Became a popular political figure afterwards as governor of NY in 1898, where he proved to be a progressive, and, all the while, he continued pouring out books on a wide range of subjects, some 40 all told, with a Victorian scholarly sensibility. Reluctantly accepted the vice-presidency in 1900, feeling it was his political death, but the following year he succeeded to the presidency on the assassination of William McKinley (Richard Nixon). immediately instituted anti-trust proceedings, in a desire for continuous regulation over the business community, while also inaugurating federal intervention in labor disputes. An active conservationist, as well, he established the Forest Service, creating 150 national forests, 51 national wildlife refuges and 5 national parks, despite the resistance of Congress to much of what he wished to do. Showed himself always eager to do battle with power and corruption, while helping to lead America onto the world stage, as an active imperialist. The first president to understand and respond to the industrial and technological revolutions of the time, by dramatizing their subsequent inequities, and feeling government must manage the economy, a Republican apostasy. Unable to transform his party into the instrument of change he wished it to be, as most traditional Republicans remained in the thrall of corporate America. Re-elected in 1904 over Alton Parker by a 2 1/2 to one electoral vote margin, although he considerably muted his second term potential by announcing he would not run again in 1908. Won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for his role in brokering peace between Russia and Japan, and expanded the civil service, while trying to educate the public against the wealthy predators in their midsts, who constantly fought his reforms. Served as the political mentor of his hand-picked successor, William Howard Taft (Bill Clinton), but was disappointed in his presidency, and ran against him as a Bull Moose in 1912, feeling he was the only one to save the country, which effectively defeated the latter’s bid for a 2nd term, and handed it to Democrat Woodrow Wilson. Saved from an assassination attempt by John Schrank (Arthur Bremer) the same year by folded papers in his pocket, which caught the bullet, while he continued with the 90 minute speech he was giving. Extremely restless outside of office, he did a lot of traveling and hunting, as well as vociferously criticizing those who followed him, then unsuccessfully sought the nomination again in 1916, while also fighting for America’s entry into WW I. Devastated by his youngest son, Quentin’s (Robert Kennedy) death in that fray. Thought about running for the presidency again, since he saw little other real purpose to his post-office life other than a return to it, but died of a coronary embolism a year later, with his last words, “James, please put out the light,” before expiring at home in his sleep. Inner: Boundless enthusiasm and energy. Great charm, extraordinary charisma and broad intellectual interests, with a great love of public service and self, not necessarily in that order. Libertarian imperialist, and America’s favorite living cartoon, retaining his boyishness his entire life. His favorite word was ‘bully,’ meaning first-rate. Viewed alternately as a perennial adolescent, proto-fascist and sheer opportunist, as well as a sincere and enlightened progressive. Bully pulpit lifetime of reinventing himself from childhood on and giving play to his own personal sense of the active warrior/his/storian/scientist. DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828) - American politician, antiquarian and writer. Outer: Father was General James Clinton (William Sherman), mother was from an old Dutch family. One of 7 children. Educated by a neighboring Presbyterian minister until he was 13, then spent 2 years at Kingston Academy. Graduated from Columbia College at the head of his class, and opposed the new Constitution because of its centralizing features. Admitted to the bar in his late 20s, then served as secretary for 5 years to his uncle, George Clinton (Ted Kennedy), from whom he learned the art of politics. 6'3", handsome and august, known as the ‘Magnus Apollo,’ for his majestic bearing. A moderate reformer, he nevertheless would go on to support the spoils system. In 1796, he married Maria Franklin, the daughter of a prominent Quaker NY merchant, 10 children from the union, which made him independently wealthy, thanks to his wife’s family’s vast landholdings. After failing in his first bid, he was elected to the NY state assembly in 1797 as a Republican, then the state senate the following annum, serving 4 years in the latter, where he came into conflict with Governor John Jay (John Roberts). An active Mason, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1802, but soon resigned to become mayor of NYC, holding that office for most of the next 12 years. May have been removed from the national scene by his political enemies so as to blunt any chance he had at the presidency. Nevertheless, he loved the challenges of the job, which brought out his humanitarian instincts in dealing with the many problems that its population surge caused. Seemingly everywhere, he proved a highly visible chief urban executive, with a particular empathy for the swarm of Irish immigrants who came to the city. Named canal commissioner in 1810, for the building of the Erie Canal, which consumed much of his energy, and whose completion in 1825 occupied most of the rest of his career. Succeeded Gouvernor Morris (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.), and the project became known as ‘Clinton’s Ditch.’ Nominated for the presidency in 1812, but lost to the incumbent James Madison (Woodrow Wilson). His last elective office was as governor of the state, serving in that capacity, save for one 2 year break, until his death. As an active antiquarian, he founded the NY Historical Society in 1817, and served as its first president. After his first wife died in 1818, he married Catharine Jones, the daughter of a NY physician in 1819. Outlived three of his children. An avid supporter of free public education, as well as the arts and sciences, he pursued the active view that government should be responsive to the needs of its citizens, unlike many of his fellow aristocrats of the time. Showed himself to be a lucid writer with a skill at summarizing information, and a skilled naturalist, penning scientific papers on a number of subjects, while also claiming discovery of a new species of wheat and of fish. Hampered by intraparty squabbles, he was ultimately removed as canal commissioner, which occasioned one more stay in the governor’s mansion, which ended his political career. Inner: Pragmatist who took principled stances and alienated the establishment as an aristocrat with a genuine concern for commonality. Exhibited a wide range of interests and endless energy in dealing with political problems, creating much competitive jealousy among his peers, who often viewed him as far more of an anomaly than an ally. Transition lifetime of operating in a participatory democracy while developing his communication skills through the symbol of a waterway linkage system, in preparation for the next go-round, where he would bring all his interests and skills to higher and more memorable completion. Archibald Campbell, 1st Duke of Argyll (1658-1703) - Scottish nobleman. Outer: Eldest son of the 9th earl of Argyll (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.), who was executed in 1685 for his political shenanigans. Mother was the daughter of a Scottish earl. In 1678, he married Elizabeth Tollemache, the daughter of a baronet, 2 sons and a daughter from the union, including the 2nd and 3rd dukes of Argyll (Robert & Teddy Kennedy). Tried to get his father’s attainder reversed by seeking the favor of the English king, James II (Martin Sheen), but when he was unable to do so, he joined forces with his rival, the future William III (Lyndon Johnson) in his successful takeover of the English crown in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Despite the attainder placed on his executed father, he was allowed to administer William the crown and coronation oath. Given his title and lands back in 1690, he was then involved in the massacre of a clan who refused to submit to him, besmirching his family’s name once again. Made lord of the treasury, he was given the title of duke in 1701 in reward for his services. Died in the arms of a prostitute. Inner: Like his clan-mates, aggressive, bloodthirsty and filled with a sense of family destiny. Family-bound lifetime of clearing his father’s name and re-establishing his own through martiality and governmental service, despite a reversion to sword-swinging type from ages past. John Hampden (1594-1643) - English parliamentary leader. Outer: Eldest son of an old, wealthy family with an ample fortune, who had received their lands from Edward the Confessor (J. William Fulbright), over a 1/2 millennia earlier. Through his mother’s side of the family, he was a cousin of the future Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell (Robert Kennedy). At his father’s death when he was 3, he came into possession of considerable estates. Educated at Magdalen College, Oxford and also the Inner Temple, showing himself to be an able student. Could have easily won a court post or a peerage, but he preferred an active political life in the Parliamentary trenches of the House of Commons. Married Married Elizabeth Symeon in 1619, 3 sons and 6 daughters from the union, with one son becoming a parliamentarian. Inherited a noble property, and lived as a country squire, before entering Parliament in 1621. Although he seldom spoke, he was an active committee member, and handled his duties with dispatch. In 1627, he was imprisoned for a year for challenging Charles I’s (George VI) will, and became a confirmed enemy of the crown, as well as the parliamentary leader of the faction opposing royal prerogative. Challenged the king again on Parliament’s power over taxation upon his release. Steeped himself in his/story in order to understand precedents for this unprecedented situation, and garnered the reputation of being both learned and accomplished. His wife died in 1634, and he married Lettice Knollys Vachell, a widow, in 1640. Became an expert on taxation, and remained a force in Parliament, having established his patterns of not speaking until a debate came to its near conclusion, and then expertly underlining the prominent points of his own party, while contesting those of the opposition. His next attempt at being arrested by the king in 1642 on charges of treason, along with 4 others, including John Pym (JFK) made him far more fierce in public, as he fled beforehand to avoid incarceration. Along with Pym, he became a member of the Committee of Public Safety, and showed himself to be an extremely popular and effective Parliamentarian during the early divisions of the Civil War, as well as an effective strategist. Served as a colonel during that fray, raising his own regiment of foot soldiers, but died soon afterwards on the battlefield, after taking two bullets in the shoulder, and expiring at home following 6 days of excruciating pain. HIs last words were, "0 Lord, save my country. 0 Lord, be merciful to..." before dying in mid-sentence. Even the king would regret his death. Inner: Idealistic, self-controlled, hard-working, courageous. Cheerful and affable, but also sober-sided and disciplined, with the ability to the heart of any matter presented to him. Other-side-of-the-fence lifetime dedicated to the principle of royal opposition, as counterpoint to his earlier lives on the throne. James IV (1473-1513) - King of Scotland. Outer: Son of James III (Eugene McCarthy). Flirted with Renaissance learning, spoke several languages, and had a hand in his father’s death in 1488, for which he did continual penance by wearing a heavy iron chain outside his shirt each Lent so the world could see his past misconduct. As he grew more corpulent, he added links to it and became known as ‘James of the Iron Belt.’ Ascended the throne at the age of 15, after his father’s murder. Showed a lively interest in all his country’s affairs, built up the navy, promoted education, and extended its laws. Had many mistresses, and may have married one, Margaret Drummond, in secret, although she and her sisters were secretly poisoned with porridge, leaving him completely distraught afterwards. Tall, muscular, and extremely physical with a long red beard. Married the daughter of the English king, Henry VII (Rupert Murdoch) in 1502, in an effort to create an environment of perpetual peace twixt the two countries, and earned the sobriquet of Rex Pacificator in the process. His wife, Margaret Tudor (Margaret Thatcher) was 13 at the time, and plain, grumpy and dumpy, although she had a much-needed dowry of £10,000. 6 children from union, including his successor James V (Peter O’Toole), the only one to survive into adulthood. Maintained a dazzling court, and had wide intellectual interests. Began Scotland’s rise as a shipbuilding power, by constructing a mighty warship that he felt would spearhead the retaking of Constantinople from Turkish rule. During his reign, the printing press was introduced into Scotland, and an act of Parliament made it compulsory for men of substance to have their sons educated in both the arts and law, in order to raise the level of its elite. Showed himself to be a brave fighter, but a mediocre general. After the ascension of the far more aggressive Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook), to the English throne, tensions twixt the two countries escalated, particularly after the former claimed he owned Scotland. The two nations had opposing views of France, with England its avowed enemy, and Scotland its ally, and the adverse stances escalated tensions to the point of armed aggression. Invaded England at the head of a large army, and precipitated one of the worst disasters in Scottish military his/story, the Battle of Flodden Field, where he fell on the battlefield, along with most of the Scottish nobility, who were annihilated, as were a great swath of peasantry, who made up the bulk of his army. Excommunicated beforehand by the Pope for breaking his treaty with England, he was not given a Christian burial. Inner: Energetic, outgoing, with a highly intelligent curiosity. Vain, thirsty for glory, liked to control everything within his reach. Physical and cerebral lifetime of savoring all aspects of rule before sacrificing himself, along with everyone else, to his martial overindulgence. Eleanor de Montfort (1215-1275) - English princess and rebel. Outer: Youngest daughter of John I (Henry Fonda), making her her own grand/daughter. In 1224, she given to William Marshal II, 2nd earl of Pembroke, but he died in 1231 and she was denied his considerable holdings, which were taken, instead by his older brother, and she fought for the rest of her life to reclaim them. No children from union. Took a vow of chastity on the urging of her governess, but tossed it out the window, when she met Simon de Montfort (Robert Kennedy), in 1236. The duo married, much to the English clergy’s outrage, who questioned the validity of the union. The pope, however, was paid off, and the marriage became official. In 1239, however, the English monarch and her brother, Henry III (Jacqueline Kennedy) accused Montfort of pre-maritally seducing her, and the two were forced to flee to the latter’s native France, leaving their first-born son behind. Stayed in exile until 1244, at which time, they were allowed to return, with the two sons that they added to their menagerie. Ultimately had 6 children. Lived the live of ease and ostentation, as befitted a royal princess, until Simon challenged the king in 1254, ultimately becoming de facto ruler in 1264. The following year, both Simon and her older son were killed in battle, and she was banished and had her estates confiscated. Left England and settled at a Dominican convent south of Paris, although continued her legal battles for her rights to land in France. When Edward I (JFK) mounted the English throne, he restored her English dower lands and ordered the marshals to compensate her. Unable to regain familial power in England, however, and died in exile. Inner: Feisty and avaricious. Switched gender lifetime of intimate association with longtime bloodbrother as a female, allowing her to do battle from a different perspective for what she rightfully felt was hers. Henry II (1133-1189) - King of England. Outer: Grandson of Henry I (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.) Son of Matilda of England (Rose Kennedy) and her second husband, Geoffrey IV Plantagenet, Count of Anjou. Raised in Anjou, he was an impudent, aggressive child, in an unhappy union. Loved reading and intellectual discussion. Had a fiery countenance, and a cracked voice, and was powerfully built, with a later tendency towards corpulence. At 16, he visited England for the first time. In 1152, he married Eleanor of Aquitaine (Doris Kopf-Schroeder), a former queen of France whose marriage had been annulled, 8 children by her, including kings Richard I (Richard Burton) and John (Henry Fonda). The union gave him Aquitaine and along with the Angevin lands he inherited from his father, it made him the greatest French noble of his time. Soon after he was fighting his wife’s ex-husband, Louis VII (William Bennett). Ascended the throne in 1154, at the age of 21, at the death of his weak predecessor, and became the most powerful monarch in Europe of his time. Established the House of Normandy on the English throne, and spent much of his reign on the continent, expanding his realm, so that only 13 of his 34 year reign saw him in England. Had horses for his use constantly at the ready in abbeys all over the country, making him seemingly everywhere at once. Also had many mistresses, including his favorite, Rosamund Clifford (Alice Roosevelt). Restored royal authority, renovated the machinery of government, strengthened the legal system, instituted taxation, revived common law, curbed baronial power by upending their castles and provided a singular power of personality for the throne through both his will and ability to actualize his designs. Had strong conflicts with his equally indomitable wife, who incited their sons to rebellion, and whom he placed in semi-imprisonment for the rest of his life. Also had conflicts of Church’n’State with his former close friend, Thomas a Beckett (Martin Luther King), whom he had made Archbishop of Canterbury in 1162, and then had indirectly murdered, before being forced to do penance for that deed, by walking barefoot into Canterbury wearing nothing but a shirt. Allowed himself to be beaten by 80 monks afterwards, and then spent the night in the dark cathedral crypt, muddy and unwashed, fasting and praying. The end of his long reign was plagued by his sons’ rebellions, at the end of which, he finally named Richard his heir, after much back-and-forth maneuvering between the two. Died of an abscessed anal fistula, while uttering his final assessment of himself, “Shame, shame, on a conquered king!” Supposedly his corpse bled from the nose when Richard came to pay homage, indicating his symbolic complicity in his father’s death. Inner: Boundless energy, high intellectual curiosity, and hot-temper. Imaginative, commanding and a complete control freak, vowing never to relax his grip on his realm. Developed the royal bureaucracy, and established the supremacy of common law, thanks to his keen organizational skills. Had contempt for the trappings of monarchy, dressed carelessly, and was at ease with peasants. Unloving father to all his sons, save for his favorite John, and unloving husband. Great builder, he had many palaces constructed, and also lover of learning, speaking several languages. Moderate in his appetites. Free-wheeling lifetime of sacrificing his sense of family to that of his nation, and suffering greatly in the end for his priorities, necessitating a reversal later on in this series to balance himself off. Roger I (Roger Guiscard) (1031-1101) - Norman ruler of Sicily. Outer: Father was Tancred, a minor Norman landholder, mother, Fredisena, was the former’s second wife, and sister of his first spouse. Youngest of 12 sons, from 2 marriages, with the first producing 5, and the second 7, along with a sister. Younger half-brother of William ‘Iron Arm’ de Hauteville (William Sherman), and full brother of Robert Guiscard (Robert Kennedy). Handsome, tall, graceful and eloquent, cutting an impressive figure from his youth onward. In his mid-20s, he joined Guiscard in southern Italy, and the 2 began their conquest of Sicily, beginning with Calabria, which they successfully conquered by 1062, dividing their spoils equally between them. Had several bastard sons, before marrying Judith, the daughter of a French count in 1061, four daughters from the union. Despite misgivings over his brother’s iron-handed ways, he submitted to him as a vassal in 1072. Made count of Sicily that year by his suzerain brother. Following his wife’s death in 1076, he married Eremburga of Martain, a year later, and had 7 more daughters and a son. After Robert’s death in 1085, he acquired the full rights to govern Sicily from Robert’s son, Roger (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.) and proved an absolute ruler, making sure all his Norman, French and Italian vassals were loyal to him, insuring no feudal revolts from any of them. In 1087, he married a third and final time, to Adelaidee del Vasto, the daughter of an Italian lord. 2 sons and 2 daughters from the union, including his ultimate successor, Roger II (Mohandas Gandhi), who greatly expanded on his good governance. In 1098, he was made an apostolic legate by the pope, as a reward for recovering Sicily from the Greeks and Muslims, which gave him control of the church in Sicily. Able to effectively create a centralized government where his authority was unchallenged, while showing tolerance towards Arabs and Greeks. In the cities, he allowed the Muslims to retain their mosques, in return for their providing him with the basis for much of his infantry. In the countryside, they latter were regarded as serfs. Able to stem Muslim power in the western Mediterranean from his policies. Inner: Strong-willed, good sense of organization, pleasing personality. Brave warrior, and fierce in battle. Experience-expanding lifetime of close association with a longtime family member, allowing him to develop his skills at both conquest and administration. Marcus Maecilius Avitus (?-456) - Roman emperor. Outer: From a wealthy and distinguished family in Gaul, grew up in privilege. Had a long career of public service, as a lawyer, then as Master of Soldiers, and finally praetorian prefect in Gaul. The latter was a particular distinction, considering his origins outside of Rome, and a reflection of the growing importance of Gaul. Retired to a sumptuous highly social lifestyle, enjoying sports, books and pleasures of the table and flesh. Close to the Visigoth rulers over whom he held considerable influence, and who persuaded him to take the throne of Rome in 455. Hailed as emperor by his soldiers, and crossed the Alps to establish his rule in Italy. Distrusted by the Senate because of his Gallo-Roman background, as well as the populace-at-large because of the threat of a famine, which forced him to consign his fate to the barbarian general Ricimer (Robert Kennedy), who, fresh from a victory over the Vandals, flexed his newfound muscle as Deliverer of Italy. Attempted to flee back to Gaul, but was defeated, captured and deposed, after a rule of only a year. Allowed to become bishop of Placentia, but the senate called for his death. Fled, but either died of the plague or was murdered at the instigation of his successor, Majorian (JFK) who had earlier agreed to his ordination. Inner: Good administrator, lover of both the pleasures of the mind and the body. Luxurious lifestyle, compulsive womanizer, often mocking the men whose wives with whom he had congress. Truncated rule lifetime of assuming power from the position of being an alien, and in due course, alienating his support, and falling victim to wills greater than his own. Lucius Caesar (17BZ-2AZ) - Roman prince. Outer: Son of Marcus Agrippa (Joschka Fischer) and Julia (Eleanor Roosevelt). Younger brother of Gaius Julius (Robert Kennedy), and Agrippina the Elder (Jacqueline Kennedy). Adopted by the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar (FDR). Intended with his brother as successors of Augustus, but he died from a sudden illness on the way to his armies in Spain. Inner: Foreshortened lifetime of receiving the early education for rule without the later experience, once again, like his family members, reflecting the 20th century spiral of the ongoing drama of this extraordinary crew, with their triumphs and tragedies as beacons of the human drama behind the power of personality in the political arena.


Storyline: The large little brother is forced to follow his family’s grand designs around immense political power, although shows far more of an inclination for self-indulgence than realizing the legacies thrust upon him.

Gareth - Knight of the Round Table. Known as ‘Big Hands.’ Brother of Agrivain, Gawain, Gaheris and son of Morgawse. Mother had him conceal his name and go as a kitchen scullion for a year to deter his knightly ambitions. Did so, and proved himself and was knighted. Called a kitchen knave at the Castle Perilous, but showed self to be valorous. Archetype of the underestimated warrior. Ted Kennedy (Edward Moore Kennedy) (1932-2009) - American senator. Outer: Youngest of 9 children of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. At his birth, Pres. Herbert Hoover sent the family flowers and a note, which came with 5 ¢ postage due. As the baby of the family, he was allowed a freedom of expression that the others were not. There was less pressure on him as well, and he was able to deal with his formidable parents more informally. Attended 10 prep schools, via his peripatetic family’s rotating homes, which made him more open to dealing with strangers. 6’2”, fleshy. Known as “Cadillac Eddie” for carousing and partying during his college days at Harvard. Expelled for having a friend take a Spanish final for him, he mistakenly enlisted in the army for 4 years, but his father pulled strings to reduce it to 2, and a cushy post with NATO in Paris. On his discharge, he re-entered Harvard, caught a winning touchdown pass in the Yale game, graduated and went to the Univ. of Virginia Law School, where he continued his partying ways. In 1958, he married Joan Bennett, a friend of one of his sisters, 3 children from the union. Problems with alcohol, weight and the family preponderance for extra-marital sexual activity effectively ended the marriage. Co-ordinated his brother’s 1960 presidential campaign in the western states, and thought about settling in the Rocky Mountains as a newspaper publisher, but was summoned by his father to be an assistant district attorney in Mass., in preparation for taking his brother’s senate seat, which he won in 1962. Survived a plane crash in 1964, in which the pilot and a passenger were killed, saw his brother Robert assassinated in 1968, which had him paterfamilias of his generation, and in 1969, drove his car off a bridge in Chappaquiddick where a young female companion was killed. Delayed notifying the authorities, and through the act, curtailed following his brother to the White House. Became a liberal, compassionate voice in the Senate, but scandals limited his effectiveness, despite a genuine noblesse oblige towards the disenfranchised. Made several half-hearted runs for the presidency, the last in 1980, where an indecisive TV interview relieved him of ever going after the office. Code-named Sunburn by the Secret Service. After his divorce in 1982, he became paterfamilias for his assasinated brothers’ children. Only one of the 4 brothers to escape violent death, although he managed to tarnish the family name with continuous episodes of unseemly behavior down through the decades, including loose involvement in his nephew Willie Smith’s rape trial in 1992, having gone out drinking with him prior to the incident. Bottomed out afterwards, but managed to maintain his Senate role as voice of the voiceless. Married Victoria Reggie, a divorced attorney with 2 children in 1996, while remaining a bloated emblem of an incandescent tragic royal American family, despite his ongoing role of national liberal conscious-at-large. Nevertheless, he kept handily winning re-election to the Senate, for seven consective terms, and continued to act as a moral voice for America, in theory if not quite in practice. Following the turn of the century, and the Bush administration’s increasing unpopularity, he stepped up as a far more aggessive critic of its war and domestic policies, as an institution unto himself, bred by longevity, a resounding political name, and an acceptance of his dual character as both lawmaker and lawbreaker. After publicly passing the Kennedy mantle to Barack Obama during the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, he discovered he had an inoperable brain tumor, although he accepted the news with good grace, with no immediate thought of retiring. On Barack Obama’s inauguration as president, he suffered a seizure and had to be rushed to the hospital, dampening an otherwise uplifting and his/storic day, before being released soon afterwards. Subsequently given an honorary English knighthood. Died at home two weeks after his older sister Eunice had passed, while one of the major issues of his career, health care reform, was angrily being bandied about. His memoirs, “True Compass,” were published posthumously, and showed him to be truly remorseful for some of his acts. Inner: Friendly, gregarious, with a taste for alcoholic spirits and reluctant sense of social responsibility. Nonreflective, taught to conceal his scars and pain. Intermittently arrogant, while at the same time idealistic. Highly effective legislator despite his personal failings, with the ability to reach across the aisle to get his various agendas passed. Big baby lifetime of doing inner battle with an overwhelming family legacy, while trying to temper his own extended sense of fun with the duties thrust upon him. William Allison (William Boyd Allison) (1829-1908) - American politician. Outer: Of Scotch-Irish descent. Parents were farmers. Spent 1 year at Allegheny College, then taught school, before graduating from Western Reserve Univ. after a year there. Admitted to the bar in 1852, but failed in a bid to become district attorney and decided to move westward where political competition would be less. Settled in Iowa 5 years later, and was active in Republican politics. 5’8”, 200 lbs. In 1854 he married Anna Carter, who died 6 years later. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1862, and quickly showed himself as a champion of western development and an expert in transportation, tariffs and the budget. Staunch radical Republican, supported the impeachment of Pres. Andrew Johnson (George Wallace). Elected to the Senate in 1872, he soon became one of the big 4 of that institution, along with Nelson Aldrich (Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.). Married again to Mary Nealy in 1873, only to become a widower a second time a decade later. Declined to be in the cabinet of 3 presidents, preferring the niche he had created for himself as a legislator. Chairman of the Appropriations Committee for over a quarter of a century, as well as a central figure in fiscal matters. A candidate for the presidency throughout the 1880s and 1890s, although he had little support outside of Wall Street and western railroad interests. Although on warm personal terms with Pres. Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy), he was an opponent of his reformist urges and policies. An effective legislator, with big business’s interests at heart, although he was also sensitive to public opinion. Graft-free consensus politician, most noted for his caution rather than his accomplishments, in a career that saw him hold his seat for 35 consecutive years. Died in office. Inner: Warm, amiable, polite and deferential. Of average intelligence, with little interests outside the political arena. Excellent negotiator, able to accomplish much as a soothing figure working through heated issues. Few enemies, preferred working behind the scenes than grandstanding. Always more concerned with process than policy. Modest lifetime of finding a comfortable power niche and staying within it, as a reflection of his own lesser ambitions within the realm of political power. George Clinton (1739-1812) - American military and political figure. Outer: Father was of English descent and had emigrated from Ireland, taking a group of colonists over with him in 1729, before becoming a farmer, surveyor and land speculator. Mother was Scotch-Irish. His older brother James Clinton (Vo Nguyen Giap), became a general, whose son, DeWitt Clinton (Kathleen Kennedy), went on to a prominent political career. Briefly went to sea at 18 on a privateer, before serving as a subaltern in his father’s regiment in the French & Indian War. Studied law in NYC, then began practicing in his early 20s, before entering politics, ultimately becoming district attorney. Married Sarah Tappen in 1770, who was a member of a politically powerful family in Ulster County. 5 daughters and a son from the union. Served in the NY provincial assembly for 7 years, before being elected to the Continental Congress in 1775. Made a brigadier general in the Revolutionary War the same year, although he proved himself an undistinguished soldier, and was largely confined to garrison duty before ultimately losing a fort to the British. Elected the first governor of NY in 1777, and held that post for 18 years, dealing severely with loyalists. Opposed the Constitution, as well as centralized government, despite being president of the NY Constitutional Convention. Instrumental in the rise of Aaron Burr (Jacqueline Kennedy), while an implacable foe of Alexander Hamilton (JFK), and a follower of Thomas Jefferson (Saul Williams), serving one term as his vice-president, and then after failing to get the presidential nomination, a 2nd term under James Madison (Woodrow Wilson), despite ill health, and an unwillingness to admit his incapacities. Descended into outright senility at the end of his career. Died in office. Inner: Self-made, shrewd and suave, with a fondness for alcohol, and a good sense of communication. Had more of a commercial than a political view, seeing finances as the key to state self-interest, while opposing the idea of a central bank. Able to hold power through his abilities as a broker between a multiplicity of different interests. Smooth-talking lifetime of re-creating himself as a power-broker, using his financial acumen and natural politicking abilities, while also evincing his on-going self-destructive duality at the tail end of his career. Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll (1682-1761) - Scottish politician. Outer: Son of the 1st Duke (Kathleen Kennedy) and younger brother of the 2nd (Robert Kennedy). Had one younger sister as well. When he was 6, his father was finally able to clear the family name, although later besmirched it once again by massacring a clan who refused to submit to him. Educated at Glascow Univ., and in Utrecht, where he studied law. Wanted to be a lawyer, but instead, served briefly under the Duke of Marlborough (JFK), then resigned to enter politics. Became lord high treasurer of Scotland in 1705, before becoming one of 2 commissioners to negotiate the union between Scotland and England. Earned the title of Earl of Ilay in 1706. Married Anne Whitfield, in an unhappy childless union, and ultimately took up with Anne Shireburn, by whom he had an illegitimate son. Supported his brother, although had less of a military career than he did. Sat in the British Parliament as one of 16 Scottish peers. Held various offices, including member of the Privy Council and proved loyal to the Hanover succession in England in 1714. As one of the most powerful men in his country, he became Robert Walpole’s (Joschka Fischer) chief adviser in Scotland. Helped found the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1727, and served as its first governor. Also served as chancellor of Aberdeen Univ. and succeeded his far more aggressive brother as Duke of Argyll in 1743. Collected a valuable library and died without a legitimate heir, so that his English titles became extinct. Inner: Shrewd, able to hold his brother’s excesses in relative check, although did not match his oratorical powers, nor his passion. Practical, down-to-Earth, and an enthusiastic gardener. Also slovenly, and ill thought of by some. Patch-up lifetime of performing familial political duties in highly competent manner, regaining the good name of House of Argyll. Henry Ireton (1611-1651) - English general. Outer: Eldest of 3 sons. Graduated from Trinity College, Oxford then studied law at the Middle Temple, although was never called to the bar. Sided with Parliament at the outbreak of the English Civil War, and became a major in a cavalry regiment, where he met and befriended Oliver Cromwell (Robert Kennedy). In his mid-30s, he married his eldest daughter Bridget (Joan Kennedy), a shy, homely, pious woman, 1 son and 2 daughters. Compiled an impressive military and political record. Wounded in battle and captured in 1645, but released. Often at Cromwell’s side during debates and the first phase of the Civil War, working in close tandem with one another. Supporter of moderate, rather than radical changes in the army. Proposed a democratic realignment of power, and a constitutional monarchy which was rejected by Charles I (George VI). Turned against the king, helped bring him to trial and signed his death warrant. Promoted to major general in 1649, he accompanied Cromwell to Ireland, remaining there as lord deputy, sternly carrying out his policies. Fell ill from overwork and died after a siege. His corpse was dug up after the fall of Commonwealth and hanged along with Cromwell’s body, symbolically uniting them in death as in life. Inner: Reserved, religious, serious, clever and stubborn. Intelligent, articulate and capable general. More talented as an administrator, which brought out his careful, energetic and efficient character. Dutiful lifetime of trying to redefine the English monarchy through military and political means, while maintaining his longtime liaison with his brother/mentor on the battlefields and halls of government. James Douglas, 9th earl of Douglas (1426-1488) - Scottish nobleman. Outer: 2nd son of the 7th earl, and the older of a pair of twins. Like his father, he was known as “James the Gross.” Member of the Black Douglas clan, brother of William Douglas (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.). Rebuilt the family fortunes with his brother after their lands had been confiscated for treason. His brother William was personally murdered by James II (Joseph Kennedy, Sr.) in 1452, and he was later forced to submit to the king after a failed rebellion. Married his brother’s widow, Margaret Douglas, in 1453, in order to keep the family estates together, and openly accused the king of murder while leading a large force against him. Forced to flee to England in 1455 when his allies deserted him. His wife divorced him, and after intriguing with the English king, Edward IV (Ethan Hawke), who made him a Knight of the Garter, he was captured while raiding Scotland and imprisoned the rest of his life, where he was made to live as a monk. His lands were confiscated and his line ended. Inner: Fat and foolhardy. Vengeance-tinged lifetime of doing imprisoning battle with longtime father/figure, only to be continually taught lessons of defeat. Joan of Kent (1328-1385) - English princess. Known as “the fair maid of Kent.” Outer: Granddaughter of Edward I (JFK). Father was the earl of Kent. Married the second earl of Salisbury, although it was annulled because of a pre-contract with her second husband, whom she married in 1349, 2 sons from union. In 1352, she inherited the duchy of Kent from her brother, and became countess of Kent in her own right. After her husband died she married Edward, the Black Prince (Robert Kennedy), the following year and became mother of Richard II (Richard Nixon), over whom she maintained a strong influence. Her eldest son, Edward, died when he was 6. Maintained a Camelot-like court, protected John of Gaunt (Lyndon Johnson) from the Londoners, and later mediated between her son and John. Inner: Known for her charm, beauty and political acumen. Plump and jolly. Gender-switching lifetime of support, while being allowed to express her own burgeoning sense of power, through her association with powerful men. Edward Bruce (1276-1318) - Scottish King of Ireland. Outer: Father was Robert VII de Bruce, a Scottish noble with designs on the crown. One of 5 sons and the younger brother of Robert I Bruce of Scotland (Robert Kennedy). Followed the family’s legacy of continual military campaigns in both Scotland and Ireland. Made Earl of Carrick in his 30s, and married Isabel, the daughter of the Earl of Atholl. One son from the union, who inherited his title. May have married a second time to another Isabelle, after the death of his wife, and produced another son. Aided his sibling in his political and military aims, commanding the right wing at the pivotal battle of Bannockburn in 1314. As his last surviving male sibling, he was made his heir presumptive the following year. Invaded Ulster and was crowned king of Ireland in 1315, but was opposed by the clergy and was unable to consolidate his military gains, after his brother went back to Scotland. Forced to deal with a famine in 1317, which made providing for his soldiers difficult. Married a third time to yet another Isabella the same year, which produced no progeny. Killed in battle contesting his crown, and his body was quartered afterwards, while his head was sent to the English king. Inner: Competent warrior, but unable to make his will manifest without the direct help of his far more talented sibling. Learning lifetime of developing his martial skills through his position in a highly aggressive family. Libius Severus (?-465) - Roman Emperor. Outer: Early life and origins totally obscured, as well as much of his career. Largely a figurehead, chosen by the German Master of Soldiers Ricimer (Robert Kennedy) to be a replacement for the emperor Majorian (JFK), when he decided he was no longer an asset to his larger ambitions. Only recognized within the confines of Italy and not by the Eastern Emperor, Leo I (Robert McNamara), nor by several Roman commanders loyal to the memory of Majorian. In addition, the Vandals openly declared themselves against him, so that too many forces ran counter to his brief reign. Presumably Ricimer gave him poison, thus ending his 4 tenuous years as ruler of Rome. Inner: Shadowy figure, serving as a channel for the ambitions of others, without making any kind of real imprint of his own. Figurehead lifetime of allowing himself to be manipulated by a much stronger personality, perhaps to taste rule as an ongoing pleasure-loving lesser member of an extremely demanding family hellbent on making him into a man of action, decision and responsibility, traits he is able to manifest when he has no other choice but to do so.


Storyline: The reformed daredevil finally finds himself as an environmentalist, after many a go-round as a warrior without a core, looking to establish his own identity within the context of a powerful familial legacy.

Sir Ector - Foster-father of Arthur and father of Sir Kay. Archetype of the secondary patriarch. Robert Kennedy, Jr. (1954) - American lawyer. Outer: 3rd child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy and 2nd son. 14 years old when his father was assassinated. Led a wild youth, as the most adventurous and rebellious of the Kennedy younger generation. A lifelong animal lover, he originally wanted to be a veterinarian, and assembled a small zoo of birds and reptiles on his family Virginia estate, while becoming a lifelong falconer. Graduated Harvard Univ., Virginia Law School, and later got a master’s degree from Pace Univ. in environmental law. In between, he led a double life of familial political duty, wild partying, excessive drug taking and sexual excess, while feeling himself immune from the family propensity for tragedy, even going so far as to pass the state bar exam as a junkie. Married Emily Black, a fellow law student in 1982, divorced a decade later, son and daughter from the union. Arrested for heroin possession in South Dakota in 1983, was given probation, went into drug rehab, and made a sincere conversion to a more straightforward lifestyle, becoming clean and sober ever since. Lost his younger brother David to drugs in 1984. Eventually became a highly effective environmental lawyer and activist, focusing on upstate New York watersheds, employing the same intensity of purpose he had earlier evinced in his wild child days. Married Mary Richardson, an architect, in 1994, 6 children from union. Another brother, Michael, died in a skiing accident in 1997. Wound up in jail in 2001 for trespassing during a Puerto Rican protest, and, while professing a desire to stay out of politics, remains a formidable environmentalist and political activist. Extremely active, he is a professor at Pace Univ. School of Law, and senior attorney for various environmental groups, as well as the host of a weekly radio show on Air America, despite coming down with spastic dysphonia at 40, which can make him sound as if he’s choking on his words. Came very close to running for NY state attorney general in 2006, but decided against it, because of his family. Later that year in an article, he charged that the 2004 election had been stolen by the Republicans, via voter fraud, then was disappointed at the lack of Democratic response to the well-researched, but also questioned charge. After his wife turned to alcohol and prescription drugs to deal with his alleged philandering, he filed for divorce in 2010, while she was was arrested for DUI immediately afterwards. The divorce, itself, was never finalized, as he began dating actress Cheryl Hines. In 2012, in a state of extreme depression, Mary Kennedy hanged herself at age 52 in an outbulding behind her house, over fears of bankruptcy and losing her home, to add to the family’s collective tragic legacy, where its women have often been the victims of its men. Later had her exhumed and reburied away from family members in their Cape Cod cemetery. Married Cheryl Hines in 2014. Inner: Intense, in-your-face activist, with a great love of life. Piercing eyes, with a frenetic sense of energy. Obsessive about making the world a better place. Enthusiastic falconer and outdoorsman. Messianic sense of himself. Metamorphosizing lifetime of transforming his daredevil sensibilities into more socially productive avenues. Kermit Roosevelt (1889-1943) - American businessman and adventurer. Outer: Son of Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy) and Edith Carow Roosevelt. 2nd son of his sire’s 2nd wife and his mother’s favorite. Had a charmed childhood, and was deeply attached to his father, often accompanying him on hunting expeditions. Also strongly attached to his mother, and the only child she never disciplined. Unlike his brothers, he was timid and introspective as a child, although he outgrew it and became his father’s favorite hunting companion, showing a daring and recklessness, his progenitor found endearing. Also evinced a love of language and poetry. Graduated from Harvard in 1912, and became an executive with the Brazil Railroad Company. Subsequently accompanied his progenitor as a photographer into the Brazilian wilderness to chart the River of Doubt. In 1914, he went to Madrid and married Belle Willard, the daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Spain, 4 children from the union. His wife was socially ambitious, while their children were neglected. Had a romantic liaison with his spouse, although later in life he had a longtime liaison with a German masseuse. The pair settled in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he became the assistant manager of an American bank. Along with his three brothers, he joined the Allied forces in 1917, and served with the British against the Turks, for which he won the British Military Cross, then fought as an artillery captain with the U.S. Army on the western front. Never fully recovered from his father’s death in 1919, and wound up looking eerily like him in middle-age, unable to create a stable life for himself afterwards. Often gone for long stretches, he would leave a chaotic household in his wake. Apolitical, he organized his own shipping company, the Roosevelt Steamship Company, which operated between North American and India. It was eventually bought out, and he became a v.p. of the combined lines. An enthusiastic hunter and traveler, he wrote of his adventures in several books and numerous articles, while also leading several collecting expeditions on behalf of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, returning at one point with the first panda ever seen in the U.S. A heavy drinker, he eventually became a bloated alcoholic, and was ultimately committed, so that even his mistress left him. The end of his life was a downward despondent spiral. Moved to England in 1939, right after WW II was declared and became a British citizen. Commissioned a major in the British army that fall, then accepted a commission as a colonel in the Finnish army, seeing service in Norway and then Egypt. Evacuated to the U.S. after contracting dysentery, he enlisted in the U.S. army as a major. After going on active, but non-combat, duty in the Aleutians during WW II, he shot himself in the head. Inner: Restless, always on the move. Gregarious, debonair and voluble, but with a profound instinct for self-destruction. Avid conservationist like his father, although unlike him, never involved politically. Heavily shadowed lifetime of adventuring with more focus than his previous existences, but never finding any real center or focus to his freelance daredevil sensibilities, and ultimately self-destructing over that failing. William Campbell (c1731-1778) - Scottish naval officer and politician. Outer: 4th son of the 4th duke of Argyll, who, in turn, was the third son of the 9th earl of Argyll (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.). His family had been tainted by treasonous charges several times in previous generations, before his uncle, the 3rd duke (Robert Kennedy) finally regained its titles. As a younger son, he pursued a naval career, serving in the Royal Navy in India from 1752 to 1760. Rose to the rank of captain, and was assigned to American waters. While in South Carolina, he met the daughter of a wealthy planter, and married her in 1763. Returned to England, and sat in Parliament, before being made governor of Nova Scotia, through family connections. Held that position from 1766 to 1773, taking a year off in the beginning to bring his family out with him. Had a far greater interest in the American colonies, and would often go down and visit Boston. Suffered ill health in Halifax and had bad eye trouble, while also alienating the local businessmen for trying to halt the active smuggling trade then prevalent there. They, in turn, were also eager to have someone with far less need to be a watchdog to replace him. At the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1775, he was made the last British governor of South Carolina, a position he desperately wished for, because of his wife’s connection to the colony, and the distaste they both had for the climate of his posting. Through his ministrations, he was almost able to keep it loyal to the crown. The following year, while aboard a British flagship, he was wounded by a splinter in the side, and never fully recovered from it, dying two years later. Inner: Strong sense of integrity. Son also rises lifetime of once again having the same progenitor, and following his own adventurous path, only to prematurely exit, as he often does, while evincing the incipient traits that would finally come to full flower in century 20. Oliver Cromwell (1623-1644) - English political progeny. Outer: 2nd born son of Oliver (Robert Kennedy) and Elizabeth Cromwell (Edith Roosevelt). Probably idolized his father to the point of being a smaller carbon copy. Pursued a military career, joined his father’s regiment as a cornet, but died soon after of smallpox while at an army garrison. Inner: Reflection of his father’s militarism, identified with him down to the same name, a pathway he has taken in 2 of his last 3 lifetimes as the progeny of a powerful sire. Carbon copy lifetime of continuing his longtime family association without the desire to bring his experiences into adulthood, in fear of seeing how he would be truly measured as a man, against his formidable father. David II Bruce (1324-1371) - King of Scotland. Outer: Only son of Robert I Bruce (Robert Kennedy), by his 2nd wife. As he child, he was married to Joan of England, the daughter of Edward II (John F. Kennedy, Jr.) in 1328, no legitimate children. At the age of 5, he became king of Scotland on his sire’s death in 1329, and both he and his wife were officially crowned two years later. Had a series of guardians serving as regents, but all serially fell or were taken prisoner, and in 1332, Edward Balliol (Robert Shaw) was made king of the Scots by the English, in return for his pledging suzerainty over Scottish lands by the latter, before he was defeated and forced to flee to England. Sent to France for his safety, where he spent his time jousting and feasting, after being given warm welcome by the French monarch. In his absence, his minions regained power, and he was able to return in 1341, and, having reached his majority, was able to take over the reins of government. Held many of his father’s traits, but had the misfortune of running up against the warrior/king Edward III of England (Duke of Wellington). At the behest of France, he invaded England in 1346, but was captured and spent 11 years in comfortable captivity, mostly in London, before being heavily ransomed. On his return, however, it was discovered the kingdom was too poor to pay the whole sum, and he tried to negotiate an exchange with Edward, whereby his son Lionel (Ronald Reagan), would succeed him, which was rejected out of hand by the Scottish Parliament. Kept his kingdom relatively solvent afterwards, while exerting a strong hand over his unruly nobles, and proved himself to be an able ruler, largely independent of English interference. Following his wife’s death in 1362, he married Margaret Drummond, a widow, the following year. Divorced her in 1369, although she would travel all the way to Rome to have the decree reversed by the pope. About to marry his mistress when he died, ending the House of Bruce’s two generational run on the throne of Scotland. Inner: Highly capable and cosmopolitan, with the ability to make the most of his misfortunes and learn from them. Integrative lifetime of balancing a largely enjoyable double exile and captivity with the exigencies of rule, integrating his two basic dualities of pleasure and duty, which he would continue to explore as continuous son of a formidable father. Roger Borsa, Duke of Apulia and Calabria (1061-1111) - Norman duke of Sicily. Outer: Father was Norman conqueror Robert Guiscard (Robert F. Kennedy). Mother was his second wife, Sicheligaita, the daughter of a Lombard prince and an amazon warrior in her own right. The oldest of 3 brothers and six sisters, and younger half-brother of Bohemund I (Michael Kennedy), the product of his sire’s first marriage. Became known as borsa, from his habit of constantly counting his money, as if he didn’t trust his inheritenace. After accompanying his progenitor on his final Grecian campaign, he succeeded him as duke of Apulia in 1085, through his mother’s manipulations, while his uncle Roger I (Kathleen Kennedy) maintained control of Sicily. Although not in the same league as his fearsome father, he would prove himself to be an able warrior, thanks to an extraordinary bloodline on both sides of his family. His sense of rule, however, was far less developed, and his territories would remain rife with disorder, while he concentrated on extending or defending them, rather than focusing on what he had. To complicate his rule considerably, his half-brother Bohemund seized a portion of his birthright in his absence, and he was forced to do battle with him over-and-over for it. Through the efforts of his uncle, he made peace with him the year after his father’s death, although it was soon broken, as Bohemond received help from some of his own vassals in contesting his inheritance. The two continued their back-and-forths, although he was never able to decisively defeat his semi-sibling, and their contretemps finally had to be settled by the pope, Urban II (Barack Obama), who gave Bohemond several possessions, while awarding him the duchy of Apulia. Worked on urbanizing it, and in 1092, he wed Adela, the daughter of the count of Flanders, and widow of the assassinated Danish king. 3 sons from the union, with the oldest and youngest pre-deceasing him. In 1098, along with his uncle, he began the seige of Capua, which fell after forty days. Wound up with his inheritance reduced to little more than the previous principality of Salerno by his life’s end. Died two weeks before Bohemund, and was succeeded by his middle son, William II, who was not up to the task of maintaining even his pared state, and they wound up in the possession of a much more dynamic cousin, Roger II (Mohandas Gandhi), who would leave a far more lasting mark on the holding, than all his predecessors combined. Inner: Able warrior, but weak ruler, who saw his duchy gradually disintegrate, due to a far greater interest in doing battle than actual administration. Bent sceptre lifetime of following his far superior father in hereditary rule, as a means of learning from him, which he would succeedingly do more and more successfully in subsequent go-rounds, although this one would prove a C- effort at best, thanks to a lack of interest in actual rule, and the aggressive challenges of a far more ambitious half-brother. Basiliscus (?-476) - Roman emperor. Outer: Brother of Aelia Verina (Alice Roosevelt), the wife of the emperor Leo I (Robert McNamara). Married Aelia Zenonis, at least one son from the union. Became Master of Soldiers in Thrace around the year 464, proving successful against invaders, although his sister may have magnified his abilities. She helped secure the same position for him on the headquarters staff 4 years later, and he was part of a massive expedition against the Vandals, although his military reputation was less than august. Lost half his fleet when he was surprised by the Vandals. Went into retirement and disgrace in Thrace, having reduced the eastern empire to insolvency through his abject failure. After the death of Leo in 474, his sister launched a conspiracy that gained him the eastern throne in place of the unpopular Zeno (John Fitzgerald), as a replacement for her own candidate and lover, a certain Patricius, whom he immediately put to death, then made his 2 sons Caesars. A catastrophic fire subsequently claimed a great part of the city, including a huge library founded by the emperor Julian (Whittaker Chambers). Alienated himself from the religious establishment, and also alienated his Master of Soldiers by bestowing the same rank on a playboy named Armatus (Peter Lawford), who was also lover of the empress. Armatus was then persuaded to lead his armies away from the capitol, so that the forces of Zeno could re-enter Constantinople unimpeded during the late summer of 476. Exiled along with his wife and the children that he had made Augustus and Caesar to Cucusus, where they were held in a dried up reservoir and starved to death. Inner: Unreliable, although said to have been a good soldier, despite his failures against the Vandals. Slow to grasp situations, and also easily deceived. Exposed lifetime of allowing all his flaws to rise to overwhelm him, before entering the modern era to try to serially deal with his failings.


Storyline: The wounded warrior gets his ultimate comeuppance via the court of public opinion after many a go-round as a highly flawed free-swinging swordsman in the service of his longtime martial family.

William Kennedy Smith (1960) - American physician. Outer: Mother was Jean Kennedy Smith, one of the Kennedy daughters. Father was an executive for the family transportation firm, and a philanderer. 2nd of 4 children. Garnered a reputation while growing up as being rough with women. Went to boarding school, then Duke Univ. As a pre-med student on the way to becoming a doctor, he was accused of raping Patricia Bowman on the Kennedy Palm Beach estate in his early 30s. Acquitted after a well-publicized trial, he disappeared from public view, to complete his medical studies and take up his residency in Chicago, where he specialized in rehabilitative medicine at a veteran’s hospital. Also became active in Physician’s Against Land Mines, working on building prosthetic devices, while serving as an adjunct instructor of physical medicine at Northwestern Univ. Also worked for the Center for International Rehabilitation. Rarely dated during this period, showing an all-abiding desire to be left alone in order to self-heal, although pondered a run for a congressional seat before deciding against it. In 2004, he was accused of sexual assault again, 5 1/2 years after the fact, by a fellow CIT employee, with whom he had a 5 month relationship. Resigned from both organizations to fight it, and the case was dismissed the following year. At the same time, another woman was paid a large sum of money in an out-of-court settlement surrounding his improper behavior towards her. Inner: Angry, unintegrated. Payback lifetime of being forced to confront longtime character flaws through highly public legal actions, brought on by his own actions in order to follow the ancient dictum of physician, heal thyself, in his ongoing disregard for the feminine both within and without him. Leonard Wood (1860-1927) - American general and physician. Outer: From New England stock. Oldest of 3. Father was a doctor and suffered from malaria contracted during the Civil War and died when his son was 30. Had an outdoorsy childhood while his family lived a frugal existence. Went to Harvard medical school, underwent a short and stormy internship, and received his M.D. in 1884. Practiced for 2 years in Boston, before ultimately becoming an army assistant surgeon. Physically huge. Married in 1890, 3 children from union. Served as both a medical and line officer in the Apache Wars, where he distinguished himself, winning a Medal of Honor. After routine service, he was made White House physician in 1895, serving under 2 presidents, while forming a close friendship with vice-president Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy). Helped organize and fought with the “Rough Riders” in the Spanish-American War. Made a brigadier general and military governor in Cuba in 1899, instituting reforms and governmental systems. Assumed a similar post in the Philippines in 1903, although his rapid rise due to his friendship with Roosevelt aroused controversy. Became Chief of Staff of the Army in 1910, but his outspokenness and abrasiveness did not endear him to many. Trained units during WW I, and was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1920 as a political heir to Roosevelt, although his ultra-nationalistic conservatism defeated him. Ended his career as governor-general of Philippines, where he initiated reforms but defeated independence legislation. Had a recurring tumor in his skull, which ultimately paralyzed the left side of his body. Died following surgery for a brain tumor, and an army fort in Missouri was named after him. Inner: Blunt, difficult, shrewd. Projected paternalistic authority, and a sense of imperturbability, thanks to the facility for internalizing, rather than externalizing his inner conflicts. Restless energy, with a strong sense of patriotism. Loved conflict, with a romantic view of war. Excellent organizer, administrator and commander. War-lover lifetime of trying to integrate the warrior/healer within him without the emotional balance to do so. Tumors are usually indicative of deep-seated anger, a residue of his frenetic past, and a future yet to come of his continually acting out his violent sense of physical/emotional imbalance. Henry Dearborn (1751-1829) - American army officer and public official. Outer: Studied medicine and began practicing in his early 20s in New Hampshire, while getting married at the same time to Mary Bartlett. Organized and commanded a militia company in preparation for the Revolutionary War and was a direct participant in the battle of Bunker Hill. Captured during Benedict Arnold’s (Whittaker Chambers) Quebec expedition, and spent a year on parole awaiting to be exchanged. Returned to active service in 1777, and distinguished himself at the battle of Monmouth in 1778. Following the death of his first wife, he married a 2nd time to Dorcas Marble, a widow, in 1780, son of the same name became a publisher and author. By war’s near-end, he rose to the rank of colonel, and was on George Washington’s (George Marshall) staff at Yorktown. Kept excellent journals during his various forays, which proved to be valuable his/storical records. Settled in Maine in 1783, and in 1790, was appointed U.S. marshal for the district, while ultimately rising to major general of militia in 1795. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1792 and served for 5 years. In 1801, he became Thomas Jefferson’s (Saul Williams) secretary of war, and gave his name to Fort Dearborn. Left the cabinet in 1809 and became collector of the port of Boston, until James Madison (Woodrow Wilson) appointed him senior major general of the army in 1812. Married a third time in 1813 to Sarah Bowdoin, the widow of politician James Bowdoin. Invaded Canada, but proved inept in his defense of the northern frontier, evincing poor judgment, which may have been brought on by ill health, so that he was relieved of his disastrous command, and given the command of NYC instead until his retirement in 1815. Although nominated for secretary of war by James Madison, he was roundly criticised for his previous inadequacies and had his name withdrawn. Ended his career as minister to Portugal in 1822, retiring 2 years later. Inner: Although brave and capable early in his career, his later actions undid his reputation. early in his career, his later actions undid his reputation. Dualistic lifetime of being undone by his own body, necessitating a focus on medicine his next two go-rounds in a long-held desire to make himself healthy and whole on the inner and outer planes. Thomas Pride (?-1658) - English military figure. Outer: Of obscure origins, may have been brought by a London parish as a state ward. May have originally been a drayman or brewer. Entered the army as a captain, and was a major by 1644. Made a lieutenant colonel in the New Model Army, after distinguishing himself in a key battle at Naseby. He then served with Oliver Cromwell (Robert Kennedy) against the Royalist rebels in Wales. Asserted the rights of soldiers when the army and Parliament quarreled. During the 2nd phase of the Civil War, his regiment served directly under Oliver Cromwell, and he helped him rout the Royalist Scots in another key battle. Stood in front of the House of Commons and arrested or expelled 140 Presbyterian members, in what came to be known as “Pride’s Purge,” his singular claim to fame. One of the commissioner’s for the trial of Charles I (George VI), he signed the king’s death warrant. Exhibited a flamboyant signature, despite his low beginnings. Elected a member of the common council. In 1650, he accompanied Cromwell to Scotland, but played no part in politics. Ultimately was distrusted by Cromwell because of his lack of political interest. Became wealthy and was knighted in 1656. Married the niece of George Monck (George C. Marshall), 2 daughters, as well as a son who became a soldier. Suppressed cock-fighting and bear-baiting, and forcefully rejected the notion of Cromwell as king. His estates were confiscated after the Restoration, although his body was not exhumed. Inner: Probably well-named, but filled with integrity and a strong sense of right and wrong, which he would thoroughly counterbalance in his next go-round, by going to the opposite side of the circle of himself. Prideful lifetime of trying to act as an honest integrative figure during a time of extreme dualities, using his martial, rather than political, sense to effect his aims. James Douglas (c1286-1330) - Scottish general. Known as ‘the Good.” Outer: Eldest son of a Scottish baron, known as ‘the Hardy,’ mother died when he was young. When his father was seized and imprisoned, he was sent to France, then returned 3 years later to discover his father dead and his family stripped of its lands by the English king, Edward I (JFK). Broad-shouldered, and had a lisp. Married, although his wife remains unknown, left one lawful son. Destroyed an English garrison in his family castle 3 times, while burning it twice. Joined Robert Bruce (Robert Kennedy) in his battle against the English and frequently raided England. After the decisive Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, which elevated Robert to the kingship, he was knighted, as one of his most loyal generals. Continued to do battle against the English, surprising the troops led by Edward III (Duke of Wellington) in 1319, after which, the English army was dismissed and peace ensued. After the death of Robert in 1329, he set off on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land carrying the heart of his king, which the latter had asked in his dying breath to be buried there. Instead, he did battle against the Moors, throwing the heart at them, before perishing himself, either on his return journey or on his way there. Inner: Naturally courteous, although terrifying in battle. Dualistic character with a fierce martial sensibility. Sword-in-hand lifetime of channeling his considerable anger and rage into a life of almost continually doing battle, showing his considerable heart for combat all the way to the end.


Storyline: The perpetual child/woman experiences the agonies of premature death both to herself and those closest to her, as a means of opening herself up to both maturity and responsibility, two issues she has yet to integrate into her public heart.

Ethel Skakel Kennedy (1928) - American political helpmate. Outer: From a similar large, active, wealthy Catholic family as the Kennedys. Father was a a highly successful self-made businessman, mother was massive and several inches taller than her husband, as well as a devout Catholic. All of the latter’s children accompanied her to Mass every morning, although her father held to his Dutch Protestant faith. 6th of 7 children. An energetic prankster as a teen, she was educated at a private Catholic school. Although Robert Kennedy had first courted her elder sister, she had set her sights on him immediately, and the 2 soon found they had much in common, including a fierce competitiveness and an undying sense of loyalty. In 1950, they were married, and had 11 children all told, as well as an extremely lively, chaotic, highly social house. Fit right in with the larger Kennedy clan, and she and her husband had a very close relationship, to the point where she was able to overlook his infidelity with Marilyn Monroe. Allowed him to thoroughly define her life. Grieved greatly at her husband’s death in 1968, then felt at a total loss afterwards, with little real sense of responsibility, making her subject to uncontrolled rages. Became a tyrant with servants, while their home, Hickory Hill, descended into relative shambles, with animals freely relieving themselves all over. Extremely extravagant as well. The older children remained unsupervised and ran wild, while she raged through their publicized arrests for drug use, but did little to alter their destructive behavior, ultimately losing her son David in 1984. Although linked with other men, she felt her husband was watching her from heaven, and any other relationship would be deemed adulterous. Maintained her pose over the decades, as the eccentric, merry widow, while remaining loyal to her husband’s memory, and using her deep religious sense as her continuing source of strength, allowing her to weather the loss of a 2nd son, Michael, and further besmirchings of the family name through 3 divorces, while still remaining, throughout, a little girl at heart. Inner: Energetic, gregarious and religious, with a violent temper. Spoiled, extravagant, little material sense. Eternal adolescent lifetime of trying to cope with familial loss through prayer and looking within to heal her heartwounds. Experienced the other side of her previous existence’s early exit, with great anger around her abandonment, when she was the one who was forced to remain. Martha B. Roosevelt (Martha Bulloch) (1834-1884) - American matriarch. Outer: Daughter of a wealthy planter, and descendant of one of the kings of Scotland. Had a southern patrician upbringing, replete with a slave who slept at the foot of her bed. Protected throughout her life, as a gay, charming belle nicknamed, ‘Mittie.’ Although she found her future husband, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., stuffy on first meeting, they were wed in 1855, with her mother selling 4 slaves to pay for the ceremony. Underwent a profound change in moving north to live with him, alternating between deep melancholy and gaiety, although she brought her mother and sisters up with her, and they all later secretly conspired for the Confederate ‘cause.’ 4 children from union, including Teddy Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy), while, she, too, became a child of her husband. Became very neurotic around the divisions of the Civil War, being a southern woman in a Northern family, and began bathing twice a day, insisting on 2 washes and 2 rinses for each one to try to cleanse her own unintegrated feelings. Suffered periods of remoteness and withdrawal as well. Despite a tendency towards invalidism, she ran a highly active household, and though given over to neurotic ailments, she never let them totally overwhelm her. Died of typhoid the same day and in the same house as her daughter-in-law (Rosemary Kennedy). Inner: Lively, energetic, beautiful, pampered. Divided southern belle lifetime of exploring her own sense of being a child-woman, without ever transcending the role. Bettie Cromwell Claypole (Elizabeth Cromwell) (1629-1658) - English political progeny. Outer: 6th and last child of Oliver Cromwell (Robert Kennedy) and Elizabeth Cromwell (Edith Roosevelt). Favorite of her father, and his pet. Frivolous, pretty and gay, she enjoyed being the daughter of a great man. In 1646, she married the debauched son of neighbor, 4 children from union. Grew ill, lost her youngest son at a year, then learned compassion from her own suffering, after seeing life as a little privileged princess. Died of cancer at 29, and her father was devastated by loss, never truly recovering from her death. The only member of the family to remain interred in Westminster Abbey. Inner: Vain, frivolous yet religious, and ultimately deeply caring. Natural warmth, sweet-natured, although haughty with lessers. Child/woman lifetime, once again, of experiencing her ongoing sense of being the beloved daughter of a powerful family, while trying to touch on her maturity through her own agonized exit from life in her prime.


Storyline: The first-born namesake is continually given a powerful legacy to uphold, and while acquitting himself adequately, never moves much beyond the ceremonial shadow of his birthright.

Joseph Kennedy II (1952) - American politician. Outer: Father was Robert F. Kennedy, mother was Ethel Skakel Kennedy. Eldest of 11 children. Part of a boisterous, lively home during his childhood, but had a troubled youth after his father’s death in 1968. Allowed to run wild with his brothers, including a jeep joyride that left a young woman paralyzed, but eventually settled down, seeing himself as heir to his family’s political ambitions. Graduated from the Univ. of Mass, after dropping out of several schools. Founded Citizens Energy Corp., which provide heating for Boston’s poor. In 1973, he was involved a car crash, which left his passenger, Pam Kelly, paralyzed. Ran his uncle Ted Kennedy’s senate campaign, then entered politics, winning his uncle’s old seat in the House of Representatives in 1986, and serving 6 terms there. Married Sheila Rauch, an Episcopalian in 1979, who proved a quiet, dutiful, political wife, twin sons from the union which ended in divorce in 1991. Wed his personal assistant, Ann Kelly, in 1993. His first wife, heretofore the model of passive propriety, contested his attempt at annulling the marriage and wrote about their relationship in “Shattered Faith,” portraying him as a narcissistic bully. Poised to run for governor of Massachusetts, but scandals revolving around his campaign manager, his brother Michael, as well as his own bad press from the book, prompted him to drop out of race, and instead he took over family business concerns. Inner: Stolid and conventional, albeit temperamental and a worrier. Not particularly intellectual or spiritual, although a practicing Catholic. Fishbowl lifetime, once again, of dealing with the legacy of a powerful father and a legendary family. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (1887-1944) - American administrator. Outer: Oldest son of Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy) and Edith Carow Roosevelt. Father tried to mold him into a hero, and he got nervous prostration as a result. Slightly cross-eyed, with a speech defect as a child, although surgery corrected the former. Liked to put on his father’s shoes and walk around the house, a symbolic attempt at trying to fill the large role given him. Also served as a protective shield for his younger siblings. Attended Harvard, then pursued a business career, first with a Connecticut carpet company, then for 2 brokerage houses, in order to make money to enter politics. Married in his mid-20s to Eleanor Butler Alexander, a strong-minded independent woman, 3 sons and 2 daughters from the union. Served in WW I, where he was wounded and gassed. Won one election as a state assemblyman, but didn’t bloom until after his father’s death in 1919. Continued to pursue a public career, becoming assistant Secretary of the Navy, a position both his father and cousin, FDR, had held. Lost the governorship of NY in 1924, and realized he couldn’t just trade off a famous name. Wrote a book of reminiscences, All in the Family, and then another on vignettes of war tales, while also descending into drink with his younger brother Kermit (Bobby Kennedy), with whom he travaled to Asia, before somewhat reluctantly accepting the governorship of Puerto Rico, where he proved popular, with a compassion for the common people. Also was later governor-general of the Philippines, although he came to realize his public life was largely ceremonial and little else. Despite being an isolationist prior to WW II, and an active member of the isolationist group, America First, once the country seemed headed for war, he asked for his command back of his old fighting unit, and felt he had reclaimed himself in his mid-50s. Subsequently won every combat medal awarded ground forces and rose to the rank of brigadier general and temporary military governor of Cherbourg. Died on active service of a heart attack. Inner: Reckless nature, good soldier, dilettante politician. Ceremonial lifetime of trying to establish his own identity from under a strong, domineering father, without the substance to do so. Henry Cromwell (1628-1674) - English political offspring. Outer: 4th son of Oliver (Robert Kennedy) and Elizabeth Cromwell (Edith C. Roosevelt). Educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In 1653, he married Elizabeth Russell, the daughter of one of his father’s associates, 7 children. Fond relationship twixt the 2. Served in the Parliamentary Army under his father during the early English Civil War, and pursued a career dictated by his father’s actions, becoming a member of Parliament for Cambridge Univ. in 1654. Was made major general of English forces in Ireland and became a member of the Irish Council in 1654. Put in charge of the country, he proved far more tolerant than his predecessor. Made governor-general of Ireland on his brother Richard’s (Patrick Kennedy) succession of his father, but when the latter fell shortly afterwards, he was recalled and resigned immediately to go into retirement. Lost his land at the Restoration in 1660, but was allowed to maintain his Irish estates. Inner: Sensitive and irritable, but also energetic and competent. Famous name lifetime of experiencing rule through connection to longtime family, and acquitting himself adequately.


Storyline: The dissipated playboy serves as pimp and procurer to his powerful intimates, while pursuing his own muse of unamusing self-destruction.

Sir Dagonet - King Arthur’s jester. Although a knight of the round table, he is cowardly, while believing himself otherwise. Archetype of the delusional warrior who is in actuality a joke. Peter Lawford (Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen) (1923-1984) - English actor. Outer: Conceived in adultery. Both his parents were wed to others at the time, and then divorced their respective mates in order to marry one another after the birth of their son. Father was a knighted English general, and WWI hero, who himself became an actor after his retirement. Mother was a social climber and alcoholic, who was into surfaces and social acceptability and had wanted a baby girl. She later wrote an autobiography called, “Bitch!” Thanks to his unaffectionate family, he had an unhappy childhood, spent mostly in Paris, and a lonely upbringing. Put his arm through a glass door and injured it so badly, it wound up slightly deformed, and bothered him his whole life, although it saved him from the draft in WW II. Wanted to be an actor and dancer from early childhood, much to his militaristic father’s chagrin. Educated in private schools and made his screen debut at the age of 8 in Poor Old Bill. Visited Hollywood in his teens, to play a supporting role, and began working regularly there in his late teens, in a series of supporting male ingenue roles. 6’. By his mid-20s, he was a romantic Hollywood star, capitalizing on his good looks, British accent, and easy screen charm. Involved with actress Dorothy Dandridge (Halle Berry) and the duo had wanted to marry but then thought their racial mix would destroy their careers. Had several TV series, as well as recurring roles on the small screen, and formed his own production company, Chrislaw in the 1960s. Highly social and a philanderer, he met Patricia Kennedy, who had Hollywood ambitions herself, and married her in 1954, over her family’s strenuous objections, after converting to Catholicism in order to do so. 4 children from the union, which ended in divorce a dozen years later, thanks to his inconstant ways. Helped John F. Kennedy in his run for the presidency in 1960 with his Hollywood connections, and then became a procurer for the president, as well as a Hollywood Rat Pack jet-setter. Deeply involved with drugs, he eventually fell out with the Kennedys when his wife left him, and then with his Hollywood cronies when the Kennedys rejected Frank Sinatra because of his Mafia associations. Executive producer on several films, but his health began to fail through his self-destructive behavior. Never able to re-right himself. In 1971, he married Mary Rowan, the daughter of comedian Dan Rowan, over a quarter century his junior, divorced 4 years later. Managed to alienate almost everyone with his selfish self-indulgent existence, and was not above doing hard drugs with his own children. Had frequent hospital stays for liver and kidney ailments, as well as the removal of a pancreatic tumor. Married again in 1976, divorced a years later, and his final union was with another Patricia six months before his death. Died of cardiac arrest and complications of cirrhosis, in a totally overtoxed body. Inner: Charming, narcissistic and decadent, with little real sense of self worth. Wastrel lifetime of enjoying the power of powerful connections while shirking all personal responsibility, only to spiral downwards and out in a flush of universal anger at his continual untoward behavior. Robert Harron (1894-1920) - American actor. Outer: From a large family of Irish immigrants mired in poverty. One of 9 children, with one dying in childhood, and only one eventually marrying. 2 siblings also became actors, including Johnny (Chris Penn) and Tessie Harron (Jennifer Connelly). One of the brothers at his parochial school sent him at 13 to American Biograph Studios, where he began as a messenger, then worked in the cutting room before becoming a bit player, making his debut in 1907 in Dr. Skinum. Through his friendship with pioneer director D.W. Griffith, he began getting lead roles in his early films, as well as working occasionally as an assistant director and cinematographer. Played 4 roles in the classic Birth of a Nation, in addition to being behind the camera, and went on to appear in more than 200 films, usually playing younger and more innocent than he was, opposite female leads who did the same. Was about to set up his own production company when he accidentally discharged a pistol into his left lung in a NY hotel room, and died in his mid-20’s. His death might also have been an intentional suicide, after being rejected by Griffith for a role he coveted in Way Down East. His two acting siblings also met premature ends, his sister Tessie dying in the influenza epidemic of 1918, and his brother John succumbing to a heart attack in 1939. Inner: Handsome, boyish and charming. One reel lifetime of learning how to self-create from an impoverished background, while also following a longtime bent for self-destruction. Robert Rich (?-1658) - English nobleman. Outer: Grandson of the 2nd earl of Warwick. Had an unsavory reputation as a gallant and a wastrel, and was roundly disliked by Oliver Cromwell (Robert Kennedy), when he pursued his daughter Frances. Cromwell preferred making a far more politic marriage for her, but with the help of the other females in her family, she was able to bolster his reputation and dismiss the various canards against him, and the 2 were wed in 1657, although he died of consumption a few months later, much to her everlasting grief. Inner: Playboy lifetime of making a politic early exit before further besmirching his name, after successfully running counter to the strong political will of England’s premier family, without having to stick around to suffer the consequences for it. Armatus (?-477BZ) - Roman playboy and military commander. Outer: Nephew of the emperor Basiliscus (Robert Kennedy, Jr.), and his sister the empress Verina (Alice Roosevelt) the wife of Leo I (Robert McNamara). Had a son whom he named after his uncle. Helped put down a Thracian rebellion as a military leader. Was also a playboy and lover of his uncle’s wife Aelia Zenonis. Known to the population as Pyrrhus or ‘pink cheeks.’ After supporting his uncle’s rebellion in 475, he was elevated to the rank of Master of Soldiers, a position for which he was in no way qualified. Made a consul the following year, and was sent to stop the advancing army of Zeno (John Fitzgerald) on the eastern capital, but was persuaded by its commanders to go in another direction, which he did, allowing Zeno to enter Constantinople unopposed. Killed by order of Zeno afterwards, and the citizens of Constantinople celebrated his death. Inner: Treacherous in his own way, and once again, a pleasure-loving playboy who owed his position more to his ongoing charm than any real military abilities. Libidinous lifetime of being thrust into power, and heading in the opposite direction when responsibility was thrust upon him, a continual theme of his down through the ages.


Storyline: The consummate confidante ultimately gets his comeuppance from his overweening reach into the corridors of Washington power, throwing some doubt into an otherwise rarely blemished career of operating on the highest levels of political and financial influence.

Clark Clifford (1906-1998) - American political adviser. Outer: Father was an official with the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Mother was an author of children’s books and taught writing at the college level. His uncle was a crusading editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. One of 2 siblings. The family moved to St. Louis soon after his birth. Attended Washington Univ., where he was active socially and athletically. 6’2”, handsome, with an aristocratic bearing. Received his L.L.B. in 1928 and began practicing law with a prestigious firm, taking on indigent cases before specializing in trial cases and corporate and labor law. Met his wife, Marny Kimball, on a European tour and married her in 1931, 3 daughters from theunion. Rose to full partner in his firm in 1938, and also taught criminal psychology at his alma mater. Served in the Naval Reserve during WW II, and was posted in Washington in 1944 as a lt. commander. Became an assistant naval aide to Pres. Harry S. Truman, and swiftly rose to become the most influential member of his immediate staff. Helped shape American cold war policy with his analytic abilities, as well as his contribution to the National Security Act of 1947, then fed handsomely into Truman’s surprise re-election in 1948 with his organizational skills. Resigned his White House position at the end of 1949 and opened a highly influential law practice, garnering some of the country’s most powerful companies and wealthiest men as clients through his insider skills, while acting as adviser to the power elite among Democrat notables, and utilizing his connections to augment his coffers. Settled into a 150 year old farmhouse in Bethesda, Maryland in 1950. Served Pres. John F. Kennedy as an adviser, and then joined Pres. Lyndon Johnson’s cabinet as Secretary of Defense in 1968, although his view that the Vietnam War was unwinnable made him a private citizen and a vociferous critic of America’s war policy the following year. Continued playing the role of ultimate insider, although his last quarter century found fewer friends in high places, and his end-life was clouded, by taking on the position of chairman of the board of a bank that was secretly owned by a shady international financial institution, BCCI, whose officials were convicted of drug money laundering. Indicted in 1991 for concealing this fact, he was ultimately acquitted, although his reputation was permanently sullied, and doubts were cast as to his other dealings in a long life of easy access to the corridors of Washington power. Published his autobiography, “Counsel to the President, ” the same year. In ill health his last several years, he died of pneumonia. Inner: Courtly, impeccably dressed and to the manner born. Smooth operator lifetime of dealing with power at its highest levels, only to fall from grace at its end as a reminder of his innate flaws in an otherwise complete political package. James Hamilton (1788-1878) - American statesman. Outer: Father was Alexander Hamilton (John F. Kennedy), mother was Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (Rose Kennedy). 3rd son. When he was 13, his older brother Philip (John F. Kennedy, Jr), was killed in a duel, and 3 years later his father met the same fate, unhinging the mind of his older sister Angelica (Rosemary Kennedy). Graduated Columbia College in 1805, and was admitted to the bar 4 years later. In 1810, he married Mary Morris, the daughter of Robert Morris (Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.). During the War of 1812, he was a major and inspector in the NY militia, then returned to practice law. Unlike his father, he was a Democrat and a member of Tammany Hall. Also connected with the publishing of the NY American. Facile, smooth-tongued and ambitious, he worked his way into the inner circle of Democrats, becoming particularly close with future president Martin van Buren (Franklin D. Roosevelt). Also ingratiated himself with the Andrew Jackson (Joschka Fischer) faction, although inadvertantly caused discord within it. In 1829, as a trusted ally of van Buren, he was instrumental in securing the position of Secretary of State for him. He was part of Jackson’s appointing council, although he heavily criticized the cabinet, despite being instrumental in shaping it. Made U.S. district attorney, by Jackson, for the southern district of NY, against his wishes, and subsequently relinquished the office. Defended his father’s fiscal policies, and in later years, he became a Federalist just like dad, ultimately switching to the Republican Party. Continually volunteered with every threat of war, but only offered political advice after 1833, withdrawing from direct governmental influence. Urged emancipation as a military measure on the outbreak of Civil War and wrote an emancipation proclamation. Published a number of pamphlets and penned his autobiography, which was published posthumously. Inner: Suave, cosmopolitan, understood power and its surface techniques. Ardent nationalist who thought slavery was protected by the Constitution. Martial, athletic, competitive. Long lifetime of playing off of a powerful martyr/father figure in the public arena, using self-expression, rather than will, to mark his political presence. John Carteret, 1st Earl Granville (1690-1763) - English statesman. Outer: Son of an English baron, he succeeded him at the age of 5. Educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where he proved himself a good classical scholar. Entered the House of Lords at age 21. In 1710, he married Frances Worsley, 8 children from the union. Became an adherent of Charles Spencer (Richard Nixon) in parliament, despite the latter’s unpopularity. Held several posts, including ambassador to Sweden in 1710, where he proved to be skilled diplomat, opening the Baltic to British commerce. Became a favorite of George I (Prince Charles) when he ascended the throne in 1714, through his ability to speak German and his promotion of Hanover interests. Appointed secretary of state in 1721, but his opposition to Robert Walpole (Joschka Fischer) sent him packing as lord lieutenant of Ireland. On his return, he continued to be a highly vocal critic of Walpole, ultimately becoming chief minister to George II (Chris Patten) after the former’s fall, who, in turn, exploited his enemy’s unpopular support of the War of the Austrian Succession from behind the scenes to cause his loss of power, much to the king’s regret. Succeeded as Earl Granville on his mother’s death in 1744, shortly before his fall. The previous annum his wife died, and the following year, he married Sophia Fermor, a fashionable social butterfly who was younger than his progeny, but nevertheless expired soon afterwards. The rest of his career, which included more offices, was anticlimactic, and he was succeeded by his only surviving son, who ended his house’s line. Inner: Fond of power, but saw politics as a game rather than a principled pursuit. Highly competent and capable, but chose the wrong adversary off of which to play his career, because of his limited experience in parlimentary government. Transition lifetime of having his larger ambitions and talents thwarted through taking on a master politician who was an adept in populist ways. Sir Winston Churchill (1620?-1688) - English politician. Outer: From an ancient Dorsetshire family. Son of a lawyer, mother was a coheiress. Educated at St. John’s College, Oxford, but was forced to leave without a degree. Fought on the side of the Royalists and became impoverished by the English Civil War. In 1643, he married Elizabeth Drake, the daughter of the sister of the Duke of Buckingham (Aldous Huxley), 7 sons and 4 daughters. His eldest surviving son was John Churchill, later the duke of Marlborough (JFK). Impoverished by the war, although his estates were eventually restored with the return of the monarchy. After the Restoration, he served as an MP for 7 years, beginning in 1661, and in 1663 was knighted. Given the important post of clerk comptroller. Published Divi Britannici in 1675, chronicling the English kingship up til that time, and ended his career as an MP from Lynn Regis, serving 12 years, beginning in 1685. Inner: Chose as his motto “Faithful but unfortunate.” Faithful but unfortunate lifetime of realizing his ambitions through his son rather than himself, in his ongoing run with the same family, as one of its increasingly more polished members. Robert II (1316-1390) - Scottish king. Outer: Grandson of Robert I (Robert Kennedy), nephew of David II (Robert Kennedy, Jr.). Scion of the House of Stuart or Stewart. Father was steward of Scotland, while his mother died in giving birth to him, making him an only child. Succeeded to his sire’s estates when he was 10. Tall and robust when young, but worn down later in life. Served as a joint steward during the imprisonment of David II, and then led a brief rebellion afterwards. In 1336, he married his longtime mistress, Elizabeth Mure, then remarried her 3 years later, after both their families tried to intercede in the union. The duo had anywhere from 10 to 13 children, although she died before he became king, and doubts about the validity of the union put their progeny’s succession in question. In 1355, he married a widow, Euphemia de Ross, who was related to him, so that the duo needed a Papal dispensation to wed. 5 children from the union. Succeeded his uncle on his death in 1371, when he was 54, waiting many years for the throne. Used the delegation of authority to his sons as his means of control, rather than martial dominance, like many of his predecessors. Also married his daughters to powerful earls, so that he had considerable initial support among the favored nobility. Oversaw a healthy economy based on the wool trade, while his borderlands continued to be contested by the English, and his last few years saw his power erode through competitive clan claim against him. Eventually handed over the reigns of state to his eldest son, Robert III (Rosemary Kennedy). Inner: Modest and well-liked, generous and well-mannered. Looked the part of a king rather than acted it. Wake-up call lifetime about rule by being forced to deal with his own waning powers by the time he reached the throne, before switching over to the political in order to more fully express his gifts for communication rather than rule.


Storyline: The sensitive scion continually serves as a soft-shelled seed in the wake of his powerful family, and winds up a martyr to the expectations that others place on him.

David Kennedy (1955-1984) - American political offspring. Outer: 3rd son of Robert Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy. Hero-worshipped his father, who saved him as a child from drowning, then watched his sire’s assassination on TV while sitting alone in a Los Angeles hotel room when he was 13. Almost decapitated from sticking his head out the train window on the ride to the funeral, then witnessed a train striking and killing 2 bystanders. Became a lost soul afterwards, turning to drug use to hide his pain, while feeling his family had abandoned him. After taking morphine following a hospital stay from a jeep accident, he began shooting heroin. Admitted to Harvard, but continued his downward spiral, dropping out of school and going on long benders. Embarrassed the family with a publicized drug bust in Harlem, and underwent drug rehabilitation in Sacramento, where he switched to alcohol, while feeling he was the family pariah. Returned to Harvard, as well as drug rehab, and eventually died of a massive cocaine and Demerol overdose while sitting alone in a Florida hotel room. Inner: Shy, fragile, sensitive, addictive personality, the only introspective member of his family. Sorrow-filled lifetime of suffering from deep loss and a sense of inadequacy in dealing with it. Elliot Roosevelt (1860-1894) - American political family member. Outer: Son of a prosperous N.Y. businessman, mother, Martha Bulloch Roosevelt (Ethel Kennedy), had been a Southern belle. Younger brother of Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy), 3rd of 4 children. Had a privileged upbringing. A lithe athlete, avid reader, and good storyteller, he suffered psychosomatic head pains as a child, and later fainting spells. Haunted by witnessing his father’s death in 1876, after care-taking him in his final days. Spent nearly 1 and 1/2 years traveling around the world, then briefly joined the family law firm, although he did not have to work because of his inheritance. Wound up wasting much of his time drifting and drinking, while looking to enjoy himself with fellow pleasure-oriented companions. Unable to match his more ambitious older brother, and instead became a society regular. In 1882, he married Anna Hall, a beautiful society belle, who was emotionally remote, and the duo became a constant item on the social circuit. 3 children from union, including his eldest, Eleanor Roosevelt. Loved his daughter without reservation in a maudlin self-pitying manner, and she was deeply attached to him, but he had little control over his own actions, and also could not see his daughter’s unhappiness in the wake of his own. Began having affairs, and finally took the family to Europe to break his patterns, as well as to get away from the example set by the rising star of his brother. Struggled with alcohol addiction, spending much time in sanitariums, both abroad and in America, as his marriage fell apart, and he continued to dissipate himself. His wife died from diphtheria in 1892, refusing to see him at the end, and his eldest son soon followed. Succumbed to alcoholism at the age 33, and died in a fit of delirium tremens. Inner: Sensitive, addictive personality. Charming, with a compassion for the downtrodden. Totally unable to compete with his brother, which drove him into unremitting self-destruction. Heavily shadowed lifetime, once again, of loss and sense of inadequacy in large, powerful family. Robert Cromwell (1621-1639) - English political progeny. Outer: Firstborn of Oliver (Robert Kennedy) and Elizabeth Cromwell (Edith Roosevelt). Died while still a schoolboy of either fever or accident. His father grieved for him for the rest of his life. Inner: Deeply religious, with a sense of unfulfilled promise about him. Reverse role lifetime of inflicting loss rather than suffering it, as a means of opening his father’s heart, while also unconsciously preventing himself from bringing shame on his family’s good name, as he would his next two go-rounds in this series.


Storyline: The helpless helpmate weathers her own personal weaknesses and tragedies in an attempt to heal herself of the profound sadness she carries as an unhappy appendage to the powerful ambitions of others.

Joan Kennedy (Joan Bennett) (1935) - American political helpmate. Outer: Father was a debonair advertising man, mother was an upper-class Catholic, who reflected Rose Kennedy in her social ambition. Older of 2 sisters, whom their mother considered social capital. Both parents were heavy drinkers. Pampered child of privilege who adored her father, preferring to look at him through idealization rather than actuality. Met Ted Kennedy through his sister at Manhattanville College. 5’8” and beautiful. An accomplished pianist, she received a master’s degree in music education. The duo were married in 1958, 3 children from union. Despite outward appearances of a solid couple, the marriage unravelled through Kennedy family tragedies, and her husband’s philandering, coupled with her own problems of self-identity. The latter caused an alcohol dependency that began with his election to the Senate in 1962, when they moved to Washington, and nothing was expected of her except to be beautiful. Suffered 3 miscarriages, the last right after her husband killed a young woman by driving off a bridge at Chappaquiddick in 1969, which accelerated their mutual decline and made her a true alcoholic. Had several affairs and was arrested a number of times for drunk driving. After his abortive run for the presidency in 1980, she separated from him, and then divorced him 2 years later. Receded from the spotlight to work on her own healing, using social activism and an attempt at an unspotlighted existence to try to make herself whole again. Got her master’s degree from Leslie College, and despite a brief drinking relapse in 1993, has managed to maintain her own sense of self. Her children eventually took temporary guardianship of her to insure she continued in her rehabilitation, while she involved herself in advocacy for the mentally retarded and cancer research. In 2005, she was discovered lying on the street with a concussion and broken shoulder by a passer-by, although no details were issued as to why the incident happened. Inner: Good social skills, as well as a fine-tuned aesthetic sensibility but her surface projections of the perfect wife and her inner sense of shame and inadequacy never congealed. Therapeutic lifetime of dealing with her own inner sorrows through public humiliation and private healing. Jane Appleton Pierce (1806-1863) - American political helpmate. Outer: Daughter of a Congregational minister who was elected president of Bowdoin College, when she was one. Fragile, 5’4”, shy and slender, never weighing more than 100 lbs, and one of three sisters, along with three brothers. Particularly closer to her sibling Mary, who would serve as her closest confidante. Reared in the strict Calvinist faith of her parents, and after the death of her father, her mother returned to the homestead where she had originally been raised. Went to a local, as well as a boarding school, and also studied piano in Boston. In 1834, over the objection of her family, she married Franklin Pierce (Eugene McCarthy), 3 sons, whom she would outlive. The union was unhappy since she never loved her husband, who was her complete opposite, although she was highly affectionate to her children. Devastated by the loss of her first 2, a son who died at three days, and another who succumbed at four years in 1843, plunging her into deep irreversible melancholia. Suffered from tuberculosis and could not countenance her gregarious, alcoholic husband and his need to be in the public eye. Dead set against his high profile political career, which had begun before they married and switched into high gear in 1836, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate as its youngest member, although she dutifully followed him through his various offices. Despised Washington, whose climate weakened her, while its people frightened her. Her health prevented him Pierce from becoming attorney general in 1845, and he turned down other appointments, as well, although eagerly went off to fight in the Mexican War, when he was made a brigadier general. Fainted when told in 1852 that her husband had been nominated for the presidency, as a dark horse candidate. Prayed for his defeat all through the campaign to little avail, then saw her last son die in a train accident in which part of his head was severed right before her eyes, just prior to the inauguration of her spouse. Never recovered from the horrifying accident, although she rationalized that God had taken their son so that her husband would have no distractions as chief executive. Spent the Pierce presidency in perpetual mourning and cloistered in her quarters, unable to assume her duties. Had to be carried out of the White House at the end of their four years in the executive mansion, racked with consumption, although she recovered later to travel in Europe for a year and a half. Her morbidity remained unabated for the rest of her life, as she nagged her husband out of politics. The farm he bought didn’t suit her either, and she eventually succumbed to consumptive disability, leaving her spouse to drink himself to death six years later. Inner: Quiet, codependent and reserved. Devout Calvinist churchgoer, forced to constantly rationalize God’s unhappy hand in her existence. Tragedy-strewn lifetime of experiencing deep loss, a lack of self-love and the profound unhappiness of someone who’s will was continually unheeded. Bridget Cromwell Ireton Fleetwood (1624-c1660) - English political helpmate. Outer: 3rd child and 1st daughter of Oliver Cromwell (Robert Kennedy) and Elizabeth Cromwell (Edith C. Roosevelt). Took after her father in her scrupulous religiosity, carrying his looks as well, making for a plain, serious maiden. Felt herself married to Christ, although she was open to the attention of Henry Ireton (Edward Kennedy), who saw in her an opportunity for his own redemption. The duo were married when she was 22, 2 daughters from union. Impressed everyone with her piety, although she was occasionally admonished by her father to show a more cheerful face to the world. Devastated after her husband’s relatively early death in 1651, despite being well-compensated by Parliament for it, and she soon found herself pursued by a recent widower, one Charles Fleetwood, who, upon marrying her, undertook her late husband’s post in Ireland. The duo had one daughter who died in infancy, and she succumbed shortly after the Restoration. Inner: Pious and plain, with an overweening sense of Puritanical piety. Sad-eyed lifetime of testing her spirit against loss and sorrow, a theme she would repeat in later incarnations in this series in her ongoing attempt at trying to discover herself in the secular world without the crutch of corseted beliefs to cushion her.


Storyline: The petulant princess takes great delight in skewering everyone in sight, while enjoying her positions of power and privilege as compensation for her own failings in the sphere of intimacy and any form of love other than self-infatuation.

Alice Roosevelt Longworth (Alice Lee Roosevelt) (1884-1980) - American political hostess. Outer: Only daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (Kathleen Kennedy) and Alice Hathaway (Rosemary Kennedy). Her mother died 2 days after giving birth to her, the same day her grandmother also passed in the same house. Her distraught father refused to have the name Alice mentioned in his presence afterwards, so that she was known as ‘Baby Lee,’ and continued the practice throughout her life, of referring to herself by her married initial of Mrs. L. Lived with her aunt afterwards, who showered her with love, and then was reclaimed when her father remarried Edith Carow (Kathleen Kennedy Townsend), with whom he had 5 more children. Enjoyed a close idolizing relationship with her sire, but had a rebellious, unhappy childhood, because she was often shuffled around, and had a great need for attention. Came down with a mild case of polio, which shortened one of her legs, but through her aunt’s ministrations and leg braces, she managed to almost completely correct the deficiency. A difficult child, she used criticism to control her father, while forming close bonds with her half-siblings, although she never felt totally a part of their unity. Her mother was never mentioned in the family context, and she came to use distancing as a way of integrating herself. Educated at home after refusing to go to private school, leading to a largely undisciplined use of her not inconsiderable intelligence, which showed itself in a love of reading and wordplay. Fascinated by politics, and extremely interested in her father’s political career. Did a jig when William McKinley (Richard Nixon) was shot, since it elevated TR to the presidency. When asked why he couldn’t control his daughter, her father replied, “I can one of two things. I can be President of the United States or I can control Alice. I can’t possibly do both.” Independent through money given her by her grandparents. Smoked in public, gambled on racehorses, attended every party in sight, and strung along a host of admirers. Dubbed ‘Princess Alice,’ by the press who ate up her every move. In her early 20s, she married a philandering, alcoholic congressman, Nicholas Longworth, who was 14 years her senior. Both proved unfaithful, although the marriage was not without its bright spots, thanks to the lively personalities of both. Their only daughter, who came along 20 years into the marriage and was probably not fathered by him, committed suicide via sleeping pills in 1957. Became an arbiter of Washington’s political society, and thought she would be a kingmaker for her husband, although eventually she found him a disappointment and a bore, while he became flamboyantly unfaithful to her once her father died in 1919. In return, she became the mistress of senator William Borah (Fred Thompson), who probably had been her daughter’s secret sire. Although her husband doted on their daughter, insisting it was his, she remained aloof from both of them, and hated him by the time of his death in 1931, while continuing to ignore her plain, unhappy, stuttering child. A champion of Republican politics, she was occasionally the supporter of extreme rightwing causes as well as a dominant social figure in Washington over her long life. Earned the nickname of “the other Washington monument” in the process. Wrote a newspaper column,, but could not translate her deft wit to paper and it was soon canceled. In 1958, she came down with breast cancer, and had two serial mastectomies, while referring to herself as the only “topless octogenarian” in Washington. Despite having had nothing to do with the New Deal of her cousin FDR, she held a strong attachment to the Kennedy family, particularly Bobby Kennedy, and was a supporter of them, as well as Lyndon Johnson. Took great pleasure in outliving all her contemporaries, as well as all the Roosevelt children, although eventually sank into senility and ill health. Suffered a host of diseases and died of emphysema, pneumonia and cardiac arrest in her home in her 96th year. Inner: Witty, acerbic, strong personality. Had a needlepoint message stitched into a pillow, “If you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come and sit by me.” Also opined, “the secret of eternal youth is arrested development.” More into personalities than politics, with no one measuring up to her father. Mischief-making lifetime of being given a position of power, and riding it for all it was worth to the exclusion of any and all intimate relationships. Mary Cromwell Fauconberg (1637-1712) - English political progeny. Outer: Daughter of Oliver (Robert Kennedy) and Elizabeth Cromwell (Edith Roosevelt). Lively child whom the family enjoyed. Nicknamed ‘Mall,’ and had a masculine cast. Wayward and manipulative, although liked by everyone, she was always unafraid to speak her piece. In her early 20s, she married a widowed viscount, no children, although a happy union. After her father’s death in 1658 and later exhumation, she bribed the soldiers for his headless corpse and spirited it away to her husband’s estate. Became a grand dame of the court, known for her lively tongue, and enjoyed an honor-filled life with her husband on their great estates. Lived to a ripe old age and remained active in family interests, interceding for her nieces and nephews at the various courts. Inner: Spirited and masculine in her aggressiveness. Saucy and sharp-tongued. Privileged princess lifetime of thoroughly enjoying power through her connection with a powerful family, giving her the basis for a far more free-tongued sense of self-expression further down the line. Rosamund Clifford (c1150-c1176) - English royal mistress. Known as “The Fair Rosamund.” Outer: Daughter of a marcher lord, who had adopted his name after taking possession of Clifford Castle on the River Wye. One of 3 sisters, and noted for her beauty. Met Henry II (Kathleen Kennedy), the English king through her father around 1166 and became his favorite mistress, over the next decade. Quite the opposite of his possessive wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine (Doris Kopf-Schroeder), and a genuine heartmatch for the king. Considerable question remains as to whether they had any children together, although it is believed they had at least one. Their relationship became public around 1174, and two years later she retired to a nunnery, shortly before her death. Inner: Lively and spirited. Well-loved albeit brief lifetime of royally thumbing her nose at convention, with the help of her longtime father/brother/mate. Aelia Verina (?-484AZ) - Roman empress. Outer: Sister of future emperor Basiliscus (Robert Kennedy, Jr.). Became the wife of Leo I (Robert McNamara), who rose to Roman emperor of the east in 457. Several daughters from the union all contracted political marriages. Secured the post of Master of Soldiers for her brother, although in a subsequent command against the Vandals, his failures nearly bankrupted the treasury, and he went into retirement. After the death of her husband in 474, she conspired to allow her brother to rise to the purple instead of her own son-in-law, Zeno (John Fitzgerald), since she felt threatened by her daughter. Although she favored her lover Patricius, he was promptly put to death by Basiliscus, whose reign only lasted 20 months. Supported a second rebellion in 483-484 against Zeno, after the western empire had fallen, and was killed at a fortress with some of them. Inner: Energetic and highly ambitious, as well as devious and power-hungry. Exploitative lifetime of being part of the pageant of the fall of the Roman Empire, while trying to manipulate events from behind the scenes to her own familial advantage.


Storyline: The domestic goddess pumps out large broods, holds her own with powerful mates, and enjoys her role as keeper of the hearth and home for her far more ambitious familial cohorts, before finally stepping stage center as a politician herself, only to find the going more resistance-filled than she had imagined.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (1951) - American politician. Outer: Eldest of the 11 children of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy. Named after her aunt Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy, who had been her husband in her previous go-round. Grew up mostly in McLean, Virginia and was seventeen when her father was killed. Graduated cum laude from Harvard Univ. majoring in his/story and literature, and then got her law degree from the Univ. of New Mexico, after marrying David Lee Townsend, a college professor, in 1973, 4 daughters from the union. Worked as an attorney for several years, before entering the political lists in Maryland with a substantial loss in her maiden race as a Democrat for a state congressional seat in 1986, to earn the dubious distinction of becoming the first of her vaunted family to come in second an election. Went to work for the state government afterwards, holding a variety of posts, including assistant Attorney General. Spent two years with the first Clinton administration as a deputy assistant Attorney General, before trying her hand at elective politics again. The second time proved the charm, as she won the lieutenant governorship of Maryland in 1994 in an extremely tight race, where her name and family money attracted national attention, as well as charges of voter fraud afterwards, which were dismissed. When she and the governor ran again in 1998 against the same opposition, they easily won reelection. The combined administration of the two was besmeared by accusations of marital infidelity against the governor, which would eventually hurt her through association. When she ran for governor of Maryland in 2002, she was harshly criticized for her choice of running mate, a retired admiral who had switched parties shortly before the election, as well as the revelation that most of her campaign money had come from out-of-state sources. Wound up on the short end of the ultimate election, once again, thanks to a poorly planned campaign, despite Maryland’s long-term record as a Democratic state. Continues as an active public figure, serving on the board of directors of several public-services organizations, as well as a corporate adviser, while also acting as a visiting fellow of the Kennedy School of Government at her alma mater. Along with her brothers, she endorsed Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency in 2008, contra other prominent family members backing of Barack Obama. Inner: Learning lifetime of stepping out from behind the scenes to pursue her longtime family’s fascination with the public sphere, for both better and worse. Edith C. Roosevelt (Edith Kermit Carow) (1861-1948) - American political helpmate. Outer: From a wealthy family of Huguenot descent. One older brother died before she was born, and one younger sister followed her. Childhood companion of the sister of her future husband, Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy), whom she would later casually date. Moved to London with her widowed mother, and married TR there in 1886, 2 years after his first wife had died. Their union proved to be a marriage of friendship, although they had a close family life, with 5 children, including Quentin (Robert Kennedy). Enjoyed the strenuous, athletic life that her husband did, and also shared his passion for reading. Always apprehensive about TR, although she thoroughly supported his career, basking in its secondary glory, while giving him advice on the cautious side. Ran their boisterous home with aplomb, proving an able mother to her brood and his daughter, Alice, by his first marriage. Horrified at his VP nomination in 1900, then thoroughly enjoyed his presidency, when he succeeded the assassinated William McKinley (Richard Nixon), the following year. Ran a lively White House with pets and children galore. Supervised the expansion and renovation of the executive mansion, conducted a thorough inventory of its artifacts, and was also the first First Lady with a social secretary. Outlived her husband by nearly 30 years, and several of their sons as well. As a widow, she traveled often as part of her “Odyssey of a Grandmother.” Worked for the Republican Party, and refused to be bowed by the many losses in her later life, although after sacrificing 2 sons to WW II, she became very frail and aged and had to be taken care of. Spent her last days burning all of TR’s letters, save for his most intimate missives. Planned her own funeral, and upon her cemetery marker, she engraved her sum-up sentiment, “Everything she did was for the happiness of others.” Inner: Cool, thoughtful and clever, with an excellent sense of organization. Homemaker supreme lifetime of tempering her own highly competent sense of domesticity with a fishbowl existence of familial fame. Elizabeth Cromwell (Elizabeth Bourchier) (1596-1665) - English political helpmate. Outer: Daughter of a prosperous fur-dealer. 2 years older than her husband, Oliver Cromwell (Robert Kennedy), when they married in 1620. A union of love and devotion, they had 7 surviving children, including many of the same brood as in her Roosevelt lifetime. Content with running a large household, with no political interests, she was able to make the transformation to Lady Protectress in 1653, which fed into her own fantasies of accrued power. Found it difficult after her husband’s death 5 years later, when she was subject to all sorts of accusations by the Royalist press, but ended her days peacefully at the home of one of her sons-in-law. Inner: Spirited, clever, naive, and totally devoted to her husband, although subject of mockery because of her domesticity. Homemaker lifetime of giving a domestic base to a regal English figure, and being thoroughly content in doing so.


Storyline: The peace-seeking sergeant is a bureaucratic adept albeit has a very mixed record in the electoral sphere, in his various tries for public voter approval.

Sargent Shriver (Robert Sargent Shriver) (1915-2011) - American politician and diplomat. Outer: Of partial German descent. From a large and genteel Maryland clan who first came to America in the late 17th century. Father was a banker, although never achieved any measure of wealth, and was wiped out in the 1929 stock market crash, just as he tried to organize a commercial bank. Mother was from a more socially prominent family that had entertained presidents at their dinner table. Parents were 2nd cousins, and his sire was a Catholic convert. Had one older brother. Grew up with a strong sense of public service, spending his summers in Europe, which gave him his world-view. Active athlete in a selective Catholic private high school, which he attended on scholarship. Also received a scholarship to Yale Univ. where he was chairman of the school newspaper, and a member of Scroll and Key, a secret society of specially selected seniors. Graduated with a B.A. in American studies in 1938 before getting his LLB from Yale Law School in 1941, working briefly on Wall Street afterwards. Despite opposing U.S. entry into WW II, he entered the Navy, ultimately becoming a lieutenant commander, seeing considerable action in the Pacific theater. Hired by Joseph P. Kennedy to manage Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, he married his daughter Eunice Kennedy, in 1953. Four sons and a daughter from the union, with the latter, Maria, becoming a well-known TV journalist. Worked on the presidential campaign of his brother-in-law JFK in 1960, and following the latter’s victory, he created the U.S. Peace Corps, which was established in 1961, as a means for Americans to try to elevate the third world through public service. Served as its first director from its inception until 1966. Following Kennedy’s assassination, he became Lyndon Johnson’s first Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, commandeering his War on Poverty, as well as launching Head Start, VISTA, and Legal Services for the Poor. In 1968, he was appointed Ambassador to France and served in that post for two years. Became George McGovern’s vice-presidential candidate in 1972, following embarrassing revelations about his first choice, Thomas Eagleton, and the duo went down to resounding defeat. Briefly a candidate for president in 1976, before working for a prestigious Washington law firm, specializing in international and foreign law. Active in the Special Olympics, an organization dedicated to the mentally handicapped, that was founded by his wife. Served as its president and chairman, as it steadily expanded its reach. Ultimately sank into an Alzheimer’s fog, and died in a hospital of complications of the dis-ease. Inner: Well-meaning charismatic liberal, who believed in harnessing the largesse of the elite, and was totally dedicated to public service. Endlessly optimistic and idealistic. Devout Catholic, always asking himself ‘am I living my life as Christ would want me to.’ Noblesse oblige lifetime of helping hordes of people around the world, in his constant need to elevate, and heal a deeply wounded globe. Adlai E. Stevenson (1836-1914) - American vice-president. Outer: Of Scottish-Irish descent. Family were Presbyterians who migrated from northern Ireland. Father was a tobacco farmer, who freed his slaves, then became a sawmill operator in Illinois. Oldest son of 7 children, with one older sister and five younger brothers. Went to Illinois Wesleyan Univ. before graduating from Centre College in Kentucky, where his future father-in-law was president. 6’, and dignified looking. On his sire’s death, he returned to Illinois to run the family sawmill. Studied law and passed his bar in 1858, and began his practice, while also involving himself in politics, campaigning for Democrat Stephen Douglas (Barack Obama) in his successful 1858 senatorial race against Abraham Lincoln (Carl Sandburg). Stood in good stead with Illinois’ German and Irish communities for his stands against anti-immigrant sentiments then prevalent among Republicans. Appointed an aide in a court of equity, a position he held during the Civil War, while also being elected district attorney. Wed Letitia Green (Eunice Kennedy), the daughter of the Presbyterian pastor who headed his college, in 1866, three daughters and a son from the union. Entered into law practice with his cousin James S. Ewing in 1868, and the duo’s law firm soon became one of the state’s most prominent. Won a congressional seat in 1874, although failed in his bid for re-election, thanks to being a Democrat in a Republican area. Regained the seat in 1878, then lost it again two years later. Used his time to become a grandmaster of his Masonic Lodge in Bloomington and founded the Bloomington Daily Bulletin in 1881, a Democratic organ. Also became a local bank director and joined his brothers in managing a county coal company. Became postmaster general under newly elected Pres. Grover Cleveland (Jerry Brown/Joseph Biden), which put him in charge of the country’s largest patronage system, allowing him to replace tens of thousands of Republican postal positions with Democrats. After losing the presidential election in 1888, Cleveland successfully ran again in 1893, and chose him for vice-president for his second term. Proved to be a valuable campaigner in regaining the former’s interrupted run of office via his appeal to southerners. Opposed enfranchising former slaves, while backing the president’s desire for a gold standard, despite earlier taking the opposite tack. Weathered the panic of 1893, while Cleveland secretly underwent cancer of the jaw surgery. Proved a well-liked figure, although had little real say in the administration’s policies. Served as an impartial presiding officer over the Senate. Never really considered as a candidate in 1896, as William Jennings Bryan (Al Sharpton) became the party head, thanks to his fiery rhetoric. Following the 1900 election, and his unsuccessful bid for the vice-presidency, he returned to private practice before losing his last race, this one for governor in 1908. Died of a heart attack a year after his wife passed away. His grandson Adlai E. Stevenson, served as governor of Illinois and was a two time failed candidate for the presidency. Inner: Liberal populist, good storyteller, warm and engaging, if somewhat windy. Well-liked, even by political opponents, with a mixed recored in his various races. Unfulfilled lifetime of showing an electoral inconsistency, so that his ultimate ambitions were thwarted, leading to far more aggressive stances his next time around in this series, in order to try to accomplish his aims.


Storyline: The driven do-gooder uses her familial wealth and personal empathy to give the mentally disabled a sense of self and accomplishment, thanks to a need to make the world a better place for her having been in it.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver (Eunice Mary Kennedy) (1921-2009) - American political helpmate and activist. Outer: Father was Joseph P. Kennedy, mother was Rose Kennedy. Fifth of nine children and fourth daughter. Decided early on to help the mentally challenged because of her older sister Rosemary’s mild retardation. Good athlete when she was young, engaging in the family’s passion for touch football, while also feeling frustrated at the lack of outlets for female athletes. Went to a private Catholic girl’s school in London, when her father was ambassador there, then Manhattanville College in NYC. Tall, slim, with sharp features, blue eyes, brown and blonde hair and a loud braying voice. Finished her education at Stanford Univ. with a B.S. degree in sociology, working with juvenile delinquents in prison reform before joining the Special War Problems Division of the US State Department. Afterwards she was an executive secretary at the US Justice Dept., on a project dealing with juvenile delinquency. In 1953, she married Sargent Shriver, who ran her sire’s Merchandise Mart in Chicago at the time. Four sons and a daughter from the union, with the latter, Maria, a TV journalist and well-known personality, and the sons all involved in public service. Actively campaigned for her brothers, identifying deeply with her family. Became an executive vice-president of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, and turned its focus into creating programs for the intellectually disabled. Found Camp Shriver as well as a dozen or so other camps around the country, starting in the backyard of her Maryland home. Eventually began focusing on the Special Olympics, with the inaugural games in Chicago in 1968. Through dint of her dedication and hard work, it was recognized by the Olympics committee, and became a beacon for bringing mental retardation into the open and honoring those who suffered from it. Given numerous awards for her labors, before finally slowing down, because of Addison’s dis-ease in later life. In 2005 she suffered a stroke and a broken hip. Died in a hospital surrounded by relatives, and her brother Ted passed away two weeks later. The second longest lived of her family, after her centenarian mother. Inner: Strong-willed, tough and ambitious, as well as highly empathetic. Impulsive, high energy, and very into public service. Activist lifetime of bringing mental retardation out of the darkness of public prejudice and giving light and life to those who suffered from it. Letitia Stevenson (Letitia Green) (1843-1913) - American political helpmate. Outer: Father was a Presbyterian pastor who became head of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. after serving as president of the Allegheny Theological Seminary. Mother was his second wife. Educated in both Kentucky and NYC before returning home at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. Lost her sire the following year and moved to Illinois along with her mother to where her sister lived. Met Adlai E. Stevenson (Sargent Shriver), who was a young lawyer there and the duo were wed in 1868. One son and three daughters from the union, which was marked by her husband’s frequent absences because of his political interests. Carefully supervised the education of her children, while also being active in local women’s clubs, giving her experience as a public speaker. Her son was frequently hospitalized because of a hunting accident and she lost her daughter Mary to TB in 1895. In 1884, the family moved to Washington, DC, and she became involved in the women’s rights movement. Campaigned on behalf of her husband when he successfully ran for v.p. in 1892, proving an active supporter. Helped establish the Daughters of the American Revolution as a means of healing Civil War wounds. Became the second president-general of the organization, and served for four terms, while also publishing a herstory of the organization. Suffered from severe rheumatism and migraines and was forced to wear leg braces, which added to her sense of empathy about the plights of other, less privileged women. Died at her home after an illness of several months, a year before her spouse passed. Inner: Highly empathetic, feeling a need to elevate those around her. Extremely helpful helpmate lifetime of finding her own activist niche, while aiding her husband’s career, before succumbing to the rigors of a body that may have reflected her own rigidities.




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