Storyline: The covetous conqueror slashes through the halls of his/story with mighty sword-in-hand before making the transition to populist uprisings, and finding himself dealing with an implacable foe even more devious and blood-thirsty than himself.

Arthur - Early British chieftain of both myth and loose record, to whom several subsequent leaders resonate. Maintained the legendary court of Camelot, with 12 warrior/apostles as his Knights of the Roundtable. Conceived in deception by his father Uther’s enchantment of his mother, Ygraine. Led a life of enchantments and deceptions which culminated in betrayal by his wife, Guinevere and best friend Lancelot. Mortally wounded by his son Mordred, whom he had conceived in deception with his half-sister. Borne away and buried on the mystic isle of Avalon. Archetype of the betrayed king. Gregor Strasser (1892-1934) - German political figure. Outer: ‘AR’ of Arthur is loosely in his last name. From a middle-class Bavarian family, father was a Catholic judicial officer and royal court official. Older brother of Otto Strasser. Large, stocky, and highly energetic. Apprenticed as a druggist, he studied pharmacy at a university in Munich, before volunteering for the army at WWI’s outbreak. Wounded several times during the fray, he rose from the ranks to become a lieutenant, while winning the Iron Cross. That conflict shaped his values, and he became a militant nationalist and a non-Marxist socialist with a strong belief in military verities. Joined the Freikorps after the war, a voluntary militia, while completing his studies to become an apothecary, a profession he briefly pursued. he joined the newfound Nazi Party at its beginnings in 1920, and headed it, when its leader, Adolf Hitler, was briefly imprisoned after the Munich Beer Hall Putsch in 1923. He, too, served a couple of weeks, before being released to serve an elected term in Bavarian Landtag. Won a seat the following year in the German Reichstag, which he held until 1932. A gifted organizer, he gathered adherents in Northern Germany after Hitler’s release, and refused to kowtow to the latter, who was extremely jealous of his popularity within party ranks. Pulled his brother into the party, and the duo, along with Joseph Goebbels, found a public voice to articulate the alienation of the lower-middle classes, playing on their sense of nationalism and superiority of race. Hitler managed to outmaneuver his faction in 1926, but he remained loyal to the party’s larger ideals. Thanks to his propaganda efforts, he helped the Nazis considerably in their push for elective respectability in 1928, while reorganizing the entire party structure, with its central command controlling everything. Known as the ‘Terror of the Reichstag’ for his passionate but coarse speeches, delivered with his force of character, rather than his ability at articulation. Despite disagreements in direction, he stayed with Hitler even after his brother left the party in 1930, and remained second-in-command to the Führer. Disapproved of Hitler’s linkage with big business, as well as his anti-Semitism. Far more the committed socialist, viewing the potentiality in this new patterns of politics. Finally broke with Hitler a year before he became chancellor in 1933, and the Nazi leader was able to squelch both his and his brother’s political ambitions and influence. Withdrew from politics and returned to the pharmaceutical industry, while keeping in clandestine contact with anti-Nazi figures like Kurt von Schleicher. Murdered on Hitler’s orders during the party’s final purge of some of its more threatening members. Inner: Energetic, driven and committed to his own view of personal power through a collective movement. Payback lifetime of paying the piper for all the political deaths he had earlier caused, while acting in concert and then against a power master who matched and succeeded his own abilities for sheer will to power, while learning the intricacies of modern political movements, where the populace seemingly picks the ruler. Charlemagne (742-814) - Frankish Emperor and founder of the Carolingian Empire. Outer: ‘AR’ of Arthur is prominently featured in his name. Eldest of three sons and a daughter of Pepin III (Lucien Bonaparte), mayor of the palace and head of the Frankish state. Devoted to his mother, Bertrada (Coco Chanel), daughter of the count of Laon. Probably illegitimate, with his parents marrying following his birth. Anointed king by the visiting pope at the age of 12, along with his surviving brother Carloman (Joachim von Ribbentrop) and father, thereby having his family officially sanctioned in replacement of the old Merovingian dynasty. Accompanied his progenitor’s army on extending the kingdom, which gave him the martial will to continue his sire’s work of building the dynastic base of his family, while recognizing the importance of wedding his aims with that of the Church. Had a son with his sister, Gisela (Diana Mitford), before banishing her to a convent, where she eventually became abbess. 6’3” with a dignified bearing, animated eyes, a prominent stomach and a thick, short neck, topped by a fair head of hair. Always carried a sword with him, and was given to stuttering when speaking rapidly. Shared the kingdom with Carloman in a highly competitive relationship after the death of his father in 768, and began a reign that was continually marked by fighting. Following his brother’s mysterious demise 3 years later, just when the two were threatening civil war with one another, he claimed the kingdom for himself, then established his presence in Rome and Italy, becoming king of the Lombards and dispatching his nephew who had fled there. Around 768, he either married or conceived with Himiltrude, one daughter and one hunchbacked son, Pippin, from the union, who eventually rebelled against him and was banished. Had his next marriage to Desiderata, the daughter of the king of the Lombards, annulled after a year, when she proved to be barren. In 771, he wed a 13 year old Swabian, Hildegarde, five daughters and four sons from this union, two of whom, his favorite, Charles the Younger, whom he outlived, and Louis (Louis Bonaparte), he made kings, with the latter succeeding him. Following the death of Hildegarde, his next wife was Fastrada (Estee Lauder), who proved the handful of the lot. Two daughters from their ten year union, before her death in 794. His final spouse was Luitgard, the daughter of a tribal count. No children from the union, and she predeceased him, as well. Also had five known concubines, all of whom appeared in his life between marriages, and together, they produced three daughter and four sons, most of whom took positions in the church, so as not to challenge his legitimate offspring for power. Refused to allow his daughters to marry, for fear they would create challenging stems to his main family, and instead, exercised strict control over them. Ultimately fought 40 campaigns during a 43 year reign stretching over the continent, including Muslim-held Hispania, and manipulated, massacred and moved great masses of peoples in expanding his borders across Western Europe. At its height his empire ran nearly 3 1/2 million square miles, an area larger than the future continental United States. After maintaining a peripatetic kingship, he created a central Camelot-like court with a great palace at Aachen in 794, which was roughly at the midpoint of his realm and located over some ancient Roman baths, giving a cultural, as well as a political base to his kingdom. The school established there, however, was minimalist at best, since his empire was governed by a warrior caste and its clerical enforcers, who placed learning far down on their list of interests. Counter to their values, he respected scholarship, so that savants held a high place at court, which had a library and a court academy known as the Palace School. Imposed chastity on his priests, and forbade incest in his primitive realm, which was a common practice at the time, despite his own earlier inclinations in that direction. Able, through his example, to give women elevated status from how they had been earlier perceived, ultimately setting Christian and Muslim Europe apart in the ongoing relationship between the genders. A devout Catholic, he maintained close ties with the papacy, and was crowned emperor by the pope, Leo III, in Rome in 800, athough balked at the given title, king of the Romans, since he saw Byzantium as holder of that office, and was totally shocked when it was bestowed upon him. Laid the foundation for the future Holy Roman Empire with communication networks, a sense of justice, education and an orderly administration, as well as economic reform, putting the empire on a silver, rather than gold standard, although the economy remained barter-oriented, while wealth was measured in land, peasants and slaves. Probably had some sort of stroke near the end of life, and fell into frailty. Had his only surviving son, Louis of Aquitaine (Louis Bonaparte), crowned his co-emperor and sole successor in 813, then died a few months later of pleurisy, in his sprawling palace complex, surrounded by his daughters. His successors, however, were unable to hold his achievement after his death. Inner: Pious and lusty, intelligent and instinctive. Physically imposing, tyrannical and choleric, with a crude cunning and extraordinary vision. Simple, frugal, sexual, but not dissipated. Singularly male, with no women playing important roles in his life, so that his Camelot was strictly of the masculine bent, with no romance to it, other than that of martial prowess. Strict parent and archetypal white-bearded patriarch. Thought continentally rather than regionally. In the myths surrounding him, which extended all over Europe, he was a warrior/Christ figure with 12 legendary peers as apostles. Actualized lifetime of putting all his considerable skills together and creating a social, economic and cultural base for continental Europe for the millennium to come, which he would experience directly before spinning back in time to create its foundation, a not uncommon phenomenon with his/storical greats. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) - Emperor of France. Outer: ‘AR’ of Arthur in his last name. Of Italian descent. Mother, Maria-Letizia (Coco Chanel) was a powerful and dominating figure, father, Carlo Buonaparte (Baron Redesdale) was a weak-willed Corsican lawyer, who died when his son was in his mid-teens. 2nd son out of 8 children. His short, awkward physicality gave him a sense of uniqueness. Grew up isolated, but his militarism gave him a manly sense of himself. Won a military scholarship to a French school, where he proved an apt pupil. His family was impoverished in France after the death of his father, while he completed his military education, and was commissioned the year of his sire’s demise. Became involved in the Corsican national movement in his early career, then fled back to France in 1793, disagreeing with the direction of its leaders. Built his military reputation through chance and high profile opportunity, while running his armies on plunder and extortion. Rose to Brigadier General at the end of 1793, was briefly imprisoned at the end of the Terror in 1794, and achieved iconic status the following year when he dispersed a mob of rebels with “a whiff of grapeshot,” saving the National Convention. In 1796, he married Josephine Beauharnais (Estee Lauder) for social reasons, although he was far more in love with her than she with him, despite being continually unfaithful to her. His steady rise in commands and fortunes in Italy and Egypt, made him the ultimate Roman result of the French Revolution, a return to the ancient idea of consul. In 1799, a coup d’etat brought him his first real political power, and the following year he was made First Consul. After more military victories, he was made consul-for-life in 1802, and 2 years later, he crowned himself Emperor in a royal/papal ceremony. Brought the Holy Roman Empire to official conclusion, after having been instrumental a millennium earlier in its creation. Charlemagne-obsessed, not realizing he would eventually be the same being. Codified laws, put his large family on the various thrones of Europe, and became the paradigm for the personality of power of the early 19th century. A mad whirlwind of activity, he existed on 4 hours of sleep a night, while proving ever-victorious on the battlefield against the various European coalitions thrown against him, until he finally burned himself out. Probably had incestuous relations with his sister Pauline (Diana Mosley). Divorced Josephine when she could not produce an heir, which he later lamented as the turning point in his life, and in 1809, married an Austrian princess, Marie-Louise (Aaliyah) instead, who conceived the unfortunate Napoleon II (Sonny Bono). Overextended himself with an invasion of Russia in 1812, from which he was forced into ignominious retreat, losing much of his army in the process. Although he successfully fought off subsequent coalition forces in Germany in 1813, their numbers continued to grow, as more nations joined against him, and he wound up pinned down in the Battle of Nations, the largest of its kind in the Napoleonic Wars. Withdrew back to France, with a reduced army of less than 100,000. When Paris became occupied in the spring of 1814, and his marshals mutinied, he abdicated in favor of his son, and was exiled to Elba, before he returned for a brief 100 days of glory. Entered Paris in triumph, then marched on Belgium and was finally defeated decisively by allied European forces at Waterloo in 1815. Permanently exiled to the island of St. Helena afterwards. Grew fat and lethargic, and officially died of stomach cancer. More than half a million books were published on him since his death. Inner: Traditional, conservative and cold-hearted. A literal island who wound up on one. Brought the Holy Roman Empire to conclusion, completing the circle of Charlemagne, and also the circle of himself as the archetype of the conquering martial artist. Mania for control and mastery of information. Comeuppance lifetime of grandiose self-invention and conquest only to ultimately learn about limits and failings, particularly his own lack of humanity, before spinning back in time to complete his imperial self. Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange (1567-1625) - Dutch general and stadtholder. Outer: ‘AR’ of Arthur are separated in his first and reversed in his second names. 2nd oldest son of William the Silent (George C. Marshall) and a schizophrenic mother. An older brother of the same name died a year before his birth at the age of 2. Studied at Heidelberg and later at Leiden. Escaped into military fantasy during his unpleasant childhood, which was ended by his father’s assassination when he was 16. Despite his youth, he was elected president of the council of state because he held the same gravity as his sire, and then gathered titles, including Prince of Orange, and power through his martial skills and abilities at reorganization and military reform. Appointed captain-general of the army in 1587, he successfully fomented a revolt against Spain, so that the northern seven Protestant provinces of the Netherlands formed the Dutch Republic, while the southern ten provinces remained Catholic and under the grasp of Spain and the Hapsburg. Formed a triumvirate with Johann van Oldenbarnevelt, and his cousin Wilhelm Lodewijk, although chafed at sharing power. Looked to Roman models for his military successes, reintroduced drill, and divided his forces into small tactical units, making the Dutch army the most advanced on the continent, by elevating soldiering into a science, and making himself the foremost strategist and general of his era. In the process, he created the first formal military academy. Equally ruthless but far less successful in politics. His military prowess made him king in all but name, but he was unable to brook opposition, nor make his political will of a united Netherlands manifest, thanks to Spanish opposition, and its inexorable advance on his territories. Forced into a political peace treaty he did not with the Hapsburg regents of the southern provinces, he eventually had Oldenbarnevelt arrested, tried and beheaded in 1618, in order to enjoy complete political control. Unmarried, but left 7 bastard children, while hoping his brother would produce dynastic heirs. After the earlier treaty had run its course in 1621, Spain again challenged him militarily. Died of a liver disease, while fighting off a siege. Succeeded by his youngest brother Frederik Hendrik (Jean-Pierre Aumont), whose heirs would eventually claim the English throne much later in the century through William III of Orange’s (Lyndon Johnson) marriage to Mary II (Ladybird Johnson) of England. Inner: Traditional, conservative, suspicious and cold-hearted, albeit witty. Better reformer and strategist than a tactician. Great believer in the importance of mathematics. Tunnel vision lifetime of looking at existence through a cold, logical eye, and triumphing militarily, but failing to see the true passions behind politics, thereby blunting his larger effectiveness. Charles V (1500-1558) - Holy Roman Emperor, King of Spain and ruler of the Netherlands. Outer: ‘AR’ of Arthur is in his name. From the Hapsburg line, grandson of Maximilian I (Charles de Gaulle). Son of Juana the Mad (Estee Lauder) and Felipe I (Baldur von Schirach) of Castile. Older brother of HRE Ferdinand I (Arthur Seyss-Inquart). His mother’s madness precluded her from his life. After his father’s death in 1506 and his mother’s subsequent disappearance into her own mind, he was raised by his aunt, and brought up in Flanders, where French was his mother tongue, and where he was given a thorough education by Adrian Boeyens, the future pope, Adrian VI, while being imbued with a sense of knightly chivalry and honor. Had a thin jaw which made eating and talking difficult, and was very unimpressive-looking, albeit with sharp eyes. Nevertheless, he was popular and well-respected. The ruler of the Netherlands from 1515 onwards, he did not come to Spain until 1517, a year after he had been made king. Crowned Holy Roman Emperor at 20, making him a universal monarch, with an eye towards re-creating the globe as his domain. Subsequently spent most of his time in Spain or Italy, making only 9 visits to Germany. Rejected Martin Luther’s (Martin Luther King) theses in 1521, and declared war on Protestantism, helping to create a divisive martial environment in Germany that would last into the middle of the next century, despite realizing some subsequent efforts at reforming the Catholic Church. Sired an illegitimate daughter, Margaretha of Parma (Coco Chanel) by a Dutch mistress, Johanna Maria van der Gheynst, one of the two loves of his life, as well as an illegitimate son, Don Juan of Austria (Bernard Kouchner), by another Dutch mistress, Barbara Blomberg, his other cherished inamorata. Married his cousin Isabel, the daughter of the king of Portugal, in 1526, 5 children from the union, including his successor in Spain, Felipe II (Adolph Hitler). Had a close relationship with his loyal wife, and never had a mistress during their entire marriage. Delighted when his troops sacked Rome in 1527, although he expressed pious indignation and took full advantage of the situation, by forcing the pope, Clement VII (Joachim von Ribbentrop), to sign an ignominious peace with him, pay a huge indemnity and surrender several cities. Crowned by the papacy in 1530, as HRE and King of Italy, in the last imperial coronation by a pope. Wished to unite all the states of Europe under his imperial banner, and did continual battle towards that end throughout his life, personally leading his troops, until he was finally worn down by his own excessive martiality. Culture and art flourished under him in Spain, despite his never being accepted by his people there. A highly effective administrator, although thoroughly medieval, rather than contemporary, in all that he thought and did. Abdicated his Netherlands throne and then his Spanish crown in favor of his son in 1555, while racked with gout. Enjoyed a brief retirement of reading, translating and socializing. Died of malarial fever, clasping his wife’s crucifix. Inner: Brave, militaristic, fearless in battle, albeit afraid of mice and spiders, symbols of childhood and interwoven stories. Saw himself as God’s standard-bearer. Cold, shrewd and pragmatic with a strong sense of chivalric knightly ideal. Arrogant and grasping, believed nothing was beyond his abilities. Quiet and largely undemonstrative. Gluttonous, stubborn and more and more unyielding and rigid as he grew older. Far more Flemish in temperament than Spanish. Spoke little and seemed shy and awkward, although could be charming. Medieval monarch lifetime of dealing with a great appetite for power in a body that reflected the opposite. Stefano Colonna (c1265-1349) - Italian Renaissance Prince. Outer: From a Roman princely family, his father became a Roman senator. One of 3 brothers. The family gained and lost their lands in a series of battles. Married Calceranda de’ Insuola, by whom he had 13 children. Made an alliance with the French King Philippe IV (Lucien Bonaparte) when the pope passed the latter over as a potential HRE emperor. Excommunicated for the alliance, and had his lands expropriated and his castle razed. Afterwards his brother struck the pope on the face, and made him ride out of Rome backwards on an ass, at which point, the family reclaimed their lands and rebuilt their castles. The following pope revoked the excommunications and he became a senator. Consolidated his family’s power, increased their land and made them a major force in Roman politics. Consumed with struggles against the Orsini and other great Roman families, he often engaged in open warfare. Severely wounded in 1312 in a battle for the Capitoline Hill. Imprisoned and ordered, along with his family, to never re-enter Rome again. In 1326, he was head of a force attacking Rome again, ultimately winning it for the legitimate pope, after contesters tried to claim it. Later led a huge contingent in defending Rome against a potential usurper, the charismatic Cola di Rienzi (Benito Mussolini), although he lost the battle, a son and a grandson. Died the following year, mourning the losses of his relatives. Spent most of his life in exile or in warfare. Inner: Courageous, restless military adept. Esteemed by the poet and humanist Petrarch (T.S. Eliot), whose family supported him. Smaller potatoes lifetime of focusing on familial engrandisement, rather than empire-building and largely succeeding in his endeavors. Theodoric I (c480-534) - Frankish king. Outer: Oldest son of Clovis I (Lucien Bonaparte) by one of his mistresses. Played an important role in his father’s battles against the Visigoths, plundering, massacring and destroying, while glutting the slave markets with the harvests of his conquered areas. At his father’s death in 511, the united kingdom of the Franks was split 4 ways between himself and his 3 half-brothers. As the ablest warrior of the quartet, as well as the most violent, he received the lands most vulnerable to attack, the future Austrasia, then known as Francia, but filled with Germanic peoples. Ruthless and predatory, he proved an unpopular monarch. In the 520s, he gained a share of land of the murdered sons of his deceased brother, Chlodomer (Joseph Bonaparte), when his 2 other half-siblings, Childebert (Louis Bonaparte) and Clotaire I (Oswald Mosley) had them killed. Had previously campaigned with Chlodomer against the Burgundians, and would fight with Clotaire against the Thuringians, whom the 2 would subdue and devastate, as well as the Visigoths. After a 23 year reign, he was succeeded by his son, Theodebert I (Bernard Kouchner). Inner: Violent, ruthless war-lover. Foundation Frankish lifetime of acclimating his warrior sensibilities to a geographic arena that would best reflect his geopolitical and martial evolution, while evincing a sword-in-hand character completely in keeping with his previous relatively primitive lives lived round the arena of Rome. Alaric (c370-410) - Visigothic chieftain. Outer: A nobleman by birth, his tribe settled in the northern Bulgaria area when he was a child. Raised as an Arian Christian, he served for a time as commander of the Gothic troops in the Roman army. Elected king of the Visigoths when he was in his mid-20s. Marched on Constantinople after the death of the eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius I (Kenneth Tynan) to complain that the subsidy promised his tribe was long overdue, then swept on to ravage Thrace and Macedonia in angry recompense. Met by an army led by Roman/Vandal general Stilicho (Duke of Wellington), but further combat was averted through Roman diplomacy. Instead he headed south and plundered much of Greece. Trapped by Stilicho, who let him go, then was temporarily placated by the eastern Roman emperor Arcadius (Roald Dahl), who made him commander-in-chief in Illyricum. Invaded Italy, fought to a draw against a hastily raised army by Stilicho, who then defeated him with a surprise attack. Left Italy to return the next year to similar results against Stilicho, and once again was allowed to withdraw, after the 2 conspired to seize eastern Illyricum, while receiving the same appointment from the western emperor, Honorius (Bret Eason Ellis), that he had gotten from his eastern counterpart. Following Stilicho’s murder in 408 for conspiring with him, he invaded Italy again, but after failing in his negotiations with the emperor to get any settlements, he installed a puppet emperor, and attacked but failed to capture Ravenna, then sacked Rome in 410, pillaging the city for 6 days, although leaving its inhabitants alone. Through all his incursions, his main motivation was always to secure territory for himself, gain title for himself in the imperial army. To that end, he was preparing to invade Sicily when he died. Inner: Violent and ruthless, although a capable tactician. Uninhibited lifetime of free-range carnage while looking for a home for his people, before meeting his better on the battlefield, and then shocking the civilized world by showing the vulnerability of its Eternal City. Caracalla (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus) (c188-217) - Roman Emperor. Outer: Son of Emperor Septimus Severus (Lucien Bonaparte) and Julia Domna (Coco Chanel). His father was governor of northern France at his birth, while his mother was of Syrian birth. Originally intelligent, clever and sensitive as a child, as well as respectful and courteous, although he changed mightily as he grew older, affecting a strong rivalry with his brother Publius Geta (Joseph Bonaparte). His nickname “Caracalla” came from a hooded cloak he effected, with his true self symbolically shrouded. At seven, his name was changed to connect him to the Antonine dynasties, while he was made Caesar and Augustus. At 10, he became co-emperor with his father. 4 years later, he married Plautilla (Josephine Beauharnais), but despised her despite her great beauty and charm, and when her father Plautianus (Oswald Mosley) was executed for treason in 205, the marriage, which bore no fruit, was over, and he eventually had her exiled, and then killed. Given responsibility for directing the army’s campaigns, while his brother Geta, was handed civil authority, and elevated to joint emperor, as well. Accompanied his family to Britain, where his father took ill, and was appointed co-emperor with his brother on his sire’s death in 211. Continued his intense rivalry with his sibling, despite his father’s deathbed admonition against it, and on returning to Rome, he killed Geta in front of their mother, and then oversaw the wholesale dispatching of any and all of the latter’s supporters, in a rampage by his soldiers that did in some 20,000 Romans. Subsequently gave universal citizenship to all free residents of the empire, which helped standardize the state, and also constructed the magnificent baths that would bear his name for succeeding generations. Showed himself to be the first emperor who liked the Germans and wore a golden German-style wig. Saw himself as a World Conqueror, and unifier like Alexander the Great, whom he hero-worshipped, while treating all opposition to his will with utter contempt. Spent most of his truncated reign away from Rome, engaging in campaigns. Made a visit to Alexandria in 215, which resulted in rioting, and swift retribution, when he had the governor executed, along with thousands of the city’s young men. Mentally unstable, he maintained a strong relationship with his soldiers and no one else. Murdered by his praetorian prefect and successor, Macrinus (Darryl F. Zanuck). Inner: Shrewd, intelligent, forceful. Also ruthless, unstable and power mad. Gluttonous, addicted to wine, and detested by everyone save his praetorian guard. Unloved lifetime of giving expression to the absolute darkness surrounding his sense of personal power, freeing himself of some of it in the process, by living out a life of the body at the expense of the mind. Gaius Caligula (Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus) (12-41) - Roman emperor. Outer: 3rd son of Germanicus (JFK), an adopted nephew of the future Roman Emperor Tiberius (Lucien Bonaparte). Became his heir when his 2 older brothers and his mother, Agrippina (Jacqueline Kennedy), were executed during his late teens, although carefully hid his emotions at the loss. His nickname was derived from the boots he wore as an infant mascot of his troops, when he was paraded before them. Briefly kidnapped by a mutineer at 2, although returned. May have suffered from epilepsy in his youth. Tall, pale and unshapely, but took pride in his ugliness. Made a priest in 31, then a quaestor, or magistrate, in 33, after coming to live with his uncle as his presumed heir. Married Junia Claudilla the same year, but his wife died in childbirth. Ascended the throne at the age 25 with no real preparation for it, although his House of Germanicus was beloved by the soldiers, and there was great rejoicing at his ascension. The same year, he stepped in at the wedding celebration of Livia Orestilla to another and took her for his own, although cast her aside several months later. Fell violently ill and emerged from his sickness a different person 6 months after becoming emperor, and began putting rivals and supporters to death. The following year he married a 3rd time, to Lollia Paulina but soon divorced her. His final wife, Milonia Caesonia, was several years his senior. Married her in 39, and their daughter was named after a beloved sister. Devoted to his wife and daughter the brief remainder of his life. Sadist, homophile and reportedly an incestor with his sisters. Saw himself in grandiose terms, as an eastern potentate, a god-ruler, and acted accordingly, with lavish displays, cruel and ruthless torture and the wholesale execution of his enemies. An autocrat who totally disregarded constitutional precedents, and acted the total tyrant. Made his horse a consul, and insulted the Jews by trying to erect an idol of himself in their Temple, although rescinded the command. An insomniac who was plagued by nightmares towards the latter part of his life, he wandered his palace colonnades and calling out for the dawn. Figure of fear and hatred, after a well-loved beginning, inspiring numerous conspiracies against his life. Finally assassinated by a tribune of his Praetorian Guard, as well as a host of others, who also slashed his genitals. His wife and baby daughter were also killed the same day. Partially cremated and secretly buried, although when his sisters returned from exile, they gave him a full cremation and buried him properly. Inner: Intelligent in moments of lucidity, good orator, scathing critic, but consumed by spurts of frantic energy, insomnia and demonic interior. Foul-mouthed, pridefully inflexible, passionately devoted to the theater and stage. Dual character dominated by its dark side. Hated his nickname and punished anyone who used it, but didn’t like his real name, Gaius, either. Loved dressing in exotic clothing. Tyrannical lifetime of pursuing the dark excesses of his nature, until finally halted by overwhelming public opprobrium for the overt maniac that he allowed himself to become. Publius Clodius Pulcher (c93-52BZ) - Roman politician. Outer: His lineage was distinguished on both sides of his family. Served with his brother-in-law in the military, then instigated a mutiny among the troops. 5 years later, he was discovered disguised as a female harpist in a sacred ceremony of the feminine, where men were excluded, in the house of Julius Caesar (Charles de Gaulle), who divorced his wife over the breach. Brought to trial before the Senate, where the orator Cicero (Abraham Lincoln) destroyed his alibi, but he was acquitted, probably because he had bribed the jury. Immediately planned revenge on Cicero. Adopted into a plebeian family in 59BZ through the aid of both Caesar and Pompey (Henry Luce), and elected a tribune in 58, then aimed a law against the execution of a Roman citizen without trial to get back at Cicero, who had had the associates of Lucius Catiline (Oswald Mosley) put to death sans trial 5 years previous. Cicero fled from Rome, while his erstwhile enemy had him outlawed. Worked with Caesar to insure his alliance with Pompey, then became the political rival of the tribune Titus Annius Milo (Otto Strasser), who helped Cicero return from exile in 57BZ. Organized a gang of gladiators and mercenaries who disrupted Rome’s political venue for 5 years, and was finally killed by Milo after a running fight on the Appian Way. Inner: Born mischief-maker, despite his relatively high station, evincing his ongoing aptitude for creating chaos no matter what milieu he finds himself in. Wild-in-the-streets lifetime of etching his unique violent mark on the Roman republic in preparation for doing the same to the empire from a far more elevated position. Mago Barca (?-203BZ) - Carthaginian general. Outer: Father was Hamilcar Barca (Otto Strasser). Younger brother of Hannibal Barca (Georgi Zhukov) and Hasdrupal Barca (Bernard Kouchner). Accompanied Hannibal on his invasion of Italy in 218BZ, before being sent to help Hasdrupal in Spain in 215. Spent the next 8 years fighting there with some success, serving under his sibling. After Hasdrupal left for Italy, where he would meet his death in battle, he was bested by Scipio Africanus (Charles de Gaulle), near Seville, and was driven from northern Spain. Retreated to the southwest coast, and then seized the Balearic Islands, leaving his name in perpetuity at Port Mahon. Set sail for Italy and invaded Liguria in 204. Captured Genoa, but was defeated by the Romans in Cisalpine Gaul, and was forced to flee by sea with a few thousand of his men, but died of his wounds while retreating back to Carthage. Inner: Competent general, albeit not in the stratospheric company of his legendary brother or Scipio Africanus. Learning lifetime of dealing with the best of his age and coming up short, before delving into his dark side in order to recreate himself as a far more complete martial and administrative artist. Thutmose II (Akheperenre) (c1509BZ-1479BZ) - Egyptian pharaoh. Outer: Of the XVIIIth dynasty. Third son of Thutmose I (Henry Luce) by a sister of his principal queen. Frail, heavyset and sickly. Married his royal half-sister Hatshepsut (Clare Booth Luce) in order to claim the throne on his father’s death, which he did c1482BZ, while she completely overshadowed him. May have had two daughters with her. Little is known of his relatively short reign save for his successfully putting down some revolts, before dying of a systemic illness, probably brought up by tooth decay, a common ailment of the time. As symbol of his invisibility to the eyes of his/story, he built only a small funerary temple to commemorate his time upon the throne, before returning in later ages as a patriarch far too full of himself to render his self-assessment fully successful in any of his succeeding lives in this series. Succeeded by his only son, by a harem girl, Thutmose III (Yukio Mishima), who would prove to be his dynasty’s greatest ruler. Inner: Sand in the wind lifetime of barely strutting his stuff on his/story’s ill-recorded stage, before coming into full view later on for all to see his consummate flaws, gifts and appetites.


Storyline: The principled patriarch is the singular familial match for his longtime brother/son in their ongoing linkage through time, offering himself as a conscientious counterbalance to his sibling/scion’s overweening and heartless ambition.

Uther Pendragon - Father of King Arthur. Seduced the wife of a rival, Ygraine, through a spell cast by the magician Merlin, allowing him to take on the form of her husband. Killed before his son’s rise to power. Archetype of the disconnected patriarch. Otto Strasser (1897-1974) - German political figure. Outer: From a middle-class Bavarian family, younger brother of Gregor Strasser. Father was a Catholic judicial officer and a royal court official. Fought in WWI, and after the war, he joined the right-wing Freikorps, voluntary militias wishing to rid Germany of its defeatists and Jews, and successfully fought against a right-wing coup d’etat in 1920. Joined the Social Democratic Party at the same time, but became alienated from its anti-worked stances and quit. Instead, he hooked up with his brother in the Nazi party in 1925, and rose to prominence in it, thanks to his pro-proletariat message and his commitment to socialistic ideals, including the nationalization of industry, banks and land. Encouraged strikes and had a strong sympathy for the Stalin regime in Russia. Along with his sibling, he took over the party’s organ, “The Workers’ Gazette,” and became a strong voice in Northern Germany, despite the party’s head, Adolf Hitler, seeing his views as far too radical for his tastes. Saw his faction outmaneuvered by Hitler in 1926, although remained as a committed voice of the fascist left, and then was openly denounced by the latter, who bought stock in the Strasser brothers’ publishing ventures, closed the firm and discontinued their newspapers, which left him without an outlet. Hitler then began blatantly betraying his constituency, and accusing him of the sins of ‘liberalism’ and ‘democratic thought.’ When he refused to submit to him, he was expelled from the party in his early 30s, and went on to form the Schwarze Front, the Black Front, in 1930, to more directly address the needs of Germany’s workers, while attacking Hitler as a betrayer of the revolution. After the Führer’s ascendency to the chancellorship of Germany 3 years later, he found both himself and his brother effectively shut out from influence. Following the murder of his sibling in 1934, he escaped from Germany and went into exile, first to Austria, then Prague, then Switzerland, where he married and had 2 children. Went to France, leaving his family behind, and in 1940, with the continent fully at war, he emigrated to Bermuda, and finally settled in Canada, winding up in a rented apartment in Nova Scotia. Wrote articles on the Third Reich for English language periodicals in England, the U.S. and Canada, during his exile. Returned to West Germany a decade after the end of WW II, through a federal court ruling, and regained his citizenship. Tried to start his own Neo-Nazi party, the German Social Union, but found little takers. Nevertheless, he continued to expound his views, which were a combination of fascism and populism, with land redistribution a key element, wrapped in a strong central state. Inner: Virulently anti-Semitic, and a believer in fascistic principles, in a somewhat confused melding of his old kingly view wedded to a populist movement. Conscientious lifetime, once again, of taking principled stands, despite their basic unprincipled nature, in his initial foray into popular movements, and their far more complex dynamic than his experience in dynasties of yore. Lucien Bonaparte (1775-1840) - French military and political figure. Outer: 3rd son of the formidable Maria-Letizia Bonaparte (Coco Chanel) and Carlo Buonaparte (Baron Redesdale), a failed Corsican lawyer. Younger brother of Napoleon Bonaparte and subsequently his closest confidante and military aide. 10 years old when his father died. Educated in France, he returned to Corsica and joined the Jacobin Club there, before heading a Corsican delegation back to France. Became deeply involved in the Jacobin cause, and was briefly imprisoned until his brother procured his release. Posted with the French army in Germany, but disliked it and returned to Corsica. Married Christine Boyer, the illiterate daughter of an inn-keeper, who died in 1800, 2 daughters from union. Helped his brother’s career at several pivotal moments, despite his own deep/seated belief in democratic institutions. A talented orator, he enhanced his fortune as Minister of the Interior. Became disenchanted with Napoleon during his consulate, realizing his undemocratic ambitions, and their relations became extremely strained, although he was appointed to several posts. His 2nd marriage, in 1803, was to Alexandrine de Bleschamp, the widow of a speculator, and had to be performed secretly because of his brother’s opposition, having wished to marry him to a Spanish infanta for political reasons. 9 children from his 2nd marriage, while he proved to be a devoted father to all his progeny. Finally broke with his brother, and fled to Rome in exile. Refused to forgo his marriage in exchange for being declared a French prince in 1807. When the French occupied Rome the following year, his position became untenable, although his brother refused to make him a prisoner. Captured by the English on his way to the U.S. in 1808, where he was regarded as a hero for his revolt against his sibling. Settled in England for the duration of the Napoleonic wars, living the life of an English country gentleman, which he found dull, amusing himself with amateur theatricals. Reconciled with Napoleon just before his final fall, and ended his days in exile in Italy. Wrote an epic poem on Charlemagne, as well as plays, a novel, and the first volume of his memoirs. Inner: Intelligent, virtuous, self-righteous, and prickly. Jealous of Napoleon, feeling superior to him morally and intellectually. Self-expressive lifetime of principled opposition to an equally strong-willed sibling, and then a long opportunity for reflection, before loosely repeating a similar dynamic in the 20th century. Alessandro Farnese, duca di Parma e Piacenza (1545-1592) - Italian regent and general. Outer: Grandfather was Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte). His mother was the latter’s illegitimate daughter, Margaretha of Parma (Coco Chanel), father was Ottavio Farnese (Steven Spielberg), the grandson of Pope Paul III (David Geffen). One of a set of twins, of whom he was sole survivor. His parents were not particularly close, and he quickly replaced his father in his mother’s ambition and affections. Sent as a child to the court of Felipe II (Adolf Hitler), first to Brussels then to Madrid, where he received his education, making him far more Spanish than Italian. A born soldier, he was an excellent horseman and shot, taking part in his first battle at 15. At 20, he married Maria Manuela, a Portuguese princess, in the hopes of his mother to ascend that country’s throne. 3 children from the union, including Ranuccio Farnese (Brett Ratner), his successor. Made his name at the Battle of Lepanto against the Turks in 1572. Became governor of the Spanish Netherlands in 1578, where his mother had previously been regent, and held that position for the next 2 decades. Proved to be a martial adept, good diplomat and brilliant strategist, succeeding in bringing the southern Netherlands back under Spanish control through his military maneuvers, and making Belgium a Catholic buffer against Protestant Holland. Became duke of Parma on his father’s death in 1586. His major failure was the Spanish Armada’s aborted invasion of England in 1588, although interference from Felipe II hindered him greatly. His popularity in Spain, however, plummeted soon afterwards. Ended his career on campaigns in France before eventually succumbing to battle wounds compounded by gout, just as Felipe was planning to disgrace him. His tomb would bear the single word, ‘Alexander,’ a reference, perhaps to ‘the Great,’ and his ideal. Inner: Sociable, highly intelligent and flexible, completely different from his Spanish gubernatorial predecessors. Superb soldier, master strategist and tactician, all-around exemplar of the politician/marital artist. Exemplary lifetime of brilliantly carrying out his duties, while serving a highly flawed master in the king of Spain, and still managing to accomplish all that was expected of him. Ferdinand V or II (1452-1516) - King of Spain. Known as ‘Ferdinand the Catholic.’ Outer: Of Castilian origin. Son of the king of Aragon, his mother was his sire’s second wife. Only son of 4 children. Medium height and muscular with a lean and athletic appearance. Good athlete, and a devotee of competitive games. Given a solid education, although not particularly scholarly, but later supported the arts, particularly music. Became heir to the throne in 1452, on the death of an older half-brother. Immediately taken from his studies, and schooled in the arts of warfare by his father’s sword-wielding side. Named King of Sicily in 1468 in order to solidify his position in Castile, and the following year, he succeeded his father to the throne. In the same year, he married Isabella (Coco Chanel), the queen of Aragon, and made a grab for her throne, which was initially thwarted by Spain’s highest ecclesiastical court. Although initially a political union, the duo developed a sincere affection for one another. 5 children, including daughter Juana (Estee Lauder). Because of his need to be at the front in holding his dual kingdoms together, he and his wife were often separated, and he fathered 2 more daughters by his various mistresses. In 1479, he succeeded to the Aragonese throne, creating a confederation of kingdoms, which demanded his constant martial and political attention. Attempted to modernize his states, and banned all religions save for Catholicism, in order to strengthen as well as control the Church, which in turn, supported his crown. Instituted the Spanish Inquisition in 1480 in Castile, and in 1492, he expelled all unconverted Jews from the kingdom, which won him and his wife the benediction of being ‘the Catholic Monarchs,’ from the papacy. Brutally conquered the kingdom of Granada the same year, in a relentless 11 year campaign that ended the last Muslim bastion in Spain, which allowed him to give support to Christopher Columbus (Fulgencio Batista) in his search for a westward route to the far East. Became grand master of three nightly military orders through his conquests, which further strengthened the resources available to him. Suffered the death of 2 children, as well as the incipient madness of his daughter Juana. Fell ill with malaria in 1504, and, while he recovered, his wife did not. After vowing to her he would never marry again, he united 2 years later with the niece of the French king, one son from union. Juana succeeded her mother on the Castilian throne, while he held the regency, in accordance with his wife’s will. Visited Italy for a year, then reclaimed his throne and shut his mad daughter away, while continuing his expansionist policies abroad, and his unification moves domestically. In 1513, his health began to fail, as he prepared his grandson, the future Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte) to succeed him. Signed his will and testament the day before he died, while on a trip to Granada. Left this plane in the full satisfaction of having brought together an unruly kingdom into a single polity. Buried next to his first wife, so as to unite them in eternity, as he wished their countries to be. Inner: Courageous, cold, reserved and suspicious. Eloquent and sharp-voiced, every inch the brutal authoritarian when his will was brooked. Repressed his impulsive emotionality, and hid behind an impenetrable mask. Skilled warrior, strong-willed politician, and highly effective leader. Unifying lifetime of bringing a state together, while deliberately reining himself in so as not to betray his larger political purposes. Nicholas IV (Girolamo Masci) (1227-1292) - Italian pope. Outer: Joined the Franciscan order when he was young, and became their minister for Dalmatia. Sent to Constantinople by the pope in 1272 to effect a brief reconciliation with the Greeks, then from 1274 to 1279, he served as minister general of the Franciscans, before being made a cardinal bishop of Palestrina. After the papacy was vacated for nearly a year, he was elected pontiff in 1288, the first Franciscan to win that honor, although he felt very ill-at-ease in Rome, and at one point, was violently ejected from the city, retiring briefly to Rieti early in his reign. When he returned, he showed himself to be a restorer of churches, as well as a patron of artists. Lived in a palace, and oversaw a faint cultural revival in the Eternal City. Proved a loyal support of the Colonna family, and its head Stefano Colonna (Napoleon Bonaparte), adding their numbers to the cardinalate, while relying heavily upon them for support. Increased the importance of the College of Cardinals, while trying to keep the House of Hapsburg in balance with the Anjous, although was unable to restore Sicily to the latter. Succeeded in ending the conflict twixt France and Aragon, but was unable to revive the Crusades, and the last Christian crusader state fell during his watch in 1291. Very active in the missionary field, using his own friars as agents. Sent a missionary to the Kublai Khan’s court, which led to the establishment of the first Roman Catholic Church in China. Also engaged missionaries to the Balkans and Near East, although his reign of only 4 years was too brief for him to make a lasting impression on the Chair of the Fisherman. Inner: Political and diplomatic, while owing his position to a strong support family not of his blood. Mitered lifetime of working directly within the confines of the Church, an institution he would go on to champion in the secular world, having thoroughly integrated himself into its inner workings. Pepin III (c714-768) - Frankish king. Called “le bref” or “the Short” but not until several centuries after his death. Outer: Son of Charles Martel (Bernard Kouchner). Younger of 2 brothers, and around 5’ in height. His family held the hereditary position of mayor of the palace, making them king in all but name. His older brother decided on the monastic life in 747, giving him sole rulership of the Franks. Had great ambition and a desire to unite the Frankish kingdom with the papacy, making it an utterly Catholic realm. In his early 20s, he married Leutberga, five daughters from the union, all of whom were sent to convents, before he repudiated his marriage as soon as he had produced a son, Charlemagne (Napoleon Bonaparte), with Bertrade (Coco Chanel), daughter of the count of Laon. The two were wed soon afterwards in 741, and one more son, Carloman (Joseph Bonaparte), as well as a daughter Gisela (Pauline Bonaparte) issued forth from the union, as well as an infant son and four equally short-lived daughters. After gaining the assent of the papacy to his wish, the puppet king, Chilperic III, was deposed and sent to a monastery, while he was crowned in 751 by the Church. Anointed, along with his sons, by the succeeding pope in 754. Accompanied him back to Italy with his army to intercede for the papacy against the Lombards who were threatening Rome, and prevailed. Proved to be a fair-minded conqueror, only seeking vengeance in one case. also a capable administrator, who knew how to delegate power and keep things under his control. Spent the rest of his reign putting down revolts and uprisings, finally dying on the way back from one of his many military expeditions. Succeeded by his sons Charlemagne and Carloman. Inner: Great courage, ambition and will, but scant specifics on him were recorded during his life. Deeply religious, unlike his father, with a strong sense of order and a deep respect for orthodox institutions. First of the Carolingian kings, who ruled until the 10th century. Unifying lifetime of cementing the kingship of the Franks by rooting it in the Church, while giving his subsequent family the throne of France, as the perfect martial and religious vessel for actualizing order and continuity out of Dark Age chaos. Clovis I (c466-c511) - Frankish king. Outer: Only son of Childeric, the king of the Salian Franks, who oversaw his Germanic people settling down in the northern part of the old Roman province of Gaul. His mother was Basina, who had been queen of Thuringia, but left her husband to follow her new one. His father died in 481, and he succeeded at 16 to a relatively small area with an army of 6000 disciplined men, which was hemmed in by powerful neighbors. Harbored the desire to unify the Frankish tribes into one nation under one leader, and steadily expanded his realm southward and eastward to the west bank of the Rhine, after first loosely securing his northwest. Through conquest and the murder of his own relatives, he ultimately ended Roman dominance over ancient Gaul, annexing principalities and annihilating their rulers. Had several mistresses, one of whom produced his eldest successor, Theodoric I (Napoleon Bonaparte). In 493, he married Clotilda (Coco Chanel), a Christian Burgundian princess, who insisted their first son be baptized, although he died in the middle of the rite. Respected his wife, and had their next 3 sons baptized, but remained a pagan himself. Further military victories over the vast Visigothic south insured the Merovingian dynasty, which lasted until the 8th century. Vowed to become a Christian if he could be assured of victory over the savage Alemanni in 496, which happened, making France a Christian nation. Baptized by the archbishop of Reims, along with his army, he began the canonical tradition of the investiture of French kings, and had little trouble with his people over their mass conversion, while winning the respect of other Catholic nations to his east, including the Roman Byzantine empire, which invested him with the rank of consul and patrician. Never stopped fighting throughout his life, and made Paris capital of his kingdom in 508, associating it with St. Denis, a disciple of St. Paul (Thomas Merton) and an earlier martyred bishop of the city, thereby insuring its sacred status as a Christian mecca. Oversaw the initial compiling of the Lex Salica, the Salic Law, at his reign’s nearend, a founding written charter of civil and criminal law that would give legal impetus to the Frankish people. Died peacefully, after a 30 year reign, leaving his kingdom to his 4 sons, Theodoric, Chlodomer (Joseph Bonaparte), Childebert (Louis Bonaparte) and Lothair (Oswald Mosley), none of whom would prove his equal. Inner: Bellicose barbarian who created the foundation for the future French state through military adeptness, and then united its orthodox sense of religiosity with the political polity he had forged, although probably viewed Jesus as a war god. His wife was the true impetus behind the conversion, a pivotal figure in European his’n’herstory. Brutal and unscrupulous, but with a clear vision of what he wanted, and the strategic gifts to make them happen. Drank the blood of his enemies, and, when needed for discipline, smashed in the heads of his soldiers, while they stood in formation. Saw his kingdom as a family affair and a personal possession, viewing himself as his own state. Founding father lifetime of giving political and spiritual shape to France, as a transcendental, albeit barbaric, figure of his times. Lucius Septimius Severus (145-211) - Roman emperor. Outer: Of Italian and Carthaginian descent. Born in North Africa, the first from that continent to ultimately assume the purple. Father was obscure, but 2 cousins became senators. Devoted himself to the study of Greek and Latin as a boy. Came to Rome in his late teens to begin his public career, and was helped by relatives. Small, dark-skinned and physically strong. Quiet, but thoughtful, he retained his North African accent his entire life. Made a senator by the emperor, Marcus Aurelius (Martin Heidigger), and gradually assumed positions of more power and importance, through both military and civil appointments. Later self-adopted himself into Aurelius’s family. Married Paccia Marciana, a woman from his home town at the age of 30, but his wife died several years later. In 187, he married Julia Domna (Coco Chanel), who was from a family of priestly rulers. 2 sons from the union ultimately succeeded him, Caracalla (Napoleon Bonaparte) and Publius Geta (Joseph Bonaparte). In 190, he was made a consul and then governor of Upper Pannonia. Elevated to emperor by his legions in 193, while a rival emperor, Pescennius Niger (Louis Bonaparte) was named in the east. After his 2 predecessors were murdered in anticipation of his ascending the throne of Rome, he entered the city without much resistance, and disbanded the entire praetorian guard, replacing it with his own Danubian soldiers, while making his own army responsible for public safety. Raised their pay, and gave them greater opportunity for promotion, which helped the military’s morale considerably. Crushed Pescennius Niger in battle in 194, then pursued his other rival, Clodius Albinus (Jerome Bonaparte) and summarily defeated him in 197, although the 4 year civil war that had occurred between their opposing claims did considerable damage in Rome, taking the lives of 29 senators. Increased the power of lawyers in his administration, making for a much more cumbersome bureaucracy. Erected a triumphal arch on his 10 year jubilee in 203, as his sons began to rise beneath him. Mounted an expedition to Britain in 207, taking his wife and sons with him, and remained there until his death 4 years later, growing weak in later life from gout. Feared for the mental instability of Caracalla and made a deathbed exhortation for his sons to trust one another, their soldiers and no one else. Had a reign that lasted 18 years, which would not be equalled for another century. Inner: Superstitious, he relied heavily on astrology, and believed in dream portents, which told him one day he would be emperor. His wife was also told astrologically that she would one day marry a king. Lavish with friends, harsh with enemies. Great capacity for hard work, ruthless autocrat, cold and harsh. Set the militaristic and bureaucratic standard for the later empire. Great builder and destroyer. Patriarchal lifetime of creating an unstable dynasty in his autocratic wake, while proving himself a highly capable general and power-monger of pre-Christian times. Tiberius (42BZ-32AZ) - Roman emperor. Outer: Son of an aristocrat who died when he was 10, and a domineering and difficult mother, Livia Drusilla (Doris Kopf-Schroeder), who, after divorcing her husband, later married the future emperor Augustus (FDR). Happily married in 16BZ to Vispania, the daughter of Marcus Agrippa (Joschka Fischer), one son from union, but was forced to divorce her in 12 BZ and unhappily wed Julia (Eleanor Roosevelt), the daughter of Augustus, a union which ended in her disgrace and their divorce in 2 BZ. One son from union who died soon after birth. Later moved to tears at the sight of his first wife. Large and strong, he pursued a very successful military career, beginning in 25BZ, and held one governorship in Gaul in 16BZ, but was forced to retire twice, since the succession to the throne was unclear, and he feared for his life, until his 2 rivals died young. Augustus reluctantly adopted him as his son and successor in 4 AZ. Made tribune, regained his earlier conquests and ascended the throne at the age of 56, to become the 2nd Roman emperor. His principle adviser was the unprincipled praefect Sejanus (Richard Nixon), who continually fed into his ongoing paranoia about plots and conspiracies, and secretly actualized them by becoming lovers with his son’s wife, and then poisoning the cuckolded husband. Ultimately had Sejanus arrested and executed. Unpopular for reducing the pomp of office, and had a poor relationship with the Senate, while his tepid belief in the Augustan system led him to make no corrections in it. Settled on the island of Capri in 26, and never set foot in the capital again. Surrounded himself with astrologers, and pursued his literary interests at career’s end. Treated more kindly by later his/storians than contemporaries. His reign served as a bridge between the personal rule of his predecessor and the imperial militaristic designs of successors. Descended into executions and terror at the end of it for fear of conspiracies against him. His death came either from natural causes or by the smothering of his Praetorian commander when he announced his successor and then revived from his deathbed. His passing was greeted with great joy, with calls for tossing his body in the Tiber. Succeeded by Caligula (Napoleon Bonaparte). Inner: Poor communicator, but gave the empire a sense of stability. Lost the 2 loves of his life early on, his beloved brother to injuries and his first wife to enforced divorce. Son also murdered. Reserved, cold, stiff, introverted and proud. Thrifty and stoical, but eventually cruel and debauched. A fatalist who was fluent in Greek, and had a great interest in mythology. Full circle lifetime of giving expression to his martial prowess and sense of command but also sadly subject to the greater will of others, creating a glum unhappy soul resigned to the cruel hand of the fates. Through his diligence of office, he allowed the madness of character to follow him, future Nazis all, playing out their excesses against an institution which he helped thoroughly ground. Titus Annius Milo (?-48BZ) - Roman politician. Outer: Adopted by his maternal grandfather. As a supporter of Pompey (Henry Luce) against his former triumvirate partner Julius Caesar (Charles de Gaulle), he became the enemy of the highly disruptive politico, Clodius Pulcher (Gregor Strasser), and the 2 organized street gangs of mercenaries, gladiators and thugs, who had at one another for 5 years, between 57-52BZ, disrupting the political life of Rome. Liked by the conservative element of the Senate, but his actions broke down the city’s sense of law’n’order. As a tribune, he tried to recall Cicero (Abraham Lincoln), whom Clodius had successful manipulated into exile, then unsuccessfully tried to prosecute Clodius, who, in turn, failed to bring charges against him. Served as a praetor in 55BZ, and when Pompey refused to help him in his bid to be consul, he turned against him as well. While both men were seeking higher officer in 53BZ, they had a direct confrontation, and Clodius was killed. Obviously guilty of the murder, he was impeached and prosecuted by his many enemies, including Pompey but even his ally, Cicero, was afraid to speak at his trial, although left an unspoken defense, Pro Milone. Went into exile to the present-day Marseille and was the only person exempted from the general amnesty of Julius Caesar when he became dictator. Joined Marcus Caelius Rufus, in an uprising against Caesar and was ignominiously killed. Inner: Conservative traditionalist. Will-testing lifetime of going up against a longtime ally/enemy in treachery, and suffering the consequences, despite his own superior skills. Hamilcar Barca (?-228BZ) - Carthaginian general. Outer: Of Tyrian Phoenician descent. Early life obscured, as well as his family name. Married, 3 sons and a daughter from the union, including Hannibal (Georgi Zhukov), Hasdrupal (Bernard Kouchner) and Mago (Napoleon Bonaparte). Following Carthage’s defeat in the 1st Punic War, he began subjugating tribes of the Iberian peninsula in order to better his family’s fortunes. Rose to the rank of general, and took command of the Carthaginian forces in Sicily in 247, most of whom had been lost to Rome in their defeat. Used guerrilla tactics in harassing Roman troops, then staged a landing on the north coast, successfully holding Mount Ercte for 3 years against Rome, while launching naval expeditions, then left for Mount Eryx, and remained undefeated there until 241, when he negotiated a peace after the Carthaginian fleet had been decimated. Returned to Africa, where his mercenary troops revolted, and spent the next 3 years recapturing his northern African provinces from the rebels. Became a leader of Carthage’s popular party, and to compensate for Carthaginian losses in Sicily and Sardinia, occupied Spain, bringing his son Hannibal with him, and forswearing him to be a lifelong foe of Rome. Founded the city of Acra Leuce, and spent the last near decade of his life subduing his occupied territory, before finally dying in battle. Inner: Progenitor lifetime of siring a son whose name would ring through the ages, while his own not immodest feats of martial expertise would make him a hero of his time. Ahmose I (c1560-1525BZ) - Egyptian pharaoh. Outer: Of royal lineage. Name meant “The Moon is Born.” Succeeded Kamose, the last king of the 17th dynasty, who was either his father or his brother, at around 10 years old in 1550BZ. Of average height, thin, with excellent teeth, and a prominent chin. Married his full sister, Ahmose-Neferteri (Coco Chanel), along with two other women, and had at least 10 children. Continued his sire/sibling’s martial expulsion of the Hyksos, a foreign invasionary force on Egyptian soil for several centuries, reclaimed Memphis, the traditional capital, then, while his mother ran the government in Thebes, he attacked the Hyksos capital by land and sea. Put down a revolt in Upper Egypt, and then pursued his enemy to Palestine, vanquishing them after a 3 year siege, while also putting down more internal revolts. Fought 3 more campaigns in Nubia, and pushed his boundaries to the Second Cataract, while liberating the gold mines there. With his borders secure final secured, he established his administration in Thebes, founding the XVIIIth dynasty, and the subsequent Egyptian empire, thanks to a lack of any competitive structured power in the region. Rewarded his generals and soldiers with spoils, creating an influential military class, and a deputized bureaucracy to oversee his expanded New Kingdom, which was modeled after the Middle Kingdom that had earlier fallen to the Hyksos. Restored temples, and gave shape to a meritorious bureaucracy, rather than an inherited one. Suffered from scoliosis and arthritis, and was not circumcised, although it was a custom of his time. At his death, he left a prosperous and united country, as well as a well-preserved mummy, although his tomb was never found. Succeeded by his son, Amenhotep I (Bernard Kouchner). Inner: Skilled administrator, martial adept and nation-restorer. Foundation lifetime of creating a ruling dynasty, and evincing the martial and administrative skills that he would carry down through time, as a longtime familial patriarch and sibling playing with power and its moral consequences at the highest levels.


Storyline: The modish matriarch learns about power from her overarching brood, then switches metiers to the world of fashion and taste, where her true sense of being a queen on a world level, is allowed to flower and flourish.

Morgawse - Half-sister of King Arthur. Mother of Sirs Gawain, Gareth and Gaheris. Also mother of Mordred by Arthur, although he was unaware of incestuous relationship at time. Slain by Gaheris for her adultery. Archetype of the mother who alternately marries her sons in different incarnations. Coco Chanel (Gabrielle Chanel) (c1883-1971) - French couturier and business executive. Outer: From a poor, rural family. Father ran off and her mother died when she was 6. Made a ward of the state, she grew up in a Catholic orphanage and then a convent. Had an extremely scant education, before the nuns got her a seamstress job. Quit to become a cabaret singer at 17, which led her to the bed of a local playboy, who financed her move to Paris, and helped her open her first millinery business in 1910. Moved on to her lover’s friend, Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel, who was probably the love of her life, and backed her expansion from hats to clothes as well as expanding her reach from Paris to the coastal resorts of the rich. Because she couldn’t afford couture, she created a ‘poor girl’ look which attracted the wealthy, who responded to the freedom of her non-corseted styles. Served as a nurse during WW I, then founded a couture house in Paris, while living at the Ritz Hotel nearby. Her casual, liberating, comfortable clothes became a reflection of the new woman of the 1920s, and her name soon became synonymous with a trademark look of simple, casual elegance. Made a brief sojourn to Hollywood, and almost married one of the richest men in Europe, the Duke of Westminster, but felt it would only cramp her freedom and style. The lynchpin of her subsequent empire was a fragrance she introduced in 1923, Chanel No. 5, after being told by a fortune-teller that 5 was her lucky number. By the late 1930s, she was the wealthiest couturier in France, making textiles, jewelry and perfumes, and employing some 3500 workers. Retired in 1939, closing her fashion house when France declared war on Germany, although her reputation soured, thanks to her overt anti-Semitism, and her taking up with high-ranking Nazi officers. Later documents would prove she spied for Germany’s secret military intelligence organization, the Abwehr, with the code name Westminster. Went into exile in Switzerland after the war, but returned to the fashion world in 1954 with a classic suit design, after which, the earlier freedom she had championed, became de rigeur in competing houses. Never married, although she had a score of lovers among the rich, famous and powerful, preferring her own ongoing independence to being anyone else’s helpmate. Bi-sexual, although a homophobe. Died of natural causes in her quarters at the Ritz Hotel, with her last words, “You see, this is how you die.” Inner: Chic, fiery, shrewd, and independent. Not above fabricating details of her life, including using material from novels as her own experiences. Great desire to be unique, able to bridge worlds in her designs, employing both men’s wear and sports outfits in the language of high fashion. Totally understood the power of personality and packaging in her business life, and remained defiantly herself in all she did. Preferred femininity to feminism, although was a liberating and liberated figure. Style-setting lifetime of totally reinventing herself from humble circumstances to become the empress of fashion through will, taste and drive, while maintaining the integrity of her individuality, and the prejudices of her acquired aristocratic status. Maria-Letizia Bonaparte (Maria-Letizia Ramolino) (1750-1836) - Corsican/French political matriarch. Known as ‘Madame Mere.’ Outer: From a long-established Corsican family. Married a lawyer, Carlo Maria Buonaparte (Baron Redesdale) in 1764, and had 13 children with him, of whom 8 survived, including the emperor, Napoleon I. Highly critical of her son while he was alive, although enshrined him after his death. Her husband’s early death in her mid-30s, left her with a legacy of debt. Shepherded her children to France, where their fortunes rose. Enjoyed immense wealth during her son’s ascendance, although she maintained an economical domesticity. Joined her son on Elba during his first exile in 1815, then returned with him to Paris for his brief martial resurrection, before voluntarily going into exile to Rome, under the protection of the pope, who treated her with kindness, recognizing her genuine sense of devotion. Went speechless for 2 weeks at the death of Napoleon in 1821, then lived in seclusion, outliving 2 of her daughters and several of her grandchildren. Used her savings to help out the more impecunious members of her family. Spent her last days surrounded by Napoleonic souvenirs. Recovered from a broken hip, but was an invalid and half-blind in her last years. Nevertheless, she had her full mental faculties until the end. Inner: Simple, frugal and devout, although a commanding, queenly personality. Probably the only person Napoleon ever feared. Always maintained a sense of proportion during her son’s run as emperor, with her favorite phrase, ‘So long as it lasts.’ Matriarchal lifetime of being the familial lynchpin for an extended brood of overachievers, in order to give her a sense of extended power, which she would come to employ on her own once she was finally freed of political constraints. Margaretha of Parma (1522-1586) - Spanish regent of the Netherlands. Outer: Illegitimate daughter of HRE Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte), when he was Archduke of Austria. Her mother was his Dutch mistress. Half-sister of Felipe II (Adolf Hitler) of Spain. Betrothed to the debauched and equally illegitimate Alessandro de’ Medici (Jerome Napoleon) when she was 11 and he was 20, and the duo were married 5 years later, although he was assassinated soon afterwards, probably much to her relief. The following year, she was married to Ottavio Farnese (Steven Spielberg) the teenage duke of Parma, 2 years her junior, which did not please her either, although she realized the political importance of it to her father. An unhappy relationship, which took a while to be consummated, and the 2 lived separately for most of their married life. Mother of Alessandro Farnese (Lucien Bonaparte), to whom she was close. Reconciled herself to the union, and was faithful to her husband. Lived mostly in Rome until 1550, then moved to Parma, where she maintained contact with her husband mostly through correspondence while living in Piacenza. Appointed the Spanish regent of the Netherlands in 1559 by Felipe, where she proved to be a firm, effective administrator, calling in troops to support her rule, while taking the position to further the career of her son. Eventually forced to resign because of anti-Spanish sentiment, and was replaced in 1567 by the repressive Spanish general the Duke of Alva (Reinhard Heydrich), who obliterated the memory of her humane rule with rivers of blood. Returned to the Netherlands in 1580 to head the civil administration, while her son served as commander-in-chief. In 1583, she retired to Italy, although not to her husband. Became governor of the Abruzzi, and then L’Aquila, improving both and finding happiness at life’s end dividing her time twixt her 2 favorite places, Abruzzi and Flanders. Inner: Charming, intelligent, physically active, positive, humane ruler, who loved hunting as much as she did jewelry. Had a strong masculine cast as well as a powerful will. Largely motivated by a strong desire for her gifted son to succeed. Strong-willed, keen political sense, highly ambitious for herself and her progeny. Dutiful lifetime of a successful public life, but a mixed private one, probably finding her greatest happiness in retirement. Isabella I (1451-1504) - Queen of Castile and Spain. Outer: Father was Juan II of Castile (Joseph Bonaparte), mother was his 2nd wife. Half-sister of Henry IV (Sonny Bono), who succeeded to the throne when she was 3. Sent to live with her mother in seclusion, where she was brought up away from the court, and imbued with extremely strong religious convictions. Later brought back to the court by Henry, when the question of succession came up. Known as ‘the Impotent,’ her half-brother more than lived up to his name, and his unhappy subjects declared his questionable 11 year-old son Alfonso his successor in 1465, but the latter was poisoned 3 years later, giving her the throne. Tall, auburn-haired, blue-eyed and serene. Despite objections from Henry, in 1469, she married Ferdinand II (Lucien Bonaparte), king of Aragon, one son and 4 daughters, one of whom Juana (Estee Lauder), succeeded her. The union of the pair united the Spanish kingdoms of Aragon and Castile, and under their joint banner, they united the country. Immediately showed her hands-on administrative skills, reforming justice, recodifiying the laws, regulating trade and re-establishing royal authority, which had fallen into disrepair. Raised court life to a high standard of virtue, purged it of its unsavory members, and made Spain a world-class country, all the while putting her Catholic imprimatur on everything she did. Under the influence of her confessor, the Dominican Tomas de Torquemada (Adnan Khashoggi), she introduced the Inquisition into Castile in 1478, and forcibly demanded all Jews in her kingdom convert. With the conquest of Granada in 1492, which she accompanied upon a mule, the last bastion of the Muslim Moors was over/run, and the country was permanently Catholicized. Won everlasting fame for vowing to sell her jewels, in order to sponsor the Genoese explorer, Christopher Columbus’s (Fulgencio Batista) voyage to the New World in 1492, although the expedition was relatively cheap, and it opened a vast reservoir of wealth for Spain. Probably died of malaria. Inner: Courageous, intelligent, dignified, naturally pious, strongly moral, fearless and highly personable, an extremely attractive figure on all levels. Great patron of the arts, literature and science. Legendary lifetime of putting all her impressive powers on display, and in the process, becoming a figure of the ages. Bertrade de Montfort (c1070-1117) - Queen of France. Outer: Daughter of a French count, and a noted beauty. Married the lecherous Fulk IV, count of Anjou, who divorced his wife upon espying her, son from union, Fulk (Archibald Wavell), eventually became king of Jerusalem, and began the Angevin line on that throne. Soon after his birth, however, Philippe I of France (Jerome Bonaparte) fell in love with her, and had the marriage repudiated, so that he could wed her in 1092. 3 surviving children from union. The pope ordered the king to give her up, because of the questionable circumstances surrounding the union, and when he refused, the former excommunicated the latter. The couple still remained together and she continued to be treated as the queen, until the pope put an interdict on the kingdom, eventually forcing the couple to separate in 1104. Wanted desperately for one of her sons to succeed her husband, and wrote a letter to Henry I (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.) to arrest her stepson Louis (Arthur Seyss-Inquart), and then allegedly tried to use sorcery and poison on him, to little avail, since he eventually ascended to the throne as Louis VI. Took the veil after her husband’s death in 1108 and lived out the rest of her life at Fontrevalt Abbey, where she was noted by a chronicler as “always charming to men, pleasing to God, and like an angel.” Inner: Exceptionally attractive, with dynastic ambitions for her own family, ultimately having the Angevin line on the English throne, as well as the Latin Kings of Jerusalem descend from her. Queenly lifetime of flying in the face of authority, and acting out her own considerable will on the public stage, a continual theme in all her endeavors. Bertrade (c710-783) - Frankish queen. Outer: Father was the count of Laon. Became the second wife of Pepin the Short (Lucien Bonaparte), mayor of the Palace of the Frankish realm in 740. Two sons and a daughter from the union who reached maturity, including Charlemagne (Napoleon Bonaparte), Carloman (Joseph Bonaparte) and Gisela (Pauline Bonaparte), as well as a third son who died in infancy, and four more daughters who did the same. In 751, her husband was elevated by the pope, via apostolic authority, to king of the Franks, and she, in turn, became queen. Called “Queen Goosefoot,” because of her large feet and her manner of walking. On the death of her husband in 768, she quickly saw the hostility in which her two sons held one another, and knew that the survival of the kingdom was contingent on some sort of brokered peace between them, and the ultimate hegemony of her eldest. Manipulated a marriage between Charlemagne and the daughter of the king of Lombards, although it proved barren, and a singular point of contention between the two. Went to Rome to get the union approved, since Charlemagne already had a wife under church law. Deeply hurt when he eventually repudiated his second wife, although by then, her second son had mysteriously died, so that the Frankish kingdom was insured. Relegated to the sidelines afterwards, with the satisfaction, she had helped enormously in her son’s rise to emperor over the Franks. Eventually returned to her ancestral home to die there. Inner: Extremely resourceful and politically aware. Great physical energy, and indomitable will. Large-footed lifetime of insuring her family dynasty over the ultimate empire of the Franks, in her ongoing intimate intertwining with the various male members of her royal clan. Clotilda (c474-c545) - Frankish queen. Outer: Daughter of the queen and king of Burgundy. Her father had been a rival to the throne, whom her uncle killed, along with most of his family, although her life had been spared. Brought up at court and educated by a Catholic bishop, as well as her staunchly Catholic mother. Her other sister became a nun and founded the church of Saint-Victor. Willowy and blonde, unlike many of her large-bodied contemporaries. Her future husband, Clovis (Lucien Bonaparte) sent an envoy dressed like a beggar, whose feet she washed while he whispered a proposal and gave her the king’s gold ring, which delighted her. Carried on a litter to her intended, but she was pursued, whereupon she ordered the land be devastated for 12 miles behind her to discourage further search, which it was. Became aggressively Christian after her marriage in 493, and demanded her first child be baptised, and, even when he died in the middle of the rite, she insisted on the same ceremony for her succeeding 3 sons, Chlodemer (Joseph Bonaparte), Childebert (Louis Bonaparte) and Clotaire (Oswald Mosley). Deeply respected and loved by her husband, who converted and was baptised in name for her, but never really relinquished his idols. Following the death of her husband in 511, she retired to Tours, doing good works, and enjoying her role as dowager queen. Despite her overt Christianity, she harbored deep enmity towards her uncle for having killed her family, and encouraged the campaign of her sons against Burgundy, in which her uncle’s surviving children were dispatched. Took in Chlodomer’s children following his death in 524, and raised them as heirs to his throne. Her 2 remaining sons, Clotaire and Childebert, however, saw them as rivals to their own ambitions, and after they killed them, she relinquished her royal prerogatives, donated all her wealth to the Church and withdrew from the world, spending the rest of her life as a penitent, dressed in coarse robes, and living on bread and herbs, while devoting herself to the care of the poor and sick. Buried along with her husband and children in Paris, and was venerated as a saint by the early Church. Inner: Strong-minded, strong-willed and pious, but not above the general violence of the time. Pivotal behind the scenes figure in the Christianizing of the Frankish kingdom. Key player lifetime of using her considerable skills of persuasion to alter the course of European Christendom, while paying the terrible price of the loss of her grandsons to the bloodlust of her family. Julia Domna (?-211) - Roman Augusta. Outer: From a family of Syrian priestly rulers. Renowned for both her beauty and intelligence. Became the 2nd wife of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus (Lucien Bonaparte) in 187, 2 sons from union both became emperors, Caracalla (Napoleon Bonaparte) and Publius Geta (Joseph Bonaparte). Crowned empress in 193, when her husband succeeded to the purple. Although her influence was eclipsed with the rise of Plautianus (Oswald Mosley) and his jealousy of her, she was able to regain her power on his murder in 205. As a patron of learning, she gathered a court around her of philosophers and scholars, and accompanied her husband on his British expeditions. After the death of her husband, she was direct witness to the fratricide of Caracalla over Publius Geta, who supposedly died in her arms. Remained loyal to the former, however, and acted as the head of his civil administration when he was on campaign. Became notorious for her love affairs in later years, and was ultimately afflicted with breast cancer. After her son was murdered, she either starved herself to death, or did so on the orders of the new emperor, Macrinus (Darryl F. Zanuck). Inner: Strong character, good administrator, natural salonist. Foundation lifetime of continuing her development as a cultural queen, as well as an empress of taste and style, while submitting herself to the blood-drenched dramas of the age. Ahmose-Neferteri (fl. 16th cent. BZ) - Egyptian queen. Outer: Either the daughter, sister or wife of Kamose, the last of the XVIIth dynasty kings, and full sister of Ahmose (Lucien Bonaparte), whom she married, as was royal custom of the time, with no incestuous stigma attached. Together the pair gave official sanction to the XVIIIth dynasty, which inaugurated the New Kingdom in Egypt, and gave Sun God personality to the ongoing ages which followed it. Had 4 daughters and 2 sons with the pharaoh, with the first several dying young. Lived for part of the reign of her son Amenhotep I (Bernard Kouchner), who bestowed her with many honors, and ultimately shared his tomb. Inner: Royal lifetime of giving dynastic foundation through direct incest, before playing cryptically with that theme in many of her female lives down through the ages as partner-in-full to the men of power in her ongoing family.


Storyline: The world-class warrior unites the sword and the cross in his ongoing identification with a country, that, he has come to personify, alongside his ancient cohorts, giving sacred balance to their profane pursuits of power, seduction and glory, as he steadily separates himself from them to pursue his own healing pathway.

Sir Galahad - Son of Sir Launcelot. The noblest and purest of Knights of the Round Table. Occupied the singular ‘Siege Perilous’ seat, left unclaimed for him. His purity allowed him to look upon the Grail, the object of the Round Table’s Quest. Archetype of the pure quester. Bernard Kouchner (1939) - French physician. Outer: Father was a liberal Jewish physician, with whom his son identified strongly. Mother was Protestant. His paternal grandparents died at Birkenau concentration camp during WW II. Read widely and was already a leftist activist as a teenager, demonstrating for Algerian independence. Originally thought of becoming a journalist, before receiving his medical degree in 1964 as a gastroentologist to become a “mercenary of emergency medicine.” Also became a staff member of a Communist-oriented newspaper, for whom he traveled to Cuba. Met Che Guevara and conducted an interview with its dictator Fidel Castro. Eventually expelled from the Party in 1966, after a change of ideological heart. Married Evelyne Pisier, a professor of law, two sons and a daughter from the union, which later ended in divorce. Worked as a doctor for the Red Cross in Biafra in the late 1960s, during the Nigerian Civil War, and as a result, founded Doctors Without Borders or MSF, in 1971, in order to deal with the horrors of war, without any political affiliations with the elements involved. The organization would eventually receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. Continued his humanitarian work in other conflicts, although in 1980, differences with the head of MSF led him to form an alternate group, Doctors of the World. Throughout the decade he organized hospital ships for conflicts in Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as other places, while also setting up the International Committee against Piracy. In 1982, he married high profile Belgian journalist Christine Ockrent, one son from the union. Entered government service in 1988 with the Socialist Party as a Secretary of State for Humanitarian action, before being made Minister of Health in 1992, under Francois Mitterand. Served in the European Parliament during the 1990s, when France moved to the right, then returned as Minister of Health in 1997. At century’s nearend, he was appointed by the UN as head of its interim administration in Kosovo, a post he held for 18 month, where he continually chose expediency over bureaucracy, drawing flack for his efforts. Tried to create a new civil and political system in the aftermath of the traumatic war of ethnic cleansing there, while rebuilding its totally shattered economy. After his term ended, he returned to France to become Minister of Health for a third time. Supported the removal of Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein in 2003, feeling there is no place in the modern world for violent despots, although was against the American invasion of that country, stating that the deposition should have been done diplomatically and through the auspices of the United Nations. In 2005, he was a candidate for the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, and in 2006, he was up for Director-General of the World Health Organization, although he failed to get elected to either position. Instead he was made Minister of Foreign Affairs in Nikolas Sarkozy’s government, after supporting the latter’s Socialist rival, and was promptly given the boot by the Socialists for accepting the position. Accused of warmongering for statements made around Iran’s nuclear program, despite his continued call for negotiation and diplomatic means to settle all international disputes. The author of 9 books, he has been a continual lightning rod for criticism from more conventional politicians, many of whom view him as a glory-hound and a media manipulator, who always wishes to play the hero. Nevertheless, he remains an extremely popular figure in France, and a genuinely committed idealist, dedicated to improving the lot of his fellow humans. Inner: Never known for his humility, and highly ambitious. Idealistic, but believes that humans are biologically disposed towards war. Also feels he has the right to interfere in the internal affairs of any country whose residents need medical attention. Harbors a genuine caring for the victims of war, and a left-wing idealism bred from a hand’s-on approach to problems, rather than lofty theorizing. Humanitarian lifetime of finally laying down his arms and switching over to the healing realm, while showing the same warrior sensibilities as always in aggressively trying to achieve his ends through direct action. Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929) - French general. Outer: His family had been weavers and wool merchants, with a strong Napoleonic tradition and a deep sense of Catholicism. Father was a civil servant. Son was fascinated by the military, and had a powerful faith in Catholicism, as well as a lifelong fascination with Napoleon, who had made his maternal grandfather a chevalier. 2nd of four children, with one young brother becoming a Jesuit, which may have later affected his own career, because of the anticlerical nature of the army. Attended the Jesuit College of St. Clement at Metz, and decided to become a soldier after the city became largely German because of the Franco-Prussian War. Deeply affected by France’s ignominious defeat in that fray. Went to the Polytechnic in Paris afterwards, before going to artillery school, where he graduated third in his class. Thin and elegant, with grey-blue eyes. Married, with a son and several daughters. His early career was undistinguished, and his Roman Catholicism held him back, because of the anticlerical attitude of the French army, despite his continually graduating near the top of his class in every school he attended. After more schooling and some action and duty on the General Staff, he was made professor at the Ecole Superieure de la Guerre in 1894, specializing in tactics, and rose to the rank of brigadier general. Gained a reputation as an incisive military thinker and teacher, waking up the army to will and morale as key issues, as well as reemphasizing the basics of firepower and security. Ultimately became commandant of the war college and was raised to general of brigade in 1907. Wrote 2 works on tactics based on his lectures, with the maxim, “where there is a will, there is a victory.” Became an active commander just prior to WW I, and after proving himself on the battlefield, was given command of the newly formed Ninth Army. Proved to be a highly effective and inspirational leader during the early part of the war. Credited with playing a decisive role in the key Battle of the Marne in 1914, after sending the famous message, “My center is giving way, my right is falling back, situation excellent, I attack.” Lost both his only son and a son-in-law in the opening August of the war. Made adviser to the allied command, but his perceptions were not heeded, leading to disastrous results. Served on the Allied supreme war council in 1917, and then was raised to the level of commander-in-chief of the Allied Armies in 1918. His tenacity and will successfully defeated the Germans on the western front, ending WW I. Made marshal of France towards the end of the fighting, and realized his younger vow of evicting Germans from Alsace-Lorraine, where his school had been. In 1919, he was made a British field marshal, and the follow year, he was made president of the Allied Military Committee at Versailles, which was responsible for administering the terms of the armistice. Advocated really strong terms, to keep Germany from becoming a continental threat, although stated afterwards, “This is not a peace. It is an armistice for 20 years,” which proved quite prophetic. Made a marshal of Poland in 1923, for advice given . Died a hero with many honors, and was interred at Les Invalides alongside another corpse of his, Henri Turenne. Inner: Tenacious, resourceful and determined, although his theories and actions caused many casualties among his troops. Cool under stress, and an inspiring leader, as well as having an exemplary character, although wasted many lives for his objectives, seeing the latter as far more important than the former. Heroic lifetime of making his will supreme over a complex, vast martial landscape in his ongoing evolution as world-class warrior. Eugene Beauharnais (1781-1824) - French general. Outer: Son of Alexandre Beauharnais and Josephine Beauharnais (Coco Chanel), who would later become the wife of the emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Brother of Hortense Beauharnais (Nancy Mitford), who would betroth Louis Bonaparte. Father had been a revolutionary general who was executed in the French Revolution in 1794. 5’3”. Entered the army as an aide-de-camp to Napoleon and fought in that capacity in his Italian and Egyptian campaigns, then served him well again in his 1799 coup. Secured his fortune and married Princess Augusta Amalia, the daughter of the King of Bavaria, 6 surviving children, 2 sons and 4 daughters, all of whom married well. Made a prince of the empire and arch-chancellor of state, then was promoted to general. In 1805, he was appointed viceroy of Italy, and the following year, he was adopted by Napoleon. Made commander of the Army of Italy and served in the Danube campaign, where he was defeated but recovered to win a notable victory. Fought in Russia with distinction at Borodino, and was given command of the army during the infamous retreat by Joachim Murat (Oswald Mosley), who fled back to Naples. Played a major role at Lutzen in 1813, then was sent to organize the defense of Italy, but was forced to conclude an armistice with Austria and Naples, ending the fighting there. Retired at the end of the war to live at the court of his father-in-law, the king of Bavaria, where he was given the titles of Prince of Eichstadt and Duke of Leuchtenberg, while living quietly in retirement until his relatively early death. Inner: Kindhearted, cheerful, amiable, although inherited his mother’s bad teeth. Brave, energetic commander. Well-liked by both his soldiers and his fellow officers, and loved by Napoleon, as well. Well-respected lifetime of acquitting himself admirably on and off the field, a thoroughly admirable man in an unadmirable family, winning the admiration of everyone whose lives he touched. Henri Turenne (Henri de La Tour d’Auvergne, vicomte de Turenne) (1611-1675) - French marshal-general. Outer: Father was the duc of Bouillon and mother was daughter of William the Silent (George C. Marshall). A second son, he was given a Hueguenot education, and was fascinated by the military from childhood on, particularly the exploits of Julius Caesar (Charles de Gaulle) and Alexander the Great. Suffered from a speech impediment his whole life, which slowed his early career. Entered Dutch service as a private soldier and fought alongside his uncle, Maurice of Orange (Napoleon). Entered French service at 19, and gained a brilliant reputation in subsequent engagements during the Thirty Years’ War, although his family’s name was besmirched by his brother’s intrigues. Lost his lands in 1642, but was made a marshal of France the following year. Served with Louis II Conde, and the careers of both brilliant generals became intertwined. Joined the anti-crown Fronde on the side of rebels in its 2nd manifestation in 1649, but was forced to flee to the Netherlands. Afterwards, he fought for the crown in the 3rd Fronde go-round, defeating Conde in 2 succeeding battles, and ending the civil war, although the 2 would go up against one another several times during the decade, with mixed results for both. Greatly admired by his own men, with a high soldierly reputation. Married a Protestant, then abjured his faith after his wife’s death in hope of becoming constable of France. Made marshal-general instead in 1660 and ended his career fighting the Germans, in a capstone victorious campaign. Killed by a cannon shot during a reconnaissance mission. Greatly mourned by all of France afterwards. Inner: Courageous martial adept, master strategist and tactician who emphasized mobility and strategy. Able to achieve the miraculous on the battlefield because of the devotion of his troops. Probably the greatest general of his time, and one of the greats of all-time. Good administrator, able to reorganize defeated armies twice and lead them to victory. His ability to learn made him ever more daring and resourceful as he grew older. Black belt lifetime of doing battle with the best of the best, in his ongoing education as world-class warrior. Don Juan de Austria (1547-1578) - Spanish general and statesman. Outer: Illegitimate son of Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte) and a burgher’s daughter. Removed from his mother at an early age and brought up in secret in Spain under the name of Geronimo, and later raised by a noble family in Valladolid. Recognized as a half-brother by the king of Spain, Felipe II (Adolf Hitler), after the death of their mutual father in 1558, and given the name by which he would be known, although Felipe always suspected he harbored designs on his throne and never trusted him, hoping he would embark on a church career. Answered to a military calling, to which the king acceded, and he subsequently proved his martial mettle against pirates and rebels in his early 20s, then was given command of the forces of the Holy League during the war against the Turks, and was the victor over them in the well-known sea battle of Lepanto in 1571, after using his royal name and unabated enthusiasm to unite the squabbling segments of his command into an effective fighting unit. Hampered by the cautious Felipe, as well as his Venetian allies, he was unable to further exploit this success, and had mixed results surrounding taking and retaking Tunis in the following years, despite his far greater ambitions against the Turks. Irritated by the restrictions of his brother, he was made governor general of the Spanish Netherlands in 1576, which was a welter of rebellion and religious turmoil at the time. Reluctantly accepted the post on the condition he could invade England and carry off Mary Stuart (Marguerite Duras), the imprisoned Catholic Queen of Scots, as his bride. Though he had some initial military successes, his secretary was murdered, probably at the instigation of Felipe, signaling to him that he had lost his sour sibling’s confidence, and would not get the military or financial backing he needed. Died soon afterwards. Inner: Handsome, charismatic and chivalrous, but a figure of a bygone era, with a medieval martial sense about him, thrust into a political world he did not understand. Outmaneuvered lifetime of military derring-do, only to be undone by a paranoid political character more in accord with the fractured times. Louis XII (1462-1515) - French king. Outer: Of the House of Valois-Orleans. Only son of the duke of Orleans, mother was his 3rd wife. Grandson of the brother of Charles VI (Antonin Artaud), from a collateral princely line. Succeeded his father when he was 3. At 14, he was forced to marry the saintly but crippled Jeanne, daughter of Louis XI (Adolf Hitler). The union was unconsummated and eventually annulled in 1498. Rebelled against the regency during his cousin’s, Charles VIII (Hermann Goering), minority and was imprisoned in 1488. Released and commanded troops during the king’s invasion of Italy, then succeeded him in 1498, beginning the Valois-Orleans line. After the annulment of his marriage, he wed the widow of his predecessor, Anne of Brittany (Jessica Mitford), thereby keeping Brittany within the crown. Genuinely loving relationship, 4 sons who were either stillborn or died in infancy, 2 daughters, including Claude (Kathy Acker), who would marry Francois I (Bob Geldof). When his wife died in 1514, his heart died as well. Ruled with justice and moderation, with the aid of his able chief minister, Georges dAmboise (William Bennett), and was known as the “Father of the People.” Although his claims on the duchy of Milan and his subsequent Italian wars proved disastrous, he maintained a solidly balanced domestic policy, with judicial reforms, and a genuine concern for the poor. Contracted a 3rd marriage for political reasons in 1515 to the 18 year old Mary Tudor of England (Julie Christie), when he was 52, but he exhausted himself on his wedding celebrations and died shortly afterwards. Universally mourned. Succeeded by his cousin, Francois I (Bob Geldof). Inner. Inner: Handsome, generous, with a paternal caring for his subjects. Focus on the physical as well as the political level, rather than the spiritual, with a deep sense of loss surrounding the latter. Outer focus lifetime of trying to balance the dynamics of external war and internal peace, by treating his country as an extension of his family. Robert II (c1065-1111) - French crusader. Known as “Robert the Jerusalemite.” Outer: Son of Robert I of Flanders. Joined the First Crusade in 1096 at the head of one of its armies, along with Robert II of Normandy, one of the sons of William the Conqueror (Mohandas Gandhi), to whom he was related. His derring-do made him one of the most famous crusaders, and 2nd in fame only to Godefroi of Bouillon (Orde Wingate), whose imperious conduct annoyed him. Offered high appointments in Constantinople afterwards, but graciously refused them, having no desire to serve a foreign emperor. Returned home in 1100 after the capture of Jerusalem to fight under Louis VI of France (Louis Bonaparte) against the English, and drowned when a bridge broke under him. Inner: Courageous, martial adept, and probably the bravest of the crusader princes. Christ-crossed lifetime of literally bridging over to his more heroic side, which he would continue to explore in varying degrees of Christian idealism. Roland (?-778) - Frankish general. Outer: Mother was the sister of the Frankish king Charlemagne (Napoleon Bonaparte), father was a Frankish duke. Became one of his uncle’s most famous paladins, with a reputation for bravery, loyalty and simplemindedness. On the latter’s return from Spain, he commanded the rearguard and was ambushed at Roncesvalles in the Pyrennes and was killed in battle. Subject of the medieval poem, written some 3 centuries later, Chanson de Roland, in which he reverts to mythological status, and possesses enchanted weapons, including a horn, which he blows so hard, the veins in his neck burst and he dies. His final foe, which in reality were Catholic Basques, was altered in the Chanson to Muslims in order to perpetuate the ongoing animus twixt the two cultures following the initiation of the crusades. Inner: Probably brave and bold enough to warrant memorializing. Mythic lifetime of having his valor vaunted to the ages through the excesses of the medieval imagination of the centuries postceding him. Charles Martel (c688-741) - French soldier and statesman. Known as “the Hammer.” Outer: Illegitimate son of the mayor of the palace, who held Frankish power, mother was the latter’s concubine. Imprisoned by his jealous stepmother, he escaped and despite no inheritance, immediately showed his military abilities, and ultimately succeeded his father in 719, after 5 years of battling one of his stepbrothers to become uncrowned king of the Franks. Wished to unite all of Frankish Gaul, with the added fillip of being a confirmed Christian, offering his enemies baptism or death, while dedicating his martial life to that goal. Had 2 sons by his first wife, Chrotrud, including his successor Pepin III (Lucien Bonaparte). Married a 2nd time to Swanachild, a Saxon princess he took captive in war and deeply loved, one son and daughter from union, although the son was eventually imprisoned over the ambitions of his mother, who was sent to a nunnery after her husband’s death. Introduced armored-horse cavalry to the West, an Iranian concept. Halted the Islamic invasion of Europe at epic battle of Tours in 732, which ended Islam’s aggressive encroachment onto the continent, and he was looked on as a Christian savior of Europe. Granted bishoprics to his generals and faithful servants, thereby secularizing the Church and making it subject to central, royal authority. Reunited and ruled the Frankish empire as an all-but-in-name king, until his health began failing, at which time he divided his kingdom between his legitimate sons. Laid the foundation for his grandson, Charlemagne’s (Napoleon Bonaparte) future conquests and expansion, while refraining from making his dynastic ambitions official. Inner: Ambitious, energetic, military adept, although more secular than religious, despite being viewed as a Christian savior. Keen, disciplined strategist. Sword-and-cross-in-hand lifetime of the freedom of conquest, while creating an enduring Christian base, for his successors to build upon. Theodebert I (c495-548) - Frankish king. Outer: Son of Theodoric I (Napoleon Bonaparte). Fought under his father, proving himself on the battlefield, before succeeding him in 534. Although he was as avaricious as his fellow Merovingians, he proved himself to be kinder in victory, while also more generous to the Church. Greatly expanded the lands he inherited into Germanic territories as well as briefly into Italy, while maintaining his independence from the Roman Byzantium empire, against which he would have liked to march. Devastated northern Italy, slaughtering women and children, only to find that his army’s wholesale destruction had destroyed the countryside. They were subsequently overcome by dysentery and starvation, causing him to lose a third of his men before they stumbled back through the Alps. Died in a hunting accident and was succeeded by his son, Theobald, who had none of his father’s vigor, and could not hold onto his territorial gains. Inner: Strong martial adept, the best of the early Merovingians, beside his grand/father, Clovis. Genuinely religious, as well as solicitous of his people, although ruthless with his enemies, sparing no one. Foundation lifetime of grounding himself in rule over the geopolitical arena of the future French nation, and like his fellow extended family, imprinting his personality of rule on that polity. Antoninus Pius (Titus Aurelius Fulvus Boionius Antoninus) (86-161) - Roman emperor. Outer: From a family that had originated in Gaul. Ony child of a Roman consul, and grandson of 2 consuls. Mother’s father had also twice been consul. After his progenitor’s early death, his education was arranged by his grandfathers. Married in his 20s to Faustina, the daughter of a Roman senator and consul, and quite devoted to her, 2 sons who died young and 2 daughters from the union. After holding several posts including quaestor and praetor, he became consul in 130. Made a circuit judge by Hadrian (Charles de Gaulle), who adopted him as his heir in 138 when his own son died. Ruled the state during the last illness of Hadrian and assumed the throne on his death in 138. Given the unusual title of “Pius,” by the Senate for his patriotism and dutifulness, after asking that Hadrian be deified, despite his unpopularity with that body. Also accepted the title as ‘father of the country.’ Focused his attention on Italy, rather than the provinces as his predecessor had and maintained good relations with the Senate throughout his reign. Enjoyed a stable government, coupling a prudent fiscal policy with solid legal reform. After his wife died in 140, he took one of his her former slaves, Galeria Lysistrate, as his concubine, and she had considerable influence at court. Became the adoptive father of 2 future emperors, his son-in-law, Marcus Aurelius (Martin Heidigger) and Lucius Verus (Bono). Had a relatively peaceful and prosperous reign, despite a rebellion or two, and his rule was considered part of the Golden Age of good emperors. Enjoyed a natural, peaceful death, with his last word, the password to the officer on duty watching over him, ‘equanimity,’ before turning over and dying. Inner: Attractive, amiable and highly capable, using diplomacy rather than arms whenever he could. Sweet-natured with a disdain for glory. Dedicated to duty, not particularly ambitious. Actualized lifetime of offering rule under an integrated and stable inner character, which he would maintain as his martial expertise continually expanded. Hasdrupal Barca (?-207BZ) - Carthaginian general. Outer: Father was Hamilcar Barca (Lucien Bonaparte). Middle of 3 brothers, including Hannibal Barca (Georgi Zhukov) and Mago Barca (Napoleon Bonaparte). Followed in the family’s martial tradition, and was given command of the Carthaginian forces in Spain in 218, by Hannibal, when the later embarked on his revenge-seeking march towards Rome. Returned to Africa to suppress a revolt, then came back to Spain, where he had mixed martial results, fighting alongside his younger sibling Mago, over the next near decade. Prevented from joining Hannibal by Roman forces, and did not reach Italy until 207, when he was killed in battle, and his head was catapulted into Hannibal’s camp. Inner: Courageous and valiant, although not yet the adept he would become. Learning lifetime of continuing in a family of martial adepts in order to become one himself. Amenhotep I (?-1504BZ) - Egyptian pharaoh. Outer: Of the XVIIIth dynasty. Oldest surviving son and successor of Ahmose (Lucien Bonaparte), and Ahmose-Nefertiri (Coco Chanel). Probably ascended the throne at a relatively young age, and may have briefly served as co-regent with his sire. May have married a sister, Merytamun, as was the royal practice of the time. Just under 6’, and quite vigorous, with a prominent nose and overbite. Pursued the expansionist military policies of his father, pushing the frontier of his empire into Nubia in the south, past the Second Cataract, and also raided Libya, although his reign is only lightly recorded, and its years are uncertain. Probably swept into Syria and the Sinai as well, and enriched the country through his gotten spoils and added territory. The state God, Amon-Re rose in importance during his reign, as he gave personification to its growing cult. Interested in art and architecture, although his building was ill-recorded, despite establishing the precedent of the concealed rock-cut tomb. Founded a cemetery workers’ village in western Thebes, where both he and his mother were later worshiped, and the cult lasted throughout the New Kingdom. By the end of his rein, the main dynamics of the XVIIIth dynasty were in place. Considered a good king by his contemporaries. Either was childless, or his designated successor died in infancy, so that he was succeeded by a military commander married to one of his sisters, who may or may not have been a grandson of his father, Thutmose I (Henry Luce). Inner: Martial adept and hidden character, as evinced by his concealed and never discovered tomb. Sun God lifetime of expressing his martial will upon a throne handed to him, with little of his real nature left for posterity to glean.


Storyline: The intriguing intriguer is completely uninhibited in her grabs for power, sacrificing unity and coherence for the sheer unadulterated thrill of bending other wills to her own, and ultimately suffering mightily for her unappeased appetites.

Morgan le Fay - Fairy sister of King Arthur. Seductive enchantress, who was untouched by time, but gradually descended into a mortal state and had to use her magic to keep from aging. Alternately seen as the dark power of beauty, and the limitless lady of the lake enchantment of the eternal feminine. Unity Valkyrie Mitford (1914-1948) - English fascist. Outer: Daughter of the eccentric English baron Lord Redesdale, mother was extremely distant, creating a creative but unhappy household. Named after actress Unity Moore. One of 7 siblings. Conceived in a cabin in Northern Ontario where her father was speculating for gold. A nearby town was symbolically called Swastika. Like her sisters, she received no formal education, save for French, but was allowed to read at will. One sister, Diana, married the British fascist Oswald Mosley, and 2 other siblings, Jessica and Nancy, became well-known writers. Tall and initially shy, with a talent for rhyming and drawing. Became an early enthusiast of Adolf Hitler, and from 1934 onward, she visited him frequently, drawing much British flack for her fascination with him. Loved to troll around England with swastika pennants flapping from her car, while giving the Nazi salute to family and friends. Became more and more obsessed with AH and he, in turn, enjoyed her company, finding her one of the few people who didn’t flatter and toady up to him, allowing him to exercise his latent charm and humor, which otherwise lay buried beneath his anger. Persecuted by the press after writing a blatantly anti-Semitic letter to Julius Streicher’s Sturmer, as well as for her continued association with the Führer, although she never revealed anything about their conversations, and was rarely ever alone with him. Never married, although she had a series of relationships, including several German lovers. Joined her brother-in-law, Oswald Mosley’s, British Union of Fascists, and continued her pro-German sympathies, seeing Hitler as the strongman that the world desperately needed. Deeply shocked when Britain went to war with Germany. Professing a love for both countries, she went to the English Garden in the center of Munich, and shot herself in the temple with a small handgun, but survived as a half-paralyzed incontinent invalid, with the bullet lodged in her brain, and the emotional and mental capacities of a 12 year old. Hitler paid her hospital bills and got her out of England to Switzerland in a private railway car. Replaced her obsession with him, with an equal fanaticism around religion, and finally died of meningitis as a result of the wound, well after the war ended. Inner: Strong individualist, who loved to shock people. Dwelt in a fantasy world of political projection, and probably enjoyed being an outcast for her views. Ironically named, since her character was anything but unified. Disjointed lifetime of celebrating the darkness of pure political ambition, perhaps as reflection of her last go-round, with the premier western personality of power of the 19th century. Marie-Caroline Bonaparte (1782-1839) - Queen of Naples. Outer: 7th of 8 surviving children of Maria-Letizia Bonaparte (Coco Chanel) and Carlo Buonaparte (Baron Redesdale), a failed lawyer who died when she was 3. The family was in better circumstances by the time she came of age. Like her sisters, she enjoyed acting in amateur comedies. In 1800, she married Joachim Murat (Oswald Mosley), 4 children from the union. Intrigued with her husband for power, as he became a marshal of France, and ultimately the duo were invested as King and Queen of Naples in 1808. Acted as regent during his absences, proving to be an effective administrator. Theirs, however, was a marriage of ambition, rather than love, and both were continually unfaithful to one another. Had strained relations with Napoleon because of her personal desire for power. Although able to manipulate her husband, she could not always control him, and they eventually lost their power base when he acted against her advice and tried to get the Italians to rise against the Austrians, forcing both to flee the city. After her husband’s execution in 1815, and the simultaneous fall of Napoleon, she took on lovers for practical reasons to further her own ambitions. Retired to Austria, then Trieste after Napoleon’s final downfall, taking the title the Contessa di Lipona, an anagram of Naples. Learned of her husband’s death via a newspaper. Her last lover was her ex-Minister of War, and she may have secretly married him to let him know she would always be his queen. Went to Trieste after the death of Napoleon in 1821, grew fat, and moved onto Florence, her final home. Maintained her regal airs to the end and died of cancer of the uterus. Inner: Highly ambitious, and a continual intriguer, with a dominating personality. Grasping lifetime of exercising sheer political power, showing little heart for anyone other than herself, despite some gifts as a regal administrator. Charlotte Aglae d’Orleans (1700-1737) - French noblewoman. Outer: From the royal House of Bourbon. Third surviving daughter of Philippe II, duc d’Orleans (Boris Yeltsin) who became duc d’Orleans and regent of France in her mid-teens. Her oldest brother was Louis, duc d’Orleans (Vladimir Putin). As her father’s favorite daughter, she exhibited a strong sense of self-assurance and was given a good education. The family tried to intertwine itself with the king of Sardinia through her, although the proposed match failed. When she was 17, she began an affair with the rakish and dissipated grandnephew of Cardinal Richelieu (Henry Kissinger), who was involved in a foreign conspiracy against her father and subsequently jailed in the Bastille. Begged her sire to intercede and pardon him so that she could marry him, but instead he accepted an offer from the Duke of Modena and Reggio to wed her to his son, Francesco d’Este. The duo were married in 1720, and she received an enormous dowry for it, making her one of the wealthier women in Europe. Together the pair had nine children. Despite her titles and wealth, she was completely bored in Modena, and eagerly took up with the duc de Richelieu again, in hopes of shedding her stultifying husband in favor of the legendary swordsman of her youth, although she proved just another fling for him. Finally left her husband and returned to Paris, only to find herself socially ostracized by the king and court, and a completely ignored figure. Wound up outliving all her siblings, in a long depressive downspin, with her larger ambitions completely blunted, and no chance at regaining any status within her royal circle. Inner: Lively, and as always, extremely manipulative, in her ongoing desire to maximize whatever power is given her. Thwarted lifetime of having her will continually blocked, amidst longtime family members, and having no other recourse but to slowly and surely bore herself to death. Marie de Chevreuse (Marie de Rohan-Montbazon, duchesse de Chevreuse) (1600-1679) - French conspirator. Outer: Daughter of a French duke. Grew up in wealth and privilege. Married in 1617 to Charles de Luynes (Oswald Mosley), who was commander of the French armies. One son from the union, which brought out her penchant for intrigue, thanks to her spouse’s equal fondness for conspiracy. The following year, she became superintendent of the household for Louis XIII’s (Cecil B. DeMille) queen, Anne of Austria (Gloria Swanson). After her husband’s premature death in 1621, she married another influential French duke, while maintaining numerous clandestine relationships on the side. 3 daughters from her second marriage, two of whom became abbesses, including Henriette de Lorraine (Nancy Mitford). A close confidante of the queen, she inadvertantly caused her to miscarry after playing a lively game in the Louvre, and it took all her husband’s influence to have her reinstated at court. Angered by how she was treated, she began actively promoting mischief via her various lovers, and wound up being exiled in 1626 for plotting against the powerful minister Cardinal de Richielieu (Henry Kissinger). With the complicity of another high-placed lover, the duke of Lorraine, she returned to France 2 years later, only to be exiled again in 1633 for betraying state secrets she had extracted from her lover, the royal keeper of the seals. Forced to flee to Spain, then England and finally to Flanders for further perfidies. Returned to France after the serial deaths of Richielieu and then the king in 1643, and immediately and compulsively resumed her intriguing. Plotted with a group of high nobles to assassinate the queen’s first minister, Jules Mazarin (Francois Mitterand), and once more went into exile. Helped form the coalition that supported the revolt of the Great Conde, but then reconciled with Mazarin when Conde broke his agreement to marry her daughter. Finally retired in 1652, and spent her last quarter century quietly, winding up in a convent. Inner: Willful, intrigue-prone and manipulative, albeit also capable of great charm. Conspiratorial lifetime of exercising her own will without a thought to the consequences, and constantly being given a second chance, only to continue to intrigue until finally worn out by her excesses. Alice of Antioch (c1110s-c1150s) - Antioch Princess. Outer: 3rd daughter of Baldwin II (Edmund Allenby) of Jerusalem. Her mother was an Armenian princess, and she was born before her sire ascended the throne. Younger sister of Melisande (Jessica Mitford), and Hodiema (Diana Mitford) and older sister of Ioveta (Nancy Mitford). All 4 sisters would remain close their entire lives. In 1126, she was given in marriage to Bohemund II, prince of Antioch, over which her father had been regent, before becoming king of Jerusalem. One daughter from union, Constance. Her husband was slain in battle in 1131, and her father resumed the regency, although she wanted the city for herself. Began negotiating with Zangi, the northern Syrian ruler and enemy of the crusaders, offering her daughter in marriage to a Muslim prince, but the messenger she sent was captured and tortured by her father’s forces. Refused to let her sire enter Antioch, but some of her nobles opened the gates for his representatives, including her brother-in-law Fulk (Archibald Wavell). Begged her father’s mercy afterwards, and they were reconciled, and she was expelled from Antioch, but allowed to keep two lesser cities. Her father died in 1131, and her sister, Melisande, along with Fulk, ascended the throne, and she once again tried to take control over Antioch, but was thwarted by the latter. In 1135, she began negotiating with the Byzantine emperor for a husband for her daughter Constance, but the city’s nobles countermanded her by having a French noble marry her underage daughter. Humiliated, she quit Antioch, never to return, and disappears from the records. Inner: Scheming, willful and manipulative. Power-tripping lifetime, as usual, of trying to get her way in royal environs, and as usual, defeated in her attempts, in her ongoing run of lessons unlearned. Willa de Toscana (c920-c966) - Italian queen consort. Outer: From a royal Burgundian family on her mother’s side. Only child of a Tuscan marquis and a Frankish princess. In her mid-20s, she became the wife of Berengar II (Adolf Hitler), a provincial Italian margrave with far greater ambitions. Three sons as well as a daughter from the union, including her eldest, Adalbert (Rudolph Hess). Proved an excellent scheming support for her spouse’s outsized ambitions. After her husband succeeded in grabbing power in Northern Italy, following an uprising of nobles in 945, he then kidnapped the widowed queen, Adelheid (Margaret Sanger) as a wife for his son Adelbert in 951. Proved particularly unkind to her in captivity, before Otto I (Mohandas Gandhi), the German king rode to the rescue, defeated her husband in battle and married her. Following an attack on the pope by her husband and eldest son in 960, and their subsequent deposition and defeat by Otto once again, she was held captive in a German nunnery, where she spent the rest of her life. Inner: Scheming and highly competitive. Queen of mean lifetime of serving as a nasty support for a usurper, and getting her desserts in the end, when her family ran into a far more skilled martial force than they, who easily blunted their will. Julia Soaemias (?-222) - Roman augusta. Outer: Elder daughter of Julia Maesa (Jessica Mitford) and Syrian priest Bassianus. Younger sister was Julia Mammaea (Cher). Married a Syrian knight who became a Roman senator. Their child was Elagabulus (Heinrich Himmler), who held the hereditary priesthood of the Sun-god El-Gabal. He was proclaimed emperor in 218, and after a successful rebellion in which his predecessor Macrinus (Darryl F. Zanuck) was killed, he sailed with his mother and grandmother, his 2 Augustae, ultimately reaching Rome the following year. While Julia Maesa took over controls of government, her grandson showed himself to be the most over-the-edge emperor the empire had ever seen, much to the shock and horror of Rome. Encouraged his excesses and indulgences, and seemed to be of a mind with him, much to her own mother’s dismay. Oversaw his marrying 5 successive wives in order to give the appearance of normalcy, but his religious excesses proved far too much for the Roman public, and 4 years into his reign, both she and her son were murdered by their soldiers in reaction to his excesses, then had their bodies dragged through the streets of Rome and thrown into the Tiber. Inner: Very much the mother of an over-the-edge son. Wanton lifetime of giving play to her own excesses, only to suffer violent reprisals to the end, which seemed to do little to her ongoing desire to challenge convention each time she rises to a position of power or public notoriety. Julia Agrippina the Younger (15-49) - Roman augusta. Outer: Mother was Agrippina the Elder (Jacqueline Kennedy), father was the Roman general Germanicus (JFK). Sister of the emperor Caligula (Napoleon Bonaparte). Married to her second cousin, the disgraced consul Domitius Ahenobarbus (Heinrich Himmler) when she was 13 years old, son from union became the emperor Nero (Adolf Hitler). Debased herself sexually at her brother’s court, including having carnal knowledge of her sibling, and when her son was 2, she was banished by Caligula, who then seized her son’s inheritance. Her husband died when her son was 3, his name forever besmirched. Failed to persuade the general Galba (Reinhard Heydrich) to marry her, then killed her next husband, to inherit his wealth and angled her way to the throne by marrying the aging emperor, and her uncle, Claudius (Joseph Goebbals) in 49, after he had her recalled from exile. Wielded enormous power, and insured her son of the company of luminous minds in his education. The following year, she was declared Augusta, and persuaded Claudius to adopt her son, and betroth him to his daughter Octaviasa, before surreptitiously working to supplant the heir-designate with him. In 54, she had the emperor poisoned, and oversaw the succession of her teen-aged son. Used to listen to imperial councils behind a closed curtain, and became, in essence, the first female ruler of the Roman Empire, although her son displayed a reluctance to share rule and soon saw her as highly dispensable. Disliked her son’s taste for the arts and his effeminate Greek dress, and was threatened by any other woman around him. Numerous plots were hatched for her pre-mature exit, including a collapsible ship, from which she safely swam away. When her end did come, in a beating by the emperor’s soldiers, it was cause for much public rejoicing. Inner: Arrogant, highly ambitious, but no match for her longtime partner in power. Dangling carrot lifetime of enjoying one brief blink as all-powerful, before succumbing to the matricidal machinations of her karmic mate.


Storyline: The critical queen performs admirably in whatever realm she chooses to assay, employing a keen sense of perception and organization, that serves her equally well whether she wields a sceptre or pen to make her will known.

Ygraine - Mother of King Arthur. Wife of Duke Gorlois. Seduced by the enchantment of Merlin, when Uther Pendragon appeared to her in her husband’s form. After her husband’s death, she became the reluctant wife of Uther. Archetype of the woman who is forced to make her will known, otherwise she will be made to do otherwise. Jessica Mitford (1917-1996) - English writer. Known to her family as Decca. Outer: 6th of 7 children, and 5th daughter of the Resedale family, where 4 became celebrities, including fellow writer Nancy, and fascist sympathizers, Unity and Diana. Father was an eccentric baron who did not believe in formal education for girls, while her mother was extremely remote. Educated at home, and encouraged to be unique, although her childhood was unhappy. Never forgave her parents for denying her a proper education. Nevertheless, the household was full of hi-jinks and high spirits, thanks to the lively siblings. While her sister Unity was scratching swastikas on the windowpane of the bedroom they shared, she was countering with hammers and sickles. At 20, she ran away with her 2nd cousin, Esmond Romilly, and married him, one daughter from the union. Both joined the Communist Party, and he fought with the International Brigade in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. The pair then came to America in 1939, but he was later killed in action during WW II, as was her only brother, Tom, in the last days of fighting. The following year, she married Robert Treuhaft, an American lawyer, one son from the union. Became a writer in her late 30s, focusing on the ills of America in a well-read career of exposing the industrial and social foibles of her adopted country. Best remembered for The American Way of Death, a mordant view of the American funeral industry. Suffered harassment during the McCarthy era for her earlier Communist affiliations, although she remained uncowed, becoming the secretary of the local Civil Rights Congress in Oakland. Wrote of her early life, but is best remembered for her muck-raking journalism. Lectured widely, and proved extremely feisty in expressing her well-articulated beliefs. Died of cancer. Inner: Critical, mordant humor, tough-minded, rebellious. Feisty lifetime of using her astute observational faculties as a means to self-expression and self-fulfillment as a muck-raking queen-in-exile, after many lives centered around the aristocracies of Europe. Stephanie de Genlis (Stephanie Felicite du Crest de Saint Aubin, Comtesse de Genlis) (1746-1830) - French writer and teacher. Outer: Father was a noble but impoverished army officer. Introduced quite young to court-life, she loved the amateur theatricals, in particular, evincing a talent for both them and music. At the age of 6, she was ordained a canoness in a noble chapter, and given the title of Mme. la Comtesse de Lancy. Grew into a slender, graceful beauty, and was a great favorite at the court for her gifts, winning her a comte for a husband at 16, although he was from a similar impoverished background as hers. Officially presented at court in 1770, she became lady-in-waiting to the Duchess de Chartres, while secretly becoming mistress to the duke, Philippe d’Egalite (Daniel Pearl), who was unhappily married and father of the future king Louis-Philippe (Boris Yeltsin). The affair would cause much scandal, and basically ended her own marriage. Had two children by her husband, and another pair by her lover, with one passing in society as her adopted daughter. Showed a deep and imaginative enthusiasm for teaching, while penning and producing theatricals for her pupils’ benefit, and wound up not only teaching the couple’s daughters, but their sons as well, including the future king, Louis Philippe (Boris Yeltsin). Thanks to all her attractive features, and the notoriety of her liaison, she had many jealous enemies at court. The duke’s embrace of revolutionary ideals, followed by her husband being the very first Girondin executed in 1793, sent her and her daughters into a 7 year exile, mostly in England and Switzerland, where she supported herself by hack writing. Lost her lover to the guillotine as well, and wasn’t allowed to return to France until 1800, now largely impoverished and in her 50s. Won her way back a via novel which brought the emperor Napoleon to tears, and he granted her a pension and made her promise to write him every two weeks on any literary or political subject she chose. Became as famous in England, as she was in France, although her works belong to their time, without any transcendental insight to make them universal. Lost her pension in 1815 with the fall of the emperor, but she continued to churn out herstorical romances, biographies and assorted works, including her somewhat scandalous Memoires in 1825. Finally ended her long life on the joyous day her former pupil ascended the throne of France. Inner: Feisty and independent. Nose-thumbing lifetime of fashioning her own unique pathway through the treacherous shoals of equally treacherous times, and proving herself clever enough to both survive and rebound on her own terms. Catherine de Rambouillet (Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet) (1588-1655) - French salonist. Outer: Daughter of the French ambassador to Rome, mother was Italian, and taught her daughter her native language, so that she would be fluent in it as well. Married at the age of 12, and her husband later became the Marquis de Rambouillet. Always saw herself as a child in relation to her spouse, who respected her deeply, although she later felt had she not married him, she probably would not have married at all, thanks to her own sense of independence. Two daughters from union. Disliked the vulgarity of the French court, under Henri IV (FDR) in comparison with the elegance of Italian society, and was determined to uplift it. From her early 20s, she became a fixture of French society, inviting cultured friends, intellectuals and aristocrats to her town house, the Hotel de Rambouillet, which she herself designed, allowing it to be a leveling ground between nobles of birth and nobles of the mind. Created the Blue Room, the first aristocratic chamber dedicated specifically for conversation. From about 1617, these gatherings comprised the first great French salon, which flourished for the rest of her life. Although not a writer herself, she exerted a strong effect on French literary life by creating the environment in which facile minds could come together, which also furthered the homogeneity of French letters of the time. Along with her elder daughter, Julie d’Angennes, she received many of the premier writers of the day, and set a standard for precise and elegant diction, as well as spelling, that made her a figure of satire in some circles, albeit well-liked and respected. Also influenced taste and fashion, with her own unconventional living quarters. From the age of 35, she suffered an odd blood disease that made her susceptible to heat, be it the sun or fires, and eventually had to stay in the house most of the time, traveling only when it was cool, while engaging in reading, her favorite asocial pastime. Inner: Kind, sophisticated and highly intelligent, with a love of beautiful things. Loved to surprise people, and proved to be an endearing friend to many. Social arbiter with an enormous amount of cultural power, which she did not abuse. Style-setting lifetime of switching her mode from the political to the popular, which would ultimately prove to be her most lasting metier. Anne of Brittany (1477-1514) - Queen of France. Outer: Daughter of the duke of Brittany, succeeded her father at age of 11, although just beforehand, her land was invaded by French troops who demanded that she could not marry without the consent of the crown, because of fears of who would control Brittany. Had a lifelong interest in protecting the interests of her duchy, with marriage as her only political tool. In 1490, in order to protect her domain from the crown, she married by proxy the HRE Maximilian of Austria (Charles de Gaulle), but then, after a long siege, she was forced to marry Charles VIII (Herman Goering) in 1491, when he attacked her territory, thereby uniting Brittany and France. No issue from union. After her husband’s death in 1498, she had to marry his cousin and successor Louis XII (Bernard kouchner) the following year according to an agreement, although she insisted that Brittany would be a separate part of the inheritance, going either to a 2nd son or daughter. 4 sons died stillborn, 2 daughters, including Claude (Kathy Acker), who would marry Francois I (Bob Geldof). Despite overt politics to their union, both genuinely loved one another. Looked after her own interests afterwards, governing Brittany well and efficiently, while keeping it a separate state. Patroness of artists, scholars and poets, and was the recipient of the Book of Hours, created for her. Failed to contract a marriage between one of her daughters and the future king of France, and less than 2 decades after her death from a severe attack of gallstones, Brittany was incorporated into France. The mournful king soon followed his wife in death. Inner: Highly intelligent, literate, excellent administrator. Astute lifetime of exercising political power through contracts and maintaining her sense of order through a determined will, while enhancing the cultural life of her time. Melisande (1105-1161) - Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem Queen. Outer: Eldest daughter of Baldwin II (Edmund Allenby), king of Jerusalem. Mother was an Armenian princess. Had three younger sisters, Alice (Diana Mitford), Ioveta (Nancy Mitford) and Hodiema (Diana Mitford), and all 4 siblings would be close their entire lives. Designated as her father’s successor, and was given precedence over the other nobles of the realm, making for a queenly character before she even ascended the throne. Handled diplomatic correspondence, as well as other duties, and was acknowledged by both clergy and royal council as heir apparent. Her father chose Fulk V of Anjou (Archibald Wavell) as her consort, initially hesitating to have him share the throne with her, although the latter eventually convinced him otherwise. The duo were married in 1129, 2 sons from union, who would succeed to the throne, Baldwin III (Alan Brooke) and Amalric I (Harold Alexander). Close to her children, despite future struggles with her eldest. After her father’s death in 1131, the pair ascended the throne as joint rulers. Her husband, however, accused her handsome cousin Hugh de Le Puiset of having an affair with her, and in the contretemps that followed, including a revolt by and an attempted assassination on the latter, her party wound up dominating, and from 1136 onward, she, in essence, ran the government. The couple reconciled and had their second child afterwards, while she resumed granting royal titles and favors and holding court. Had the support of the Church her entire life, and in 1138 she founded the convent of St. Lazarus in Bethany, where her sister Ioveta would become abbess. Showed herself to be extremely generous with religious institutions, as well as artistic projects associated with the Church. In 1143, her husband died, and she and Baldwin III were jointly crowned, before she assumed the regency. The following year, she sent word to Rome about the fall of Edessa, which initiated the Second Crusade. When Baldwin III reached his majority in 1145, she did not relinquish her power, showing herself to be a strong steward, while her son showed no real inclination to reign on his own until 1152, when the royal council decided she should rule the rich south and Jerusalem, and he should rule the north of the kingdom, only to have him invade her realms. A civil war ensued, where her forces were defeated, and she was forced into a secondary position away from Jerusalem. Her son, nevertheless, always treated her with respect, and she reconciled with him and within two years, she had assumed royal duties again, showing herself still able to maneuver adroitly in the political realm the rest of her life. Died of a stroke. Inner: Headstrong and willful, with an instinct for power, and the ability to know how to use it. Stand up for yourself lifetime of fighting for the right to rule with both husband and son, and ultimately prevailing, thanks to an open heart and the ability to love her enemies, even when they were her loved ones. Julia Maesa (?-c225) - Roman augusta. Outer: From a family of Syrian priestly rulers. Sister of Julia Domna (Coco Chanel). Married Bassianus, a Syrian senator and had 2 daughters, Julia Soaemias (Unity Mitford), the mother of the emperor, Elagabulus (Adolf Hitler) and Julia Mammaea (Cher), the mother of the emperor Alexander Severus (Sonny Bono). Engineered the plot by which Elagabulus ascended to the purple in 218, and was the real power behind the throne for the next 7 years. Conspired with her latter daughter to have Elagabulus adopt her son as his heir, and then when the former proved jealous of the latter’s popularity, she bribed his praetorian guard to eliminate both him and his mother. The most influential woman the Empire had ever known during the reign of Egalabulus, co-directing the government and continually manipulating events, she retained her authority into the reign of Alexander, until her death. Inner: Strong-willed and domineering. Sheer manifestation of power lifetime of exerting her considerable influence and will in a martial patriarchal age, and manipulating events to her advantage, evincing a sure-handed sense of her own formidable dominance and the ability to turn the limitations of those around her to her advantage, themes she would continue to play with.


Storyline: The hedonistic beauty finally becomes politicized, after many a go-round of playing with the pleasures of power, rather than the sheer pleasure of power, like the other members of her long-time family.

Ettare - Beautiful maiden, whom Pelleas loved deeply, but she scorned him for his innocence, preferring less idealistic expressions of passion. Archetype of the fickle feminine. Diana Mitford Mosley (1910-2003) - English fascist. Outer: 3rd daughter of an eccentric English baron, Lord Redesdale, and his indifferent wife, who had her, like her sisters, educated at home, while refusing to have her girls play with other children, for fear they would be overstimulated. 4th of 7 siblings, 2 of whom, Jessica and Nancy, became well-known writers, while a third, Unity, was a notorious Nazi sympathizer. Despite political differences, close with all of them, save for Jessica, whose politics were the complete opposite of hers. Tall, blonde and blue-eyed. At 16, she was sent to Paris to day school for six months to complete her formal education, after feeling for too contained in her early environs. Initially vaguely liberal with some sense of social consciousness, feeling things needed to be changed. In 1929, against her parents better judgment, she married Bryan Guinness, the son of the Tory Minister of Agriculture, and scion of the Guiness brewery dynasty, 2 children from union. Developed a close friendship during this time with writer Evelyn Waugh, who fell in love with her, although later jealously cut her off for several decades. Preferred friendship with witty people to sexual and romantic liaisons. Although her husband became a successful lawyer, and the duo seemed a highly social and attractive couple, something was missing, and when she met Oswald Mosley in 1932, she fell in love with both him and his political ideals, despite both of them being married to others at the time. Felt a great need to serve the cause of Fascism, and turned her incipient political sensibilities in that direction, while her friends all felt that the fairy princess had been carried off by the demon king, although he seemed to bring out the adult in her. After his wife died and she dissolved her own marriage, the duo were secretly married In 1936, 2 children from union. Despite his compulsive infidelities, the pair maintained a close relationship. Had their wedding reception at Nazi propagandist’s Joseph Goebbal’s house. With her sister Unity, she visited Hitler in Germany prior to WW II, causing much stir in the British press, while her intentions were to serve her husband’s career. After the outbreak of WW II, she was interred with her spouse from 1940 to 1943, and finally released because of Mosley’s health and put under house arrest for the duration of the war, proving to be a despised figure in Britain. Hated confinement, and never diminished her sense of being part of a cause, nor her deep love for her spouse. Moved to a mini-chateau outside Paris, where they entertained constantly, receiving an endless set of visitors from England. Also edited her husband’s right-wing journal, The European, unsuccessfully began a publishing venture, Euphorion Books, and became a writer in her own write, publishing her memoirs, A Life of Contrasts, in 1977, as well as a bio on her neighbor and fellow outcast, the Duchess of Windsor, among other pieces. Both an enthusiastic reader and a voluminous letter writer, remaining adamant about her life’s stances to the end. After her spouse’s death in 1980, she was left half-paralyzed with strokes, and ultimately survived a brain tumor, spending her declining years with family and friends, before dying after yet another small stroke. Inner: Beautiful, gregarious, brainy and romantically political. Loved being part of a cause that was greater than herself. Had a taste for extremes with a tendency to hero worship. Never apologized, and remained stubbornly loyal to her beliefs. Anti-Semitic, intelligent and a survivor. Transformative lifetime of support for a hyper-political mate, while channeling her considerable energy in more creative, albeit misguided, ways, than in lives past with the same family, eschewing her previous libidinous sexuality for witty sociality. Marie-Pauline Bonaparte (1782-1825) - French imperial sibling. Outer: 6th of 8 surviving children of Maria-Letizia Bonaparte (Coco Chanel) and Carlo Buonaparte (Baron Redesdale). Her father, who was a failed lawyer, died when she was 3, and the family moved to France, where they initially struggled financially. Lithe, uncommonly beautiful and long-limbed, she enjoyed acting in amateur comedies. The subject of strong rumors of an incestuous relationship with her brother Napoleon, whose favorite she was. In 1797, she married Gen. Charles Leclerc, a staff officer of her brother’s, and accompanied him to Santo Domingo, although he expired soon afterwards of yellow fever and she returned to Paris, with rumors trailing her of a host of exotic lovers of both sexes while there. Their only son died at the age of 4. In 1803, she married a handsome, but empty-headed Italian prince, Camillo Borghese, but soon tired of him. Had many lovers, and her behavior scandalized the French court, bordering on nymphomania, with both named and no-named inamoratas. Particularly obsessed with large male organs. Given a small principality in northern Italy, which made her independently wealthy. Finally removed from court in 1810 for her treatment of Napoleon’s 2nd wife, Marie-Louise (Aaliyah). Despite her frivolity, she was more loyal to her brother at his fall than any other sibling, accompanying him to Elba, and wishing to share his final exile at St. Helena. Exiled herself to Florence, where she spent her last years as a society hostess, wangling money and a villa and a palace from her separated husband, while imagining all sorts of ailments and avoiding mirrors so as not to see her decaying beauty. Continued her predations into middle-age, while suffering a variety of addlictions, that kept her prone much of the time. Died of cancer, and was actively in control even on her deathbed. Inner: Strikingly beautiful but vain, neurotic, death-and-money-obsessed and without principles. Hedonistic, but loyal lifetime of enjoying her own sense of personal power, while constantly aware of the fragility of her own mortality. Louise Henriette de Bourbon-Conti (1726-1759) - French noblewoman. Outer: Daughter of Louis Armand II de Bourbon (Baron Redesdale), a prince of the blood. Mother was illegitimately descended from Louis XIV (Charles de Gaulle). One older brother in a largely unhappy household. Raised in a convent, she was naturally rebellious, although her character was whitewashed by the pious father of her cousin and intended groom, Louis Philippe I, the duc de Chartres. The couple were married in 1746, amidst much pomp and ceremony at Versailles, both being of the blood, and had two surviving children, including her husband’s successor, Louis Philippe II (Daniel Pearl), who would go on to become a well-known noble liberal who took on the nom de revolution of Citizen Égalité, before falling victim to the guillotine. Scandalized the court with her debaucheries and infidelities, and ultimately died prematurely through her various excesses. Inner: Wanton and willful, with a complete indifference towards what others thought of her. More cerebral than emotional, with a natural wit, and a tendency towards depression. Rebellious lifetime of giving vent to her anger via the only outlet available to her, sexual risk-taking, which would prove her ultimate undoing, as an incandescent candle, not caring if she burned out at both ends. Hodiema (c1108-c1170s) - Countess of Tripoli. Outer: 2nd daughter of Baldwin II (Edmund Allenby) of Jerusalem. Mother was an Armenian princess. Younger sister of Melisande (Jessica Mitford), and older sibling of Alice (Diana Mitford) and Ioveta (Nancy Mitford). Married off to Raymond II of Tripoli, just before he succeeded his father in 1137, 2 children from the union. The marriage proved to be extremely contentious, thanks to her desire to show her independence, and his complete resistance to it, leading to her seclusion, as his means of controlling her. Her jealous husband continually suspected her of infidelities, to the point where he wondered if their daughter was his. Her sister Melisande was asked to mediate twixt the two in 1152, and a reconciliation was agreed upon, although the former thought it best to bring her sibling back to Jerusalem. Her husband accompanied them part of the way, and then was assassinated by Hashshashin in 1152 at the gates to the city, earning an his/storical first by being the initial non-Muslim murderee by that deadly and stoned sect. Immediately returned to resume the regency for her son, Raymond III, until he reached his majority 3 years later, and then remained an important adviser to him, along with her brother Joscelin, since neither had any larger claims on his rule, although she ultimately disappears from the records, and her end-life is unknown. Inner: Independent and willful. Feisty lifetime of having her considerable will thwarted by an unloved mate, only to be freed and allowed to express herself around rule, before ultimately being discounted again by the chroniclers of her time. Gisela (757-810) - Frankish abbess. Outer: Daughter of Pepin III (Lucien Bonaparte), king of the Franks, and Bertrade (Coco Chanel). One of four children, and much younger sister of Charlemagne (Napoleon Bonaparte), as well as Carloman (Joachim von Ribbentrop). Had an incestuous son with Charlemagne, who then sent her off to Chelles Abbey to become a nun, per the proscribed behavioral patterns of the time. Eventually became abbess there, overseeing a prolific scriptoria where her charges copied manuscripts. Her son wound up producing a daughter who married a son of Charlemagne, to complete an incestuous circle of sorts. Remained in her position her entire life, and, despite the overtones of her relationship with her brother, was held in esteem by him, as he eventually honored her by naming one of his daughters after her. Inner: Victim lifetime of the tenor of her times, although made the most of what she had been given, in her ongoing relationship with a figure whose will was far stronger than her won’t. Herodias (c15BZ-c) - Galilean queen. Outer: Father was the son of Herod the Great (Adolf Hitler) and his second wife. Mother was his cousin, the daughter of Herod’s sister and accused in complicity of her husband’s murder. One of four children, including Herod Agrippa I (David Ben-Gurion), as well as two other brothers and a sister. After her father’s execution by orders of Herod in 7 B.C.E., she was left an orphan. Engaged by the latter to her half-uncle Herod Philip, who was then made the prime successor of his progenitor, before plaints from his eldest son ultimately led to his being dropped from the succession. The duo had one daughter, Salome (Anne Sexton), and initially lived in Rome. At some juncture she began an affair with his half-brother, Herod Antipas (Menachem Begin), and, counter to Judaic law, she divorced her husband and married him, as he became Tetrarch of Perea and Galilee, in the stead of her previous spouse. The wilderness preacher, John the Baptist (Martin Heidigger) took particular umbrage about the incestuous nature of her second marriage, stirring popular resentment against both her and her husband. They had him arrested and held in a castle, although he continued to harangue against them. After her daughter danced provocatively for her spouse on his birthday, he granted her anything she wished, and through the auspices of her mother, asked for the Baptist’s head on a platter, which the Tetrarch reluctantly granted. Following John’s beheading, she struck his skull in anger and gave orders that it be buried separately from his body. It was ultimately dug up and wound up having a long life of its own, being passed from hand-to-hand down through the centuries as a holy relic. Tried to manipulate events against her brother Herod Agrippa I, only to have her scheme backfire, and have their lands added to her sibling’s Tetrarchy. Ultimately forced into exile with her husband to Lugdunum, in ancient Gaul where she died, at some unknown date. Inner: Seductive and manipulative, with a strong instinct for power, and an equal appetite for vengeance. Corrupt lifetime of serving as the angry executioner of a holy man, who would live even longer in sacerdotal memory through her actions, than he would have, had he been allowed to finish his days as an unmartyred messenger.


Storyline: The unhappy uxor uses her imagination and skills at exposition to assuage her frustrations in the domains of family and home, extracting her revenge on her intimate associates with a satiric pen and a sharply realized wit.

Titurel - Original guardian of the grail, also upholder of a world that is destined to fall apart. Archetype of mutual creative and destructive energy in its feminine form. Nancy Mitford (1904-1973) - English writer. Outer: Eldest daughter of the celebrated Mitford family, where 4 daughters became well-known, including fellow writer Jessica, and fascist sympathizers, Unity and Diana. Father was an eccentric baron, who was known as “Old Subhuman” to his progeny, mother was the daughter of the illegitimate son of a liberal politician who was also a journalist. Did not love the latter, who was remote, idiosyncratic and extremely prejudiced, nor did she feel loved by her. Wished her parents dead, so she could run the household. After briefly attending school at 5, she was educated at home by governesses, much to her later regret, and, like her sisters, was encouraged to be a largely uneducated individual. Learned to transmute her inner cruelty to humor, caricaturing her father mercilessly in her later work. Tall and slim, with green eyes and dark hair, unlike her blonde and blue-eyed siblings. Attended a finishing school, as well as art college, while pursuing narcissistic men who were into their own sexual kind. Partied with the Bright Young Things, left home at 24, and managed to support herself precariously by writing for magazines. The possessor of a deliciously malicious tongue, as well as a stylish chic, she remained largely undeveloped emotionally throughout her 20s. Her short pieces expanded into satirical novels of upper-class life based largely on her own experiences, beginning in 1931 with Highland Fling. Further infuriated at her mother’s support of Adolf Hitler, while feeling compelled to satirize her two siblings’ fascination with fascism, which did not sit well with them at all. Barely disguised her parents in the autobiographical The Pursuit of Love, her fifth novel, which proved to be her first major success. Highly social, with many literary friends, with whom she corresponded, writing thousands of letters during her life, most particularly to her sisters, who were ardent fellow correspondents. Jilted by a homophile, she made a loveless marriage on the rebound in 1933 to Peter Rodd, although found she had no real function in her political husband’s life and divorced him a quarter of a century later, after having lived mostly apart for the duration. No children from the union. A heavy sleeper in mid-life, she used the dreamworld to escape her unhappiness. The longtime love of her life was to a French ambassador, Gaston Palewski, to whom she was devoted her last 3 decades, while living alone or occasionally with her eccentric, estranged husband, who was a career politician and leery of any linkage with her family. Served as a driver during WW II, then became the manager of a West End bookshop. Secretly testified against her fascistic sister Diana after the war. Moved permanently to Paris in 1946, and wrote graceful biographies of several his’n’herstorical French figures, imbuing them with social and domestic details. In 1955, she penned her best-known and most controversial essay, on upper-class and non upper-class forms of speech, with the observation that euphemisms were non-U, as she called them, while direct descriptions were U. Made a CBE in 1972, and to her great elation, was admitted to the French Legion of Honor. Did little traveling beyond England and France, and purposefully dwelt in her own small insular world. Suffered an excruciatingly painful bout with Hodgkin’s disease for the last 4 years of her life, and died of cancer. Inner: Fictional autobiographer, and domestic biographer. Alternately cruel and kind, sharp-witted, with aristocratic tastes, a sense of romance, and little intellectual interest in the world. Saw humor as a way to anesthetize pain. Viewed Napoleon as one of her heroes. Loathed America, saw John Wilkes Booth (Michael Kennedy), as her favorite his/storical figure. Unhappy, albeit able to amuse herself, and never took her gifts of exposition seriously. Arched eyebrow lifetime of endless frustrations in family and love, using her sharp wit and powers of exposition to conceal her anger and pain. Hortense Beauharnais (1783-1837) - French noblewoman. Outer: Daughter of Alexander and Josephine Beauharnais (Estee Lauder), later the celebrated wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Younger sister of Eugene Beauharnais (Bernard Kouchner). Her father was an aristocrat and French general who was guillotined during the French Revolution. Adopted by Napoleon and joined her mother at his court, before being proposed in marriage to his brother, Louis (Arthur Seyss-Inquart). The pair made their unhappy union in 1802, and she was subsequently ignored by her husband, 3 children, including future emperor, Napoleon III (Darryl F. Zanuck). Her spouse felt most of their children were not his, while a rumored affair with Napoleon also estranged him. Uneasily shared the throne of Holland with her husband in 1805, although he refused to allow her to appear in public. Separated for good from him in 1809. The emperor refused to grant her a divorce, despite he, himself, having divorced her mother. Had a child by her secret lover, Charles de Flahaut, a former favorite of her husband, but also intrigued to have Napoleon restored after his first fall in 1815. Banished from France at his final downfall the following year, and settled in Switzerland, where she proved to be the most popular of the Bonapartes. Spent a great deal of time on her memoirs, as well as protecting the interests of her sons. Died of cancer, and asked to be buried by her mother. Inner: Romantic, graceful, intelligent, accomplished at being a lady. Amateur pianist and painter, as well as an incipient writer. Transitional lifetime of using her creativity to compensate for the lack of control in many elements of her life. Henriette de Lorraine (1631-1693) - French abbess. Outer: Youngest daughter of Marie de Rohan, the duchess of Chevreuse (Unity Mitford), and the duc of Chevreuse. Deeply religious, she followed her older sister’s example and entered a nunnery, ultimately becoming abbess of Jouarre. Her mother was a notorious intriguer, who had to flee France several times for her blatant indiscretions, which probably troubled her no end. Finally retired to Port Royal at the end of her career. Largely unrecorded life, since her most noted role was as daughter of one of the most dangerous women in the realm. Inner: Probably suffered much embarrassment over her mother’s machinations, and spent a great deal of time praying for her troubled soul. Cloistered lifetime of trying to made spiritual amends for a very secular progenitor. Ioveta (1120-c1177) - Jerusalemite abbess. Outer: Youngest daughter of Baldwin II (Edmund Allenby) of Jerusalem, and the only one born in Jerusalem, after her father had ascended the throne. Also known as Joveta, Yvette, and Iveta. Her mother was an Armenian princess. Her three older sisters, Melisande (Jessica Mitford), Alice (Unity Mitford) and Hodiema (Diana Mitford), all married French nobles in Jerusalem. Given as a hostage as a young child, when her father was captured in 1123, she was ransomed by her sire 2 years later. All four sisters would remain close their entire lives. Became a nun and entered the convent of St. Anne in Jerusalem. After her sister Melisande became queen, the former built a convent dedicated to St. Lazarus in Bethany, and she was elected as abbess the following year, in 1144. Donated land to the Knights Hospitallers, and educated her grandniece Sibylla (Lucille Ball). No record of her last years exist. Inner: Celibate lifetime of finding her own power in a time when women had virtually none, by deliberately removing herself from the male sphere, as a means of realizing herself, before plunging back in, in later go-rounds in this series, to explore her own confused capacity for disheartening experiences.


Storyline: The ignoble noble is always outshone by his considerable progeny, who use his seed to sail on to far greater heights than he could ever hope to achieve on his modest talents.

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. David Bertram Thomas Carlyle Oglivy Freeman-Mitford, 3rd Baron Redesdale (1878-1958) - English lord. Outer: One of 9 children, and the second but oldest surviving son of a diplomat, politician and writer, who was raised to the peerage as Baron Redesdale, a title that was revived after an unmarried relative of the previous generation let it go extinct. Largely lived in the shadow of his oldest brother, who was killed in WW I. Was sent to Ceylon to be a planter, although the lifestyle disagreed with him, and he returned in less than four years. Enlisted in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers and fought in the Boer War, finding army life highly suitable, although he was invalided out in 1902 after losing a lung. In 1904, he married Sydney Bowles, the daughter of an MP, whom he had met a decade earlier. Seven children from union, including writers Jessica Mitford and Nancy Mitford, and fascist-sympathizers Unity and Diana Mitford. Became an officer manager at his father-in-law’s magazine, although hated being indoors and office work. An outdoorsy country person at heart, he staked several gold mining claims near Swastika, Canada, and periodically worked them over the next two decades, although they failed to yield the riches he envisioned for himself. Almost went on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, but changed plans at the last minute. Maneuvered a doctor into declaring him fit for duty so as to fight in WW I, and rejoined his regiment because of a desperate dearth of officers, but had a complete health breakdown in 1915, and was once more invalided home. His brother’s death, coupled with his father’s the following year, made him the next Lord Redesdale, and he inherited the family estate, Swinbrook. Eccentric to the extreme, he once barred a duchess from his estate for the galling insult of leaving a paper handkerchief on a hedge. Did not believe in education for women, and had his daughters raised at home in what he felt was a highly creative atmosphere. During the 1920s, he made some poor investments, which threatened the family wealth, and he subsequently blamed his failures on the Jews, while becoming extremely right-wing in his politics. Joined numerous anti-Semitic organizations through his belief that there was a cabal of world Jewry trying to take over the world. Wrote the introduction to Houston Stewart Chamberlain’s (Ernst Zundel) “Foundations of the 19th Century,” and imbued both his daughters Unity and Diana with his beliefs, so that the former would become a confidante of Adolf Hitler, while the latter would marry British fascist Oswald Mosley, although he strongly disapproved of both men, despising the Nazis in particular. Perturbed by the behavior of his rebellious daughters, he became completely broken by events, particularly Unity’s suicide attempt, and in his early 60s, his health broke completely. Quarreled with his wife, who moved out, and lived largely as a relic afterwards. Died peacefully a few days shy of his 80th birthday. Inner: Impulsive and sensitive with a good sense of humor and a kind heart, although had the habit of erupting into explosive rages his entire life. Eccentric lifetime of siring an impressive coterie of daughters, while giving reactionary voice to the fascist sentiments of his times, as an upper-class blowhard of the old school. Carlo Buonaparte (1745-1785) - Corsican lawyer. Outer: From an old and prominent Corsican family, with an Italian lineage. Father was a Corsican diplomat of the minor nobility. In love with another but was convinced to marry Maria-Letizia Ramolino (Coco Chanel) for her dowry, and did so in 1764. 13 children from the union, of whom 8 survived, including the future emperor, Napoleon I, as well as Marie-Caroline (Unity Mitford) and Marie-Pauline (Diana Mitford). Largely a wastrel, whose major interests seemed to be in putting on airs during the day, and fornicating all night. Also dabbled in poetry. Shortly after his marriage, he went to Rome to study law, but left posthaste the following year for reasons never revealed. Studied ethics at a newly found university on his native island, and then became secretary to Pasquale Paoli (Antonio Banderas), prior to the latter’s rise as a revolutionary nationalist leader. Made a speech against France’s imminent taking over the island, and then when it did in 1768, he played up to French authority and was made an assessor to the royal court, while Paoli went into exile. Received his law doctorate in 1770. Had a skill at lawsuits, and made sure his children were educated at public expense, otherwise contributed little to the family. Appointed Corsica’s representative to the royal court at Versailles in 1778, a position he held for a number of years. Died of stomach cancer, and left his family in debt. Inner: Foppish dandy, whose main pursuits were that of aggrandizing himself. Seed-spreading lifetime of allowing his offspring to make him a minor his/storical figure, through no other accomplishments of his own. Louis Armand II de Bourbon (1696-1727) - French prince. Outer: Of the House of Bourbon. Son of Francois-Louis, Prince of Conti (Marquis de Lafayette), and the only one of 7 children to survive. Despite Louis XIV’s (Charles de Gaulle) competitive dislike of his sire, he enjoyed the king’s good graces, probably because the former saw little in him that would threaten his own position. Succeeded his father in 1709. Served in the War of the Spanish Succession, which saw his house take the Spanish crown, although he exhibited none of the dash and skill on the battlefield of his progenitor. In 1713, he married Louise-Elizabeth de Bourbon-Conde. Son and daughter from the union, including Louise-Henriette (Diana Mitford). Supported the financial schemes of John Law (Joseph Kennedy, Sr.) and made a fortune off of his speculative land sales in America, before the bubble burst on them in 1720, causing the financier to flee the country. Spent the rest of his relatively brief life in unrecorded pursuits, and died in his early 30s. Inner: Mediocrity through and through despite the valiant blood in his veins from his noted father. Undistinguished lifetime of being given all the advantages and doing little with them, save to exploit a situation which would subsequently cause financial ruin for many.



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