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CAMELOT & THE BONAPARTE, NAZI & HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION

PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS TRANSFORMED QUEEN:
Storyline: The enterprising empress finally frees herself of her longtime powerful mate to create an empire of her own, having learned her lessons well about establishing her hegemony over a world of her own making.

Guinevere - Wife of King Arthur, and archetype of the powerful but flawed helpmate. Daughter of a king, who created the great court of Camelot with Arthur. Betrayed the king through her passion for his favorite knight Lancelot., which brought down the legendary court. Seduced by Mordred, fled and took the veil, as the kingdom shattered in her wake. Archetype of the willful queen. Estee Lauder (Josephine Mentzer) (1907-2004) - American business executive. Outer: Parents were Eastern European Jewish emigrés. Mother was French Catholic and Hungarian Jewish, father was of Czechoslovakian origins, and owned a hardware store, over which the family lived. Determined to make herself 100% American, she learned about the importance of appearances and assertive selling techniques in her father’s store. An uncle, who was a European skin specialist, showed her how to develop beauty products from natural ingredients, and she apprenticed herself to him. 5’4 1/2”. Married Joseph Lauder, a garment industry worker in her late teens, 2 sons from union. Invented new products in her own kitchen, while studying to be an actress, although found she could better apply her theatricality to marketing than the stage. Opened a concession stand at a beauty salon, performed for customers and built up a devoted clientele, while promoting her products as “jars of hope.” Her success caused a rift in her marriage, divorced in 1939, then remarried her husband in 1942 and integrated him into the business, as she later would her sons. Her spouse worked on finance and production. After WW II, she incorporated and opened her first factory, and the eponymous ‘Estee Lauder’ became a family business, with herself in charge of marketing and sales. In 1953, the company branched into fragrances, while she traveled widely to introduce her products personally in department stores throughout the country and then the world. Created a billion dollar business empire that would eventually include products for men. After her husband’s death in 1982, her oldest son ran the company, although she would appear at every launch of a new cosmetics counter or shop, anywhere in the world. Claimed a patrician background for interviews, for more than half a century, before an unauthorized biography forced her to write her own life-story in 1985, Estee: A Success Story, identifying the keys to her success, including her personal involvement and her use of salespeople as walking ads for her products, as well as a belief in dealing with the totality of her clients, rather than their body-parts. Eventually had four palatial homes, an eponymous foundation and a business school in her husband’s name at the Univ. of Penna. Died of cardiopulmonary arrest at her home. Inner: Flamboyantly likable, with a lavish lifestyle, great personal appeal and a strong belief in herself. Highly social, an empress of the business world who never lost touch with her client base. Extremely hard worker, fanatic about quality, although no style-setter, merely a reflector. Enthusiastic hostess, enjoying the company of celebrities and self-designated ‘beautiful people.’ Self-inventing lifetime of totally recreating herself, and extending her role as empress into the business world, integrating family and fortune in a well-loved life where ambition was the keynote motivator. Josephine Bonaparte (Marie Josephe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie) (1763-1814) - French empress. Outer: The daughter of an impoverished aristocrat and sugar planter, she grew up on the island of Martinique. After a loose education, she was sent to Paris at the age of 15 to live with an aunt. In 1779, she married a childhood friend, Alexandre Beauharnais, who was so ashamed of her gawky provincial manners, that he refused to present her at court. The union produced 2 children, Eugene (Bernard Kouchner) and Hortense (Nancy Mitford), but it was largely a loveless marriage, and the couple separated in 1785 after she retreated into a French convent with her children. He was later guillotined during the French Revolution. Learned court manners, returned to Martinique for 3 years, then came back to Paris in 1789 during a slave uprising. Her salon became a political meeting place for the Deputies of the Assembly. Briefly imprisoned, she was then forced to live on her wit and charm afterwards, sleeping her way to social prominence. In 1796, she married Napoleon Bonaparte in a civil ceremony early in his career in a socially advantageous move for him. Outwardly indifferent to him, she provoked his jealousy with flirtations, although ceased her promiscuity, just when he began his. In turn, he was passionately in love with her, to the point of assuming her enormous debts. Thereafter she helped his career, amassing a fortune through dealings with military contractors, which allowed them to buy an estate. At her demand, the pair remarried in a religious ceremony, the day before he was crowned emperor in 1804. After being crowned empress, she maintained a Camelot-like court with him. Rejected by Napoleon after her inability to produce an heir, the couple finally divorced so that he could marry an Austrian archduchess, although he refused to sever ties with her, to the point of ordering the fashionable world to continue to embrace her, while keeping up her imperial livery of footmen, pages and equerries. The divorce, in fact, brought them even closer than they had been as mates. Lived out the rest of her life in exile, entertaining lavishly, with Napoleon paying the piper, while retaining the title and honors of being an empress. Ended her life in a far more dignified state than she had lived it and died of diphtheria. Inner: Intelligent, willful and extravagant, with bad teeth. Always in debt with her outrageous dress expenses, and her extreme generosity. Legendary figure even in her lifetime. Material girl lifetime of recreating herself as an aristocrat after modest, provincial beginnings then living in the moment, apolitically, with an artful sense of human relations and a great love of luxury. Juana the Mad (1479-1555) - Spanish queen. Outer: 2nd daughter of Ferdinand V (Lucien Bonaparte) and Isabella I (Coco Chanel). Had a royal upbringing, although showed signs of her future instability early on. In 1496, she married the vain and handsome Felipe I, (Jerome Bonaparte), who was the son of the Holy Roman Emperor. 6 children from union, including Holy Roman Emperors Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte) and Ferdinand I (Louis Bonaparte), as well as 4 future queens. Succeeded her mother as Queen of Castile in 1504. With her husband, she served as regent for her aging father, although was largely unfit to rule. Absolutely adored her husband, but because of her mental instability, she was prone to flying into rages without any real provocation, once slashing a young woman with a scissors whom she suspected of sleeping with her mate. Jealous of her husband’s many infidelities, then became obsessed with his partially embalmed body after his death in 1506, inspecting it daily and carrying it with her in a coffin on journeys while expecting him to be resurrected. Lived out her madness under royal guard, first while her aging father continued to rule. Following his death in 1516, her son Charles declared her unfit for the throne, although she nominally retained her title. Spent the rest of her long life in a state of suspended dementia, lost in the prison of her own excess emotions, which may have ultimately released her from the dark side of her interior. Inner: Passionate, proud, completely subject to her roller-coaster emotions with absolutely no restraints on them. Uninhibited lifetime of letting her rage and anger at men overwhelm her in order to free herself of her dark interior surrounding power. Fastrada (765-794) - Frankish Queen. Outer: Born into an East Francia noble family. In 784, she became the 3rd wife of Charlemagne (Napoleon Bonaparte). Two daughters from the union. Aroused much hatred in his court, initiating several court conspiracies through her relentless powertripping. Eventually was repudiated and lost her power. Inner: Hissy fit lifetime of regal anger over general emotional neglect and lack of real power in a patriarchal world, and a Camelot without women, allowing herself once again to be ruled by emotion rather than be restricted by it. Publia Flavia Plautilla (?-212) - Roman political wife. Outer: Daughter of praetorian prefect Plautianus (Oswald Mosley) who lusted for power, and arranged her marriage in 202 to the future Roman Emperor Caracalla (Napoleon Bonaparte), who despised his father-in-law, as well as his wife. Garnered a reputation for sexual excess, although it may just have been from pro-emperor propaganda of the time. Had a difficult relationship with her difficult husband. After her father’s death, Caracalla banished her, along with a brother, and she had an extremely hard time replete with much suffering, before the emperor had both her and her brother killed. Inner: Pleasure-loving, beautiful profligate. Powerless lifetime of being a pawn in both her husband’s and father’s manipulations, as part of her own pathway of learning about dominance from being the helpmate of a powermad authoritarian who continually has great difficulty in expressing the vulnerabilities of his own concealed heart.

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PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS DULL BUT EFFECTIVE DOER OF DUTY:
Storyline: The humdrum functionary of a power-mad family, follows the orders of his law’n’order brethren and bears their repercussions in his ongoing education as a lesser wheel in their ongoing rampaging chariots of state.

Gareth - Knight of the Round Table. Known as ‘Big Hands.’ Brother of Agrivain, Gawain, Gaheris and son of Morgawse. Mother had him conceal his name and work as a kitchen scullion for a year to deter his knightly ambitions. Did so, proved himself and was knighted. Called a kitchen knave at the Castle Perilous, but showed himself to be valorous. Archetype of the underestimated warrior. Arthur Seyss-Inquart (Arthur Zajitch) (1892-1946) - Austrian politician. Outer: Austrian politician. Outer: From a Catholic family, father was a n ethnic Czech school principal. The family changed their name from Zajitch in 1907, when they moved to Vienna from a largely Czech-speaking small village environment, which fed into their fervent German nationalism. Youngest of 6. Studied law at the Univ. of Vienna and became a lawyer, with a large Jewish clientele, before serving in the Austro-Hungarian army in a Tyrolean regiment in WW I, where he was severely wounded. 5’11”, bespectacled, lame and colorless. In 1916, he married Gertrud Maschka, 2 daughters and a son from the union. Following the war, he became a fervent advocate of the union of Austria and Germany, known as Anschluss, and thought that the National Socialist movement had the best chance for effecting the integration. Although he did not join the Austrian Nazis, he became a front man for their activities. Appointed by the Austrian chancellor to the federal council of state in his mid-40s, in order to help integrate the Nazis into the government. In 1938 he was named minister of the interior, and shortly afterwards, just before the Nazis annexed Austria, he was made chancellor of Austria and agreed to turn over the country to Adolf Hitler. Extremely pro-unification with Germany, he welcomed the invading German troops with extended right arm. Served for a year as governor of the new Austrian province, and later was appointed deputy governor of Poland and eventually commissioner of the occupied Netherlands, although he failed in his attempts to negotiate with the Dutch in that position. Oversaw the deportation of Dutch Jews, and also sent 250,000 Dutch workers to Germany in order to work in the war industries. During Hitler’s final days, he was proposed for foreign minister. After the Nazis lost WW II, he was rounded up and subsequently tried at Nuremberg, where he admitted to the ‘fearful excess’ of the Nazi regime, and to the fact that he had to take responsibility in part for what had happened. Learned his son had been found alive in Russia just after receiving the death sentence, and was hanged with his fellow war criminals. Cremated afterwards with his ashes scattered in the river Isar. Inner: Gentle, devout church-goer, great believer in order. Self-styled “historical telephone girl.” Only-following-orders lifetime of playing the role of traitor, while in actuality, playing out a role destined for him as one of the crypto-Bonapartes serving a far darker manifestation of their brother in a further exercise of self-exploration through power used and power abused. Louis Bonaparte (1778-1846) - French King of Holland. Outer: 4th son of Maria-Letizia Bonaparte (Coco Chanel), and failed lawyer Carlo Buonaparte (Baron Redesdale). Contracted syphilis as a youth, and lost the use of his fingers in his writing hand. His father died when he was 7. Attended military school and accompanied his brother Napoleon on his early military campaigns, acting as his aide-de-camp in Egypt. Initially, was a great admirer of his brother’s martial skills, and readily followed his rise to power. On his sibling’s orders, he was unhappily married in 1802 to Hortense Beauharnais (Nancy Mitford), the daughter of Josephine Beauharnais (Estelle Lauder), but a rumored liaison between his wife and Napoleon caused a rift twixt the brothers, particularly when he wasn’t allowed to divorce her. Neither husband nor wife liked the other. Inattentive to his spouse and 3 children, including Napoleon III (Darryl F. Zanuck), whom he disliked the most and refused to claim as his own. Made a general, and then governor of Paris. The following year, in 1806, he was proclaimed king of Holland by his brother, and took his duties seriously, learning Dutch and proving to be an effective administrator, putting Holland’s interests ahead of his sibling’s, much to Napoleon’s displeasure. Refused to allow his wife to appear in public, or have her name mentioned. In 1809, the emperor sent his troops into the Dutch capital, after failing to stop Holland from trading with England, for which his brother was complicitous. Abdicated, officially protested against Napoleon, fled his kingdom and separated from his wife. Lived in Austria, while objecting to his brother’s moves, and did some translations. After Napoleon’s fall in 1815, he styled himself the Comte de St. Leu and went into exile, ultimately settling in Italy where he pursued literary interests in retirement, penning several volumes, while also becoming religious. At 60, while paralyzed and in a wheelchair, he married the 16 year old daughter of a marquis, much to his remaining family’s horror, although it was later contested and retracted. Died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Inner: Possible homophile, violently jealous of his wife, inveterate scribbler of verse. Hypochondriac, paranoid, but effective in the roles given him, despite an overt dullness. Thwarted lifetime of little interest in the physical, and far more in the cerebral and spiritual, although forced by familial obligations to pursue a pathway of duty over his own limited pleasures, until released by his brother’s fall from power. Ferdinand I (1503-1564) - Holy Roman Emperor. Outer: Son of Felipe I (Jerome Bonaparte) of Castile and Juana the Mad (Josephine Beauharnais). Younger brother of Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte). Born and brought up in Spain with Spanish as his native language, and named for his Spanish grandfather, Ferdinand II (Lucien Bonaparte). Expected to succeed to the Spanish throne, which was given to Charles instead. Sent soon afterwards to the Netherlands and never saw Spanish soil again. Nevertheless, he supported his brother, whom he did not meet until they were in their teens, despite private chafing and quarrels. Granted Austria and served as his brother’s deputy in German affairs for 30 years. Married in proxy to Anne, the sister of the king of Hungary, when he was 6, ultimately 13 children survived to marriageable age, including Maximilian II (Darryl F. Zanuck). Became king of Bohemia and Hungary in 1526, claiming the former readily, but never gaining real control over the latter. A devout Catholic, although he had limited success against the forces of the Reformation. Angered at his brother’s preference for his son Felipe II (Adolf Hitler) over him, he asserted his independence, forcing Charles to designate his own son, Maximilian II, as heir to throne. Signed the Peace of Augsburg in 1555, which brought peace to German warring factions for a half century. Elected emperor in 1558 on the abdication of Charles, adding to his territories while securing an uneasy peace with the Ottoman empire. Despite being overshadowed by his brother, he was an effective ruler and administrator on his own, although his heavy-handedness often made him unpopular. Inner: Absolutist ruler with high ambitions for himself, although pragmatic and relatively tolerant. Industrious, sober, moderate. Duty-bound lifetime of continuing to develop his ruling skills, as well as trying to assert his own will in the face of the powerful counterwill of his longtime ally/friend/brother, and acquitting himself adequately. Louis VI (1081-1137) - King of France. Known as “Louis the Fat.” Outer: Of the Capetian line. Father was Philippe I (Jerome Bonaparte). Mother was the daughter of the count of Holland. Eldest son of 5 children. Married Lucienne (Gilda Radner), the daughter of the sire of Rochefort, in his early 20s, but repudiated his wife after 3 years, when all she produced was a daughter. Designated by his father as his successor in 1098, and was effectively king before he officially assumed the throne at the age of 27. Spent most of his reign bringing the unruly barons under control, setting the precedent of royal independence, and greatly enhancing the French crown by curbing the power of the nobility. After marrying again in his mid-30s to Adelaide (Frances Marion) the daughter of the sire of Montmorency, he had 8 children by his 2nd wife, including his successor, Louis VII (William Bennett), after his favorite, Philippe (Oswald Mosley) died prematurely. His wife proved to be an excellent helpmate, giving him both the ballast and complementary energy to be a highly effective monarch. Popular with the middle class, clergy and peasantry. Intrepid eater and great drinker. Sensualist, but highly active. Made the fleur de Lys the official symbol of France. Efficient administrator, while achieving most of his major aims, as well as having the ability to recognize what had to be done to further his own rule. Died of dysentery. Inner: Gross and gluttonous, but skilled in achieving his goals. Energetic and religious, with a good eye for enhancing his power. Actualized lifetime of indulging his physical, spiritual and political appetites, and having both the body and mindset to enjoy all 3 and be effective in his various pursuits, thanks in large part to the absence of the usual countervailing familial power figures that have defined most of the other lives in this series. Louis I (778-840) - Frankish/German king. Known as ‘the Pious.’ Outer: Only surviving son of the Carolingian Emperor Charlemagne (Napoleon Bonaparte). 5th child of his father’s 2nd wife, Hildegard the Swabian. Served as the ruler of Aquitaine from the age of 3, largely through counselors. Received an excellent education, and showed himself to be genuinely devout. Inherited vast estates and married Irmengard of Hesbaye, 3 surviving sons from the union. Proved himself a competent ruler, and was crowned as heir and co-emperor in 813. The following year, he became emperor on his father’s death. Carried out his progenitor’s will and began to divide his sire’s empire among the various members of his family, which would prove his undoing. When his nephew, Bernard, the king of Italy, revolted in 817, he had him blinded and dispensed his family to various monasteries and nunneries. After his first wife died the following year, he married Judith of Bavaria, and had a daughter and another son, who would become Charles II (Darryl F. Zanuck). From 829 onwards, his elder sons gave him nothing but grief in their rapacious Oedipal desires to undo him. In 830, his eldest son Lothair, whom he had made his co-emperor and heir in 817, revolted along with his 2 brothers and overthrew him, although he was briefly restored, and repartitioned the kingdom. In 833, they revolted again and once more deposed him. The following year he was restored again and made peace with his younger sons, so that when Lothair rose again, he was forced to retreat to Italy. Gave more territory to his youngest son Charles in 837, which the brothers resented, and he had to put down a 2nd revolt by his son Louis the German, while the 3rd conveniently died. The kingdom was repartitioned again and Louis rose against his father, only to be driven back. The following year he died, leaving the peaceful intact empire he had inherited in total disarray. Inner: Kindly, but weak and vacillating, totally underestimating the grasping nature and disrespect of his sons. Pious, liberal to the Church, and courageous in the face of adversity. Oedipal wreck lifetime of growing up in the light of his longtime family, and then being forced to deal with its complementary darkness in its acquisitiveness, effrontery and absolute self-interest via his grasping sons. Childebert I (c498-558) - Frankish king. Outer: 2nd son of Clovis (Bernard Kouchner) and Clotilda (Coco Chanel). Half-brother of Theodoric (Napoleon Bonaparte), and middle brother of Chlodemer (Joseph Bonaparte) and Clotaire (Oswald Mosley). On his father’s death, he became king of Paris. Deeply bothered by the mistreatment of his sister, Clotilda, who was married to the Visigothic king of Spain. The latter abused and mistreated her for refusing to renounce her Catholic faith in favor of his Arianism. Marched on Spain, after first grabbing some of southern Gaul from its weak king. Released his sister, killed her husband and helped himself to the king’s church treasury, redistributing it to his own. His sister, however, died on the journey homeward. Afterwards, he met with his brother Clotaire and the duo connived to kill 2 of his late brother Chlodemer’s 3 orphans, when their protector, his mother, in shock, refused to cut their hair so as to renounce their claim on their father’s kingdom. The 3rd orphan did cut his hair and became a monk. Despite suffering extreme remorse for the act, he was complicitous in it, although it was Clotaire who heartlessly did the deed. Inner: Somewhat more moral and clement than his other 3 brothers, but capricious and disloyal. Generous to the Church, and able to recognize the greater power of heaven over his own. Sticky fingers lifetime of engaging in the aggressive martiality of his time, without the true heart for it. Gaius Pescennius Niger Justus (c135-195) - Emperor of Rome. Outer: From a respectable family of Italian knights. Had a long career as a centurion, and won military renown in a campaign against the Dacians. Held various offices in a desire for a senatorial career, then was made consul in 191, before being appointed governor of the important province of Syria, largely because he wasn’t considered a threat for the throne of Rome. Known for his munificent public spectacles, he was generally well-liked by the populace-at-large. Raised to the purple by his troops in 193 as a rival claimant to Didius Julianus (Nelson Rockefeller), who was soon murdered, but ran afoul of the far more deadly ambitions of Septimus Severus (Lucien Bonaparte), who had him declared a public enemy by the Senate. Defeated by Severus after a campaign of 3 major battles and fled to Antioch. The city was captured and as he tried to escape, he had his head severed and served up to Severus. The edict of his/story on him, was ‘he was remarkable for nothing, good or bad.’ Inner: Fat and fond of wine. Bloated lifetime of falling victim to the greater ambitions of his longtime crypto-family, in one of many bloody lessons of rule that all managed to visit upon one another.

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PATHWAY OF THE POLITICIAN AS CONTINUAL SIBLING RIVAL:
Storyline: The firstborn fulminator is forever being overwhelmed by those more powerful than himself, thanks to a dark heart and lesser skills, despite his slyness and insatiable hunger for power.

Pendragon - Brother of King Arthur, who died in battle before the formation of the Round Table. Archetype of failed ambition. Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893-1946) German diplomat. Outer: Father was a principled old-style army officer, who left for Canada at an early age to find his fortune. Raised in a solidly middle-class family, and was also adopted by a Jewish family. Attended schools in various European countries, learning both French and English, then went to Canada in his mid-teens, but returned to Germany at the outbreak of WW I, and served as a hussar on the Eastern front, before being assigned to the German military mission in Turkey. 5'10". Returned to Germany at the end of the war, and worked as a wine salesman, while trying to social climb into the chic circles of Berlin, although he was looked upon as an interloper, until he married Annaliese Henkell, the daughter of a wealthy wine producer, and became financially independent. Persuaded a distant ennobled relative to adopt him, so he could add the aristocratic ‘von’ to his name. In his search for social approval, he met Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler in his late 30s, and joined the National Socialist Party soon afterwards, although his arrogance alienated those both inside and outside the party. Became the Führer’s chief adviser on national affairs, as well as his most fawning flatterer, when the Nazis ascended to power the following year. An ardent anglophile, who had hoped to draw Germany and England together against bolshevism, he negotiated an agreement with Britain allowing Germany to rearm its Navy, as well as a pact with Japan, before becoming ambassador to Great Britain in 1936. Openly ridiculed in London, he left the post 2 years later, a confirmed hater of the English. Made minister of foreign affairs in his mid-40s, he facilitated a war pact between Italy and Germany. The following year, he achieved his greatest diplomatic coup with the German-Soviet non-aggression pact in 1939, an agreement Hitler was only too eager to violate several years later, although at the time, it allowed Germany to attack Poland in September of 1939, which began WW II. As soon as the war began, however, his influence began to wane, and he was able to maintain his position only through Hitler’s backing. Even that failed, when some members of his foreign office were implicated in an assassination plot in 1944, although he remained loyal to the Führer until the end. Captured 2 weeks after Hitler committed suicide in 1945 and was brought to trial before the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, where he appeared beaten, while sobbing and pleading his innocence. In prison, he constantly asked anyone and everyone, from barbers to guards, for legal advice. Found guilty and hanged as the first of the condemned Nazis to mount the gallows. Met his death stoically, with one final flash of arrogance before diplomatically opining, “My last wish is that Germany realize its entity and than an understanding be reached between the East and the West." Like his fellow condemned war criminals, he was cremated in the ovens of Dachau and then his ashes were racked and scattered over an unnamed river, probably the Vistula. Inner: Lazy, vain, incompetent, arrogant, pompous, conceited and humorless, with his singular attribute being an ability to cultivate important connections. Had a pathological need for recognition, and was obsessed with pomp and protocol. Earned the derogatory nickname, ‘von Ribbensnob.’ Uberlackey lifetime of hooking up with the most ambitious dictator of the 20th century, to even less satisfying results than his previous go-round as familial intimate of the most ambitious military dictator of the 19th. Joseph Bonaparte (1768-1844) - French diplomat and King of Naples, then Spain. Outer: Oldest surviving son of Maria-Letizia Bonaparte (Coco Chanel) and a failed Corsican lawyer, Carlo Buonaparte (Baron Redesdale) who died when he was 17. Older brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. There was a strong rivalry between the 2, particularly after their father gave his blessing to the younger sibling. Forced to leave Corsica to seek refuge in France. Initially thought of becoming a priest, but became a lawyer instead, and married Julie Clary, the daughter of a successful Marseille silk merchant in 1794, 3 daughters from union. His wife was far more devoted to their children and his brother than he was. Accompanied Napoleon on his earlier campaigns, but had little military skill. Tensions galore existed between the 2, because of his continual advocacy of peaceful solutions to problems. Served as a diplomat and negotiator in his brother’s early rise to power. Reorganized Corsica after the French recovered it. Returned to Paris in 1797 to become a member of the Council of 500, and continued in his capacity as a diplomat. Wished to be made his brother’s heir, then refused to be anointed king of Lombardy. Made Prince of the Empire when his brother crowned himself Emperor in 1804, then was made King of Naples in 1806, ruling there for 2 years, before being given the throne of Spain in 1808, proving to be a far better bureaucrat than a king. Although he was an effective administrator in the former, he was highly unpopular in the latter role, so much so, that his coins were often found with a scratch mark across his neck while his queen never appeared in the country. His efforts greatly displeased his brother and he was forced to abdicate when Napoleon’s fortunes started to plummet. Fled at the latter’s undoing in 1815, and after his first fall, acted as a statesman in Geneva, then after his final fall, escaped to the United States where he remained for nearly 17 years, settling in southern New Jersey, where he made his mansion into a Bonaparte museum. Eventually returned to Europe, first to London, and finally to Italy, where he died, leaving a considerable fortune. Inner: Irritating personality, commonsensical rather than colorful, with an exaggerated sense of his self-worth. Greedy and seductive. Squelched sibling rivalry lifetime of living in the shadow of a far more powerful sibling, while learning the difference between government and governing. Clement VII (Giulio de’ Medici) (1478-1534) - Italian Pope. Outer: Illegitimate son of Giuliano de’ Medici (Carl Sandburg), who was assassinated before he was born, raised by his uncle, Lorenzo the Magnificent (Abraham Lincoln) in a highly cultured household, which gave him a love of art, literature and learning. Handsome and dark-browed, he showed discretion and prudence in his early dealings, as well as a far more controlled appetite than many of his fellow Medicis. His illegitimate son, Alessandro de’ Medici (Heinrich Himmler), became duke of Florence. Made archbishop of Florence and cardinal in 1513 by his cousin Leo X (David O. Selznick), and a decade later was enthusiastically elected pope, while being viewed as an extension of his predecessor cousin. Succeeded the extremely unpopular reformer Adrian VI. Proved, however, to be one of the most disastrous of all the popes, in a pivotal time upon the throne of Rome. Only capable of subterfuge and vacillation in the role thrust upon him, and in his decade plus, he managed to do an extraordinary amount of damage. Shifted back and forth in his support for HRE Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte), while his anti-imperial policy made it far more difficult for Charles to deal with the growing problem of Martin Luther (Martin Luther King ) and the German Reformation. His alliance with the empire’s enemy, France, led to the sack of Rome in 1527, and a subsequent ignominious treaty that he was forced to sign with Charles, ceding several cities. Imprisoned by the imperial army until Charles released him. After France was repulsed from Italy in 1529, he forbade the divorce of Henry VIII (Maxwell Beverbrook) from Katherine of Aragon (Queen Victoria) which, after further equivocation, ultimately led to the English Reformation, and the separation of that island/nation from papal jurisdiction. After he was released by Charles, the Reformation in Germany grew in strength because of his indecisiveness surrounding reform, ultimately making him a key player for the forces of Protestantism throughout Europe, despite his position as the Catholic vicar of Rome. Crowned Charles as HRE and King of Italy in 1530, in the last papal imperial coronation. Extravagant and unsystematic in his dealings with his home base, while throughly underestimating the depths of his unpopularity in Germany, so that his extraordinary density was virtually universal. On his death, he left the papacy considerably weaker than when he found it. Inner: Despite early promise and the benefit of an extraordinary education and the company of some of the great minds of his times in his childhood, ultimately a weak, vacillating figure who hastened the end of the medieval world. Besmirched lifetime of incarnating into superior circumstances, only to allow his weaknesses and ineptitude ultimately prevail. Juan II (1405-1454) - King of Castile. Outer: Only son of Henry III the Infirm, King of Castile. Mother was the English daughter of John of Gaunt (Lyndon Johnson). Succeeded his father at the age of one, and the country was ruled by a regency of his mother and uncle, although the latter died in 1412 and the former succumbed to stoutness in 1418, leaving her young son at the mercy of self-seeking courtiers. The same year, he married his cousin, Maria, the daughter of the king of Aragon, 2 daughters died young, while his son Enrique IV (Sonny Bono), succeeded him. In 1419, he was given the reins of state, but proved to be weak and vacillating, entrusting a close companion, Alvaro de Luna, whom he made a constable, with actual rule. The duo were rumored to be lovers because of their extremely close connection, and the court soon split into rival factions, while Luna enhanced his own coffers, although he enabled the king to gain military victories against the Muslims. Kept his son sequestered, which added to court tensions, but with Luna’s help, was able to vanquish his enemies. After the death of his wife in 1445, he married Isabella of Portugal, the daughter of a Portuguese prince in 1447, son and a daughter from union, including the future Isabella I (Coco Chanel). Forced to execute Luna in 1453, when he was brought to trial on trumped-up charges. Afterwards, he sorrowfully announced, “would that I had been born a mechanic instead of the King of Castile,” and died a year later. Inner: Oversaw a learning revival and protected poets, his singular contribution to a reign ruled by others. Inept lifetime of falling under the dominance of others, in his ongoing desire to express his personal sense of power, without the innate ability to back it up. Carloman (c751-771) - King of the Franks. Outer: Father was Pepin III (Lucien Bonaparte), mother was his second wife, Bertrade (Coco Chanel), daughter of the count of Laon. Younger brother of Charlemagne (Napoleon Bonaparte), and older sibling of Gisela (Pauline Bonaparte). One more brother and four more sisters would all die in infancy. Anointed King of the Franks by the pope, at the insistence of his father, at the age of 3. Shared a strong sibling rivalry with his brother, both of whom inherited their father’s drive for power. On his sire’s death in 768, he inherited the inner parts of the kingdom. Married Gerberga to enhance his territorial claims, with two sons from the union, while his sibling did the same, in order to surround him with his own allies. Their mother tried to broker some sort of peace between them, before he died suddenly when barely out of his teens, leaving his brother as sole ruler of the kingdom. His family fled to the Lombard court and his sons subsequently disappeared into the ambitions of his brother, when the latter became king of the Lombards shortly afterwards. Inner: Foreshortened lifetime of continual struggle with longtime brother figure for familial supremacy, while probably mercifully being removed from the Earth plane before doing any damage to the throne. Chlodemer I (c494-524) - Frankish king. Outer: Oldest son of Clovis (Lucien Bonaparte) and Clotilda (Coco Chanel). On his father’s death, he received the kingdom of Orleans, which later became part of Neustria. Brother of Childebert (Louis Bonaparte) and Clotaire (Oswald Mosley). Joined his older half-brother, Theodoric (Napoleon Bonaparte) in the conquest of Burgundy. Killed the king of Burgundy and his family and had them thrown down a well, despite a prediction from his bishop that whatever he did to them would be done to him. In his pursuit of the retreating Burgundian army, they recognized him by his long hair and imitated his own rallying cry, tricking him into believing that his troops were ahead of him. When he rushed into the midsts of the enemy, they cut off his head and raised it triumphantly on a stake. His kingdom then passed down to his 3 young sons, 2 of whom were killed by his 2 brothers, while the 3rd renounced his claim to the throne and became a monk, so that his family wound up fulfilling the bishop’s prophecy. Inner: Bloodthirsty and without scruple, despite being Christian in name, although not fact. Well-prophesied lifetime of giving vent to the sheer shadow of his being, in a time that celebrated naked strength rather than the subtleties of enlightened rule. Publius Geta (189-211) - Emperor of Rome. Outer: Younger son of Septimus Severus (Lucien Bonaparte) and Julia Domna (Coco Chanel). Had an intense and bitter rivalry with his brother, Caracalla (Napoleon Bonaparte), who was a year older and despised him for his loose living. Accompanied his father and brother to the Parthian War in 197 and the following year was made Caesar, to his brother’s Augustus. Afterwards, he traveled extensively to the east, then went with his father and brother to the former’s homeland in north Africa. Along with his brother, the 2 bullied, embezzled, raised hell and had such an intense rivalry, that Caracalla fell out of a chariot and broke his leg in a race they held. Severus forced them to stay together in Campania for 2 years to work out their mutual bitterness towards one another and made them joint consul. Never married. Took over the administration of the British provinces in 209, and was declared Augustus, 11 years after his brother. After Severus died in 211, they became joint Augusti, and lived in different parts of the imperial palace under heavy military guard. The duo were supposed to divide the empire twixt east and west with each getting half, but Caracalla had him murdered in his mother’s arms by his own soldiers. Following his death his memory was condemned and his face was removed from paintings and sculptures, which eventually led to a later idealizing of him, which bore little relationship to the truth of his spurious character. Inner: Fond of outer trappings and the surface exhibition of elegance and power. Ungenerous, unloving, hell-raiser. Loose living lifetime of being the victim of fratricidal sibling rivalry and revelry at its most murderous extreme.

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PATHWAY OF RULER AS INVETERATE PLAYBOY:
Storyline: The luxury-loving man-child enjoys his continual positions of prestige via his ongoing power-mongering family, but merely utilizes them to sate his thirst for pleasure, and learns little, if anything, from his experiences, save how to save his own skin at the downfalls of his mentors.

Agrivain - Brother of Gareth, Gaheris and Gawain and son of Morgawse. Treacherously betrayed Lancelot and Guinevere to Arthur, winning the enmity of his brothers. Archetype of the faithless follower.
Baldur von Schirach (1907-1974) - German Nazi. Outer: Father was a military officer who resigned to become a German theater director, mother was an American who had 2 signers of the Declaration of Independence as ancestors. Youngest of 4, family was well-to-do. Grew up in a cultural milieu, with a talent for poetry. Romantic, plump and sentimental, he joined the Young German League at 10, and the Nazi Party at 18, after a humiliating resignation from his school fraternity, which left him with contempt for his country’s former ruling class. Anti-Christian as well as anti-Semitic, he was viewed as the poet laureate of the party and came to Adolf Hitler’s attention by writing flattering verses about him, and by being an aristocrat who had rejected his natural caste. Married Henriette Hoffman, the daughter of the movement’s photographer, and the duo divorced while he was in prison in 1950. 3 sons and a daughter from the union. In 1929, he was made head of the Nazi German Students’ League, with the assignment of bringing the whole university system under Nazi control. Proved himself to be an adept organizer, and was conferred with the title of Youth Leader of the German Reich in 1933, thereby entering Hitler’s inner circle shortly after the latter assumed power. Presented to the German public as the archetype of all that was noble in German youth, and he held that position for the entire 12 years of Nazi rule. Directed all youth organizations, including the Hitler Youth, which had some 8 million members prior to WW II. Such was his recognizable fame, that his ubiquitous picture was second only to Hitler’s on display in homes around the country. Despite his intimacy with the Nazi high command, his enemies vilified him as effeminate and he became a joke to many. Fought with the German army at the front in 1940, and won the Iron Cross in France. Later that year, he was made Gauleiter of Vienna, but after showing some compassion for eastern Europeans and the conditions in which Jews were being deported, he fell into sharp disfavor, although remained at his post. At war’s end, he was taken prisoner, and made to stand trial at Nuremberg for war crimes with all the other major Nazi figures who were captured. Admitted to his complicity in persecuting the Jews of Vienna, acted and looked contrite, and was given a 20 year sentence in Spandau Prison, which he served almost to the day. Lived another 8 years, and wound up almost totally blind from an eye disease, before dying in his sleep in a small hotel. In 1967, he published his memoirs, “I Believed in Hitler,” while blaming himself for not doing more about destroying the concentration camps, and feeling it his duty to prevent the resurrection of Nazism. Inner: Eternally boyish, dissolute, somewhat effeminate, the object of ridicule in some circles. Tarnished golden boy lifetime of joining his longtime cohorts once again in yet another autocratic regime, only to ultimately escape the judgement of his/story visited on his other crypto-siblings, and given a long time to reflect upon his behavior and companions. Jerome Bonaparte (1784-1860) - French king of Westphalia. Outer: 5th and youngest son of Maria-Letizia Bonaparte (Coco Chanel), and Carlo Buonaparte (Baron Redesdale), a failed lawyer. Only a year old when his father died. A dissolute, capricious, handsome youth, he did not experience the insecure circumstances of his older siblings. Thoroughly spoiled as a child, he remained an adolescent, in essence, his entire life. Napoleon decided on a naval career for him and he served in the French Navy. In 1803, he married American-born Elizabeth Patterson, the eccentric daughter of a wealthy shipbuilder, but his brother forced him to annul the union on the promise of far greater glory and honors. One son from the marriage, who created the American Bonaparte line, which finally petered out in 1945. Made a rear admiral and an Imperial Prince, and avoided battle. In 1807, he was given the throne of Westphalia, a kingdom Napoleon created for him out of several German states, as well as a princess bride, the daughter of the king of Wurttemberg, to go along with it. Had absolutely no interest in rule, and depleted the treasury on his favorites, fathered a child by one of his several mistresses, had fantasies of being crowned king of Poland, and fled the country in 1813, prior to his brother’s fall. 3 children by his second wife. After her death, he contracted a 3rd marriage for money in 1840 with the widow of a marchese, who was a quarter century his junior. Lived in exile and was made a Marshal of France by his nephew, Napoleon III (Darryl F. Zanuck). Died of a stroke, and was partially paralyzed in his last years. Inner: Wayward, undisciplined, capricious, extravagant, libidinous. Irresponsible, flighty playboy, with no great interests other than in his own pleasure, and the surface honors and prestige of being the member of an imperial family entailed. Wastrel lifetime of enjoying the social power of being part of a powerful family, but not the responsibility. Felipe I (1478-1506) - King of Castile. Known as ‘the Handsome.’ Outer: Son of the future HRE Maximilian I (Charles de Gaulle), mother was a French princess, Mary of Burgundy (Peaches Geldof). At his mother’s death in 1482, he succeeded to her Netherlands domains with his father as regent. In 1496, he married the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella (Lucien Bonaparte and Coco Chanel), Juana the Mad (Josephine Beauharnais). Demanded to be married as soon as he first saw his wife, so that they could have immediate congress. 6 children from union, including his successor, Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte), and the HRE Ferdinand I (Louis Bonaparte). Had a playboy reputation, and many affairs. On his marriage, he became the king consort of Spain, but had to do battle with his father-in-law Ferdinand to claim power. Founder of the Hapsburg dynasty in Spain, although only ruled for a month as titular king of Castile, after sailing from the Netherlands to Spain in order to claim his crown. Backed by the nobility, he raised an army and negotiated Ferdinand’s withdrawal from his realm, but died from typhoid soon afterwards. His mad wife became obsessed with him after his death, refusing to relinquish his body for burial, and carrying it around with her on her journeys while expecting him to resurrect any moment. Inner: Handsome and charming. Salivating lifetime of fighting half-heartedly for his own sense of power, while falling prey, as usual, to is ongoing weakness of the flesh. Philippe I (1052-1108) - King of France. Outer: Of the Capetian line. Father was Henri I (Sonny Bono), mother was the niece of a Holy Roman emperor. Eldest son of 4 children. Succeeded to the throne at the age of 8, inheriting a weak kingship and doing little to enhance it. A gross sensualist, with little appetite for real rule. Had 5 children by his 1st wife, Bertha, whom he married at 19, including his successor Louis VI (Louis Bonaparte), then repudiated her for Bertrade (Coco Chanel) who was married to a French count and one of his vassals at the time. Excommunicated and interdicted by the pope for his 2nd marriage, he was eventually forced to separate from her, 4 children from union. Refused to go on Crusade, saving France much money. His singular accomplishment was augmenting the crown’s treasury through devious alliances and garage sales of his royal benedictions and ecclesiastic appointments. Obsessed with Normandy and its potential for rivaling the crown, he backed his weak dukes against the royal house of England. Had many affairs, and was eventually done in by his own gluttony, growing to such enormous size that his son had to administer his kingdom. Died of malaria, but beforehand, felt he wasn’t worthy to be buried with his ancestors. Inner: Inept ruler, far more interested in satiating his own extreme sense of pleasure than affairs of state. Gluttonous lifetime, once again, of indolence and indulgence in the name of rule, while surrounding himself with far more ambitious members of his own long-standing family. Decimus Clodius Albinus (c145-197) - Roman Emperor. Outer: From a wealthy North African family of senatorial rank. Raised in luxury, and given an aristocratic education, then held a series of military posts. Won distinction in a campaign against the Dacians, and may have been a governor of Germania Inferior, before becoming governor of Britain in 192. Made Caesar for political reasons by Septimus Severus (Lucien Bonaparte) in 193, in order to blunt any ambitions he might have had for the throne. Held the consulship along with Severus the following year, and began acting like an emperor, issuing coinage proclaiming himself Augustus. Broke with Severus, and gained control over Gaul, while Severus was dealing with the claims of Pescennius Niger (Louis Bonaparte), but by 196, the formidable emperor was leading his troops against him. Accidentally stabbed himself to death in flight from him. Severus is said to have then ridden his horse over his corpse. With his death, came the end of a period of short-ruled emperors, in the wake of the unrest and instability following the fall of the unstable Commodus (David Lloyd George) in 192. Inner: Conceited, immature, more into the trappings of power than the exercise of it. Described as drunken, effeminate & dishonorable, and better suited for the stage and male chorus than the battlefield. Act out lifetime of overextending his minimal talents for rule and being made to suffer for it by the far more rigorous members of his longtime family.

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PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS FASCIST IDEALIST:
Storyline: The demagogic ideologue loves the panoply of power, while hiding a far more sensitive interior under jackbooted wraps and a predilection for intrigue.

Sir Pelleas - Arthurian knight. In love with Ettare, who spurned him for his innocence. Confused idealist who looked on the decay of Camelot with despair. Archetype of the misplaced dreamer. Sir Oswald Mosley (1896-1980) - British fascist leader. Outer: From wealthy landed gentry of Anglo/Irish descent. Mother was the daughter of a captain, while his father was a baronet, of the same name. Eldest of 3 sons. Following his parents’ separation, he was raised by his mother and his paternal grandfather, a baronet of the same name as well. Known as ‘Tom’ to his family and close friends. Educated at Winchester, where he was school fencing champing, and Sandhurst Military Academy, after which he was commissioned into a Lancer unit. Joined the Royal Flying Corps as an observer, but suffered a leg injury, and had to have surgery, which resulted in one leg several inches shorter than other and his foot deformed, relegating him to desk jobs. Invalided out of the service, he became a conservative MP in 1918 as the youngest member of the House, showing himself to be a supremely competent extemporaneous speaker. 2 years later, he married Cynthia Curzon, the second daughter of the foreign secretary, George Curzon (Chris Patten), and a fellow Fabian socialist, after first having had an affair with her older sister. A daughter and two sons from union, with the middle one, Nicholas, eventually writing a biography of him. Continually unfaithful to his wife, and when he confessed his infidelities, she blurted, “but they’re all my best friends.” Broke with the Tories 6 months after his marriage and became an independent in 1922, before joining the Labour Party 2 years after that. Succeeded to the family baronetcy in 1928, and the following year his wife became a Labour MP. Made chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, but after the cabinet rejected his proposals for recovery, he resigned in 1930 and set about forming a new party, which he launched the following year, although he and all 24 of his candidate were defeated. In 1932, he met and fell in love with Diana Mitford, but also remained in love with his wife, who contracted appendicitis and died in his arms 3 years later, worn out by his unfaithfulness. Despite his devotion to her, he embarked on an affair with her youngest sister, which he continued following her demise, and at a later point, topped off his extended intimacies with her family with a liaison with her widowed stepmother. Visited Italy and launched the British Union of Fascists in 1932, which quickly degenerated into a violently anti-Semitic and anti-Communist organization. In 1936, he married Diana Mitford, but kept the union a secret for 2 years, and continued to maintain a separate household for his children as if his wife were still alive. Despite his ongoing infidelities, the 2 remained close. 2 children from the 2nd union as well. Both his wife and sister-in-law Unity, became personal friends of Adolf Hitler, the former to further her husband’s career. A virulent public speaker, given to Nazi-like dress, he mounted a peace campaign on the eve of Britain’s involvement in WW II. Interred with his wife from 1940 to 1943, he was finally discharged because of phlebitis. Continued his right-wing activity for the rest of his life upon his release, forming the Union Movement, and later the National Party of Europe, which called for a single continental state, but it only aroused the same disruptive opposition that all his previous political entities did. Moved to Ireland in 1951, and then finally settled in France. Briefly returned to England twice and failed to get elected to Parliament in 1959 and 1966, faring extremely poorly in the voting. Wrote rationales for his beliefs in My Answer and My Life in 1968, and eventually died of Parkinson’s disease. Inner: Complex and sensitive, despite his public persona. Parkinson’s disease is usually a signal of extreme rigidity and inflexibility. Operated on the sexual/political motto, “vote Labor, sleep Tory,” while seducing the bored matrons of the latter. Imbalanced lifetime of acting out of a warped idealism, and maintaining his principles, if not his moral sense, despite severe public and political condemnation. Joachim Murat (1767-1815) - French marshal and King of Naples. Outer: Son of an innkeeper and farmer. Studied for a church career, but was coldly received by his family after being expelled from his seminary, then, after accumulating debts, ran off and enlisted in the cavalry in 1787. Became an aide-de-camp to Napoleon Bonaparte, and performed brilliantly in his Egyptian campaigns. In 1800, he married Napoleon’s youngest sister, Marie-Caroline (Unity Mitford). The duo had 4 children, and were also blatantly unfaithful to one another. Further successes in Italy, led to the rank of marshal after Napoleon’s coronation as emperor in 1804. Given the title of ‘Prince,’ in 1805, he had a mixed record in Napoleon’s further campaigns over the next year, culminating in a brilliant cavalry charge against the Russians. Intrigued in Spain for the throne, and brutally suppressed an uprising there. Stole the Spanish crown jewels, which his wife later returned, and was given the kingdom of Naples in its stead in 1808, as Joachim I, trading places with the Emperor’s brother, Joseph (Joachim von Ribbentrop). With his equally ambitious wife, he set up a lavish court, instituted sweeping civil reforms, and began plotting for the unification of Italy. Joined Napoleon’s forces again for the Russian campaign of 1812, but abandoned them during the disastrous retreat from Moscow to attend to Neapolitan affairs. Torn between loyalties to his kingdom and the falling emperor, he saw his own troops defeated by Austria and, after Napoleon refused to see him, while England rejected his request for asylum, he fled to Corsica. On his return, he was taken prisoner and executed as a public enemy by a firing squad. Asked that he be shot through the heart, rather than the face, although one executioner purposefully tore his cheek open. Inner: Vainglorious, highly talented and ambitious. Extravagant, boastful, romantic, loved exotic uniforms. Although seen as ridiculous, also had the capability of inspiring his men into battle. Excellent cavalry commander, albeit mediocre in other military roles. Combined a fiery spirit with unthinking stupidity. Vainglorious lifetime, once again, of having his loyalty tested, while giving voice to his overweening ambitions of the uncrowned emperor-within, and paying the consequences for it. Don Juan de Austria (1629-1679) - Spanish general. Outer: Son of Felipe IV (Walt Disney) of Spain, mother was noted actress Maria Calderon. Received an excellent education, and lived like a prince on his own estates. Tasted battle for the first time in Naples in 1647, and then served as the viceroy of Sicily for the next 4 years. Returned to Spain and took part in the siege of Barcelona, before negotiating the peace treaty afterwards, and then serving as governor for 4 years. Sent to Flanders as governor in 1656, then along with Louis II Conde, he defeated the forces of Henri Turenne (Bernard Kouchner), although the latter later surprised and devastated his army while it was encamped, forcing Spain to sue for peace with France. Recalled to Spain and was given command of the invasionary forces into Portugal in 1661. After initial victories, his army was destroyed, and he was forced to leave his post after further setbacks. Fell out of favor after the death of the king, and was involved in court intrigues under his successor. Led a rebellion against the regency of the queen mother, and became viceroy of Aragon in the late 1660s. Finally drove the queen mother from court and became prime minister by popular acclaim, but proved as ineffectual in that position as he had been militarily. Died in office, just before his regime collapsed. Inner: Mediocre general, in no way reflective of his earlier namesake. Intrigue-prone, far better at scheming than actualizing any of his offices. Over-his-head lifetime of carrying royal blood and a distinguished martial name, only to serially extinguish its resonance through his ongoing ineptitude. Charles de Luynes (Charles d’Albert, duc de Luynes) (1578-1621) - French statesman. Outer: Son of a French nobleman, he became the falconer of Louis XIII (Cecil B. DeMille) in 1611, and his codependent favorite. Made councilor of state and governor of Amboise. In 1617, he married Marie de Chevreuse (Unity Mitford), whose ambition and sense of intrigue matched his own. After plotting against the queen mother, Marie de’ Medicis (Doris Kopf-Schroeder), and helping to effect her exile, he became the king’s chief minister in his late 30s. Through diplomacy, he tried to effect a balance of power between the Catholic Hapsburgs and the German Protestants, and put down 2 rebellions inspired by the queen mother to consolidate his power. Became a governor, and then constable of France in 1621, despite his military incompetence. An ineffective general, he died on a military campaign to suppress Huguenot rebels. Inner: Highly ambitious and mate of a longtime familial member, although completely out of his depth as a constable of France. Overarching lifetime of learning how to exercise political skills in tandem with an intriguing mate, while exposing his martial deficiencies, which would be redressed later in his singular skill as a ‘beau sabeur.’ Philippe de France (1116-1113) - French prince and heir apparent. Outer: Father was French king, Louis VI (Arthur Seyss-Irquart). Mother was his second wife, Adelaide de Maurienne (Frances Marion), the niece of a pope. Older brother of the eventual Louis VII (William Bennett). As his sire’s clear favorite, he was enthroned as joint king in 1129, although he proved to be headstrong and recalcitrant, doing as he pleased, while showing a monumental arrogance, that brooked no containment, even from royal scoldings. The country was spared his ultimate rule, when the horse he was riding was tripped by a black pig which dashed dashed out of a dung heap along the Seine. As his steed tumbled forward, he fell over it, fracturing himself to such extent that he died the following day. His fervent desire to visit Jerusalem was taken up by his sibling, feeding into the subsequent disaster of the Second Crusade. Inner: Death was fraught with symbolism over hs own dark porcine behavior and out-of-control personality. Prideful Prince lifetime of proving the old biblical proverb, pride goeth before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. Clotaire I (c500-561) - Frankish ruler. Outer: Youngest son of Frankish king Clovis I (Lucien Bonaparte) and Clotilda (Coco Chanel). Half-brother of Theodoric I (Napoleon Bonaparte) and brother of Chlodemer (Joseph Bonaparte) and Childebert I (Louis Bonaparte). Fascinated with beautiful women, and had approximately 6 wives, several simultaneously, with a pair of sisters among them, as well as the widow of his brother Chlodomer, 7 sons and one daughter from his various unions, including Sigebert (Joschka Fischer) and Chilperic (Adolf Hitler). On the death of his father in 511, the kingdom was divided into quarters and he received the northern French and Belgium areas. Personally killed his 2 young nephews without compunction, after his brother Chlodomer’s death in 524 and shared his portion with his other 2 brothers. Fought alongside his siblings in extending their territories, foiled an assassination attempt by his brother Theodoric, and married a Thuringian princess, Radegunda, in 538, against her will, only to give her up, when she proved too saintly for him. She ultimately became a nun and he founded a convent for her and showered it with wealth, as proof of his unrequited love for her. Also awed by the power of the Church, with a superstitious fear of its extended supernatural arm. After the deaths of his other 2 siblings, all the Frankish lands came to him in 558. Had his own rebellious son, along with his family put to death in 560. On his deathbed, wracked with fever after a bout of hunting, he cursed the God that would cause him to leave the planet in such debilitated manner. His kingdom was divided among his remaining 4 sons, who subsequently had at one another. Inner: Mixture of cunning, cruelty and avarice. Most truculent and least successful of the 4 brothers, although he also had a courtly streak and respected beauty. Unrestrained sensualist who feared the hand of God. Depraved esthetician lifetime of giving play to his physicality as well as to the license of rage and conquest offered him by his royal birth and the accepted behavior of his blood-drenched family. Gaius Plautianus (Gaius Fulvius Plautianus) (?-205) - Roman praetorian prefect. Outer: From the same north African town as the future emperor Septimius Severus (Lucien Bonaparte), and related to his mother. Served Severus faithfully and was rewarded for his efforts with the posts of prefect of the Watch and then praetorian prefect. From 197 onward, he exercised authority over virtually every branch of the imperial administration, becoming extremely wealthy in the process. Cruel and violent in all that he did, including castrating grown men so they could become eunuch-attendants for his daughter, Plautilla (Estee Lauder). In 202, he arranged the marriage of his daughter with Severus’s son, Caracalla (Napoleon Bonaparte), despite a consummate hatred that the latter had for both of them. Desired the purple himself, and plotted to assassinate both Severus and Caracalla, only to have his assassin reveal the plot. He, in turn, was killed on orders of the latter, and his body was then thrown out on the street, to be reviled by the populace. Inner: Extremely ambitious, and equally cruel, with absolutely no bounds to his desire for power. Grasping lifetime of placing his will against a family far more adept at expressing their own, and despite a brief run as an imperial authority, becoming the ultimate victim of his own misplaced ambition.

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PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS LITTLE BIG MAN:
Storyline: The weak seed moves out of the power realm, for which he had little aptitude, and into the fantasy world of entertainment, in order to purge himself of his failings so as to reclaim his fantastical draw towards political eminence.

Mordred - Son of King Arthur and his half-sister Morgawse, in an act of unconscious incest. Led a revolt against his father in which both were mortally wounded in the final battle of Camelot. Symbol of the weak and/or willful seed that brings a line to its end. Sonny Bono (Salvatore Bono) (1935-1998) - American producer, performer and politician. Outer: Family were poor Sicilian immigrants, who moved to Los Angeles when their son was 7. Father was a truck driver, while his mother was a beautician. Traumatized when his parents eventually divorced. 5’5”, with blue eyes and dark brown hair. Dropped out of high school and did odd jobs, while trying to break into show business. Married Donna Rankin in 1954 and divorced in 1962, one daughter from the union. Fathered an illegitimate son afterwards. Began as a singer/songwriter in his mid-20s at Dig Records. Sang back-up with established groups while working for producer Phil Spector, and met his future wife, Cher, in that capacity. Borrowed $175 to record their first song together, ‘Baby Don’t Go,’ which was a hit and the pair began working as the singing duo Sonny and Cher, after first calling themselves Caesar and Cleo. Married her in his late 20s, one child from the union, Chastity, who became a same-sex activist and restauranteur, before undergoing a sex-change operation at 40 to become a male. His later conservative politics would cause great conflict over his public acceptance of her. S & C had a string of hits together as a wildly dressed duo, and parlayed their popularity into a hit TV show, “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour,” which ran for 4 seasons in the early 1970s, while they pursued an opulent lifestyle. Played the dim foil to her insults, when in actuality he was in total control of their entertainment effortsl. Both show and marriage ended in 1974, and they were officially divorced the following year. Tried to renew their success 2 TV seasons later, and then each had his and her own separate program, but all 3 ventures failed. Became a successful restauranteur in Palm Springs in the early 1980s, and also married a 3rd time, to model Susie Coelho, only to divorce 3 years later. Made a 4th and final marriage in his early 50s to model Mary Whitaker, 2 children from the union. Despite never having voted, ran for mayor of Palm Springs in 1988, and helped revive the moribund town into a tourist attraction, despite his political inexperience. In addition, he lured an international film festival there, and turned the spring bacchanal that the town had become for college kids into far more wholesome fare. Buoyed by his success, he unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 1992, but 2 years later, he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican, where he was initially known as Sonny Bonehead. Re-elected for a 2nd term, he proved a popular figure on Capitol Hill, using his self-deprecating humor to ingratiate himself with hardcore political Washington. An excellent fund raiser, he became one of his party’s most popular speakers. Died from head injuries after skiing into a tree, but his body wasn’t discovered until much later. His subsequent televised funeral drew a massive audience and am outpouring of love for him. His wife, Mary, ultimately won election for his seat in Congress, and later admitted trouble in their union over his longtime addiction to painkillers, which may have fed into his death. Inner: Highly ambitious, driven, with a continual need to prove himself, and the ability to learn new skills. Solidly conservative as a politician, save for his support of abortion rights. Savvy, with a bulldog determination, despite his opposite public image. Held a fascination with Napoleon, and had his bloodlines traced, feeling he was directly related to him. Experienced longtime back problems, and wild mood swings because of the drugs taken for it. Deceptive lifetime of total self-creation, reprising many of the elements of his earlier existences as a small man with big ambitions, and, finally, the talent to make them happen. Paul Bern (Paul Levy) (1889-1932) - German/American producer, director & screenwriter. Outer: Came to the U.S. with his family from Germany as a child, and grew up in NYC. Small and withdrawn, with underdeveloped genitalia. Dreamed of being a great warrior or athlete, before deciding on the stage as an appropriate place for his sense of inadequacy, where it would go unquestioned. After being educated in public schools, he went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Became a stage actor, then a manager and producer from his early to his mid-20s. Ventured out to Hollywood, after working in Canada, and began his career in films as a cutter, before becoming a screenwriter, and then in his early 30s, a director. Married and divorced a would-be starlet, despite being sexually dysfunctional. Wrote scripts for several top directors and also directed several top female stars. Became the mentor for drug-addled star Barbara La Marr (Cher), who eventually killed herself with an overdose. Also served as mentor for Clara Bow (Courtney Love), who ultimately disintegrated into schizophrenia. In his mid-30s, he became a production assistant and story consultant to MGM producer Irving Thalberg (Steven Spielberg), and soon was his closest associate, being given supervision of all of Greta Garbo’s films. In his early 40s, he married Hollywood’s most desirable woman, Jean Harlow (Aaliyah) in an incredible mismatch, particularly considering his dysfunction and general sexual lack of interest in women. Beat her with a cane on their wedding night, and then 2 months later committed suicide by shooting himself through the head with a 38 calibre pistol in her all-white bedroom, after leaving a note hinting at his impotence. Found sprawled in front of a full length mirror, nude and reeking of his wife’s favorite perfume. Studio executives clean-combed the home before the police arrived, and studio head Louis B. Mayer (Master P) pocketed his note, only to eventually hand it over. The following day, his first wife committed suicide by jumping into the Sacramento river. Inner: Highly intelligent and highly competent, with a particular affinity for beautiful young women, and a great desire to serve as mentor and aid to them. Deceptive lifetime of self-invention, while removing himself from the sexual realm, only to be undone by an overwhelming desire to prove his potency through illusion rather than reality. Napoleon II (1811-1832) - French heir. Known as ‘L’Aiglon’ - the eaglet. Outer: Father was the French emperor Napoleon, mother was his 2nd wife, Marie-Louise (Aaliyah), daughter of the Austrian emperor. Only son, he was styled king of Rome at birth. Heir to the empire, but only 3 when his father met his Waterloo and fell from power, abdicating in both his and his son’s names. Despite pleas by Napoleon’s brothers to keep him in France as a symbol of the strength of the family’s name, his mother took him to the court of her father in Austria. Excluded from his mother’s domains, he was made an Austrian duke, although given no active role in government. After his father’s death, when he was only 10, he found himself a virtual prisoner in Austria, possessing too powerful a name and legacy to be allowed any sort of freedom. Grew to 6’, but retained a prison pallor his whole adult life, as a symbolic admixture of his existence as being somewhere between life and death. Finally ended his pathetic days as a victim of tuberculosis. All his hair was cut off by souvenir hunters before his burial. Inner: Intelligent, with ability but victim of the notoriety and power of his father, and absolutely overwhelmed by his legacy. Prisoner of fame lifetime of suffering for the ambitions of others, and his own inability to see his way clear of them. Enrique IV (1425-1474) - King of Castile. Known as ‘Henry the Impotent.’ Outer: Father was Juan II (Joseph Bonaparte), the king of Castile, mother was the daughter of the king of Aragon. Only surviving child of 3. Half-brother of future Queen Isabella (Coco Chanel). Inherited his sire’s inherent weaknesses, and became the foil of powerful court cliques. Tall and gangling with an oversized head, a flattened nose and enormous hands and feet, as if his body had been lumped together by a drunken clay-maker. Extremely shy and retiring, only happy around his many pets and his male intimates. Married Blanca of Navarre, his first cousin, at the age of 15, although was unable to consummate the union, despite suffering no such impotency with other women. An annulment because of witchcraft was gained, and in 1455, he married another first cousin, Juana, a Portuguese princess, who was his total opposite, a dainty, fastidious figure with a penchant for royal show, while he was an ill-odored slob. Unable to consummate this union either, thanks to his malformed genitals. Both king and queen became besotted with a handsome courtier, who probably served as lover to them both, and a daughter was born, although he had great difficulty in getting her recognized as a legitimate heir. His chief minister, in the meantime, fanned the anger of his nobles, and in 1465, in a public ceremony, an effigy of him was uncrowned, and his half-brother was proclaimed king, although the latter was soon poisoned, after which his sister Isabel was put forth as the future queen. His wife soon left him, and he ended his unhappy life infatuated with an 11 year old boy, often serenading him. Died of a massive hemorrhage. Inner: Guileless, extravagant, kind and well-meaning, but totally out of his element. Impotent lifetime, once again, of being ill-suited for both the royal and the physical realm, and suffering mightily for his deficiencies. Henri I (1008-1060) - King of France. Outer: Eldest son of Robert II (Mikhail Gorbachev) and Constance (Cher) of the Capetian line of the kings of France. A basic nonentity, his younger brother was favored by his mother, although his father’s will was that he succeed him. Anointed king during his sire’s lifetime, but his struggles with his mother and brother beforehand and afterwards made his reign weak. Succeeded his father in 1031 and spent much of his time fighting to maintain his crown. Paris burned during his watch, and the country suffered a famine of 7 years duration. In 1043, he married Matilda of Frisia, the niece of the HRE, but she died the following year, as did the one daughter born to them. Since he did not want to marry anyone remotely related to him, he searched far afield for his next bride. In 1051 he married a Russian princess, Anne (Aaliyah), 4 children from union, including his successor, Philippe I (Jerome Bonaparte), whom he crowned as associate king when he was 7. Suffered from premature senility and died from taking an elixir supposedly to restore him, but disobeyed the instructions to take it without water. His wife refused the regency and was abducted by a French count. Inner: Totally undistinguished, once again, and, as usual, a pawn of much larger processes. Actualized lifetime of weak rule by an individual still far from ready for it, despite continually being thrust forth into his/story’s unkind spotlight. Severus Alexander (208-235) - Emperor of Rome. Outer: Nephew of Septimus Severus (Lucien Bonaparte), and son of Julia Mammaea (Cher), who exerted an enormous influence on him, while he, in turn, always did exactly as he was told, whether he agreed with her or not. Father was an insignificant figure in his life. Grandmother Julia Maesa (Jessica Mitford) had him formally adopted by his cousin, Roman Emperor Egalabulus (Heinrich Himmler), and he was passed off as a bastard son of Severus’s son, Caracalla (Napoleon Bonaparte). Like his demented cousin, he was a Sun-god high priest, although without the obsessive nature of his over-the-edge relative. Raised to the throne in 222 on his predecessor’s assassination, he was totally controlled by his grandmother and mother, and by the latter after the former’s death in 225. Briefly married the same year to the daughter of a patrician family, but his wife was sent into exile to North Africa 2 years later, and his father-in-law was murdered when his mother could brook no rivals at court. Stood by weakly despite his attachment to his wife, but was unable to oppose his mother’s considerable will. Upset at her avarice and obsession with money. Proved to be an enthusiastic builder, including a lavish set of baths. An inept general, he was ultimately murdered along with his mother by his own troops, who burst into his tent and ignominiously slaughtered the 2, while he wept and clung to his mother, blaming her for his final impasse. Inner: Mild, amiable and docile, subject to domination by older female relatives. Shadowy and enigmatic, presided over a productive state, although evinced no particular gifts on his own. Short-end-of-the-stick lifetime of actualizing his continuous ambitions to rule, without showing any talent for it, as prototype of the dead-end ruling seed, an archetype he would continue to explore until finally switching over to the pseudo-royal milieu of modern show business to far better effect. Caesarion (Ptolemy XV Philpator Philometor Caesar) (47BZ-30BZ) - Egyptian pharaoh. Outer: Mother was Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII (Clare Booth Luce), father was Roman general Julius Caesar (Charles de Gaulle). Only known bloodline son of the latter. Spent two of his first three years in Rome at the behest of his father, whom he never really knew, since the latter was assassinated when he was 3. Returned with his mother to Egypt afterwards, and was named co-ruler with her later that year as the last king of the Ptolemaic dynasty. Never exercised any royal authority, although his mother hoped he would one day jointly rule both the Roman and Egyptian empires. When Marc Antony (Marquis de Lafayette) began his celebrated affair with Cleopatra in 41BZ, their three children were subsequently added to the mix, and he was further entitled and declared by the former to be the true heir of Julius Caesar. On the consolidation of power of Octavian Caesar (FDR), following his defeat of Cleopatra’s fleet in 30BZ, both his mother and stepfather committed suicide, while he was sent to a port city for his own safety. Sent back to Alexandria under false promises of safety, he was summarily put to death on the orders of Octavian, as a potential usurper, while the latter claimed Egypt for his own. Inner: Royally screwed lifetime of becoming the emblem of two mighty empires, thanks to his parents, but with no power whatsoever to hold his position, allowing him to be subsequently sacrificed to the ambition of someone far cleverer and more ambitious than himself, an oftime theme of his in positions of power.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SELF-DETERMINED SURVIVOR:
Storyline: The self-willed superstar deals with her personal demons through the sheer dint of personal ambition but cannot quite shake the profound sadness that lies at the heart of her continued drive towards the fortunes of fame.

Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian) (1946) - American actress and singer. Outer: Of Cherokee, Armenian, Turkish and French ancestry. Mother was a model and actress with a host of marriages. Father, who was a bank manager, abandoned the family early. Grew up in Los Angeles with her mother and younger sister, and was briefly placed in an orphanage. Had an unstable childhood, but was determined to make something of herself. Shy, and felt ugly as a child, preferring her own fantasies to the realities around her. Her mother remarried several times, while she once ran away and hopped a train, in her odd admixture of adventurism and insecurity. Dropped out of high school in her junior year, much to her mother’s displeasure, to pursue an acting career, studying with actor Jeff Corey. As a teen she became a backup singer in a Manhattan recording studio. At 18, she met, married and teamed up with Sonny Bono, 11 years her senior. Slim, 5’7”, 110 pounds, with an exotic dark-haired beauty. The duo began as Caesar and Cleo, then called themselves by their nicknames, Sonny and Cher, creating an act where she dominated his spacey character, when the actuality was quite the opposite. Together they became recording stars and then host of their own TV variety show for 4 seasons in the early 1970s, which ended when they divorced in her late 20s. Pursued an opulent lifestyle, and was noted for her revealing and flamboyant dress. One daughter from the union, Chastity, who became a gay rights activist and then had a sex-change operation at 40 to become a male named Chaz. Had great difficulty in initially accepting her daughter’s sexual orientation, although later was able to do so. Enjoyed her own show for a season, then re-teamed for one more season with her ex-husband. Three days after her divorce, she unhappily married drug-addled rock star Gregg Allman. Filed for divorce 10 days later, only to discover she was pregnant. One son from brief union, which ended in 1977. Continued as a skimpily-clad TV star in specials, before deciding in her mid-30s to seriously pursue a film career, and did so, proving to be an instinctive actress of surprising depth in a series of films, culminating with a Best Actress Oscar in 1987 for Moonstruck. Maintained her successful solo recording career, as well, both touring and issuing singles and albums. Obsessed with own youthful slimness, she reportedly removed a rib or two to maintain her slender body, while continuing as a multi-decade show business personality through both music and film. Had a series of much young lovers as she got older, although gave a tearful tribute to Sonny Bono at his highly public funeral as the most important man in her life, despite later claiming he was a terrible, controlling husband, even though he proved a great mentor for her. n late 2014, she was forced to cancel a tour because of a viral infection, the first time ever that illness stopped her from performing. Inner: Driven, extremely strong-willed, with a good capacity to learn and alter herself accordingly. Insecure perfectionist and self-admitted depressive for most of her life, with occasional suicidal feelings, despite her many successes as a TV, recording, and film star. Strongly anti-drug, in an unconscious reflection of her earlier life in this series. Great fear of suffering poverty at life’s end. Harbors a strong sense of having lived before in Paris, and ultimately bought a grave-site there. Driven lifetime of expressing independence in finding her own path through a world that would have happily accepted her for her unusual beauty and made no other demands of her. Barbara La Marr (Rheatha Watson) (1896-1926) - American actress. Outer: Father was a newspaper editor, mother was his second wife. Had two half-siblings, and a brother, William Watson, who became a vaudeville comedian. Had an isolated upbringing filled with fantasy, while also performing on stage as a child. Liked to fudge on her ancestry, claiming she was a foster child. Strikingly beautiful, which she came to see as a curse. Ran away from home at 16 with her half-sister, was returned, and eloped with a young rancher, Jack Lytell, but the union was immediately annulled. Married Lawrence Converse, a Los Angeles attorney a year later, who was insanely obsessed by her beauty, but he was bigamous, and soon died. 5’4”. Became a dancer at the San Francisco World’s Fair, then married her former husband’s wealthy young partner, Phil Ainsworth, who was sent to prison for check forgery, after his parents cut off his funds for the marriage. Married actor Ben Deeley in 1918, and divorced 3 years later. Wrote several screen stories, and was billed early in her career as Barbara Deely, entering filmdom in her mid-20s during the silent era, typically playing vamp roles, before becoming a film star through the auspices of Douglas Fairbanks (Robert Downey, Jr.) and her role in his The Three Musketeers. Given the Hollywood title of ‘the most beautiful girl in the world,’ and men began breaking into her house, professing their undying love for her. Often played the other woman in romantic triangles in films. Became a protégé of producer Paul Bern (Sonny Bono), who attempted suicide when she rebuffed him. Very insecure, she never found satisfaction in any of her relationships. Her fifth and final marriage was to handsome juvenile actor Jack Dougherty in 1923, who became psychopathically jealous of other men’s attentions to her. A dozen years after she committed suicide, he, too, would prematurely end his life. An indiscriminate user of drugs, and also a lover of opulence, she lived in a mansion with an all-onyx bathroom. Died of a heroin overdose, although her studio blamed her death on overzealous dieting. Her illegitimate son by an unnamed father was subsequently adopted by actress Zasu Pitts (Reece Witherspoon), and became an actor under the name, Don Gregory. Inner: Had a fatalistic view of her life, claimed she never wasted more than 2 hours of sleep a night, since she had too many other things to do. Surface-skimming lifetime of finding little real meaning in her existence, despite her outward trappings of success, and self-destructing to try the same dynamic again from a more disciplined and driven perspective.Theroigne de Mericourt (Ann-Joseph Theoigne de Mericourt) (1762-1817) - French revolutionary martyr. Outer: From a well-to-do Liege farm family that lost its money, forcing her to live by both her beauty and wits. Brought up in a convent, where she was well-educated, making her well-spoken as well. Had a grand theatrical sense of herself, came to Paris to launch a career as a courtesan and singer, became involved with a marquis, and moved as his mistress in wealthy circles. After returning to France from Genoa at the outset of the French Revolution, she became intoxicated by the emotional possibilities for her in it, and began making impolite noise, to the point of riding in a parade of pissed-off peasant poissardes in a plumed hat and red riding-coat, brandishing pistols and a saber. Because of her commanding presence, she was seen as the Amazon of the Revolution, and was one of the early women Republican leaders. Falsely arrested as a spy by the Austrians in her native Liege in 1791, although she was ultimately seen as a harmless revolutionary romantic. As part of the Societe des Femmes Republicains, she gave speeches, made political demands, and enjoyed her newfound sense of power and freedom. While making a speech in 1793, she was assaulted by a group of market women who opposed her stances, and was stripped and beaten senseless, with her skull staved in. Although rescued, she lost her mind after recovering, and was taken to a hospital for the indigent and insane, had her long hair cropped and spent the last 23 years of her life locked up in a series of hospital/prisons, gradually disappearing totally into her damaged mind. Spent her time staring and glaring at the walls, alternately silently and angrily spitting out revolutionary phrases. Diagnosed as an acute manic/depressive. The last 7 years of her life, she sat naked in her cell, throwing cold water on her straw bed to add to her transcendental sense of discomfort, sometimes breaking ice from the outside courtyard to do so, while accusing one and all of betraying the revolution. Inner: Exhibitionistic and passionate. Politically and sexually liberated, although ultimately overwhelmed by a sense of martyrdom and impurity. Act-out lifetime of being gifted, clever and beautiful, only to be undone by a crowd of fellow women who had none of her attributes, and felt compelled to clobber her down to their level, making her a prisoner of her own uniqueness, a condition from which she has yet to fully escape. Constance (c983-1032) - Queen of France. Outer: Daughter of the count of Provence, mother was an Angevin noblewoman. In 1003, she became the 3rd wife of Robert II (Mikhail Gorbachev) of France. 6 children from union, including her husband’s successor, Henri I (Sonny Bono). Reputed to be a terrible-tempered domineering woman. Sought succession for her 3rd, and favorite son, but was thwarted by the will of the king, who preferred Henri, which inspired a brief civil war. Encouraged her sons to rebel against their father, as well as fight among themselves. Died the year following her husband. Inner: Imperious, manipulating, probably had considerable antipathy towards royal male energy. Tyrant lifetime of testing her power within a royal household, from the viewpoint of sheer will, before ultimately switching her queenly sense of self to more republican stages. Irene of Montferrat (Yolande) (1274-1317) - Byzantine empress. Outer: Father was the marquess of Montferrat, and her mother was his second wife, the daughter of Alfonso X of Castile (Raymond Aron). In 1284, she became the second wife of the Byzantine emperor Andronicus II (Sonny Bono), bringing the rights to the kingdom of Thessalonica, which was claimed by her own family’s dynasty. Both she and he shared a common ancestor, from the Angelus clan, who had earlier sat on the throne of Byzantium. Six sons and a daughter from the union, for whom she worked continually to insure they got their royal due, since the heir to the Byzantine throne would be from her husband’s first marriage, not his second. Her own brood became entitled to the Montferrat holdings on the death of her brother in 1305. Two years prior, her plotting and scheming permanently ruptured her marriage, and, after finding herself persona non grata in Constantinople, she left for Thessalonica, where she permanently settled. Dominated the court there, for the last fourteen years of her life, as a willful and controlling ruler, showing herself sufficiently knowledgeable in both finances and foreign affairs, to successfully steer her state, while her husband’s international affairs and treasury remained in disarray. Inner: Ambitious, magisterial and constantly looking for advantages for both herself and her progeny, while showing little respect for her inept mate. Overbearing lifetime of playing off her longtime partner in the power arena, before ultimately separating from him, in order to allow herself complete expression of her considerable will. Julia Mammaea (Julia Avita) (?-235) - Roman augusta. Outer: Younger daughter of Julia Maesa (Jessica Mitford) and a Syrian priest, Bassianus. Her older sister was Julia Soaemias (Unity Mitford) and her aunt was Julia Domna (Coco Chanel). Married Gessius Marcianus, and was the mother of Severus Alexander (Sonny Bono). Successfully persuaded the emperor Elagabulus (Heinrich Himmler) to adopt her son as his heir when he was 13. Despite extreme jealousy on the part of the latter, who wanted to have the boy put to death, her will prevailed, and she along with her mother, arranged to have the off-balance emperor put to death by his guard. After his death in 222, she became regent for her 14 year old son. Following the death of her mother in 225, she became the power behind the throne and thoroughly dominated her docile son, selecting a wife for him, then having the wife’s father killed, before having her daughter-in-law exiled. Tolerated no rival at court, and dominated his brief reign, evincing a great avarice for property and power. Tried to ameliorate the sun worship favored by his predecessor into more benign channels than his monomaniacal devotion to Sol. Lost her prime backer, the eminent jurist Ulpian, to murder, and was forced to reward his murderer with the governorship of Egypt. Honored with the title ‘Mother of the Emperor and the Camp and Senate and the Country.’ Even her son deplored some of her power moves, although she governed moderately and with consent, choosing 16 dignified senators as councilors and advisers to her son. Also took the criticism against the regime, allowing it to be directed towards her rather than the emperor, thereby insuring his continuation in power. Ultimately and immodestly styled herself, ‘Mater universi generis humani’ or ‘Mother of the whole human race.’ Overcame military mutinies and an invasionary threat from the east, but failed against a German invasion from the north, in which her interference played a part. Slain along with her son while on campaign, after his troops had abandoned him. Her last moments were spent with him clutching her, weeping, and blaming her for his final misfortune. Inner: Jealous, suspicious, extremely avaricious and power hungry. Absolutely obsessed with money, forcibly confiscating property to add to her coffers. Full blast lifetime of exercising power through the weak channel of her son, and evincing all of her most negative characteristics when no one was above her to reel her in.

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PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS ENTERTAINING EMPEROR:
Storyline: The clever crypto-king trades in his sceptres of old for the new kingdom of Hollywood, proving himself a formidable force in gauging public tastes, while pursuing a medieval princely lifestyle in complete accord with his monarchical milieus of the past.

Sir Ector - Foster-father of Arthur and father of Sir Kay. Archetype of the secondary patriarch. Darryl F. Zanuck (1902-1979) - American producer and motion picture executive. Outer: Father was an alcoholic who worked as a night-clerk in his hometown’s only hotel. Mother was the promiscuous daughter of the hotel’s owner. Taken at 8 by the latter to Los Angeles and placed in a military academy, while she tried to regain her health. The same year, he played an Amerindian in a silent western. Played hooky often from school, and was finally sent back to Nebraska by his mother. Largely abandoned by his parents by the time he hit his teens. 5'6". Lied about his age and joined the Nebraska National Guard in 1917, and saw action in France in WW I. Fought as a bantamweight in the army as well, and mustered out in 1920, the same rank he entered with, private. Decided to become a writer after several of his letters were published in “Stars and Stripes.” Worked at a variety of menial jobs, and began cranking out pulp stories, sending them off to magazines, only to get rejected for his initial efforts, before finally seeing some in print. In 1923, he became a screenwriter for Warner Bros., initially penning scripts for the studio’s dog-star, Rin Tin Tin. Married actress Virginia Fox in 1924, son Richard became a film producer. Thanks to his obvious drive, he became studio manager in 1928, and the following year, he was put in charge of production, right at the beginning of the sound era. Became Jack Warner’s reliable right hand, and oversaw the studio’s rise to the Hollywood forefront in the early 1930s. His first well-known mistress was actress Bella Darvi, whom he had renamed using the first part of his name, as well as that of his wife, Virginia. In 1933, after chafing over studio policy, he formed a new company, 20th Century, with Joseph Schenck (Jay-Z), and two years later, it merged with Fox, to become 20th Century Fox, and he became vice-president in charge of production, guiding the studio into position as a major Hollywood player, through his combination of, as he called it, “entertainment hokum,” and “serious pictures”. Had the ability to carry whole movies in his head, and was always a fount of ideas for stories, while making sure he was in the vanguard of both beginning and ending cycles in public tastes. Made the movies he wanted to make, using his own tastes as the ultimate barometer of his times. Had a legendary office coach, which he would use for nooners with starlets, while involving himself with all of the studio’s product, and worked extremely well within the structure of the studio system. Famous for the line, “Don’t say yes until I finish talking,” to an eager-to-please underling. Lived like a prince of the middle ages, with polo mallet in hand, and a luxurious lifestyle, although his focus was far more with work than play. During WW II, he served in the Signal Corps as a lieutenant colonel with a documentary film unit, although was reproved later by the Senate for his abuses of his military status. After the war, he produced several notable social dramas, including Gentleman’s Agreement, concerning anti-Semitism, No Way Out, concerning racism, and The Snake Pit, about mental illness. Had an incredible 30+ year run, as a legendary Hollywood figure, with cigar firmly entrenched in mouth, until 1956, when he became an independent producer operating from France. Separated officially from his wife at the time, although never divorced. Continually involved with female proteges whom he would promote, although none ever achieved stardom under his tutelage. Returned in the early 1960s, and wrested control of 20th Century Fox after the disaster of Cleopatra in 1962, and was elected president, turning the studio around with his WW II epic, The Longest Day. Made his son vice-president of production. At the end of the decade, he became chairman and chief executive, while Richard followed him into the presidency. However, the next year, he was forced to fire his scion, following financial difficulties, and in 1971, he resigned and retired, while being given the empty title of chairman emeritus. Suffered a long decline into Alzheimer’s and died of a pulmonary embolism aggravated by pneumonia at decade’s end. Inner: Dynamic, great believer in action as the antidote to failure. A workaholic, putting in 16 to 18 hour days at his height. Notable exception to the largely immigrant Jewish studio heads, as a native-born Protestant. Lived and breathed film. Taste-maker lifetime of switching milieus, but not his lordly sense of entitlement, or deep belief in his abilities at gauging public appetites. Napoleon III (Charles-Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte) (1808-1873) - French emperor. Outer: 3rd son of Hortense Beauharnais (Nancy Mitford) and Louis Bonaparte (Arthur Seyss-Irquart). His father did not believe he was his child, and disliked him intensely. Went into exile with his mother at the fall of his uncle, Napoleon Bonaparte, in 1815. Spoiled by his mother, he had dreams of glorifying the family name, while being educated by tutors. Inspired by his own sense of name and his/story, he got involved with the revolutionary movement in Italy in 1830, but embarrassed the insurgents who needed French aid, and was asked to leave. His beloved brother died while the 2 escaped through his mother’s intervention. Completed his education, and considered himself to be heir to the family’s name, after the death of his cousin, Napoleon II (Sonny Bono) in 1832. Exiled to the U.S. after trying to inspire an uprising, then returned when his mother was dying, before settling in England. Wrote extensively on his liberal social views, assayed another coup in 1840, was tried, sentenced and imprisoned in a fortress, where he used the time to prepare himself for his imperial role. Escaped disguised as a laborer and fled back to England. Returned to France after the Revolution of 1848, and was elected to the National Assembly, and then to the presidency, largely on his name. Staged a successful coup, and in 1852, the Second Empire came into being, once again based on his name. After failing to woo several princesses, he married a Spanish/Scottish countess, Eugenie (Catherine Deneuve), the following year, who was a cold, beautiful, religious bigot. The pair had one son, Napoleon IV (Jean-Pierre Aumont) who died on the battlefield, in a British uniform fighting the Zulus. Also had several illegitimate children by mistresses. His health diminished after 1856, as did his abilities at gauging public opinion. Continually used his uncle as a precedent and ideal, while misunderstanding the nature of Napoleon’s reign as an interregnum rather than a reign. Promoted liberal domestic reforms based on utopian ideals, but was ultimately undone by his foreign policies and the disastrous Franco-Prussian War where he was captured on the battlefield in 1870, despite hoping that he would die in blood, gore and glory. Declared deposed, he went into exile in England, wrote defenses of his policies, and dreamed of being restored, but died after a series of operations to crush his kidney stones. His last words were addressed to his doctor, “We weren’t cowards at Sedan, were we, Conneau?” Inner: Physically unimposing, but strongly-sexed, with some personal charm. Dreamer and doer, albeit the doing seldom matched the dreaming. Imbued with a sense of destiny through his family name, as an enlightened despot of talent, but unable to actualize the full measure of his vision of France’s return to the greatness of his uncle’s time. Claimed, rather than disclaimed, the past to enhance himself. Legacy-rich lifetime of trading off of an ancestor’s exaggerated name, but never being able to integrate his projections with the realities presented to him, necessitating a go-round in the kingdom of make-believe, where his writing abilities would serve him far better than his sense of royal entitlement, which never did, throughout all his previous go-rounds in this series. Maximilian II (1527-1576) - Holy Roman Emperor. Outer: Eldest son of the future emperor Ferdinand I (Louis Bonaparte), mother was the sister of the king of Hungary. One of 13 surviving children. Educated in Spain, then after a conflict over succession rights, remained hostile to the Spanish branch of the Hapsburgs. Sympathetic towards Lutheranism since his youth, which also almost excluded him from succession. Became a token Catholic, although remained a humanist at heart, favoring compromise between the rival religions. Married his cousin Maria, the daughter of Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte), 12 children from the union. His 4 sons who reached maturity were all raised at the Spanish court, including his successors, Rudolph II (Rudolph Hess) and Matthias (Hermann Goering). Argued with his father-in-law over succession rights, and may have been poisoned by him in 1552. Made king of Bohemia in 1563, and Hungarian monarch the following year, before succeeding to the imperial throne in 1564. Although he refused to invest Protestant administrators of bishoprics with their imperial fiefs, he respected the religious liberty of the Austrian and Bohemian nobility, while working for the reform of the Catholic Church. Unable to gain the right of marriage for priests because of Spanish opposition. Thwarted by Spain in gaining compromises between opposing religious adherents, he was also unsuccessful against the Ottoman Turks and had to continue to pay tribue to the sultan. His military reform was defeated by the Protestant princes, who feared being able to assist their allies overseas, while most of his political aims went for naught. Refused the sacraments of the Church on his deathbed, as a final act of defiance to the various forces that had stopped him from realizing his aims. Succeeded by his son, Rudolph. Inner: Ineffectual despite having good intentions, continually outmaneuvered by stronger wills than his own. Thwarted lifetime of bringing his desire to be emperor to full maturity, only to be countered by far more politically able rivals. Philippe II, Duke of Burgundy (1342-1404) - French prince. Known as “the Bold.” Outer: 4th son of Jean II (Bernard Baruch) of France, and Bonne of Luxembourg (Mabel Dodge Luhan), and brother of Charles V (Raymond Aron) and Louis I, duke of Anjou-Maine (Charles de Gaulle), as well as younger sibling of Jean, duc de Berry (Richard Zanuck). Fought as a teenager at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356, which gained him the sobriquet of ‘Bold’ and afterwards shared in his father’s captivity in England. Made duke of Burgundy in 1360. At the end of the decade, he married Margaret of Dampierre, a Flemish heiress who was the childless widow of his stepbrother, 7 surviving children from the union, including his successor, Jean the Fearless (Joschka Fischer). Added considerably to his titles, as well as his possessions through the marriage. With his 2 other brothers, he was made regent by Charles V for the future Charles VI (Reza Abdoh), and when the young king ascended the throne in 1380, he was virtual ruler of France, while using his position to further his own dynastic ambitions. Led an expedition with his father-in-law, the count of Flanders two years later, against Flemish rebels and defeated them. In 1384, he inherited Flanders, as well as considerable territory elsewhere, and then further augmented his holdings, by marrying his children to diplomatically advantageous houses, including the Wittelsbach dynasty in the Germanic and Bavarian states, adding even more influence to Burgundy, which would hold for centuries to come. Retired to his duchy when Charles VI came into his majority, but at the encroachment of his insanity, when the king slew several of his own knights in a spate of madness, for which he was present, he returned to power in the early 1390s, only to feud with his profligate nephew, Louis I, duc d’Orleans (Cecil B. DeMille) over who controlled the state. The competitive contest twixt the two would carry on for generations with their families, and would be one more sad legacy of the reign of the mad king. Far more popular than his pleasure-besotted nephew, for his genuine interest in the state, allowing him sole rule just before his death. Made careful preparations for his demise, with several sculptors working on his gilded tomb, and his body ultimately placed in a lead coffin for preservation, much as if he were a mini-pharaoh, which he probably was at some distant point. Founded the Burgundian branch of the House of Valois. Inner: Bold and shrewd with a keen eye always peeled for the future of his house, and the relative immortality its potential greatness would give him. Carefully sculpted lifetime of dealing with power both diplomatically and pragmatically, creating a great French dynastic house, that would last centuries. Charles II (823-877) - King of France. Known as ‘Charles the Bald.’ Outer: Father was Louis I (Louis Bonaparte), mother was his sire’s second wife. When his father granted him lands in 829, it precipitated civil war amongst adherents of his half-brothers which lasted until 838. After Louis died in 840, the wars resumed, until a treaty was signed in 843 giving him the West Frankish kingdom. Despite the treaty, few vassals were loyal to him over the next 2 decades, giving him an uneasy crown, while his lands suffered raids from Norsemen, who had to be paid off with bribes. Maintained close ties with the Church, and was also able, between being continually contested, to effect a revival of Carolingian culture. Defeated by the Bretons, he was invaded by one of his half-brothers, Louis the German (Henri Petain) in 858, but by 870, he had recovered and augmented his territories. Went to Italy in 875 to be crowned emperor by the pope, and, the following year, after the death of Louis the German, he invaded his possessions, but was defeated by his son. Faded out the following year, just as his vassals were preparing to revolt, and another familial invasion was on the way. Inner: Uneasy lifetime of continually fighting to hold what he felt was his own, while holding together a besieged kingdom against his fellow rapacious family members. Marcus Opellius Macrinus (164-218) - Roman Emperor. Outer: Reportedly of humble background, and supposedly worked as a gladiator, huntsman and courier, but probably came from a middle-class family of equestrian rank and was trained as a lawyer, before becoming a jurist. Received his big political break when he was made steward by Gaius Plautianus (Oswald Mosley) and the financial manager of the estates of Emperor Septimus Severus (Lucien Bonaparte). Married, one son from union. Engineered the death of the Emperor Caracalla (Napoleon Bonaparte), when he learned he was marked for same, then hid his role in the plot. Hailed as an emperor in 217 by his soldiers, and deified Caracalla to maintain the illusion of their allegiance, while raising his young son to the title of Caesar, then Augustus. Became the first emperor who had not been a senator beforehand. Immediately ordered some necessary executions, then replaced several provincial governors with men of his own class and choosing. Proved to be an inept military leader, and he alienated the Senate as well, through his irregular appointments. Fled from the failed suppression of a Parthian revolt disguised as a spy, and was captured and put to death, as was his son. Inner: Commonsensical with a grasp of finances and the law, but without the martial sensibilities to rule. Cultivated a manner reminiscent of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Martin Heidigger) down to wearing a beard in the same style. Also favored jewelry and personal adornments, which were out of keeping with the emperors of his time. His clouded past showed a creative sense of self-reinvention. Unrealized lifetime of unadorned ambition, without the full set of skills to implement it, a continual theme of his, until he finally turned his royal pendants for the far mightier pen.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS SOPHISTICATED CRYPTO-KING:
Storyline: The gallant Gaul projects a genuine masculine brio from his many go-rounds upon the battlefield, as he joins the rest of his family in the fantasy realms in order to tap into his innate and diverse sense of creativity, in order, like them, to give more emotional expression to himself.

Ywain - Knight of the Round Table. Highly capable in all he undertakes. One of the last to fall in the final epic battle of Camelot. Archetype of the stalwart soldier. Jean-Pierre Aumont (Jean-Pierre Salomans) (1911-2001) - French actor. Outer: From a wealthy Jewish family. Father was a successful proprietor of a chain of linen department stores, mother had been an actress, and her uncle Georges Berr was a well-known stage actor. Brother Francois Villiers became a film director. Went to the Paris Conservatory as a teenager, and in 1930, made his stage debut. 6’, blonde and blue-eyed. The following year he entered films, with Jean De La Lune. Achieved stardom on the stage in 1934 in Jean Cocteau’s (Bryan Singer) “La Machine Infernale,” and from that point onward, was much in demand in both theater and film as an archetypal sophisticated Continental leading man. Remained in France after the occupation, although his Jewish ancestry made him extremely vulnerable, and he came to the U.S. in 1942 to appear on the stage. The following year, he made his American debut in Assignment in Brittany, a film about the French Resistance, which made him an international star. At the same time, he was involved with numerous international beauties, including Hedy LaMarr and Marlene Dietrich. Returned to Europe afterwards and fought with the French Free Forces in Tunisia, Italy and France, winning both the Legion d’Honneur and the Croix de Guerre for his bravery. Seriously wounded when his jeep was blown up, killing a French general. Continued in both French and American films afterwards, as well as on the stage, and later TV, in a very active career, which stretched into his 80s, proving himself both durable and popular for the effortless masculinity he projected. Married and divorced French actress Blanche Montel, then, in 1943, married camp queen, Maria Montez (Maria Conchita Alonso), in an extremely happy union, although she left him a widower in 1951. Their daughter, Tina Aumont, became an actress. His final two marriages were to actress Marisa Pavan, whom he divorced between his two unions to her. The union produced two sons. Wrote several plays, as well as penning his autobiography in 1976, Sun and Shadow. Also wrote two plays, “The Emperor of China,” and “The Happy Island.” Continued working into his 80s, and died of a heart attack. Made over 150 films all told, although most of them were largely forgettable. Inner: Charming and suave, the very essence of European masculinity. Charmed lifetime of unbroken success in whatever he attempted, be it on the familiar terrain of the battlefield, or bedding international beauties, with only the constancy of matrimony as his stumbling block. Napoleon IV, Prince Imperial (Napoleon Eugene Louis Jean Joseph) (1856-1879) - French prince. Outer: Only child of Empress Eugenie (Catherine Deneuve) and Napoleon III (Darryl F. Zanuck), the rulers of France at his birth. Known as Louis, and nicknamed Lou-Lou, he showed an early talent for drawing and sculpture, and was well-liked. Received a good education, evincing a flair for mathematics. Looked more like his mother’s side of the family, than his father’s. She, in turn, put all her dynastic hopes in him, wishing one day to overthrow the emperor, and put him on the throne in his stead, with herself as regent. At the outbreak of Franco-Prussian War in 1870, he went with his father to the front, in the uniform of a sublieutenant, and despite showing courage in battle, was forced to flee to England at his sire’s incipient downfall, which signaled the end of the 2nd Empire. Proclaimed Napoleon IV by Bonapartists at the death of his progenitor in 1873. Linked with numerous women, and engaged at one point to one of Queen Victoria’s (Mary Renault) daughters, after being forced into permanent exile in England. Went to the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, and graduated high in his class, although political considerations prevented him from taking a commission in the British army. By dispensation from the queen, he attached himself to the Royal Artillery, as befitted a Bonaparte, and was granted the privilege of wearing a lieutenant’s uniform. Following the Zulu victory over the British at Isandhlwana, he begged to be sent to the front of the Zulu War, and was finally accorded the role of spectator and aide-de-camp. Promptly decamped for South Africa, after writing out his will, signing his name, ‘Napoleon,’ for the one and only time on an official document. Went on patrol, and was surprised by a group of 40 Zulus. His horse panicked, leaving him alone and vulnerable, and with revolver blazing, he fell with 17 assegai wounds, and was found naked the next morning. The body could not be recognized when it reached Chislehurst, but a Dr. Evans made a positive identification from one of his own gold fillings—and later asserted that he was the first to identify a corpse from its dental work. Inner: Bold and rash, he loved danger, and had been stung by suggestions that he had fled from the Prussians. Brief and dashing lifetime of needing to publicly prove himself and falling in battle in order to do so, before returning with the rest of his immediate family to the emotional arena of filmdom, to claim, along with them, a different sort of royalty based on emotional expression. Francois Kellermann (Francois Etienne Christophe Kellermann, Duc de Valmy) (1735-1820) - French general. Outer: From a Saxon family that was of the judicial nobility. Pursued a military career, beginning in 1752, as a cadet. Distinguished himself in several battles during the 7 Years’ War, and then was sent on diplomatic missions to eastern Europe, helping to organize the Polish cavalry, before serving on an expeditionary force to Poland in 1771, showing skill and courage on a subsequent retreat from Cracow. Married, his son of the same name became a skilled cavalry general in Napoleon’s army. Steadily moved up in rank, so that by 1788 he was a major general. Enthusiastically supported the French Revolution, and in 1791 he became a general of the army in Alsace. His administrative skills put him in ever better stead, and he proved to be a decisive factor against the Prussians in the Battle of Valmy in 1792, stopping them from invading during the upheaval around the crown, giving him command of the Army of the Alps afterwards. His good fortune aroused much jealousy, during a time of extreme chaos, and he wound up charged with disloyalty and arrested in 1793, and not released until the Jacobins fell from power the following year. An annum later, he was given command of the joint armies of Italy and of the Alps, but the task proved beyond him, and he was replaced later that year, by younger officers. Assigned to more posts, and in 1799 he was made a senator, before being elected president of the Senate 2 years later. Given an army reserve command, he was one of 4 senators and 18 all told, who were made marshal of France by the Emperor Napoleon in 1804. Continued his reserve commands, and in 1808, he was made Duc de Valmy, in recognition of his one true martial triumph. Allotted the task of reorganizing the National Guard by Napoleon, and then was given several divisions to command. Made a peer of France by Napoleon, although voted to depose him in 1814. Following the emperor’s fall in 1815, he was made a peer by Louis XVIII (Leon Gaumont), and sat in the Chamber of Peers for the last five years of his life. Inner: Despite his successes, not a particularly capable commander. Good soldier, however, with a skill at both organization and administration. Probably saw he was far less effective without a royal house behind him, and opted, like his cohorts, to eventually test himself in the creative realm, after one more royal go-round. Good soldier, bad general lifetime of almost finishing his run in the theater of war, before one final fling, so as to join his hidden family on the far more vulnerable theater of the stage and screen, in order to reintegrate all of them around their gifts of expression. Frederik Hendrik, Prince of Orange (1584-1647) - Dutch stadtholder. Outer: Son of Dutch general and statesman Willem the Silent (George C. Marshall), who was assassinated six months after his birth. Mother was the latter’s fourth wife, and the daughter of a famous French Huguenot admiral. Although his mother felt his destiny was in serving her native France, his elder brother Maurice of Nassau (Napoleon Bonaparte), who would become one of the premier generals of his time, felt his duty was to their fatherland. Educated at the Univ. of Leiden and at 17, was made a member of the council of state. Earned an early reputation as a bustle-chaser, although his brother insisted he provide the family with a legitimate heir, since the latter could not. Married in his early 40s to Amalia of Solms-Braunfels (Catherine Deneuve), a lady-in-waiting of the exiled queen of Bohemia, just prior to his sibling’s death in 1625, and produced the latter’s desired dynastic, albeit short-lived heir, Willem II (Richard Nixon), who would thread himself into England’s royal House of Stuart. Had 9 children all told, with five making it to adulthood. His wife would show herself to be a harpy, although she provided their court at the Hague with a lively Baroque sociality. Succeeded his sibling as stadtholder over the 5 northern United Protestant provinces of the Dutch Republic, and ruled in conjunction with their States-General, a representative assembly. A sixth province was added in 1640. Proved to be an adept disciple of his brother, in the Republic’s ongoing battles with the southern Catholic Spanish-held provinces. Able to capture both towns and fortresses in his yearly campaigns against the Spanish regents, more or less drawing the modern borders between Belgium and Holland through his efforts. Had to continually maneuver politically because of his inherently insecure position in order to enjoy the financial support he needed to keep his realm, so that he often spent more time assuaging the various elements of his principality than he did campaigning. Won over French support, although his first joint effort with France was a near-disaster, and their two armies never quite recovered from it, so that he eventually favored an uneasy peace with Spain, which his wife had pushed. Showed himself to be religiously tolerant like his father, and through his shrewd strategic maneuverings, he managed to avoid open conflict with his other provincial Dutch allies. Oversaw a commercial and cultural boom in his states, which reflected its confidence in his rule. In 1641, his heir Willem II married into the English House of Stuart, taking Charles I’s oldest daughter Mary for his wife, just as Great Britain was about to devolve into devastating Civil War. Sided with the royalist forces, while the Holland oligarchy favored the Parliamentary forces. Did not live long enough to see the regicide of Charles, or a continent-wide laying down of arms between Catholics and Protestants in 1648, as well as a favorable peace between his principality and Spain that year. Worn down by campaigning and afflicted with gout, he died the year before, and was succeeded by his son. His rule would be seen as a golden age of the Dutch Republic, in the military, cultural and commercial spheres. Left his martial memoirs, which would be published posthumously in French. Inner: Stout-hearted fighter, good strategist, and able statesman and politician. Total package lifetime of inheriting a position of rule, finding a perfect complimentary mate, and acquitting himself in high strutting style as an auxiliary member of a longtime powermongering crew. Michael VIII Palaeologus (1223-1282) - Byzantine basileus. Outer: From an old and distinguished family. Father was the Grand Domestic head of the Byzantine empire-in-exile armed forcers. Mother was the granddaughter of the emperor Alexius III (Benny Begin), giving him a direct bloodline to the throne. As a baby his older sister used to sing him to sleep by lullabying him how one day he would be emperor, only to have him later try to pawn her off in an unwanted political marriage, which she refused to participate in. Brilliant, charismatic, handsome and a martial adept, he was given the emperor John III Vatatzes’s (Bruce Chatwin) daughter, Theodora Vatatzaina in marriage in 1253, despite distrusting him. Seven children from the union, three sons and four daughters, including his successor, Andronicus II (Sonny Bono). His father-in-law died the year following his marriage, and the former’s son Theodore II Lascaris (J.D. Salinger), who was quite his opposite, quickly developed a pathologically jealous hatred of him. One of the empire’s most prominent young generals, with Frankish mercenaries under him, he was also one of the leaders of the courts aristocratic faction, and, as such, he opposed the middle-class bureaucrats that the emperor selected, particularly his chief minister George Muzalon. Forced to go into exile in 1256, when he was accused quite unjustly of conspiring against the empire. Found refuge with the Seljuk Turks and commanded the sultan’s Christian mercenaries against Mongol invaders. The emperor was forced to call him back when Thessalonica was under attack, although he gave him too small an army to be effective, and he wound up in disgrace, excommunicated and in a Nicaean prison, although he knew he would be exonerated. After the emperor died in 1258, his appointed regent George Muzalon was murdered, a palace revolt ensued, and he was liberated and replaced him as regent. The following year he was made co-emperor with John IV Lascaris (Sebastian Horsley). Immediately set about trying to regain Constantinople, which had been in Latin hands since 1204. His army prevailed on the Greek peninsula, giving him the momentum to personally lead them onto Constantinople, which he captured in 1261, and had himself crowned along with his son Andronicus II. Had John IV Lascaris blinded on his eleventh birthday, and imprisoned in a fortress for the rest of his life, which caused the emperor to be excommunicated again, until six years later when he appointed a new patriarch. The mutilating act absolutely shocked his family and contemporaries. Married John’s sisters to foreigners so that their children could not compete with his for the throne. The capital he had reconquered was in a state of extreme disrepair, with churches and palaces razed, and many of its previous magnificent homes demolished for use as firewood. Immediately began working on the city’s defenses, while restoring Byzantine custom and culture to Constantinople and purging it of its Latin influence, although in his reconstituting its former administration, he never addressed its earlier failures. Able to defeat a Grecian alliance against him, although further fighting showed him he would be better off making peaceful alliances, which he did with Venice, and with the Egyptian Mameluke sultan, as well as the Mongol khan. Tried to unify the eastern and western churches, although his efforts were met with fierce resistance at home, and he lost his northern neighbors, Bulgaria and Serbia, to his enemies. Did mixed battle with the Bulgarians, winning some and losing some, while winding up excommunicated for a third time by the pope, and continuing his successes and losses in the field. Did battle over Sicilian territory, which cost his treasury dearly, while his frontiers were weakened, through the loss of troops who were needed elsewhere. On his death, he left the empire teetering on bankruptcy. His dynasty, however, would go on to be the longest in Byzantine his/story, ruling it for nearly two centuries, until its final fall. Most of the important battles of his reign were fought without him, since diplomacy was the key to his successes. Proved himself a master in that realm, knowing exactly when to hold them or fold them. Inner: Extremely self-confident, but also devious and duplicitous. Slow to anger, but when he did so, he was cruel and merciless. Phoenix lifetime of ending the Nicaean exile of the Byzantine empire, and returning it to its own royal hands, through luck, skill and a determination to elevate the present out of the spent ashes of the past.

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PATHWAY OF THE RULER AS COOL BEAUTY:
Storyline: The celluloid ice queen retains her regal demeanor into the egalitarian world of moviedom, finding it a far more satisfactory realm in which to express her passions, than the perfervid world of politics ever was for her.

Vivien - The enchanting Lady of the Lake. Mistress of the magician Merlin, living in an invisible lake, to which no mere mortal has access. She is the one who gives Arthur his famous sword, Excalibur, as emblem of his erect maleness. Archetype of the eternal allure and power of the feminine. Catherine Deneuve (1943) - French actress. Outer: Mother was actress Renee Deneuve, who was still going strong in her mid-90s, father was actor Maurice Dorleac. 3rd of 4 beautiful sisters, and younger sibling of Francoise Dorleac (Aaliyah), a fellow crypto-Bonaparte, to whom she was quite close. In frail health as a child, and very reserved. Had a bourgeois upbringing and went to Catholic schools, while her parents shielded her from the theater as a child. Adopted her mother’s maiden name when she made her screen debut at 13, in Les Collegiennes. Took small roles afterwards, and appeared in several of her sister’s films, while the latter encouraged her to continue her career as such, even though she was more interested in interior design than acting. 5’6”, with classically perfect features. Became a protege of French director Roger Vadim, who had her dye her naturally brunette hair blonde, and had a son with him in 1963, the same year she first came to notice in Jacques Demy’s Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Left him soon afterwards, and by the end of the decade, she was a major international star and France’s leading screen personality, thanks to her exquisite beauty and her detached, aloof manner, with one of her highlights as the mentally fragile victim of isolation in Repulsion. In 1965, she married English celebrity photographer David Bailey. Deeply scarred by her sister’s accidental death in 1967, which effectively ended the marriage, and the couple were officially divorced 3 years later. Introduced by the latter to Yves Saint Laurent, who became her designer of choice, in a film/fashion match-up for the ages, beginning with Belle de Jour, the movie which most cemented her in the public mind, as the picture of sang froid aloofness. Continued giving memorable performances, and in 1971, she formed her own production company, Les Films de la Citrouille, while proving as alluring as ever throughout the decade. Had another child, actress Chiaria Mastroianni, out of wedlock with Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni in 1972, in a relationship that ended in 1975, although she was at his deathbed in 1996. Signed the Manifeste des 343 Salopes (the Manifesto of 343 Sluts) in 1973, against antiabortion legislation, admitting to an abortion, and from time to time has taken public stances on issues, such as global warming. Able to retain her striking beauty well into middle age, she became an advertising spokeswoman for Chanel perfumes, as well as Louis Vuitton, and was so successful on American TV, that she launched her own eponymous fragrance. Has also designed glasses, shoes, jewlery and greeting cards. Still a public figure after the turn of the century, and over 100 films, she remains a world-class beauty, with the ability to light up the screen into her 60s. Wrote her largely unrevealing autobiography, Close Up and Personal, in 2005. Inner: Pessimistic, with a fiercely guarded privacy that keeps her at a remove from everyone. Never able to perform live on stage, due to deep-seated fears. Deeply scarred from her sister’s loss, she probably never got over it, as a reaffirmation of her need to keep great distance from people. Subject to periodic depression, and a lifelong cigarette smoker, despite being health and beauty conscious. Queenly lifetime of transposing her cool take on the feminine into a long-lived and extremely well-received career, while showing herself to be completely independent and her own woman in the process. Empress Eugenie (Marie Eugenia Ignacia Augustina de Guzman de Montijo) (1826-1920) - Spanish empress of France. Outer: Of Scots-Spanish descent. Mother was the daughter of a Scottish wine-merchant, a bouncy, loud-voiced woman who was into selling off her two daughters to the highest political bidder. Father was a Spanish noble who fought on the Napoleonic side in the Spanish Peninsular War, and left his family well off at his death in 1839. Auburn-haired, vivacious, beautiful, and theatrical, as well as a restless traveler her entire life. Among her earlier romantic liaisons were with the pianist, Louis Moreau Gottschalk (Michael Tilson Thomas), whom she shared with the Spanish queen’s sister. Educated at a Parisian convent, then returned to Paris after the street-fighting in 1848. In 1853, she married Napoleon III (Darryl F. Zanuck), when he became emperor, much to the horror of his family, who felt she was far beneath him. After the birth of their first son, the Prince Imperial, Napoleon IV (Jean-Pierre Aumont) in 1856, following several miscarriages, she began to take a more active role in public life, wishing to be matriarch over a dynasty. Proved quite charitable to the poor, earning a reputation as goodhearted, despite negative feelings around her spendthrift ways. Served as a regent during her husband’s absences, holding seances at the court, while also reviving formalities and royal etiquette, as well as lavish, largely empty, entertainments, redolent of the ancien regime. As the Prince Imperial grew, she wanted to depose her mate, and set herself up as permanent regent, opposing some of her husband’s political stances. Extremely conservative, particularly in her religious views, and her belief in the primacy of the papacy, she was a noted factor in setting up the ill-fated French stab at empire in Mexico. Following the fall of her husband, in 1871, both she and he went into exile in England. Returned to politics when the fallen emperor died two years later, hoping her son, the Prince Imperial, would continue his father’s rule under a program of more freedom for the French. That hope was dashed in 1879, when the latter was killed in a British uniform, fighting the Zulus. Prostrated beyond grief at the news, for it was her last hope for reinstatement. Erected a memorial church the following year, with a massive crypt for both husband and son, then traveled incessantly across the western European continent, including France, since she was now deemed politically harmless. When queried along the way, she would respond “The Empress died in 1870.” Had good political insight, and even at the age of 92, remarked upon the treaty of Versailles, which ended WW I, “This is no peace, these are the seeds of future war,” proving herself quite prophetic. Passed on soon afterwards, while complaining all the while that ‘she could not die.’ In the interim, she played the grande matriarch to the hilt, usually dressed in black, while holding on to that role for as long she could. Buried in a nun’s habit in the mausoleum she had constructed for her family in England. Inner: Cold, vain, priggish, superstitious, romantic, intelligent, charitable and highly emotional. Strong Roman-Catholic sensibilities, bigoted and highly traditional. Backwards-looking lifetime of sipping out of the last of the 19th century’s personalized imperial cups, and extending her station, if not her power, an extra half-century, as if she never truly wanted to let it go. Marie-Elisa Bonaparte (Marie-Anna Bonaparte) (1777-1820) - French grand duchess of Tuscany. Outer: 4th child and eldest daughter of Maria-Letizia Bonaparte (Coco Chanel), and Carlo Bonaparte, a failed lawyer who died when she was 8. Least attractive of the children, but strongly self-willed. Educated at St. Cyr, a school for the daughters of impoverished noblemen. Suffered from a tender stomach, symbol of unintegrated power. Enjoyed tragic theater. In 1797, she married Felix Baciocchi, a Corsican noble who was an obscure and inept military figure, but easily manipulated. An unhappy union, it produced 4 children, 2 surviving childhood, while her husband was shunted to the background. Had a number of lovers, along with a strong taste for publicity. Tried to become a Paris salonist but did not have the social graces to be successful. Had frequently strained relations with Napoleon over her independence. Given several Italian principalities, and in 1809, she was made grand duchess of Tuscany. Proved to be a highly capable and intelligent administrator, as well as a profit-maker, including producing endless marble busts of the emperor, while enjoying being surrounded by an artistic court. After the fall of her brother in 1815, she retired with the title of contessa di Compignano, first to Bologna and eventually in Trieste. Lost all her hair, and became withdrawn at the end of her life. Died of malaria. Inner: Proud, haughty, ambitious, and scheming, but ultimately an unhappy figure. Highly self-critical, felt women were very much the equals of men. Testing lifetime of dealing with political realities from the perspective of direct involvement rather than observation, with a heavily controlling force behind her, to temper her own sense of self and self-worth. Amalia of Soms-Braunfels (1602-1675) - German countess/princess of the Dutch Republic. Outer: Father was a German count, mother was of the German nobility. Grew up on the family castle/estate. Became part of the entourage of Elizabeth Stuart (Princess Margaret), the English consort of Frederick V (Oscar LaFontaine), the German Elector Palatinate, known as the Winter King, for his brief reign over much coveted Bohemian terrain, that had been ruled in experimental manner according to Rosicrucian principles, for which the world of the time, was not quite ready. Forced to flee with her to the Hague, when the Winter King’s forces were overrun by the imperial Hapsburg armies. While at the court of stadtholder Maurice of Orange (Napoleon Bonaparte), she caught the eye of his youngest brother, Frederik Hendrik (Jean-Pierre Aumont) a notorious flirt, who, nevertheless, was totally smitten with her, although she refused his advances, unless they were made official. Since the stadtholder had provided no dynastic heir for his house, he was very eager for his sibling to marry, and the two did so less than three weeks before the former’s death. 9 children from the union, of whom four daughters survived into adulthood, as well as the hoped-for heir, Willem II (Richard Nixon). Although her assertiveness was offputting to some, she proved a perfect complimentary mate for her husband, elevating his court to similar cultural levels as the countries around them, and overseeing a golden period in Dutch culture, particularly art, and commerce. Had a number of palaces built, while engineering a royal marriage for her son with the English House of Stuart, and its king’s oldest daughter, Mary, which would eventually produce her grandson, Willem III (Lyndon Johnson), who would become king of England some 13 years after her death. Also married off her daughters to a series of German princes, thereby threading her house through Europe’s ruling upper crust. Prevailed upon her husband to seek peace with Spain towards the end of his martial career. Although he did not live quite long enough to see her wish realized, she did so in 1648, and then when her son Willem died two years later, she oversaw the upbringing of his posthumous progeny, Willem III, who was born 8 days after his father succumbed prematurely to smallpox. Raised him as a strict and serious Calvinist, and proved to be a major influence in his life, in a go-round largely of support, where her strong personality, nevertheless, showed through. Inner: Proud and haughty, as well as highly competent, with an instinct for both rule and making her influence felt in all realms, from the political to the cultural to the commercial. Support lifetime of linking up with a longtime karmic cohort and proving to be the exact ballast he needed, as a potent partner, unafraid of expressing herself and making her will known to one and all. Ingeborg (1175-1236) - Danish queen of France. Outer: Youngest child of the king of Denmark, while her mother was a Russian princess. Following the death of Philippe II Augustus’s (FDR) first wife, she was renamed Isambour and married to the French king in 1193, but something happened on their wedding night to completely turn the monarch off her, and he tried to ship her back to Denmark and get the marriage annulled. No shrinking violet she, she protested to the pope over her ill treatment and rightful rule, while being confined to a convent at Soissons. The French council backed their king’s decision, and he went on, in 1196, to wed a German princess, Agnes de Meran (Daryl Hannah), who would prove to be the love of his life. The pope, however, supported her cause, and when the king asked for an annulment on the grounds they had not consummated the union, she countered with the claim that they had, indeed, done the deed. Back and forths followed between various officials, including her brother, now king of Denmark, and in 1199, Philippe was forced to send Agnes away. When she returned to reclaim her throne, she found herself locked up in a tower, in almost complete isolation, with little care offered her, in the hopes she would either starve or wilt away. Agnes returned, and the couple produced a second child, before the king was excommunicated in 1200, and the kingdom was interdicted. Philippe had no choice but to send Agnes away for good, and she died soon afterwards brokenhearted. Eventually the king reconciled with his non-runaway bride in 1213, for purely political reasons, in the hopes of laying claim to the English throne via her connection to the Danish crown. Had little to do with the king afterwards, and instead, spent most of her time in a priory she had founded. Outlived her husband by 13 years. Inner: Extremely strong-willed and tenacious. Stranger in a strange land lifetime of standing up to the will of a king, and ultimately making him bend to her own considerable will, while surviving rejection, imprisonment and a host of lesser indignities that would have done in a lesser being.

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PATHWAY OF THE PERFORMER AS ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN:
Storyline: The vivacious victim falls afoul of the laws of motion and continually exits early, allowing death to lay claim to her burgeoning talent, as she searches for the right combination of time and place to give full maturity to her unusual gift to entertain.

Aaliyah (Aaliyah Haughton) (1979-2001) - American actress and singer. Outer: Of African/American descent. Had a full set of hair at birth. Mother was a school teacher, family moved to Detroit when she was 5. Enrolled in a Catholic school, and knew from the first grade she would be an entertainer. At 11, she sang back-up vocals for Gladys Knight & the Pips, thanks to the former’s marriage to an uncle. Lost a national competition the same year, although her mother’s support helped her work through her profound disappointment. At the age of 15, she came to national attention with her sultry, mature voice on “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number,” which sold over a million copies. Secretly married her mentor, singer R. Kelly the same year, although her family had the union annulled. 5’7 1/2”. Had an instinct for innovative sound, allowing her subsequent producer Timbaland to weave unusual beats around her cool, breathy voice, which she used alternately in repetitive riffs and digitally laced beats, allowing her sound to be reshaped electronically, so as to make her an artificial creation, atop her obvious talent. Released only three albums, the last just before she died, because of an equal interest in film, both acting and recording sound track songs. The possessor of a large-eyed striking beauty, her breakout role was in Romeo Must Die, a martial arts film in 2000. Followed that with the lead in Queen of the Damned, ironically about an eternal vampire, and then was scheduled to be part of the Matrix trilogy. However, she was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas at the age of 22, along with nine members of her entourage. Nine is a number of completion, as is 22, so that this may have been a symbolic death of culmination in a series, which may raise her to a higher plane upon her return, and push her past her exploration of early exits, so that she can claim her full maturity as an artist. Her mother released 22 white doves at the end of her funeral, symbolizing a further peace with death. Inner: Likable, radiant, good-natured, and pliably willing to experiment with her unusual talent. Intelligent, articulate, great depth of character and maturity, an old soul at heart. Digital diva lifetime of getting a taste of the electronic age to come, perhaps in preparation for a long term run as a double-barreled multi-media star of the future. Francoise Dorleac (1942-1967) - French actress. Outer: Her mother, Renee Deneuve was a stage and screen actress, as was her father, Maurice Dorleac. One of 4 sisters, including actress and fellow crypto-Bonaparte, Catherine Deneuve, to whom she was quite close. Had a bourgeois upbringing, and appeared on stage at the age of 10, then studied at the Conservatoire D’Art Dramatique, intent on following her parents’ profession. Worked as a model for Christian Dior, and made her debut at 17 in Mensonges. Slim, gamin-like and pale-skinned, with a lustrous beauty. Came to European attention in two 1964 films, Francois Truffaut’s The Soft Skin in 1964, the spy spoof Man From Rio, with the latter exhibiting her basic fun-loving character. Made 3 films with her sibling, although was her complete opposite, an elegantly ebullient character in comparison with the latter’s cool grace, despite the two looking enough alike to play twins with her. Just as it seemed as if she were about to become an international star, she was burned alive in a sports car crash, as her career was ascending. Inner: Fun, radiant, outgoing. Brief run lifetime in what seems to be a series of foreshortened exercises in finding her true niche in the entertainment universe. Jean Harlow (Harlean Carpenter) (1911-1937) - American actress. Outer: Mother was a dissatisfied housewife named Jean Harlow, father was a well-to-do dentist. An only child, she grew up in comfortable circumstances, but her Christian Scientist mother divorced her husband and dragged her beautiful daughter to Hollywood, where she hoped she herself would become a star. Called her daughter ‘Baby,’ her entire life. Failing in her own quest, she projected her ambitions onto her daughter, and began hauling her around to casting calls when she blossomed into a beautiful young woman. Eloped with Charles McGrew, a rich young alcoholic at 16, but separated from him within 2 years. 5’2”. Began her film career as an extra at 17, working in both features and comedy shorts, while taking on her mother’s maiden name, and becoming her projected ambitions. Divorced at 18, she began focusing on her movie career. Her mother remarried a Sicilian who beat her up and was constantly using and ogling her, to add to her disconnect from most of the men in her life. Signed her first film contract the day the stock market crashed in 1929. Although her initial acting abilities failed to excite either the public or critics, her platinum blonde presence radiated a strong sex appeal for the camera, and by the time Platinum Blonde came out when she was 20, she was a recognized Hollywood personality. Her career shifted into high gear when she signed with MGM, and the studio transformed her within a few months into a glamorous comedienne. Playing off of the top male stars of the time, she quickly became a superstar. In 1932, the canine star, Rin-Tin-Tin, who was of French origin, supposedly died with his head in her lap. The following annum, she married former director and MGM executive Paul Bern (Sonny Bono) at 21 in an incredible mismatch, replete with his being sexually dysfunctional with underdeveloped genitalia. Bern allegedly beat her with a cane on their wedding night over his dysfunction, which injured her kidneys, and may have contributed to her early death. 2 months later he shot himself to death in their home, after leaving a note hinting at his impotence. Studio executives clean-combed the house before the police arrived, and the subsequent adverse publicity failed to slow down her career, although questions have long remained around his death. The following year, she married Harold Rosson, a director of photography and another balding middle-aged man, but that marriage, too, failed to take hold, and was over in 8 months. Continued enchanting the public, as well as the critics, with her comedic and dramatic turns in Dinner at 8, China Seas, and Libeled Lady. Fell in love with sometime co-star William Powell, although he delayed their expected matrimony. Never took care of her infirmities because of her controlling mother’s Christian Scientist beliefs, despite 3 abortions with the latter’s full knowledge. Thanks to her mother’s adamant resistance to any medical treatment, she fell into a coma and died of uremic poisoning brought about by acute nephritises, with her breath her last several weeks fouled by the smell of her own urine. A lurid biography written in 1964, with the help of her former agent, gave a completely distorted view of her as a drunken, amoral sex-obsessed bombshell. Inner: Passive, easily manipulated, and yet with the ability to grow and develop as an actress and a comedienne, holding her own on the silver screen with the strongest male performers of her time. Never wore underwear, and was uninhibitedly exhibitionistic. Platinum-coated lifetime of acting as an odd channel for the wishes and wills of others, despite an innate talent that made her a legendary Hollywood character for both her actualized art and the fantasies surrounding her highly pliant existence. Marie-Louise, Duchess of Parma (Marie-Louise-Leopoldine-Francoise-Therese-Josephine-Lucie) (1791-1847) - French empress. Outer: Of Hapsburg descent. Eldest daughter of HRE Franz II (Prince Charles), and his favorite. Mother was the niece of Marie-Antoinette (Lana Turner). All male animals were kept out of presence as a child, and any reference to sexuality was censored in any tome she read. Large-jawed, with an exaggerated Hapsburg lip, blonde and blue-eyed. Good at languages, and her favorite companions as a child were pet ducks. The French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte had decided to divorce his wife, Josephine (Estee Lauder), when she could not produce an heir, and was looking for someone of the blood, when her name was suggested, although she had been brought up to regard him as the Antichrist. The duo were wed in 1810, and she became the first virgin the emperor deflowered, for which she promptly rewarded him with Napoleon II (Sonny Bono) the following year. Never particularly enamored of her son, while her husband was extremely jealous around her, and kept her locked up when he was off campaigning. Disliked public ceremonies, and was neither popular at court nor with the French people. Served as his nominal regent, despite a complete lack of interest in politics, while her husband was campaigning in Russia, and upon his initial abdication in 1814, she returned with her son to Vienna. Given a trinity of Italian duchies through a treaty along with full sovereignty over them, but she refused to join her husband in exile, even under the threat of abduction. Remained in Austria during his last 100 day hurrah, and upon the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1815, her duchies were reaffirmed, although in 1817, her son’s right of succession was denied. Upon Napoleon’s death in 1821, she married her lover, Adam von Neipperg, an Austrian soldier and diplomat, by whom she already had 2 children, and with him, proved to be a relatively liberal ruler. When her husband died in 1829, his secretary of state proved far more reactionary, provoking a rebellion which forced her to take sanctuary with the Austrian garrison in Piancenza. They restored her to power, and she became a figurehead for Austrian interests. In 1834, she contracted a second morganatic marriage to a French emigre. Became dropsical in her later age, with a face the color of blotting paper. Often booed in public in Vienna, and was a semi-recluse by the time she died. Inner: Vain, haughty, ostentatious, silly and irresponsible. Kept her bedroom frigid, which probably reflected her mental state around sexuality as well. Extremely obedient and loyal to her father, who was probably the only man in her life she truly loved. Quite pliant with the other males in her life, although easily detached from them afterwards. Disliked babies, and most people, including her son, but had a great affinity for food. Electra lifetime of being thrust briefly stage center, only to have her egregious faults amplified, before slowly trying to complete herself later on through early deaths and a growing sense of both herself and the true powers that lie behind her ongoing veneer of beauty. Anne of Kiev (1036-1075) - Russian/French queen. Outer: Father was Iaroslav the Wise, the great Prince of Kiev, mother was a Swedish noblewoman. One of three brothers and three sisters, all of whom married high European nobility. Her husband, Henri I (Sonny Bono) wished to marry well outside his kinship circles, after the death of his first wife. The pair were wed in 1051, although she was initially quite unimpressed with her new realm. The duo produced 3 sons and a daughter, including her spouse’s successor Philippe I (Baldur von Schirach), a name she introduced to the West from the Greek ‘Philippos,’ lover of horses. Following her husband’s death in 1060, she served as co-regent for her son before becoming involved with Ralph III, the married count of Crespy and Valois. After marrying him, the duo were excommunicated by the pope. Following her second husband’s death in 1074, she returned to the French court for the last year of her life. Inner: Literate, although not particularly adept with French, which caused problems in her co-regency. Political pawn life of serving the royal line, without any particular interest in real rule, before being stolen away, as symbol of her ongoing passivity around wills far more powerful than her own.

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