Storyline: The warrior wordsmith alternates his dazzling display of language with the need to lead, while giving play to an ongoing eccentricity bred from the combination of his superior abilities.

Boris Johnson (Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson) (1964) - English politician, his/storian and writer. Outer: Claimed his great-great grandmother was a southern Russian slave who was sold to his great-great-grandfather in 1862. Their grandson was a Turkish journalist who emigrated to Great Britain. His grandfather then took his wife’s name and became a British citizen, while his father became a member of the European Parliament, as well as an active environmentalist with a sharp wit. Born in NYC, when his sire moved to the US to attend the prestigious Univ. of Iowa writing program. His mother belonged to a liberal left-wing family. On his parents’ return to the UK, he went to the European School in Brussels, before becoming a scholarship student at Eton, where he shone on both the playing-field and in the classroom. 5’9”, with a pared down medium build and a tangle of blond hair.. Matriculated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Brackenbury scholar and president of the Oxford Union. Began his career as a reporter for the London Times, although was soon fired for falsifying a quote. Joined the Daily Telegraph in 1987 as a feature writer, and the same year he married socialite Allegra Mostyn-Owen, but separated soon afterwards. Divorced in 1993, he married Marina Wheeler, a barrister, two sons and two daughters from the union. Continued his association with the Daily Telegraph rising to assistant editor the last half of the 1990s, while at the same time writing for the Spectator, a venerable political magazine which made him its editor in 1999, under the proviso he would not seek a parliamentary seat. Did so, nevertheless, beginning in 2001 as a Conservative and avowed libertarian for an affluent area of southeast England, an adventure he would later limn in a tome. Collected his columns in several volumes, and also tried his hand at fiction in 2004 with Seventy-Two Virgins. At the same time he broached the internet with both a web site and blog, while also employing TV as a further means of expression, creating a documentary series, The Dream of Rome for it in 2006, in which he compared the ancient Roman Empire with the Modern European Union. Accused of lying about an extramarital affair with a deputy editor of the Spectator, he lost several high profile posts within the Conservative Party in 2004, although the following year, he was made Shadow Minister of Education, by the Party’s new head, David Cameron, which caused him to resign his journalistic position. Further accusations of yet another affair did nothing to harm his larger reputation, and he remained a poster boy for the Tories, concupiscent conduct and all, thanks to his calculated buffoonery, genuine likability, and equally unfeigned fogy values. Remains a continual British public presence, through his skilled use of the various communication outlets available to him, from print to broadcast to electronic narrowcast, and the farcical face he is adept at hiding behind. Resigned his shadow ministry in order to run for Mayor of London against popular leftist incumbent Ken Livingstone in 2008. Easily routed him, after forgoing alcohol for three months, and subduing his normal verbal excesses, then resigned his MP seat to focus on the task ahead. Proved to be clownish and outspoken, and not to everyone’s taste, making his win for a second term in 2012 against the same opponent into a far closer race, as he promsed a lowering of taxes and more police in the city, while positioning himself to be the Conservative Party head of the future, with “compassionate cosmopolitan Conservatism” as his alliterative calling card. Oversaw an extremely expensive summer Olympics in London that avoided any violence via a massive constabulatory presence, while celebrating British culture despite a host of unsettling images in both its opening and closing ceremonies reflecting a far darker world than the bright lights, big city spectacle it tried to display. Renounced his American passport in 2015 over potential IRS taxes. As an unabashed supporter As an unabashed supporter of the rights of the rich, and an anti-Keynesian free marketeer, he could very well be a voice of the future in European economics, running totally counter to the prevailing austerity egalitarianism of much of the rest of the continent. Criticized Pres. Obama’s decision to remove a bust of Winston Churchill from the oval office, suggesting he got rid of the statue because of his 'ancestral dislike of the British empire,’ in a not-so-subtle racial slur. His end of term allowed him to put the full force of his considerable being into Tory leadership and a coveted stay at 10 Downing Street. Identified strongly with the BREXIT movement which won voter approval in mid-2016, for the UK’s divorce from the European Union, putting him front-and-center to succeed David Cameron, who resigned over the issue. Surprised everyone, however, by announcing he would not run for party head, after showing a curious duality over his victory in subsequent opposing op-ed pieces. Chosen afterwards as Foreign Secretary in Theresa May’s cabinet.. Inner: Has carefully crafted his public image, as the voice of commonality, despite his patrician upbringing. Droll, witty and ironic, with an excellent feel for self-promotion. Good athlete and enthusiastic bicyclist. Stupendous ego, with the avowed goal of being destined for nothing less than the prime ministership. Pot-stirring lifetime of exploring his various gifts sans his saber via the technological marvels of the late 20th and early 21st century, affording him a ready stage for his rapier wit, an equal assortment of targets to verbally lance, and a wide audience to both howl and shake their fists at his antics, wherever they may ultimately lead him. Sir Winston Churchill (Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill)(1875-1965) - British statesman and writer. Outer: Mother was American-born Jennie Jerome (Arianna Huffington), father was Parliamentarian Randolph Churchill (David Cameron). Older of 2 brothers, and close to his younger sibling John (Michael Huffington). Born in a palace that covered 7 indoor acres. His father didn’t think much of him, and was very distant. Adored his mother, although felt quite keenly that his demands for attention were not met by either parent. Initially talked with a slur and slight lisp. Indifferent as a student in boarding schools where he was known as ‘Copperhead,’ it took him three tries to get into the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, much to his sire’s cruel displeasure, although once he was accepted, he thoroughly enjoyed himself there. 5’9 3/4”, with blue eyes and red hair. Just as his relationship with his father was starting to warm, the latter died of syphilis in 1895, and he wondered if it was his fate to die young, as well, creating a great need in him for grandiose accomplishment. After graduating Sandhurst, he served as a subaltern and war correspondent in Cuba, India and South Africa, gaining the reputation of a young lion for his derring-do and ability to transliterate his actions and perceptions into memorable prose. Modeled his writing style on Thomas Babington Macauley, an earlier life of his, while embarking on a vigorous program of self-education to compensate for his lack of a standard university degree. Elected to Parliament in his mid-20s as a Conservative, but switched to the Liberals 4 years later over a tariff question and then held various cabinet posts, including home secretary, before transferring to the Admiralty in 1911, where he strengthened the British Navy. After being rejected by actress Ethel Barrymore (Winona Ryder), in 1908 he married Clementine Hozier, one son, and four daughters, with the third dying at the age of 3. Dumbstruck at first meeting his life partner, he could only stare at her, in an odd display of someone so adroit with language. His wife proved an able partner through their 57 years together, offering shrewd advice, and showing herself equally tenacious, employing Pig or Pug and Cat, as their respective nicknames in a lifelong correspondence whenever they were separated. Proved a faithful spouse to his far more liberal mate, who liberally gave him advice, which he rarely took. Resigned from his post after failures at the outset of WW I, and served as an active military officer from 1915-1916, before returning to Parliament as a Conservative again, where he strongly opposed woman’s suffrage. Served as secretary of war and head of the Colonial Office, using force to effectively implement British policy in the Middle East. Cobbed Iraq out of the tatters of the old Ottoman Empire, and latter admitted it was one of his biggest mistakes, before becoming chancellor of the exchequer and then leaving office in 1929 for 10 years, although he still held his Parliament seat. An Anglo-Saxon imperialist and war-lover throughout his career, he used his hiatus as a time for writing at his beloved family estate, Chartwell. Made miscalculations galore, but his overriding ambition always returned him to office. Although he always saw communism as a far greater threat than fascism or national socialism, and felt Mohandas Gandhi and his nonviolence an equal menace, he finally came to see the danger that German Führer Adolf Hitler represented, and at the outset of WW II, he was reappointed to the Admiralty. Became Prime Minister over a coalition government in 1940 when Germany invaded the low countries, and rallied his nation behind his splendid ‘blood, sweat and tears’ oratory and energetic will, making the global conflict a personal showcase for himself. Involved himself in all decisions, both great and small, while focusing entirely on Germany’s defeat, so as to create a unified government, regardless of previous political differences. With his omnipresent cigar, he was a ubiquitous presence in both newsreels and on the radio, constantly rallying England, while serving as a primary architect between the alliance of Britain, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Although his strategies were not always implemented, nor did he have unanimous support at home, his close rapport with his American counterpart, FDR, was pivotal, despite the latter’s distrust of England’s larger imperial designs. Recognized the rapacity of Joseph Stalin when his fellow allies did not, while continually trying to maneuver Britain into the center of decision-making, contra America’s far more powerful war role. Despite his stirring verbal leadership, he fell from power at the end of the war when the Conservatives were voted out, because of their pre-war mishandling of the economy. Called for a United States of Europe, which was ignored, and characterized the Soviet grab for Eastern Europe, as an Iron Curtain falling on the continent, while remaining as an opposition leader, until returning for one final term from 1951 to 1955, despite suffering a stroke in 1953, which left him unable to walk and speak properly, leading to his ultimate resignation, after one last gasp of trying to maintain Great Britain as an imperial power. Knighted in 1953, he wrote 56 books, held 7 cabinet posts, and served in 5 wars. Best noted for his 6 volume, “The Second World War,” which he penned with the help of a coterie of researchers known as the Syndicate. Although uneven in tone, it was a huge bestseller. A Nobel prize winner in 1953 for literature, he was a master of language, and despite a long list of achievements, subject to fits of deep melancholy. His end-life saw him in a downward depressive spiral, with painting as his singular release. Despite a difficult relationship with his son, Randolph, he chose him as his official biographer, while one of his daughters, Diana, committed suicide a year before he died, and another, Sarah, became an alcoholic. Died in his home with his family by his bedside, two weeks after suffering a massive stroke, 70 years to the day of his father’s passing, with his last words reputedly, “I am so bored with it all,” before slipping off into a coma. Subject to much revisionist speculation afterwards, with some blaming him for the decline of Great Britain, despite his being a great Briton himself. Inner: Felt unwanted by his father, and made desperate competitive attempts throughout his life to prove himself in his own eyes. Possessed a monumental sense of courage, and always felt most alive in danger’s way. Loved violence as a recourse to political solution. An imperialist to the core, he saw himself as a military and naval genius. Extremely witty, and preternaturally articulate, with a host of bon mots to his credit. Also continually subject to the ‘black dog,’ his name for the depressive states that often overwhelmed him. Enthusiastic drinker, starting each day with a whiskey and soda, and an inveterate cigar-smoker, as well as afternoon nap-taker. Habitually tardy, depending upon his wife to get him to functions on time. Larger-than-life lifetime of compulsive overachieving, while bringing a poetic passion to his own brand of conservative patriotism. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) - British man of letters. Outer: Father was a melancholic bookseller and a zealous churchman, mother was devout. Born in a book shop, an extremely appropriate place of entrance for himself. Had a tubercular infection called “the King’s Evil,” which rendered him blind in one eye and poorly sighted in the other, as well as facially scarred, thanks to having a wet nurse with TB. Brought to Queen Anne (Princess Anne) to be touched by her as child, and, all his life, he wore a gold amulet she gave him. From birth to the age of 6, he was bloodlet from one arm. Had early struggles with despondency and his own sense of self-worth because of his affliction, as well as the poverty in which he was raised. Despite his awkwardness and infirmities, he possessed great muscular strength. Read prodigiously as a youth, and attended Pembroke College, Oxford for a little over a year, but could not complete his schooling because of finances, and moved back to his native town, where he fell into such deep melancholia, that he thought he was losing his mind. Nearly 6’, stocky and large-featured. Often trudged 30 miles a day to ground himself. In 1735, he hastily married Elizabeth Porter, a widow 20 years his senior , who turned out to be a drunk, a scold and ultimately an invalid, from whose burden he was finally relieved by death some 15 years later. Failed as a schoolmaster at a school he had set up, then moved to London and began writing, as well as making himself expert in a variety of fields through extensive reading. Forced to do hackwork, he also penned essays, poems, pamphlets, translations, and a biography of his friend Richard Savage (Robert Frost), attracting considerable notice for his abilities, particularly the essays for a variety of periodicals. Worked fitfully, although quite speedily, always fighting his own inner torments, despite his ironic stance as a champion of clear-headed rationality. Harbored huge appetites for both food and carnal release, and was quite boorish in his lack of manners. In his mid-50s, he hooked up with the household of Hester Thrale (Arianna Huffington), and formed a lifelong friendship with her daughter Hester Elphinstone (Clementine Churchill), while using her mother as both amanuensis and inspiration, as well as whip-wielding dominatrix, to purge himself of his erotic punishment fantasies until she tired of the role. Best remembered for his “Dictionary of the English Language,” which contained the definitions of 42,773 words, as well as over 100,000 quotations, most of which were from his own voluminous memory. Began the project in 1746, thinking it would take him 3 years, with the help of several assistants, although it proved to be a near-decade undertaking. It was published in 1755, and was the first of its kind, insuring him his fame, as well as serving as the model for all English dictionaries which postceded it. Received a royal pension the last 2 decades of his life, and became the center of the intellectual life of London, through his co-founding of the Literary Club, which drew all the city’s culturati to him. A brilliant conversationalist, he was the leading literary scholar and critic of his time. Spent the latter part of his life working on literary biographies, once again, distinguishing himself through his scholarship and mastery of language. After Thrale’s husband died in 1781, he thought she would marry him, but she wed another her own age, much to his great disappointment. Suffered from a whole variety of illnesses his last years, including a stroke, and burned many of his personal papers his last few weeks, fearing they would reveal far too much about him. After uttering, in Latin, “Iam Moriturus” or “I who am about to die,” he did so of complications from gout, as well as a host of other medical afflictions. Immortalized by James Boswell (Anthony Powell), in his “Life of Johnson,” which many consider the greatest biography ever written. It was published after his death, in 1791. Inner: Compassionate, good-humored, extraordinarily perceptive, and a master of the English language, with great skills at synthesis and critiquing. Self-questioning, self-doubting editor of human experience. Disliked being alone, continually sought out company to remedy that state, while proving a highly stimulating companion. Objectively analyzed his own ills, proving to be an astute innate psychologist. Felt a fear of eternal damnation his entire life, as well as incipient madness, although used those dreads as a motivating force. Quick-tempered, easily irritated, gloomy, slothful, sloppy and decidedly unmannered, as well as eccentric and highly opinionated. Probably suffered from Tourette’s Syndrome, replete with tics and mannerisms galore. Caffeine addict, consuming some 40 cups of coffee a day. Logophile lifetime of extremely shaky beginnings in order to open himself up to his own acute sensitivity and sensibilities before alchemizing his intense sociality and passionate intellectual pursuit into literal literary gold. Thomas Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay (Thomas Babington MacCauley) (1800-1859) - British his/storian and statesman. Outer: Father Zachary (Michael Chabon) was a former colonial governor and ardent abolitionist given to zealous piousness, mother was a Quaker. Eldest of 9. Supposedly did not speak til 3 or 4, when he banged his head, and when asked if he felt better, he said, “Thank you, madam, the pain is somewhat abated.” Raised in an activist household in the elitist tradition of God as an upper-class Englishman, and was very close to his family. Short and stocky, physically, spiritually blank. Attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he won many prizes and was later elected a fellow there. Studied law, and was called to the bar in 1826. Unmarried, he dedicated his life to the past, with 2 of his sisters as his closest female companions. Began his literary career writing for The Edinburgh Review, where his essays won him renown. Entered Parliament in 1830, where he was known as a distinguished orator. Because of money problems, he became a member of the Supreme Council of India, where he reformed the colony’s education system and drew up a penal code during a 4 year stay there. Returned to England and continued to serve in Parliament until his mid-50s, with a 5 year hiatus due to an election defeat. Wrote a vindictive essay on Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson, unconsciously editorializing on himself. Held several posts including Secretary of War, but his real talent was for writing highly subjective but colorful his/story with graphic descriptions, well-paced narratives and picturesque detail. His 5 volume History of England from the Accession of James II became a classic of its kind, and made him quite wealthy as well as famous. His health began to decline in his early 50s, although he was able to complete his literary labors. Received numerous honors, although his reputation declined after his death. Died of a heart attack, while fully dressed sitting in his armchair in the library of his home. Inner: Highly social and verbal with an extraordinary memory. Held a strong Whig prejudice to his view of his/story, despite his talent as a researcher and his extraordinary grasp of detail. Armchair quarterback lifetime of intellectual pursuit, focused on organizing information of the past, in order to go back into it from a far more advanced perspective, before spinning back in time to further accrue to his legacy of letters. John Dryden (1631-1700) - English poet. Outer: Born during the English Civil Wars into a Puritan family of country squires, as the eldest of 14 children. Received a classical education at Westminster School, where he was King’s scholar followed by Trinity College, Cambridge, from which he graduated the year his father died. Inherited a small estate, but supported himself by writing, while living in London, as a member of the civil service. His first publication was Heroic Stanzas, a paean to the death of Oliver Cromwell (Robert Kennedy), which was followed by a politic poetical welcome to the restoration of the throne, which brought canards of insincerity against him. Afterwards, he was elected to the newly established Royal Society in 1662 as a nonscientific member, and the same annum had his first play staged. The following year, he married an aristocrat, Lady Elizabeth Howard, the daughter of the Earl of Berkshire, who felt she had wed beneath herself, 3 sons from the union. Enjoyed his first theatrical success in 1665, then retired to the country with the threat of plague and London’s Great Fire in 1666. Appointed the first Poet Laureate of England in 1668, and 2 years later was made Historiographer Royal. Established his reputation by writing comedies and tragedies for the stage in the decade following, although he felt the form was unsuited for his particular aesthetic sensibilities since he had little of the innate dramatist in him, preferring the power of language to that of sheer emotional expression. His masterpiece, All For Love, based on the Antony-Cleopatra liaison, was produced in 1678, and the following year he was assailed by thugs, at the behest of the Earl of Rochester (Leo Tolstoy), who took umbrage at a satirical piece, to which he may or may not have contributed. Despite the attack, he continued producing political and satirical poems, as well as criticism, in an effort to fully realize all genres available to him. Proved particularly adept at sharply realized satire, skewering his perceived enemies. An acknowledged literary master during his lifetime, with the heroic couplet as his particular forte. Despite defending Anglicism, he was received into the Catholic Church at the accession of James II (Martin Sheen), a Catholic king, in 1685, to once again sacrifice any sense of pietistic integrity in favor of pure political favor. Eventually lost his laureateship when William III (Lyndon Johnson) took the throne in 1688, since he could not in good faith publicly change his religious convictions once again, which caused him to lose both power and his steady income, two extremely important considerations for him. Did verse translations of the ancient Roman poets, and produced his greatest odes at life’s near-end, as the grand old man of English letters of his time. His endlife saw him in poor health and reduced circumstances. Died of inflammation caused by gout, and was buried in the Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey. Inner: Extremely incisive literary mind, with an excellent command of language, scathing wit and great technical skill. Traditionalist bending with the times, using his own sense of opportunism to try to transcend an age of rapid political and religious change. Strong antipathy towards democratic institutions, coupled with a fear of religious chaos, which made him acutely sensitive to temporal currents. Leapfrog lifetime of focusing on his literary skills, with an attempt to master all genres, during a period of great upheaval, which forced him to continually compromise his own convictions and beliefs. Philip Sidney (1554-1586) - British courtier and Renaissance man. Outer: Eldest son of the lord governor of Ireland, Henry Sidney (George Will), mother was the daughter of the Duke of Northumberland (Henry Fonda), although the family only enjoyed modest means. His sister Mary (Arianna Huffington), became a patroness of letters and minor poet, and his brother Robert Sidney (Richard Burton), was an arts patron as well. Became friendly with the Devereaux family, and fell in love with Penelope Devereaux (Uma Thurman). Although her father, Walter Devereaux (Gene Autry) issued a deathbed request that they marry, followed by her being affianced to him for several years, his way to her was blocked, and she became a muse and an obsession when she unhappily married another. Went to Shrewsbury with lifelong friend and biographer Fulke Greville (Anthony Powell). Attended Christ Church, Oxford, although he did not take a degree, because a plague had closed the university. Continued his studies on the continent, where he moved in French intellectual circles, before traveling on to Vienna, Italy and Poland, then returned home to become a courtier. Fell in and out of favor with Elizabeth I (Mae West), and was only able to realize a minor post through her, despite his family connections. Close friend of Edmund Spenser (William Butler Yeats), who dedicated his Shepherd’s Calendar to him. Refused to apologize, after creating a row in front of the queen, and went to live at his sister’s home, Wilton, where he wrote and took advantage of the literary atmosphere there. Elected to Parliament in 1581, he penned the first highly considered English sonnet sequence, Astrophel and Stella, immortalizing the now-married Penelope. Penned The Defense of Poesie, considered the greatest work of English criticism until John Dryden, a later life of his. Knighted in 1583, and the same year, he married Frances Walsingham, the daughter of the secretary of state, one daughter from the happy union. Wanted to go to the New World, but was made governor of the Netherlands, leading to his appointment as cavalry general in the Dutch wars against Spain, where he distinguished himself in battle, but was mortally wounded in the thigh, and gave his water to a fellow dying soldier, saying, “Thy necessity is greater than mine.” Died 4 weeks later, attended by his pregnant wife, who later gave birth to a stillborn baby. Greatly mourned by one and all, he became a cult figure afterwards, as an idealized Christian knight. Most of his writings were published posthumously, and showed a mastery of language and form. Excelled at all he did: poet, critic, scholar, diplomat, soldier, statesman in a life only half-realized by his early death at 32. Inner: Individual of thought and action, with equal emphasis placed on both. Saw himself as a faithful courtier and a heroic man of war, bending his considerable talents to both the rapier and the quill. Pen-as-sword and sword-as-pen lifetime of acting out the ideal Renaissance courtier, living fast and dying young, while leaving a written legacy for the ages. Henry V (1387-1422) - King of England. Outer: Eldest surviving son of Henry Bolingbroke, the future Henry IV (David Cameron), who was the Earl of Derby at the time of his birth. Mother, Mary de Bohun (Maureen Dowd), who had been an English co-heiress, died in childbirth when he was 7. Brother of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (Maxwell Beaverbrook), and John of Lancaster (George C. Marshall). On his father’s exile, he was taken in by Richard II (Richard Nixon), treated kindly, then knighted when he was 12, when his father became king. Tall, well built and athletic, with brown hair and eyes and a considerable amount of energy, although probably nowhere near as dissolute as he was later portrayed in Shakespeare’s account of his early life. Possessed a powerful speaking voice, and was well-liked by one and all, as well as well-respected by his fellow fighting men. Probably did hang out with ruffians and criminals, but left his past behind him when it came time to prove his martial worth. Well-educated, with a fondness for both music and literature, allowing him eventually to become the first English king able to read and write in the vernacular. Had a warrior upbringing, and fought his first pitched battle at 13, as administrator and Prince of Wales, an unruly principality that took 5 years to subdue. Strong tensions existed with his father over his own ambitions and the former’s failing health, towards the end of his reign. Ascended to the throne at the age of 25, and was able to suppress 2 uprisings against him without difficulty, despite earlier taking an arrow in the face in 1403. Much of his rule was focused outside England, through his ambitious designs on France, where he laid claim to a wide swath of territory. Showed considerable martial skill in his planning and execution of campaigns against the French crown, with the ability to arouse his country’s strong backing in his ventures, thanks to an appeal to patriotism and his public posture as a humble, valiant servant of God. Led a life of total action, although he was also a judicious and industrious ruler. A victor at Agincourt in 1415, the famous battle where he defeated a much larger French force through his crossbows, making medieval warfare a thing of the past. Became the diplomatic arbiter of Europe through the victory. Married the daughter of the king of France in 1420, Katherine (Anthony Powell) one son, his successor Henry VI (Harold Nicolson). His constant warfare nearly united the thrones of England and France, and at life’s end he was recognized as heir to the French throne and regent of France, although he died of dysentery just before it was supposed to happen. Inner: Statesman with a wide range of talents, as well as the ability to attract gifted military leaders to him. Domineering ironclad will, hard worker, with little tolerance for opposition. Ruthless and cruel in his objectives, yet also brave, shrewd, loyal and a lover of justice, with great administrative skills. Commanding personality, albeit cold and genuinely pious. Despite his abilities, he was far more concerned with conquest than reform, although he left his country strong and dominant at his death. Sword-in-hand lifetime of exploring his pure warrior sensibilities in tandem with his gift for rule, showing a clear preference for conquest over all other means of expression, when given the opportunity of manifesting his unobstructed will. Publius Tacitus (c56-c120) - Roman his/storian and statesman. Outer: The details of his life are unclear, including his origin, but he left a brilliant subjective set of his/stories of his time as his legacy. Probably from a provincial equestrian family from Gaul. Studied rhetoric in Rome, and in 77, he married Julia Agricola, the daughter of Britain’s Roman governor, whose laudatory biography he would eventually pen. No known children from the union. Held a series of steadily more important posts over the next two decades, culminating with consul in 97. Became a Roman senator, and its leading orator, in lieu of his name, Tacitus, which meant ‘silent,’ although he was forced to maintain his silence during the reign of Domitian (Ernst Roehm), which ended with the latter’s assassination in 96, lest he put his career and life in jeopardy. Initially wrote in the style of Cicero (Abraham Lincoln), before finding his own unique mode of expression, which was considerable in its clarity and straightforwardness. The latter part of his life would see his focus on his writings, rather than elected or appointed office, save for the governorship of the Roman province of Asia in western Anatolia, in his late 50s. Through his brilliant use of drama and color to give life to the times that directly preceded him and enveloped his early career, he became the voice of the ages for Rome’s first century, despite his strong bias against its emperors, whom he saw as unprincipled despots. Inner: Pessimistic and perceptive, casting a particularly jaded eye against all abuses of power. Correct in his assessment that the German frontier posed the greatest threat to Rome’s longevity. Master chronicler lifetime of developing the various skills of later lives, his/storian, language-maven, politician and ruler, in his back and forth role-playing of political, martial and artistic expression. Quintus Metellus Numidicus (c160-91BZ) - Roman general and political leader. Outer: Second son of a leading conservative senatorial family. As a youth, he was sent to Athens, where he studied both oratory and philosophy, showing himself to be an adept in the former discipline. Received an excellent education, although he only employed his acute verbal skills in the pursuit of high-minded purpose, rather than popular demagoguery. Married, his son Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius, became a commander and politician. In his mid-30s, he was made a quaestor, and then held successively more important positions over the next dozen years, culminating with governor of Sicily in 11BZ. Made consul in 109, and took over command against Jugurtha, the King of Numidia in North Africa, at a time when the questionable conduct of the war there was under strong attack in the Senate. Won a great victory at the Muthul River, but despite further triumphs against Jugurtha at his desert stronghold, he failed to finish the war, and lost his command to his subordinate legate, Gaius Marius (Adolf Hitler), whom he came to hate for his manipulations and political deviousness. Unsuccessfully opposed his election for consul the following year, and the years thereafter. Charged with negligence, he was acquitted and given a triumph, as well as the honorary title, “Numidicus.” Served as censor in 102 in partnership with a cousin, and was a vigorous opponent of populist demagogues. Tried to remove the violent reformers, Lucius Saturninus (Bono) and Gaius Glaucia (Bob Geldof) from the Senate, but was intimidated into backing down because of their unscrupulous methods. Instead, he was forced to go into exile rather than swear allegiance to their agrarian laws. Despite Marius’s opposition, he returned to Rome following the political assassination of both, in a victory for the senatorial establishment, but, disheartened, he retired from politics, and was said to have died from poison. Inner: Conservative aristocrat and strongly principled without the deviousness to successfully operate in a republican state. Highly cultured, and a skilled martial adept, but victim of the underhanded manipulations of others. Sword-in-hand and silver-tongue-in-mouth lifetime of being hamstrung by republican principles and an extremely devious adversary, making him cleave to traditionalist ways in future go-rounds in this series, in which he would be able to put his considerable martial, expository and civil skills to far better use, from his own unique perspective. Demosthenes (384BZ-322BZ) - Athenian statesman. Outer: Father was a wealthy sword-maker. On his sire’s death, when he was 7, he received a large inheritance, although it was plundered by his guardians, leaving him little when he came of age. Physically unprepossessing, he trained himself as an orator by putting pebbles in his mouth to overcome a stammering speech defect, while also practicing in front of a large mirror. A lifelong student of Grecian his/story, he copied out Thucydides’s (Martin Heidigger) History 8 times in order to impress its language and information upon himself. Although he was laughed at over his first public efforts at oratory, he learned much from his lawsuits against his iniquitous guardians, realizing little money but much valued experience. Became a speechwriter, thanks to the skills he displayed, and at the age of 30, established himself with his first major speech before the Athenian assembly, “On the Navy Boards.” Made his further name with his Philippics against the growing menace of Philip of Macedon, whom he saw as a danger to not only Athens, but all of the Greek city-states. Became a leader of the Athenian democratic faction, and for nearly 3 decades never wavered in his invocations against Macedonian designs on Greece. Ultimately became controller of the navy, carrying out the reforms he had earlier limned. When Philip died in 336, his son, Alexander the Great, succeeded him and proved an even more implacable foe to Athenian hegemony. In 330, his policies were put on trial, and he defended them brilliantly, winning a massive vote of confidence with the crowning oration of his career, fittingly titled, “On the Crown.” 6 years later, however, he was accused of misappropriating money, and was fined and imprisoned. Escaped, and became a fugitive, but after the death of Alexander, a year later, he was recalled, only to flee again when Alexander’s successor broached the city. Sentenced to death in absentia, he killed himself by taking poison. Considered the greatest of the Greek orators for his mastery of language and the emotion he put behind it. Inner: Inordinately articulate, with a solid grasp of both his/story and language. Stern character, with a scathing wit and a brilliant gift for invective. Golden-tongued lifetime of setting the ancient world standard for oratory, only to ultimately fall victim to the dull inarticularity of power politics.


Storyline: The deeply wounded statesman finally emerges out of his own shadows, to see what he can do with his faculties intact, his background impeccable, and his political instincts once again attuned to the problematic world around him, rather than his own ongoing disabilities.

David Cameron (1966) - British Prime Minister. Outer: Of Scottish descent, as well as genealogically linked with William IV (Prince Harry) and his mistress Dorothea Jordan (Madonna), making him a distant relative of Elizabeth II. His maternal grandfather had made a fortune in the grain business in America, while his paternal lineage was composed of business adepts, allowing him to be raised in wealth and privilege. Father was a stockbroker, mother was the daughter of a baronet. One older brother. Grew up in the countryside, and was educated at Eton, where he was caught smoking marijuana, although was not expelled after admitting the charge. Between public school and college, he worked as a researcher for a Conservative MP, giving him his first heady taste of professional politics. Graduated Brasenose College, Oxford with first class honors, after reading philosophy, politics and economics, and serving as captain of the tennis team, as well as being a member of a notorious drinking fraternity, the Bullingdon Club, along with Boris Johnson, whose members routinely drank themselves into a stupor and trashed the restaurants that hosted them, although always made financial restitution afterwards. Continued his drug use at university, although later claimed to have given it up afterwards. Joined the Conservative Research Dept. afterwards for four years, although the long hours eventually convinced him to try something else, after serving in an advisory capacity for several cabinet members, with mixed results. In 1994, he went to work for Carlton Communications as a director of corporate affairs, staying with them for 7 years, before resigning to pursue politics full-time once again. In 1996, he married Samantha Sheffield, daughter of a baronet who was descended from Charles II (Peter O’Toole), two sons and two daughters from the union, with the eldest, Ian, born with cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy, and ultimately dying in 2009. The combined wealth of the two would be considerable, because of the family fortunes of both, while she, too, would pursue a career as a creative director for a stationary concern. His first foray into elective politics as an MP was a failure in 1997, thanks to a lack of spontaneity in his speaking style, but his second was a success, winning a seat in 2001 after presenting a far more personal face to his constituency. With an instinct for self-publicity, he became a front-bencher two years later, and quickly established himself in the party hierarchy, serving in a variety of positions, including policy coordinator in the 2005 general election. With the party’s desire to shed its fogeydom in order to appeal to younger voters, he became its nominal leader at the end of that year, and was able to infuse it with a new sense of direction, allowing him to out-poll Tony Blair and the Labour Party for the first time in a decade, once he had established himself. Very concerned with image and style, seeing it as importance as substance in 21st century politics, with its all-intrusive cameras and reportage. Despite his effectiveness, he served as a target of the more traditional conservatives in his party, for some of his more liberal stances, as well as cronyism with fellow Etonians in some key party positions. Continually up-and-down in the polls, he finally managed to prevail in the 2010 elections, forging a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats, with himself as PM and Nick Clegg as his deputy PM, after gaining enough seats to create a hung Parliament, and sending the ever more unpopular Gordon Brown into retirement after 13 years of Labor rule. The honeymoon of his first 100 days won cautious approval from the country’s business community, as well as international investors for his cuts and calm sense of governance over a reduced bureaucracy, keeping his general approval rating in positive territory. At the same time, he welcomed in his fourth child, a daughter, but soon afterwards lost his father. In his subsequent budget, he was to drastically reduce defense spending, a heretofore sacrosanct conservative arena, along with cuts in pensions, welfare and government employment, lopping off some $130 billion, in an attempt to soften the indebted future for generations to come.. Angered his own constabulary by bringing in a former American police chief for advice on handling gangs, following the London riots of the summer of 2011, while refusing to acknowledge the riots represented a profound dissatisfaction with class, rule and capitalism in Great Britain. Subsequently separated Britain from the austerity measures of the European Union, much to the displeasue of Germany and France, in a stance dictated by the country’s dominant financial institutions in larger continental economic affairs. Later oversaw sweeping changes to the country's welfare, justice, health and tax systems, at the expense of the lower tier of British society. Along with fellow NATO members, tried to whip up enthusiasm for another martial go-round in the Middle-East, thanks to the grotesque activities of ISIS there, as well as Russian aggression in the Ukraine, while his approval rating remained woefully low, at barely 35%. Vigorously fought for a ‘No’ vote on Scotland’s desire for independence, and proved a victor, as the country re-ratified the 1707 Acts of Union that had united the two prime elements of the United Kingdom, despite Scottish dissatisfaction with his Conservative government’s lack of support for education, environment, health care and the profound imbalance between the haves and have-nots. Ultimately, it was a fear of losing what little they had that prompted the ‘no’ vote, rather than any support for his right-wing policies. Contra the polls, he won a second term in 2015, in what he announced was his last hurrah, as his adversaries all resigned their party posts in the wake of his victory. At the same time, the SNP, the Scotlish National Party won overwhelmingly over its rivals, promising another future referendum on Scottish independence. Numerous internal problems within his own party, including a desire by many to leave the European Union, set up a contentious dynamic for his second and last stay at 10 Downing St. Deeply wounded by extremely embarrassing revelations about his Oxford days, including sticking his member in the mouth of a dead pig, by billionaire Tory-supporter, Lord Ashcroft, perhaps because he wasn’t offered a significant position in the party by the PM, after earlier being promised one. Loud calls for his resignation came in the spring of 2016 with the revelation of tax avoidance via his late sire’s willed offshore accounts, although he provided evidence to the contrary with six years worth of tax returns. Subsequently announced he had “no intention” of apologizing to Donald Trump for calling him “divisive, stupid and wrong.” Despite his party’s opposition, London elected its first Muislim mayor, Sadiq Khan, with the divisive campaign driving voters away from the Conservatives, in one of his final electoral defeats as party head. After the UK voted in June to leave the EU, gave an impassioned and emotional ‘love of country’ speech and announced he would be resigning as party head in October, in order to allow new leadership to carry Great Britain forward. Resigned in July, instead, and was succeeded by his Home Secretary, Theresa May. Later resigned his MP seat, as well feeling it was inappropriate for a former PM to be a backbencher. Has a net worth of $50 million.Inner: Moderate in his beliefs, and a self-accalimed compassionate conservative, very much in line with American policy. Relatively non-ideological, with a chameleonic ability to shift with changing public sentiments on a variety of issues. His eldest son would prove a reflection of his own considerable incapacities in lives immediately past, allowing him to view his weaknesses from an intimate distance, rather than being engulfed by them. Front-bench lifetime of once again returning to the arena, but with past debilites and restrictions no longer an issue, to see how he will function as a whole political being in the postmodern era, with his longtime enfeebling baggage finally sorted away behind him. Leslie Hore-Belisha, 1st Baron Hore-Belisha (1893-1957) - British politican. Outer: From a Sephardic Jewish family. Only son of an insurance company manager, who died when he was one. Mother remarried a man who became permanent secretary to the Ministry of Pensions. At her insistence, he coupled his last name with his stepfather’s. She, in turn, devoted her life to her son, scrimping so as to insure him an excellent education. Went to St. John’s College, Oxford, where he proved an excellent debater, and dreamed of becoming another Benjamin Disraeli (Aldous Huxley), a Jewish prime minister of the 19th century. Served the length of WW I, both in France and Salonika, showing himself to be an adept at rounding up supplies, and ultimately rising to the rank of major, before being invalided out of the service with malaria in 1918. Called to the bar in 1923, the same year he became a liberal MP from Devonport, holding his seat for the next 21 years. Wrote for a number of journals and organized the Liberal National party, supporting the coalition government in 1931, serving as its chairman for nearly the next decade. Held a number of posts during the 1930s, including minister of transport, in which he introduced ‘Belisha beacons,’ yellow globes on black-and-white street crossing posts, and other measures for traffic safety. Extremely active in the prepatory stages of WW II as secretary of state for war, introducing a number of reforms around the training and reorganization of England’s defensive capabilities, as well as meddling in the promotional hierarchies of the armed services in order to make them more efficient, which raised the ire of senior army officers. His impolitic suggestions caused much enmity, and he resigned in January, 1940, just prior to his karmic son’s taking over the helm. Also married French actress Jacqueline Delubac the same year. Anti-Semitism curbed the possibility of his being named minister of information, and he was relatively inactive during the war. Saw his career peak at 43, and virtually end 3 years later, as a reflection of his earlier go-rounds of falling from power because of his own physical and mental frailties. After divorcing, he married Cynthia Elliot, who was nearly a quarter century his junior, in 1944. At WW II’s end he became minister of national insurances in the caretaker government. Joined the Conservatives following the war, but was unable to gain re-entry into Parliament. Made a baron in 1954. Died while leading a parliamentary delegation to France. His peerage became extinct at his death. Inner: Impatient and self-centered. Prickly outsider, with an innovative sense of reform, but without the political clout to truly actualize it. Healing lifetime of lowering the possibilities of his career in order for him to focus on his own integration through frustrations rather than added responsibilities, allowing him to live out his years in full possession of both mind and body, unlike his previous political go-rounds in this series. Lord Randolph Churchill (1849-1895) - British statesman. Outer: 3rd son of the 7th Duke of Marlborough, whom he later served as private secretary. Mother was the daughter a marquess. Had 9 siblings all told. Initially educated at home, before eventually going to Eton, where he failed to stand out either in scholarship or games. Finished his education at Merton College, Oxford, showing himself to be fond of sports and amusements, two traits he would continue to pursue. In 1874, he married American beauty Jennie Jerome (Arianna Huffington), at the British embassy in Paris, 2 sons from union, including Winston Churchill (Boris Johnson), although his wife was constantly inconstant with him, so his second son John (Michael Huffington), was probably sired by another. Didn’t care for children, and was a very distant father. The same year, he entered Parliament as a Conservative, where he proved a recalcitrant Tory, finally coming to notice some 4 years later, when he viciously attacked some members of his own party for their bland respectability. Famous for his incisive rhetoric, as well as his satiric oratory. Member of the “Fourth Party,” with 3 other conservatives, advocating a liberal conservatism aimed at popular appeal and awakening his defeated party from its torpor, although his breech with other party members was later healed. Appointed Secretary of State for India, where his aggressive policies countermanded his earlier stance against British imperialism. Became chancellor of the exchequer at the age of 37, and a leading parliamentary figure, and seemed certain to rise to prime minister, although he managed to alienate his fellow party members through his own miscalculated designs on higher office. Resigned his leadership position via The London Times, expecting popular support, but when none came, he showed little interest in politics afterwards, preferring horse racing, despite retaining his Parliamentary seat. Traveled to South Africa for his health, and then had his career cut short by syphilis, which made him a pathetic figure, deranging him and subjecting him to a slow and painful paralytic death. Inner: Ambitious, articulate neotraditionalist, and shrewd tactician. Cold and totally self-involved, without the ability to gauge the effects of his actions on others. Curtailed lifetime, once again, of destroying himself from within, after embarking on a career of brilliant promise, that was not matched by his own abilities at reflecting the temper of his times. Robert Castlereagh (Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh) (1769-1822) - British statesman. Outer: Son of an Anglo-Irish landowner, who ultimately became marquess of Londonderry. Educated at St. John’s College, Cambridge. Elected to the Irish Parliament in 1790 as an independent. Tall and handsome, with exquisite manners. Married Emily Hobart, a beautiful, somewhat eccentric woman in 1794, and was devoted to her. Childless union. Served as acting chief secretary to the lord lieutenant of Ireland, where he helped quell a major revolt, then singlehandedly forced the measure of union with Britain in the Irish House of Commons. Resigned when George III (Archibald Rosebery) refused to back Catholic emancipation, and a relative then succeeded him in that office. Appointed president of the Board of Control of the India council, showing the same intellectual vigor and political energy. Served as secretary of state for war in one cabinet, and a member of the War Department in a 2nd, where his aggressive policies made the military more efficient. Fought a duel with foreign secretary George Canning (Chris Patten) over political issues in 1809. Both were slightly wounded, and he was out of politics for the next 2 1/2 years. Returned as secretary for foreign affairs, and became a leader of the House of Commons. Organized a successful coalition against Napoleon Bonaparte, which led to the French Emperor’s ultimate downfall. Became a dominating figure at the subsequent Congress of Vienna in 1815, as well as further European conferences, although he was accused of favoring autocratic governments. Nevertheless, he refused to be swayed by public opinion. Worried about the possibility of assassination, and carried pistols in self-defense. At the end of his career, he became increasingly more paranoid over a threat of blackmail for his same sex proclivities, and began dipping deeper into his own considerable darkness. Committed suicide by cutting his own throat with a penknife, just before attending a European conference. Despite his own ongoing internal sense of imbalance, he would be looked at as one of the greatest foreign secretaries in British his/story, casting a large shadow on his times. Inner: Cold, passionless and conservative, autocratic traditionalist. Worrisome lifetime of self-destructing through the throat because of his inability to integrate his outer and inner selves in the realm of true heart communication, despite his persuasive abilities in bringing large powers together. Charles Townshend (1725-1767) - English statesman. Outer: 2nd son of the 3rd Viscount Townshend. Educated at Clare College, Cambridge. Elected to Parliament in his early 20s, and showed a gift for oratory and eloquence. At 30, he married Lady Caroline Campbell, the widowed daughter of the Duke of Argyll, 3 children from union. Became a member of the Board of Trade, where he favored strong control of the American colonies via taxation. Noted for continually shifting his politics, earning him the nickname of ‘the Weathercock,’ for his notorious changeability. After serving on the Board of Admiralty, he became secretary of war and then paymaster general, before being appointed chancellor of the Exchequer in 1766, where he showed financial acumen, although little real political judgment, effectively sabotaging the policies of others with whom he disagreed. His parliamentary career was centered around foreign policy, including the Townshend Acts, which undermined the colonial tradition of self-government and fed directly into the American Revolution. Died of a neglected fever. Inner: Charming, witty, and eloquent, but markedly unstable, unprincipled and self-destructive. Unbalanced lifetime, once again, of destroying himself from within, a residue of self-dislike from some unseen set of karmic circumstances. Henry IV (1366-1413) - King of England. Outer: Eldest surviving and only son of John of Gaunt (Lyndon Johnson), the Duke of Lancaster, by his first wife, who was also his cousin. Mother died when he was 3. Raised by retainers, and was known as Henry Bolingbroke. His father ran the government during the early years of Richard II’s (Richard Nixon) rule. Married co-heiress Mary de Bohun (Maureen Dowd) when she was 11, 6 surviving children including his successor Henry V (Boris Johnson), John of Lancaster (George C. Marshall) and Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (Maxwell Beaverbrook). His wife died in 1394 after the birth of their last daughter. Entered politics at the age of 20 in opposition to the crown. Stocky build, vigorous, excelled in the martial arts. Devout, well-read, good speaker, and an accomplished musician. Fluent in English, French and Latin. One of 5 “lord appellants,” who ruled England during Richard II’s struggles with his barons. After his father returned to reconcile the king with his enemies, he went on crusades to Lithuania and Prussia. Following his return, he was banished for a decade and had his land’s confiscated on his progenitor’s death. During his exile, he invaded England in 1399 as a champion of the nobility and forced Richard to abdicate, then had him murdered. Claimed the throne through his descent from Henry III (Jacqueline Kennedy), and founded the Lancastrian dynasty on it. Before his coronation that same year, he lost his shoe, a symbol of Commons against him, and then his golden spur fell off, a symbol of the soldiers against him. After his coronation at the celebratory feast, the wind blew the crown from his head during the celebration, and a baronial revolt followed. Spent his first 5 years fighting both domestic and foreign enemies. Married Joanna of Navarre (Arianna Huffington), and became quite jealous of his fascinating, formidable wife, who was ultimately accused of being a witch. His reign was marked by continuous rebellions, which were skillfully handled by the king, although he ultimately left the kingdom in sad financial shape. The last armed rebellion against him was in 1408, when he finally secured his crown, although he had continual difficulties with the ambitions of his son, Prince Henry, who wanted him to abdicate in his favor. Congenital syphilis had made him an invalid by 1406, and he was largely confined to his bed, where he became wasted and disfigured, and finally totally incapacitated by 1412. Died after suffering a stroke while kneeling before a shrine in Westminster Abbey, leaving the crown enormously in debt. Inner: Neurotic hypochondriac, but decisive and tactful. Pressures of keeping the crown took enormous toll on his body, despite a genuine gift for rule. His unintegrated rebellious kingdom reflected his own ongoing lack of personal integration. Uneasy-lies-the-head lifetime of allowing his ongoing sense of hidden unworthiness, once again, to eat away his body and literally invalid-ate himself.


Storyline: The striking stranger in a strange land uses her powers of self-expression to carve a unique niche for herself in the political landscape, after many a go-round of operating at the highest levels of her various cultural milieus.

Arianna Huffington (Arianna Stassinopolis) (1950) - Grecian/American socialite and writer. Outer: Grecian-born, mother was the daughter of Russian-exile parents who moved to Greece after the Russian Revolution. Father was a journalist and management consultant, who gambled, chased after other women and was a poor provider, creating an unsettled household. Older of 2 sisters, younger sibling Agapi, became a classically-trained actress. Held a strong spiritual sense of the world since childhood. After her parents split up without divorcing when she was 11, she studied comparative religions in India, then moved with her mother and sister to London, where the 3 women flourished, and attended Cambridge on a competitive scholarship, even though she had never been to an English language school. 5’10”, with light brown hair and hazel eyes. Quickly established herself as a star as the first foreigner and 3rd woman to head the Cambridge Union, before becoming a celebrity with her initial book, The Female Woman, decrying feminism’s downplaying of marriage and motherhood. Felt the emptiness of her success, went on a water starvation diet back in London, then after a 2nd book, became a social fixture in English society. Turned to biography with bestsellers on diva Maria Callas and a wart-filled look at artist/monster Pablo Picasso, as well as other tomes. Had a relationship with much older journalist Bernard Levin, which ended because she wanted children and he did not. Settled in NYC in the 1980s, and again was socially prominent, before moving to Beverly Hills. Became a disciple of New Age guru John-Roger, who was later discredited. In her mid-30s, she married American oil heir Michael Huffington in a high society wedding, and became a helpmate on his novice entry into politics, 2 daughters from the union, after a stillbirth, which followed a dream of a baby in her womb whose eyes would not open. Had her own syndicated talk show, while continuing her writing career, positing a fourth instinct, that of altruism, as inherent to humanity. After her husband’s loss for the U.S. Senate seat in California in 1994, for which the couple spent some $28 million, she moved to Washington, divorced him in 1997, and returned to California, while becoming a political gadfly in her own right, with a syndicated column, and frequent talk-show appearances as a Republican traditionalist, with the ability to embrace positions outside the strictures of her party. Eventually became an independent and outspoken advocate of liberal causes, as well as a ubiquitous media presence. Her husband later publicly declared his sexual interest in men, as well as a reluctance to embrace the various roles, industrial and political, thrust on him, much to his wife’s embarrassment, although she would remain undaunted in her ongoing calling as one of America’s foremost outsider insiders. Ran for governor in California’s recall election in 2003, and two years later went internet, along with several partners, with the Huffington Post, a weblog and print salon, with many of her high-powered friends in initial scriptural attendance. The site would gradually expand into a genuine netpaper, attracting both increased advertising and viewers, to make it a progressive electronic voice of note, filled with the peripheral frills of personality driven gossip and healthy lifestyle recommendations along with airwaye bloviators galore sounding off on one another to complement its more serious content. In 2011, it would be sold to AOL for $315 million, and she would take a high executive position with the newly merged company. She launched The World Post, along with Nicolas Berggruen in 2014 as a further net salon, in order to bring innovative thinking to a global audience. Has also expanded its reach to a host of countries while appearing in 10 languages all told, as one of the internet’s most widely read political sites. Announced in 2016, she was stepping down from her company to head Thrive Global, a health, lifestyle and wellness site. Afterwards, some reporters opined, she had a capricious management style that alienated many of the journalists who labored for her, thanks to decided favoritism on her part. Has a net worth of $315 million. Inner: Highly articulate, with a wicked wit and a deep spiritual sense, as well as an abiding love of luxury and celebrityhood, while at the same time, a genuine concern for the widening chasm between the have/mores and have/lesses. Salonist at heart, who enjoys the company of high wattage intellect in the political and cultural spheres, and has a preference for men who do not reflect her father. Powermongering lifetime of blending spirituality with luxury as well as a high social and political presence, while delving actively into the mores of an alien land from the perspective of her accustomed high perch. Jennie Churchill (Jeanette Jerome) (1854-1921) - Anglo/American socialite and writer. Outer: Father was an American lawyer, editor, gambler, horseman and financial speculator, who made and lost several fortunes. Her mother, who was the daughter of a landowner and sometimes assemblyman, was supposedly 1/4 Iroquois and hauntingly beautiful. 2nd of 4 daughters. Idolized her father, and was always looking for him in the men in her life. Named after opera singer Jennie Lind (Judy Garland), Had a patrician upbringing, and was well-traveled. Her sire was American consul in Trieste, and her mother felt her daughters should be part of the European world. Educated in Paris and London. Met budding politician Randolph Churchill (David Cameron), who proposed 3 days later. At 20, she married him at the British embassy in Paris, 2 sons from the union, Winston (Boris Johnson) and John Churchill (Michael Huffington). The latter may have been sired by an Irish nobleman, with whom she had an affair. Also had numerous other lovers during her deteriorating marriage, with some estimates as high as 200, including the future Edward VII (Prince William). Although the boys were raised by nurses and governesses, they worshipped her, while her aloof mate largely ignored them. Ultimately became a close confidant of Winston, who ended up regarding her more as a sister than a mother. The possessor of a dark beauty and an outrageous wit, she was a vigorous campaigner for her spouse, although had little effect on his larger political career. Suffered numerous tensions with her mate over his degenerating physicality due to his syphilis. Never quite rebuilt her life after his death when she was in her early 40s. Established a quarterly magazine, Anglo-Saxon Review in 1899, and wrote for it. Married a contemporary of her son’s, George Cornwallis-West, a philandering Scots Guards lieutenant in 1900, much to the shock of everyone, divorced 14 years later. Wrote her reminiscenes in 1905. Had numerous lovers during all her unions, married a third time in 1918 to Montague Phippen Porch, a 41 year old member of the Nigerian Civil Service, when she was in her late 60s. Her leg was amputated above the knee after a fall down a set of stairs, which fractured her ankle, and she died of a heart attack shortly afterwards. Inner: Witty, fascinating, outrageous. Despite being an indifferent mother, she intrigued everyone whose life she touched. Freewheeling lifetime of bringing the power of her own strong personality to bear on an alien landscape and triumphing. Hester Thrale Piozzi (Hester Salusbury) (1740-1821) - English writer. Outer: Only child of a fiery landowner who failed in his attempts at making a fortune in Nova Scotia and Ireland. Her parents were cousins, and connected to many of the leading families of north Wales, a place with which she strongly identified. 4’11”, grey-eyed, angular-featured, plump and highly spirited, with an infectious personality. Money was problematic with the family, although she was adored, and given a stimulating home education. Her mother arranged a marriage for her to Henry Thrale, a wealthy brewer when she was 22, which caused her sire to have a fatal heart attack in his disapproval of the union. It proved to be a largely loveless marriage which occasioned 13 pregnancies, because of her inconstant husband’s need for a male heir, from which 4 daughters survived to maturity, including her disapproving eldest Hester Maria Elphinstone (Clementine Churchill). Despite the embittered disconnection, and the many restrictions her oppressive mate placed on her, she opened a small salon in London, and through it, in 1765, became close friends with writer Samuel Johnson (Boris Johnson), who lived in the household for a while, and later traveled with her to Wales and France. The pair developed a strong intellectual camaraderie and she would subsequently help him in his work through both serving as his secretary and providing him with intoxicating conversation. However, he was also a self-centered emotional drain, constantly demanding attention. Had a sado-masochistic relationship with him as well, both chaining and whipping him, although eventually begged off that role. Her husband’s profligate ways also threatened the family stability, forcing her to intercede in their finances. After her spouse’s death from a series of strokes when she was in her early 40s, she sold his brewery, allowing her to finally gain her full independence. Three years later, she fell madly in love with Gabriel Piozzi, an Italian music teacher, although the disapproval of both family and friends forced her to abandon the union, until she became so ill, she called him back from Italy and they were happily married in 1784. The pair traveled for three years through France, Italy and Germany, while she felt immensely liberated, which was further underlined by the death of Johnson, for which some unfairly blamed her. Wrote travel and personal reminiscences as well as Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson, which was both her first book and her most popular work. On her return, she had her home redecorated in Italianate style, and returned to her salon salad days, with a continual slew of culterati guests from both the theater and literary London. Wrote two unpublished plays, and also penned her autobiography, as well as a collection of journals in 6 volumes known as Thraliana, a collection of anecdotes, poems, and a culling of her voracious reading. Eschewed the clichéd stance of the time of the female novelist, and focused on nonfiction, including a tome on etymology. In 1795, she returned to Wales, and built a villa near her ancestral home, where she feuded with her surviving daughters and nursed her husband’s through attacks of gout, while continuing her writing. Following her spouse’s death from gangrene in 1809, she made his grasping nephew her heir in order to continue her husband’s line. Lived in Bath for the remainder of her life, and, at near 80, she proposed marriage to a handsome young actor, although he rejected it. Died two weeks after a serious fall, from its complications. Inner: Clever, effervescent, well-read, cynical, hard and masculine in character. Highly personable intellectual gadfly, with whom everyone was impressed. Forced to deal with the loss of a host of children, as well as a lack of appreciation from those who survived, and endless demands from an unappreciative husband, and an equally narcissistic mentor. Head-held-high lifetime of continuing her longtime association with English’s ongoing master of letters, while attempting to establish herself as a writer and raconteur of worth against a backdrop of draining family members and critical friends, offset by ultimate supportive love. Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke (Mary Sidney) (1561-1621) - British patroness and translator. Outer: Father was Henry Sidney (George Will), lord governor of Ireland. Mother was the daughter of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland (Henry Fonda). Younger sister of Renaissance man, Philip Sidney (Boris Johnson), and Robert Sidney (Richard Burton). Grew up in Ludlow Castle, where her father was based as president of the Welsh Marches. Following her birth, her mother nursed Elizabeth I through smallpox and became disfigured in the process, forcing her to live apart from the family, so that she had little access to her. Schooled by private tutors at home and received a thorough classical humanist education. Invited to court by Elizabeth in 1575, following the death of her other sisters, and 2 years later, she became the 3rd wife of the Earl of Pembroke, 2 surviving sons from union. Later became estranged from her husband because of her independence, and at his death in 1601, he left with her little money, although several estates. Lived at Wilton House, which was run by the half-brother of Walter Raleigh (William O. Douglas), where she gathered the literary lights of the time, and was joined by her brother when he fell from favor with the queen. Became a patroness of the arts, and was musically gifted as well as being an amateur chemist. Translated numerous works, edited her brother’s oeuvre after his death and completed his verse translation of the Psalms, which she considered the literary highlight of her life, while professing a Calvinist theological view, and a strong Christian sense of charity. Served as an inspiration for the circle of poets that had gathered round her sibling. Lived with a son after her husband’s death, and built a splendid home later in life, granted to her by James I (Kenneth Tynan) and retired there. May have secretly married her doctor. Died of smallpox shortly after a visit by James, and had a grand funeral afterwards. Inner: Greatly admired for her wit, warmth, wisdom and beauty, and noted for inspiring those around her. Salonista lifetime of the mind, greatly enhancing the cultural life of her times, while learning the intricacies of the written word through her close association with her longtime intellectual ally. Joanna of Navarre (1370?-1437) - French Queen of England. Outer: 2nd daughter of the French duke, Charles the Bad of Navarre. In 1386, she married the Duke of Brittany who was old enough to be her grandfather, and quite jealous of her wit and beauty, several children from union. Fascinated him as well as the future Henry IV (David Cameron), who also proved quite jealous, once he took her for his 2nd wife, first by proxy in 1401, and then in person 2 years later. The duo proved barren, although her husband was faithful to her. After the death of her husband in 1413, she was accused of witchcraft, and became the object of a witch hunt, thanks to Henry V’s persecution of her, following his military successes, despite their having gotten along well. Her property was confiscated, and she would up imprisoned for 3 years, beginning in 1419, expecting to be burnt for her apostasies, although Henry released her several weeks before he died. Went on to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Inner: Powerful personality in a time that did not appreciate that trait in women. Saved from the stake lifetime of pursuing her own interests within the confines of royal roles, only to suffer the slings and arrows of a mutable step-son, making her an estranged stranger in a strange land, before being restored to her rightful place, as an exemplar of seductive female intelligence.


Storyline: The subaltern son plays serial second fiddle to far more dominant personalities before coming to peace with himself as a man by publicly asserting his attraction to other men, and following his own creative bliss, rather than acting out the wishes of others.

Michael Huffington (Roy Michael Huffington, Jr.) (1947) - American banker, politician and film producer. Outer: Father was a Texas oilman, who founded his own eponymous oil and gas company, HUFFCO. One sister. Went to a military academy, where he rowed on the light weight crew and then graduated Stanford Univ. with a BS in economics and engineering. During the summer of 1968, he worked as an intern for first term Congressman George H.W. Bush. Completed his education with an MBA from Harvard Business School, before becoming a banker in Chicago. In 1974, he cofounded an international merchant bank, Simmon and Huffington, Inc., which used family connections to cater to the oil service and supply industry. Joined the family company in 1976 as its CFO and later served as Vice-Chairman until 1990, while working with international banks to finance huge multimillion dollar projects. Eventually the company was sold to a Taiwanese consortium. Although attracted to men, he tried to suppress his yearnings, with the desire to marry and have children. In 1986, he married Greek-born writer Arianna Stassinopoulos, two daughters from the union. Raised a Presbyterian although he converted to his spouse’s Greek Orthodox faith. The same year as his marriage, he was appointed Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense by Pres. Ronald Reagan in order to negotiate arms reduction deals in Europe. At his wife’s behest, he began his elective political career as a Republican, by buying a seat in the U. S. House of Representatives in 1992, spending over $5 million of his own money to defeat the incumbent, in the most expensive race ever for that legislative body. Wound up on the banking committee, in an otherwise largely nondescript legislative display. Two years later he tried to do the same with the Senate, against incumbent Dianne Feinstein, hiring the best money could buy, and spending another record $28 million of his own money, the most ever up until that time for a non-presidential campaign. Failed, however, to impress the public with anything other than how dishonest his opponent was, and ended his elective political career with the defeat, although remained active as an advocate for various issues which interested him. The defeat ended his marriage, as well, and he divorced his highly ambitious wife in 1998, and publicly outed himself as bisexual. At the same time, he launched a second career as an executive film producer with a short called, The Promise, and continued as such, under the auspices of a film company he had earlier bought into, Crest Film Limited. Helped produce “Earthbeat” for CNN, a groundbreaking environmental series, among his many documentary credits, which would explore a variety of issues. Endorsed Arnold Schwarzenegger over his ex-wife, when both ran for California governor in a recall election in 2003, although later he would be a blogger on her internet paper, “The Huffington Post,” or “Huffpo,” a curious reflection of his father’s HUFFCO. Expanded into feature fare in 2009 with Father vs. Son, in which he also played a small role, as he continues to delve deeper into his creative side in order to give far fuller expression to his ever-increasing sense of self. Inner: Quietly competent, albeit largely colorless. Reclamation lifetime of gradually opening himself up to his larger possibilities, after long subsuming himself to the interests and influence of others, through his need to be around power and wealth as a ballast to his own longtime extremely modest sense of self. John Churchill (John Strange Spencer-Churchill) (1880-1947) - English soldier and stockbroker. Known as “Jack.” Outer: Some doubts have arisen to his true paternity, since his mother was notoriously promiscuous. May have been sired by an Irish nobleman, although his parents of record are Jennie Jerome Churchill (Arianna Huffington) and politician Randolph Churchill (David Cameron). Younger brother of Winston Churchill (Boris Johnson). Father was extremely distant, with a genuine dislike of children, and died when he was 15 from the ravages of syphilis, so that his sire had little influence on him, other than as a passing shadow in his life. Raised by a series of nurses and governesses, and worshiped his mother, often from afar, while remaining close to his increasingly famous brother. Had a disconnected childhood, and following his sibling’s example, he was commissioned in a Hussar regiment in 1898 with whom fought in the Second Boer War, where he was wounded in action the following year. In 1908, he married Lady Gwendeline Bertie, a Roman Catholic daughter of an earl, and had two sons and a daughter, Anne Clarissa Churchill, who became the second wife of British prime minister Anthony Eden. At the outbreak of WW I, he rejoined the Queen’s Hussars, and served on the staffs of various generals and field marshals throughout the fray, rising to the rank of major. Awarded the French Croix de Guerre and the Legion d’Honneur afterwards. Accompanied his brother on his lecture tour of North America, and spent his career as a stockbroker, completely overshadowed by the spectacular career of his sibling. Lost his wife in 1941, in a largely secondary go-round, lived in the shadows of others. Inner: Footnote lifetime of only bearing mention because of family ties, rather than any accomplishments of his own, in his ongoing need to assert himself and his own skills in the superior and highly accomplished company he continually chooses to keep.


Storyline: The devoted domestic goddess puts home and hearth above all other concerns, in her desire to amend her own upended upbringing, and proves a near-flawless mate, both advising and consenting while continuing a lifelong correspondence with her partner that both had begun in other bodies in other times in a whole other relationship.

Clementine Churchill, Baroness Spenser-Churchill (Clementine Hozier) (1885-1977) - British peeress and political spouse. Outer: Mother was the daughter of an earl, and her husband’s second wife. Father was a military officer. Second of 4 children, with two sisters and a brother. Both her parents were notoriously inconstant, so her true paternal origins remain a matter of debate, although her mother nominated a noted horseman for the probable honors, while the grandfather of the famed and infamous Mitford sisters also remains a distinct possibility. Her parents separated when she was 9, after her sire resigned his commission, and she was initially schooled at home, before finishing her formal education at the Sorbonne in Paris. Fluent in German and French, and well-read, she earlier gave French lessons to supplement the family income. Tall, athletic, fine-featured and stately. After being secretly engaged twice to the same man, in what would be the social event of the season, she married Winston Churchill (Boris Johnson) in 1908, who was already a noted journalist and parliamentarian at the time, and a decade her senior. Upon first meeting her four years earlier, he had been struck dumb, and could only stare at her, in an unusual display tongue-tied display by someone so versed in language. Determined not to repeat her own unhappy upbringing, she forged herself into a highly valued companion, in what would be an extremely close and affectionate relationship. 5 children from the union, with four daughters, including one who died at 2 and one son. One daughter became an alcoholic, while one committed suicide later in life, so that only two children survived her. Supported women’s suffrage, although deliberately took a secondary role to her husband, who was an extremely faithful and constant mate, never losing certitude in her partner’s genius. Had no hobbies or other interests that would deter from her self-appointed role as homemaker supreme, which included Chartwell, a country estate that her helpmate had bought in the early 1920s, which she never particularly cared for. Continually had to deal with her husband’s ‘black dog’ depressions, brought about by both his successes and failures, and though a loyal mate, she had at least one extramarital affair with a wealthy art dealer on a three month cruise in 1935, which helped restore romance to her own briefly flagged union. During their half-century plus together, they were often apart, which occasioned an extended correspondence of over 2000 missives, showing their close accord. Called him Pig or Pug in her letters, while he referred to her as Cat. Served as his confidante and adviser, although her liberalism was at odds with his basically conservative nature. After her partner became Prime Minister at the outset of England’s involvement in WW II, she served as chairwoman for several charitable organizations. During her husband’s last decade, she was hospitalized several times for nerves and anxiety. In early 1965, she finally lost her beloved spouse, and a few months later, was made a life peer as Baroness Spencer-Churchill. Although she sat as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords, her growing deafness precluded her from participating in it. Moved into a small apartment following her husband’s demise, while her health dramatically improved, since she no longer had to worry about his. Fell into financial difficulties towards her life’s end, which forced her to sell some of his paintings. Died suddenly of a heart attack at home. Subject of a posthumous biography by her daughter Mary Soames in 1982. Inner: Shy, proud, sharp-witted, caustic, high-strung and extremely self-controlled. Perfectionist, and well-socialized. Lifelong liberal, with a touch of the puritan. Helpmate lifetime of first seeing through her parents how not to conduct a marriage, and then showing posterity, via correspondence and biography, exactly how to do it, even to the point of using one inconstancy to return romance to it. Hester Elphinstone, Viscountess Keith (Hester Maria Thrale) (1764-1857) - English aristocrat and letter writer. Outer: Eldest daughter of Hester Thrale (Arianna Huffington). Father was a wealthy, philandering brewer who continually impregnated his wife in hopes of a male heir. The family would suffer the deaths of nine children, with only four daughters surviving into adulthood. Had an extremely competitive relationship with her mother, a writer and salonist of note. A frequent and demanding houseguest while she was growing up was the logophile Samuel Johnson (Boris Johnson), who bequeathed her her nickname, “Queeney,’ by which she was known throughout her life. The noted man of letters also oversaw her education, and served as a longtime correspondent with her in an extremely close and affectionate relationship, subtly underscored by birthdays one day apart. Took full advantage of the heady salon atmosphere of her home, and proved an apt prodigy, learning the structures of Homer’s epic “Iliad” at the age of 4, with a good grasp of both science and languages. The subject of several portraits as a child, she was seen as both cold and proud. Close family friend of writer Fanny Burney (Erica Jong), who also served as one of her teachers. Extremely cerebral, but somewhat remiss in manners and polite propriety, refusing to conform to expected procedures for a young woman of her class and background. Like her mother, she began writing and keeping journals. Lost her philandering father when she was 17, and although it proved liberating for her mother, she forcefully disapproved of her stepfather, an Italian music teacher, although the union liberated her as well, since she was now a rich heiress. Retired to her father’s house, and was a relative recluse for a while, studying mathematics and Hebrew before she became a London social fixture, with an approved chaperone in tow. In 1808, in her mid-40s, she married the widower Admiral George Elphinstone, 1st Viscount Keith, as his second wife. Nearly two decades her senior, they had known each other since 1791, and had corresponded ever since. One daughter from the union. With his title and money, the duo became a prominent social couple with royal connections, and were active in both London and Edinburgh. Following her husband’s retirement after the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, they moved to his estate and had a huge castle built. In 1832, along with her surviving sisters, she founded the Thrale Almshouses. Spent her last three and a half decades as a wealthy widow, and retired around 1850 from social life, dedicating herself to charities. Ultimately outlived her entire family. Inner: Cerebral, judgmental, shy and high-strung. Competitive lifetime of trying to outdo her highly accomplished mother to the point of marrying a father figure, while also enjoying the intellectual company of a genius destined to be her mate the next time around in this series.


Storyline: The muted gadfly brings a reverence for the imagined past into a multi-media modern age, after many a go-round as a crypto-Churchillian, both politically and academically.

George Will (1941) - American journalist. Outer: Father was a professor of philosophy at the Univ. of Illinois, mother was a high school teacher and children’s encyclopedia editor, and both parents were apolitical Democrats. Matriculated at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., where he was editor of the school paper. A liberal in college, although after attending Oxford Univ. in England, he became an ideological capitalist. Received his Ph.D. in political science at Princeton, and then taught political philosophy at Michigan State and the Univ. of Toronto. In 1967, he married Madeline Marion, an Assist. Secretary of Education for Special Education and Rehabilitation in the Reagan administration. 2 sons and a daughter from the union which ended in 1991, with one son born with Down Syndrome, and able to make it past his 40th birthday. Left academia to join the staff of a Colorado senator in Washington, who was chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. Became a speechwriter, and after the failure of his overseer to gain re-election, began to write a column for the Washington Post in 1973, and 3 years later, added Newsweek magazine to his verbal outreach. Also served as an editor for the conservative National Review, in the mid-70s. Ultimately became a popular conservative columnist, as well as a muted television personality, championing a traditionalist view of humanity, with a spirited concern for the moral life of America. In 1977, he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Married Mari Maseng, a Reagan adviser and a communication’s director for Robert Dole, after having helped suppress a story in the 1960s about Dole’s mistress. One son from the union.. Maintains a strong identification with baseball as a long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan, and later was a member of the board of directors of both the San Diego Padres and Baltimore Orioles, to complement his ubiquitous presence as a mild-mannered moral grouse, with little tolerance for malfeasance or corruption, be it with the left, right or center. Following his divorce, he married Mari Maseng in 1991. Taught at Harvard for 2 separate years in the 1990s, and is the author of numerous books. Despite his overtly ethical stance, he has been involved in several controversies, including passing on a briefing book to the Ronald Reagan campaign in 1980, during his presidential campaign against Jimmy Carter, although he later denied the charge. An active critic of George W. Bush’s Iraqi policies, once things began going south there, he remains a scold for all seasons, with a literal ‘will’ of his own. In his usual tone deaf manner, in 2014, he called being a rape victim on college campuses a coveted status, leading to more outrage than he had inspired in many an annum. Protesting the putative candidacy of Donald Trump as Republican nominee, he changed his voter registration to unaffiliated in 2016. Inner: Scholarly and tradition-minded. Viewed as chilly and distant by his colleagues, with little real sense of the complex post-modern world. Gadfly lifetime of expanding his communication skills into the multi-media of the modern age, while maintaining his ongoing reverence for the idealized past. George Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet (George Otto Trevelyan) (1838-1928) - British his/storian and politician. Outer: Father was a baronet, writer and civil servant, serving as governor of Madras among other posts. Mother was the sister of his/storian Thomas B. Macaulay (Boris Johnson). Middle child of 3, and only son. Raised in a tradition of God as an upperclass Englishman. Became the favorite companion of his uncle, who considered his family’s estate as his 2nd home. Educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, before going to India to serve as private secretary to his sire. Enthusiastic supporter of the Italian movement for unification, as well as the liberal waves of the time. In 1869, he married the daughter of a leading Lancaster merchant and politician, 3 sons from union, one a poet, one a famous his/storian of the same name, and one a sometime labor minister. Served as a Whig member of Parliament beginning in 1865 and held various governmental posts, while continuing his biographies. In 1869, he married Caroline Philips. Became Chief Secretary for Ireland for 2 years, as well as a member of the Privy council in the mid-1880s. In 1886, he was made Secretary for Scotland, but resigned a month later over the question of home rule for Ireland. Succeeded to his father’s baronetcy the same year, only to lose his seat in that annum’s election. Rejoined the Liberal Party, following modifications in the Home Rule bill, and was re-elected to Parliament. Served another three year term as Secretary from Scotland, and finally retired from politics in 1897 to write his/story, as well as a biography of Macaulay. A lack of objectivity marred his otherwise well-wrought studies of England and America of the late eighteenth century. Inner: Admixture of liberal and conservative, reform-minded traditionalist. Extended reach lifetime of organizing his/storical information in accordance with his own distinct vision of the processes of the past, while pursuing an unsatisfactory activist role in government, which probably soured him on more of the same the next time through in this series. John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normandy (1648-1724) - British statesman and poet. Outer:Father was the 2nd Earl of Mulgrave, who was a member of Oliver Cromwell’s (Robert Kennedy) council. Mother was the daughter of an earl. An only son, he succeeded to his sire’s titles at the age of 10. When his mother remarried, he was sent to France under the care of a private tutor. On his return, he learned Latin sufficiently well to translate some of the earlier Roman literary masters. Joined the English navy and served under Charles II (Peter O’Toole) against the Dutch, gaining his first command in 1673. The following year he was made a Knight of the Garter, and in 1683 he led an expedition for the relief of Tangier, while being outfitted with a rotten ship in hopes he would not come back. Married Ursula Stawell in his late 30s, no children from the union, although he had an illegitimate daughter with a mistress, Frances Stewart. Married a second time in his early 30s, to Catherine Greville, the daughter of a baron, no children, although, once again he had illegitimate spawn, a son, with a mistress. HIs third and final marriage, in his late 40s, was to the Catherine Darnley, illegitimate daughter of James II (Martin Sheen), after the latter had been deposed, 3 sons from the union, with one dying in infancy, one dying at 4, and the last making it to 20. His career was centered around the English royal court, where he was alternately in and out of favor, finally holding high office at the end of Queen Anne’s (Princess Anne) reign, whom he had earlier courted when she was a princess, and was summarily banished for his efforts. Held numerous posts on his reinstatement, and was created Duke of Normandy in 1703. Retired afterwards to write essays, poetry, and his/story. Patron of the poet John Dryden (Boris Johnson), who probably edited some of his work.Also a friend of Alexander Pope (Evelyn Waugh), who thought well of him. Died at home and was buried in Westminster Abbey. On his son’s death, the family title went extinct. Inner: Feisty and temperamental with his will often thwarted. Courtier lifetime of close association with longtime karmic teacher/ally, before finally deciding his strength lay in his abilities at his/storical exposition rather than political execution. Henry Sidney (1529-1586) - British statesman. Outer: Eldest son of a soldier/courtier, who became tutor to Prince Edward (Cecil Beaton), before his accession to the throne as the short-lived Edward VI. Mother was the daughter of the Duke of Northumberland (Henry Fonda). Constant boyhood companion and favorite of Edward. In 1551, he married Mary Dudley, the eldest daughter of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland (Henry Fonda), in his early 20s, 7 children, including courtier/poet Philip Sidney (Boris Johnson), soldier/statesman Robert Sidney (Richard Burton), and minor poet Mary Herbert (Arianna Huffington). His wife nursed Elizabeth I (Mae West) through smallpox, and became severely disfigured in the process, causing her to live apart from her husband, although he never ended the marriage. In 1556, he went to Ireland with the lord deputy, who had earlier married his sister. Handled conflicts well there, during the lord deputy’s frequent absences from his post, and his reluctant returns. Became vice-treasurer of Ireland, before being made president of the council of the Marches in Wales, and made frequent visits to the court in London. In 1565, he was appointed lord lieutenant of Ireland by Elizabeth I, only to find the country far more turbulent than when he had left it. Had difficulty in handling the Irish rebellions, and finally used intrigue to divide the rival chiefs, although he couldn’t quite complete the task of destroying native chieftain power. Refused to introduce anti-Catholic legislation in the Irish Parliament, which he had opened for the first time in a decade. Resigned his position in frustration in 1571, when he felt he didn’t have adequate military support or the proper backing of the queen, but was reappointed to the same post 4 years later. His unpopularity through arbitrary taxation caused his ultimate recall. Spent the rest of his life in residence at Ludlow Castle, in his other post as president of the Welsh Marches. Inner: Competent, but rigid, unable to see beyond his own agenda. Stuck lifetime of being totally frustrated with his circumscribed role, and eliciting great public enmity against himself, causing him to ultimately refocus his ambitions in the expository, rather than the political realms.


Storyline: The acerb-eyed social observer views culture and power from alternating physical and class perspectives, while continuing to explore the eternal conundrum of the mysteries of the sexes, through an ever-sharpening fey and feminine wit.

mMaureen Dowd (1952) - American journalist. Outer: Father was the son of a poor farmer and an Irish Catholic immigrant who joined the Washington D.C. police force and ultimately became a detective and inspector. Mother was eighteen years younger and the daughter of a barkeep. Youngest of 5, with three brothers and a sister, while her sire was 61 when she was born. Raised in a lively working-class home, with her progenitor was an avid newspaper reader and involved in Hibernian organizations. Very close to her feisty mother, who shared her wit and humor and her desire to straighten out political imbalances. Her 3 older brothers all became Senate pages. After attending Catholic high school, she finished her education at Catholic Univ. in Wash. Petite and auburn-haired, with pleasingly aesthetic features. Worked at a pool and tennis club, then as a substitute teacher, before becoming an editorial assistant at the Washington Star in 1974. Became a reporter 2 years later, but was given mostly local low-level news. After being rejected by the NY Times, she became a correspondent for Time, and in the later 1980s and early 1990s, covered the White House. Although dismissed as a lightweight by some, her ability to personalize politics, coupled with her psychological insights, brought her to notice as an insightful critic of the peccadilloes of power. In 1995, she became only the fourth female op-ed columnist for the NY Times. Never married, she managed relationships with numerous powerful men, including actor Michael Douglas, in a carryover from her previous existence, where she found matrimony and motherhood far too binding. In 1999, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the Monica Lewinsky brouhaha, and during the double run of George W. Bush, became a particularly trenchant thorn in the side of his administration’s public ministrations around its questionable policies. Able to maintain a high public profile, thanks to a telegenic presence, and a wielder of considerable power herself, through her sharp commentaries. In 2005, she published Are Men Necessary? a critique of the regressing women’s movement in the age of the Internet, while continuing as a controversial figure, demurely standing her ground in the public forum. Dismissed by some and lauded by others, she remains a unique voice in the tamed wilderness of Washington. Captured the imagination of a pulp artist in 2010, who made her into a comicbook heroine with “The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd," although failed to limn her likeness in his projections on her considerable powers of self-expression. Joined the NY Times Magazine as a staff writer in 2014 in its desire to give it more of a narrative view, while reducing her opinion column output to one each Sunday. Released her third book, “The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics in 2016, a collection of columns as well as some fresh essays. Inner: Witty, highly articulate and fey. Democrat at heart, although not afraid to dish on malfeasants within their ranks. Fine eye for the details and foibles in the lives of political personalities, giving her a unique position in the pantheon of contemporary print journalists. Makes it a point never to befriend the politicians she writes about, and finds her unusual journalistic status stressful. Perspicacious pen-woman lifetime of gaining great power, while remaining solidly in the realm of the feminine in order to do so. mOttoline Morrell (Ottoline Violet Anne Cavendish Bentinck) (1873-1938) - British patron of the arts, salonista and memoirist. Outer: Both her families were of aristocratic stock, the Cavendishs and the Bentincks. Youngest of 4, with 3 older brothers. Her father was in line to be the Duke of Portland, but died unexpectedly when she was 4, at which point, her half-brother assumed the title. Went to live with him, along with her mother, and had a melancholy childhood, thanks to the latter’s need to share her sense of loss and suffering as well as her religiosity. When her lordly sibling married, she moved again with her mother, whom she had to nurse. Although exposed to culture, she felt she had a very vapid upbringing, until she learned to merge her mother’s religiosity with her own burgeoning esthetics, and seeing art as the ultimate confluence of the two. Almost 6’, shy and withdrawn, with red hair, a large nose and protruding chin, giving her an exotic cast. At 19, she came out as a deb, and her mother died, causing her to move in with another brother. Rejoined high society, but never felt apart of it, remaining extremely alienated, and ultimately rebelled by joining artistic circles. Quickly developed her on style, with gaudy colors, dramatic dresses and enormous hats, remaining theatrical into old age. Traveled, then made a stab at education in Scotland and Somerville College, Oxford, where she studied his/story and economics. Largely attracted to men who were ineligible partners. At the family’s urging, she finally married Philip Morrell, the weak-willed son of Oxford’s solicitor in 1902, who became a Liberal member of Parliament. The duo had a daughter, while she found motherhood a burden. Took on numerous lovers, although was aghast when she ultimately found out her husband had also been unfaithful, impregnating not one, but two mistresses, and then suffering a near breakdown in his confessional of his infidelities. Craved communication and began collecting interesting, stimulating arty types. In 1913, she bought Garsington, which she would shape into a theater of sorts as backdrop for the busy salon she would run there for the next 15 years. Supported numerous artists and writers who flitted in and out of her estate, while openly associating with gays, which was just not done at the time. Had 3 great friendships, the eccentric biographer Lytton Strachey (Michael Holroyd), the randy mathematician Bertrand Russell, and the rogue writer, D. H. Lawrence, although she was deeply bothered by a disparaged character in Women in Love, which the latter based on her. During WW I, she allowed her home to be a refuge for conscientious objectors, in keeping with her pacifism. Eventually moved to Bloomsbury in London, where she became an intimate of that incestuous group, and much resented for her higher artistic expectations of them. In 1928, she finally sold Garsington. Wrote and compiled her memoirs, which were published posthumously. Despite deafness and ill health, she continued her traveling and socializing from her London base, although from 1935, she deteriorated rapidly. Died of a stroke and heart failure. Inner: Eccentric, flamboyant, generous, and tall and imposing. Loved gaudy, ornate costumes, intellectual romantic at heart. Never revealed herself to anyone, even in her own journals, which were evasive. Kind and supportive, but often the object of ridicule behind her back from friends for her affected and controlling ways. Privileged lifetime of exquisite intellectual company, while giving her emotional life far shorter shrift. Lady Anna Miller (Anna Riggs) (1741-1781) - British writer and salonist. Outer: From an old Shropshire family. Her paternal grandfather was a member of the Irish House of Commons, and a Privy councilor, who accumulated an impressive estate, which his granddaughter inherited. Father was a commissioner of customs in London, and mother was noted for her rough-humored ways. In 1765, she wed John Miller, who was considerably below her on the social scale, son and daughter from the union. Plain-looking and unprepossessing physically, but with a playful intelligence. Her husband had fought in the Seven Years War, but was able to retire from the military, following the marriage, as he added her maiden name to his own. The duo built an expensive villa near Bath, with extensive gardens, although their free-spending caused them to considerably lower their lifestyle, as they moved to France and toured Italy’s ancient sites, allowing her to become the only female grand tourist to specialize in art commentary . Her lively descriptions of her travels in letters were published in three volumes in 1776, with a second edition the following year. Both works were well-received, despite some carping around her creative spelling of foreign names. Her husband became a baronet in 1778 and she was elevated to Lady Miller. Began a literary salon at her Bath house, over which she received much lampooning as a clumsy poseur, unworthy of social mention. Had an antique Roman vase placed on a specially designed altar, which her guests would fill with original verse, and the three best would be selected each session, after which their composers would be crowned with wreaths of myrtle. The practice produced much mockery, while her attempts at being a fashion plate were equally ill-received, despite the finery she wore. Published four volumes of the compositions, including her own poems, over her last half dozen years. Held in contempt by literateurs, although it seemed to matter not a wit to her, before she died prematurely at the age of 40. Her husband would marry again, and serve as an MP, carving out his own career, as a reformer of the British system of weights and measures. Inner: Prepatory lifetime of serving as a much-mocked salonista before really bringing her eccentricities to the fore her next go-round in this series, as an unabashed cultural maven more than willing to stand up to any and all put-downs of her flamboyant, attention-grabbing character. Mary de Bohun (1369-1394) - English consort. Outer: Daughter of the Earl of Hereford, and granddaughter of the Earl of Arundel, which made her a sizable heiress. A sister married Thomas of Woodstock, who was son of Edward III (Duke of Wellington). Married the Henry Bolingbroke, the future Henry IV (David Cameron), in 1380. At the time, the House of Plantagenet held the throne, and he was a Lancastrian, and was not in line for the kingship. Had 6 surviving children with him, including the future Henry V (Boris Johnson), John of Lancaster (George C. Marshall) and Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (Maxwell Beaverbrook). Died in childbirth, with her final daughter, before her husband usurped the crown, 5 years later. Inner: Fecund lifetime of pumping out a talented crew, before largely retiring from motherhood and conventional matrimony in order to explore her own not inconsiderable powers of exposition.


Storyline: The prodigious chronicler compensates for his own personal failings by creating highly detailed worlds from the endless wellsprings of his imagination, employing his creative interior to compensate for his uneven sense of the emotional.

cAnthony Powell (1905-2000) - British writer. Outer: Only child of an army lieutenant-colonel in the Welch Regiment. Received an education for sons of upper-middle-class families, at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. Friends with the culturati of the time, he entered a London publishing house, where he spent 9 years, and left after penning 5 darkly humorous novels to do book reviews, following a brief try as a scenarist with Warner Bros. in England. Enamored of the movies, he also tried his hand in Hollywood, but couldn’t make the transition. Tall, trim, distinguished, with the bearing of a diplomat. Commissioned in the Officer’s Emergency Reserve, he was then made a 2nd lieutenant in the territorial battalion of his father’s old regiment, before transferring to the Intelligence Corps, and becoming a liaison officer with other allied forces during WW II. Afterwards he resumed his duties as a book reviewer for the London Times literary supplement and Punch, becoming literary editor for the latter. In his late 30s, he married Lady Violet Pakenham, an aristocratic writer related to the Churchills, 2 sons from the union, which lasted 65 years until his death. His most ambitious project as a novelist was a 12 volume series called A Dance to the Music of Time, chronicling the upper and middle classes of England and how they lived in the 20th century, using his alter ego, Nick Jenkins, as a fulcrum, and as a means to retell his own minimalist adventures. Classified as a fleuve or river novel, it is considered the longest novel in English, and has been hailed as the best work in English fiction of the 20th century, despite a paucity of imagination, and a retelling of his own life. The work is arranged in 4 trilogies representing the 4 seasons of life, covering the period from 1914 to the early 1970s. Spent 25 years on it, from 1951 to 1975. With a restrained sympathy, he had the ability to sustain the interchanging worlds and roles of his characters. Used no files or notes, and kept track of his characters in his head. Wrote a similarly detached auto-biography in 4 volumes, To Keep the Ball Rolling. The winner of numerous awards and honors, he died peacefully in his 19th century mansion. Inner: Extremely reserved and unengaged, an innate observer, albeit witty and self-effacing. Somewhat snobbish with a great interest in family trees. Pursued his calling with a craftsman’s dedication, seeing himself as an artist. At-a-remove lifetime of observing and creating his own complex inner literary world, while detaching himself from the world-at-large to better chronicle it. cAnthony Trollope (1815-1882) - English writer. Outer: Father was a bullying, gloomy, ill-tempered psychopath, who was migraine-prone and took calumel, a mercury-based drug, which probably proved extremely detrimental to his personality. His mother, Fanny, was a writer who could not protect her son from his father, and ultimately supported the family through her novels. 4th of 7 children, with his oldest sister dying in infancy. Humiliated and beaten at school, he turned inward to compensate for a lonely, alienating childhood, and later wrote about the experience to expunge himself. His sire’s ineptitude with money forced his mother to decamp for America, which necessitated maneuvering to keep their son in school. When she returned in 1831, she put her experience to good use in written form, which allowed the family to live in comfort in their former abode. Debts, however, soon forced them to flee to Belgium, and his father died, much to his everlasting relief. Lost an older brother at the same time, and entered the General Post Office as a clerk, and forged an active career as a valuable bureaucrat with the postal service, rising to the position of Surveyor of Mail Coaches. Married Rose Heseltine, the daughter of a dishonest bank manager in his early 30s, 2 sons from union. His wife would be the only person who read his manuscripts. Bushy-bearded and bespectacled. An extremely prolific writer, he spent the first 3 hours of the day knocking off prose at a 250 word a minute clip, in a mechanical scheduled regularity that he maintained through strict discipline. Wrote 47 novels, and was best known for his Barsetshire series, a telling of the ordinary life of the English upper middle class. After an initial moderate success, he became increasingly popular. Killed off one of his creations when he overheard two fellow clubmembers making plaint that he carried too many characters over from book to book. Also found time to hunt and ride twice a week. Wrote his autobiography, Autobiography, which was published posthumously, in which he fessed up that he wrote primarily to rake it in, which effectively neutered his reputation afterwards for some time. Died of a paralytic stroke, after suffering a seizure while laughing at a book at a family dinner party. After his death, his literary reputation plummeted, and has since steadily risen. Inner: Fond of roaring, thought himself ungainly. Highly dualistic, his bellowing hid his shyness, his coarseness his delicacy, and his boorishness, his desire to be liked. Extremely meticulous craftsman. Janus lifetime of continuing his odd relationship with the greater world, before adopting a far more comfortable role as a similar chronicler from a totally detached standpoint. cJames Boswell (1740-1795) - Scottish diarist and lawyer. Known as “Bozzy.” Outer: Descended from the kings of Scotland. Father was a lawyer who became a dour Scottish judge. Mother was passive and devout, and he was fond of her. Oldest of three sons. Had a difficult relationship with his sire, suffering beatings at his hand whenever he deviated from the truth. A lifelong hypochondriac and depressive from his upbringing, with totally ambivalent feelings about his native land, to the point of taking diction lessons to get rid of his accent.Educated by private tutors and then at the Univ. of Edinburgh, where he indulged his passion for poetry, free-living and the theater, causing the first of several breeches with his father. Met Samuel Johnson (Boris Johnson) on his first visit to London in his early 20s on his first visit to London in his early 20s, and became a recorder of his wit, while probably turning him into a substitute sire, despite the former’s contempt for his countrymen. Forced by his father to resume his law studies, he went abroad to the Univ. of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Traveled on the continent, where he met Voltaire (Michel Foucault) and Jean Jacques Rousseau (Leonard Cohen), and was admitted to the Scottish bar in 1766. Continued his travels, writing about his journeys, and contracted gonorrhea, as well as a later assortment of sexual diseases. After several affairs and rejections, and a recurring impotence with well-born women, he married Margaret Montgomerie, a penniless cousin and close friend and confidante, 2 years his senior in 1769. Seven children from the union, with two dying in infancy, and two sons, Alexander and James, achieving literary prominence. Also had two illegitimate progeny, a son and daughter by two different women, who both died in infancy. His progenitor bitterly opposed the match, and he wound up closer to his children than his wife, while keeping up his compulsive sexuality with a horde of lovers. Became a lawyer in Scotland, with frequent visits to London, where he eventually settled in 1786, the year after Johnson’s death, leaving his family behind, despite his wife’s misgivings. Traveled with Johnson to Scotland the year previously, and later wrote a superior account of their journey than his. Elected to Johnson’s Literary Club, giving him access to the leading culturati of the time. Admitted to the British bar, although was even less successful as a lawyer in London than in Scotland. Also unable to secure any public office, despite several attempts to do so. Lost his wife in 1789, which devastated him with both grief and guilt. His greatest work was his biography of Samuel Johnson, published in 1791, a masterpiece of reportage, comment and insight, despite a relative limited amount of direct contact with him. His last years were grim. Hounded by debts his children’s education incurred, as well as land purchases, he also suffered from precipitously declining health. Eventually died at home from the results of his compulsive sexuality, which led to kidney failure and uremia. Later seen as a toady, thanks to a devastating critique written by Thomas MacCauley (Boris Johnson), in an odd reincarnatory put-down of his former karmic friend, although the 20th century saw his reputation rise again, thanks to the discovery of his private papers. Inner: Gregarious, sensual, with a great curiosity about life. Theatrical by nature, great love of the theater. Found public hangings and funerals extremely arousing, often copulating after them. Keen eye and ear for telling detail, and an excellent interviewer with a sharp memory and the ability to reconstruct dialogue. Far more the reporter than the analysand. Well-liked with excellent social graces, and a puppydog love of celebrities. Letting go lifetime of exploring his/story through self-analysis and biography, while allowing his character free social expression on all levels, in rebellion against a highly controlling sire. cFulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke (1554-1628) - British poet and statesman. Outer: Enjoyed an aristocratic upbringing. Had a lifelong friendship from schooldays onward with Philip Sidney (Boris Johnson), whose biography he wrote. Educated with Sidney at Jesus College, Cambridge, and came to court with him, where he was a favorite of Elizabeth I (Mae West). Wrote tragedies and sonnets in his youth. Held a series of posts, ultimately achieving that of chancellor of the Exchequer. Unmarried, but socially and sexually active. Member of Parliament, and part of the literary crowd that crowded around Sidney. Knighted in 1603, and in 1609, without the Sidney’s permission, he had the only work published during his lifetime, a dark drama. Made a peer in 1621 and granted Warwick Castle by the king. Best known for his biography of Sidney, which was published posthumously, although it stands more as an encomium than a life study, with astute observations on contemporary life. Died of stab wounds from his manservant, who had been passed over in his will, and did him in after doing him up following his ablutions. The servant then killed himself. Inner: Melancholic with a fatalistic view of life spurred by Calvinist beliefs, and brought to realization by his violent death. Courtier lifetime of close association with longtime karmic teacher/ally, while developing his own considerable skills of exposition, before being done in by an ill-observed lesser, as reminder of his own heavily blinkered perceptions. cKatherine (Katherine of Valois) (1401-1437) - English queen. Outer: Tenth child of twelve, and youngest daughter of Charles VI (Antonin Artaud) of France. By the time of her birth, her father was suffering from persistent bouts of insanity, and the country was in a state of reflective chaos. Neglected by her mother, Isabeau (Eve LeGallienne), and victim of her machinations, she was brought up in squalor in a convent, before finally being returned to court, having survived a childhood of intrigues and then isolation. As Prince of Wales, the future Henry V (Boris Johnson) was smitten by her attractiveness and asked for her in marriage, then as king, demanded her, as well as a huge territorial dowry, which was rejected and occasioned war between the two countries, after the dauphin sent him a casket of tennis balls, claiming they were fitter playthings than the provinces he desired. Legend had it he fell in love with her at first sight, although his territorial ambitions were probably what bestirred him the most. The duo were married in 1420, which sealed the treaty making him heir to Charles VI, and she was crowned the following year. Their son became the future Henry VI (Harold Nicolson). Accompanied Henry to France in 1422, and returned the following year with his remains to become dowager queen at the tender age of 21. Given a castle in Surrey as her residence, and was part of the young king’s household, while councilors passed rules on remarriage for her, fearing other claimants to the throne. Intrigued with Welshman Owen Tudor (Lawrence Durrell), a common soldier who had been one of her husband’s bodyguards, she married him in secret in 1431, in defiance of Parliament. 3 sons and a daughter from the union, including the father of the future Henry VII (Rupert Murdoch), who later acknowledged the marriage in order to give his own house legitimacy to the throne as the founder of the Tudor line. After the first 3 children were born, the secret came out, and she was banished to a nunnery, while Tudor was imprisoned, although Henry VI later pardoned both her and her husband. Banished to Bermondsey Abbey, her children were taken from her, and she died after giving birth to her fifth child by Tudor. Originally buried in Westminster Abbey, her memorial was destroyed on orders of Henry VII, during extensions to the Abbey. Her coffin lid was accidentally raised and her parched corpse became a tourist attraction for generations, until she was finally given a closed resting place during Queen Victoria’s (Mary Renault) reign. Inner: Keen lover of music, with a strong sense of self and her own needs. Genderbending lifetime of even greater, albeit quite brief, intimacy with longtime cohort, before showing the will to recreate a life for herself when her royal role was summarily cut short.


Storyline: The two-sided trickster flirts with the twin f’s of fame and fortune in ambivalent fashion, finding it difficult to countenance both, and still be a true artist, after earlier giving up entirely on the struggle, to retreat totally into himself.

cMichael Chabon (1963) - American writer. Outer: Of Jewish descent. Both parents were lawyers, and his father was a physician as well. By ten he knew he was going to be a writer, and the following year his parents divorced. Subsequently spent most of the year with his mother in a progressive planned community in Maryland, which highlighted diversity among its inhabitants. An avid reader while growing up, he would re-render much of what he had read into a mixed brew of brows, both high and low, in his subsequent work. After a year at Carnegie Mellon, he transferred to the Univ. of Pittsburgh, from which he got a BA, and completed his education at UC Irvine, getting an MA in creative writing. His master’s thesis became his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, when his adviser, a published novelist himself, sent it to an agent. Received a huge advance for it, and it became a bestseller, making him an instant celebrity at 25, much to his subsequent ambivalence, and inability to accept what he had done and how well it had been received. Prior to its publication he married poet Lollie Groth, only to find that his triumphant early entrance into the literary lists doomed their union, and they divorced in 1991. In 1993, he married another writer, Ayelet Waldman, in a far more balanced creative relationship, two sons and two daughters from the union. Spent a long time over his second work, as if to justify his heady premature success, only to be forced to abandon it after it reached monstrous, but unmanageable size. Able to turn around his failure into a successful follow-up, The Wonder Boys, which made it to the silver screen. His third novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a riff on comic books and mid-20th century America, put him on the literary map with a Pulitzer Prize in 2001, and a bestowal of all sorts of critical accolades, as a unique writerly voice of his generation. Some of his work would be overwritten, in an attempt to seduce the reader with his mastery of language and metaphor, but all of it is well-thought out, with an unusual stylistic and ability to describe both people and situations in quite dazzling manner. His own experiences are also re-rendered in imaginative light, with a focus on Jewish characters and identity issues. With The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, he began exploring alternate realities, as he continues to expand his choice of subject matter, and the genres in which he works. Has also published several collections of short stories, and has created a variety of literary names for himself, in subconscious acknowledgment of being a number of characters, a happenstance which threw him in his writerly past. One alter ego is August Van Zorn, a gothic horrormeister and pen name for one Albert Vetch, who left the Earth plane the year he was born. Has also been engaged in a longtime frustrating dance with Hollywood around screenplays, finally seeing part of one come to fruition in Spiderman 2, while the translation of his own works, have been handled by others. In his 2016 offering a faux mermoir, Moonglow, he gives a speculative view of his own family, based on deathbed stories by his grandfather, which revealed a poignant intertwining with the larger tale of America at the time. Inner: Quasi-bisexual, with a strong affinity for poetic realists. Highly disciplined in his own work habits, and able to use criticism positively to enhance his ongoing oeuvre, which spans numerous writerly spheres. TricksterInner: Quasi-bisexual, with a strong affinity for poetic realists. Highly disciplined in his own work habits, and able to use criticism positively to enhance his ongoing oeuvre. Trickster literateur lifetime of integrating genres as a means of reintegrating himself around his hidden ambivalences from the past, as a pursuer and rejecter of fame. cWinston Churchill (1871-1947) - American novelist, poet and essayist. Outer: Had the same name as his far more illustrious British counterpart, and was born four years before him. Only child of a successful importer. Mother died three weeks after his birth, and he saw little of his sire afterwards. Raised by his maternal aunt and her husband in extremely comfortable circumstances. Attended public schools, then the United States Naval Academy, at the same time his same-named peer was at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. Graduated in 1894 and served briefly as the editor of the “Army and Navy Journal,” before resigning to pursue a journalistic career beginning as editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, a publication to which his counterpart would later be a contributor. In 1895, he married Mabel Hall, no children from the union. Began publishing books before the turn of the century, and building his own reputation, just as his peer did the same as a war journalist, and the two became mutually aware of one another, with the former out of the fame chute first, and the later promising via a letter to use his middle name of Spencer to differentiate the two. Their correspondence would later appear in the English Churchill autobiography. Won initial plaudits for Richard Carvel, a Revolutionary War seafaring novel published in 1899, which sold some two million copies, a true phenomenon of the time, since the U.S. population was only 76 million at twentieth century’s turn. The work made him both rich and famous, and guaranteed him a long and well-rewarded career. Moved to Cornish, New Hampshire, afterwards, which would be his subsequent base. Both Churchills met in Boston in 1901, when the former threw a dinner for him, and then slyly slipped the bill for it to him. Served in the New Hampshire legislature from 1903 to 1905, and became an early member of an artists and writers colony at Cornish. Eventually took up watercolors, as his counterpart later would, and developed into a fairly good landscape painter, transliterating the naturalism of his writing into his artistic renderings. His wife had a breakdown in 1913. Good friend of Pres. Theodore Roosevelt (Kathleen Kennedy), who did not hold his English counterpart in particularly close esteem. Ran for governor of New Hampshire on Roosevelt’s Progressive Party in 1911, and like TR, did not get elected. The Roosevelt connection probably strained the relationship between him and his counterpart, and when he visited the UK during WW I to interview leading statesmen for his one nonfiction work, he deliberately failed to include his counterpart in the piece. Contracted a serious illness from the trip and underwent a severe neurotic period, during which time he was overwhelmed by religious mysticism. The rest of his life would be virtually posthumous. In 1919, coincidentally with the death of TR, he withdrew into himself and stopped writing altogether, while also withdrawing from public life. His house burned down in 1923, as if to affirm his separation from his past, as well. His counterpart would later experience a similarly forced retirement. Gradually forgotten by the public, he reemerged in 1940, with The Uncharted Way, a reflective volume on religion, at the same time his parallel stepped to the forefront to lead England during WW II. HIs last book produced a strained silence from the critics and he produced no more works. Towards the end of his life, he felt he had lived another existence entirely his last several decades, as a hermit-like recluse, completely divorced from the larger world. HIs wife passed on two years before him. Died of a heart ailment within three weeks of his English peer’s brother John (Michael Huffington), while on vacation in Florida. Inner: Meticulous researcher, committed progressive, and a curious parallel to his namesake, despite his far more liberal politics and focus on the imaginative re-rendering of his/story rather than its detailed analysis. Divided lifetime of tasting the heady wine of fame, after learning how to transliterate his earlier fascination with information into novelistic adventure, before ultimately withdrawing altogether from public life, to thoroughly examine himself and his needs to be at the political and literary forefront of his times. cZachary Macaulay (1768-1838) - Scottish colonial governor, businessman and antislavery advocate. Outer: Father was a minister of the Church of Scotland. One of 12 children by his sire’s second wife. Had only a basic education, but taught himself Greek and Latin, and familiarized himself with the English classics on his own. Went to work in a merchant’s counting house as a young teen, but began drinking heavily out of frustration, before emigrating to Jamaica in 1784, to work as an assistant manager at a sugar plantation. Initially appalled at the dehumanized slavery there, he eventually desensitized himself to it, while also gaining control over his drinking. Showed himself to be a meticulous bookkeeper, and began to re-humanize the slaves, and take an interest in their plight and welfare. After five years there, he returned to London, as a bookkeeper. While he was gone, her sister had married Thomas Babington, an evangelical and antislavery activist. Became involved with the English abolitionist movement, and in 1790, he began his association with Sierra Leone, a west African colony founded in 1788 for emancipated slaves from the U.S. Eventually became its colonial governor in 1794, and the following year traveled as a passenger on a slave ship, in order to directly experience the brutality of the Atlantic crossing. Over the next half-decade, he guided the colony through its difficult birth period, including successfully repelling an invasion by a French revolutionary naval force. Served in numerous capacities in his executive role, as paymaster, judge, clerk and councilor, with only one colleague to help him. Set up schools and also preached sermons, while raising the colony to a level of functional prosperity, despite endless obstacles to overcome. In 1799, after returning to England, he married Selina Mills, and together they had nine children, including Thomas Babington Macaulay (Boris Johnson), a noted his/storian, whom they named after his brother-in-law. Became a successful African merchant, as Macaulay & Babington, with a nephew as a partner. Continued working as an abolitionist, alongside William Wilberforce, one of the prime movers of the movement, and became one of the leading members of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade. Used his bookkeeping skills and extraordinary memory to collect and collate a ton of information and reports relating to the slave trade, so as to present to Parliament a detailed account of its devastating effect on the people involved. Through his work, he was also a member of the so-called Clapham Sect of Christian Reforms, and served as an editor of their magazine, the Christian Observer from 1802 to 1816. Published his works anonymously because he felt his name would be more harmful than helpful to the causes he espoused. By 1818, his fortune had peaked at £100,000, although the firm would later fail, through an incompetent partner. During the 1820s, he put all his energy into stopping slavery entirely. Helped found what came to be known as the Anti-Slavery Society in 1823, and once again worked as the editor of its publication. Over the next decade, his dedication and focus finally saw fruit, when slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire in 1833. In 1831, his wife died, never having gotten over the death of a daughter the previous annum. His business subsequently went under, and he had to depend on his sons for support. In addition to his social activism, he was also a fellow of the Royal Society, and a member of several Christian Societies. His eyesight failed towards the end of his life, and his last two years, he never left his house, nor did he even rise from his couch. After his death, a memorial was created for him in Westminster Abbey, which showed a kneeling slave with the motto, “Am I Not a Man and a Brother?” on a plaque beneath him. Inner: Zealously pious, and a meticulous researcher, with a great head for both figures and information. Austere, albeit affectionate with his children. Activist lifetime of totally throwing himself into a noble cause, and dedicating his life to it, while working on the expository skills that he would later use as a gateway into his own imagination, as an ongoing crypto-Churchilllian and ever more accomplished man of letters.


Storyline: The crypto-royal governor shows he has the capacity to learn from his experiences, as he takes his earlier kingly ways, and modifies them for the modern world in his ongoing education in more democratic rule.

Chris Patten (1944) - British colonial governor. Outer: From a Roman Catholic family. Father was a music publisher. Won a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, and graduated with a degree in his/story in 1965. Uninterested in politics at college. Edited the humor magazine, instead, and updated the plays of Aristophanes (Charlie Chaplin) for university players. Won a Coolidge traveling scholarship to the U.S. and worked with mayor John Linday’s campaign in NYC. Originally wanted to be a journalist, but the expatriate experience awakened his political sensibilities. Joined the Conservative party in 1966 and worked in its research division, before being appointed to the cabinet office of the party. Married Lavender Thornton, a lawyer, in 1971, 3 daughters from the union. Became a Member of Parliament from Bath in 1983, and in 1986, he was made under-secretary for Northern Ireland, although he was dumped by Margaret Thatcher, since he was not viewed as a strict conservative. Criticized Thatcherism and was given out-of-the-way bureaucratic posts for several years. Made the most of his opportunities, and gained Thatcher’s favor again in 1987, writing compassionate bits of her speech to the Tory conference that year. In 1989, he was made secretary of state for the environment, although his long awaited White Paper on the subject was lambasted by the press. Campaigned for John Major, but lost his own seat. In 1992, he was appointed the 28th colonial governor of Hong Kong, and immediately set out to differentiate himself from his predecessors. Highly manipulative with his own agenda, he became known as ‘Tornado Pang,’ placing the colonial authorities on a collision course with mainland China. Far more accessible than his predecessors, he also refused to negotiate in secret with China. Visited rural villages and seemed genuinely interested in mixing with common-folk. His outspoken showmanship was also geared for his political future in England, as he wound up overseeing the last of 150 years of British rule and the return of the city/state to China in 1997. Became the European Union’s external-affairs commissioner afterwards, and finally chancellor of his alma mater, Oxford. Inner: Compassionate conservative, and a Europhile. Open, self-mocking, interested in ideas. Ability to see consequences of actions and avoid subsequent pitfalls. Self-educating lifetime of adding to his stance as an enlightened colonial governor, while learning to temper his own beliefs with the times. George Curzon, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859-1925) - English politician and governor. Outer: Father was a baron and rector of Kedleston. His parents largely neglected him and he fell under the tyrannical grasp of a governess. Proved to be a rebellious student, although he had a remarkable ability to assimilate everything he read, and won more prizes, through private study, than anyone ever had at Eton, while evincing an early passion for the East. In his late teens, he suffered from a curvature of the spine as the result of a much earlier riding accident, which deprived him of flexibility both inwardly and outwardly, and forced him to wear a leather harness for the rest of his life, while making him dependent on painkillers, as well feeding into his querulous nature. Had numerous discreet affairs with married women, although eschewed single, eligible girls his age. Attended Balliol College, Oxford, where he was president of the Oxford Union and secretary of the Canning Club, in unconscious acknowledgment of his previous life. Won 2 essay prizes and became a fellow of All Souls, while courting powerful older friends, including Robert Cecil, Salisbury (Margaret Thatcher), the Conservative leader in the House of Lords, for whom he drafted speeches. Began his political career as a Conservative Member of Parliament in 1886, where his keen interest in foreign and colonial policies made him a world traveler, journeying to Canada, the U.S., the Far East, Russia, Persia and other exotic locales. Wrote several books on Asian policies which garnered him the reputation as an expert on Asiatic affairs, despite his being both a xenophobe and a nationalist. In 1894, he married Mary Victoria Leiter, the daughter of a Chicago millionaire, solving his money problems, 3 daughters from union, although his wife died when the children were young. The middle daughter would go on to marry fascist Oswald Mosley, while the other two daughters would both have affairs with him, as would his second wife, after she became a widow. Autocratic and distant, albeit an affectionate father, who ultimately rejected all 3. Became under-secretary in the India Office and then under-secretary of state, as well as privy councilor. Made the youngest viceroy ever of India in 1898, taking particular interest in the country’s culture and arts, while demanding obeisance from its leaders. Although initially popular and supported for his efforts at home for the first half of his 7 years in that post, his popularity in India waned as did his relations with the foreign office. Never trusted Indians, feeling they were incapable of administrative duties, which proved to be the major failing of his stint. Had a particularly embittered relationship with Horatio Kitchener (Charles Bronson), the commander-in-chief of India, ultimately resigning his post over him, and became chancellor of Oxford, turning his considerable energy to university reform. His wife died during this period, which affected him deeply. Entered the House of Lords as an Irish peer. Had a keen interest in the Royal Geographical Society, as well as the National Gallery. Raised to the title of earl in 1911, and became deeply involved in the war effort during WW I in a variety of posts. Married Grace Hinds, the daughter of an American diplomat, who was also the widow of a rich Argentine rancher, after romancing writer Elinor Glyn (Jane Campion). A leading Conservative in Parliament, after the war, he became foreign secretary in 2 cabinets, suffering frustrations galore in his first go-round, but proving an effective diplomat on non-European soil in his 2nd. Had great bitterness over not being designated prime minister, and ended his career as lord president of the Council. Operated on for internal problems and died of its complications 2 weeks later. Inner: Strong intellect, great love of power, although thwarted in his ultimate ambitions. Conservative through and through, as well as bullying and stoic. Loved pomp and ceremony, had a great sense of integrity, and was a workaholic. Spine problems are often indicative of support and father issues. Spine-impaired, but not spineless lifetime of having his ultimate ambitions thwarted through a need for absolute control, while proving himself a highly effective administrator and diplomat when given the leeway to do as he saw fit. George Canning (1770-1827) - British politician. Outer: Father was a barrister and the son an Irish landowner who disinherited him for marrying a penniless beauty. His sire died when he was one, leaving his family destitute. Mother became an actress and mistress of an actor and had 5 children by the latter. She then married a 2nd actor and had 5 more children with him. Raised by a wealthy uncle, then educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, where he became a Tory. Entered politics in 1793 on graduation, and had William Pitt the Younger (J. William Fulbright) as his mentor. Became undersecretary of state for foreign affairs, and also contributed to an anti-republican satirical sheet. Held several posts, including privy councilor, before marrying Joan Scott, an heiress and daughter of a general in 1800, 4 children from union including a future governor-general of India. Left office with Pitt, gave up his seat and purchased election as an independent MP from an Irish borough. Became treasurer of the Navy in Pitt’s last ministry, but his sarcastic wit had made him many enemies and prevented his appointment to the cabinet. Became foreign secretary in 1807, and wound up fighting an inconclusive duel with Robert Castlereagh (Randolph Churchill) over war policy, in which he was wounded in the thigh. Left office and took a sinecure, ambassador-extraordinary to Portugal, before returning in 1816 as president of the Board of Control, resigning 4 years later, over George IV’s (Warren Beatty) refusal to recognize his estranged queen, Caroline of Bunswick’s (Camilla Parker Bowles) title and position. Had earlier had a dangerous affair with her before she became queen. Accepted the position of governor-general of Bengal in 1822, but Castlereagh’s suicide allowed him to succeed to the foreign secretaryship and leader of the House of Commons, where he was highly active and successful in European foreign policy as an isolationist and nationalist. Despite misgivings about his stand for Roman Catholic emancipation, he was appointed prime minister, but half the Cabinet refused to serve under him and more than 40 ministers and political appointees resigned. Although supported by the Whigs, his health broke under the strain and he died 4 months later. Inner: Arrogant, contemptuous, witty and sarcastic, particularly to those he deemed his intellectual inferiors, but also charming. Extremely aggressive debater, with excessive gestures. Jealous, with a passion for intrigue. Irritable, hard-working, high energy, sensitive to the needs of the middle classes. Patriotic, principled, with a great deal of integrity, but lacking in both tact and warmth, save for his close associates. Transition lifetime of rising from humbling circumstances to give full vigor to his desire for power, after earlier being thwarted through a sense of foreignness in his longtime native land. George II (1683-1760) - English king. Outer: Only son of the elector of Hanover, later George I (Prince Charles) of England, mother was a German noble (Princess Diana). Detested his father, a Hanoverian trait, which he later passed down to his own son, Frederick Louis (Prince William). His sire constantly denigrated him and refused to trust him with any responsibility. Tall, well-built, good linguist, speaking French, Italian and English fairly well, as well as his native German. Grew up in the Hanover court and in his early 20s, married Caroline of Anspach (Pamela Harriman), a highly intelligent, sensual, sexual beauty. The duo were genuinely attached to one another. Had several mistresses, and created a rival court to his father’s. Made Prince of Wales when his progenitor ascended the throne in 1714. Allowed his London home to become a center for Whig dissidents, although father and son made a reluctant conciliation, which allowed Robert Walpole (Joschka Fischer) ascendancy as England’s first real prime minister. Succeeded his father in 1727, and became a good deal more like him, although was closely involved in both domestic and foreign affairs, with Walpole as his primary minister, thanks to the ministrations of his wife. Genuinely heartbroken when his wife died in 1737. His son became leader of the anti-administration dissidents who ultimately forced Walpole to resign in 1742. Replaced him with John Carteret (Clark Clifford) and the two embroiled England in the War of the Austrian Succession, which critics claimed was to protect his German possessions. Became the last English king to serve directly on the battlefield, where he proved an adept and efficient organizer. Forced to accept William Pitt the Elder (Al Sharpton) as Carteret’s replacement, and the king’s interest in politics totally declined. Refused to pay his son’s debts after he prematurely died. Suffered from constipation for years, and ultimately had a fatal heart attack while seated on the porcelain throne of his lavatory. Succeeded by his grandson, George III (Jeffrey Archer). Inner: Quick-tempered, with a mania for etiquette and punctuality. Curious lack of self-confidence, perhaps because of his father’s programming, forcing him to rely heavily on his ministers. Susceptible to the ministrations of women. Had a sense of ridiculousness about him, which plagued all the Hanoverians. Lifelong fascination with all things military, and also a great lover of opera. Conflicted lifetime of being given rule over an alien land, after a childhood of being told he was worthless, creating a highly mixed character without the confidence to back his position. Thomas Cromwell, earl of Essex (c1485-1530) - British statesman. Outer: Father was an abusive, alcoholic blacksmith. Supposedly sent abroad when he was young because of a misdemeanor, did some soldiering in Italy, then escaped to Florence in a state of destitution, using the name Thomas Smythe. Became a clerk in Antwerp, returned to Italy, served as a clerk to a Venetian merchant, then came back to England, where he was a moneylender, engaged in the law, and was involved in cloth dressing. In 1513, he married Elisabeth Wyckes, the widowed daughter of a former neighbor, a shearman, one son from the union, a dullard. Entered Parliament in 1523, and wound up in the service of Cardinal Wolsey (Henry Kissinger) as a solicitor. Earned considerable dislike for his work in dissolving some lesser monasteries and became Wolsey’s close adviser. When Wolsey fell in disgrace, he re-entered Parliament and his strong character, as well as his effectiveness in managing elections and putting through legislation, brought him to the attention of Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook). Entered the king’s service in 1530, becoming a member of his inner council of advisers, while holding numerous posts. Finally made a peer, taking on the title of Lord Cromwell of Wimbledon. Became a central figure in the English Reformation, through his legal manipulations, and in essence, had control of the government by 1534, although was very careful to pretend he was acting on the king’s authority. Through the Act of Supremacy, he helped effect England’s break with Rome. Became the king’s vicar general, and ended all of the country’s monastic institutions in the process, while enjoying unprecedented power. Made a baron in 1536, and was appointed the king’s deputy as head of the church, although his religiosity was far more political than spiritual. Less successful in foreign affairs, he made a major blunder by proposing Anne of Cleves (Princess Anne) as Henry’s wife to assure an unnecessary alliance with the German princes. The king despised her on sight, dropping him in his sovereign’s esteem, and suddenly making him prey to his enemies. Fell quickly, despite being given more titles. Arrested and accused of treason, he was condemned without a hearing, and summarily beheaded, after declaring himself a Catholic and abjuring all heresies. Inner: Fascinated by political theory, highly effective Parliamentarian, excellent administrator. Wily, manipulative and ruthless in his pursuit and exercise of power. Key player in the English Reformation, not only setting the legal precedent for separating England from Rome in religious affairs, but also separating legal actions from the royal household to the civil service. Self-inventing lifetime of bringing all his political skills to bear on the highest levels of government, only to be undone by his lack of knowledge of foreign affairs, an arena in which he would later specialize, in order to give him a more complete sense of his own political skills. Otto IV (HRE) (c1175-1218) - Holy Roman Emperor. Outer: Son of Heinrich the Lion of Brunswick and the daughter of Henry II (Kathleen Kennedy) of England. Brought up at the court of Richard I (Richard Burton) and given various English titles, as well as regal financial support. When the throne of the Holy Roman Empire was contested between the ruling house and the German princes, he secured the backing of the pope through territorial deal-making in 1198, but was later abandoned by him in favor of a rival, Philipp of Swabia (J. William Fulbright). After Philipp was murdered a decade later, he became betrothed to his foe’s 10 year old daughter to cement his own election to the throne. Crowned in Rome in 1209, but reneged on territorial promises, and invaded southern Italy, despite being excommunicated. In 1212, he married Beatrix, his child bride, but was deposed by the German princes, and lost further backing when his wife died some 3 weeks after their union. Invaded France with the support of his uncle John I (Henry Fonda), but was soundly defeated, and subsequently lost all his supporters. Formally deposed in 1215, and his territory was drastically reduced to his original inheritance. Died shortly afterwards. Inner: Scheming and untrustworthy, while continually being thwarted in his ambitious aims. Took on the name, Otto, if not quite the substance, of one of the earlier premier players on the world’s stage. Brick-wall lifetime of falling victim to his own overweening ambitions, thanks to his unfamiliarity with the ways of a state that was alien to his long-ingrained English sensibilities. Godwin (?-1053) - English noble. Outer: Origins and rise are obscure. May have been the son of a renegade and pirate, who had rebelled against Aethelred the Unready (Bob Hope) and stolen his fleet, giving him great estates, and establishing the family as important thegns. Accompanied Canute (Whittaker Chambers) to Denmark in 1018, and the following year, he was appointed earl of the West Saxons, and married the sister of a Danish earl. 6 sons and 3 daughters from union. 2nd son was Harold II (Moshe Dayan), the last Anglo-Saxon ruler of England. Acquired great influence via his wealth and also his abilities at oratory. Supported Canute’s son Hardecanute (Guy Burgess) as successor to the crown in 1035, then switched allegiance to Harold I (Kim Philby), Hardecanute’s half-brother. Accused of causing the death of yet another aspirant to the throne, Alfred the Atheling. Compelled to clear himself on oath at the ascension of Hardecanute in 1040. 2 years later, he procured the peaceful succession of Edward the Confessor (J. William Fulbright), then headed the national party against his Norman favorites. Dominated the king, married his daughter to him, and obtained earldoms for his 2 sons. Weakened by Robert of Jumieges (Henry Kissinger), the archbishop of Canterbury, who revived the old charges against him, and succeeded in outlawing him and driving him into exile along with his sons. Took refuge in Flanders, while Edward’s pro-Norman policies proved extremely unpopular. Taking advantage of the political shift, he invaded England in 1052 and the king was forced to restore all his possessions. Died of apoplexy while supping with Edward. Inner: Able, ambitious, wife was devout, even though he was a despoiler. Powerful political adept able to exploit the inherent weakness of his future father. Managed to stay at the center of English political life for 35 years. Manipulative lifetime of exerting his strength of will around the kingship of early England through his abilities at reading the tenor of the times. Marcian (391-457) - Roman emperor. Outer: Father was an obscure but respectable Thracian soldier. Pursued a military career, but was still a common soldier at 30. Had one daughter from an unrecorded union.Served for 15 years as a regimental commander, under the principal father and son generals of the emperor Theodosius II (Harold Nicholson), and was once captured by the Vandals, but released. Eventually rose to military tribune. Although he remained a minor military figure, he nevertheless was appointed to succeed Theodosius II after a death-bed anointment in 450. His designation was legitimatized by his marriage to the late emperor’s sister, Pulcheria (Vita Sackville-West), although in keeping with her vows of chastity, it was unconsummated, and she died 3 years into his reign. Immediately executed her former favorite, a eunuch-chamberlain who had been running the government. Refused to act in a conciliatory manner to the Huns and reversed the decisions of the Council of Ephesus through the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon, which became the basis for the Eastern Orthodox Church. Reformed imperial finances, and was never bothered by military threats during his 7 year reign, which was viewed as a Golden Age, particularly in comparison with the convoluted rules surrounding it. After an illness of several months and acute suffering, he died of natural causes, and was greatly mourned as a fair and just ruler. With his passing, came the end of the House of Valentinian and the Theodosii. Inner: Honest and wise, with an excellent reputation, while integrated interior reflected by relative calm in the exterior empire. Good show lifetime of giving mature and stabilizing rule in an otherwise chaotic time, and acquitting himself both wisely and well, despite a seemingly total lack of experience prior to his unexpected appointment.


Storyline: The accomplished amoureuse defines herself by the male company she keeps, who are all top-of-the-line names or achievers, allowing her to become a prominent player as well, thanks to her skills for assimilation and bedroom diplomacy.

Pamela Harriman (Pamela Beryl Digby) (1920-1997) - British/American courtesan/diplomat. Outer: Descendent of an earlier version of herself, Jane Digby. From an aristocratic British family, father was a baron, and mother was the daughter of a baron who was an MP in the House of Lords. Eldest of 3 daughters and one brother. Grew up in a 50 room house named Magna Minterne, with 22 servants on an imposing 2500 acre estate, although the family’s reduced circumstances made her father take the family abroad and rent out the estate. Raised by a governess in provincial manner, with an emphasis on sporting pursuits rather than academics, and attended girls school, then was sent to Paris and Germany to finish her education. Red-haired with milky white skin. Attracted mentors who taught her the fine points of social graces, then discovered she was a magnet for rich, powerful and emotionally needy men. Made her debut in 1938, but was adjudged loud, pushy and pudgy. Made amends the following year by marrying Winston Churchill’s (Boris Johnson) only son, Randolph, by whom she had a son, her only child, another Winston who became a Conservative MP. Her husband was a debt-ridden alcoholic, cad and rounder, but her father-in-law doted on her. Became involved with a series of powerful American married men, including CBS president Bill Paley, and Averill Harriman, the top U.S. envoy in Britain. Filtered information from him to Churchill, thereby helping draw the U.S. into WW II. After Harriman became ambassador to Moscow, she began an affair with journalist Edward R. Murrow, the love of her life, although after proposing to her, he decided to return to his wife when the latter gave birth. Divorced her husband in 1946, although she continued using his name, and moved to France, engaging herself with a host of who’s whos in the world of finance, including Jock Whitney, Prince Aly Khan, and several business magnates, most notably Gianni Agnelli, for whom she converted to Catholicism, although had an abortion at the same time. Always learned the customs and cultures of her amours, while focusing her complete attention on them, and offering them her own excellent networks, as well as maintaining positive relations with all her old lovers. Moved to America in 1955, had a hysterectomy, and married a 2nd time in 1960 to producer Leland Heyward, who dubbed her “the courtesan of the century,” while his own career took a nosedive. Nevertheless, the duo lived extravagantly until his death 11 years later, while she serially cut his three children off from him. In need of an infusion of money, she hooked up again in 1971 with Averill Harriman, now a widower, and the pair settled in Washington, where she became an American citizen and a major Democratic fund raiser, using both their Georgetown mansion and Virginia estate for dinners, think tanks and power-tripping. After Harriman’s death in 1986, she wangled a diplomatic career for herself, while also becoming involved in an estate battle with his family, ultimately inheriting $115 million. Through her earlier support of Bill Clinton, she became his ambassador to France, where her fluent French and her capacity for hard work made her an effective diplomat. Died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage after swimming laps at the Ritz Hotel, a fitting ending to an active life amidst the rich and powerful. Inner: Intelligent, highly ambitious, able to focus entirely on the men in her life, giving them an added sense of importance. Had a gift for both pleasing men and making influential friends. Nonintellectual, but extremely tasteful and supportive. Perfumed player lifetime of gaining everything she set her calculating heart on, including her own little niche in his’n’herstory. Jane Digby (1807-1881) - English/Syrian adventuress. Outer: Father was an admiral, while her mother was the daughter of the earl of Leicester, and had been married previously. Oldest of three, with two brothers. Her sire gained the family fortune after seizing a Spanish treasure ship, and had an active naval career. Spent much of her childhood at her maternal grandfather’s home, amidst a host of cousins, showing herself to be a tomboy. Also was trained in the arts of being a lady by a governess, and spent time in France, Italy and Switzerland when her sire was posted to Malta. A scandalous and striking beauty, with her father’s bravado and a gift for languages, ultimately speaking nine of them, she would come to see the entire world as her royal harem. In 1824, she began her unique uxorial journey by marrying Edward Law, a baron who was twice her age, and later became Viceroy of India. One son who died in infancy. Her husband proved an inconstant spouse, and in retaliation she had affairs with both a cousin and a high level Austrian prince and statesman, Felix Schwarzenberg, which ended her marriage through an act of Parliament in one of England’s most scandalous divorces. Had two children with the statesman, although he refused to marry her since he was Catholic, and also wed to his career. In addition to her amatory adventures, she was also adept in the arts, showing skills in music, painting and sculpture. Moved on to Munich, where she became involved with the Bavarian king, Ludwig I (Otto Preminger), while having a child with a Bavarian baron, whom she married out of convenience in 1832. Her next lover was Spyridon Theookis, a Greek count, who fought a duel with her husband over her. Her spouse wounded her interloping lover, but in an act of triumphant generosity released her from the bonds of matrimony, while the latter also agreed to take care of her three children, thereby freeing her even more. The duo would remain close friends for the rest of their lives. Married her Grecian lover, converted to the Greek Orthodox faith and moved to Greece with him. One son from the union, although her new husband would prove unfaithful. Continued her extraordinary royal promiscuity, by becoming involved with the king of Greece, Otto, who was son of Ludwig. Her marriage to her Grecian lover summarily ended, when their 6 year old son, whom she loved the best of all her progeny, died after a fatal fall from a balcony, when he tried to slide down it. Traveled to the east, and her next paramour was an Albanian general, with whom she enjoyed an extremely active outdoorsy life as queen of his brigand brigade, while the equestrienne element of her nature came forth, until his infidelity sent her riding off into the sunset. By now in her mid-40s, she went to the Middle East, and, after renouncing men for good, finally found the love of her life in Sheik Abdel Medjuel Al Mezrab, a Bedouin nobleman, who was nearly 20 years her junior. The duo married under Muslim law, and she spent half of every year sharing in his harsh nomadic existence, living in a goathair tent, and the rest of the time, enjoyed a splendid palace she had built for herself in Damascus, where she received heads of state. Dyed her blonde hair dark to fit in more with her adopted environs, but never converted, and kept record of her adventures in a diary. Made only one visit to England in 1856, and found herself a total stranger in a strange land, which she no longer recognized because of its surface Victorian prudery. Returned to Syria and found great fulfillment in her final role as a queen of the desert. Fell ill with dysentery, and died with her husband by her side. Per her wishes, she was buried in the Protestant cemetery in Damascus. Later returned in the same bloodline, as her own great-grand-niece Pamela Digby Harriman. Inner: Well-read, politically curious, and highly romantic. Looking for love lifetime in all the high places, and finally finding what she was searching for, in one of the more remarkable go-rounds of the 19th century by a first-class adventuress who is constantly adding to her unique mythos. Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806) - British noblewoman. Outer: Eldest daughter of the first Earl Spencer, who had inherited the fortunes of his own family as well as that of the Marlboroughs. Had two surviving siblings, a brother and a sister. Grew up in a series of palaces, moving with the changing of the seasons, while her household served as a salon for a variety of celebrities, giving her a worldliness which served her well. In 1774, on her 17th birthday, she married the 5th Duke of Devonshire, uniting 2 of the richest families in Britain although it was largely a loveless match with an emotionally repressed husband. Nevertheless, she loved the power it gave her, and everyone else, beside her spouse, was enamored of her. Had a well-known portrait done of her by Joshua Reynolds (Tony Richardson), as she broached 20. Shared her mate with her close friend, Lady Elizabeth Foster, in a ménage à trois. A live-in mistress, who later married him after her relatively early death, also became part of her complex household. Had 3 children with the duke, to complement the 2 he had with Lady Elizabeth and the one by the mistress. Her first two progeny were girls, which provided her husband with no heir, and it wasn’t until well into the marriage that she finally produced the desired son in 1790, giving her the freedom to search for longed-for affection outside her union. Her home became the center for the opposition party Whigs, while she was the acknowledged leader of the ‘ton’, a group of fashionable aristocratic women. Captured the imagination of the press and the public, so that everything she said, wore or did was breathlessly reported, while her own peers slavishly imitated her, although she always far outdid them, even to the point of wearing her hair in a 3 foot tower, replete with ostrich feathers. Had an illegitimate daughter with Whig politician Charles Grey (W. Averell Harriman), the true love of her life, and was banished for 2 years to the continent by her husband, while the child was brought up by the Grey family. Her whole social set was notoriously incestuous, and she wound up as stepmother to 2 of her cousins. Went through periods of loneliness and despondency which were offset by binge eating and starvation. Also addicted to opiates and bursts of gamble and drinking, turning her drawing room into a casino, while being forced to fend off creditors. After Grey married, without informing her in 1795, she developed an infection in her right eye, which spread to her left, leaving her scarred and three-quarters blind. Rebounded, by thoroughly immersing herself in Whig politics, particularly after William Pitt (J. William Fulbright) resigned in 1801. Brought the Prince of Wales (Warren Beatty) back into her circle, and had a special friendship with Charles James Fox (Bob Geldof), all of which infuriated the king, George III (Jeffrey Archer). Sponsored political spectacles, canvassed and strategized for the party, and campaigned for it, occasionally exchanging kisses for votes, while lamenting the fact she wasn’t a man. Never able to pay off her debts, which worried her greatly until the end, when she died prematurely of a liver abscess, while suffering a host of afflictions, including rheumatism, kidney-stones and jaundice. Deeply mourned afterwards by everyone, including her husband, despite his inability to express his feelings towards her when she was alive. Patroness of the arts and sciences, and an amateur chemist and mineralogist of some note. Also a novelist and musician, but her true passion was always politics. Inner: Intelligent, charming, shrewd, good sense of humor, albeit somewhat emotionally insecure. Strong maternal instincts, and extremely close to her various children. Had a “lively modesty and a modest familiarity,” according to a contemporary. Bridge lifetime of using her wealth, beauty and position to become a political player and take her own power through it, in a pre-emancipated time that was just beginning to appreciate the charismatic electricity of popular celebrityhood. Caroline of Ansbach (Wilhelmine Karoline of Brandenburg-Ansbach) (1683-1737) - German Queen of England. Outer: German princess, daughter of the margrave of Brandenburg-Anspach and his second wife, whose father was a German duke. Older of 2 children. Her sire died when she was 3, and the margravine moved to Eisenach, while her mother unhappily married the elector of Saxony in 1692, who died two years later. After her mother’s death in 1696, she wound up with her guardians, the elector and electress of Brandenburg. Had a spotty education, although her guardians ran a liberal, cultivated court, and encouraged her intellectual and literary interests, including a friendship and correspondence with Gottfried Liebnitz (Bertrand Russell), the most eminent German thinker of his day. Tall, stately, blonde-haired with blue eyes, blatantly sensual and earthy and a tremendous flirt. Proposed to marry the future HRE Karl VI (Michael Eisner), but she refused to convert to Catholicism, having been frightened by a Jesuit priest who was supposed to handle the conversion. Returned to Ansbach, and in 1705, she married George Augustus, the prince of Hanover (Chris Patten). Evinced a strong sexual appetite, although she remained loyal to her husband, who would eventually become George II of England. 8 children from the union, of whom 7 lived to maturity, including her husband’s successor, George III (Jeffrey Archer). Resided in Hanover, while intriguing for the English throne, which her father-in-law, George I (Prince Charles) gained in 1714, the same year the electress collapsed and died in her arms, robbing her of her closest confidante. Accompanied her husband to England the same year as the Prince and Princess of Wales, although left her son behind in Hanover. There was a genuine sense of affection between the pair, despite his having mistresses, and they found good advisers to learn English political ways, although the hostility between royal father and princely son would color her time in England, and place both her and her husband in the background, despite her acting as an active intermediary between the hostile duo. Ascended the throne with her husband in 1727, and was afterwards an unwavering supporter of Robert Walpole (Joschka Fischer), despite her husband’s resistance to him. Served as a trusted adviser, and manipulated her spouse through flattery and controlling his amours, while holding an intense hatred for her oldest son, Frederick Louis (Prince William), who, in turn, despised both his parents. Served as regent during her husband’s absences and remained throughout her life far more German than English, evincing continual difficulties speaking her adopted tongue. Urged her husband to remarry while she was on her deathbed, but he refused in devotion to her. Suffered from gout, and then colic at the end, and died after an unsuccessful operation for a rupture, as one of her daughters ended the lord’s prayer. Inner: Extremely intelligent, sensuous and lively. Had a fondness for reading, particularly French romances, and served as a patroness for a number of minor writers. Never flaunted her power, and enjoyed both religious and philosophical debates, surrounding herself with an eclectic circle of clergymen and theologians. An enthusiastic gardener as well. Thy-will-be-done lifetime of being given direct access to the throne, and proving herself a highly agreeable partner to a difficult mate, providing him with the proper ballast to rule relatively effectively. Frances Stuart, duchess of Lennox and Richmond (Frances Howard) (1578-1639) - British noblewoman. Outer: Only child of a viscount. Her mother died when she was 2, and she was orphaned the following year at her sire’s death. Became the ward of a cousin, a baron who was later made earl of Suffolk. Despite having no dowry, she was an alluring beauty, with well-connected relatives who were cousin to the queen, Elizabeth I (Mae West). At 13, she was married to Henry Prannell, a wealthy young vintner and son of a London alderman. The union disturbed William Cecil, Lord Burghley (Hubert Humphrey), who, under the queen’s directive, was supposed to find a more suitable mate for her, and her husband was forced to write a letter of apology to Elizabeth. At the time, she was in love with Henry Wriothesley (W. Averell Harriman), the earl of Southampton. Frequented astrologers to see if she could find her way to Wriothsley, Frequented astrologers to see if she could find her way to Wriothesley, and in 1599, her husband suddenly died at home, leaving her a wealthy young widow of 21, although her love married another in the interim. Besieged by suitors afterwards, including Edward Seymour, the 61 year old earl of Hertford, whose recently deceased second wife had the same name as she. In 1601 she married him, in a match dictated by power and wealth, rather than love on her part, since she thought her husband would not last very long. One of her suitors, George Rodney, lost his mind over the union, and after receiving a witty riposte from her to a note composed in blood, slit his throat. Her mate proved an insanely jealous figure over the next 20 years, keeping her as isolated as he could in the country. Despite his precautions, he was cuckolded by Ludovic Stuart, 2nd Duke of Richmond and Lennox, who would visit her in odd disguises. A few weeks following her husband’s death in 1621, she secretly married the duke, and 2 years later they were made duchess and Duke of Richmond, as well as Lennox. in 1623, her husband died in bed, making her three times a widow, while her earlier love Henry Wriothesley, passed on nine months later, to her double sorrow, since she genuinely loved her husband as well. Vowed afterwards, she would not remarry anyone less than the king. Anonymously penned some pamphlets upholding her gender against unkind comments of the time, while living in a manner that reflected her status as a matron of considerable means. Died extremely wealthy, and was buried beside her third husband in Westminster Abbey under a stately monument which was erected at her own expense. Looked upon in unkindly manner by subsequent contemporary his/storians, as a vampire of sorts, although their misogynistic view reflected their own prejudices, rather than her actualities. Inner: Witty, vain and avaricious, but also an astute businesswoman, with a gift for friendship, and a nose for power, as well as a generosity of spirit. Self-inventing lifetime of parlaying her allure and royal relations into a memorable run of extracting as much wealth and status as she could, under circumstances that most who were less formidable than she, would have found far too daunting.


PATHWAY OF THE POLITICIAN AS ARISTOCRATIC INTERNATIONAL ARBITER: Storyline: The suave statesman knows innately how to move smoothly in the highest circles, be it business, politics or pleasure, while leaving telling marks on his times, through a liberal conservatism serially geared towards paternal reform and then national hegemony.
W. Averell Harriman (William Averell Harriman) (1891-1986) - American businessman, politician, and diplomat. Outer: Of English decent. Father was E. H. Harriman (Henry Ford II), a railroad baron, who insisted his son ‚Äúbe something and somebody.‚Äù Mother was from a prominent NY family, and became a noted philanthropist. Fourth of five children, with two older sisters and a brother, and one younger brother, E. Roland Harriman, who also parted his name in the middle, and became his banking partner. First went to Russia, when it was still a czarist monarchy, at the age of 8, accompanying his father to Siberia. Attended Groton and then Yale Univ., where he was a member of the Skull & Bones Society, and as a senior, a member of the board of his father‚Äôs Union Pacific Railroad. The latter had died prior to his entering college. Handsome, athletic, and flirtatious, with an aristocratic charm. In 1915, he married Kitty Lanier Lawrence, two daughters from the union, including Kathleen Harriman Mortimer, a noted equestrienne, before divorcing in 1929. The following year, he married Marie Norton Whitney, who left her husband for him, despite having two children. George Herbert Walker (Mike Golic), established W.A. Harriman & Co., a banking business in 1919, with Walker as chief executive, and himself as chairman. Walker’s credit manipulations made the enterprise a success, and he retired to his own eponymous firm, while his younger sibling, E. Roland joined the company in 1927. Had his initial experience of negotiating with the Soviets in 1926, correctly assessing that the Bolsheviks were a permanent power there, and that any capitalistic investment would be superseded by the state. His firm merged in 1931 to become Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and among their notable employees was Prescott Bush, father and grandfather of the Presidents Bush. Held many shipping and railroad properties as such, and also operated a thoroughbred farm, racing under the name of Arden Farms. His banking connections would lead to controversial business with Nazi Germany, which caused some of his assets to be later seized during WW II, before being returned following the conflict. Broke with his class, to become a liberal New Dealer, when he entered government service during the Franklin Roosevelt Administration, as administrative officer of the NRA from 1934 to 1935, and later an official of the Dept. of Commerce from 1937 to 1940. Showed himself to be a Wilsonian liberal in diplomatic affairs, although later became a hard-liner in dealing with the recalcitrant Soviets. In 1941, he became chief overseas administrator of lend-lease, prior to America‚Äôs entry into WW II. At the time, he became involved with Pamela Digby Churchill, despite both being married at the same time. The affair ended when he moved to Moscow as ambassador to the USSR from 1943 to 1946, where he was dictator Joseph Stalin‚Äôs favorite foreigner. Became one of the earliest cold warriors, when he saw Russia‚Äôs true global intentions, at a time when his stance was in the minority in Washington. Asked to have his post shifted, he became ambassador to England. Served as Secretary of Commerce in the Harry Truman cabinet, from 1946 to 1948, and then held more appointed governmental posts. Ran for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 1952, but was viewed as too liberal for the times, and could not transliterate his personal sense of diplomacy to the campaign trail, where he proved a wooden speaker. In 1955, he was elected NY State‚Äôs 48th governor, during which time he made another unsuccessful run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1956, losing out once again to Adlai E. Stevenson. His stay of office in Albany was largely dominated by his desire for the White House, and two years later, he was defeated for reelection by fellow ubercapitalist Nelson Rockefeller. In 1961, he became a roving ambassador for Pres. John F. Kennedy, where he supported the coup against the Vietnam president of the time, who was assassinated. Subsequently served as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs under Lyndon Johnson, and then ambassador-at-large from 1965 to 1968, before becoming chief U.S. negotiator the latter year for the failed Paris Peace talks on Vietnam. Following the death of his wife in 1971, he married his earlier inamorata, now Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward, in what would prove a happy union for both. The pair turned their Georgetown mansion into a political think-tank for the Democrats, treating party official and donors as if they were royalty. Still diplomatically active into his 80s, serving Pres. Jimmy Carter as a liaison to Moscow, making his last trip there at 83. Died at his home of kidney failure complicated by pneumonia. Wrote two books on the U.S.‚Äôs relationship with the Soviet Union, which would be the centerpiece of his diplomatic life. Inner: Well-liked, shrewd, extremely polished, and a fairly astute observer of the international scene, with a particular expertise on the Soviets. Wore down his diplomatic opponents by repeating the same points over and over. Given the code name of ‚Äúthe Crocodile‚Äù in state department and foreign affair circles, because of his facility for snapping people‚Äôs heads off for asinine remarks. Handsome is as handsome does lifetime of tying his larger diplomatic career to his capitalistic antithesis, communist Russia, while proving himself a noted cold warrior, an unimaginative but effective negotiator, and a smooth operator in a host of different spheres. Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845) - British Prime Minister. Outer: From an old Northumbrian family. Second but oldest surviving son of seven children, including four brothers and two sisters. Father of the same name was a noted British general during the American Revolution, and was elevated to the peerage in 1801, before being made an earl in 1806. At 6, he was sent to boarding school for 3 years, where he was extremely unhappy, before moving on to Eton and then Trinity College, Cambridge, where he showed himself to be an orator of note. Left the latter without take a degree, and did the requisite Grand Tour of Europe over the next three years. Tall, slim and strikingly handsome, the very model of a British aristocrat. Entered Parliament as a Whig in 1786, and made his maiden speech in 1787, speaking against a Free Trade treaty recently negotiated with the French. Became obsessed with and then the lover of the married Georgina Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire (Pamela Harriman), who was also deeply involved in Whig affairs. The duo had a daughter, who was raised by his family as if she were his sister, after Georgina was banished to the continent for two years by her husband. Although he would remain the love of her life, he married Mary Elizabeth Ponsonby, a member of the Irish branch of his family, without informing Georgina, to her everlasting regret, and had four daughters and eleven sons, including the third earl, who became a politician like his sire. The shock of the union rendered Georgina nearly 3/4 blind via an infection, while he proved an adoring family man for the rest of his long life, despite feeling a compulsion to continue his wayward ways with women. In 1801, his bachelor uncle allowed him to use Howick Hall as his permanent residence, and he moved his family there. His wife died in 1804, although he remained close to his children throughout his life. Showed himself to be an active reformer during his early career, despite parliamentary opposition to his proposals, which lessened his zeal for politics considerably. Took cabinet office under William Wyndham Grenville (Harold Macmillan) in 1806, in a coalition known as the Ministry of All Talents, and after the death of the party‚Äôs head, Charles James Fox (Bob Geldof) later that year, he became Foreign Secretary and party leader. Steered a bill for the abolition of the slave trade through the House of Commons in 1807, then supported extended civil rights for Catholics, which fed into Grenville's fall. The same year his father died, elevating him reluctantly to the House of Lords, and the following year his uncle passed, leaving all his property to him. For the next 23 years, he remained in opposition, sometimes vehemently so, to a series of six Tory governments, until the issue of Catholic Emancipation, which his wife‚Äôs family espoused, finally passed in 1829. After receiving a diplomatic gift of a tea flavored with bergamot orange oil, he asked British tea merchants to recreate it and they did so, giving the world Earl Grey Tea. In 1830, when the Whigs finally rose to power, he became Prime Minister and oversaw a period of reform that would greatly enhance British democracy. His most outstanding achievement was the Reform Act of 1832, which effected strong electoral change, culminating in the next century with universal suffrage for both men and women over 18. The act also placed restrictions on child labor, and the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire in 1833. Played a crucial roll in insisting the bill not be watered down, although did not pursue further reform outside of his parliamentary adjudications. Resigned his post in 1834 over governmental policy towards Ireland, and bid adieu to politics, despite being asked to return to government the following year. Instead, he retired to his estate, to spend his last decade plus with his family, growing increasingly feeble, before dying in his bed, exactly forty-five years to the day that he had moved into Howick Hall. Inner: Honorable and high-minded, with a devotion to the English constitution. Narrow, diffident and cold. Sensual, strong-willed and basically conservative, despite his liberal reformist actions. Gray area lifetime of effecting strong constitutional change, despite having a traditionalist constitution himself, that never allowed him to get close with anyone, save his own progeny. Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton (1573-1624) - British nobleman. Outer: 2nd son of the second earl of Southampton of the same name. Mother was the daughter of a viscount. His elder brother died when he was a child, and he had two surviving sisters. Succeeded to his sire’s title when the latter passed on just before his 8th birthday. Became a royal ward, with the prime minister, William Burghley (Hubert Humphrey) as his official guardian. Spent four years at St. John’s College, Cambridge, beginning at the age of 12, graduating in 1589. Studied at Gray’s Inn during this time, and also acquired a thorough knowledge of Italian. During his minority, his mother remained a widow, before marrying the vice-chamberlain of Elizabeth I’s (Mae West) household, although he, too, soon died. Well-made with dark auburn hair and blue eyes. Presented to the queen in 1590, and stood out among his peers as a handsome and highly accomplished young courtier. Distinguished himself in the lists in 1595, and went on to become a patron of a number of poets, most notably the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare (Vikram Seth), who probably dedicated a number of the sonnets to him. Accompanied Robert Devereaux, the 2nd Earl of Essex (Ethan Hawke) on several naval expeditions, although the latter had a negative influence on him, via his hyper-adventurous nature. in 1598, he accepted a subordinate position with the Earl of Salisbury, and went with him to Paris, only to discover his mistress, Elizabeth Vernon, was pregnant. Hurriedly returned and secretly married her, which infuriated the queen. Both were arrested, although he was soon released, only to find himself in permanent royal disfavor, as was his wife. Two sons and two daughters from the union. Along with a band of nobles headed by Essex, he participated in a failed uprising to remove their enemies from court. Had his titles forfeited and he was condemned to death afterwards, which was commuted to to life imprisonment, while Essex was beheaded. On the death of Elizabeth and the accession of James I (Kenneth Turan) to the throne in 1603, he was set free, and restored to the peerage by Parliament while being invested with the Order of the Garter. Never able, however, to attain any office of note thereafter, so that he was left to his own devices for the remainder of his life. Used his wealth to help organize colonial expeditions to the New World as a member of the Virginia Company’s governing council, which set up England’s first colony at Jamestown. Involved with the East India company as well. Also proved to be en adept money handler, initiating a number of modern investment practices, by developing properties and financing a pre-industrial mill and ironworks. Engaged in more martial activity and became a privy counselor in 1619, only to fall afoul of the crown with his opposition to the king’s favorite, the Duke of Buckingham (Warren Beatty). In 1624, he volunteered along with his son to fight for the Dutch against Spain, only to have both serially succumb to fever, as he perished on the trip home, accompanying his heir’s body. Inner: Harbored good financial instincts and was the recipient of many an admiring glance from both women and men. Also headstrong and impetuous, engaging in a number of duels and quarrels at court. Had a great lover of literature and Elizabethan drama, and innately knew the value of things, whether on the printed page or as a material institution. Querulous lifetime of giving vent to both the light and dark of his character, as a handsome financial adept with a provocative temperament that continually tested his position in the highest circles of his contemporary realm.


Storyline: The self-parodying paragon of uppity womanhood and crypto-queen struts and sashays her stuff in an unrelenting assault on Puritan sensibilities in an ongoing act that never loses its good-humored insouciance.

mMae West (1892-1980) - American actress and writer. Outer: Mother was a German immigrant who was a corset designer, father was a heavyweight boxer, known as “Battlin’ Jack” West. One brother. On stage from the age of 5 as part of a song-and-dance act. At 6, she became the resident child star of a stock company at Brooklyn’s Gotham Theater. Lost her virginity at 13 to a music teacher, and afterwards, always had a steady string of men in her life. Switched over to burlesque, where she billed herself as “The Baby Vamp,” and made the transition to vaudeville and Broadway revues when she was 14, where she introduced the shimmy, and from that point onward deliberately courted notoriety, making herself into a cartoon of the bounteous female, with a stylized drawl and sashaying gait. 5’. Although no beauty, she exuded a bosomy carnal magnetism, and had milky white skin, which she managed to maintain into old age. In 1911, she married Frank Wallace, a jazz singer. Although the pair separated after a few months, they did not divorced until 1942. Rewrote her own material, and constantly pushed the decorous envelope, courting the tabloids with her coarse patter and exulting in the resultant publicity. Co-founded her own Morals Production Company in the wake of censorship and faint-hearted producers. In 1926, she wrote, produced and directed “Sex,” a crudely written exercise in vulgarity concerning waterfront hookers and pimps, on Broadway, which outraged the legal authorities after a 41 week run. After a much-publicized trial, she was jailed for 8 days on charges of obscenity. Her next play “Drag,” which she also directed, was about cross-dressers, and caused an equal sensation in New Jersey, although she wasn’t allowed to bring it to Broadway. Finally found a happy medium in “Diamond L’il,” and after 2 more successes, she was given a Hollywood contract from Paramount and made her film debut in Night After Night in 1932. Wrote all her own lines and collaborated on the scripts and dialogue for most of her films, during her brief run in Tinsel Town while continually clashing with Hollywood censors, as she employed double entendres to get past them. Created many enduring lines, such as “Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you happy to see me?” while adding to the sly lexicon of her times. By 1935, she was the highest-paid woman in the United States, acting as a parody of a sex symbol. Teamed several times with W.C. Fields (Robin Williams), whom she despised, and had the inflatable life jackets of the military named after her. Ran her course by the end of the Depression, making one more film in 1943, before returning to Broadway, and then taking a revival of “Diamond L’il” on tour of England and the U.S. In 1954, she performed in a nightclub revue with musclemen, which had a 3 year run. After retiring for a decade, during which time she wrote her autobiography, “Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It,” she returned to film in 1970 in Myra Breckinridge, once again writing her own dialogue, and luxuriating in the attention of its premiere. Made her final appearance as an 85 year old bombshell in Sextette and died 2 years later of complications following a stroke, with her legend insured. Inner: Extremely vain and narcissistic, her favorite subject was herself, for whom she reserved her true passion. A largely expressionless and immobile performer. Never smoked or drank and pursued a health regimen her entire life to keep herself relatively youthful. Envelope pushing lifetime of testing public tastes in an all-out desire for the ongoing publicity it engendered, while celebrating herself for maximum shocking effect. mLady Sydney Morgan (Sydney Owenson) (1783-1859) - British writer. Outer: Claimed to have been born on the Irish Sea, halfway twixt England and Ireland, when her father was returning to his native land. Her sire was an itinerant, impoverished actor, and her mother died when she was young. Brought up backstage, as part of her father’s theatrical company. Forced to supplement her family income from an early age. Wanted to be a poet, but her first published work at 14, showed she was lacking in potential talent. Became a governess, but found time to both write and teach, and enjoyed considerable attention from her first novels, which were trashy imitations, published in her early 30s. Became passionately imbued with the Irish cause, which caused her to be less than welcome in certain elite circles in England, but she was well-loved in Ireland. A combination of romance and politics proved successful for her as a literary intertwining. Married Thomas Morgan, a surgeon who was later knighted, in her late 20s to please the wife of her patron, although the union was unhappy and childless. Held a lively, influential salon in Dublin, and afterwards in London. Served as an inspiration for Wm. Thackerary’s (Tom Stoppard) Becky Sharpe in Vanity Fair. Became the first woman to be granted a literary pension by the English government. Enjoyed many adventures, and was sentimental and florid as a writer, but with a good sense of humor. Inner: Talented, witty, self-reliant, highly manipulative. Passionate bridge figure, both literally and figuratively between England and Ireland. Fearless lifetime of coming into an impoverished situation, and still proving she could re-create herself from unpromising beginnings through unrelenting ambition and the ability to assess and challenge her social milieu. mEliza Haywood (Elizabeth Fowler) (1693-1756) - British writer. Outer: Daughter of a small shopkeeper. In her late teens, she unhappily married a clergyman, but left him to write for the stage, adopting plays for the theater. Abandoned by her husband, she took to the stage herself in her early 20s, while taking on a series of lovers, including poet Richard Savage (Robert Frost), by whom she had a child. Also had a live-in relationship which produced another child, although much of her early life may be the creation of her active imagination. Supported herself and her two illegitimate children through acting and writing in the popular fiction style of the day of producing passionate pulp based on the scandals of English society, using initials to identify real people. Extremely prolific in her output, she also wrote a libelous set of memoirs. Attacked unmercifully by Alexander Pope (Evelyn Waugh) in his Dunciad, as well as by other literary lights, which caused her to stop writing for 16 years, and return for a while to the stage. Afterwards, she published the first periodical for women edited by a woman, "The Female Spectator" and turned to realism in her later two novels. Inner: Highly independent, and somewhat of a pioneer. Received a bad reputation from her works, rather than her life, although she was quite willing to embrace the unconventional. Independent lifetime of searching for her literary voice by first conforming to conventions, then after a long silence, establishing an ongoing basis for her unique literary sensibilities, while showing both fearlessness and flight in her abilities to deal with a critical male world. mAphra Behn (1640-1689) - British writer. Outer: Some question as to her beginnings, since she inflated them later on. Probably the daughter of a yeoman barber and a nurse from a trading family. Went with her family to Surinam as a teen, although her father died on the voyage. One older sister, and two younger brothers, with one dying as an infant. Stayed at the plantation of politician Robert Harley (Rupert Murdoch) for several months, during which time there was a slave uprising. May have been involved in some covert activity, and returned to England in her early twenties. Subsequently married Johan Behn, a merchant of German extraction and experienced brief wealth, but was left impoverished at his death of the plague several years later. Some question remains whether the marriage occurred at all, since she could have invented it in order to pass herself off as a widow. Bisexual, with more of an attraction to women than men. Became attached to the court through a childhood connection of a family her mother formerly served as a nurse, and through it, worked as a spy in Antwerp at the outbreak of the 2nd Anglo-Dutch War, under the name of Astraea. Became lovers with a prominent royal, and passed on secrets, although the remuneration for her activities was slow coming, and she wound up in debtor’s prison. An unnamed admirer paid her debts, and she was released in 1669. After earlier having written verse, she decided to make a living afterwards as a playwright, penning 16 plays over the next 19 years, beginning with “The Forc’d Marriage,” to become one of the very first British women to earn her living through her lively pen. Her most popular play was “The Rover,” about the amorous adventures of a group of exiled British Cavaliers. Seen as immoral and coarse by her contemporaries, she, nevertheless, proved quite successful at her craft. Most of her work consisted of crude comedies of contemporary London life. Had a painful relationship in her late 30s, with John Hoyle, a libertine bisexual lawyer with a reputation for violence. Became involved with the circle of the equally licentious earl of Rochester (Leo Tolstoy), which inspired some of her more risqué verse, in which she proved far more explicit sexually than any of her female contemporaries. Charged with plagiarism, freethinking and bawdiness, she became more political in her later works, in keeping with the roisterous times of the Restoration. Wrote her first major public panegyric on the death of Charles II (Peter O’Toole), in 1685, as her health worsened. Continued scrivening at a feverish pace, showing herself surprisingly loyal to James II (Martin Sheen), despite a distinct lack of enthusiasm for him by most of the rest of the nation. Suffered severe arthritis in her last years, and died of a combination of medical incompetence and the debilitating effects of her infirmity, five days after the coronation of William III (Lyndon Johnson) and Mary II (Ladybird Johnson). Also wrote stories, epitaphs, poetic propaganda, and elegies. Her novel Oroonoko is the first English philosophical novel containing dissertations on abstract subjects. Her reputation would dip in the succeeding centuries, before resurrecting in the 20th, as an emblem of the power of sisterhood. Buried in the cloisters of Westminster Abbey. Inner: Warm-hearted, generous to a fault, outgoing and bawdy. Feminist pioneer, with a desire to free women from their bonds, but also with a tendency towards rigidity as exemplified by her arthritis. Believed in the beauty of sexuality. Trail-blazing lifetime of asserting her independence of mind and spirit through the written word and the active body, after many a lifetime of rule. mElizabeth I (1533-1603) - Queen of England. Outer: Father was Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook), to whom she was devoted, though rarely saw him, since he initially saw her as a monstrous joke played on him, after he separated from the Roman Catholic Church to marry her mother. Mother was Anne Boleyn (Katherine Hepburn) who was beheaded before she was 3. Declared illegitimate afterwards, and treated indifferently, although her place in the succession was restored when she was 11, after a childhood clouded by political intrigue. A serious child, thanks to her upbringing, she received an excellent education, showing an aptness for learning, while always handling herself well, including a brief interment in the Tower of London, during the reign of her Catholic half-sister, Mary I (Rose Kennedy). Ascended the throne at the age of 25. Slipped the coronation ring on her finger and announced she was marrying England. Recovered from smallpox afterwards. Religious issues dominated her early reign, while her financial policies helped end medievalia and allowed capitalism, in the form of agriculture and commerce, to expand. Despite the fantasy of being the Virgin Queen, she was an outrageous flirt, fondling her favorites in full view of the court, and had any number of lovers including Robert Dudley (Bob Hope), who was probably the love of her life, despite his constant intriguing. Liked to play with men, and be surrounded by handsome, well-made specimens of the species, although she remained unmarried and childless. Rejected the marriage proposal of Felipe II of Spain (Adolf Hitler). Forced to execute Mary, Queen of Scots (Marguerite Duras), after sheltering her for almost 2 decades, and had a hysterical breakdown afterwards. Also saw her favorite Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex (Ethan Hawke) executed for his intriguing. Presided over a brilliant cultural age, where the stage reached an early apex. Capricious, exasperating to ministers, but with an instinct for good advisers. Loved jewelry and beautiful clothing, thoroughly enjoyed power and was her own woman. Because of bad teeth, she had to eventually stuff cloth in her mouth for public appearances, and affected wigs and heavy cosmetics in later age. Left the empire in far more stable condition than when she came to throne, 45 years previous. Selected her own successor and died quietly, ending the Tudor line on the throne. Inner: Acted out the allegorical fantasy of the Virgin Queen. Designated herself as having a king’s heart in a woman’s body. Her actuality was that she was a lusty, passionate, powerful woman completely in control of her sexual destiny and life. Alternately capricious and despotic, while haunted by imaginary fears. Arrogant, but always majestic, with a loud authoritative voice. Her favorite oath was “God’s death!” Loved word games and unraveling codes. Full throttle lifetime of letting her passions reign and allowing her culture to mirror her rich interior, as the literal embodiment of the regal feminine, before stepping down to re-experience life from the vantage of uncommon commonality. Emma (c982-1052) - Norman/English queen. Outer: Daughter of a Danish/Norman count. Mother was his second wife, and of similar descent. The two were wed after she was born, while her upbringing was largely unrecorded. Known as “the gem of the Normans.” Married to Ethelred II (Bob Hope) in 1002 as his 2nd or 3rd mate, and adopted the English name Aelfgifu, with two sons and a daughter from the uneasy union. Her eldest, Edward the Confessor (J. William Fulbright), felt little love for her, seeing her as a betrayer for eventually marrying his father’s enemy. Considered queen when the earlier wife or wives of Athelred were not, since she was unhesitant about flexing her power. Sent to Normandy to escape a Danish invasion in 1013, then returned and was said to have defended London against the invasion of Canute (Whittaker Chambers) in 1016, and after the death of her husband, she married the latter the following year, in order to save her progeny from certain execution. One son from the union, Hardecanute (Guy Burgess), as well as a daughter Gradually became more active in court life, while reaffirming the connection between England and Normandy, which would come to royal fusion later in the century. May have had a long-term affair with the bishop of Winchester during and after her marriage. On her husband’s death in 1035, she took a very active role in upholding the Anglo-Danish court faction, while pushing for the coronation of Hardecanute as her spouse’s successor, although she was opposed by her spouse’s stepson, Harold (Kim Philby), who seized England north of the Thames, while the former was out of country. Secured recognition for Hardecanute as king of Wessex, but was banished by Harold 2 years later, because of her son’s continued absence from his realm, and was forced to flee to Bruges and the court of the count of Flanders. When her son did take his throne in 1040, she enjoyed considerable influence during his brief and largely unpopular run. Helped engineer her earlier progeny, Edward’s return to England in 1041, in order to solidify her position even more, but when he ascended the throne the following year on Hardecanute’s death, she was despoiled of her wealth, although was given enough to live on, both comfortably and quietly in Winchester, while the court moved back to London, as its center of activity. Buried alongside her second husband and Hardecanute. Inner: Forceful, ruthless, highly ambitious and unscrupulous. Strong-willed, with a sure sense of her own power. Learning lifetime of the exigencies of rule in the modern Christian era, in preparation for her own future on the verysame throne, while the dynamics of her existence inexorably led to the subsequent Norman invasion of Great Britain. mJezebel (?-c843BZ) - Israeli queen. Outer: Daughter of a Tyrian priest-king, Ethbaal, indicating the worship of the pagan god Baal, went back at least two generations. After Israel made an alliance with Phoenicia, she married Ahab (Bing Crosby), the Israeli king, and asserted a powerful influence over him. One daughter from the union, Athaliah, was equally cruel and corrupt. Induced her weak-willed husband to continue to have the Tyrian nature-god, Baal, as the primary deity of her new people, rather than the monotheistic Yahweh, and proceeded to order the death of all who opposed that move, causing many priests to hide from her. Also promoted the cult of Ashtaroth, a fertility goddess. Provoked the condemnatory wrath of the prophet Elijah, who correctly prophesied a drought in divine retribution over her apostasy. Elijah than manipulated events to have her Baal priests slain in a contest over the respective powers of their gods, and was forced into exile, when she demanded his death. Coveted a vineyard next to the palace belonging to Naboth, and when he refused to sell, she had him stoned on false charges of blasphemy. Elijah confronted the king in the vineyard, and predicted his death, and hers, saying she would serve as a dog-feast. Ahab subsequently died in battle against the Syrians, although she lived for another decade. Elijah’s successor Elisha, had a military commander anointed as king of Israel in lieu of her reigning stepson, and in the subsequent civil war, the latter was slain by the former in the same vineyard property. When the victorious king came to her palace, she taunted him from a window, and he ordered her eunuchs to toss her from a window, which they did, and she was trampled underfoot by horses. When the king ordered she be buried as befit a king’s daughter, it was discovered she had been devoured by dogs, leaving only her skull, feet, and the palms of her hands. Inner: Vengeful, manipulative and domineering. Archetype of the scheming, treacherous female ruler, a role she would play over and over in ancient times, before finally finding a better balance in the post-Christian world to express her extraordinary sense of power in a female body in a male-dominated world.


Storyline: The superficial social climber loves to celebrate surface beauty and the attendant stations that wealth and status bring, while rarely penetrating beneath the high gloss that continually characterizes his esthetic, preferring to be honored for his sleek eye than his thoroughly concealed heart.

Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) - British photographer, artist and writer. Outer: Son of a pot-bellied timber broker who embarrassed him. Felt duty bound as a child to raise his family from the middle class, while thoroughly rejecting his conventional background. Planted items in society columns about his mother and sisters as a teen, and through subterfuge made his mother a society name. Felt guilt over his attraction to men in a homophobic society, and it would not be until his 60s, when he could deal with his same-sexness socially. Went to both Oxford and St. John’s College, Cambridge and began his career as a staff photographer for fashion magazines, particularly Vogue, specializing in famous or fashionable women, which brought him social prominence and later much honor, as well as knighthood. Published The Book of Beauty in 1930. Always interested in the chic and creating illusions around himself. Kept diaries with great diligence about his social conquests, eventually publishing 6 volumes of them. Served in the Ministry of Information during WW II, making a noted collection of photographs of the seige of Britain. After the war, he toned down his style and added costume and set designs to his range of creative expression, winning 2 Oscars for his film/work. After many unrequited loves and occasional furtive one night stands, he formed a powerful attachment to Greta Garbo, coming close to marrying her in a year-long affair. Immediately reverted back afterwards to his more natural bent of being bent. The one fulfilling relationship of his life was with an art his/storian, some three decades his junior, which ultimately became a long distance friendship. Never became rich, but knew how to insinuate himself in the world of wealth, in a life dedicated to recreating himself according to the fashionable tenets of the day. Suffered a stroke at 70, partially paralyzing his right hand, and initially leaving him unable to speak or walk but he learned how to paint and photograph with his left hand, as well as maneuver with a cane. Appalled at his own aging process. Died of heart failure less than a week after the death of his beloved 17 year old cat. Inner: Archetypal snob. Great admirer of the surface of women, as well as the power and style of the rich. Often bought suits a size small to make himself look sleeker. High-nosed lifetime of effete snobbery and social-climbing, and putting all his artistic talents to the service of both. Edward Burne-Jones (Edward Jones) (1833-1898) - English artist. Outer: Father owned a small carving and gilding business, mother was the daughter of a prosperous jeweler, who died shortly after her son’s birth. Only surviving child from the union, and raised by a loving nurse above his sire’s shop. Had originally thought of going into the Anglican Church. Formed a lifelong friendship with William Morris (Philip Johnson) when both were at Exeter College, Oxford, with the duo sharing an equal enthusiasm for all things medieval. Did a walking tour of northern France in 1855 with Morris, which opened up his visual vista, and convinced him to drop out of school and pursue the painterly life. Originally wanted to form a monastic brotherhood with Morris, although their burgeonng esthetics intervened. Adopted his surname at 27, and married Georgina MacDonald, one of five spectacular daughters of a Methodist minister, son and a daughter from the largely arid union, including painter, Sir Philip Burne-Jones. Settled in London, working in concert with Morris, as well as Dante Rossetti (Brian Jones) to form the core of a movement that would be called Pre-Raphaelite, in its celebration of mid-medievalia. Totally self-taught, he learned by means of imitation, with Rossetti as his first mentor. Went to Italy in 1859 and 1862 to study early Italian painters and sculptors, including Sandro Botticelli (Brian Jones), which gave him his visual base, and elevated his draftsmanship from the competent to the classical. Oil caused him respiratory problems, so he used wash and body colors instead. Primarily an illustrator interested in surface forms, drawing from books rather than nature. Had a strong sense of the fashionable, and borrowed freely from all sources available to him. Pursued an intense and highly eroticized affair in the 1860s with the daughter of a Greek patron of his, Marie Zambaco, and she became his painterly muse for a while, although when he tried to abandon his wife, and sail off with her, he collapsed and returned home to be nursed back to health by his loyal, uncomplaining spouse. In the mid-1870s, he began using oil, despite its effect on him. Evolved a dreamy, romantic style which translated nicely to tapestry, stained glass, mosaics and reliefs, and would be his lasting artistic testament. Pioneered the sense of the artist-craftsman, which would be influential in the development of industrial design. Named associate of the Royal Academy, Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur, and made a baronet in 1894. Became very aware of photography’s possibilities in the 1880s, and began to model his works on it. Paid great attention to detail, and was considered one of the preeminent painters of his time, although his reputation did not outlast him, which he defiantly sensed, as an illustrative storyteller rather than a true artist. Died of heart failure. Inner: Harbored a sense of romantic mysticism, with high ambitions for his own career. Seen by the public as a purveyor of virgins and angels, although at heart a voluptuous fantasist, who loved trading obscene missives with friends. Aesthete to the core, thought the whole point of art was its artificiality, favoring design over passion and emotion. Prone to fainting, and fixated on medieval legends. Surface-skimming lifetime of acting as a fashionable, rather than transcendent artist of his times, while allowing his aesthetic nature full play in his artificial view of art. Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) - British artist. Outer: Son of an innkeeper. Began drawing portraits as a prodigy in his father’s inn, then in his early teens, he supported the family doing pastel portraits in the resort town of Bath, to compensate for his sire’s failure in business. Received no formal training, went to London in his late teens, and exhibited at the Royal Academy which won him introduction to the queen, whose portrait he did at age of 20, ensuring his career. Had briefly thought beforehand of making the stage his career. Because of his immediate acceptance into the artistic fraternity of the city he was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1791, then was made a Royal Academician a scant three years later. An extremely facile painter, he was always flattering to his sitters, with little depth but much decorative sense, allowing him to become the fashionable portraitist of his age. His best known painting would be “Pinky,” done around 1795, whose young female subject, Sarah Moulton-Barrett (Antonia Fraser) suddenly died a few months later, and whose brother became the tyrannical father of poet Elizabeth Barrett (Elizabeth Bishop). Succeeded Joshua Reynolds (Tony Richardson) as official portraitist of George III (Jeffrey Archer). Knighted and sent to the continent to paint the allied victors of the Napoleonic wars. Unmarried, he returned to England and succeeded Benjamin West (Steven Soderbergh) as president of the Royal Academy in 1820. His reputation would not last his times, and his attempts at more classical representation have all but been forgotten. Inner: Handsome, charming and gifted. Connoisseur with excellent taste in old masters. Self-inventing lifetime of recreating himself from a humble background to the most fashionable painter of high society of his time, while as always, allowing his expertise in artifice to overwhelm his sense of art. Edward VI (1537-1553) - King of England. Outer: Son of Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook) and Jane Seymour (Jane Seymour), who died 12 days after his birth. Had a non-existent relationship with his father, and was brought up by the women of the court. Intelligent but frail, and a gifted student of the humanities. Succeeded to the throne when he was 9 years old. The country was run successively by Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset (Duke of Wellington) and after his execution, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland (Henry Fonda). Consumptive and delirious at life’s end, he died of tuberculosis at the age of 15, expressing the desire that he be succeeded by Northumberland’s daughter-in-law, Lady Jane Grey (Antonia Fraser), rather than his half sisters, Mary I (Rose Kennedy) and Elizabeth I (Mae West). Inner: Pious, priggish, rigid, and fanatically Protestant. Foreshortened lifetime of the brief experience of rule, but his rigidity was too overwhelming to allow him full exercise of it, and he mercifully exited before probably doing great harm during a volatile time, before returning in a far more creative mode to try to work out his crypto-sense of kingliness.


Storyline: The brainy beauty gradually reclaims herself from her royal sense of victimhood through her focusing on the former rather than the latter, while still managing to infuse her life with enough drama to keep herself amused, rather than abused.

Antonia Fraser (1932) - British writer. Outer: Her mother, Elizabeth Pakenham, wrote a series of popular biographies on 19th and 20th century English royal and political figures. Father taught politics at Oxford and became the 7th earl of Longford, ultimately serving as a cabinet minister in the Labor government of Harold Wilson. Eldest of 8, with three sisters and four brothers. Her cultured and close family produced two more sisters, Rachel Billington and Judith Kazantzis who became writers, as well as a brother, Thomas, who became a his/storian. Grew up in an extremely stimulating environment and close home which fostered her independence and converted to Catholicism as a teen, after her parents and the rest of her family did the same. Educated at a convent school before matriculating at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, which was also her mater’s alma mater. 5’8”, 120 lbs., blonde-haired and blue-eyed. A striking beauty, she married a handsome Scottish war hero, Catholic Conservative MP and cabinet official, Sir Hugh Fraser, at 23, when he was 38, in what seemed like a glamorous union, which produced three sons and three daughters, with two of the latter, Rebecca and Flora, becoming writers, and the youngest, Natasha, a biographer. Despite being a socialist, she campaigned for her Tory husband, while projecting a highly fashionable aura. Began her own scrivening career as a general assistant in George Weidenfeld’s publishing house, producing her first biography, "Mary, Queen of Scots" in 1969, a best-seller that won the same prize, that her mother had earned five years previously. Now famous, she focused on the 17th century in several of her subsequent works, while also serving as an editor. Just missed being blown up by the IRA in 1975, as her picture book marriage began disintegrating, leading her to take up with playwright Harold Pinter, who was also betrothed at the time. Their high profile adulterous affair eventually terminated her own union in 1977, as well as his, allowing her to marry him in 1980, following a bitter divorce by his wife, actress Vivien Merchant, as both became A-listers on the international literary scene. At the time her marriage ended, she began penning mysteries, beginning with "Quiet as a Nun," with her detective/protagonist, a female television reporter named Jemima Shore, serving as a younger projection of herself. Continued churning out mysteries, as well as more biography, with several of her works translated into either film or TV fare. A high profile figure in England, she was also a panelist on a BBC radio word game show from 1979 to 1990, and served as president of English PEN, the international writer’s association, from 1989 to 1990. Penned a poignant memoir of her life with Pinter following his death in 2008 called “Must You Go?” a plaintive question he asked her on her leaving after first meeting him at a dinner party. Inner: Extremely prolific, with an excellent sense of the past, and a lucid writing style. Dogged researcher and subject to much snarking for not being an academic. Highly political, optimistic and unsentimental, with a wonderful sense of detail about both his’n’herstory and herself. Self-expressive lifetime of continuing to develop her expository skills, while evincing more and more of her own sense of independence, in her ongoing reclamation of her true self. Jane Burden (1839-1914) - British muse. Outer: Father was a groom, and mother, who was illiterate, was a domestic servant. At least one more sister, in a largely unrecorded childhood. Had a humble upbringing but exhibited a frail beauty that artist’s found quite inspirational, and she became the favorite model of the Pre-Raphaelites, and their desire for unadorned and minutely detailed medieval beauty, after being discovered while attending a play, by Dante Rossetti (Brian Jones), and Edward Burne-Jones (Cecil Beaton). Tall and lean, with a thin face and thick black wavy hair, high cheekbones and melancholy eyes. In 1859, she married the central figure of the group, the designer and ubertastemaker, William Morris (Philip Johnson), 2 daughters from union, one an epileptic, and the second, Mary, who became editor of her father’s works. In order to keep pace with her husband, she embarked on an intense Pygmalion period of self-education, learning French and Italian, and showing an accomplished proficiency on the piano, while learning the refinements of her elevated station to such degree, she was characterized as ‘queenly.’ Probably served as the model for George Bernard Shaw’s similar play of transformation, “Pygmalion,” the precursor of “My Fair Lady.” Their fellow pre-Raphaelite, Rossetti, became obsessed with her, causing strong tensions between the two men involved, although no record exists of the two ever consummating an illicit love. The marriage barely survived as a strained affair, and she eventually became an invalid, and a literal burden to her husband, although she wound up outliving him for nearly two decades. Did designs for his firm, and produced a number of books, while showing herself to be a political liberal, and an ardent champion of Irish Home Rule. In 1884, she met the poet and political activist Wilfrid Blunt, and they eventually became lovers in 1894, 2 years before her husband’s death. Helped wind up her husband’s Kelmscott Press and spent the last part of her life insuring that Morris’s works were correctly annotated and preserved. Inner: Frail and delicate on the surface, although passionate beneath, with an acute intelligence, and the ability to inspire both talent and genius. Ardently supported Irish home rule. Pygmalion lifetime of rising from poverty on the grace of her beauty, and then employing her acute intelligence to maintain her position, while serving as always, as a muse and inspiration to others through the sheer power of her extraordinary physicality. Sarah Moulton-Barrett (1783-1795) - English muse. Outer: Only daughter and eldest of four children of a merchant from Medeira. The family were wealthy land and slave owners, who exported sugar cane and rum. One brother was Edward Barrett, who became the tyrannical father of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Elizabeth Bishop). By the time she was six, her father had left the family, leaving relatives to help raise her. Sailed with two of her brothers to England in 1792 in order to continue her education and wen to a school that catered to Jamaican colonial families. Per her grandmother’s request for a portrait of her, she posed for well-known artist Thomas Lawrence (Cecil Beaton), who immortalized her standing atop a hill in a white dress and pink bonnet, as ‘Pinkie,’ her childhood nickname. Died a few months later, while the painting would go on to an immortal life of its own, as an enduring romantic image of youthful femininity. Inner: Sip of tea lifetime of being eternally preserved in the full glory of her youth, and then quickly exiting, as an odd coda to her previous highly public go-round and subsequent swift and dramatic egress from the planet. Lady Jane Grey (1537-1554) - Queen of England. Known as “the noble virgin.” Outer: Daughter of the Duke of Suffolk. Cousin of Edward VI (Cecil Beaton), and born the same day. At the age of 9, she was sent to court to live under the guardianship of Queen Catherine Parr (Meryl Streep), the widow of Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook), and received an excellent education in the humanities. When her guardian died two years later, she was chief mourner at her funeral. The same year, the latter’s second husband, Thomas Seymour (Robert Kilroy-Silk) bought her wardship for £2000, while telling her father she would be well-suited as the wife of a king. After he was arrested and beheaded for treason, she was used as a pawn by the Duke of Northumberland (Henry Fonda) in his dynastic ambitions. In her mid-teens, she was forced into marrying his son, Guildford Dudley (Rob Lowe), after being browbeaten by her parents, despite being betrothed to another. Felt a draw towards the newly formed Protestant Church. Fainted when told she would be queen in 1553, after being 4th in line to the throne. Relinquished the crown soon afterwards, after serving but 9 days, but the participation of her father-in-law in an abortive rebellion sealed her fate, after her initial death sentence had been suspended. Beheaded for treason, minutes after seeing her husband’s lifeless body carted by, beneath her tower window. Inner: Pale, shy, solemn, pious and highly intelligent with an acute wit. Martyred lifetime of being the passive pawn for the political ambitions of others, which would lead to further passive explorations of her ongoing sense of victimhood, before finally finding herself in far more liberated times.


Storyline: The enduring muse has a genius for the photogenic but far less gift for longtime survival on her own terms, as she once again assays her desire to finally integrate the two.

Kate Moss (1974) - British model. Outer: Mother was a bartender, father was a travel agent. Grew up in a tough London borough. Never particularly studious in school, garnering universally low grades, she much preferred sports, proving adept in them. Discovered at 14 at JFK airport, on Long Island, NY, and by 15, she was appearing in magazines, beginning with the British publication, “The Face,” which gave her her first cover. Her face, as well as her willow-thin look would launch an inordinately successful modeling career, thanks to an ability to appear totally natural in front of a camera, whether clothed or unclothed. 5’7”, brown-haired and hazel-eyed, superslim and waif-like. Quickly became the award-winning model of choice for a host of hip companies, including staid Burberry, as well as a who’s who of designers, who all appreciated her sense of style, and the ability to effortlessly inhabit their products. Appeared on over 300 magazine covers, of all the top fashion vehicles, and, because of her omnipresence, was held responsible for the degeneration of a whole generation of models of the 1990s, who made her unhealthy ‘heroin’ look, their most copied stance. Also appeared in some music videos, and posed for a variety of artists and sculptors, to balance off her fashion work, while, as always, serving as a muse, this time, for both commercial and creative purposes. Uninhibited in her hedonistic lifestyle, she has had numerous high profile boyfriends, including actor Johnny Depp. In 2002 she had a daughter with “Dazed and Confused,” editor Jefferson Hack. A tabloid picture of her in 2005 sitting and snorting cocaine while on a mobile phone, frightened several of her sponsors, although she managed to rebound completely from the incident, after a quick mea culpa, with a new clientele, and a thick bankroll of some $10 million +, as reward for her transgression. Became interested in Buddhism during her transitional rehabilitation, and emerged largely unscathed, on her best model behavior, with nary an interruption to her career. In 2006, she got engaged to drug-addled rocker Pete Doherty in preparation for having a child with him, and then topped her comeback by winning Model of the Year from the British Fashion Awards, while earning $15 million for the annum. Launched a clothing-line, TopShop, the following year to equal ringing success, after being paid some $3 million to design about 50 items, although the inconstant Doherty would remain an ongoing source of dissatisfaction for her, until she summarily ended it, and finally moved on to someone else. Eventually married frontman Jamie Hince for the rock group The Kills in 2011, only to sue for divorce four years later, thanks to her jealousy over his various friendships. Has a net worth of some $75m. Inner: Never expressed a desire to do film, preferring to be a silent star, with only her visual totem as public property, and her private life all her own. Maintains a close support network, and is reputedly the possessor of a prodigious appetite for everything. Reclamatory lifetime of flaunting convention, having a solid support crew behind her, and acting out against all the constraints put upon her as a dazzling visual muse, in a world too eager to devour its beauty. Fanny Cornforth (1835-1906) - British prostitute and model. Outer: From a rural working-class background. Came to London and worked as a prostitute for the Bohemian set, who helped her set up a boarding house/brothel, from which she made a decent living. Met Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Rossetti (Brian Jones) by pelting him with peanuts, and became a model for him, during the absence of his chief muse, Elizabeth Siddall (Marianne Faithfull). Her coarse uneducated ways, which some believed were deliberate, offended his friends and associates, who couldn’t understand the connection twixt the two, particularly since she was diametrically opposite in physical attributes to the ethereal types he usually painted. When Rossetti married Siddall, she wed a mechanic in response, although quickly doomed the union. Following the death of Siddall in 1862, she moved in with Rossetti and became his housekeeper, in a relationship that would last until his death in 1882. At the same time he was also carrying on a clandestine affair with Jane Burden (Lady Antonia Fraser), who was married to artist and designer William Morris (Philip Johnson). Became heavyset over the years with Rossetti, and earned the nickname of ‘Dear Elephant’ from him, while she called him ‘Rhino.’ Appeared in fleshy manner in his works, in contrast to the slim ethereal look of his wife and Jane Burden. Inner: Loud, loose and vulgar. Odd duck lifetime of moving out of the noble realm into the commonality while still evincing an uncommon penchant for fashioning her own unique way as model and muse for far greater talents than her own. Katherine Seymour (Katherine Grey) (c1540-1568) - British noblewoman. Outer: Second of three daughters of a noble English family of royal blood through her mother. Younger sister of Jane Grey (Antonia Fraser), who would became a tragic nine-day queen of England. Mother was the daughter of Mary Tudor (Rose Kennedy), and the granddaughter of Henry VII (Rupert Murdoch), as well as niece of Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook). When she was 11, her father inherited the title of duke of Suffolk. Educated via tutor at home, and when she was ten or so, she was either betrothed or married to the son of the earl of Pembroke, an ally of the Duke of Northumberland (Henry Fonda), as part of a plan to put her older sister on the throne. The union, however, was unconsummated, and dissolved when Mary Tudor ascended the throne, following the deposition of Jane Grey. Both her father and sister were executed in 1554, and her mother remarried, so that she was put under the care of a dowager duchess. Treated as a princess of the blood at Mary’s Catholic court, and though raised a Protestant, conformed to the practices of the time. When Elizabeth I (Mae West) ascended the throne, in 1558, she was made maid of honor. The former considered adopting her as a potential Protestant heir, although never did. The following year her mother died, giving her an inheritance of land, although her stepfather inveigled his way into its income. As an heiress presumptive to the throne, she garnered the matrimonial attention of numerous foreign princes and big-britched Englishmen, who were more than eager to manipulate their way onto the English throne with her, although she was in love with one Edward Seymour, the eldest son of the Protector Edward Seymour (Duke of Wellington). Before her death, her mother had approved of the match, although it was an act of treason for anyone of royal blood to marry without the approval of the sitting monarch, as a protection against regal usurpers. Her mother, however, died before gaining consent for them, and the duo, fearful that they would not be allowed to wed, did so secretly, in 1560, and immediately consummated it afterwards. Several months later, Seymour was sent to France for his education, while she found herself pregnant. On finding out, a livid Elizabeth recalled Seymour from France and sent her to the Tower of London, where she gave birth to a son that fall. A commission subsequently declared the marriage void and the child illegitimate, while both she and Seymour were now residents of the Tower, although a sympathetic gaoler allowed them secret conjugal visits, which resulted in a second son in 1563. Spent the rest of her life in custody, and never saw her voided husband again. Removed to an uncle’s house under house arrest because of the plague, and remained there, feeling suicidal, while acting anorexic and penitent. On the death of her uncle, she was transferred to the serial custody of others, while her fate was royally debated. Finally died of anorexia in her late 20s, while her union was eventually legitimatized in 1606, well after Elizabeth’s death. Edward Seymour was allowed to live out his days, while a son by him, William Seymour (Prince Charles) fashioned his own royal drama around a liaison with Arabella Stuart (Camilla Parker-Bowles), with similar implications and ending. Inner: Willful and woeful. Victimized lifetime of paying for her royal blood and willfulness with great restraints placed on her, making for a later character only all too eager to exercise his freedom, no matter the consequences.



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