Storyline: The arrogant aristocrat opts for consort status to showcase his imperious superiority, while hiding his emotional wounds under a brusque manly exterior that leaves little room or desire for dealing with them.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921) - Grecian-born consort of Elizabeth II of England. Outer: Father was the son of the Grecian king, connected to Queen Victoria (Mary Renault) on his mother’s side. 4 older sisters, who were all educated in Germany and subsequently married high-ranking Germans. Had a hysterical mother, and an unstable family, with gothic genealogical horrors leading to him. Communicated in sign language with his deaf mother, while learning several languages. His father was accused of treason, the English royal family intervened, and he lived in abject exile for his early life, while his mother was eventually institutionalized and ultimately lived a nun-like existence doing charitable works. Raised in the Greek Orthodox faith and educated in Great Britain at a series of schools, starting at the age of 10. A good athlete, he lived with kinky aristo relatives, enrolled in the Royal Naval College and served with the royal navy during WW II, where he was cited for valor. 6’2” with light brown hair, brown eyes, and very erect posture. Became a British subject, renouncing his rights to other thrones after the war. His relationship with the future Elizabeth II was orchestrated by his uncle Louis Mountbatten, and he eventually knew he would be prince consort. The duo were married in 1947, and he was entitled as Duke of Edinburgh, 4 children from the union, Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward. Involved with numerous women prior to and after his wife, including royalty and well-known actresses, while retaining mistresses into his marriage. Continued his naval career until Elizabeth was enthroned in 1952. The title of prince of the realm was held back until 1957. A harsh, critical father, he was extremely concerned over the masculinity of his sons, whom he felt were being brought up in fairy environs, although he proved far more of a parental figure than his distant wife. Led a largely ceremonial life, with the continual intrusion of a voracious media on the private doings of his fishbowl family. Officer of close to 600 organizations, while logging 75,000 miles a year in travel, delivering some 80 speeches per annum, and putting in 14 hours a day for most of his working life as royal consort. Testy with the press, while balancing his own aristocratic pleasures with the duty of his rank, taking on youth opportunities and the environment as his special concerns, while trying to modernize the image of the monarchy. Despite overt good health, he developed a heart condition in his early 70s, although it did little to slow him down. Missed most of his wife’s public Diamond Jubilee in 2012 due to a bladder infection, although gamely rejoined the family a week later, after being released from a hospital a day before his 91st birthday. Officially retired from royal duties at the age of 95, to indulge in the activities that amuse him, such as bird watching, oil painting and carriage riding. Has a net worth of $30 million. Inner: Arrogant, athletic, aristocratic, homophobic and haughty. Blunt, irritable and overbearing, with a preference for his daughter to his sons. Stated he wishes to reincarnate as a deadly virus in order to reduce the world’s population, as further indication of his genuine loathing for all not blessed by royal blood. God Save the Queen lifetime of lifetime of experiencing, along with his longtime partners, the outer style of power, rather than its inner substance, while totally eschewing his own emotional deficiencies, thanks to the excesses of his childhood. Alfred Ernest Albert, Duke of Edinburgh (1844-1900) - English royal. Outer: 4th child and 2nd son of Queen Victoria (Mary Renault) and her consort, Prince Albert (Joseph Albers). Destined to reside at Coburg in Germany before his birth. Known as ‘Affie’ around the royal household. Least agreeable of all the children, with a foul temper and an inconsiderate attitude towards the servants. Handsome with blue eyes. Educated for the navy, but his shipmates disliked the initial attention given to him and brought him down to earth by bumping him on the deck everytime a cannon was fired. Showed an indulgence for music and played the violin. Elected by suffrage as the king of Greece in 1862, but had to refuse the crown because his mother was opposed to the idea. Created Duke of Edinburgh, and elected master of Trinity xHouse in 1866. Commissioned the HMS Galatea and sailed in many parts of the world in the late 1860s and early 1870s, while being resented for his imperious quarterdeck manner. In 1874 in St. Petersburg, he married the Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna (Elizabeth II), the only daughter of the Russian czar, Alexander II (Steven Spielberg). Both the czar and his mother disliked the match, but he was attracted to her enormous wealth. Unhappy union, producing 4 daughters, while his only son, Alfred (Kurt Cobain) contracted syphilis, and shot himself during his parents’ 25th anniversary celebrations. Spent as much time away from his domestic situation as he could, drinking and philandering. Made a rear admiral in 1878 and 4 years later was elevated to vice-admiral. Appointed commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean from 1886 to 1889 and ultimately became admiral of the fleet in 1893. Succeeded his father’s brother as reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha the same year, and relinquished his privileges as an English peer, while leaving his homeland for good. His health deteriorated because of his bibulous nature, and he died of cancer of the tongue, predeceasing his mother. Buried at the ducal family's mausoleum in the public Glockenburg Cemetery of Coburg. Inner: Sullen, arrogant, brusque and offhand. Tactless, taciturn, repressed, difficulty in getting along with others. Had a passion for money, and later developed one for alcohol. Unpleasant character, roundly disliked by all. Self-involved lifetime of acting out his haughty, imperious nature as a prince of the blood, with little real affection for anyone other than himself. Ernest Augustus (1629-1698) - German elector of Hanover. Outer: 4th and youngest son of the Duke of Brunswick-Lunenberg. In 1658, he married Sophia (Elizabeth II), the grand/daughter of James I (Kenneth Tynan) of England, putting his house in loose line for that country’s throne, 7 surviving children including his eldest son, who would become the future George I (Prince Charles) of England. Became prince-bishop of Osnabruck in 1661, which gave him an army, and a minor political role, and in 1679, he succeeded his last brother as ducal ruler of Hanover, after his other two male siblings had died sonless. Able to exploit the difficulties of HRE Leopold I (Leopold Stokowski), and, as a reward for his assistance, he was raised to the station of elector of Hanover in 1692, despite marked protests over this move. A league was created to block any further additions to the empire’s electoral college, as its constitution was severely threatened, although the move eventually was accepted, and his son was ultimately confirmed as elector by an imperial diet after his death. Inner: Manipulative lifetime of coming in as a warrior’s son, and showing his ability to mix it up in the political realm, before being reduced in further rounds in this series to a largely figurehead position, which would only to serve to bring out his more negative characteristics.


Storyline: The repressed royal takes on the thankless task of shepherding her familial flock through the treacherous seas of the 20th century tabloids, and is forced to deal with her hauteur and highly judgmental nature through the marital mishaps of her progeny.

Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) (1926) - Queen of England. Outer: Parents were the duke and duchess of York, who later became King George VI (Prince George) and Queen Elizabeth. Older sister of Princess Margaret. Her parents went on a 6 month world tour after her birth, and she did not recognize her mother on her return. Not considered an heir to the throne, and she and her sister were educated privately by governesses, and trained never to show emotions in public. Has kept a daily diary from childhood on, consisting of short entries. Her life altered at 10, when her uncle Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, making her father the king. Immediately saw her world severely restricted, although she trained as a driver during WW II, while she and her sister were kept in England as symbol of the country’s stalwart desire not to alter its royal face despite the initial battering it took. 5’4”, slim, with blue eyes and brunette hair. After meeting her 3rd cousin in 1939 and declaring he was the one, she married Philip Mountbatten in 1947, and he later claimed she was insatiable on their honeymoon. Mother of Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, although distant and unable to show affection, leaving their actual raising to nannies and nurses. Able to countenance the longheld tradition of royal mistresses for the male royals, and was far more interested in the form, rather than the substance of rule. Began representing her ailing father in state functions in 1951, and the following year he died. Received the news when she was up in a treehouse on safari. Crowned in 1953, to become the figurehead ruler of England. Subsequently promised her heart to her subjects, and uncomplainingly did her self-perceived duty in representing them with dignity. Harbored a great love of animals and riding, but not of public life, although willingly performed all the outer duties of her office. The marital problems of her family, her sister and children, marred her uprightness and probity. Extremely well-traveled, albeit a remote figure at best. Had great difficulty in maintaining dignity through the undignified antics of her children, as well as a British public eager to hear of royal foibles. Suffered particularly in 1992, her annus horribilis, at the falling apart of the marriages of several of her progeny. The dysfunction of the royal family came to a head through her daughter-in-law’s, Princess Diana, sympathetic capturing of the public heart, and she came under much criticism for her coldness surrounding her sudden death. Able to reconcile herself in 2000 with her son Charles’s longtime inamorata, Camilla Parker Bowles, after judging her a home-wrecking adulteress all during their long affair. Suffered the loss of both her mother and sister in her Golden Jubilee year of 50 years on the throne. Nevertheless, carried on throughout to reach her 80s, as an emblem of royal aplomb. Became the victim of faked footage on the BBC showing her falsely storming out of a photo-shoot, which subsequently led to charges that the latter often faked programs. The BBC subsequently apologized to her, but refused to go along with a palace ban on the documentary. Leaked the fact that she would be cutting back on her duties in 2010 at the end of 2009, with strong hints that it would be her grandson William, rather than her son Charles who would eventually inherit the crown. Joined the 21st century, by launching her own official Facebook page, offering daily updates on crown doings. In 2012, she enjoyed the four day royal celebration of her Diamond Jubilee, without her husband at her side who fell ill during it, as the second British monarch to rule for 60 years, following 19th century’s Queen Victoria (Mary Renault). With the death of the Saudi king in 2015, who was two years her senior, she became the world’s longest sitting monarch. On September 9th of that year, she set the British record, passing Victoria’s reign of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes at around 5.30pm in her usual low-key fashion. Has a net worth of $550 million. Inner: Priggish, steely, stiff and thoroughly repressed, although tireless in her attention to duties. Never gives interviews, preferring to maintain the outer bearing of a queen, not the breast-baring tell-all stance of many of her subjects. Refuses to watch her portrayal on screen, particularly The Queen, with Helen Mirren’s dead-on impression of her, since it limned a particular painful episode in her life, the death of Princess Di. Largely ceremonial life of little real power, and far too much journalistic intrusion. Told by her father that everything she did and said would be remembered, creating a self-censoring public persona that has never unbent, despite a private sense of humor. Despite all, enjoys being queen, because of the symbolic power and responsibility. Much prefers the company of men, and has always served as an informed ear to her prime ministers. Her singular difficulty with the latter group was with Margaret Thatcher, partly due to her policies, and partly her overbearing personality. Fishbowl lifetime of learning about the outer style of rule, with none of the substance, while being forced to alter her personal stance to please a public who has come to question the need for a royal family. Marie Aleksandrovna (1853-1920) - Russian/English princess. Outer: Russian/English princess. Outer: 2nd and only surviving daughter of Russian czar Alexander II (Steven Spielberg), mother of the same name (Jennifer Lawrence) was a German princess. Received a royal upbringing, and was tomboyish because she was raised with 6 brothers. Much loved by her father. Inherited enormous wealth, which over/rode her lack of physical attractiveness, and in 1874, she was married into the royal house of England. Her husband Prince Albert (Prince Philip) was the son of Queen Victoria (Mary Renault).They produced four daughters, while their only son, Prince Alfred (Kurt Cobain), contracted syphilis and shot himself, in the middle of his parents’ 25th wedding anniversary celebrations. Neither the czar nor Queen Victoria liked the unhappy union, whose singular positive feature was that her philandering, alcoholic husband was away most of the time. Controlled the lives of her daughters, and did her duty, living most of the time outside of England, after feeling like a total alien there. For her last 27 years, she was a Russian grand duchess, a British royal duchess by marriage, and the consort of a German sovereign duke. Outlived her husband by two decades, and was buried in the ducal mausoleum in the Glockenberg Cemetery in Coburg, Germany. Inner: Dowdy dresser, but the singular married royal to be able to stand up to her formidable mother-in-law. Disliked her English relations, found them nasty and spiteful. Kind and unaffected, thanks to a far more loving childhood than in other go-rounds in this series, although highly controlling. Corseted lifetime of royal upbringing, focusing more on her male side, only to be thrust into a disastrous, alien union with her long/time mate, and being forced to show a stiff upper lip the rest of her life. Sophia (1630-1714) - German electress of Hanover. Outer: Father was Frederick V (Oscar LaFontaine), elector Palatine of the Rhine, mother was Elizabeth Stuart (Princess Margaret), daughter of James I (Kenneth Tynan) of England. 12th child and youngest daughter. Both parents had been forced to flee into exile, and she wound up living with her brother, before marrying Ernest Augustus (Prince Philip) in 1658, 7 surviving children, including her eldest son who would eventually become George I (Prince Charles) of England. Her husband became the elector of Hanover in 1692, 6 years before his death. Excluded from the succession to the throne of England in 1689, her position then was altered by 1700 with the death of the heir presumptive, the son of the future Queen Anne (Princess Anne). The following year, the Act of Settlement proclaimed her as a potential successor, and she took great interest in the affairs of state in England from afar, although her son objected to taking any stances there, while Anne refused to have her name mentioned in her presence. An angry letter from Anne probably hastened her demise, which occured while she was walking in her gardens, and 2 months later her son succeeded to the throne, when she and Anne serially succumbed. Inner: Her existence was rife with figures from the 20th century royal household, creating a karmic situation where she would have strong need to experience that which was denied her. Subordinate lifetime of being denied a far-off throne, which she would later assume with all the main characters of her life intact, and with much hidden internal conflict to be worked out among them.


Storyline: The rigid royal is forced to embrace some of his humanity because of the relentless eye placed on his public existence, and manages to repair part of his wounded heart, despite being forced to traverse the uneven paths of adultery and widowerhood to do it.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor) (1948) - English Prince of Wales. Outer: Father was soon-to-be royal consort Prince Philip, mother was the future Elizabeth II. Oldest of 4, and heir apparent to the English throne, after his mother assumed it when he was almost 4. Had a lonely upbringing, and was raised by nannies and nurses. Initially idolized his father, although later saw him as a bully, and was afraid of his mother and her aloofness, since neither parent was remotely demonstrative. Sickly and timid as a child, and desperate for his sire’s approval. Became the first heir to the throne educated at a public school, Gordonstoun, his father’s alma mater In Scotland, where he was bullied and miserable. Then further broke with tradition by going to Trinity College, Cambridge, instead of straight into the military, although he was never much of a student. 5’10”, with dark brown hair and blue eyes.. A helicopter pilot and polo player, he was the 1st Prince of Wales to get a university degree. Later went to the Univ. of Wales in order to try to learn Welsh, the initial English-born Prince of Wales to make the effort. Officially invested with his title in 1969, which raised the ire of some Welsh nationalists. In the late 1970s, he became the first royal since George I, an earlier life of his, to attend a British cabinet meeting, having been invited to do so. Perfunctorily performed his public duties, without establishing much of a projected personality and had a long list of discreet affairs, including Camilla Parker Bowles, who was wed at the time, and would later help him choose his bride, who had to be both a virgin and a Protestant, as well as of impeccable aristocratic background. In 1981, he married his 11th cousin, Diana Spencer, in a lavish public spectacle performed before 3500 invited guests and viewed by 3/4 of a billion people around the world. 2 sons from the union, William and Harry. Diana refused to defer to him, holding him in contempt, and telling him he would never be king. Took up with Camilla again two years after the birth of Harry in 1984.Tried to put a more human face on himself through a variety of interests, including the environment, although he was far less popular than his wife, and wound up being demeaned for his efforts, many of which were well-meaning, including the Prince’s Trust, a charity offering loans to groups and businesses, often in deprived areas. By the late 1980s, he was living apart from his wife, while both showed an obvious discomfort in the public presence of each other. Finally separated from his royal spouse, after a totally loveless marriage on both their parts, and officially divorced in 1996. An outspoken critic of English architecture and culture, he remained a mixed figure in the public eye. Revelations in 1994 of infidelity during his marriage with his longtime married paramour, Parker Bowles, who had been his unofficial hostess at his country estate, further tarnished the public view of him. After the death of Diana in 1997, he was able to resurrect his image, as a caring, single father, while slowly accommodating the public to his liaison with Parker Bowles, via orchestrated, guarded public appearances together, until even his mother, who viewed her as an adulteress who destroyed a royal union, publicly acknowledged her in 2000. Has proven to be more accident prone as he has gotten older, while very slowly coming to embrace more of the humanity that lies beneath his stolid surface. Actively engaged in promoting both healthful food and a cleaner environment, in 1990 he launched Duchy Originals, an organic line of food and beauty products, whose profits go to charity. Moved in with Camilla in 2003, as a further display of his will to relative normalcy, and in 2005, finally married her. Penned a green manifesto in 2010, “Harmony: A New Way Of Looking At Our World,” while it was also revealed he had a personal staff of 124 to attend to his every need, in a curious throwback to English monarchs of yore, despite his considerably lesser presence in the larger world, and his book’s plea for a far less material outlook by everyone else. Much of the British public has shone a clear preference for his son William to succeed his mother rather than him, with continual references to him in an extremely derogatory manner in the press. Has a net worth of $100 million. Inner: Priggish, fussy, aloof, with mixed feelings about his eventual rule. Has a perennial bad back, symbol of a feeling of lack of support for who he is. Extremely conservative in his tastes and demeanor, with a distaste for modernity and a love of tradition, while his liberal ideals are out of keeping with the rest of his hide-bound family, although he is very much one of them in his reserved emotions and stuffy style. Come clean lifetime of trying to put some substance in an existence that was designed solely for style, while slowly being made aware of his emotional deficiencies through the demands of his subjective subjects. Prince Arthur William Albert Patrick, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850-1948) - English royal military commander. Outer: Mother was Queen Victoria (Mary Renault), father was her consort, Prince Albert (Joseph Albers). 3rd son, elder brother was Edward VII (Prince William). Named after the Duke of Wellington (Louis Mountbatten), who was his godfather. As his mother’s favorite son, and an extremely obedient child, he wanted to be a soldier like his namesake. Educated at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwhich, and was commissioned in the Royal Engineers in 1868, before switching to the Royal Artillery. Married Princess Louise of Prussia in 1879, son Arthur also became a governor-general. Made a major-general in 1880, and commanded with distinction in the Egyptian War 2 years later. Became inspector-general of the forces in 1894, and rose to the rank of Field Marshal in 1902. Despite his various commands and honors, he did nothing noteworthy, and merely performed his duties. Criticized for interference as governor-general of Canada, a post he held from 1911 to 1916. Retired and lived to be a nonagenerian, with little to denote his existence other than his elevated birth. Inner: Militaristic, with an interest in horticulture and free-masonry. Largely hidden and repressed, playing out the roles thrust upon him without besmirching the royal house. Longlived lifetime of doing his royal duty and not rocking the ship of state, which probably necessitated a return in a much more scrutinized state in order to force him to deal with his interior under similar circumstances, and suffer payback for his earlier run on the throne. Edward, Duke of Kent (1767-1820) - English royal. Outer: Father was King George III (Jeffrey Archer). Shown little affection as a child, he had a largely cheerless upbringing. Tall and stoutish. Got into debt through extravagance, but was determined to live like a king’s son, although without the purse to do so. Supported the opposition to his father’s policies like his other brothers, and became an energetic patron of various charities, chairing committees and giving speeches, although he was suspected of being a hypocrite. Pursued a military career, where he was an unpopular commander as a martinet and stickler for rules and regulations, sentencing a man to a hundred lashes for an undone button. A courageous soldier, but he continually antagonized those below him with his obsession with details. Recalled home in 1803, which ended his military career. Had a liaison that lasted over a quarter century, with the French daughter of a civil engineer he had met during the early days of the Revolution, but gave it up, when he saw it was his duty to provide an heir to the throne, even though he was in his 50s. Married in 1818 to Victoria of Saxe-Coburg (Sarah Ferguson) to provide a successor to the king. Father of Queen Victoria (Mary Renault). Caught a chill after a long walk that left his feet wet, and died from an inflammation of the lungs when his daughter was only 1 1/2, leaving her upbringing to a largely female household. Inner: Pedantic, pious, cramped personality. More intelligent and affable in private life, than the public figure he showed. Good speaker, gifted mimic, eloquent. Anti-gambling and drink. Cramped lifetime of once again being brought up in a royally heartless environment to become a damaged adult, before stepping aside so that his formidable daughter could be raised in a female milieu. George I (Georg Ludwig) (1660-1727) - German King of England. Outer: Father was Ernest Augustus (Prince Philip), the Elector of Hanover, and mother was Sophia (Queen Elizabeth II), who was the granddaughter of James I (Kenneth Tynan) of England, putting him eventually in line for the English throne. Oldest of 7. German-born, he always preferred his native country. Had a conventional aristocratic upbringing, and was seen as cold and reserved, with a practical nature, and like his father, had a preference for all things military, with riding and hunting his favorite relaxants. Learned several languages, but never had anything more than a rudimentary grasp of English, with French and German his linguistic mainstays. Short, thick and relatively well-proportioned, with bulbous eyes and a wooden countenance. Showed a good facility for battle, gradually developing into a capable officer, and after 1679, when his sire became duke of Hanover, he began his training to be a ruling prince. Unhappily married his cousin, Sophia Dorothea (Princess Diana) in 1682, whom he divorced and imprisoned for the last 3 decades of her life because of her indiscreet infidelities, a son and a daughter from the union, including his successor George II (Chris Patten), whom he constantly belittled. Had 2 greedy, homely German mistresses, with three daughters by one of them. Succeeded his father in his late 20s, and became 3rd in line for the English throne, in order to insure a Protestant succession, although he was a Lutheran, rather than an Anglican. Proved himself brave in battle during the War of the Spanish Succession, and England’s Whig politicians began to court him. Retired from the field in 1710, after being made to feel used, and began focusing on the British succession. After the death of his mother and Queen Anne (Princess Anne) within a few months of each other in 1714, he became next in line, and began the near 200 reign of the House of Hanover, when invited to assume the throne of England at the age of 54. A pair of Jacobite rebellions were subsequently suppressed in the wake of his election, although he was an unpopular figure for his alien, foreign ways and the motley court he gathered around him, including a pair of Turkish servants. Prized loyalty to his house over all other virtues, in his subsequent appointments, giving the Whigs initial power under him, while his primary interest was in a strong military. Forced to be far more sociable than he cared for political reasons, while enduring piles and an anal fistula, as reflection of his cramped personality. Suffered a stock market crash in 1721 with the financial speculations of the South Sea Bubble, in which he was implicated, but he was saved from disgrace by Robert Walpole (Joschka Fischer), despite a mutual dislike twixt the duo. The rise of the office of the prime minister, which the latter embodied, helped make England far more of a Parliamentary country under succeeding Hanovers. Had a good diplomatic sense, but was forced to depend on independent ministers in domestic affairs, and wound up spending almost 3 years in Hanover during his somewhat reclusive 13 year reign, for which he was criticized. Finally returned home and died of a cerebral hemorrhage, after a fortune-teller had told him he wouldn’t survive his wife by more than a year. On his last ride home, a letter from Sophia was tossed into his carriage protesting her innocence. His last words were spoken in French, “C’est fait de moi.” (It is over for me). Succeeded by his son, George II. Inner: Shy, suspicious, said little, had difficulty with the English language, speaking French and Latin to those who did not understand German. Brave soldier and war-lover, frugal and calm by temperament, with a liking for order. Enjoyed Italian opera, and was a strong supporter of music, helping to establish the Royal Academy of Music, while proving himself open to some of the ideas of the Enlightenment. Doting grandfather, and far looser in private than in public, with a liking for bawdy tabletalk and double entrendres. All the major intimates of his life would be repeated in the 20th century to deliberately deal with the personal problems that were highlighted in this go-round. Stranger in a strange land lifetime of communication difficulties, before assuming an alien throne, as emblem of his own ongoing alienated personality, and his propensity for imprisoning the more human part of his nature. William Seymour, lst marquis and 2nd earl of Hertford, 2nd Duke of Somerset (1588-1660) - English nobleman. Outer: Father was an English baron who made several unsuccessful attempts to champion his own claim as legitimate heir to the English throne. 2nd son. Had an aristocratic upbringing, showed good aptitude for study, and received an excellent education. Graduated Magdalene College, Oxford at 19 and ultimately became a doctor of medicine. In his early 20s, he secretly married Arabella Stuart (Camilla Parker Bowles), who also had claim to the throne, although he hardly knew her at the time. Their union infuriated the king, and he was subsequently imprisoned along with his paramour. Helped Arabella escape the Tower, but failed to rendezvous with her, causing her recapture. Fled the country, and returned after Arabella’s death in prison. Married Frances Devereaux, the eldest daughter of the 2nd earl of Essex in his late 20s, 2 daughters and 2 sons from union. Entered the upper house of Parliament in 1620, replacing his grandfather. Received more titles, held numerous posts, fought in the English Civil War, and was chancellor of Oxford for several years. Attended the confined Charles I (Prince George), and in his final year, was elevated to the rank of duke during the Restoration of the crown. Inner: Scholarly nature, man of thought more than action. Well-regarded by his peers. Prodded lifetime of being pushed into assertive action through a love affair with his longtime crypto-paramour, albeit far more geared for the contemplative life, which he ultimately embraced following her demise. Nevertheless, a secret desire for rule would keep him entwined with succeeding royal families of England to actualize his deep-seated needs.


Storyline: The royal domestic goddess becomes a world figure through the prying eye of the media, forcing her to expand on her household-running expertise to become an emblem of style, charity and grace, before making a dramatic exit in the full bloom of her womanhood to insure an immortality of sorts for herself.

Princess Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Spencer) (1961-1997) - English Princess. Outer: From an aristocratic family, her grandfather “didn’t see the point of ordinary people.” Daughter of an English earl, who was a former equerry to George VI (Prince George) and Elizabeth. Mother was the daughter of the 4th Lord Fermoy. Grew up on a 13,000 acre estate. Had two older sisters, and one brother who died his first day. Fourth child in the family, as her father continued to fume about her mother’s inability to produce a male heir. Finally did so, 3 years later, but by then the marriage was over, thanks to her sire’s drinking and abusive nature. Suffered through a bitter divorce at the age 8, and was awarded to her father, thanks to her mother’s adultery with a married wallpaper heir. He, in turn, married the daughter of romance writer Barbara Cartland, whom neither she nor her brother liked. Fastidious as a child, she was constantly playing domestic roles, while exhibiting a difficulty with schoolwork. A playmate of Prince Andrew, she knew her future husband, Charles, her entire life, and fantasized she would be his marriage partner. Educated in private schools, she became an assistant teacher in a private kindergarten, when she was tapped by her 11th cousin once removed, Prince Charles, to be his wife, after he had first dated her older sister. Although innately shy, she adjusted to her high profile existence, and ultimately was able to manipulate it to her advantage. 5’10”, slim, with blue eyes and blonde hair and extremely photogenic. Their storybook wedding in 1981, which attracted the viewer-ship of some 750,000,000 people around the world, dissolved into a loveless marriage, as she became queen of the tabloids, and a great favorite of the public, while he continued to maintain his longtime relationship with his mistress, Camilla Parker Bowles, much to her dismay. Suffered subsequent difficulties with the royal family and their rigid inabilities to express themselves. Also sacked many of her husband’s long-standing staff members, while experiencing difficulties with her own family, and numerous friends, evincing a a temperamental character that belied her charming public image. Continually denigrated her spouse and refused to defer to him, finding him insufferable. The 2 children from her union, William and Harry, became heirs to the throne. Began taking on lovers herself, starting with her bodyguard, who was later killed in a motorcycle accident, while maintaining the sham of her marriage, and shaping her outer public image. Of the seven known men with whom she cohabited, her clear favorite was Dr. Hasnat Khan, a surgeon, who would not marry her because of his Muslim faith and obligations to his family. None of the others, including her final fling, were ever considered as marriage partners. She and Charles eventually separated in the late 1980s, and formally did so in 1992, then went through a highly public divorce settlement in 1996. Her unhappiness and bouts with eating disorders became subject of numerous popular works, demanded by a constantly inquiring public who wanted to know everything about her. Became a fashion-plate and world-class shopper, while lending her name to various causes, and proving extremely popular with the global press for her outward show of compassion in her frequent hospital visits and charity appearances. Admitted a several year affair with a handsome riding instructor on the BBC, to whom her son Harry bore more than passing resemblance, while also feeling paranoid and persecuted by the royal family. Cut way back on her charity commitments and took up with the Egyptian heir to a considerable fortune, Dody Fayed, but the duo were both killed in a car crash in a Parisian tunnel while trying to elude paparazzi. The accident happened exactly a year following her divorce, and remained suspicious to a public looking for conspiratorial royal control behind it, although no evidence exists as to it being anything other than a circumstance of fate. Her death shocked the world and also woke up the royal family to its own emotional somnolence, while she was declared ‘the people’s princess,’ and given a highly emotional send-off. Buried on her family’s longtime ancestral estate in Althorp. Inner: Fashionable, demure, bulimic, romantic. Felt this was her last earthly life, particularly her mission as a world figure, which probably indicates she has exhausted her desire to be an English royal. Close to her children, strong maternal instincts. Extremely short attention span. Exposed lifetime of being put on outrageous public display while trying to deal with her own acute vulnerabilities in the process, only to finally self-destruct as a means of prying open the cold hearts of the royal family. Alexandra (Alexandra Carolina Marie Charlotte Louise Julia) (1844-1925) - Danish-born queen of England. Outer: Eldest daughter of the future king of Denmark, who gained the throne when she was 19. Mother was a German princess. Older sister of Dagmar (Britt Ekland), who eventually became empress of Russia via marriage under the name Maria Federovna, while a younger brother became king of Greece. Had a relatively normal life prior to her sire ascending the throne, and was known as Alix to her family. Afflicted with increasing deafness from early age on, perhaps unconsciously shutting out the intrusive world. Her leg was also crippled by rheumatic fever. Married the future Edward VII (Prince William) in 1863, and won the approval of Queen Victoria (Mary Renault) as well, despite shaky relations twixt England and Denmark. Two surviving sons from the union, including Albert (Duke of Windsor) and the future George V (Prince Harry) and one who died at the age of one day. Three daughters, whom she was quite reluctant to marry off, with her middle daughter Victoria (Princess Charlotte), serving as her lifelong companion. Had a particular hatred of Germans, and absolutely refused any potential Germanic suitors for them. Faithful to her husband despite his continual infidelities. Both were affectionate with another, while she was held in high esteem by the British public. Notable for her charity work as both princess and later queen, ascending to the throne in 1901 with her spouse, after an extremely long wait. Because of her hearing disability, she concentrated on family matters, and her children were thoroughly devoted to her. Went into comparative retirement on the death of her husband in 1910, although continued her charity work with London hospitals, visiting ordinary people in their sick beds. Able to keep her striking looks until the WW I era, at which point she began wearing heavy make-up and elaborate veils to hide her wrinkles. Rendered partially blind in 1920 when a blood vessel burst in her eye, while her memory and speech began to fail. Died of a heart attack and was buried by her husband. Inner: Beautiful, elegant, affectionate, well-loved by her peers and common people alike, although vague and aloof in public. Deliberately deaf lifetime of being appreciated without being intruded upon, thanks to an inability to hear anything outside her immediate experience. Augusta of Saxe-Coburg (1719-1772) - German-born princess of Wales. Outer: Second surviving daughter and 13th child of a German duke. Mother was the daughter of a German prince. and destined for a political marriage. Raised in a backwater German court with her siblings in Gotha, and lost her sire at 13. Despite speaking no English, in 1736, she was whisked off to Great Britain and married to Frederick Louis (Prince William), Prince of Wales and heir apparent to the British throne, as well as the grandson of her previous life’s incarnation. Came into a family of extreme tensions between royal father, George II (Chris Patten), and son, although she seemed to have gotten along well with her spouse. Rushed out from the king’s home when in labor because her husband didn’t want his first child born under his grandfather’s roof. 6 surviving children, including the heir to the throne, George III (Jeffrey Archer). Took her husband’s side in the ongoing feud, although after her spouse’s sudden death in 1751, she reconciled with the court, despite the fact that their house had been a hotbed of governmental opposition. Made a potential regent for her son, but never assumed the post. Scurrilous attacks were made on her person as Princess Dowager afterwards, although none were based on fact. Led a relatively secluded life in her later years. May have had an affair with John Stuart, the 3rd earl of Bute (Eugene McCarthy), who acted as tutor and later confidant to her oldest son. Died of cancer of the throat, and couldn’t eat or speak at the end. Had her funeral procession degraded by insults and clenched fists all the way to her grave. Inner: Magnet for negative associative flak, despite being exemplary herself. Highly moral, with an abiding belief in her Anglican faith. Bitter porridge lifetime of dealing with an impatient, angry husband and a completely alien culture, as well as untoward gossip, despite being a blameless character, in her continued suffering at the hands of the same extended royal family. Sophia Dorothea (1666-1726) - German electress of Hanover. Outer: Only child of a German duke, mother was a French Huguenot. Beautiful, but became pock-marked, and was not known for her intelligence. In 1675, she became engaged to the heir of the house of Brunswick, but he died in battle the following year. For dynastic reasons, in 1682, she was married to her cousin George Louis (Prince Charles), son of the Elector of Hanover (Prince Philip), and, through his mother, Electress Sophia (Elizabeth II), she was in line for the throne of England. The latter despised her, as did George Louis, making for an extremely unhappy union, which was further exacerbated by his frequent absences campaigning. Her oldest son, George II (Chris Patten) eventually became George II of England, while her daughter became the mother of Friedrich the Great (Michael Milken). Close to her children, she was far more domestic than regal. Made a couple of futile escape attempts from her stultifying situation with a Swedish colonel of dragoons who was also her lover. In 1694, however, the latter was assassinated, probably by Hanoverian courtiers, and George divorced her, accusing her of adultery, before imprisoning her in the castle of Ahlden, where she remained the last 3 decades of her life in sorrowful seclusion, cut off even from her children. As such, she became the focus of numerous intrigues against the House of Hanover, which all came to naught, as did she. Died of liver failure and gall bladder occlusion with some 60 stones, she penned a letter to her ex-spouse cursing him. He, in turn, would not allow her to be mourned in either Germany or Great Britain. Inner: Sweet-natured and gentle, far more into familial life than any royal role set up for her. Prelude lifetime of isolating her difficulties around her difficult mate and his family, with a draconian result, which would necessitate an exact do-over in a far more public time, in order to assuage the pain and hurt inflicted upon her.


Storyline: The unlovely royal reduces her role from monarch to regal daughter, so as to lessen the glare on her deficiencies, and allow her to work through her growing sense of self without the fate of nations depending upon the process.

Princess Anne, Princess Royal (Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise) (1950) - English princess. Outer: Daughter of the future Elizabeth II and Philip, who ascended the throne when she was almost 2. 2nd of 4 children, and her father’s favorite. Grew up with nannies and nurses, while her mother was distant, although her father enjoyed playing with her. Educated at Buckingham Palace and then a public boarding school in Kent. Began taking on royal duties in her teens, but showed herself to be extremely dismissive with the press, as well as terse, unemotional, and charmless, earning her the early sobriquet of Princess Sourpuss. 5’6”, with blue eyes and dark brown hair. Imbued with horses, and in 1973, on her brother’s birthday, she married Mark Phillips, a commoner who was an army captain and an equestrian in the Queen’s Dragoon Guards. Her husband refused a title and was forced to take a semen test, before winning royal approval, son and daughter from union. The couple settled on an estate provided by the Crown. Soon afterwards, she faced down a gunman trying to kidnap her, and won the public’s approval for her presence of mind. Competed with the British eventing team for five years, and became the first royal to participate in the Olympics, in 1976 in Montreal, as a member of the British riding team. Given a number of honorifics including the as well as the presidency of the Save the Children Fund, and was made Princess Royal in 1987. She and her husband eventually separated in 1989, and divorced in 1992. The following year, she married Timothy Laurence, a naval commander 5 years her junior, no children from the second union. Perfunctorily performs at public functions, but with a noticeable lack of enthusiasm, although eventually became the most active of the royal family, with some 200 charities and organizations receiving her attention each year. Has evinced little to grab the public imagination, but probably enjoys her sense of privilege and wealth enough to trade off the tiresome responsibilities that go with it. In 2001, she added another first to her list, when she was caught speeding at 93 mph, and had to appear in civil court. The following year her dog attacked two boys while she was walking it, for another royal first of being convicted of a crime. One of her dogs subsequently attacked one of the Queen’s beloved corgis, which had to be put down, as a reflection of their mistresses larger disconnection. Inner: Blunt, gruff personality, with a projected sense of superiority and boredom at the largely ritualistic life she has led, although has made some attempts at rehabilitating herself in the public eye, with her busy overt schedule. High-nosed lifetime of feeling more connected to ruling class experience, as an auxiliary princess rather than a center-of-attention queen, where her flaws were made far more manifest. Princess Helena (1846-1923) - English royal. Outer: Daughter of Queen Victoria (Mary Renault) and her consort, Prince Albert (Josef Albers). 5th of 9 children, 3rd daughter and sister of Prince Arthur (Prince Charles). The least temperamental of the crew. Tomboyish, plain, indifferent to her appearance, while sharing her father’s love for machinery, working in grease-stained delight on them. Known as ‘Lenchen’ to the family. Talented in the arts, and a tireless supporter of charities. Plump, unattractive and dowdy as an adult. Her mother scrounged for an equally unattractive mate and found a titled one, Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, a German princeling 15 years her senior who chainsmoked cigars, and was bald, homeless and penniless. Acquiesced and married him in 1866, 4 children from the union, while her family lived at the court. Became known as Princess Christian, her mate’s name. Her husband dithered away his time as a Ranger of Windsor Park, hunting, lolling and dreaming. Turned her own attention to her children, her mother and her endless charities, staying continually busy. Spent the most time with Victoria of all her progeny, and the two had a difficult relationship, since they reflected one another. Took laudanum for real and imagined ills. Rhapsodized on her mother’s peaceful-like death, and lived long enough to see the post-WW I world and the profound changes it would have on future royal lives. Outlived her husband by six years, and was ultimately buried at the Royal Burial Grounds in Frogmore. Inner: Brusque, authoritarian, forthright and direct in her opinions. Practical, businesslike, able to get things done. Healing lifetime of achieving some much-needed sense of self-worth out of her ongoing role as an unlovely royal. Anne (1665-1714) - Queen of England. Outer: 4th child and 2nd daughter of the future James II (Martin Sheen) and his first wife, Anne Hyde (Anne Heche), the daughter of the earl of Clarendon (Aaron Sorkin). Younger sister of Mary (Lady Bird Johnson), and along with her, the only 2 surviving children into adulthood. Lost her mother at 6, and was raised a member of the Church of England, despite her parent’s Catholicism. Uneducated for the monarchy, with domestic arts as her primary course, although she became conversant in French, while maintaining a bias against Catholicism throughout her life, which caused numerous tensions with her father and stepmother, Mary of Modena (Demi Moore), who ascended the throne in 1685. Preferred staying in the background, but was peeved when her Dutch brother-in-law, William III (Lyndon Johnson), superseded her to the throne in 1688. In 1683, she married a Danish prince, George (Prince Andrew), whom she loved dearly, since he allowed her to be head of their household. Her health was undermined by 17 pregnancies, with five born alive and only one surviving infancy, who, in turn, was hydrocephalic and died at age 11 of smallpox. Finally assumed the throne at the age of 37 in 1702, and announced she would continue her predecessor’s policies. Plain, dumpy, dim and racked with gout. Had to be moved on chairs with pulleys, as well as lowered through trapdoors because of her bulk. Had conservative sympathies but little taste for rule, periodically changing her favorites, both male and female, upon whom she greatly depended, including the Duchess of Marlborough (Jacqueline Kennedy), with whom she ultimately had a falling out. Her singular public interest was in the Church, which she aided financially, while her private interests were mainly concentrated on dinnertime and gossip. Scotland was officially united with England during her reign. Lost her beloved husband in 1708, which considerably sapped her will as a recalcitrant, albeit moderate, Tory. Eventually sank off into infirmity, and ended the restored House of Stuart on the English throne. Sent a biting letter to her intended successor, Sophia (Elizabeth II), the electress of Hanover, which probably contributed to that royal’s demise, and then followed her several months later, dying after two violent convulsions. Her last words were, “My brother, my poor brother,” who was already dead, although his son was a candidate for the throne. Succeeded instead by the elector of Hanover, George I (Prince Charles). Inner: Pillar of the Anglican Church. Enjoyed tea laced with gin, and was a keen horsewoman, until she grew too stout to ride. In perpetual physical pain as queen, as if her body and the body politic of her house were both in its last days. Dull nonentity who led a largely unhappy life, although some revisionist his/storians ascribe an active political mind to her. Possessed an enormous capacity for consuming food, and earlier had a great fondness for gambling. Heirless lifetime of actualizing fantasies about being queen, only to realize its ultimate emptiness for her, through her own limited powers for rule. Anne of Cleves (1607-1671) - German-born queen of England. Outer: From the German nobility, father was a duke, mother was the daughter of one. The former was the most powerful supporter of Protestantism in the west of Germany. The oldest of 4, with two brothers and a sister. Betrothed at the age of 12 to the heir of the duchy of Lorraine, although it was eventually broken off. Proposed for marriage, sight unseen, to Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook) for political reasons, by Thomas Cromwell (Chris Patten), who lost his position because of the blunder. Homely, dull and spoke no English. A huge disappointment to Henry who was livid on meeting her, but, nevertheless, she became his fourth wife in 1540, although the marriage was unconsummated and annulled a few months later. Lived as a sister to the king with her own large estates and occasional forays to court. Led a blameless, uneventful life, and was pensioned off on condition she remain in England, which she did. Harbored hopes that she might remarry Henry as his succeeding wives died off, although he had no interest in resuming matrimonial relations. After an illness of several months duration, she became bedridden and died at home. Showed kindness to those who served her in her subsequent will. Buried in Westminster abbey, and was treated with respect by the writers of the time.Inner: Unsophisticated and unimaginative, with little to recommend her. May have had many servant lives in the hidden past and wished to see the other side of power, before she had developed the skills to incorporate it into her own being. Pawn lifetime of learning about rule and power by being completely subservient to its will.


Storyline: The peevish princess is forced to continually compromise either her heart of her roles, as she works on expressing her own regal will against a backdrop of familial restrictions and alien political realities.

Princess Margaret (1930-2002) - English princess. Outer: Parents were the duke and duchess of York, who later became George VI of England and Queen Elizabeth. Younger sister of the future Queen Elizabeth II. Educated at home along with her sibling, and indulged by her parents, who ascended to the throne when she 6, in order to make up for her secondary role. Rankled by the extra attention given her sister, once her father became king. Earned the reputation as a free spirit in comparison with her dowdy sibling, and capitalized on her good looks to become one of the most eligible single women in the world, following her sister’s marriage in 1947. 5’1”, with an hourglass figure. Devastated at the death of her progenitor in 1952, and felt afterwards that no one ever measured up to him. Highly social, she fell in love with Group Captain Peter Townsend, a divorced member of her father’s entourage and a WW II aviation hero, although the royal family ultimately gave her the ultimatum that she would lose her wealth and entitlements if she wed him, and she opted for her position over love. In 1960, she married a royal photographer, Anthony Armstrong-Jones, after initially thinking he was gay. 2 children from union, although the tempestuous union ended in divorce in 1978, with both parties adulterous during the time they were together, and her husband fathering at least one out-of-wedlock child, his own goddaughter, in his nonstop compulsive seductiveness with both sexes. Their ultimate uncoupling ended a 400 year old taboo on divorce in the royal family, and opened the floodgates for the next generation. Armstrong-Jones had also been the first commoner to wed a king’s daughter in 450 years. Built a house for herself on the tiny Caribbean island of Mustique in 1973, where she would cavort sans spouse with her sybaritic friends. Subject to wild mood changes, she was easily irked by the ceremonial part of her existence, although insisted she be addressed in regal fashion, and managed to alienate many with her rude, haughty manner, as well as her spendthrift ways. A heavy smoker and drinker, she was not shy about exhibiting her vices in public, and was often seen in the company of famous men. Shocked the family in 1973 by taking up with a much younger wastrel of the minor nobility, Roddy Llewellyn, who was some 17 years her junior, and caused Parliament to question the continued support of her wayward ways, while resentment galore was aired about her indifference to the ceremonial side of her life, despite being the patroness of a host of charities and organizations. Suffered a nervous breakdown in 1974, but was relieved of the relentless eye of the public in succeeding decades through the antics of her royal niece and nephews. Had a serious lung operation in 1985, and finally stopped smoking in 1991, but could only curtail her drinking to imbibing after sundown. Suffered a series of strokes, which partially paralyzed her, as well as scalded her feet in a shower accident, which cost her her full mobility. Wound up in a wheelchair, with the lost of movement on her left side, and eventually succumbed to a cardiac stroke, dying in her sleep with her children at her bedside. Inner: Fun-loving, vibrant and independent, but also self-important, with a love of the arts, and a facility for courting controversy. Alternately chillingly regal and quite charming to compadres. Made to feel she mattered while growing up, then superfluous once she had grown up. Imperious, willful, magnetic, libidinous, capricious, often flirtatious, and quite, quite easily bored. Royal pain lifetime of having her will continually thwarted by the very institution that supported her wicked ways, while compromising her own heart for the unhappy emptiness of style with no substance behind it. Princess Victoria (1840-1901) - English princess royal and German queen. Outer: Mother was English Queen Victoria (Mary Renault), father was Prince Albert (Joseph Albers). Eldest daughter of 9 children. Precocious, good student, she lapped up information, and spent most of her pocket money on books. Eventually, she became an impressive authority on a variety of subjects, showing a combination of brains and heart. Extremely close to her father, many of whose views she held, particularly his desire to wed science with religion. Had a more troublesome relationship with her controlling mother. At 17 she married the future Friedrich III (Oscar Lafontaine) of Germany, 8 children from union, including her husband’s successor Wilhelm II, with whom she had a difficult relationship. Despite a happy union, she was never popular in Germany because she was far too aggressively English and far too outspoken. Shared her husband’s liberal ideals. Kept up a long correspondence with her mother, complaining about the Prussian court. Strongly disliked German chancellor Otto von Bismarck (Menachem Begin), who felt similarly about her. Just prior to her husband’s ascension of the throne, he fell ill with cancer of the throat, and suffered great agony through the mistreatment of doctors, ruling for only 3 months. Subsequently blamed for his death through attacks by the press. Extremely critical of her son Wilhelm’s behavior on taking over the helm of Germany, she became a background figure. Fell off her horse in 1898, and when she failed to recover, it was discovered she had cancer of the spine. Died 6 months after her mother, and her house was immediately searched for secret papers, although none were ever found. Inner: Aggressive, outspoken, out-of-place, and yet buoyed by the mutual love and respect of her husband. Charming, yet often tactless, clever, impulsive, not always the best judge of her actions. Spine maladies are often indicative of a feeling of lack of support. Feisty lifetime of incarnating, once again, for royal rule, only to find herself misplaced in an alien country, where her naturally buoyant and expressive character was stifled. Elizabeth Stuart (1596-1662) - British princess, titular queen of Bohemia. Outer: Eldest daughter of James I of England (Kenneth Tynan) and Anne of Denmark (Lauren Bacall). One of 6 children. Had great beauty and charm, and was the subject of poets, as well as the amorous attention of several kings. A devoted Protestant, she would ultimately be seen as a martyr of sorts for her fate. Her father choose Frederick V, the Elector Palatinate (Oscar LaFontaine) for her to strengthen German ties. Married him at 17, 3 sons from union and 9 daughters, including Sophia (Elizabeth II), who would marry Ernest August (Prince Philip) of Hanover and beget the Hanoverian line for the British throne. Along with her husband, she set up a brief Bohemian court based on Rosicrucian principles, only to fall a year later to the forces of the Catholic League. Spent the rest of her life in a 40 year exile in the Hague, outliving her husband and eldest son, as well as her pension and English support before she was grudgingly allowed to come home by the restored monarch Charles II (Peter O’Toole) to die on English soil. Inner: Charming, social, albeit stubborn, a living object of royal desire. Identified strongly with her Protestant faith, and adhered to it through all that transpired around her. Much suffering in the latter part of her life, as the personification of an ideal that Europe was not ready to embrace. Put-upon lifetime of trying to create a magic kingdom, only to be exiled and made to feel alien for her efforts, in her ongoing attempt at wedding the enchantment of her gregarious nature with the stuffy rules of royal order.


Storyline: The put-upon prince finds the seas rough going in the public eye, although manages to remain obtusely unaware of his own deficiencies in his repeated rides on the royal ship of state of the English crown.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York (Andrew Albert Christian Edward Mountbatten-Windsor) (1960) - English royal. Outer: 3rd child and 2nd son of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth, 2nd in line of succession, and his mother’s favorite. Younger brother of Charles and Anne, and older sibling of Edward. Given the title of Duke of York. 6’. Fair athlete and good golfer, with little penchant for academics, and a reputation for being thick, causing him to eschew a university education for a naval career. Fancied himself a young roue, and became addicted to seduction. Disliked at naval college, he became a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War with Argentina where he distinguished himself in that inflated one-sided conflict. Ironically, he was afraid of water, and never learned how to swim, despite his career choice. His playboy reputation continued, with a preference for actresses and models and brief romances. A practical joker, with a penchant for shoving lobsters down his dates’ bathing-suits and squirting them with water. Became known as ‘Randy Andy.’ Shocked the royal family with his romance with porn star, Koo Stark. In 1986 he married Sarah Ferguson, two daughters from union. The couple eventually separated in 1992. When tabloid photos of her toe-sucking escapade with an American friend were published, Hurricane Andrew, a category 5 storm, devastated the southeastern U.S., in an odd synchronicity. The couple divorced in 1996, although she continued to live on his estate, and the two maintained a cordial relationship often vacationing together with their daughters, while considering remarrying, a prospect encouraged by the British public. Raised hackles, despite vehement denials, that he pushed for the release of the Libyan terrorist behind the 1988 Lockerbie bombing in 2009 in exchange for oil contracts in his role as overseas trade ambassador. His judgment would be further questioned in 2011, by his association with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who paid off his ex-wife’s debts. Three years later, it was revealed he had continual relations with an underage ‘sex slave’ around century’s turn courtesy the latter, in a further tarnishing of his name through his ongoing profound character flaws. The charge, however, was ultimately dropped in 2015 by a Florida judge, and he wasn’t included in her lawsuit. Inner: Boorish, gauche, good-natured and pleasure-seeking, with little to distinguish himself, and much to be ashamed of. Dysfunctonal lifetime of profound self-myopia, despite constantly being on display, that his entire long-running family has chosen to undergo under the micro-scrutiny of their anachronistic and often embarrassing way of life in the information age. George of Denmark (1653-1708) - Danish/English royal consort. Outer: 2nd son of Frederick III of Denmark, mother was the daughter of a German duke. Raised a Lutheran, he had a good tutor and traveled widely in Europe. Gained naval training, after showing a strong interest in navigation. Efforts were made to no avail to place him on the Polish throne, but he had a strong aversion to Catholicism. Suffered from asthma. After a good initial showing at court, in 1683, he married Queen Anne (Princess Anne) of England, only one child survived infancy, a hydroencephalic who died at the age of 11. Naturalized 6 years later and made a generalissimo, although totally a figurehead, and ill-regarded by everyone save the queen, who was quite taken with him. Largely a superfluous figure. Enjoyed drinking and like his wife, grew quite stout, thanks to a mutual hearty appetite around the pleasures of the table. Anne was devastated at his death, although he was little mourned by anyone else. Inner: Had neither friends nor enemies. Stupid, dull and drank like a fish. Always responded to any news with, “Est-il possible?” which became his nickname. Easy disposition, modest, with an excessive good nature and plenty to be modest about. Superfluous lifetime of hand upon the symbolic steering wheel of the ship of state, but without any connection to the actual mechanism of rule.


Storyline: The theatrical royal continues to try to explore his creative side, while holding onto his aristocratic titles, in order to keep himself on stage, since his modest talents would probably dictate otherwise.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (Edward Antony Richard Louis Mountbatten-Windsor) (1964) - England prince. Outer: 3rd son of Elizabeth II and her consort, Philip, and youngest of 4. The least recorded of the younger Windsor generation, and probably had the easiest time of all of them, being a latecomer to the family, some 17 years into his parents’ marriage. 6'. Had a brief career with the Marines, before dropping out, much to his homophobic father’s disgust, and then attached himself to Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Really Useful Company, before beginning his own film production company, Ardent. Also a TV producer, with his own production company. Of indeterminate sexuality, he publicly denied being a homophile, and then later denied making the denial. Eventually wed in 1999 to Sophie Rhys-Jones, the commoner daughter of a tire salesman, who worked for a public relations firm, daughter and son from union, with the first birth particularly difficult. Changed his name to the more plebian Edward Windsor, while being made earl of Wessex, in an attempt to make himself less of a prince and more of a normal person. Learning from the excesses of his older siblings, he has shown a distinct preference to release his interior through the stage rather than the press, and has carefully guarded his public image. Announced in 2002 that both he and his wife would devote more time to royal duties, and quit his television production company, after carping from the press that he had exploited his position for the benefit of his enterprise, which wound up totally insolvent by decade’s end, losing his investors some £2.2 million. Inner: Prickly about criticism. His secret life has been kept fairly well-hidden for the goldfish bowl existence his family has had to endure. On display lifetime of healing by playing to a vast audience through a non-threatening persona and a desire to transform himself into an artist. Ernest Louis V von Heseen-Darmstadt (Ernst Ludwig Karl Albrecht Wilhelm) (1868-1937) - German duke. Outer: Mother was Princess Alice, the daughter of England’s Queen Victoria (Mary Renault), father was Louis, Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt. Fourth of seven children, with three older sisters and two younger ones, as well as a younger brother. Older sibling of Alexandra of Alexandra (Lana Turner), who would go on to marry the Russian tsar, Nicholas II (Lex Barker). Prince Philip, his father in his succeeding go-round, would be a descendant of his other sister. Succeeded to his title in 1892, on the death of his father, although had little real interest in affairs of state, much preferring his role as a patron of the arts. In 1894, he wed his first cousin, Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to allay suspicions of his homophilia. The unhappy union produced a daughter who died of typhus at 8, and a stillborn son. In 1899, he founded the Darmstat Artists’ Colony for architects, designers, sculptors and craftsman. A traditionalist by nature, most of the works done under his patronage were a reaction to the Art Nouveau of the time. Abdicated his title at the end of WW I, and spent his last near 2 decades off the public stage. Inner: Yet another intertwined member of the royal family, serving as his future father’s grand/father, while pursuing his ongoing interest in the arts from the role of royal patron. Dilettante lifetime of dallying with architectural tastes, while presiding over a house destined to be leveled by that great equalizer of the 20th century, WW I. William Hamilton (1731-1803) - English diplomat and dilletante collector. Outer: Of Scottish descent. Youngest son of a lord commissioner of the Admiralty. Mother was the daughter of an earl and probably the mistress of Frederick, Prince of Wales (Prince William). Grew up with the latter’s son, the future George III (Jeffrey Archer), who considered him a foster brother. Went to Westminster School, before being commissioned an ensign in his mid-teens. Tall, slim, with a dark complexion and an aquiline nose. Served in the Netherlands, then was an equerry for five years to George. Left the army in 1758, and the same year he married Catherine Barlow, the daughter of an MP, in a harmonious union, despite his wife’s precarious health. No children, although they may have adopted a daughter who died in 1775. His wife was a gifted harpsichordist, while he was an accomplished violinist. Entered Parliament in 1761, although made little political impression there, and after the ascendency of George III, he became his equerry, and eagerly gave up his seat for a coveted ambassadorship to Naples. Spent most of his time there collecting art and antiquities, diving deep into the rich cultural seas of the city, and flitting between several homes he and his wife maintained, while they served as de rigeur hosts for anyone of station who visited Naples. Had little real interest in his official duties, and instead, he built up a noted art collection, while also commissioning a series of art publications that were equally impressive. Finances would always remain precarious with him because of diplomatic costs and his taste for expensive acquisition, putting him in continual debt and at the mercy of creditors, despite having some inherited rental property from his wife’s family. Managed to acquire several hundred works of old masters through dealing and trading, as well as thousands of pieces of lesser items. Also held a fascination with volcanoes, thanks to nearby Mount Vesuvius, which he continually explored. Elected a member of the Royal Society in 1776, to which he contributed drawings and observations on volcanic activity, via field observations and rock and soil collection. In 1782, his wife died, leaving him grief struck, although within a year he had met Emma Hart (Gypsy Rose Lee), who entranced him, and she eventually became his muse and then his mistress. Became interested in a cult of the lubricious Roman God Priapus, and visited it, before writing a controversial treatise on their pagan phallic ways. Married Emma in 1791, despite a reputation on her part that precluded her from the English court or from being given the title of ambassadress. Nevertheless, she was accepted at the Neapolitan court. The subsequent French Revolution, and the strategic position of Naples in European affairs, made his last eight years there extremely stress-filled, and he was frequently ill, internalizing the international situation, as well as his ongoing financial concerns, while proving to be inept at maintaining British interests there. To make matters worse, his wife blatantly took up with the dashing English admiral Horatio Nelson (Moshe Dayan) in 1798, shortly after a ship carrying a valuable collection of his vases sank, in a symbolic portent of one of its mariners also claiming his prized possession. Naples soon fell to the French, then regained itself, although his incompetency throughout brought on his recall, and he returned to England with his wife, now pregnant by Nelson in 1800. The trio remained together, and he was branded a hapless cuckold by clucking tongues, before mercifully dying, with the other two members of his menage by his bedside. Left the bulk of his estate to a nephew. Inner: Defensive, stoical and detached. Compulsive collector, with a refined curiousity, and a great desire to possess beauty. Moved from interest to interest, seeing variety as a key to keeping himself amused. At-a-remove lifetime of trying to satisfy his refined aesthetics and desire for celebrity, only to be ultimately overwhelmed by both his larger milieu and the far stronger personality and desires of his primary priapic partner. David Rizzio (c1533-1566) - Italian courtier. Outer: Father was a music teacher. Had at least one younger brother. Traveled to various courts, without much success before hooking himself onto a count’s travel train to Scotland in 1561, although met with no success when he first arrived there. Subsequently inveigled himself into the court of Mary, Queen of Scots (Marguerite Duras) on his musical skills. Despite being quite unhandsome, he was an excellent singer, and soon acquired some wealth through her patronage. Flamboyant, and into his own gender, he became her secretary for relations with France, with fantasies of rising to Scotland’s secretary of state. His potential as a rival for the queen’s affections precipitated his undoing at the hands of her treacherous husband, Lord Henry Darnley (Kim Philby), who hoped to shock the queen, pregnant at the time, to her own early demise, and usurp the throne himself. A group of his men broke into the queen’s chambers, as he hid behind her and the two screamed their heads off. The queen, held at gunpoint, had to dismiss a rescue force who raced to the royal castle to save her, and he was subsequently stabbed 57 times, before being stripped of his jewels and finery and ignominiously tossed down the castle’s steps. Buried immediately afterwards, while the Queen recovered from her hysteria and had her husband summarily dispatched, in a retaliatory display of power on her part. HIs violent demise has been attributed to various conspiracies to dethrone Mary, who would suffer a nervous breakdown the following year, in response to her extremely shaky hold on power. Replaced by his brother Joseph, who soon was forced to flee to France after falsely being implicated in his murder. Inner: Highly ambitious and equally vulnerable, thanks to an inability to see beyond his own immediate aspirations. Victimized lifetime of once more falling to rapacious regal forces, in his ongoing fascination with royal power and possession, without the power or skills to truly realize his larger aims. Edward V (1470-1483) - King of England. Outer: Eldest son of Edward IV (Errol Flynn) and Elizabeth Woodville (Joan Crawford), born while his father was temporarily deposed. Educated for rule, he ascended the throne at the age of 12. Housed in the Tower of London, while the future Richard III (Evelyn Waugh) usurped his royal title, claiming the marriage of Edward IV was invalid. Deposed by an assembly of Parliament. Presumably murdered as a teenager along with his brother while in the Tower, although blame for it was wrongfully attributed to Richard, thanks to Tudor propaganda, while the real culprit was probably the future Henry VII (Rupert Murdoch), the first in the Tudor line. Great mystery has always surrounded his death. Inner: Martyred lifetime of unclaimed position, as an introduction to the vicissitudes of power from a position of immature powerlessness, lending to his ongoing desire to be of officially sanctioned royal blood.


Storyline: The reluctant regent finally integrates himself with the throne of England, after earlier having had his head separated from his body as as symbol of his inability to wed sense of self with sense of country, in his ongoing uneasy relationship with the royal family
George Alexander Louis, Prince of Cambridge (2013) - English prince..Outer: First born son of Prince William and Katy Middleton, making him third in line to the throne, after his father and grandfather. Much photographed and recorded, per his status. Two years after his birth, a baby sister, Charlotte completed his family. Inner: Through his long, rocky relationship with the English crown, he may have come in specifically to be the last English king prior to the abandonment of the royal family as an ongoing highly expensive institution. Fishbowl lifetime of much attention paid to him through the circumstances of his birth. George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George) (1895-1952) - King of England. Outer: 2nd son of the future George V (Prince Harry) and Mary of Teck (Chelsy Davy). Born on the death date of his grandmother’s consort Prince Albert (Josef Albers). Broken of his left-handedness as a child. Also had a stammer, which he eventually overcame through speech therapy after an unhappy childhood, via the ministrations of Lionel Logue, a publican’s son from Australia with no academic qualifications, who nevertheless became his valued friend afterwards. Estranged from his father, who would bark “Get it out!” when he stammered in front of him, while his younger brother Edward mercilessly ridiculed and humiliated him, for which he never forgave him. Often too afraid to speak, which led many to think him a simpleton. 5’9”. Served in the Navy for 8 years, earning the derogatory nickname of “Sardine’ for his thin frame. Took part in the Battle of Jutland, and qualified as a pilot in the RAF following WW I. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge for 2 years. In 1923, he married the daughter of a Scottish earl, Elizabeth Bowe-Lyons, 2 daughters, including his successor Elizabeth II. His lively wife had previously turned down 2 emissaries sent to ask for her hand, and only accepted after he asked in person. She was a direct descendant of the kings of Scotland, and along with his mother, proved an extremely valuable support. Devoted to both duty and family life, with a dour disposition that was the complete opposite of his mate’s. Assumed the throne at the age of 41 in 1936, when his brother Edward VIII abdicated, although he was totally unprepared for the role, and hated being king. Initially aided in the English policy of Nazi appeasement, and later served as a rallying focus for the nation during WW II, remaining in London and visiting troops, munition factories and bombed sights, while appearing totally confident of ultimate English victory. After the war he assented to the Labor government’s creation of the welfare state, while losing India to independence, and overseeing the end, in effect, of the British Empire. Weakened by the stress and strains of office and his compulsion to overwork, he suffered from lung cancer and died in his sleep of a coronary after a day of hunting. Inner: Strong sense of order and responsibility. Decent, stiff, shy, formal, devoted himself to his family and gardens. Occasionally displayed a fiery temper and was given to tantrums, but was also honest and tenacious. A heavy smoker, which hastened his death. Earned the respect and affection of his people through his wartime activities. Had similar characteristics of his father, despite their estrangement. Healing lifetime of adjusting to political contingencies not of his making or liking, and finally integrating himself with the throne after many lifetimes of failure to do so. Henry Stuart, cardinal Duke of York (Henry Benedict Maria Clement Stuart, cardinal Duke of York) (1725-1807) - English cardinal and claimant to the throne. Outer: Great-grandson of Charles I (himself). Last legitimate Jacobite claimant to the throne of England. Son of James Edward, the Old Pretender (Rob Lowe). Made Duke of York at birth. Helped his brother Bonnie Prince Charlie (Ethan Hawke) in his planned invasion of England, but it was crushed before he could participate. Returned afterwards to Italy to follow a church career instead, becoming a bishop, then prefect of St. Peter’s in Rome. Made cardinal of York by the pope in 1747. Consecrated as archbishop of Corinth 11 years later, and ended his career as bishop of Frascati in Italy. Known to his followers as the nonexistent Henry IX, after the death of his brother in 1788, but he never made a serious challenge for instatement. Lost his property during Napoleon’s invasion of Italy in 1799, and fled to Padua and Venice, before being put on pension by the English king at the end of his life. Inner: Pious, mild-mannered. Recompense lifetime of rejecting the throne that had earlier rejected him, only to fall victim to the vagaries of politics in the end, anyways. Charles I (1600-1649) - King of England. Outer: 2nd son of James I (Kenneth Tynan) and Anne of Denmark (Lauren Bacall). A sickly child, with weak ankles joints, he never overcame a stammer. Brought to England from Scotland when he was 4 and became heir apparent in 1612 when his older brother Henry (Robert Shaw) died. Solem and small, he felt a need to assert himself, but lacked communication skills, although overcame his physical limitations through sheer determination. Raised to be king from 12 onward, he took an active role in Parliament and on councils in his later teens. Narrow-faced with an aquiline nose, and ultimately a pointed beard. Lost his mother in 1619, and after much frustrating and ultimately failed negotiating with Spain, he married the daughter of the French king Henri IV (FDR), Henrietta Maria (Queen mother Elizabeth) in 1624, despite his devout Calvinism and her Catholicism. 9 children from the close union, including his ultimate successors Charles II (Peter O’Toole) and James II (Martin Sheen). Proved to be a devoted husband and father, after a difficult beginning to his union. Along with his royal sire, he pledged tolerance for all English Catholics. Succeeded to the throne in 1625, and was immediately beset by military failures, thanks to the incompetence of his chief adviser, George Villiers, the duke of Buckingham (Warren Beatty). Out of touch with the English sentiments of the time, including pro-Catholic feelings, he alienated Parliament with his various stances, forcing him to govern without that body for 11 years, beginning in 1629, which also ended his aggressive foreign policy, since he no longer had money for costly wars. The assassination of Buckingham in 1628 also isolated him further, since he never let another minister dominate him, while retreating into his marriage, and presenting a detached persona to the public. Maintained a formal court, and enjoyed a period of peace and prosperity for most of the 1630s, until Scottish rebellions later in the decade against his religious policies revealed his complete lack of strategic sense, particularly after invading Scotland without the necessary monies to wage effective war. Subsequent poor decision-making, another open rebellion in Ireland, and an inability to deal with parliamentary demands, or make his military might known, led to the first English Civil War, which began in 1642 between the crown and Parliament, and the Church of England and the Puritans. Never commanded in battle, although sat in on war councils, and continually looked for possibilities of peace, while maintaining his days according to strict routine. Never saw his wife after the summer of 1644, although he maintained close contact with her through letters. Military losses in Scotland further weakened his position, and he ultimately surrendered to the Scots in 1646, who handed him over to the English. Had freedom of movement under his house arrest, so that he could go hunting and visit, as well as receive visitors and be tended to by his servants. After fruitless negotiations, he escaped from custody to the Isle of Wight in 1647, where he was incarcerated for 13 months in a castle, while further alienating Parliament with his action. Eventually put on trial, in the aftermath of the 2nd Civil War. Refused to abdicate and instead reaped scorn on his accusers at his entered and entered no plea. Subsequently found guilty of treason, without being allowed to speak afterwards. Spent his last days writing self-righteous advice-filled letters to his sons. Wore two shirts to his execution so that he would not be seen shivering, which could be misinterpreted by fear, then forgave his executioner, before being publicly beheaded, spurring the relatively brief Commonwealth, before his eldest son restored the monarchy in 1660. Faced his public death with great dignity, declaring his Anglican faith, and became a cult figure afterwards as well as a saint and martyr to some, but far from all. His head was eventually sewn back onto his body for a royal burial, at Windsor rather than Westminster, so that he could not be publicly venerated. Inner: Reserved, intelligent, excessively formal and aloof. The civil war reflected his own rigid lack of integration. Interested in both art and masques, but largely cut off from actualities of rule through his ceremonial existence. Had refined tastes, and was an astute art collector, ultimately putting together the most impressive collection of any British monarch. Saw blood as the ultimate tie, and showed great loyalty to all his family members, particularly his sire, and mourned each one who preceded him in death deeply. Had difficulty in making decisions, preferring others making them for him. Probably harbored a martyr death-wish, particularly through his later actions. Often mused about death, and had a sense of theater about himself. Headless and heedless lifetime of paying the piper for personality defects, while acting out an age-old martyr-drama of the sacrificed king in his mistaken hopes of saving the monarchy through his demise. John de Baliol (c1250-1313) - Scottish king. Outer: Great-great grandson of David I of Scotland (Rupert Murdoch). 3rd and youngest son of a Scottish baron, who founded Balliol College in Oxford Universities, one of its first colleges to come into being. Inherited family lands in England and France. Married isabella de Warenne, the daughter of the earl of Surrey. Had at least one son, Edward Baliol (Robert Shaw), and several daughters. Became a contestant for the throne at the death of the last member of House of Dunkeld in 1290, Maid Margaret (Rosemary Kennedy). Claimed the title through his own lineage, despite 13 counter-claimants, and was enthroned in 1292 via the auspices of the English king, Edward I (JFK), although his position was hopeless from the start. After rebelling against Edward’s demands, he was handed a devastating defeat and resigned the throne in 1296. Humiliated, and stripped of his royal symbols, he was nicknamed “the Empty Tabard.” Imprisoned in the Tower of London and finally released to his French estates in 1299, where he died a decade and a half later, blind and forgotten, while Scotland got one of its greatest kings in his stead, Robert the Bruce (Robert Kennedy). Inner: Largely incompetent, and a product more of circumstance than ambition. Self-defeating lifetime of losing the throne, although not his life, in an ongoing series of existences centered around his ambivalence and rigidity towards rule. Stephen I (1095-1154) - King of England. Outer: One of 10 children. 3rd son of the count of Blois and Adela, the daughter of William the Conqueror (Arundahti Roy), and an excellent administrator in her own right. Following his father’s death in 1102 during the first crusade, he was raised in the court of Henry I (Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.). His uncle was genuinely fond of him, and gave him estates on both sides of the English Channel, making him the wealthiest man in England and Normandy by his mid-30s. Offered the kingship of England because the nobles didn’t want Henry’s daughter, Matilda (Rose Kennedy) as ruler, despite his original fealty to her while her father was alive. In 1125, he married another Matilda (Queen Mother Elizabeth), niece of the queen and heiress of Boulogne, with 2 sons and a daughter surviving out of 5 children, in what was an extremely close union. In addition, he had at least 5 illegitimate children. Ascended the throne in 1135, and immediately two barons seized royal castles in different parts of the country. Did nothing in recompense, which immediately told the other barons, they could do as they wished, which they did. Proved far too conciliatory for anyone to respect him, and subsequently had to weather invasions from the Scots, Welsh and Matilda in 1139, which precipitated a near decade of civil war which neither side could win. His throne was continually threatened during his near 2 decade reign because of continual concessions to retain power, while the countryside was ravaged, crops destroyed and cattle driven off in addition to his losing the powerful duchy of Normandy. Despite fighting valiantly, he was captured, deposed and imprisoned in 1141, but released and recrowned in a prisoner exchange, leaving the country in virtual anarchy for 5 years afterwards. Became sick and lost his wife, his most constant companion, in 1152. When his eldest son died 2 years later, he agreed to the succession of Henry II (Kathleen Kennedy). Died shortly afterwards, after experiencing violent stomach pains. Inner: Kindly, charming, conventional, mild-mannered and attractive, but sly and weak. Concerned with appearances and etiquette, and lacked the ruthlessness required for rule at the time, while inspiring little loyalty. Limiting lifetime of being overwhelmed by the exigencies of rule, but left with a desire to continually play with experiencing rejection round a throne, and civil wars raised in his unintegrated wake.


Storyline: The venerable matron enjoys a centenarian royal run, after earlier having been rudely removed from the throne, thanks to her ongoing mate’s intransigencies, while displaying her own sense of theater around the crown to the cheers of her adoring public.

Queen Mother Elizabeth (Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon) (1900-2002) - Queen of England. Outer: 9th of 10 children of an eccentric Scottish earl, with the family descended from Robert the Bruce (Robert Kennedy). Her mother may have been a French cook, Marguerite Rodiere, serving as a surrogate, since her own mum, who had already produced 8, was incapable of having any more. Very close with her younger brother, and the family favorite. Hers was the last aristocratic family to employ a jester in the 17th century. Sunny disposition, impish, imaginative child, and extremely privileged upbringing. Educated by French governesses with 2 semesters in a private school. The family castle turned into a convalescent infirmary during WW I, where she was an uplifting popular figure with the soldiers. 5’2”. Always wore pastel clothing, with a hat and pearls and fun-loving and a good dancer. Not impressed with the future George VI (Prince George), and turned down emissaries twice when he proposed through them, before accepting him on the 3rd time in person, realizing her life would be greatly curtailed as a royal. In 1923, she married the future king, and became the duchess of York, 2 daughters, Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret. Gave an interview shortly after her marriage and was criticized severely by the royal family for speaking to the media, causing her to keep her own thoughts shielded from the public forever afterwards. Went on a 6 month world tour after the birth of her first daughter, who didn’t recognize her on her return. Served as a solid support to her husband, despite his temper tantrums, even though she never forgave his brother, Edward VIII, for abdicating, which thrust her on the throne in 1937. Despised Wallis Warfield Simpson for precipitating the crisis, considering her the lowest of the low. Had her own projected view of royalty, which she subsequently acted out to the cheers of her adoring British public. Understood the value of pageantry, and was able to display herself and her husband to good advantage, particularly during the WW II era. Despised the Germans, as well as the Windsor admiration for them, and took revolver practice, vowing to defend the crown, but preferred the appeaser Neville Chamberlain (Ed Milliband) to Winston Churchill (Boris Johnson). Stayed in London during the Blitz and posed in front of the damage done to Buckingham Palace, feeling a solidarity with the British public. Also gave radio addresses, and wore her jewels to all bomb sites, rallying the nation around her display of royal forbearance in extremely difficult time. Blamed Simpson for her husband’s relatively early death in 1952, because of the stress the crown put on him. Turned her back on most family problems, and never expressed her own views when the royals became tabloid fodder in the 1990s. Great favorite of the English public throughout her long life, as queen and centenarian queen mother. Always available for ceremonies, she enjoying her place in the royal schema, even into centenarian old age. Finally died of pneumonia in her sleep at 101. Inner: Fresh, spontaneous, simple and graceful, with a love of music and the arts, as well as a taste for gin and living large. Harbored a strong sense of duty, and was a natural actress, knowing well how to play the royal role thrust upon her. Warm, gay, extroverted and a Tory to the core. Frivolous around money, with a $6 million overdraft, coming, in part, from her passion for betting on horseracing. Able to humanize the royal family, and fondly remembered by most for her stalwart duty during WW II, during which time she was called “the most dangerous woman in Europe” by Adolf Hitler. Reward lifetime of feeling well-loved both publicly and privately in recompense for her and her mate’s tragic royal displacement their previous time around on the throne. Grace Dalrymple Elliott (1754-1823) - Scottish/French socialite and memoirist. Outer: Youngest daughter of an Edinburgh advocate and poet, who abandoned his wife and family. Grew up in the latter’s house with her maternal relatives. Her mother died when she was 11, at which point she was sent to be educated in a French convent school in either France or Flanders. Taught to read and write there, before returning to Scotland. Her sire then introduced her to Edinburgh society, and she wound up marrying a much older Scottish physician, John Elliott, in 1771, who cared little for her and saw her purely as a trophy. After having a baby girl who died, she left him. A striking beauty, she immediately embarked on a number of illicit affairs, ultimately running off with a Scottish earl, which caused her husband to divorce her and seek damages, despite the fact he had a number of mistresses himself. Took up afterwards with George James Cholmondeley, a British peer and politician, with whom she would maintain a strong connection for the rest of both of their lives. Painted twice by the English artist Thomas Gainsborough (Thomas Hart Benton), who was quite taken with her beauty. In 1782, she briefly became one of George IV’s (Warren Beatty) many mistresses, while he was Prince of Wales. One daughter from the union, although several of her other inamoratas were also deemed potential fathers, and Cholmondeley wound up raising her. Separated from the child almost immediately and never saw her again. Settled in Paris, and took up with Louis-Philippe, Duke d’Orleans (Jean Moulin), who sided with the French revolutionaries and was executed in 1793 during the Reign of Terror. Devastated by his death, she remained a royalist, and wound up imprisoned from late 1793 to 1794, on suspicion she was a spy. Acted courageously all during this period, aiding other revolutionaries, despite her own pro-crown sympathies. Escaped being guillotined herself, and was released to continue her life in France. May have been the mistress of the Emperor Napoleon afterwards, as another trophy for him. Spent her last years in a French boarding house. Outlived her daughter, and died relatively wealthy, with Cholmondeley paying for her burial. Penned her memoir, “Journal de ma vie durant la Revolution francaise,” in which she focused on the 1790s. The tome was presented as a titillating work of scandal due to her reputation, despite its serious intent. Inner: Dualistic character. Fun-loving, seductive and a magnet for powerful men. Also courageous during a time of great upheaval. Compensatory lifetime of her earlier fall from grace as a royal, acting out similar draws while allowing the full flower of her being to be given expression. Henrietta Maria (1609-1669) - French-born queen of England. Outer: Youngest daughter of Henri IV (FDR) and Marie de’ Medicis of France (Doris Kopf-Schroeder). Had a lifelong rivalry with her older sister Christine Marie (Lydia Hearst), who became duchess of Savoy. Her sire was assassinated when she was 6 mos. old, and she grew up in political intrigue, while raised a Catholic. Small-boned and petite. Married by proxy to Charles I (Prince George), 9 children from the union, including Charles II (Peter O’Toole) and James II (Martin Sheen). Came to England in 1625 in a pouring rain, as harbinger of things to come, and burst into tears when first seeing her husband, since she forgot her few English phrases in the excitement of the moment. He, nevertheless, comforted her, although she was noticeably morose after their first night together. Unhappily married at first, but the couple become much closer through hardships. Refused, to the point of violent tantrums, to be crowned in a Protestant ceremony, shocking both her husband and the country-at-large. A noted beauty, she was into aesthetics, attracting both courtiers and poets to her, but lacked judgment, and helped precipitate the English Civil War through her underhanded negotiations with the papal court, and her complete distrust of Parliament. Active in Europe trying to raise money, munitions and support for the king’s cause, and was impeached by Parliament in 1643 for her efforts. Fled to France in 1644 and never saw her husband again, although they contained to maintain contact through letters. Pawned her jewels and continued her activism in exile, and had great difficulty later in dealing with the king’s execution in 1649. Alienated her son’s advisers by trying to convert her 4th son to Roman Catholicism. Most of the remainder of her life was spent in exile in France. Founded a convent, and eventually received a pension at the restoration of the crown, when she returned to England. Died after taking a sleeping draught because of continual insomnia. Eventually buried with her ancestors outside of Paris, as if to underline her ultimate foreignness from English affairs. Inner: Haughty, petulant, self-willed and graceful. Stubborn, with a fiery temper. Very tuned into her own esthetics, and compensated for the chaos around her by buying beautiful things. Busybody lifetime of dealing with great upheaval, with no understanding whatsoever of their dynamics, and being forced to pay the consequences for her own inability to read the currents of her times. Margaret Beaufort (1443-1509) - English royal matriarch. Outer: Descended on her father’s side from Edward III (Louis Mountbatten), through his son John of Gaunt (Lyndon Johnson), although the line was initially illegitimate, and later had to be legitimatized. Her own sire was a disgraced war commander, and possibly a suicide, who died when she was one. Her mother remarried, but she was made a ward of William de la Pole (Dwight Eisenhower), the marquess of Suffolk and steward of the king’s household. The latter tried to marry his son John (Robert Dole) to her in 1450, but Henry VI (Harold Nicolson), interceded and regranted her wardship to his half-brothers, Edmund and Jasper Tudor. Married to the former in 1455, and later admitted to a vision of St. Nicholas, who directed her towards her rightful husband. Barely 12 at the time, she conceived a son, although it did permanent damage to her reproductive organs because of her undeveloped physicality, and she was never able to bear children again. Her husband died suddenly of the plague, when she was six months pregnant, and she sought the protection of his brother, before giving birth to Henry Tudor, the future Henry VII (Rupert Murdoch). Married the son of the duke of Buckingham so that another union would not be thrust upon her, although the new king, Edward IV (Ethan Hawke) separated her from her son, by giving one of his supporters the wardship of young Henry Tudor. Worked with her husband to secure her inheritance and safeguard the interests of her son, which would be her prime motivating factor the rest of her life. Affirmed her loyalty to the House of Lancaster, only to see Henry VI’s murder, the reclamation of the throne by the Yorkist Edward IV, and the death of her husband in a short span, leaving her once again to try to solve her difficultires through yet another marriage, this one to Thomas Stanley, steward of the king’s household. Worked in close tandem with her husband, and maintained a position at court, while always thinking in terms of gaining the best advantages for her singular offspring. Following the death of Edward in 1483, and the usurpation of the crown by Richard III (Evelyn Waugh), she may have been part of an unsuccessful plot to rescue the true heir, Edward V (Prince Edward), from the Tower of London, where he and his brother had been detained by their uncle. Openly committed herself to the subsequent rebellion against Richard, and when it failed, she had to fall back on her husband’s loyalty to the king, to save herself from being attainted, although all her property was given over to her spouse, and her son’s inheritance was canceled. Nevertheless, she was able to use her spouse’s family to her son’s advantage, when he landed and defeated Richard in the battle of Bosworth Field, and claimed the throne for the House of Tudor. Helped in the subsequent consolidation of her son’s power, and served him loyally. Given both power and property by her enthroned progeny, who, in essence was giving it to the monarchy, since he would share her ultimate inheritance with no one, being her sole seed. Given special status at the court, she also continued to accrue property to augment her considerable estates. Wielded conciliar authority, and transformed her primary manor in Northamptonshire into a palace. Acted like a secondary queen, and with her considerable income, maintained herself in appropriate munificence, although she also spent her later life in daily penitence and prayer. Became a leading patron and benefactor of Cambridge Univ. in the last phase of her life, as well as patron of both the religious and literary culture of her day, not only in the works she commissioned, but the translations from the French that she had done, as well. Lost her husband in 1504, and died two months after her son, a deeply respected figure, whose reputation would only grow in subsequent ages. Inner: Strong sense of spirituality and charity, and an equal instinct for protecting her own power and position. Plotter and schemer, with her family’s interests at the heart of everything she did. Acquisitive, and at times ruthless, but always within the larger context of a woman’s limited power at the time. Meticulous in the handling of all her affairs, never vindictive, and always in control. Queen in all but name lifetime of more than holding her own against the vagaries of fate and fortune thrown at her, to eventually insure her own House of Tudor, a memorable run on the throne of England. Matilda (c1103-1152) - Queen of England. Outer: Father was Eustace III of Boulogne. Niece of Queen Matilda (Rose Kennedy), who was jealous of her. Heiress of Boulogne. Around 1125, she married Stephen I (Prince George), who ascended to the throne of England in 1135. Had 3 children by him. The couple had an extremely rocky run as king and queen of England, since her husband’s accession was questionable, and she was never officially crowned. Proved, however, far more stalwart than her mate. Matilda invaded in 1139, and for the next decade the country was thrown into civil war and a virtual state of anarchy. Founded several abbeys, and dealt with affairs of state while her husband was held captive in 1141. Made treaties and secured alliances, and beseiged Matilda, eventually compelling her to withdraw. Effected her husband’s release, and rode out most of the rest of his tenure, before dying, which caused him to follow soon afterwards, after his relinquishing the throne to the Plantagenet family. Inner: Loyal, courageous and energetic, well-liked by everyone. Support lifetime of learning about rule with inept mate, whom she continually uses to express the downside of her own sense of power.


Storyline: The would-be king goes many a round where the throne is just out of reach, or given him late in life, creating an acceptance/rejection syndrome that he may be able to address at last from his own timetable.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor) (1982) - English heir apparent. Outer: Oldest son of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Brother of Prince Harry. His mother was his wife in his previous 2 incarnations of power. 2nd in line and heir apparent to the throne, with the early speculation that he would supersede his father. Nicknamed ‘Wombat’ and ‘Wills’ by his parents. Made his first public appearance at 8 in Wales, revealing he was left-handed. Learned to hate the paparazzi, and would refuse to appear with his mother in public because of them. Good student at Eton, where he led a cocooned existence, and where fellow students were threatened with expulsion if they revealed anything about him. Excelled at athletics, and was extremely popular. 6’2”, slim and handsome. Announced as a teenager that he was not interested in ruling, much to the surprise of his family. A photogenic teenage icon, although deliberately shy and distant from photographers. Scarred by his mother’s accidental death in 1997, although he bore himself well through the public funeral, and was able to re-establish a better accord with his father afterwards. The latter refuses to interfere with his life, thanks to his own overbearing sire. Tabloid fodder from his mid-teens, while linked with several young pop-stars, as well as a fast-running drug-taking crowd. Adamant about not being given royal protocol at least until he reached his majority. Elected to go to St. Andrews in Scotland as an art his/story student, after first taking a year off, spending the last part of it in Chile as a volunteer with Raleigh International, where photos of him cleaning a toilet made worldwide news. Graduated as a geography major, with 2nd highest honors, upping the royal family’s previous woeful academic sheen considerably, while remaining an extremely attractive figure on the world tabloid scene. Had a several year relationship with Kate Middleton, an accessories buyer, whose ancestors were coal miners, but whose parents run a successful party supplies mail order company, although intense press scrutiny, as well as her middle-class status, eventually ended it on her part in 2007, before renewing several months later. Stated earlier he did not wish to marry until the end of the decade. In 2006, he entered Sandhurst Military Academy just as his younger brother was graduating, and emerged a second lieutenant in the British army. In 2007, he and his sibling organized a spectacular concert to memorialize the tenth anniversary of their mother’s death. After stints with the army and Royal Navy, he switched to the Royal Air Force in 2008, with the desire to become a search-and-rescue pilot. Announced his engagement to Kate Middleton in 2010, as a majority of Britons stated they much preferred his succeeding his grandmother than his father. The duo married in 2011 in a highly public ceremony, full of pomp, circumstance and huge cheering crowds, as the queen bestowed upon him the title of Duke of Cambridge. Any hint of protest was vigorously suppressed beforehand, leaving the kingdom seemingly united in its projected sense of royal love. Produced his heir, Prince George, In 2013 and a spare, Princess Charlotte two years later. Has an estimated net worth of $20 million. Inner: Strongly connected emotionally to his mother, continuing to blame the paparazzi for her death. Rebellious against roles set out for him, dislikes publicity and the mass media after what it did to his mother, while they dubbed him ‘the Reluctant Royal.’ After many go-rounds of waiting far too long for a chance to strut his regal stuff, he is currently playing with the possibility of not mounting the throne at all. Payback lifetime for the throne’s earlier elusiveness for him, while continuing his dualistic relationship with playing royal roles. Edward VII (1841-1910) - King of England and Emperor of India. Outer: Son of Queen Victoria (Mary Renault) and her consort, Prince Albert (Josef Albers), whom he would find fearful and overbearing. 2nd of 9 children and oldest son, and the first heir born to a reigning sovereign since 1762. Known as ‘Bertie’ to his family. Received constant moral exhortations from his father, while his mother distrusted his sense of judgement, and refused to share any matters of importance with him. Given a strict, trilingual education, but never took his studies seriously, while rebelling against the harsh disciplines imposed upon him and always carrying a slight German accent. Had an isolated upbringing, and was a good horseman. Traveled widely, and was educated at Christ Church, Oxford and Trinity College, Cambridge. Sexually initiated by an Irish prostitute, he was forever chasing women afterwards, with his best-known mistress Alice Keppel (Kate Middleton). 5’11”, with blue eyes and light brown hair. The rumor of a sexual encounter with an actress in a tent hastened his father’s demise in 1861. His mother could never look at ‘that boy’ without a shudder afterwards, while he chafed under her control. In 1863, he married Danish princess Alexandra (Lady Diana), 6 children, 5 of whom survived, including his successor, George V (Prince Harry). A warm father to his children, unlike other members of the House of Windsor. Largely unpopular although a brush with death via typhoid in 1871, resurrected him in the minds of the larger populace, and he returned to a life of empty public duties. Had to wait until his mid-50’s to claim the throne, after having been excluded by his mother from all political responsibilities. Chiefly interested in pursuits of pleasure beforehand, while also travelling freely, and expressing his opinions on public issues, although they carried little weight. Indulged in the same charity works as his father. Consumed 5 meals, a dozen cigars and a pack of cigarettes a day, with a 48” waist as testament to his fondness for oral pleasures. A continual center of society, he loved the company of beautiful women, as well as wealthy friends, and was always sartorially resplendent. Had a great love for the theater, as well as a passion for horse-racing and sports in general. Finally ascended the throne in 1901 on the death of his long-lived mother, and became the first king in nearly 300 years to sport a beard. Presided over an age of social change, but had little sympathy for it, transliterating his earlier life into his kingship, although his lifelong infatuation with France led to far better relations with that country. Seen as a benevolent high profile figure, and an indefatigable traveller, with a zest for public duties, preferring style to substance. Suffered from emphysema and died of a heart attack following a short illness after 9 years of rule, while Halley’s comet streaked across London skies the night before his funeral, signaling the end of an era. Inner: Intuitive, with average intelligence, although no feel for academics. Deemed stupid by his father, who never spared the whip with him, leading him to feel he did not have a childhood. Sensualist, considerate to lessers, warm-hearted to friends and open-minded. Animal-lover, admired courage in others, never forgot a face, and had a good facility with money. Enjoyed being king, and unconsciously picked an excellent time to exit, just before his world would inalterably change forever. Understood that modern royalty was a spectacle above all else. Hedonistic lifetime of turning his long wait for rule into a pursuit of endless pleasures, in his slow maturation as an heir presumptive awaiting his final crowning. Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany and Earl of Ulster (1763-1827) - English royal prince. Outer: Father was George III (Jeffrey Archer). Mother was Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenberg, the dull daughter of a minor German prince. Second son of a huge family, with 14 siblings. Younger brother of future king George IV (Warren Beatty), to whom he was extremely close. and older brother of future monarch William IV (Prince Harry). 8 brothers and five sisters all told. Made Prince-Bishop of a valuable Saxony duchy at six months, and was serially invested as a knight of the Bath in 1767 and a knight of the Garter in 1771. Studied French and German as well as military tactics at the Univ. of Gottingen with his younger brothers. Pursued a military career from an early age, and proved to be somewhat over his head when initially given high commands as a colonel. Married his cousin Frederica Charlotte, the daughter of the king of Prussia, in 1791, in an unhappy union, which produced no children. Soon after their wedding the couple lived apart and she predeceased him by seven years. Created Duke of York and Albany and Earl of Ulster, in his early 20s and was a member of the Privy Council. Showed a fiery nature, engaging in a duel with a colonel, who missed his shot, and as a true gentleman, refused to fire in return. Made a full general in 1793, and proved a far more efficient commander than earlier, fighting in Flanders under difficult conditions although an ultimate defeat forced the British army to evacuate. Elevated to field marshal in 1795, and in essence was Commander-in-Chief of the British army, which, at the time, was disorganized, forcing him to bear the brunt of setbacks against the Dutch, which were not of his making. Able to learn from his mistakes, and was perceptive enough to realize the structural weaknesses of the British army, so that he was able to reorganize and effect reforms in time for the Napoleonic Wars. Supported the foundation of the Royal Military College in Sandhurst, which produced a far more efficient officer corps. Forced to resign as Commander-in-Chief in 1809, because of a scandal initiated by his mistress, Mary Anne Clarke (Linda Fiorentino), for selling military commissions. Dumped her afterwards, and, despite being exonerated by Parliament, the stain persisted, although no other scandal marred his career, and he was twice thanked by Parliament after England’s victory in the Battle of Waterloo, which ended Napoleon’s martial carer. An inveterate and compulsive gambler, which kept him deeply in debt, he also enjoyed the high life of London. Following the death of his addled progenitor in 1820, he was heir presumptive to his older sibling George IV, although did not live long enough to claim the throne. Died of dropsy and cardio-vascular dis/ease at the home of duke. Inner: Created a favorable personal impression wherever he went, and was deeply appreciated for the reforms he instituted with the British military. Good-tempered and affable, albeit non-introspective, as well as conservative and traditional in his politics.. Heir presumptive lifetime of once again being in line for a throne that caused him much frustration in the past, before he finally achieved it his next go-round in this series, as a sensualist supreme. Frederick Louis (1707-1751) - German/English Prince of Wales. Outer: Grandson of the future George I (Prince Charles) and Sophia Dorothea (Princess Diana). Son of George II (Chris Patten), who, along with his mother, Caroline (Pamela Harriman) preferred his younger brother. When he was 7, his parents left the country, so that the House of Hanover, in the person of his grandfather, could claim the English throne. A match with a Prussian princess was called off because of antipathy between their parents. Did not see the latter again until he was in his early 20s, when he came to England as heir apparent to his newly crowned father. By then his parents had several more children, and rejected him as a stranger to them. Continually plotted against his progenitor, largely because of his inadequate allowance, totally personalizing his politics. His chief passion in life, however, was women, not affairs of state. In 1736, he married Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (Princess Diana), the daughter of a German duke and the reincarnation of his own grandmother, but refused to let their first child, the future George III (Jeffrey Archer), be born under his parents’ roof. Had 6 children in all. Expelled from court, his house became a center of opposition to the king and his primary ministers. Although he formally reconciled with his father, he was never given any real power, and frittered away both his time and money. Died suddenly of a burst abscess resulting from a cricket ball wound, a fitting ending to a life largely wasted on inconsequentia. Inner: Perennial rebellious adolescent, disliked intensely by his own royal family, totally self-involved. Royal rebel without a cause lifetime of sheer anger over his sense of powerlessness when so close to power, a theme he would continue to explore.


Storyline: The uncrowned royal consort elevates herself from mistress to mate in her ongoing highly public drama with Britain’s ruling house and its longtime impatient heir apparent.

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge (Catherine Elizabeth Middleton) (1982) - English. Outer: Father was an airline pilot, while her mother was a flight attendant prior to their marriage. Both came from modest backgrounds, with the latter from a coal mining family. Together they parlayed their business acumen into a millionaire mail order concern selling children’s party goods. Oldest of three, with a younger sister and brother. Grew up in the south of England, and as the family’s fortunes increased, so did her educational opportunities. 5’10” and slender with green eyes and dark brown hair. Eventually wound up at the Univ. of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she majored in art, graduating in 2005. Met Prince William at college in 2001, and the two would be involved in on-and-off manner ever since. Photogenic and lively, she would prove his most constant companion over the succeeding years, despite occasionally straying on his part. Annoyed at the constant media attention she received, she eventually got a 24 hour security detail from the royal family in 2006, in a silent confirmation that the two were definitely an item, in spite of the Prince’s previous announced intention of not marrying until he was in his late 20s. Despite royal warnings, she proved too easy a target for the rapacious press, until legal action was threatened, whereby the hovering paparazzi, for the most part, shut down their shutters around her. Demurely declined invitations from the Queen to join the family, stating she would not do so until she got a ring for her fourth finger, officially betrothing her to her prince charming. Unable to follow in her parent’s footsteps and start a mail order business on her own, she became a buyer for a British clothing chain owned by friends of the family. Later announced her desire to become a photographer, and began pursuing that pathway. In 2007, the couple suffered a split by mutual consent during a ski holiday, over his dating infidelities and unwillingness to commit to her. By 2008 they had gradually reconciled, and were once again an eagerly photographed pair, with their future still undecided until 2010, when it was announced they would be wed the following year. Married him in 2011 in a highly public ceremony reminiscent of Princess Di’s wedding to Prince Charles, and was entitled by her mother-in-law as Duchess of Cambridge. The continual object of the fawning press over her sense of style, she was also the subject of telephoto intrusion, which resulted in topless pics in a French magazine in 2012, as part of the unwelcome price of her celebrityhood. Following a well-followed but discreet pregnancy, she produced another heir to the throne in Prince George in 2013. After a well-reported but discreet pregnancy, she produced another heir to the throne in Prince George in 2013, followed two years later by Princess Charlotte to round out the family, with the name of the latter picked as first choice by a majority of betting Britons. Inner: Somewhat dualistic, with both a repugnance for and an attraction to the spotlight, alternately courting and fending off the press, according to her changing moods. Unabashed about using her celebrity status to her full advantage, while remaining somewhat hidden from the prying eyes of the ever-present royal watchers. Limelighted lifetime of learning how to exercise her power and prerogatives within the context of royalty, in order to measure her considerable will against an intractable house not known for its flexibility. Alice Keppel (Alice Edmonstone) (1868-1947) - English royal mistress. Outer: The youngest of 9 children of a naval commodore who later became an admiral, as well as a baronet. Had seven sisters and one brother. Educated at home, and soon showed herself to be a lively beauty. In 1891, she married George Keppel, the third son of the seventh earl of Albemarle, two daughters from the union, including Violet Trefusis, who ultimately had tongues clucking all over Britain over her scandalous love affair with writer Vita Sackville-West. In 1898, she met the Prince of Wales (Prince William) who was nearly double her 29 years, and the two soon became lovers, with her husband’s approval. The Prince, a noted bon vivant, with a stable of women and an expansive girth, as well as a wife, Alexandra (Princess Diana), who had long accepted his infidelities, clearly placed her above his various inamoratas, and she became one of the leading ladies of his court, when he ascended the throne in 1901 as Edward VII. Known as Mrs. Keppel, she was easily accepted as a member of the royal entourage, and often traveled abroad with them, to the king’s favorite resort of Biarritz. Called “la favorita,” because of her status, she had the facility of calming and amusing the often impatient monarch, and her talents were much appreciated by most connected to the government. An adept card player, as well as quite knowledgeable about the personalities of both the court and the government, she was an invaluable aide and companion to the king. In addition, she never used her position to go after perceived enemies, and was remarkably free of snobbery. Financially astute, she had a fascination with the power of money, as well as the power of power, and cultivated among her friends, financiers, who helped make her a rich woman. Tolerated by the queen, she was, nevertheless, denied the good grace of providing company for the king on his death bed in 1910, and caused a scene over it, one of the few times in her public life, when she was less than gracious. Following the king’s demise, she spent her time either entertaining or being entertained. During WW I, she helped run a hospital for wounded soldiers in Boulogne. Sold her London home in the mid-1920s, and bought a villa in Florence, Italy, where she reigned as an international Grande Dame over Florentine society. WW II forced both her and her husband to return to London, where they lived at the Ritz, although they returned to their villa at war’s end, and two years later, she died of liver dis-ease, with her husband following her two months later. Inner: Vivacious and tactful, and well-loved by all who her life touched, family and friends alike. Smooth as silk lifetime of royally ingratiating herself and easily maneuvering herself into the highest circles of international society through a gift for good companionship and a thoroughly pleasing personality, which may have preciptated her desire to take one step closer to the royal family on her next go-round in this series.


Storyline: The spare hair does a repeat performance with her father, to see if she can find greater satisfaction within the narrow confines of the British ruling household and its delimiting avenues of public and private expression.

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Princess of Wales (2015) - English royalty. Outer: Daughter of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. Younger sister of Prince George. Fourth in succession to the throne, giving her family the spare needed to complement their designated heir. Inner: Returning lifetime to the province of English royalty, to see if she can find greater satisfaction in the highly public role thrust upon her. Princess Victoria, Princess of Wales (Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary) (1868-1935) - English royal. Outer: Of the House of Saxe Coburg Gotha. 2nd daughter of future king Edward VII (Prince William) and future queen Alexandra (Princess Diana), who was the daughter of the royal house of Denmark. Known as “Toria” to her family. The middle of six children, with two older brothers, Albert (Duke of Windsor) and the future George V (Prince Harry) to whom she was quite close. Also had one older and one younger sister, as well as a younger brother who died at the age of one day. Educated by tutors at home, along with her sisters, and enjoyed a relatively happy and carefree childhood, while spending holidays with her mother’s Denmark relations. Tall and elegant with large expressive blue eyes, and considered the most attractive of her female siblings. Nevertheless she was the only one who never married, per the wishes of her mother, who wanted her as a permanent companion, despite having a number of suitors. Lived with her parents, losing her father in 1910 and her mother in 1925. Lived in southeast England in Buckinghamshire afterwards, evincing an interest in village life as well as gardening and photography, while becoming quite religious, and bitter as well for what fate had dealt her. Had daily contact with George V via telephone as her closest companion. Died at home, much to the great grief of George, who passed on a month later. Inner: Kind and unselfish, but also a hypochondriac and ultimately frustrated and unpleasant to some of her relations. Thwarted lifetime of having whatever romantic or ruling ambitions she may have had curtailed by her mother, leading to other pursuits to round out her truncated character.


Storyline: The royal sailor repeats the dynamics of earlier go-rounds for a more closely watched existence centered around early loss, in order for him to continue working on emotional issues within the context of being on close public display.

Prince Harry (Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor) (1984) - English prince. Outer: Second son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, third in line for the throne. Bears a strong resemblance to one of the latter’s prominent lovers, James Hewitt, who may be his actual father. Younger brother of Prince William. Had a privileged, spotlighted upbringing, which he seemed to enjoy, while giving indication he was quite average, despite being thrust into the public eye as a tabloid royal. Mediocre student at Eton, with more of an interest in vehicles than books. Good athlete, with a particular affinity for polo and ruby. His mother was killed in an auto accident when he was 13, and he bore up well under public scrutiny in the days that followed, although privately was absolutely devastated, as his father made a conscious effort to get closer to his 2 sons. Later made headlines with the revelation he had been smoking pot and drinking at an early age, which caused his sire to expose him to former addicts, as a reining in of his less-than-regal early ways. 6’2”, with red hair and blue eyes. After finishing Eton, he took a year off, traveling in Australia, where he worked at a cattle station and Africa, where he toiled at an orphanage. Later launched a charity there for children who lost their parents to AIDS .Since 2004, was involved with Chelsy Davy, a Zimbabwe-born student, and heiress to an African ranching and real estate fortune, who called it quits with him in 2007, only to continue to disconnect and reconnect and disconnect with him over the next five years. Chose a military career for his profession, but in 2005, made headlines wearing an Afrika Korps Nazi uniform to a costume party, replete with swastika, right before England’s 60 year celebration of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, to once again, show the royal family’s compleat obtuseness to their collective burden as reflective role models for the country. Became an officer the following year, in the Blues and Royals Regiment of the Household Cavalry, while issuing the dictum, that he would rather trade in his uniform, then to be barred from participating in a war zone. In 2007, he and his brother organized a spectacular concert to memorialize the tenth anniversary of their mother’s death. Later got his wish, and spent three months on combat duty in Afghanistan, before his presence was made known via the media, causing his summary withdrawal from danger, much to his profound disappointment. Expressed a dislike of living in England afterwards, and a petulant desire to return to combat duty. Managed to cause yet another stir with a flippant racial epithet for Pakistanis, in his ongoing inability to monitor the media’s obsession with his every move and ill-chosen comment, then outdid himself with a naked romp in Las Vegas, which his various partners exploited by selling nude pictures of him to the media. Ended his 10 year military career in mid-2015, to work afterwards in a volunteer capacity with the Ministry of Defence's Recovery Capability Programme and the London District Personnel Recovery Unit. Both groups assist wounded or sick soldiers to help them to either return to duty or transition to civilian life. Took up with divorced American actress Meghan Markle, whose mother is black, and describes herself as mixed race, eliciting a negative reaction from the British press, and a positive one from the palace. Opined that most of his royal friends would prefer not being a monarch, while admitting his mother’s demise totally unbalanced him at the time. Has a net worth of $40 million. Inner: Fun-loving, affectionate and dim-bulbed, with a distinct dislike about being told what to do. Repea lifetime with longtime karmic bloodline mates, as well as being second son in line for the throne once again, in an attempt to open him up to more of his humanity through a familiar familial environment, wracked by a heart-wrenching tragedy. George V (1865-1936) - King of England. Known as “the Sailor King.” Outer: Father was Edward VII (Prince William), mother was Queen Alexandra (Lady Diana), happy childhood. 2nd of 5 children, with three younger sisters, including Victoria (Princess Charlotte) to whom he was extremely close. Devoted to his parents his entire life. Had a seagoing education, showed himself to be quite average in intelligence, and wished to pursue a naval career, although it ended with a bout of typhoid. His older brother Albert’s (Duke of Windsor) sudden death in 1892, put him in line for the throne. In 1893, he married his deceased brother’s fianceé, Mary of Teck (Chelsy Davy), 5 sons and a daughter including his successors Edward VIII (Duke of Windsor) and George VI (Prince George), the former immediately returning to fill out a destiny of rejection of the throne. Close to his wife, although distant from his children, and never took a mistress, unlike most of his predecessors. Subsequently lost his youngest son at age 13 to disease. Weathered a rumor he had been secretly married earlier to the daughter of an English admiral, by whom he supposedly had 3 children, with no damage to his upright reputation. Spent his time traveling, sailing, shooting and collecting stamps, with little knowledge of the political world. Ascended the throne at the age of 45, succeeding his father, although felt ill-equipped for the role, characterizing himself as an ordinary little man, which put him quite in tune with middle-class opinion. Stiff public speaker. Devoted himself to WW I war effort, staying mostly at the palace, and refusing to have alcohol served there, while limiting royal rations. Renamed his house, Windsor, to differentiate it from its Germanic root, cut off all German ties, and demanded his extended household do the same. Thrown from a horse and broke a pelvis, while visiting troops, and never fully recovered. Preferred pre-WW I times, and was a popular ruler, who was viewed with affection by the British people. Despised change, even so far as roaring at servants who had the audacity to move any furniture. Had a greater grasp of political affairs later in his rule, and continued to be viewed favorably by most, since not much was expected of him. Enjoyed a Silver Jubilee in 1935, marking a quarter century on the throne, which served as a temporary diversion from England’s deep Depression at the time. A chain smoker, which eventually undermined his health. In close contact with his sister Victoria via daily telephone calls after his mother died in 1925. Absolutely devastated when she passed on, and died within a month of her. Ultimately given euthanasia after slipping into a coma with a deliberate overdose of morphine and cocaine into his jugular vein by his physician, with the full approval of the royal family, who wished his death to be reported in the morning, rather than the evening papers, for dignified form sake. During his funeral, the oldest crown jewel, which contained St. Edward’s sapphire, broke loose and fell to the ground, which was seen as a terrible sign, and, indeed it was, presaging his successor, Edward VIII’s, brief unhappy reign. Inner: Bulwark of order and tradition, keeping extremely regular habits. Set the clocks forward a half hour at Sandringham, so that everyone would be on time. Loved yachting, read the Bible daily. Loud-voiced and temperamental, his interests were limited to shooting, stamp collecting and clothing. Salty speeched with a jocular personality in private, while acting like a typical commonsensical, unpretentious English country gentleman. Disliked novelty and travel, and wore the same collar stud for 50 years. Salt-of-the-earth lifetime of manly traditionalism in an office that did not stretch his modest skills, and allowed him to enjoy his role as unexpected king. William IV (1765-1837) - King of England. Known as “Silly Billy.” Outer: 3rd son of George III (Jeffrey Archer) and Queen Charlotte (Barbara Cartland). Wasn’t expected to rule, so he wasn’t educated for it, pursuing a naval career instead. Had a pear-shaped head and a large mouth. Served as a midshipman, swearing, drinking and whoring with his mates, while enjoying no special privileges, so as to be one of them. Totally loved the sea, although proved a severe officer, and ultimately became admiral of the fleet in 1811. Lived in domestic bliss with an actress, Mrs. Dorothy Jordan (Madonna) for nearly two decades, producing 10 children, before becoming overwhelmed by debt and unceremoniously dumping her, after she became too fat to help support the family on stage. Turned down by a goodly number of prospective brides, before marrying Adelaide of Meiningen (Chelsy Davy), a quiet German princess in 1818, although none of the five children they had lived more than 4 months. His wife was in constant dread of revolution, but proved a good stabilizing influence on him. Ultimately became lord high admiral in 1827, although quarreled with his advisers and resigned the following year. Excitable, spat copiously in public, and gave tipsy dinner speeches. Succeeded his brother, George IV (Warren Beatty) to the throne at the age of 65, while eschewing all court decorum, or any sense of dignity around the crown. Loved being king, despite his lack of political interest, and was able to carry out his duties, through his ability to accept advice. Saw the passage of the Reform Bill of 1832, which gave the middle classes voting rights, and, in essence, deprived the monarchy of much of its power. Became more and more eccentric as he aged, gargling two gallons of water every morning. Swore he’d live until his successor Victoria, came of age, which he did. Died of a heart attack with his head on his wife’s shoulder, while desperately trying to make it to the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, which he did, by two days. Inner: Good-natured, abrupt, moderately popular, subject to inane public commentary. Boisterous, uncouth, undignified, a sailor at heart. Salty lifetime of unexpected rule, and enjoyment of his role as surprise king, while pursuing his primary love of the sea for most of his existence. William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-1765) - English general and royal prince. Outer: Third son of George II (Chris Patten) when he was Prince of Wales, mother was daughter of a German margrave. Both his parents favored him over his older brother, Frederick Louis (Prince William). Avoided marrying a deformed Danish princess, and wound up a lifelong bachelor. Showed early military tastes, and was educated for a naval career, although later switched to the army, experiencing defeat in his first continental command. Initially seen as a hero, then his reputation plummeted. Known as the “Butcher of Cumberland” for subsequent ruthless suppression of Scottish rebels. Future king and nephew George III (Jeffrey Archer) always feared he would stage a coup. Continuous military defeats against the French ended his career, and a treaty he signed caused his dismissal and estranged him from his father, just when he was emerging as a political factor. Grew enormously fat, with abscesses on his legs, but bore the pain stoically. Died of a blood clot on the brain. Inner: Socially clumsy, with little charm, and easily irritated, with his only real interest ub tracing royal genealogies. Had no male friends, and was solely interested in the physical attributes of women. Possessed a decent memory and spoke English fairly well, with a German accent. Blundering lifetime of being given command through position rather than ability, and being forced to deal with that sad truth, before returning immediately to claim the English throne.


Storyline: The levelheaded heiress tries to lasso in her longtime playboy prince, while loosening up more herself, after a pair of corseted go-rounds on the throne that only managed to reflect her more controlled and controlling sides.

Chelsy Davy (1985) - Zimbabwean royal inamorata. Outer: From a wealthy transplanted English family, that made its fortune in African ranching, safaris and real estate. Mother was a former model and Miss Rhodesia. One older brother. Had an extremely privileged upbringing and was educated at a South Africa Girls College. Came to England afterwards to attend the prestigious Cheltenham Ladies’ College, and then Stowe, a topflight public school, before returning to the Univ. of Cape Town, where she got a degree in accountancy. Originally wanted to be a model, like her mum. Thanks to her family money, she would come to view the world as her particular oyster, while pursuing an upper tier lifestyle. First met Prince Harry in 2004 and soon became his main squeeze, conducting the initial two years of their relationship long distance. His inconstancy would cause the couple to bounce back and forth between connection, breakup and reconciliation. Initially decided against going for advanced degrees in England, and instead, opted for travel, before returning to England to pursue law on a postgraduate level at the Univ. of Leeds. Robbed at gunpoint in a Capetown restaurant in 2007, then got back together with her prince the following year, in her ongoing need to make her wishes heard and presence felt in their multi-life relationship. In early 2009, she once again called it quits, citing his military career and homesickness for South Africa, despite having a London job lined up, and an earlier stated willingness to foresake her sunny homeland for far drearier environs. Later in the year, she once again reconnected with her longtime crypto-mate, in their ongoing titillating tabloid dance for the British royal-watching public, only to separate again in 2011, in seemingly more permanent manner, before one last attempt at reconciliation during the queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Took an anonymous job at a law firm, before retraining as a jeweler in 2014. Returned to public life two years later by launching Aya Africa, promoting ethical gemstones. Both her friends and his feel she will eventually reunite with Harry. Inner: Dualistic, part fun-loving and part serious, with a strong need to have her wishes respected. independent, with a stated desire never to be a member of the royal family, despite continual back-and-forths with its spare heir. Earthy, physical and very direct. Passionate about Africa, big game and conservation. Continuation lifetime of reversing circumstances for herself, from money-poor royal to wealthy foreign heiress, in order to loosen her need for absolute self-control, as she plays with different manifestations of herself in the backlit limelight of the British throne. Mary of Teck (Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes) (1867-1953) - English queen. Outer: Of German extract. Father was the Duke of Teck, and her mother, the Duchess, was a royal princess of a German duchy and a granddaughter of George III (Jeffrey Archer). Despite their blue blood, the family had little money, and were on the lowest strata of the royal family’s hierarchy. Eldest of 4, with three younger brothers. Grew up with other children of the royal family, while being educated at home by her mother and governess. Known as May to her family, after the month of her birth. Close with her mother, who gave her a strong sense of charitable duty to the disadvantaged. Because they were deeply in debt, the family spent most of their time on the European continent visiting relatives between 1883 and 1885, while using Florence, Italy as a base for a while. Returned to England, where she served as her mother’s unofficial social secretary, and in 1891, she became engaged to her cousin, Albert Victor (Edward VIII), the heir to the throne. Well-liked by Queen Victoria (Mary Renault), who thought the serious, sobersided young woman would settle her son down. Her intended, however, died a scant six weeks later in an influenza pandemic. In the aftermath, his brother, the future George V (Prince Harry) fell in love with her, and the duo were wed in 1893, in what would prove an extremely close union. 6 children, including the future Edward VIII, and George VI (Prince George). Contra the usual behavior of royals, her husband stayed loyal to her his entire life, never taking a mistress, although he proved a distant father to his children, while she was a devoted mother. Nevertheless, as was the practice of the time, she left her progeny largely in the care of a series of nannies. Viewed as completely straitlaced by contemporaries, despite a softer, more fun-loving side in extreme private, although her cold, controlled demeanor would probably feed into her eldest son’s ultimate rejection of the throne. Served in official duties around the empire with her husband, and in 1910, with the death of Edward VII (Prince William), she mounted the throne as Queen Consort to her spouse. Crowned the following year, the duo were subsequently forced to drop their German titles during WW I and anglicize their family names in order to distance themselves from England’s imperial enemy. Viewed as a bloodless marionette, she proved a champion of austerity during the conflict, and as soon as it ended, she lost her youngest son, John, at 13, to disease. Served as an extremely helpful helpmate to her husband, as an adviser and a calm counterbalance to him, although was completely out-of-touch with ordinary English life. Always jeweled to the hilt for formal occasions, she set a tone of uprightness, that was well in keeping with the Victorian era in which she was raised, while reflecting her need to be in control at all times. Loved surrounding herself with baubles, and was seen as a kleptomaniac by shops catering to royal tastes, whose staff were instructed to lock everything away before her intended visits. Extremely shy publicly, the only brief speech she ever gave was when she christened the ocean liner Queen Mary, which was named after her. George, a heavy smoker, finally died of his excesses in 1936, and she became dowager Queen Mother when her son Edward VIII ascended the throne, only to see him abdicate later that year, to her shock and dismay, in order to marry the twice-divorced Wallis Simpson. Her second son, George VI (Prince George), succeeded him, while she eschewed the Queen Mother title, preferring to continue to be called Queen Mary. Remained active during WW II, visiting troops and factories, while losing yet another son, who died in an aircrash while on active duty. In 1952, George VI died, to become the third of her sons she outlived. Wound up as the first Queen Consort to attend the coronations of three of her successors. Died of lung cancer the year after Elizabeth II assumed the throne. Inner: Intelligent and serious, and the very picture of royal propriety, serving as a perfect balance to her often silly husband. Cold and controlling, and strongly materialistic to compensate for her relative penny-pinched upbringing. The very model of a British monarch lifetime of doing her duty for the royal throne as she saw fit, while controlling everyone around her, including herself, for fear of being anything less than an upright, uptight exemplar of the royal British ruling class. Adelaide of Saxe Meinegen (Adelaide Amelia Louise Theresa Caroline) (1792-1849) - German queen of the UK.Outer: Of the German House of Hettin. Father was a German duke of a small liberal state, mother was the daughter of a German prince. Plain, evangelical and much concerned with ‘the end’ of the world for most of her life. In 1818, a match was arranged between her and the much older Prince William (Prince Harry) of the English royal throne, in the hopes they would provide a next generation heir to the throne. Her intended already had sired a huge brood with actress Dorothy Jordan (Madonna), with whom he had lived for two decades before abandoning her when she got too fat to work and help support their children. Married in a double ceremony with her royal brother-in-law Edward, Duke of Kent (Prince Charles) and fellow German princess Victoria (Sarah Ferguson). A compromise choice, she would prove a good domestic ballast to her increasingly eccentric husband, although their continued attempts at an heir would result in five straight offspring who would die within their first four months or less of life. Initially settled in Hanover in Germany, in a dull, parsimonious union, where she tempered his excesses, and he appreciated her for doing so. In 1830, her husband’s brother, George IV (Warren Beatty) died, and she found herself the queen consort of England. Crowned the following year, she proved to be an upright, pious, and dignified figure on the throne, and won the love and respect of the British people for her modesty, charity and forbearance in the face of so much domestic tragedy. Extremely conservative at heart, she was a strong traditionalist and ran in the face of the reformist movements of the time, although never voiced any of her opinions publicly. When a fire destroyed Westminster Palace, she thought it was divine retribution against the reformers. Became extremely ill in 1837, but recovered to do a bedside vigil for ten days, over her expiring husband, who had vowed to live long enough so that his sister-in-law would not be regent for her daughter Victoria (Mary Renault). Became the first Dowager Queen in over a century, and wound up outliving her spouse by a dozen years, before dying of natural causes. Asked earlier that she be buried without pomp or circumstance, humbly embracing death, as she had life, and was widely mourned by the British public. Her successor, Queen Victoria (Mary Renault), held her in the highest esteem, and named her first daughter in part after her. Had the Australian city of Adelaide christened after her as well. Inner: Quiet, shy, extremely domestic and religious. Stranger in a strange land lifetime of beginning her dance around the British royal throne in her most repressed and tragedy-prone form, in her slow opening up with the same mate, in the increasingly glaring spotlight of British royal life.


Storyline: The unacceptable sceptre-bearer does ongoing battle with her shaky status around the throne, before finally winning public acknowledgment from a crowned head for her efforts, despite her ongoing defiant adultery.

Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla Shand) (1947) - English aristocrat. Outer: From a family of upper-class merchants. Grandmother may have been the illegitimate daughter of Edward VII (Prince William). Father was a wealthy wine merchant and master of hounds. Mother was the daughter of a nobleman. 2 other siblings, including younger and more stable sister Annabel, with whom she would have a lifelong intertwining. Raised in the country, good athlete.5’5”, 150lbs, with blue eyes. Educated at a hermetic private school, Queen’s Gate. Somewhat rebellious, traveled in aristocratic circles, and hung with the polo crowd. On meeting Prince Charles at a polo match in 1970, she supposedly stated, “My great-grandmother (Alice Keppel) was your great-great-grandfather’s (Edward VII) mistress? How about it?” although the tale may be apocryphal. The duo found many mutual interests, but her family background wasn’t good enough for a royal match, nor was the prince ready to settle down when they met, so she became his longtime secret inamorata instead. In 1973, she married Andrew Parker Bowles, a captain in the Household Cavalry, after a 7 year relationship, and Charles served as godfather to their first son. Her husband acquiesced to their ongoing affair, making Charles welcome at his house, and was also frequently gone overseas. Sexually appealing rather than conventionally attractive, with a ready wit, and a down-to-earth mien. They resumed their off-and-on affair in 1975, while he conformed to the dictates of his position as prince of the realm and married Diana Spencer in 1981, a match she approved of, serving as a mother figure to the younger woman, whom she felt she could control. Two years after the birth of his second son, in 1984, they once again revived relations. As the royal marriage began to unravel, their affair started to get more and more press, particularly after some phone conversations between the pair were revealed, and he admitted to adultery on a TV interview. Placed in social quarantine because of the revelations, she was forced to be extremely discreet in her ongoing relationship with him. Following the death of Diana in 1997, the duo began appearing in public, although never quite together. Underwent a makeover to make her more photographically appealing, although she maintained her outward reticence, until the 2 finally allowed themselves to be photographed in 1999, while the English public remained divided about whether they should ever marry. Acknowledged by the queen in 2000, despite the latter viewing her as a home-wrecking adulteress, and in 2003, the two finally moved in together. In 2005, the couple finally wed, in a subdued ceremony, with exculpatory vows for their past indiscretions. Forced to rein in her earthiness for the sake of royal propriety, including giving up smoking, while becoming a fussy house-guest with all sorts of demands, rather than her casual companionship of yore. Had a hysterectomy in 2007, while adamantly proclaiming she does not wish to become queen, should her husband be enthroned, preferring the title of princess consort, in an unconscious rejection of a role that had earlier rejected her in times past. Her feelings are reflected by the British public, with a majority also not wanting her to be enthroned. Inner: Kindly, discreet, with a good sense of humor. Enthusiastic gardener, who loves to get down and dirty with the earth. Sensible, warm, down-to-earth. Mum’s the word lifetime, once again, of winning royal opprobrium for her antics, despite capturing a regal heart in the process. Caroline of Brunswick (Princess Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel) (1768-1821) - German-born queen of England. Outer: 2nd daughter of a German duke and an English princess who was a favorite sister to George III (Jeffrey Archer). Brought up in the informal atmosphere of a ducal court. Extroverted and frivolous, but always showed a kind heart, and an easy sociality. Eccentric, unclean, with a profane vocabulary, large head and rotten teeth, she was foisted on the the Prince of Wales (Warren Beatty) by his father, the king, after the prince became so unencumbered by debts, he was forced to turn to his sire for financial assistance. He rejected her on sight, gasping, “Pray get me a glass of brandy,” before gulping it down and staggering out of the room, but he needed the marriage to pay his debts. In 1795, she married him, although he was so drunk, he had to be held up to go through the ceremony, then spent most of their wedding night on the floor. Considerable acrimony ensued twixt the duo, resulting in a separation after the birth of their only child, the result of the singular night they spent together. Despite having won her uncle, the king’s, affections, she refused to exploit her situation politically. The queen had taken a dislike to her from the beginning, and was firmly in the camp of her son, while she was persecuted by the king’s mistresses. Remained prominent in society, however, and enjoyed entertaining, while discreetly having affairs with some of the country’s uppercrust, including, possibly, politician George Canning (Chris Patten) and painter Thomas Lawrence (Cecil Beaton). She may have been the secret mistress of an admiral. Later acquitted of charges of bearing an illegitimate child in what was known as the ‘the delicate investigation’ in 1806, since she was in the habit of adopting stray children, although one, William Austin, remained in her care the rest of her life. Excluded from court when her husband was regent for his insane father, after his complete lapse into insanity in 1810 and largely denied access to her daughter, Princess Charlotte Augusta, who eventually took her mother’s side and fled to her in 1813, dying four years later in childbirth. Left England at the same to travel, while she was spied upon by her continually adulterous husband in case she committed the same act, which would have been grounds for divorce. Nevertheless, she flaunted her position with innumerable affairs with young officers, particularly a handsome Italian courtier, Bartolomeo Bergami, who became her major-domo, while she instituted the order of St. Caroline for him. Continued her eccentric ways, touring the Middle East, and published her correspondence to gain sympathy from the English public. Returned to claim her rights as queen in 1820, when the prince ascended the throne as George IV, but was persecuted by her husband and was refused entry to his elaborate coronation, despite winning widespread support from the populace, as well as many women’s groups and the radical press, and similarly inclined pols. A bill was promoted in the House of Lords by the cabinet for their divorce and to strip her of her title, only to rebound on the king and his own less than exemplary behavior, and it was killed for fear of a revolution, thanks to her ongoing popular support. The titillated public was also given a peepshow glimpse of royal shenanigans, which did little to uplift the royal family in their view. Died shortly afterwards of an intestinal obstruction, after having been taken ill at the theater. Per her wish, she was buried in Germany by her father, while her coffin bore the inscription, ‘Caroline, the injured queen of England,’ when it left Great Britain. Her official heir, William Austin, spent some time in a lunatic asylum, and died a quarter century after her. Inner: Reckless and hedonistic, albeit with a good heart and the capability of great kindness. Had a strong need for affection, which she lavished on indiscriminately on others. Fat, coarse, vulgar and unwashed. Largely indomitable, refusing to bow to royal will. Rejection by royal erection lifetime of playing a trickster role around her desires for legitimacy surrounding the throne, bringing great grief to its occupant, while making her own life an ongoing melodrama that concluded inconclusively, necessitating another try from another angle her next go-round in this series. Arabella Stuart (1575-1615) - Claimant to the English throne. Outer: Father was the younger brother of Henry Darnley (Kim Philby). As the earl of Lennox, he was the uncle of the future James I (Kenneth Tynan), making his daughter second in line to inherit the throne of England. Had an impressive maternal lineage as well and traced her heritage back to Mary Tudor (Julie Christie), sister of Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook). Her sire died of TB when she was one, and his earldom was passed to a male relative. Following her mother’s death in 1582, she was raised by a maternal grandmother, Bess of Hardwick (Elizabeth Arden) and studied languages, showing herself to be both bright and clever. Had reddish hair and dark blue eyes. At 13, she served as lady-in-waiting to the queen, only to be dismissed for being too overly familiar with her favorite, the earl of Essex (Ethan Hawk). After chaffing under her grandmother’s restrictions, she was invited to live at the Royal court by her cousin James, when he assumed the throne in her late 20s, but her marriage prospects caused the king problems, particularly if she were to wed a foreign ruler who coveted his throne. Had her imprisoned in her late 30s in the Tower of London when a possible marriage to a Balkan prince posed a threat to him. Released a year later, she secretly wed William Seymour, Earl of Hertford (Prince Charles), who was 13 years her junior and also had claims to the throne, and with whose family she had earlier conspired to cement both their desires to possibly rule. Both were arrested, but the two lovers escaped, and she was captured when the duo failed to rendezvous at their appointed place. Imprisoned again in the Tower, she lost all will to live and stopped eating while suffering a nervous breakdown, finally dying in captivity, a prisoner of her own heart’s desires. Inner: Ambitious, adventurous, a victim of the royal fates. Baffling personality, she barely knew Seymour when she married him. No sense to any of her actions, operated purely on emotion. Political martyr lifetime of exerting her own emotional will in face of great danger, before succumbing to frustrations of having it impeded, while literally imprisoning herself through her own power lust, in her ongoing curious relationship with the English throne.


Storyline: The rejected regina continues her long love/hate relationship with the crown, in order to give full-throated play to her royal sense of self, and inability to find a partner to give full reflection to it.

Marguerite Blessington (Marguerite Power, Countess of Blessington) (1789-1849) - English writer and salonist. Outer: Daughter of an Irish patriot and failed merchant. Because of her father’s debts, she was forced to marry a sadistic older man in 1804, but left him shortly afterwards, and became a well-known Dublin social figure, noted for her beauty and social graces. In 1818, she married the Earl of Blessington, after her estranged husband died from a drunken fall. Published her first book anonymously in 1822. Traveled on the continent with her husband and her step-son-in-law, Alfred D’Orsay (Duke of Windsor), settled in Paris, then moved to London in 1831, where she ran a highly successful salon. Published her first novel in 1833, then did editorial work on 2 periodicals, including “The Book of Beauty.” Left her husband when his fortune waned, and began a liaison with D’Orsay. The pair created a brilliant social salon, living openly together in lavish circumstances, as both style-setters and arbiters of taste. Continued writing popular novels as well as personal reminiscences, in order to support her high life style. Eventually succumbed to debt and fled to Paris in 1849, where she died shortly afterwards. Inner: Intelligent, witty and clever. Revamped lifetime of developing her communication skills while trying to support herself in a royal manner through business acumen, wastrels habits, and her longtime association with her spendthrift mate, who was also trying to break old patterns. Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor (Bessie Wallis Warfield) (1896-1986) - American-born English royal. Outer: Born out of wedlock, as the only child of an old Baltimore family, which was genteel, but economically on the downswing. Father died of tuberculosis when she was 5 months, leaving little more than an impressive Maryland name, while her mother was from a patrician Virginia family. May have been born genetically a male, with an XY chromosome, although probably was unaware of her condition, other than feeling a great need to stay slim so as not to project a masculine cast, with her square-jawed face, and unpleasantly rasping voice. Went to live with her mother’s mother, then a widowed aunt, when she was 6. Not particularly close with her own mother, who remarried when her daughter was 12, after earlier opening their home to lodgers. Grew up in want and jealous of those who had what she had not, making her extremely acquisitive when she reached adulthood. Petite with violet-blue eyes, and a facility for focused listening, which made those addressing her feel self-important. Became a socialite, after being groomed at a Baltimore finishing school via an aunt and uncle, and as soon as she could, she married Earl Winfield Spencer, a handsome, but alcoholic, naval aviator at 20, who would tie her to a bed and beat her. Separated from him 5 years later and escaped into the arms of a Latin American diplomat, then went to Beijing, China, before returning to the U.S. in 1926 and getting a divorce. 2 years later, she married Ernest Simpson, a wealthy and social British businessman and shipowner of Jewish extract, with an American mother. Later claimed not to have had sexual relations with either of her husbands, although always remained in love with her second, and divorced him most reluctantly. Moved to London and in 1931 she re-met the Prince of Wales in the course of social activities, after the duo had first encountered one another in 1920, during which time she had made no impression on him. For the next several years, the pair were part of the same partying set, eventually becoming lovers aboard a yacht off Spain in 1934, although she was also involved with a dashing car salesman at the same time. Despite her stable, stodgy marriage, the 2 fell in love, to the horror of both the royal family and the British government. In 1936, she divorced her husband, and the royal duo became a visible item, as Edward flaunted their affair, following his becoming king earlier in the year. When their intended betrothal proved unacceptable to the government, he abdicated the throne at the end of 1936, in order for both of them to marry, much to the shock of the British public, and they went on to live a life of bitter exile. Became Time magazine’s first female Man of the Year that year as well. Thought her husband was a fool for abdicating, while she was savaged as a witch by the British press. Save for the war years, their homebase was Paris. She became Duchess of Windsor, although was never accepted by the royal family. Her husband, in turn, often acted like a little boy eager to please his mother, and performed very much like her servant, while she accommodated his need to be treated like unregal dirt. Both led empty social lives in exile, traveling with a huge entourage of servants and suitcases, while serving as central figures on the international party circuit of the time. Totally controlled her husband, but eventually grew tired of his endless devotion. For 4 years in the early 50s, she had a very public affair with a bisexual playboy who was heir to the Woolworth fortune. After her husband’s death in 1972, she was a first time guest of the royal family for his funeral. Eventually became a pathetic figure, all alone, imprisoned in her huge house, a bedridden recluse dominated by her husband’s female attorney. Lost her memory, and suffered a massive internal hemorrhage in 1975, and never left the house again. Lay in a vegetative state her last decade. Published her ghost-written memoirs, “The Heart Has its Reasons,” in 1956. Inner: Vain, selfish, controlling, although she had a good wit and a star quality to her. Mania for perfection, born to shop and ate like a bird. Overcompensated for her spare upbringing by focusing on surfaces rather than substance. Harbored a good sense of fashion and style, but her ambitions for royal recognition were largely denied her. High profile lifetime of flirting with power but only allowed its style, none of its substance, an ongoing lesson with her. Lucy Walter (1630?-1658) - English royal mistress. Outer: From a prosperous Welsh family. After her home was burned down during the English Civil War, she sought refuge on the continent, meeting the future Charles II (Peter O’Toole) at the Hague, and soon becoming his lover. Gave birth to James Scott, Duke of Monmouth (Duke of Windsor) through her liaison with the future king, while he was in exile. Called herself Mrs. Barlow, while claiming to have married Charles in order to legitimatize her son. After staying with Charles for several years in Paris, she had a legion of lovers, as well as 2 more children. Returned to England and promoted her son for the throne in 1656, after the king recognized him. Arrested as a spy by the Commonwealth, the Puritan government used her as a propaganda coup decrying the future king’s morals, before deporting her once again. She spent the rest of her brief life in exile in France, after Charles seized custody of their son. Died of venereal disease. Inner: Beautiful and ambitious, although flighty and promiscuous. Opportunistic lifetime of briefly touching power, before abandoning herself to pleasure and dying from dis-ease with it.


Storyline: The easily-manipulated monarch continually shows himself to be a master of handsome surface, dominated by his far more powerful partner, until he finally and truly gives up his thrones for the woman he loves, and pursues more productive forms of self-expression.

Alfred D’Orsay (Alfred Guillaume Gabriel, Count d’Orsay) (1801-1852) - French dandy and artist. Outer: 2nd son of a Napoleonic general. Father was one of the handsomest men of his time. An older brother died in infancy. In his nursery, he was set apart to be page of the emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. Served in the Bourbon’s bodyguard, although was an imperialist at heart. 6’, broad-chested and extremely good-looking. Became an artist, doing portraiture for the wealthy and aristocracy. Visited England at the coronation of George IV (Warren Beatty) in 1821, where he met Marguerite Blessington (Duchess of Windsor) in London and married her daughter, Harriet Gardiner. After the death of Blessington’s husband, he hooked up with her and established himself as an arbiter of fashionable tastes in London. With his wife, he became a style-setter and a center of artistic and literary circles. Painted the last portrait of the Duke of Wellington, then fell into financial arrears. Forced to flee back to France to escape his debtors near the end of his life. Appointed director of fine arts by Prince Louis Napoleon (Darryl F. Zanuck) shortly before his death. Suffered from a spinal affliction, symbolic of no real backbone, and no sense of support. Inner: Strikingly handsome, graceful, charming, elegant and debonair. Surface-skimming lifetime of making his presence felt through his social and cultural command, rather than his political ineptitude as in previous existences, while opening up his own creative channels. Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David) (1894-1972) - King of England. Outer: Son of George V (Prince Harry), who treated all four of his male progeny rigidly and without affection. Mother, Mary of Teck (Chevy Davy) was the daughter of Queen Victoria’s (Mary Renault) first cousin, and disconnected from him, as well. Eldest of 5. Held a strong antipathy towards his father, and was an unhappy, lonely child. His first nanny was a sadist, who had a nervous breakdown when her charge was 3. His lifetime habit of surrendering totally to women came from his nanny and mother and his desire to be totally controlled. 5’8” with blonde hair and blue eyes. Good athlete, but an inattentive and restless student, while his larger development remained arrested at permanent adolescence. Suffered through 2 naval colleges as a teen, and picked up reverse values at them. Spent 2 years at Magdalen College, Oxford, which thoroughly bored him. Remained largely a philistine his entire life and left without a degree. Trained for a naval career, and served as a staff officer during WW I, but was protected from the fighting, despite his desire to be in the thick of it, which deeply disappointed him. Found the constraints of royal existence intolerable, and was completely drained by his tours through the British Empire in the 1920s, even though he was greeted with enthusiastic adulation. Had an affection for all things American, while leading a capricious and frivolous existence, much to the consternation of the royal court. Had many affairs, usually with married women, including a longstanding one with textile heiress Freda Dudley Ward, the wife of a Liberal MP, before becoming totally besotted with American divorcee, Wallis Warfield Simpson, which he flaunted quite openly, much to the consternation of both the government and his family. Sexually inadequate, with a tendency towards premature ejaculation, but, presumably, quite aroused by the otherwise plain-faced future duchess. Thought he could renounce his position as heir to the throne but was caught by the unexpected, to him, sudden demise of his father, and wound reluctant king of England at the age of 41, while being left nothing in the way of cash in sire’s will, which went to his brothers. Spent his time as king scheming with Simpson around money-making propositions, despite having a handsome untaxed fortune at his behest. Gladly abdicated less than a year later to marry Simpson in 1937, and was never crowned, while putting his own needs way before that of England in a singular testament to his overarching self-involvement. Moody and bad-tempered during his brief reign. Had no interest in state affairs, and his wife was never accepted by the royal family. Thought he could become a useful aristocrat, and never planned what he would do after abandoning the throne for the woman he loved. Became the Duke of Windsor, and lived mostly in exile in France after his abdication, pursuing a shallow intercontinental social life as an empty fashion plate. Totally devoted to the point of enslavement to his wife’s demands, acting as her voluntary servant, which she eventually grew tired of. Made an ill-advised visit to Germany in 1937, showing an admiration for Adolf Hitler while predicting Britain would lose to the Nazis if they went to war. After hostilities started, he was made governor of the Bahamas for his own protection by the British government, serving in that capacity for the duration of WW II, despite his lack of desire to do so, and he remained thoroughly defeatist throughout the early part of the fray. Despite being quite wealthy, he was forever worried about his finances, and the management of his income became a singular interest of his. Entertained on a grand scale, and continually brooded about his family’s inability to accept his wife. Died from throat cancer. Had several volumes of memoirs ghost-written for him, the only monarch to pen his autobiography, or at least, given the impression he did. After his death, papers showed he hoped the Nazis would put him back on the throne with his wife by his side, by fomenting a revolution that would overthrow his brother. An active participant in the failed unfolding of the plot, which transpired in 1940, although at the time, he was publicly deemed innocent of its machinations. Inner: Solitary selfish person, who grew less shy as he got older, albeit always harbored an intense sense of isolation. Constantly nervous, always adjusting his clothes, and a heavy smoker, which killed him. Handsome, athletic, but weak, vain, shallow, self-pitying and avaricious. Symbol of aristocratic waste. Spoiled, racist and misogynistic, with a desire to remain childlike to compensate for feeling he never really had a childhood. Liked violent exercise, obsessed with his weight to the point of anorexia, while showing autistic signs. Saw his wife as a pathway to his creativity, although never realized it. Spineless lifetime of achieving the throne after many existences in search of it, only to experience exquisite boredom before and afterwards, while under the hypnotic influence of his longtime ally/mate, causing him to spin back in time afterwards, and begin the pursuit of more creative outlets for his thwarted sense of self. Albert Victor, duke of Clarence (1864-1892) - English royal. Outer: Eldest son of the future Edward VII (Prince William) and the future Queen Augusta (Diana Spencer). Known as ‘Eddy.’ Privately educated, tutors saw him as indolent and unenterprising, and downright embarrassing mentally. At 13, he joined the training ship Britannia at Portsmouth, serving with his younger brother. In later army training, he refused to learn even elementary drill movements. Preferred dalliances and amatory escapades. Entered Trinity College, Cambridge, and was later given an honorary degree. Made duke of Clarence in 1890. Captain and aide-de-camp to his grandmother, Queen Victoria (Mary Renault). In order to settle him down, he was betrothed to Princess Mary of Teck (Chelsy Davy), his future mother, but died of influenza that turned into pneumonia before they were married. She later married his younger brother, the future George V (Prince Harry), who would become his father his next life. Inner: Playboy and totally dissolute, whose early exit made everyone sigh with relief, since he would have been a tremendous blot on the royal household. Dimwitted lifetime of rejecting the throne through an early demise after it had so often rejected him. James Scott, Duke of Monmouth (1649-1685) - Pretender to English throne. Outer: Son of Lucy Walter (Duchess of Windsor) by Charles II (Peter O’Toole). His mother was the future king’s mistress and was banished from the kingdom with her son. They returned later to court when he was 7, and he became a favorite of his father, who took custody of him, banished his mother again and entitled him while he pursued a military career. Instructed in Protestantism, and entrusted to the care of an English noble, passing as the latter’s kinsman. Acknowledged by the king in 1663, he held a number of posts, serving against the Dutch in 1672 and 1673 and 5 years later against the French. Married Anne Scott, a wealthy Scottish heiress. After military successes, he was banished once again from the kingdom because of succession issues. Retired to Holland but returned immediately in defiance, and began building a following. Deprived of all his offices, he was ultimately arrested, but released on bail. Involved in the anti-Catholic Rye House Plot, but revealed everything he knew about the conspiracy to the king and was pardoned and once more banished. Retired to Zealand in 1684, and was treated with respect by the future William III (Lyndon Johnson), although the latter dismissed him on the death of his father in 1685. His supporters then pushed him towards the throne. Landed in England in 1685, was proclaimed king at Taunton and raised a rebellion with a peasant army, which was soon crushed. Escaped, but was captured in a ditch and beheaded. Inner: Strikingly handsome but without the intelligence and resolve for true leadership. Pretender lifetime of playing with the fantasy of rule, without having the ability to actualize it, a continual theme of his.


Storyline: The irrepressible aristocrat can never quite mesh her fun-loving persona with the haughty demands of the English ruling house, and continually winds up rejected or victimized by its demands on her uncompromising fun-loving stances.

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of Kent (1959) - English royal. Outer: Descended from Charles II (Peter O’Toole) via one of his mistresses, Lucy Walter (Duchess of Windsor), as well as landed gentry. Her father, a philanderer, was a former army major who took the honorary job of Prince Charles’s polo manager, although later lost the position when pictures were published of him leaving a seedy massage parlor. Her mother, an athletic beauty, probably had had an affair with Prince Philip. Taught to repress her emotions, and did so through eating in excess. Met her future husband Prince Andrew, at a polo match as a child. In 1972, her parents separated, and then divorced, before her mother remarried an Argentinean polo player, although her father retained control of the children. Older of 2 sisters. Tomboyish, cursed freely, smoked cigarettes, suffered from migraines from frequent falls off ponies, and had a huge appetite, with a fascination with fortune-telling. 5’8” with red hair and blue eyes. After high school, she took a secretarial course, finishing at the bottom of her class. Lived with 2 men, and was involved with several others, including a race-driver who thrice rejected her proposals of marriage, before marrying Prince Andrew in 1986, 2 daughters from the union. Her family was ecstatic over the regal coupling, but the royal family was far less enthused about her, after initially welcoming her irrepressible energy into the fold. Kept her job as a publisher’s assistant, although she insisted on all the trappings of her rank, including correct address and behavior around her socially. Wrote several children’s books about a helicopter. Close friend of Princess Di, sharing her aversion/fascination with the limelight. Favorite of the press for her irrepressible personality, but tabloid pictures of her being toe-sucked by a man not her husband, caused her downfall. Separated in 1992, then divorced from her husband in 1996, causing an estrangement from the royal family, although she continued to reside at her spouse’s estate, after moving back in, the following year. Longtime addict to diet pills, and a member of Weight Watchers on and off since the age of 19, she eventually became a spokeswoman for them, crisscrossing the Atlantic several times a year, before settling in the States for easier accessibility. Big-spending and fun-loving, she signed book contracts to defray a huge $1.6 tax debt, including her autobiography, My Story, while managing to keep herself in the public eye. Felt a profound sense of worthlessness because of her troubles, but was able to handsomely rebound. A painter and licensed helicopter pilot, and a favorite of the British public, as much for her humanising failings as her strengths. In 2010, she further embarrassed herself by being caught on tape trying to sell access to her ex-husband for $700,000, in a reportorial sting, for which she apologized profusely afterwards, only to be forced to do another mea culpa, around a £15,000 gift made to her by convicted American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, in order to pay her debts. In 2011, she published a syrupy, self-serving memoir, “Finding Sarah, A Duchess’s Journey to Find Herself,” which would also be a series on the Oprah channel. Hit a new low as a shopping channel shill in 2015, for a brand of juicers, in her steady descent into abject ordinary commonality. Inner: High-spirited with a knack for discomposing herself. Takes an ice bath every day to counter her black moods. Outgoing, forceful, good horsewoman, natural show-off. Hedonistic hi-jinx lifetime of pursuing her own will despite the highly intrusive presence of both the media and the condemnatory crown, while reliving her queenly past with milder repercussions, albeit the same sense of defiance. Victoria of Kent (1786-1861) - German/English Duchess of Kent. Outer: German-born princess, the youngest daughter of the duke of Saxe-Coburg. Raised a strict Lutheran, maintaining her ties to her religion her entire life. Once considered a possible bride for the Emperor Napoleon. At 17, she married Emich Carl, a 40 year old crusty, brooding, widowed German prince, son and daughter from the union, her only salvation of an unhappy marriage. Made regent of her husband’s principality on his death in 1814. Had a strong sense of loyalty to her family, and was ruthless around protecting her children. Plump, lively, with a passion for the truth. In 1816, she married Edward of Kent (Prince Charles), after first rejecting him. The duo subsequently learned to have affection for one another. He died early in the marriage, leaving her in financial straits from his debts afterwards, as well as the recipient of the hostility of his family. Mother of Queen Victoria (Mary Renault), who was 5th in line of succession at the time of her birth, although her father predicted she would be queen. Susceptible to machinations of advisers, she raised her daughter away from the royal family after her husband’s death at Kensington, surrounded by her own circle of female German friends. Brought up her daughter under a strong Germanic influence, although the 2 eventually became estranged. Strong enmity of her cousin King William IV (Prince Harry) towards her, who vowed to live just long enough so that she would not see the throne as regent and did so. Mellowed somewhat with age, then saw all her influence wane when her daughter succeeded to the throne, largely because of her controlling relationship with her. Exiled to her own set of rooms when Victoria became queen. Ran up debts, was defrauded by a longtime confidant, and did not have a happy old age. Suffered attacks of erysipelas, which swelled her arms and she rapidly declined. Died of cancer, after a surgical operation on her arm. Her daughter finally realized her love for her, after her death. Inner: Temperamental and pliable. Corseted lifetime of an alien view of the English crown from close hand, after a repressed upbringing and marriage to rein in her normally exuberant nature. Catherine Howard (1521?-1542) - Queen of England. Outer: One of 10 children of a duke’s impoverished son, who had been a distinguished soldier. Her education was neglected because of his family’s relative poverty, and she had to be shipped out after her mother’s early death. Became a dependent of her grandmother, a duchess, after her father’s 2nd marriage, and was forced to share a room and two enormous beds with 12 other young woman. Used to sneak out at night and lock her overseer’s bedroom, and then run riot with her roommates, dancing, feasting and reveling with young men. Involved with her music-master, and passed privately as the wife of one of the duchess’s retainers. Became maid of honor to Anne of Cleves (Princess Anne) in 1540, and was swiftly chosen by Henry VIII (James Packer) to replace her as his wife. The duo were secretly married, which was publicly acknowledged a few weeks later. Despite the king’s genuine feelings for her, a year later,he discovered she had had two affairs prior to their nuptials, including one with his favorite male courtier Thomas Culpeper, and had made one of her lovers, the retainer, her secretary, which caused him to go ballistic. Several of her relatives and servants were imprisoned, and her lovers were sentenced to death. Subsequently, Parliament made impurity in a king’s bride a treasonable offense, and she was beheaded, after spending her last night practicing how she would lay her pate on the headsman’s chopping block. Met her death with both fear and dignity, while her final words were, “I die a queen, but I would have rather have died the wife of Culpepper. Buried next to her cousin Anne Boleyn (Katharine Hepburn) in an unmarked grave. Inner: Strong-willed, indiscreet, pleasure-loving. Heavy consequences lifetime of doing battle with royal authority and control, a theme she would continue to explore over the next few centuries to lesser dire effect.


Storyline: The perpetually puritanical matriarch plays with themes of love, loss and propriety in her memorable, albeit stilted, stints on various thrones, serving as an emblem rather than an activist, of the inherent power of the matriarchy, before allowing her creativity to flow, and finally finding satisfactory outlet for her heretofore repressed sexuality.

Mary Renault (Eileen Mary Challans) (1905-1983) - English/South African writer. Outer: Elder of two daughters of a doctor. Mother was the descendant of a well-known Puritan divine. Had a comfortable upbringing and originally wanted to be a teacher, as well as a writer. Attended a boarding school, then went to St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, which was an all-women’s institute at the time, and graduated with a degree in English in 1928. During her time at schol, she published a lot of verse. 5’7”, blue eyed and dark haired. Decided to become a nurse and in 1933, she began training at Oxford’s Radcliffe Infirmary, where she met Julie Mullard, a fellow nurse, who became her lifelong partner. Worked as a nurse, while also embarking on her literary career, publishing her first novel under a pseudonym in 1939, which was a contemporary story of manners and romance, as were her initial half dozen efforts, before she found her true metier in ancient Greece. Struggled with her sexual identity in a society that frowned upon sheer womenlove, and ultimately resolved it by emigrating. Treated Dunkirk evacuees at the beginning of WW II, and then spent the rest of the conflict in the brain surgery ward of her alma mater. In 1948, she won an MGM prize worth $150,000 and used the money to emigrate along with Mullard to Durban in South Africa, where they found a community of fellow homophile expatriates, all eager to escape the repressed views towards alternative sexuality in Great Britain. Never went back after her move. Despite their acceptance, both were deeply troubled by apartheid, and participated in the Black Sash movement against it in the 1950s. Began writing openly about her sexual inclinations in 1953 in her final contemporary novel, The Charioteer, before going back to pre-Christian Grecian times, to mine her his’n’herstorical imagination, for the oeuvre that would bring her world fame. Able to write about male on male love through her look at a culture that not only did not condemn it, but accepted it as a norm, while also exploring other themes, that she could not in contemporary fiction, such as gender roles and bisexuality. Wrote fictional biographies of some of the major players of Grecian times, as well as a straight biography of uberwarrior Alexander the Great, in a trilogy of works on him. Also explored the mythological figure of the a-mazing Theseus, in several works, including her best known novel, The King Must Die. Died of bronchial pneumonia. Inner: A meticulous researcher, she probably tapped directly into her own earlier Grecian experience in her later novels. Ironically a victim of sexual repression in the very society that she personally repressed her last go-round in this series, through her own exaggerated probity. Liberating lifetime of taking the challenge given her to open herself up to her larger erotic potential, while exploring her interior via cerebral and physical self-expression, after finally leaving the realm of royalty in order to see how everyone else lives. Victoria Regina (1819-1901) - Queen of England. Outer: Grand/daughter of George III (Jeffrey Archer). Only child of the Duke (Prince Charles) and Duchess of Kent (Sarah Ferguson), with the former dying when she was a toddler, insuring a total female household for herself. Her mother was of German descent, and tightly oversaw her childhood away from the court. Had an uncomfortable and often lonely upbringing, which was heavily German, despite never being left alone. Educated through tutors, with an affinity for art and music and a modest skill at drawing. 5”1’, blue-eyed, brown-haired and puffy-faced. Ascended the throne in 1837, and immediately showed her royal presence, returning a sense of dignity to the English sceptre, after it had been progressively besmirched by her immediate Hanoverian predecessors, the various Georges and William IV (Prince Harry). In 1840, she married her first cousin, Albert (Josef Albers), a German prince of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and had 9 children with him, thinking only of England as she braved his prolific sperm. Their brood included her eventual successor Edward VII (Prince William), whom she distrusted. Very critical of her children, while trusting only her husband to act out her otherwise continually confined emotional state. Weathered several assassination attempts, when a serial crew of unstraight, and equally unstable shooters tried to do her in during various stages of her reign. Relied heavily on her husband for the rest of his brief life, which ended in 1861, when he died of typhoid. Mourned him for 40 years after his early exit, going into seclusion for 2 years and wearing black the rest of her reign. Some speculation existed afterwards as to an affair with her Scottish servant, John Brown, although it was never proven, despite his familiarity with her. Evidenced strong likes and dislikes among her ministers, vastly preferring favorites, although had little influence over affairs of state. Initially was quite partisan to the liberal element, but later supported the Tories. Had a particularly difficult relationship with one of her prime ministers, Henry Palmerston (Maxwell Beaverbrook). Conservative and imperialistic, she gave the crown a sense of dignity, although remained oblivious to the changing world around her, while England reflected her surface sobriety, if not her inner life. Revered by the public by the end of her long 60 year reign, celebrating her diamond jubilee in 1897. Died 3 years later from a cerebral hemorrhage, surrounded by her family in her favorite home. Inner: Publicly asexual, anti-life, anti-feminist, the very picture of propriety and restraint. Alternately hard-headed and sentimental, honest and devious. Her tastes reflected middle class sensibilities, disliked contemporary art and music. Respected the authoritative voice of men, while dismissed women. We-are-not-amused lifetime of acting the very Empress for an age that her constipated character largely defined, while pouring forth male children to compensate for her earlier unhappy inadequacy in that realm upon the English throne. Maria Theresa (1727-1780) - Holy Roman Archduchess. Outer: Of the House of Hapsburg. Eldest of 3 daughters of Holy Roman Emperor Karl VI (Michael Eisner) and a German princess. Her father created the Pragmatic Sanction to allow her to succeed to some of his titles. In 1736, she married a French duke, Franz I (Josef Albers) whom she dominated, although held in close affection. Close couple, 16 children, 10 of whom survived, while she was obsessively affectionate with children as well as highly controlling, seeing her 8 daughters as very useful political pawns. 2 became HRE’s, and one, Marie-Antoinette (Lana Turner), became an infamous queen of France. Initially impetuous and frivolous, she changed character when she came into power, and became a stern, puritanical autocrat. Succeeded her father at the age of 23, and nominated her husband as co-regent. Extremely reform-minded, while bringing both Church and nobles into line with the state’s wishes. After the bitter War of the Austrian Succession, she secured the imperial crown for her spouse, since she was denied it by her gender. Inspired excellent advisers, and established a connection with her subjects, who responded to her personality and trusted her rule, despite military defeats. Gave her empire a sense of unity, with Vienna as its social and cultural capital, and oversaw a highly moral court. Good diplomatic skills, with the ability to control both people and events, save for her own children. Grief-stricken and hysterical at her husband’s death in 1765, she insisted on sewing his shroud herself, then was in perpetual mourning afterwards, while struggling with her son and co-ruler, Joseph II’s (Michael Moore) liberal philosophies afterwards. Became extremely stout and her health waned during her later life, when she retired to her own palace. Able to unify disparate elements in her diverse empire, as an emblem of effective will. Inner: Devout Roman Catholic, prudish, Puritanical and self-denying, albeit able to make many of her larger desires manifest. Designated herself as having a king’s heart in a woman’s body. Self-corseted lifetime of ruling by reigning herself in, and struggling with her children to do the same. Katherine of Aragon (1485-1536) - Spanish-born queen of England. Outer: Youngest child of Ferdinand II (Lucien Bonaparte) and Isabella I (Coco Chanel) of Spain, with one older brother and three older sisters. Named after her grandmother, and descended from the Trastamaran royal house of Castile. Showed a scholarly proficiency in Latin as a child, while receiving a proper education for being a co-ruler of a foreign land. Short and plump with red-gold hair, and an innate regal bearing, replete with a commanding voice. Her marriage was arranged for her at the age of one to Arthur, heir to the English throne, and she wed him when she was 16, although he died a year later at 15, with the union unconsummated, despite sharing a bed for a week, and subsequent statements released to the contrary. After more negotiations and manipulations, she was betrothed to his younger brother, the future Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook), despite his father’s objections and biblical injunctions against it. The two were wed in 1509, after she was left in poverty through her father-in-law, Henry VII’s (Rupert Murdoch) intrigues. Became Henry VIII’s queen when he officially assumed the throne the same year, proving herself more than competent as a queen, although deeply bothered by her spouse’s infidelities, while suffering ill health and struggling initially with the English language. Nevertheless, the two maintained a brilliant court, and London became a cultural center, with the king constantly surprising her with masques and unusual entertainments, in his desire to lavish her with the proper attentions to allow her to be fruitful and multiply according to his wishes for a male heir. Had 6 children, but only 2 daughters, Elizabeth I (Mae West) and Mary I (Rose Kennedy), survived, with two sons winding up a stillbirth and an infant death. Actively engaged in Spanish policy, and also served in her spouse’s stead when he was campaigning, while finally becoming fluent in English. Henry began playing with the idea of ending their union in 1527, after the duo had ceased having sexual relations for several years, and officially had the marriage annulled in 1533 because of his desire for a young prince to follow him on the throne. In so doing, he invoked the English Reformation, separating the Church of England from Rome. Although she fought against it, and garnered considerable sympathy as a wronged wife, particularly among Englishwomen, Henry married Anne Boleyn (Katherine Hepburn) the same year and had his own archbishop annul their marriage despite the pope’s pronouncement it was valid. Kept from public view in her own apartments with a reduced Spanish staff afterwards, while fretting over her daughter Mary’s education. Many of her supporters were executed during her last years. Probably passed on from cancer of the heart, much to the relief of her heartless spouse. Died filled with grief at being a victim of forces much larger than herself, but kept her faith, as a martyr to the politics of royal bloodlines. Inner: Devout Catholic, who always made her confessions in Spanish. Worrisome mother who disliked details, while evincing a keen intelligence. Stubborn, self-reliant and resourceful. Well-loved by the English people, for her innate regal sense. Thwarted lifetime of experiencing profound rejection, despite overt love on the part of her subjects, creating a great need for an extended stay on the same throne later on, with a host of male heirs as her duty to England. Jacoba van Beieren (Jacoba of Bavaria) (1401-1436) - Dutch/English heiress. Outer: Father was Count of Hainaut and Holland. Born 16 years into her parents’ previous childless union. Mother was the daughter of Philippe the Bold of Burgundy (Darryl F. Zanuck). Betrothed as a child to the fourth son of Charles VI (Reza Abdoh) of France. Brought up with her intended, Jean de Valois (Joseph Albers), in Hainaut, in a happy childhood for both, replete with an excellent education. The duo were married in 1415, and later that year, with the death of the last of his older brothers, the Dauphin, her husband suddenly became heir to the French throne, an unexpected development. Less than two years later, he died prematurely, of a neck abscess, although rumors were rife he had been poisoned. To add to her grief, her father died two months later, making her heiress to his extended counties, although her position was challenged by relatives. Her uncle and guardian, Jean the Fearless of Burgundy (Joschka Fischer), arranged an unhappy union to her cousin, the Duke of Brabant, in 1418. The latter was spoiled and weak, and his glaring deficiencies, particularly in comparison with her well-loved first husband, caused her to flee to England, while her father-in-law continued contesting her over her inheritance. Got her marriage declared illegal and was given a divorce by the pope, although the English king, Henry V (Winston Churchill) refused to let her marry his brother, Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (Maxwell Beaverbrook), who coveted her lands. At the king’s premature death in 1422, however, the pair were married, although her spouse took up soon after with one of her ladies-in-waiting, Eleanor Cobham (Katherine Hepburn), whom he would later wed. One stillborn child from the union. Gloucester marched into her territories in 1424 with an army to claim them, although failed to do so, and abandoning both her and her cause, returned to England. When her contentious uncle died from poisoning in 1425, she was forced to submit to her cousin, Phillippe III of Burgundy (FDR), and was placed under house arrest in Ghent. Later escaped in the disguise of a soldier with the help of two knights. Further fighting ensued between various forces interested in her counties, although her claims could not be underscored by martial means, while the pope declared her marriage to her second husband was still in effect, which made her union to Gloucester null and void. After her second husband’s death in 1428, she signed a truce with Philippe, keeping her titles but losing her territories. Philippe also became her heir if she did not have issue, and she was forbidden to marry without permission from her Burgundian mother, Philippe and the three contested counties now under his dominion. In 1430, Philippe mortgaged her previous inheritance to one of her earlier contestants for it, Frank van Borselen, and two years later, the duo were secretly wed, and immediately tried to raise a rebellion in Holland against the Burgundians. Philippe invaded and threw her husband in prison, and she was forced to abdicate her estates. Forced once again to submit to him, she retired, holding onto to her title as Duchess of Bavaria, while going to live on her husband’s estates. In 1434, she and van Borselen were officially wed in what seemed like a positive union for her. Two years later, however, she became ill from tuberculosis, and died shortly afterwards. Since she had no issue, Philippe inherited Hainaut and Holland. Inner: Pawn lifetime of having her one true love taken away from her while still a teenager, and then being forced to do battle for both her happiness and her inheritance, only to lose both, regain the former, and then do a relatively early fade, to repeat her unhappy connection with her second spouse.


Storyline: The former professorial potentate eschews the limitations of the executive life in order to more fully explore his own ongoing powers of self-expression, and finds he is far more skilled in the latter sphere than ever he was in the former.

Josef Albers (1888-1976) - German/American painter, poet and teacher. Outer: From a family of Roman Catholic carpenters and craftsmen. Father was a housepainter, who did stage sets. Did not paint as a child, although helped his sire in his work, while watching him in his workshop. The oldest of 4. 5’7”, 155 lbs.Studied at a teacher’s college in Berlin, then Essen and Munich during his 20s, while supporting himself by teaching elementary school in his hometown, as well as several other Westphalian primary schools. In 1920, he became a student at the newly formed Bauhaus, which would quickly become the most important school of design in Germany. Began teaching there in 1923, and started playing with coloured glass as well as abstract pattern painting, using the primary colors. In 1925, he married the student of one of his fellow profs, Anni Fleischmann, who became a tapestry-maker and designer. No children from the union. When the Nazis closed the Bauhaus in 1933, he emigrated to America, and organized the fine arts curriculum at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where he was a teacher until 1949, before moving onto Yale, where he was chairman of the art department over the next decade. Fascinated by the psychology and physiology of art, he enjoyed complex linear designs which were forever open to interpretation. Best known for his series, “Homage to the Square,” in which he plays with that shape within a shape so that the colors, sizes and spatial relationships between them constantly change with each viewing. Also an accomplished lyric poet, with a gentle sense of irony. Died in his sleep at a hospital, after being brought in because of a heart ailment. Inner: Cerebral, patient, quiet, unassuming. Somber, but articulate with an occasional flashing wit. Transition lifetime of expanding on the limitations of his previous existences of rule to celebrate his own gifts of self-expression, while once again, being a stranger in a strange land to try to fully appreciate his uniqueness. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1819-1861) - German-born prince consort of England. Outer: 2nd of two sons of the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. When he was 5, his inconstant father divorced his mother and banished her, and he never saw her again, although he was devoted to her memory, and, as a child, subject to fits of weeping. Quiet and fearful in the face of his aloof progenitor, while establishing an extremely close connection to his brother, Ernest, as well as his tutor. Brought up by his grandmothers and had a close relationship with his uncle Leopold, later the Belgian king in a largely autocratic Lutheran court, which shaped his own view of monarchy. Educated in Brussels and at the Univ. of Bonn. Handsome, pallid and regal, albeit with a delicate nature, that caused him to get bored and tire easily. Although drawn to the affectionate nature of his future wife, his first cousin, Victoria of England (Mary Renault), while she gradualy fekl in love with him, he knew he would have to give up his native country. Nevertheless, the duo were wed in 1840, with five daughters and four sons from the union, including his wife’s successor, Edward VII (Prince William), despite her aversion to the act of intercourse. Gave her court his sense of high moral probity, as well as duty. Skillfully served as his wife’s closest personal adviser, as well as her secretary, while imbuing her with the same hard-working ethic that he evinced. Guided her to a neutral, non-partisan political stance, although felt the crown should stay involved in politics, and saw himself as a political minister. Masterminded the Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace in London, which brought together industry, the arts and the sciences, and won much public approval, but was unpopular with segments of the nobility who never cared for his Germanic mannerisms and austere habits. Painted, designed and composed, while always looking to do ‘good.’ Defused a couple of diplomatic situations, although was suspected of pro-Russian sympathies and blocking England from entering the Crimean War, which proved his low point in public opinion. Disapproved of his eldest son’s antics and escapades, which his wife blamed for his early death. Eventually worn down by his labors, he caught typhoid fever and died, babbling of green fields on his death bed. His wife went into perpetual mourning afterwards, and the crown went into eclipse. Inner: Cultivated, reserved, priggish, intelligent, professorial and sensitive. His personal motto was, “Never relax, never relax, never relax.“ Probably acted out mother-loss by marrying a woman whose social position and power exceeded his own. Contained lifetime of doing his duty as he saw fit in an alien land, but probably exited early because of the extreme limitations put on his role and his life, and the relatively cramped character it created for him. Franz I (1708-1765) - French-born Holy Roman Emperor. Outer: Son of the Duke of Lorraine, and related to the Hapsburg dynasty of Austria. From the age of 15, he lived at the Viennese court of Karl VI (Michael Eisner). In 1729, he succeeded his father as Duke of Lorraine, before giving up his duchy in a political transfer. In 1736 he married Karl’s daughter, Maria Theresa (Mary Renault) on condition he cede Lorraine to Poland, and in return succeed the last of the de’ Medici grand dukes of Tuscany. 16 children from union, 10 of whom survived, including his wife’s successor, Joseph II (Michael Moore). Never learned to speak German, so French became the language of the court. Karl died in 1740, and Maria Theresa immediately appointed him as her co-regent, although refused to allow him to lead troops in the War of the Austrian Succession which followed. During the war’s 8 year run, his wife secured the imperial crown for him in 1745, since she was denied it by her gender. Had little bearing on his empire, save for economic and cultural matters, his 2 spheres of interest, and was thoroughly dominated by his wife. Suffered from pleurisy, and after an interminable night at the opera, he returned home and collapsed in the arms of his eldest son, and died of a massive seizure. His wife mourned him perpetually for the 15 years she outlived him. Inner: Intelligent, cultured and moral. As usual, a stranger in a strange land overshadowed by the same domineering force he would marry anew his next go-round in this series. Corseted lifetime of competently doing his duty, while being the pawn of much larger forces, which ultimately made him relinquish secondary rule in order to explore his growing interests in the artistry of self-expression. Henry Fitzroy, duke of Richmond and Somerset (1519-1536) - English royal bastard. Outer: Mother was a mistress of Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook), an heir-obsessed monarch, who saw in his son a possible inheritor of the British throne, since he had no other male issue at the time, a nettlesome problem that would lead the latter into six marriages all told, and an increasingly despotic frame of mind. In 1525, he was created earl of Nottingham, and on the same day, made duke of both Richmond and Somerset, giving him both lands and a handsome revenue. At the same time, still only aged 6, he became lord admiral of England, leading to speculation he was heir to the crown. Given a solid education, although he showed himself more partial to outdoor pursuits than academics, and had to be bribed to pursue serious study. Added lord lieutenant of Ireland to his titles and duties in 1529. Despite his extreme youth, he was treated in lordly manner, and his wishes were obediently obeyed. Following the downfall of his first overseer, Thomas Wolsey (Henry Kissinger), he was put in the care of Thomas Howard (Joseph Kennedy, Jr.), 3rd Duke of Norfolk. In 1532, he accompanied his father to Calais, and was sent to live at the French court, where he lodged with the dauphin On his return to England in 1533, he was married to the younger daughter of the duke of Norfolk, Mary Howard. Because of the extreme youth of the two, the match was never consummated. Took to his duties with élan, serving as a host for foreign visitors, and was witness to the execution of Anne Boleyn (Katherine Hepburn) in 1536. Enjoyed a solid relationship with his sire, although the latter withheld official confirmation of him as his heir in hopes that he would produce one legitimately via marriage. Despite never evincing any indication of a weak constitution, he abruptly took ill and died two weeks later of a pulmonary infection. His funeral and burial would be a secret affair, as if he suddenly never existed, in keeping with his unofficial status as unacknowledged and illegitimate appendage to the royal ruling house. Inner: Intelligent, articulate and a good athlete, and much like his father, with all the attributes of rule. Chip off the old block lifetime of enjoying a regal upbringing, and the possibility of the English crown, before fate’s dark hand intervened, rendering him a footnote in royal his/story. Jean of Valois, Duke of Touraine (1398-1417) - French noble. Outer: 4th son and 9th child of Charles VI (Reza Abdoh) and Isabeau (Eva LeGallienne). Betrothed at a young age to Jacoba van Beieren (Mary Renault), and the two of them were brought up together in Hainaut, in a happy childhood, in which both received an excellent education, away from the French court, and close to his father-in-law. The pair were married in 1415. Never expected to rule, but his older brothers all serially passed on. When the last Dauphin died latter that year, he suddenly and unexpectedly became heir to the French throne. Less than two years later, however, he died of an abscess in his neck, amidst rumors he had been poisoned by rival claimants to the throne. Inner: Cup of cafe lifetime of enjoying a royal childhood with his longtime partner, only to have it summarily end before they could bring their royal partnership to maturity. Arthur (1486-1502) - English prince. Outer: Eldest son of Henry VII (Rupert Murdoch) and Elizabeth of York (Michele Pfeiffer). Named after the legendary king of English myth. Made night of the Bath and Prince of Wales by the time he was three. Proved a good student, and got a well-rounded education at the hands of numerous headmasters. Given numerous posts fitting his royal birth, including authority in Wales and the Marches, with councils advising him, although at this juncture he was far too young to be anything other than a figurehead. Engaged to Spanish princess Katherine of Aragon (Mary Renault) when the two were stlll children, and after proxy ceremonies, the two were wed in 1501. Some controversy remains whether the union was ever consummated, since he died the following spring, and his younger brother, the future Henry VIII (Maxwell Beaverbrook) became her husband, with the virgin onus hanging over her as part of his ultimate divorce proceedings and institution of the English church as a breakaway body from Catholic Rome. Inner: Candle in the wind lifetime of letting a far more dynamic sibling ultimately dictate the English Reformation, through his fated brief run as crown prince. Honorius III (Cencio Savelli) (1148-1227) - Italian pope. Outer: From a rich and influential family. Pursued a clerical career, rising to church canon before becoming a chamberlain in the papal household in 1188. Made a Cardinal Deacon in 1193, and served as treasurer of the Church under two popes, keeping careful record of its real estate revenues. Also penned several papal biographies, as well as a Great Grimoire containing instruction on controlling the demonic realm, through occult ceremonials, as a means of understanding all worlds. Appointed tutor of the future HRE Friedrich II (Yukio Mishima) in 1197, after he had been made a ward of Innocent III (Michael Moore). Raised by the latter to Cardinal Priest in 1200, after becoming chamberlain of the Sacred College of Cardinals two years before. On the death of Innocent in 1216, he was a compromise candidate, and accepted the Chair of St. Peter somewhat reluctantly, knowing full well he had a full political plate with which to deal, and he was both old and in ill health at the time of his selection. Extremely popular with the citizens of Rome, who claimed him as one of their own, and had long resonated with his kindly, charitable character. Had two basic goals for his papacy, the recovery of the Holy Land via the Fifth Crusade, and a continuation of the reform measures put in place by his extremely active predecessor. Pursued peace among the various European heads of state in order that they focus on the larger objective of wresting Christendom’s most sacred domain from the hands of the Muslims. To compound his goals, he had a serious heretic crisis in southern France with the Cathars, which demanded a European crusade, as well as other unstable situations, particularly that of the eastern church and Constantinople. After the Fifth Crusade received its Lateran Council blessings, he was able to raise a considerable amount of money by having both his and his cardinals, as well as his fellow ecclesiastical’s incomes tithed, although it was not quite enough for the massive undertaking. Nevertheless, he ordered the Crusade be preached in all the churches, looking for sheer numbers, rather than seasoned warriors, which ultimately elicited a host of maladroit misfits, guaranteeing its failure. Wholeheartedly supported education, and had some clergy members specifically trained in theology in order to teach it in outlying dioceses. Crowned Peter II of Courtenay (Macauley Culkin) as Latin King of Constantinople, although he never reached his destination, and its true dynasty remained in exile in Nicaea. Sanctioned the Dominicans in 1216 and the Franciscans seven years later, bestowing numerous privileges on them. Also gave his official blessings to the Carmelite Order. Forced to continually delay the Crusade, when its main champion, Friedrich II showed extreme reluctance in participating, even after he was crowned HRE in Rome in 1220. Over the next five years, plans were continually put off, until he helped bring about the wedding of Friedrich with the Jerusalem queen, Isabella II (Melanie Griffith), only to have the departure date delayed another two years. Died before it happened, leaving it to his successor, Gregory IX (Mario Cuomo) to finally organize the effort. Inner: Kind, gentle and scholarly, working constantly towards justice and peace through good example, rather than coercion. Well-honored lifetime of using his office to directly promote the legacy of the Prince of Peace, while playing with the demonic as a similar tool to uplift and expand awareness of the larger theological universe by understanding its dark side, as well.



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