Storyline: The oracular mogul gives foundation to the future when time and place smile upon him down through the ages, evincing an extraordinary competence in all he assays, save for the clear expression and understanding of his own considerable emotions.
Sean Parker (1979) - American internet entrepreneur. Outer: Father was a U.S. govt. oceanographer, while mother was an advertising broker. Taught programming by his sire when still quite young. Sickly with asthma, and occasionally hospitalized for it, he spent his childhood devouring books, making him remarkably well-informed on a host of subjects, ranging from the technological to the literary. As part of an information-gathering hobby of his, he was caught, at 16, hacking into the computer networks of several multinational corporations, when his angry father literally plugged the plug on him. Sentenced to community service at a local library, he lost his virginity in the process to a punk-rock princess. Began working as a programmer at a major internet company near home, and, against his parents’ desires for him, showed no interest in college. Slim, intense and wavy-maned. A year after graduating in 1998, along with a fellow hacker, Shawn Fanning, he co-founded Napster, a free song-sharing service that attracted tens of millions of users and both upended and outraged the music industry, which set their lawyers upon it and eventually shut it down, while he was pushed out by other partners. In 2002, he created Plaxo, a social networking service, only to quit it two years later following disputes with two of its venture capitalist shareholders, augmenting his alternate triumph and failure rhythm, which periodically saw him homeless and broke. Two years later, he began serving as an adviser to Facebook, becoming its first president, and playing a pivotal role in the initial corporate shaping of it as cofounder Mark Zuckerberg’s business mentor, while receiving 7% of its stock when it incorporated, which made him a near billionaire by the time he was 30. His tenure, however, was summarily ended when he was arrested for cocaine possession in North Carolina in 2005 in a somewhat nebulous case, when a beach-front vacation house he was renting was raided after three nights of hearty partying there. Although he was not officially charged, Facebook’s chief investors wanted to maintain the squeaky-clean image of the company, and ordered him ousted. Nevertheless, he was able to maintain his close relationship with Zuckerberg afterwards. In 2006, he joined the Founders Fund, a San Francisco firm, as a managing partner, using the position to search for investments that conform to his ideals of changing society through technology. Continues to burnish his reputation as a Web oracle, with companies constantly seeking him out for advice on the profitability of their latest innovations. A tea connoisseur and an easy touch for ventures of people he likes, he evinces little interest in conventional family life, preferring a serial string of girlfriends. Portrayed by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network, as a pushy, greedy, calculating visionary, counter to his own messianic self-view as a world-changer. Launched Airtime in 2012, a video chat app playing off of Facebook in order to connect people through common interests, although it initially thudded, despite a host of participatory celebrities in its well-publicized introduction. Had a daughter with singer Alexandra Lenas in 2013, and later married her the same year in a 9 million dollar ceremony, which cost him an extra two and a half million in fines for volating the delicate ecology of Big Sur in California without proper permits. In 2016, he co-founded a new start-up, the Screening Room, which offers movies for $50 in the US, making major blockbusters available at home on the same day they hit cinemas. The studios are also compensated, and the concept drew numerous big name backers. At the same time he made a $250m grant to speed up more effective cancer treatments via coordinating labs and researcher through the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy after his awareness was raised by the loss of friend Laura Ziskin to the dis-ease in 2011. Inner: Materialistic and extremely cerebral, keeping owlish hours as well, while showing a curious lack of discipline, as celebration of his own genius. A rebel, hedonist and trickster at heart, with a rock star sense of himself and a reputation as a party animal. Great desire for credit and recognition, while seeing himself as a perennial outsider, forever pushing for disruptive technology to wake up society. Has an innate understanding of Web networks and how to weave them into people’s lives, with an oracular instinct for technology’s constant advances. Letting loose lifetime of trying to change society through its technology, by staying on its cutting edge, while opening up his heretofore highly controlled character, via the electric stimulants available to him, and the potential to truly alter the entire world through his genius for innovation. David Sarnoff (1891-1971) - Russian/American business pioneer. Outer: Of Jewish descent. Born the same year the electron was christened, a fact he used to brag about. Also came in the day before he exited the previous round in this series. Never really had a childhood. His father hoped he’d become a trader, while his mother wanted him to be a scholar. Oldest of 5 children. His sire came to America without the family in 1895, while he was packed off to a rabbinical uncle for 5 years, where he studied the Talmud, memorizing 2000 words a day by the end of that time. Afterwards, his ill progenitor called for the family, and he emigrated to the U.S. with them at 9, knowing no English. His father expired soon afterwards, and he became family head at 10, selling newspapers and laboring as a delivery boy, among other things, while always showing an enthusiasm for work, as well as how things operated. 5’8”. At 15, he purchased a telegraph key and learned Morse code, unconsciously tap-tap-tapping into his immediate past, and was hired as an office boy for the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co., where he became a junior operator. Married Parisian-born Lizette Hermant in 1917, 3 sons from the union. Educated himself in the ways of the commercial world by learning the language of business, while impressing his superiors with his work ethic. Did stints on several ships, and worked at several stations. When the unsinkable Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in 1912, his fortunes immediately rose, since he was fortuitously at his post at the time, and spent the next 72 hours giving the first electronic direct news report of a cataclysmic event. This wedding of fate and fortune would see him quickly rise through the company, with a firm eye on both the present and future. Saw the possibilities of radio as a music box home entertainment center in 1915, although the idea was initially laughed at as impractical. In 1919, following WW I, fortune once again grinned at him, when RCA was formed by General Electric after it absorbed his company. Became general manager and convinced the company, that in order to sell radios, its airtime would have to be entertainingly filled. Arranged the broadcast of a heavyweight fight in 1921, which would inaugurate sports as an electronic phenomenon. His radio music box, which was called a ‘Radiola,’ was a huge success within 3 years, while he became a vice-president. In 1926, he formed the National Broadcasting Company, in order to sell national advertising, and a veritable gold mine was tapped for the communications industry. In 1928, he began experimenting with television towards the same profitable end, and introduced it to the public at the 1939 NY World’s Fair. Remained in competition with CBS, which was run by William Paley, throughout his career, as they two tried to out-innovate each other. In 1932, he helped RCA free itself of General Electric, through his bargaining skills, and although a rich man, he lived relatively simply, while giving his family preferment in the company, to the resentment of many on his staff. Never realized the importance of celebrity/stars, so that Paley was always stealing his. During WWII, he served as Gen. Dwight Eisenhower’s communications consultant, and was given the honorific of general, which he insisted on being called the rest of his life. In 1947, he retired to become chairman of its board directors. At equal ease with science as he was with commerce, he fought for patents In the 1950s, so that RCA and NBC remained on the cutting edge of the new commercial technology, while he continued to pioneer in the broadcast arena, giving television a goodly number of firsts, just as he had done with radio. Retired in 1970 and was dead within the year of heart failure. Called his autobiography, “Every Chance in the World.” Inner: Ruthless, driven, very controlled, expressed anger through iciness, rather than fire. Felt “competition brings out the best in products and the worst in men.” Frugal, modest in his display, with a strong sense of family loyalty, although was wedded through and through to the business world. Electrified lifetime of being absolutely visionary in technological realms, while keeping expression of the personal under icy control. George Hearst (1820-1891) - American mining magnate and politician. Outer: Father owned farm property, and he was raised in a log cabin. Received little formal education, and was nearly illiterate but had an innate feeling for the land, in the frontier Missouri where he grew up, and was referred to by the local Amerindians as “the boy the earth talks to.” Inherited the family land in 1846, including 3 mortgaged farms, some slaves and a country store. Always showed himself to be a simple product of rural America, down to his tobacco-chewing, bourbon-swilling, poker-playing and ultimately bearded visage. Tall and imposing. Taught himself mining through borrowed books, and observation, and was able to turn a profit from some leased lead and copper mines. In 1850, he came out to California after the gold rush and became a prospector and geologist, claiming numerous productive mines throughout the west, including three of the largest mining discoveries in American his/story, the Comstock Lode in Nevada, the Homestake gold mine in South Dakota, and the Anaconda copper mine in Montana. Thanks to his instinct for resources, and their commercial exploitation, he became a megarancher, with property all over the West. In 1862, he married Phoebe Apperson (Marian Wright Edelman), one son from the union, William Randolph Hearst (Mark Zuckerberg), who became a well-known media magnate in his own right. In 1865, he bought a 48,000 acre ranch, and later appended neighboring ranches to it, and this would become his central property, San Simeon. Became involved in politics, and in order to further his career in that realm, he bought the San Francisco Daily Examiner in 1880, as a repayment of a gambling debt. Had little interest in the publishing business, and turned the paper over to his son somewhat reluctantly, having hoped he would take over the family mining business. Instead, the latter used it as a lynchpin for his own extended media empire. Unsuccessfully ran for senator from California in 1885 against Leland Stanford (Ronald Reagan), then was appointed to the post the following year, and in 1888, was finally elected to the state legislature, and died two years later in office, after a short illness that was called “a serious derangement of the bowels.” Inner: Shrewd and calculating and supremely successful in virtually all he undertook. Plain-spoken and unpretentious, often working dirty work clothes. Viewed as honest and good-humored, despite being reserved, misanthropic and hidden to those closest to him. Liked to live on a grand scale, and could have had ‘Born to Prospect,’ tattooed on him. Golden touch lifetime of parlaying a nose for rich ore, with a gift for commercial exploitation, in once again fashioning an outer life of great wealth, while keeping his private side well hidden. Philip Livingston (1716-1778) - American merchant, politician and philanthropist. Outer: Father was the 2nd Lord of the Manor, having inherited a huge estate along the Hudson River from his own sire. Mother was the daughter of a colonial mayor. Older brother of William Livingston (William Paley). Raised a Presbyterian and in a princely manner, he was a fifth son, and therefore ineligible for a major inheritance. Went to Yale College and then settled in NYC to become a merchant. in 1740, he married Christina Ten Broeck, the daughter of a colonel. A Mason, he was one of the original promoters of King’s College, which became Columbia Univ. After making his own modest fortune, he became an alderman in 1754, winning reelection each year until 1763, while also giving away a considerable amount of his private wealth. As a delegate to the Albany Congress, he participated in negotiations with local indigenes, as well as dealt with the French & Indian War. Also helped develop a Plan of Union for the colonies, which was rejected by George III (Jeffrey Archer). Helped raise funds for the war, and in 1759, was elected to the Province of NY assembly, holding that post for the next decade, and serving as Speaker in 1768. Attended the Stamp Act Congress, aligning itself with its radical block, which was pushing for independence from England. Remained active in the pre-revolutionary War movement, as a member of several key groups, and when NY established the New York Provincial Congress in 1775, he was elected president. Also selected as a delegate to the Continental Congress, where he strongly advocated independence from Great Britain. After the adoption of the NY State Constitution, he was elected to the state Senate in 1777, while continuing in the national congress. Died suddenly while attending the sixth session of Congress. Inner: Extremely dignified and austere, with a forbidding manner, precluding close personal friendships, despite having an affectionate and kindly disposition with intimates. Lordly lifetime of showing generosity with his wealth and time, although not his emotional demeanor, an ongoing problem of his. Charles Emmanuel II (Carlo Emanuele II di Savoia) (1634-1675) - Italian duke. Outer: Father was Victor Amadeus I, duke of Savoy, a northern Italian Alpine duchy. Mother was Christine Marie (Lydia Hearst), daughter of Henri IV (Gerhard Schroeder), king of France, and sister of Louis XIII (Michael Bay). Second surviving son of five children. Succeeded to the duchy in 1638, at the age of 4 on the death of his older brother Francis Hyacinthe, to become the fourteenth in his line, while holding numerous other titles. His mother served as regent, while he pursued his own interests, showing little real interest in rule. in 1655, on false rumors that they were planning on resettling in his duchy’s mountain valleys, he ordered the massacre of the Waldensians, who were long considered a heretical Protestant sect for their extremely liberal religiosity, creating an uproar throughout Europe for its brutality. On the death of his mother in 1663, he finally assumed power. At the same time, he married his first cousin, Francoise Madeleine d’Orleans, a French princess, when she was 15, only to see her die a little over a year later, leaving him inconsolable. Refused her uncle Louis XIV’s (Charles de Gaulle) offer of another French princess, and instead married a second cousin once removed, Marie Jeanne of Savoy in 1665, after her first husband, a French duke, refused to recognize their proxy marriage. One son from the union, Victor Amadeus II (Mark Zuckerberg) who would succeed his father as the fifteenth and final duke. Also had numerous illegitimate progeny. Although his ventures outside his duchy were curtailed by far greater powers, he greatly enhanced the finances of his realm, while developing the port of Nice and building a road through the Alps, so as to connect Savoy with France. Reformed the army, introducing uniforms, and reconstituted his forces, which had been largely composed of mercenaries up to that point. Restored fortifications, and was an enthusiastic builder, greatly improving the royal residences, as well as numerous churches in Turin, before dying prematurely in his early 40s, after a series of convulsive fevers. Made his wife regent just before passing. Inner: Pleasure-loving, and well-organized, while focusing his considerable abilities on a far smaller realm than empires of the past. Probably had internal anger issues in his brutal suppression of the Waldensians. Lordly lifetime of continuing his longtime associations and his eclectic interests, as a somewhat reluctant ruler, who, nevertheless, dealt with affairs of state in a highly competent manner, once he assumed command of his duchy. Suleyman I (1494-1566) - Ottoman emperor. Known as ‘the Magnificent.’ Outer: Son of Selim I (Ayman al-Zawahiri). Tall, wiry, with a delicate complexion. Educated in the Palace school, and was given a solid foundation for rule, which was coupled with sincere religious convictions. Succeeded his father in 1520, and continued his sire’s conquests in the Balkans and Mediterranean, with a desire to do in the west what the latter had done in the east, expand the empire to its utmost boundaries. Unsuccessfully besieged Vienna in 1529, which would be his first defeat, and halted him from penetrating into the heart of the European continent. Saw the HRE Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte), as his bete noir, but could not defeat him militarily and had to deal with him diplomatically. Extremely close with his vizier, Ibrahim Pasha (William S. Paley), but ultimately had to have him executed in 1536, when he felt threatened by the power he had accrued. Very fond of pomp and splendor, lived royally, and sponsored great public festivities, and was also a supporter of the arts and architecture. Thanks to able administrators beneath him he was able to make needed educational, military and legal reforms, and became known as the Lawgiver, for his equitable sense of justice and legislation towards that end. Grew stricter in his sense of Muslim observance as he grew older, but always used it as the basis or his relatively humane lawgiving. Entered a formal alliance with France against the House of Hapsburg in Germany, and this affiliation would remain in effect for the next 3 centuries. Perennially waging war on two fronts, in 1540 he annexed parts of Hungary, but was unable to become master of the Mediterranean, despite a fierce naval fleet but was successful in several campaigns in Persia, and also added to his domain at the end with some of the Arabian coastlands, bringing the Ottoman empire to the zenith of its worldly power and prestige. Had 5 sons by several wives, including his favorite Roxelana (Marian Wright Edelman). His latter years, however, were marred by family infighting around his succession. Roxelana intrigued against his older son in favor of her two boys, and he wound up having him executed in 1553, during his third and last Persian campaign, when she convinced the sultan he was a threat. Set out with his largest force ever in 1566, on the 13th campaign he had personally led, which would prove his unlucky number. Could no longer sit on his horse, and had to be borne on a litter. Died in his tent, perhaps from apoplexy or a heart attack. Death was kept a secret to insure a smooth transition to his successor, Selim II, but the empire would only know decline after him. Inner: Tolerant and principled, albeit cold and melancholic, with a latent cruelty born of his addiction to power. Exceptional commander, bold, energetic and determined, who also knew when to negotiate and when to fight. Skilled goldsmith, like his father. Peak lifetime of bringing all his skills to bear as the greatest of the Ottoman emperors, before eventually switching to the business sphere, with a similar sense of mastery. Saladin (Yussuf ibn Ayyub) (1137-1193) - Saracen general and sultan. Outer: Father, Ayyub Nejm el-Din, was a Kurdish general, who was given preferment by the governor of Mosul, Zangi, and made governor of Baalbeck, where he spent his childhood, having moved there the night of his birth. When Zangi was murdered in 1146, the family moved to Damascus, and Ayyub was made commander of the army, and then governor. Spent his early life in study, becoming learned in the Koran, and at 26, reluctantly took up arms and fought under his uncle, Shirquh, in Egypt, where he was given command as governor of Alexandria. Slender, of middle height, dark-eyed and dark-bearded. Distinguished himself in the four year conquest of Egypt, while showing a strong interest in Christian knighthood, and may have gone through the ceremony of becoming one. His nom de guerre, Salah al-Din or Saladin, meant ‘rectifier of the faith.’ After driving the Christians from Egypt, his uncle died from over-indulgence in 1169, and he was chosen as vizier by the caliph, largely because he was seen as pliable and unambitious. Two years later, he abolished the Shi’ite caliphate, and made Egypt a Sunni nation, while becoming sole ruler of that country. His strong religious beliefs inspired him to create a Muslim empire which would drive the Crusaders out of the Holy Land. Overcame plots, mutinies and Crusader invasions, and became sultan of Egypt in all but name, founding the Ayubbid dynasty where his sons and their descendants ruled for many years. Made his capital at Cairo, revived the Egyptian economy, and built up its army, while using diplomacy and military force to spread his influence all the way to the Levant. At the death of the Syrian emir, Nur ed-Din (Osama bin Laden) in 1174, to whom he had nominally been a vassal, he began to lay claim to all the Muslim territories of Syria, northern Mesopotamia, Palestine and Egypt. By 1175, he was able to declare himself king of both Syria and Egypt, traveling back and forth between the two countries, while supervising building, creating elaborate courts, and encouraging the spread of Muslim religious institutions, while enjoying the company of poets, philosophers and religious men. Lived simply and piously, and won the love and respect of a wide variety of people. In 1182, he set up his headquarters in Damascus, and 5 years later scored a resounding victory against the Crusaders at the battle of Hittin, after declaring jihad against them. Took Jerusalem several months later, although he did not slaughter its Christian population, as they had initially done to his people when they first took that sacred city, nearly a century before. Although Richard the Lion-Heart (Richard Burton) subsequently bested him in several battles, during the Third Crusade, he did not lose control of his domain, and was able to stop Richard from besieging Jerusalem, forcing an armistice between the warring sides. Wore himself out, and died suddenly leaving no personal possessions, and not even enough money to pay for his grave. Inner: Just, religious, kind and generous. Good strategist, excellent administrator and organizer. Pious, although never let his religious feelings dominate political necessities. Forbade flattery, and made himself accessible to all. Dominating lifetime of giving his name to the ages as an exemplary Muslim ruler and commander, who was able to both withstand the best the Christian world threw at him, and honor and integrate the warrior sensibilities of his times. John Hyrcanus I (176BZ-104BZ) - Ruler of Judaea. Outer: 3rd and youngest son of Simon Maccabeus (Edmund Allenby), and a member of the Hasmonean dynasty that ruled Judaea. Married, several sons, including Aristobulus I (Guy Burgess) and Alexander Jannaeus (Kim Philby). With his brother Judas, he commanded a force that repelled a Syrian invasion. His father and 2 elder brothers were treacherously assassinated by his brother-in-law, the governor of Jericho, and he succeeded to the high priesthood and the kingship over Judaea in 135BZ. Felt he had a fundamentalist duty to restore the Davidic kingdom of old, and dedicated his 30 rule rule to that effect. Used the biblical book of Joshua and Samuel as his guiding text. Created an army of mercenaries, and pillaged, burned and razed any Hellenic city in his domain. Enlarged his country’s boundaries by conquering neighboring territories, and continued his battle with the Syrians, by making an alliance with Rome. Forced the conquered territory of Edom to convert to Judaism on pain of death, the first, and one of the few times, that Judaism was ever shoved down the collective throat of a peoples. Punished his enemies and handed over a powerful united state to his heirs, although he realized the dangers of having the roles of high priest and ruler in the hands of a single individual and specified in his will that his wife would succeed him in the latter role, and his eldest son, Aristobulus, in the former. Aristobulus, however, slew his mother and one brother, jailed his other siblings, and took both positions for himself. Inner: Zionist to the core, felt the land of Palestine was the divine inheritance of his people. Fundamentalist, felt that his terrible, swift sword was the righteous instrument of God, showing no mercy to those who stood in his way. Strong ruler, totally imbued with what he felt was his divine mission, and was viewed positively by the subsequent chroniclers of his time. Terrible swift sword lifetime of acting in accordance with biblical beliefs in a warrior family who saw things totally in black-and-white and life’n’death terms, with absolutely no shades of gray in between. Artaxerses II (Arsicas) (?-358BZ) - Persian emperor. Outer: Son of Persian king Darius II (Kim Philby) and Parasystis (Indira Gandhi). Oldest of 4 brothers, and born before his sire ascended the throne. Nicknamed Mnemon, the ‘Mindful.’ Married Statira, son from union, Artaxerses III (Ernst Roehm) would be his successor. His father had had his wife’s brother killed, and wanted to do the same with her, but his pleading prevailed, and the marriage was recognized. Succeeded his sire on the latter’s death in 404, and was informed by his satrap Tissaphernes (Moshe Dayan), that his younger brother Cyrus the Younger (Whittaker Chambers) coveted his throne, but forgave him his treachery on the entreaty of his mother. Showed himself as a reflection of his namesake, as a liberal, accessible monarch. Lost Egypt the same year he was enthroned, and then had to deal with his brother’s perfidy in 401, meeting him on the battlefield, only to be unseated in direct hand-to-hand combat, before the latter was killed by another. His mother Parasystis, wanting to avenge the death of her favorite, had the king, against his will, order the execution of Tissaphernes, despite his earlier help. Constantly dealing with his mother’s machinations, which made him harsher, and he suffered the ultimate blow, when she poisoned his wife. Did not, however, order her execution, but, instead, banished and confined her to Babylon. The rebellion of his brother showed the vulnerability of the empire to Greek mercenaries, and the empire did battle for 5 years with Sparta, losing to their army, but defeating their navy in 394, giving them mastery over the Aegean Sea. Reconciled with his mother, and she returned, maintaining her power over him. Eventually made peace with Sparta, as well as Athens in 386, taking control of the Asiatic mainland and Cyprus, while making his empire arbiters of Greek martial affairs, and a needed ally in their ongoing struggles. Restored the full measure of the old gods, by putting up statues of the goddess Anahita, expanding the pantheon from the singular figure of light, Ahura Mazda, while reserving his greatest deific affection for the goddess Juno. Fared less well in his military adventures on expeditions in Egypt, while the empire’s strength in Greece was totally dependent on internecine warfare between its various states. In 366, all the satraps, or governors, rose in revolt in Anatolia, and he had little power to stop them directly, although he took advantage of their infighting to restore authority over his extended empire, through discord rather than martial supremacy. At his death, he was succeeded by his son, Artaxerxes III. Inner: Relatively gentle and kind compared with his relatives. Gracious, accessible, amiable, with little of the vengeful in him initially, although he came to reflect some of the cruelty of his court, thanks to the harsh influence of his mother. Repeat lifetime of further welding church’n’state, while suffering the calumnies of a treacherous household and the loss of a beloved intimate, in his ongoing desire to integrate the worldly with the personal, through his own considerable skills at nation-building. David (?-c962BZ) - Israeli king. Outer: Of Jewish descent. His father, Jesse, was a shepherd, which he became as well. 8th and youngest son. Played a mean harp, and was invited to soothe the king, Saul’s (Kim Philby) melancholy breast, much to that beleaguered monarch’s relief. When Saul overstepped his kingly bounds into the priestly, the judge Samuel (Terence McKenna) secretly anointed the harp player as his replacement, and he became a thorn to the king from then on, despite his loyalty to him, and his subsequent great love for his son and heir, Jonathan (William Paley). Proved himself a leviathan on the battlefield by slaying a giant, Goliath, and he became a direct threat to the king, who tried to kill him, then offered one daughter, and gave him another, before forcing him to flee the court in his jealous rage. Went into hiding, took on another wife, and became an outlaw and leader and organizer of other undergrounders, so that he came to be known as a protector, with a great heart for the weak and vulnerable, making him into an obvious successor to the unstable figure on their throne. Refused to assassinate Saul when he had the opportunity, lamented the loss of both the king and Jonathan when he heard of their predicted deaths on the battlefield against the Philistines. Became king, after successfully resisting a rival claim by Saul’s surviving son, and proved a great general, winning independence for Israel by defeating the Philistines, and uniting all 12 tribes by doing so. Set up his capital at Jerusalem, while retrieving the sacred Ark of the Covenant from his enemies, so that he had a spiritual as well as secular capital. Jerusalem, or the City of Peace, became the Holy City of Jewry, as he made manifest a long time fantasy of a deliverer and a sacred place to which his peoples would be delivered. The House of David would become an earthly line by which the next deliverer or messiah, would appear, so that his wedding of God and state would have continuing repercussions down through the centuries. His was now the first family of monotheism. Despite his spiritual intentions, he was also a man of the weakness of the flesh. Saw Bathsheba (Eva Green) bathing while standing on a rooftop and had to have her, which resulted in his sending her husband off to his obvious death in battle. Punished severalfold for the act, including contracting leprosy for six months, and having the higher spirit of Israel depart from him. The child from their first illicit union died, but the second one, Solomon (Mark Zuckerberg) ultimately became his successor, thanks to the manipulations of his mother. Although he was sacred father to his people, his real home life was a shamble. He took many women to wife, in a large harem, and family tragedy soon erupted from this chaos, when a son, Amnon (Guy Burgess) raped a daughter, Tamar (Marguerite Duras) and his half-brother Absalom (Whittaker Chambers) killed him. Absalom would later raise a revolt against his father, forcing him to flee, before being killed by one of the king’s generals, and greatly mourned afterwards, in spite of his perfidy. His sons would cause him ongoing grief at the end of his life. Finally died, full of years and was succeeded by Solomon. Buried in the City of David in Old Jerusalem. Inner: Great general, administrator and organizer. Innately understood mass movements and how to align the political with the spiritual, but like others of his accomplished ilk, had trouble with the personal, as exemplified by all his family tragedies. Man on a mission lifetime of welding God and state together, only to have his own blood show him the confusions of his unintegrated interior, and his need to address his failings, lest they manifest in those around him. Merenptah (c1255-1214BZ) - Egyptian pharaoh. Outer: 13th son of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II (Mark Zuckerberg), and probably the 4th child of his sire’s number two wife, Istnopfret. HIs birth name meant, “Beloved of Ptah, Joyous is Truth,” and his throne name also proclaimed him, in part, as “Beloved of the Gods.” Bald, corpulent and 5’7”. Married his sister, Istnofret, to whom he was quite attached, and may have had a royal number two wife, as well. Spent the larger part of his father’s reign largely hidden, until being made general of the army in his early 30s. Proved successful on the battlefield against revolts and threats, using speed and pre-emption as his weapons of choice. Kept to his father’s treaties, and outlived all his older brothers, so that he was not named successor until his sire was in his eighth decade. Served as the empire’s real power, during his father’s last decade, thanks to the latter’s advanced age, and when he died, the new pharaoh ascended the throne in his late 50s, for a decade run, which saw him move the capital back to Memphis, and build a huge palace, making that city the dynastic center. Scored a huge victory over the Libyans, after receiving benediction from the Egyptian God and guardian of his city, Ptah, in a dream. On one of his victory stelae afterwards, the first-ever mention of Israel is made, as a state he had subdued. It may also indicate the exodus during his or his father’s reign. Following his death, there was some confusion about his successor, who should have been his eldest son, Seti II (William S. Paley), who eventually after a usurper first took the throne. Inner: Highly competent but largely colorless and hidden. Godking lifetime of experiencing rule from an advanced age, while giving indication of his own dynastic needs to come, of creating a new capital to ground his future generations, trusting in inner revelations, and evincing the necessary military skills to continue to strongly rule in the coming age.


Storyline: The internet magnate takes his game up to the next level, in his solomonic understanding of the tides of his times, eschewing his earlier flamboyancy in favor of serving as the electronic link behind the interconnection of global humanity, in his ongoing fascination with power, privilege, and refashioning the world according to his vision of it.
Mark Zuckerberg (Mark Elliot Zuckerberg1984) - American internet entrepreneur, electronic social philosopher and philanthropist. Outer: Of Austrian, Polish and German Jewish descent. Grew up in an extremely close, supportive household with three sisters. Father was a dentist, and mother was a psychiatrist who left her practice to manage his office. Encouraged to exercise his imagination and considerable will, while benefiting from the communication links of a largely female household. Had a “Star Wars” themed bar mitzvah, but declared himself an atheist afterwards. Showed himself to be a precocious computer programmer, creating ZuckNet for his family at 12, while designing games, and taking courses in programming, as a prodigy fascinated with both ancient myth and modern interconnection. Went to both public and private schools, graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy while showing himself adept in the sciences, with an affinity for the classics. Also captain of his fencing team there. 5’8” with red hair, blue eyes and a Roman nose. A computer science and psychology major at Harvard, he experimented with networking links before helping come up with Facebook in 2004 while an undergraduate, as a means of linking its users with one another through the exchange of personal pictures and data, so that they could mutually share in their lives. Its popularity quickly extended to other elite colleges, and it became a commercial concern. Along with a trinity of cofounders, he moved to Palo Alto, California to establish offices, which would continually expand, as plans to return to Harvard were put on permanent hold, with the extraordinary popularity of the site, thanks in no small part to its first president, Sean Parker, who showed him how to maintain control of his own company. Advertising revenue made him the world’s youngest billionaire, while he gathered an extremely loyal cadre around him, who delighted in both his leadership and companionship. Built Facebook around his view of the importance of the interconnectivity of humanity, and a great desire to keep information transparent and forever flowing. These stances would lead to criticism of his providing a little too much transparency for intrusive agencies and avaricious corporations to exploit. Turned down a 15 billion dollar offer from Microsoft in 2007, since his vision for his creation was far more encompassing, with a genuine desire to revolutionize the world of interconnection in the industrial, commercial and personal spheres. A longtime relationship with Priscilla Chan, a med student he met at Harvard, prompted him to learn Mandarin Chinese, in addition to his proficiency with French, Hebrew, Latin and ancient Greek. The subject of suits and misdesigned projects, he remains, probably, the singular most important figure of the electronic information age. As such, he was given Hollywood immortality, with The Social Network with actor Jesse Eisenberg assaying him in far more nerdish and negative fashion, including being cockily sex-obsessed, than his actualities warranted. After Facebook passed the half a billion user mark, he was named “Time” magazine’s Person of the Year in 2010. Joined with Skype, a video communication site, the following year, to add to his reach and control, which would hit the 3/4 billion mark by the time of the announced confluence of connections. His Facebook co-founder, Brazilian-born Eduardo Saverin, decided to stay in Singapore in lieu of some $67 million in taxes, despite claiming he was willing to pay them, just before the company’s IPO in May of 2012, which was the second largest in his/story, with 500 million shares changing hands, putting its value at $105 billion, despite only the slightest of upticks in value. Immediately afterwards, he wed his longtime girl-friend right after she graduated from medical school at the Univ. of California. His IPO soon unraveled with a variety of charges of manipulations around its overvalue, as well as insider info warnings, so as to deeply tarnish his status as genius-geek. Subsequently fell off the Top 40 list of the world’s richest, because of the continually declining value of Facebook’s stock, while he admitted some 83 million of his network 955 million were fakes, via repeat names or nonhuman pets. Started Fwd.us to push for comprehensive immigration reform, but ran into heavy criticism for its anti-environmental stances. In 2015, he began a Facebook book club, vowing to read a new tome every other week, with an emphasis on new cultures, beliefs and technologies. At the same time, he made Facebook ever more exploitative by insisting its users reveal their true identities, so as to glean ever more information on everyone on it for advertisers in a gross breech of personal privacy, while hypocritically buying land around his own homes to insure even greater concealment for himself. After three miscarriages, had a baby girl with his wife at year’s end, while announcing he would be giving away 99% of his $45 billion Facebook fortune to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which is dedicated to tackling humanity’s greatest problems. Ranked the world’s 6th richest person, at the same time, and the youngest of the top 10. Forced to meet with conservative leaders over their perceived bias against them by Facebook, which remains a major news source for many. Pledged more than $3 billion toward a plan to “cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children’s lifetime.” then was forced to deny any responsibility that Facebook had in disseminating fake and misleading news that shaped the presidential election. Reached the 2 billion membership mark on Facebook in the middle of 2017, while acting coy about a possible presidential run in 2020. Inner: Extremely strong-willed with a quick mind, and an aversion to wasting time. Genuinely warm and well-liked by those who know him, exuding both calm and wisdom in his quick-paced highly articulate demeanor. Highly social, with a desire to make everyone feel equally connected to those they enjoy being with. Harbors a curious indifference to money, despite his facility for accruing it. Completely the opposite of his previous go-round in this series in his total lack of ostentation and need for lavish display. An active philanthropist, he pledged to give away half his wealth as one of his life’s goals. Has a red/green colorblindness. Workaholic lifetime of finding balance with his inner and outer life by eliminating desire for all things that have no real consequence, while focusing his vision on those that do. William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) - American media mogul. Outer: Only child of George Hearst (David Sarnoff) and Phoebe Apperson Hearst (Marian Wright Edelman). Led a sheltered childhood, in a privileged household, with his mother taking him on 2 art tours of Europe by the time he was 16, which inspired him later on to try recreate the architectural splendor he witnessed there. Subsequently showed himself to be both a connoisseur and a rebel, when he was asked to leave his private school. 6’3”, with dark brown hair and blue eyes. At Harvard, he was business manager of the “Lampoon,’” and was elected to the Hasty Pudding theatrical group, while keeping a mistress, only to be expelled in 1885, after 2 years. Showed no interest in his sire’s mines or vast landholdings, and instead, took over his progenitor’s paper, the San Francisco Examiner, in 1887, and remade it into sensationalistic fishwrap, patterning it after Joseph Pulitzer’s (Rudy Giuliani) New York World, which featured scandals and gory stories galore, mixed with populist calls for social justice and exposures of corruption. Gathered a well-paid staff, and sank nearly a million into the enterprise, before showing a profit by 1890. After receiving $5 million from his mother, he did the same with the New York Journal, reducing the price to one cent, while building up a large readership, despite initial deficits of $100,000 a month. The former also gave him $10,000 a month for the rest of her life, which he used for art acquisitions. Joined with the new Evening Journal, which upped his readership to 700,000. Subsequent circulation wars with Pulitzer’s papers gave rise to “yellow journalism,” in which exaggerated reporting and emotional public reaction was a factor in America’s engagement in the century’s near-end Spanish-American War, although the conflict probably would have happened without his enthusiastic support. Used his flagship papers to acquire a large chain, making him into a media magnate, thanks to his ability to take advantage of the technical revolution in journalism at the century’s turn. Married Millicent Willson, a dancer, in 1903, 5 sons from the union, including a pair of twins, and all followed him into the media business. Added magazines to his empire, then turned his attention to politics and served two disinterested terms in the House of Representatives as a Democrat between 1903 and 1907, where he was noted mostly for his absenteeism. Failed to gain his lifelong dream of the presidential nomination in 1904, and then narrowly lost the mayor’s race for NYC the following year, running as an Independent. His next three forays into elective politics were also failures, as he sought the presidential nomination again in 1908, then the governorship of NY, losing to Charles Evans Hughes (John Roberts), and the mayoralty again in 1909, losing even more heavily, permanently souring him on the election process. His pro-German stance would cause him to be hung in effigy during the latter part of WW I, while his papers were banned in numerous communities. Although initially pro-union and progressive in many of his stances, he proved himself increasingly reactionary and jingoistic in his newspaper chain, which became the nation’s largest by the mid-1920s, so that one out of every 4 Americans at the time got their news from one of his enterprises. Unhappily married, although his wife refused to give him a divorce, he wound up living openly with his mistress of over 30 years, actress Marion Davies (Janet Jackson), vowing to make the young starlet Hollywood’s biggest female luminary, by forming Cosmopolitan Pictures as a personal vehicle for her. Despite the inherent publicity of his newschain, all his cinematic ventures lost money, because of his insistence on topflight productions. The company was absorbed by MGM in 1924, and, despite his interference, Davies was able to become a star on her own. Inherited $11 million from his mother on her death in 1919, and spent the next 30 years and some $30 million dollars building a castle called San Simeon on a 240,000 acre ranch on the California coast, which he refurbished with an expensive art collection imported from Europe, and also larded with animals, mimicking potentates of old with his vast menagerie. Also maintained a 110 room mansion in Santa Monica, as well as other homes, and became known for his lavish entertainments, with much of Hollywood vying to be on his guest lists. The death of director Thomas Ince (Sam Peckinpah) aboard his yacht in 1924 was thought to have been instigated by his jealousy, although was later seen as a result of the former’s ill health. Reached his peak mid-decade with 28 major newspapers, 18 magazines, and several radio stations and news services. Steadily starting losing readership afterwards to newer publications, and in the 1930s, he bitterly turned against Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, after earlier supporting him, while presenting himself as a rabid anti-Communist. His fortunes waned during the Depression, thanks to his lavish spending, and by 1937, he was forced to stave off bankruptcy by liquidating much of his property and selling off his beloved objets d’art, while Marion Davies loaned him $1 million to help him see his way past his financial difficulties. Despite the vast age difference twixt the two, they had a genuinely loving relationship, and she did not officially marry anyone until after his death. The ill-disguised subject of Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane, a classic of his kind, which he vigorously tried to suppress, and then had his newspapers roundly pan. By 1940, he had lost control of his vast media empire, and was forced to watch his munificent world shrivel before his eyes, into the domain of a mere rich man. Spent the last four years of his life in seclusion in Beverly Hills, contemplating his failures. Invited only women to his 85th birthday, fearing to be seen as so vulnerable by any man, and died a few months later. Marion Davies would marry a scant three months later to an old flame of her sister’s. Left a personal estate of nearly $60 million, as well as a viable publishing empire for his family to run. San Simeon was ultimately bequeathed to the state of California as part of its park system. Inner: Extremely power-hungry, with little real understanding of the dynamics of ordinary life. Had a high-pitched voice that was almost womanish, and was polite and mild-mannered unless he felt disobeyed. Lavish spender, and a fancy dresser, with a great love of being the center of attention. Loved being called “Chief.” Unpleasant with underlings and a thrower of tantrums. Deeply hurt by his electoral rejections, with little about him that was original or innovative, or inspiring to ordinary voters. Me, my, mine lifetime of playing the plutocrat to the hilt, both in lifestyle and influence-peddling, with a genuine love at the latter core of it, but an ill-tempered persona at heart, unwilling to brook anything that did not go his way, causing his ultimate loss of power, prestige and wealth. Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813) - American politician and businessman. Outer: From a wealthy and influential multi-generational NY family. Father was a lawyer, merchant and provincial judge. The eldest of 10 surviving children. Graduated from King’s College (later Columbia), in 1765, and was admitted to the bar 3 years later. In 1770, he married Mary Stevens, the daughter of a great NJ landowner, 2 daughters from the union, both of whom married cousins. Briefly practiced with future Supreme Court chief justice John Jay (John Roberts), and quickly became involved in the political dynamics of the early American revolutionary period, serving on several committees of all the Continental Congresses, showing a particular expertise in finance and foreign and judicial affairs. Never saw the revolution as revolutionary, only a means to better ends for his family and himself. Loved his lordly status as master of his ancestral manor, where he held court as judge and landlord, as a potentate unto himself, playing the role of Republican aristocrat. Helped draft the Declaration of Independence, although he personally felt it was an unnecessary statement, and served as NY’s first chancellor, holding the post from 1777 to 1801. When the federal government was inaugurated in 1781, he was appointed secretary of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, which he reorganized along business lines, during his two years in office. A Freemason, he became the first Grand Master of his NY Lodge in 1784, holding the post until 1801. In 1789, he swore in George Washington (George Marshall) as first president of the U.S. Came to identify with the Jeffersonian anti-Federalists, and lost in a race for NY governor to his old law partner, Jay, thanks to a dislike for the masses, and their mutual feelings about him. In 1801, he was made Thomas Jefferson’s representative to France, where he helped engineer the $15 million dollar Louisiana Purchase in 1803, in what would be America’s greatest real estate deal. Resigned afterwards and returned to NY in 1804, resigning from public life and traveling for a year in Europe. Had earler become fasinated with steamboat possibilities, and along with inventor Robert Fulton (Gordon Parks), won a monopoly on NY waterways. Their first successful ship in 1807, was named the Clermont, after his ancestral home. The two were able to extend their operations to the Mississippi, although the operations were not particularly profitable. Died at home. Inner: Strongly influenced by status, land and family. Quick-minded, and endlessly curious about the physical world, while always looking to inventively improve things. Roundly disliked for his crimped, aristocratic character, despite his obvious other abilities. His two achievements, the Louisiana Purchase and the introduction of steamboats to American waterways, would be incalculable in the development of the country. Pivotal lifetime of employing his expertise in a whole new world looking for inventiveness and creativity, while still retaining his cramped personality, as a counterweight to his inordinate facility for unique achievement. Victor Amadeus II (Vittorio Amedeo Sebastiano) (1666-1732) - Italian duke and king of Sicily and Sardinia. Outer: Father was Charles Emmanuel II (Sean Parker), the fourteenth duke of Savoy. Mother was Marie Jeanne (Marian Wright Edelman), daughter of a French duke, and of the royal House of Bourbon, as well as second cousin once removed of her husband. The single issue of their union, he proved to be a sickly child, who had to be constantly watched. Despite his debility, he showed a keen interest in military matters and also evinced a strong intelligence. When his sire died in 1675, he became the fifteenth and final duke of Savoy. His mother became regent, and tried to manipulate him into marriage with an infanta of Portugal, which would have forced him to live in his wife’s native country, and insure a permanent regency on her part, as well as put the duchy in Portuguese hands at her death. The union was averted through his postponing it, while relations between mother and son remained strained. Although he came into his majority in 1679, his mother did not relinquish power until 1684, when he forced her to do so by banishing her from all influence at court, through his own political manipulations. After several other matches were put forth, he finally had to bend to both her and French royal pressure and marry Anne Marie d’Orleans, the niece of Louis XIV (Charles de Gaulle) in 1684. Her mother was the daughter of Charles I (George VI) of England. Two daughters and two sons from the largely loveless union, including his successor, Charles Emmanuel III, with each coming to loathe one another. Genuinely loved his eldest son, Victor Amadeus, although he died at 15 of smallpox, which devastated him. Had numerous extramarital affairs, which his devoted wife tolerated, becoming obsessed with Jeanne Baptiste d’Albert de Luynes, a French countess, with whom he had a daughter and son, before she fled him after 11 years together. Inherited a duchy that had been bankrupted by both famine and wars, while he pursued the persecution of the Vaudois, an ultraliberal Protestant sect, whom his father had infamously massacred some 30 years before. Forced, however, by Protestant allies to suspend the practice, and issue an Edict of Toleration in 1694, while using the governments of England and the Dutch Republic for subsidies to further his own military aims. Despite those alliances, Catholic France made him expel all Protestant immigrants from Savoy in 1698. Continually manipulated other polities for his own territorial advantage through the various continental wars of the time, while also having to deal with Louis XIV political machinations, suffering a siege of Turin when he was outmanned by French forces during the War of the Spanish Succession. At its end, he wound up as king of Sicily, in the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. Later forced to take the lesser title of king of Sardinia in 1720. Focused on internal reforms in the interim, using the French model for far more efficient revenue collection and policing, while he also had his duchy extensively surveyed, so as to make the land holdings and privileges of the first and second estates somewhat more equitable. Vastly improved the administrative zone around his capital, and In 1717, he established individual secretariats for the various departments surrounding both internal and external affairs. Also implemented considerable military reform, establishing a militia, while adding a naval force in 1713, through his entitlement as king of Sicily. An enthusiastic builder, as well as supporter of the arts, he had huge gardens laid out around the Palace of Turin, which he had remodeled. Lost his his wife in 1728 through a series of heart attacks. In 1730, he married his widowed mistress, Anna Canalis di Cumiana (Janet Jackson), whom he loved deeply, making her a marchioness. Abdicated a month later, leaving his duchy and crown to his son Charles Emmanuel III. Moved to a chateau outside the capital, although kept himself informed on all matters of state. The following year, he suffered a stroke, and at the behest of his wife, decided to resume his throne, only to be arrested by his son, while Anna was taken to a house of reformed prostitutes. The two were soon reunited at the Castle of Rivoli, although his stroke had affected his mental capacities, and he began violently blaming his wife for his undoing at the hands of his son. In 1732, while imprisoned in a convent, he died. Anna was moved to a convent in Pinerolo, where she expired at the advanced age of 88, over three and a half decades later. Inner: Excellent organizational skills, with a zest for life and a quick-minded intelligence. Builder, reformer, and very much in control, while carefully balancing his duchy’s needs against the wills of far more powerful national polities. Hand upon the throttle lifetime of much accomplishment, only to suffer in the end, because of a debilitated state, and an inability to countenance the will of anyone other than his own. Mehmed Pasa Sokollu (1505-1579) - Ottoman vizier. Outer: Of Slavic and Christian origin. Served as an acolyte in a Serbian church, and then was recruited into Ottoman service, rising to the rank of high admiral of the fleet by his early 40s, under the Ottoman emperor Suleyman I (David Sarnoff). Became governor-general of Rumelia. Commanded the forces of Selim II during the battle for succession between the former and his brother, in 1559, and after the victory of his side, he married a daughter of Selim in 1562, solidifying his position as grand vizier to the totally inept sultan, and in essence ran the foreign policy of the empire under him. Concluded Suleyman’s campaign in Hungary in 1568, then turned his attention towards stopping Russian expansion, although his grand plans for a canal between the Don and the Volga, were stopped by Selim. Halted in building a canal across the Suez as well, then was overruled by the sultan in his desire to attack Spanish interests in the Mediterranean, seeing them as the empire’s natural enemy. Instead the Ottomans successfully went after Cyprus, only to suffer severe retribution, via the Battle of Lepanto, the Turk’s first major defeat. Following Selim’s death in 1574, he insured the peaceful succession of his son, Murad III, who curtailed much of his power. His enemies at court subsequently eliminated his circle of support, and he was ultimately assassinated by a fellow Bosnian, dressed as a dervish, who, upon asking for audience with him, plunged a knife into his heart, a death he had expressly wished for the previous evening. With his demise, a long period of decadence and decline set in for the empire. Inner: Great vigor and capacity, with high ambitions for himself. Extremely competent, with the desire to realize all the ambitions of the predecessor emperor, Suleyman. Power behind the throne lifetime of giving full play to his imperial designs as a second-in-command figure, only to ultimately be undone by court intrigues, in a sacrificial desire to open his heart. Darius I (550BZ-485BZ) - Persian Emperor. Outer: Father was a provincial sub-king. Distant cousin of the reigning monarch, Cambyses II (Adolf Hitler), who had succeeded his father, Cyrus II (Arundhari Roy). Cambyses did himself in during an insurrection led by an impostor, Gautama (William S. Paley) posing as his dead brother, Smerdis (Hermann Goering). As part of that campaign, he returned home, and with a band of six conspirators, slew the false king, and assumed the throne in 521BZ, after winning a wager, or so the story goes, with the conspirators on whose horse would first neigh the following morning, by manipulating the results. On his horse’s neigh, there was a great flash of lightning, sealing the deal. Married Atossa, the daughter of Cyrus, and the wife of Cambyses to solidify his claim on the throne. Forced to put down numerous revolts initially, he steadily strengthened his grip on the throne, then proved himself a worthy successor to Cyrus. Improved on his system of satrapies or provinces, where they were ruled by appointed viceroys, and were responsible only to him. Curbed their power by a further system of generals, ministers and secret police, so that everyone of substance in the empire was under his sway. Respected the laws and ways of the peoples of his empire, while practicing Zoroastrianism himself. Undertook numerous lengthy campaigns, and consolidated his power in the east, while continuing his father’s policy of restoring the Jewish state, and sponsoring the reconstruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, unconsciously restoring the edifice he had earlier built. As always, he was the most spectacular builder of his dynasty, initiating the style that would be the hallmark of his empire. He was also an economical adept, so that his own realm was largely free of war, and moneys could be used for building rather than destroying. Had his most trouble with the Greeks, engaging them in the lengthy Persian Wars, including a defeat at the memorably Battle of Marathon in 590. Preparing another expeditionary force against the Greeks when he died. Succeeded by his son, Xerxes I (Ayman al-Zawahiri). Inner: Great organizer, liberal socially, excellent economic sense, and an enthusiastic builder. Rebuilding lifetime of restoring his most sacred edifice from lives past, while showing his usual economic acumen, but also evincing his martial limitations, which is probably why he pursued a different ultimate pathway from this highly political dynastic line. Solomon (?-c925BZ) - Israeli king. Outer: Father was King David (Sean Parker), and mother was Bathsheba (Eva Green), whom his sire had seduced before manipulating the death of her husband, one of his generals. The child born of the union died, but he was born the following year. Bathsheba was able to manipulate her son into the role of heir, despite several older brothers, and he was anointed by his father, who by then was in his dotage. When David died, Solomon had his half-brother put to death, and eliminated all his enemies one-by-one in order to consolidate his rule, while allowing his mother to sit by his right side as his queen. Placing his intimates in high military and government posts, he established his hegemony over the kingdom, and proved to be a man of unusual wisdom, as well as a financial adept. The story of his judgement over two women who claimed to be the mother of a contested child, that they divide the baby in half, revealed the real mother, who was willing to give it up in order that it may live. Made numerous diplomatic marriages, so that his household eventually swelled to 700 wives, and another 300 concubines, which would ultimately prove to be his undoing, since many maintained their pagan practices, thereby diluting his stance as king over a monotheistic nation. Used commerce and trade as his tool of power, enriching both himself and his kingdom, and making it a major commercial center of the Middle East. A lavish builder, he had the first Temple built in Jerusalem, using ancient sacred geometry for its construct, although the expenses and labor needed for all his projects made him oppressive to his subjects. The central Temple was objected to by many purists, sewing the seeds for a rupture in Israel after his death. A gifted and vigorous administrator, he organized his kingdom for maximum obeisance to his will. Also exhibited a gift for song and proverb, although many biblical works attributed to him were probably written by others. His declining years saw him supporting the many gods and goddesses of his harem, so that the kingdom could only divide after him, having lost its monotheistic base, and having been corrupted by too much focus on the material realm, and not enough of the spiritual. Succeeded by his son, Rehoboam (Ehud Olmert), under whom his kingdom unevenly split. Buried in the City of David near his father in Old Jerusalem. Inner: Wise, albeit imprudent, financial adept, lavish lifestylist, sensualist and excellent administrator and organizer. Strong sense of personal power, dynamic and absolute master of the material. Archetypal lifetime of wisdom personified, as well as the dangers of living too well in a time when a balance was called for between the spiritual and material, so that his latter legacy would be limited, while his songs, proverbs and wisdom would be everlasting. Ramses II (Usermare Ramesses) (?-1223BZ) - Egyptian pharaoh. Known as Ramses the Great. Outer: Of the XIXth dynasty, although his family was not of royal origin. Son of Seti I (Alfred Krupp), and Queen Tuya. Since his mother was not a major wife, he probably was not originally seen as a candidate for the throne, although his obvious abilities, allowed him to supersede his siblings, particularly after his older brother died. Appointed crown prince well before his father died, and was carefully educated. 5’7”, red-haired with a long, oval face and a strong jaw. Handed a prosperous country, as well as the experience of rule, having accompanied his sire on his campaigns. Succeeded his father to the throne in 1290. Continued his father’s war with the Hittites in Anatolia, to little effect, ultimately signing a treaty with them, which effectively ended Egypt’s ability to intervene militarily in the surrounding area. The remainder of his 67 year rule was a period of relative peace and prosperity, despite a military build-up among his Asiatic foes and forays on his part, allowing him to focus on his true vocation, which was building. Erected a full-scale residence city for himself, with a presiding deity overlooking each of its beautifully laid-out quarters. Also oversaw extended building throughout all of Egypt, from the Delta to the deserts of Nubia, employing tens of thousand of slaves, many of them prisoners of war, in an attempt to restore the eroded glory of Egypt to its earlier days. Erected many religious edifices, with an affinity for battle scenes displayed prominently in them, despite his evincing little talent in that arena. Put up more temples and colossal statuary than any other pharaoh, in his constant show of grandiosity. May have been the pharaoh who was on the throne, when the exodus of the Hebrews under Moses occurred, although it may also have happened a century earlier. Had numerous wives, although his favorite was his first, Nefertari, who died early in his reign, and had many offspring, some 50 sons and an equal amount of daughters. Married at least four of the latter. Suffered from smallpox, and a degenerative form of arthritis. Venerated as a god, and his cult continued to flourish after his death. Because he lived so long, he was ultimately succeeded on his death by his 13th son, Merenptah (Sean Parker), who oversaw a period of decline. Had the 2nd longest recorded reign in Egypt’s his/story, and in the following dynasty all but one of the pharaohs, who were not descended from him, took his name as a way of emulating his extraordinary and transcendental reputation. Went on to enjoy a mythological reputation comparable to King Arthur in the ancient world, despite being no different from his predecessors, only more long-lived, and blessed with better luck. Inner: Largely hidden character. Competent administrator, extremely enthusiastic builder, as always, with an exaggerated reputation as a military figure, thanks to the iconic images he left. Longlived lifetime of feeding his endless appetite for construction, while ironically presiding over an empire which had enslaved the very people, with whom he would often come to identify, following this one last blast as god-king.


Storyline: The magnified magnate knows how to make the most out of his skills at marketing and trade, and easily adapts to the electronic age, although remains unable to open himself up, despite his ongoing gift for facilitating mass communication.

William S. Paley (1901-1990) - American media magnate. Outer: Mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant who was cold and unloving. Father was a cigar maker of the same background, who turned a small cigar manufacturing company into a successful business. Added the ‘S’ to his name at 12 for effect, in a lifelong need to enhance himself in the eyes of others. Graduated from the Wharton School of Finance and went into the family business, the Congress Cigar Company. Reluctantly ran a shaky Philadelphia radio station called Columbia at the behest of family, who had bought it in order to sell cigars. Produced a show for it, “The Palima Smoker,” and its husky-voiced female star soon more than doubled their sale of cigars. Slapped down several hundred thousand dollars to buy in, in 1928 and renamed it, the Columbia Broadcasting System or CBS. Became its president and stayed at the helm for the next 60 years. In competition with NBC, which was run by David Sarnoff, he continually tried to outmaneuver him, although his forte was fare, while his rival’s was technology. Nevertheless, he always felt vastly inferior to him. Realized his own facility for programming, and concentrated on escapist fare, with profit always coming first in his selection of shows. In 1932, he married Dorothy Hart Hearst, the former wife of William Randolph Hearst, Jr., who refined his tastes, and introduced him to art collecting. Son and daughter from the union. Constantly disloyal to his wife, and their marriage ended when a newspaper printed a suicide note from one of his many girlfriends. Among his paramours was actress Louise Brooks, whom he supported in part. During WW II, he served in the Psychological War Division of the Office of War Information. Built CBS into the number one radio network, by luring NBC talent, and steadily expanded his company into a mass entertainment conglomerate. Despite misgivings, he entered network TV with a similar hunger for profit, and proved equally adept at finding mass programming to the nation’s liking, so that CBS remained the number one station for much of his active stewardship. introduced many beloved and innovative comedies, while maintaining the pre-eminent news staff of his times. In 1947, he added trophy wife Barbara ‘Babe’ Cushing Mortimer (Lydia Hearst) to his collection, while remaining a compulsive philanderer, and a cold and tyrannical father of 6, with two natural and two adopted, stepchildren. Unable to give his wife love, and she ultimately self-destructed through cancer over this failing. Very active in charitable organizations, he also founded a Museum of Broadcasting, and was an avid art collector. Wrote his own fictional memoir, “As It Happened,” in 1979. Refused to retire, which weakened the network and undermined the company, when he could not see that the times had passed him by. Although he continued to serve as chairman, he had little power his last few years, after investor Laurence Tisch took control. Died of kidney failure. Inner: Extremely social, highly competitive, with a dislike of his own ethnic background to the point of anti-Semitism, and the social limits it put on him. Deathly afraid of death. Cruel, neurotic, resentful, and greedy, and those were his good points. Despite considerable self-promotion, a being clearly lacking in his own humanity. Unable to show love to anyone other than himself. Patrician, although claimed to reflect popular tastes, despite his own preference for expensive art and wives. Pulse on the nation lifetime of profiting mightily from his ability to give the public what it thought it wanted, while eschewing any semblance of his humanity in favor of the status, power and wealth that his own outer abilities could generate. Marcus Daly (1841-1900) - Irish/American businessman. Outer: Son of poor peasant farmers. Emigrated from Ireland at 15, and at 20, sailed to California via the Panama route. Once out west, he took up mining, becoming a foreman for a syndicate working the Comstock lode in Nevada. Stocky and ruddy. Married Margaret Evans in 1872, 4 children from the union. Taught himself mining engineering, and with $30,000 bought the Anaconda silver mine near Butte, Montana. Soon discovered the largest copper vein up until that time, and with the backing of George Hearst (Sean Parker) and others, he built a large smelting plant. Parlayed corrupt judges, bribery and political influence to become one of a trio of men to dominate the industry there, and within a few years, he was a millionaire. Had good working relations with his miners, thanks to Butte’s reputation as a strong union town. Published his own newspaper, The Anaconda Standard, and through it, he became involved in politics, engaging in a long running duel with Senator William Clark, one of the trio, for political dominance of the state. Built the town of Anaconda, and invested throughout the region, including a 22,000 acre horse-breeding ranch. At his death, in a hotel suite in NYC, he owned some $25 million worth of property in Montana. Inner: Acquisitive and power-hungry, but also modest and generous, as well as corrupt. Self-made lifetime of paralleling the interests of his longtime competitor and ally, and acquitting himself handsomely. William Livingston (1723-1790) - American politician and writer. Outer: Known as “The American Whig.” Son of the 2nd lord of the manor, one of the colony’s largest landed estates. Mother was the daughter of the Dutch mayor of Albany. Had one older sister and a host of older brothers, including Philip (Sean Parker) who would become a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Grew up in privilege, spending a year with a missionary to the Mohawks in preparation for a possible career as a fur trader. At Yale, however, he developed a far stronger interest in art and poetry, and studied law instead before being admitted to the NY bar in 1748, where he showed a strong interest in civil rights. In 1745, he married Susanna French, the daughter of a New Jersey landowner, 13 children from the union, with several of his daughters marrying into the power elite of the time. Began penning political pamphlets, and founded a short-lived journal, the Independent Reflector, to print his articles, while also contributing later on to other journals. With an his/storian, he helped prepare a digest of NY state laws, spending a decade on the project, beginning in 1752. Served briefly in the NY state legislature at the end of the 1750s, and in 1772, he moved to New Jersey, becoming the representative of the colony in the first two Continental Congresses, mid-decade. Commanded the colony’s troops in the beginning of the Revolutionary War, and was made New Jersey’s first governor in 1776, a position he would democratically hold for life, thanks to his continued re-election. Went to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 as a delegate, and successfully championed his state’s ratification of it. Died before seeing the new constitution come into full being Inner: Versatile writer, but poor speaker. Uncomfortable with crowds, much preferring to stay on paper with his pronouncements. Also favored aristocratic leadership over popular democracy. Information-dispelling lifetime, within the framework of his large family, in preparation for a much more grandiose assault on public consciousness his next time around in this series. Maurice of Savoy (Maurizio de Savoia) (1593-1657) - Italian cardinal and prince. Outer: Father was Charles Emmanuel I, duke of Savoy. Mother was Catherine Michelle, daughter of Felipe II (Adolf Hitler), king of Spain. Fourth surviving son of ten children, with his older brother Victor Amadeus I becoming duke of Savoy. As a secondary son he was destined for a church career. At 14, he was made cardinal and bishop of Vercellli, and in 1627, he was appointed abbot of the monastery at Abondence. On the death of his brother Victor Amadeus I in 1637, he took part in a military rebellion led by his younger sibling Thomas, in order to wrest the regency of the duchy from his sister-in-law, Christine Marie (Lydia Hearst). She employed French forces to put down the four year uprising, while confirming herself as regent, while he and his brother fled to Spain to find support, which never came. Nevertheless, the two, at some juncture, became lovers. In 1642, he renounced his vows to become prince of Oneglio, whose port was named after him. To complete his incestuous attachments, he married the illegitimate daughter of his brother and former lover, Louise-Christine of Savoy, who was over three and a half decades his junior. No children from the union, which needed a papal dispensation, and was part of the conciliation between himself and Christine-Marie. The duo moved to Nice, where he was governor of the city. Amassed a large art collection, as well as huge debts, in his ongoing material pursuits. Died of a stroke. Inner: Materialistic and manipulative. Lesser son lifetime of being forced into a church career, through his secondary position within his powerful family, before wangling his way back into the secular realm, to pursue his far greater interests in accrual and flexing his considerable will among his longtime associates. Ibrahim Pasha (1493-1536) - Ottoman vizier. Outer: Father was a Christian Greek sailor. Captured by Turkish pirates as a child, he was sold as a slave to a Magnesian widow, who gave him a good education, and trained him as a musician. Became the property of the young emperor-to-be Suleyman (Sean Parker), and soon became his favorite. Claimed to have been born the same year and week as his master, in an unconscious acknowledgment of their ancient brotherhood. Steadily given more responsibility, after the emperor ascended the throne, and the two remained extremely close, sharing apartments and meals, while serving as a balance for the latter’s melancholy temperament. Married and his bride was adopted as a sister by the emperor to further underscore their intimate bond. Rose so quickly that he feared the emperor would find him a threat, although he was assured he would live as long as his master, a promise, he would ultimately renege upon. Became grand vizier in 1523, and proved both his martial and economic skills in Egypt, solidifying Ottoman hegemony there. Won the jealous enmity of some in the court for his rise, although always retained the emperor’s loyalty. Served as commander-in-chief of several successful campaigns over the next decade, and was given full imperial powers in his negotiations with the HRE Charles V (Napoleon Bonaparte) in 1533, where he was able to wangle most of Hungary as a tributary. Always treated everyone he conquered with tolerance, even heretics, and accompanied the emperor in his liberation of Baghdad from Shi’ite rule in 1534. Continued to conduct foreign diplomacy and command armies in the field with full sovereign powers, and overextended himself in Persia, insisting he be called by the title of sultan. The chief treasurer accused him of disloyalty, for which he had him executed, but the charge weighed heavily on Suleyman, who then had a dream his vizier was trying to strangle him. Invited him to his apartments for dinner, and then had him strangled afterwards, although evidence showed he put up a fierce fight. Inner: Clever, highly competent, excellent general, skilled negotiator. Second fiddle lifetime of proving his superb martial and diplomatic skills, only to fall victim to the higher authority he served, and his own sense of supercompetence and entitlement. Lothair III (1075-1137) - Holy Roman Emperor. Outer: Son of a German count who was killed in battle a few days before his birth. Succeeded to his father’s extensive lands in Saxony, and in 1088 was involved in an abortive uprising against HRE Heinrich IV (Mark Zuckerberg). Supported the German king Heinrich V (Arnold Schwarzenegger) against his father Heinrich IV, and when the former took the throne, he was made duke of Saxony. Married Richenza of Northheim, an heiress, in 1110, and through her and his holdings, became the richest and most powerful noble in Saxony, although his independence alienated Heinrich, and he successfully championed local autonomy over royal authority in several rebellions, defeating him in 1115. One daughter from the union. When Heinrich died in 1125, he was elected to succeed him, but civil war ensued between his supporters and the House of Hohenstaufen, which was related to Heinrich. Konrad III (Sumner Redstone) of the Hohenstaufens was elected anti-king in 1127, although he lost several strongholds, and could not maintain his claim. In 1130, 2 different candidates for the papacy solicited his support and along with a very small army, he marched on Rome in 1132 with the future Innocent II, who had persuaded him to oust the rival pope in return for receiving the imperial crown. Crowned by Innocent in 1133, then retired from the city a few days later, when a deadlock between the two opposing papal forces seemed inevitable, and returned to Germany after receiving the vast estates of his predecessor’s wife, Matilda (Rose Kennedy). Resumed his campaign against the Hohenstaufens, defeating them with his son-in-law, Heinrich the Proud (Menachem Begin) and won peace and conciliation with them. Extended German authority and actively supported Christian missionary activity in the territories east of him, and forced several heathen princes to pay tribute to him, before hieing off to Rome again in 1136, driving the forces of Roger II (Arundhari Roy), who supported the antipope, from the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Exhausted from his campaigning, he died on the way back to Germany, and was succeeded by the House of Hohenstaufen. Inner: Aggressive, ambitious, pious and crafty, able to make his will manifest in a variety of realms. Full display lifetime of attracting great power to himself and doing successful battle in an impressive show of strategy, strength and will. Smerdis (Gautama) (?-521BZ) - Median usurper. Outer: Actual identity totally clouded. Probably was a Magi, one of the Medean tribes. When the brother of the Persian emperor Cambyses II (Adolf Hitler), Smerdis (Hermann Goering) was murdered on orders of his sibling, he assumed his identity, while the former was off campaigning in Egypt. Ascended to the Persian throne as someone who he was not, but on the death of Cambyses, he was slain, after a very brief run by Darius I (J.P. Morgan). Inner: Totally shadowy figure, little known about him. Usurper lifetime of being someone he was not, to rule a kingdom not his own, only to quickly disappear back into the shadows, thanks to the will and might of his longtime family member. Jonathan (fl. 11th cent BZ) - Israeli prince. Outer: Oldest son and heir of King Saul (Kim Philby). Became an extremely close friend of the shepherd boy David (Sean Parker), who came to court to soothe his father with his harp-playing. A skilled archer, he was also a resourceful soldier, rescuing his father on the battlefield, when his forces had been greatly reduced. When David was brought before Saul to be honored for defeating Goliath, the souls of the two were entwined, and the two became devoted to one another, even after the former had to flee for his life in the face of his father’s wrath. Gave David his armour and bow, and tried to protect him. Killed in battle alongside his father and two brothers, causing David great poetic grief, as he mourned, “thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.’” Inner: Blood brother lifetime with longtime ally/foe, while serving as an archetype of true brotherly love, with a hidden family instability behind it that would define his subsequent rocky ride through fame and great fortune. Seti II (Seti-Merenptah) (?-c1202BZ) - Egyptian pharaoh. Outer: Of the XIXth dynasty. Son of the Pharaoh, Merenptah (Sean Parker), and Queen Isetnofret. Although he was the legitimate heir, some confusion reigns around his reign, since he was threatened by a usurper, Ammeneses (Whittaker Chamber), a half-brother of his, who gained recognition in parts of the kingdom, and may or may not have also have pre or post-ceded him. There is a great scratching out on some of their monuments, where the one seems to have erased the name of the other and replaced it with his own, so that his uneventual run was most noted for the hieroglyphic graffitti-tagging of the two, with little other real mark on the kingdom, save that of a dying dynasty. Had three spouses, while the real power of the throne during his brief but peaceful run was his primary wife, Twosre (Helena Rubinstein). The heir they produced, did not live long enough to inherit the throne. On his death, a replacement child king, Siptah (Roger Ailes), who was son of one of his minor queens, was placed on the throne, and signaled the end of the dynasty was fast approaching. Inner: Totally hidden character. Question mark lifetime of usurping the monuments of his usurper, so that his name would live, even if his deeds would not, other than in this singular arena.


Storyline: The tenacious teacher disengages from her longtime powerhouse family to directly experience the struggles of ordinary folk, in her ongoing desire to educate and uplift all who come within her considerable reach, as a do-gooder in direct service to the young and disadvantaged.

Marian Wright Edelman (Marian Wright) (1939) - American educator. Outer: Of African-American descent. Father was a Baptist minister who established a home for the aged, which her mother ran. In addition, he also opened a canteen and playground for the African-American community behind his church. Youngest of two daughters and three sons, and named for singer Marian Anderson. Grew up in heavily segregated environs, and excelled in school, while also taking voice and piano lessons, and serving as a drum majorette in high school. Her father died of a heart attack when she was 14, while instilling within her the importance of education and service. While attending Spelman College, the largest liberal arts college for black woman in the U.S., she won a Merrill Scholarship, which eventually enabled her to study in the Soviet Union as a Lisle fellow. Of medium height and build. Originally wanted a career in the foreign service, but after being arrested during a civil rights demonstration, she decided to become a lawyer, and did so through the Yale Law School. Became the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, when she began working for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Focused on issues of racial justice, representing activists during the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964. Helped get a Head Start program going at the same time, and saw that dealing with children would be her life’s work. In 1968, she wed Peter Edelman, an assistant to Robert F. Kennedy and later a Georgetown law professor. Three sons from the union. The same year, she moved to Washington, DC, and helped organize the Poor People’s Campaign of Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. At the same time, she founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm, while focusing her attention on children mired in poverty. In 1973, she founded the Children’s Defense Fund, as a means of empowering poor disabled children of minorities, through research and advocacy, while soliciting private, rather than government, funds to insure its continuance. Able to maintain a high profile career, appearing before Congress to promote better foster and child care and provide protection for children suffering from abuse, neglect and disabilities. Serves as an advocate for far greater parental responsibility in dealing with their progeny, via involving themselves in their education, while actively promoting pregnancy prevention among young teens and curtailing the exposure of sensitive minds to the hyperviolence of our pop culture. Also serves on the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, which fights poverty. Inner: Workaholic, who finds daily prayer both comforting and uplifting. Soft-spoken and quick-tongued, with a powerful need to protect and edify the innocent. Difference-maker lifetime of dipping ever deeper into commonality in order to bring her uncommon gifts to bear in raising standards and making the world a far better place for her having been in it. Phoebe Apperson Hearst (Phoebe Apperson) (1842-1919) - American philanthropist and suffragist. Outer: Parents were farmers of substantial means. Raised a Presbyterian, and the eldest of three. Small, erect and graceful. Briefly taught public school, before marrying George Hearst (Sean Parker), a mining magnate turned politician, at 19, and together the two moved to San Francisco. Their singular offspring was newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst (Mark Zuckerberg). Turned her considerable energy towards her passion for education, and in the 1880s, became a major benefactor and director of the Golden Gate Kindergarten Assoc., as well as the first president of the Century Club of California. Made a pilgrimage to Haifa in Palestine in 1889, later declaring her three days there the most memorable of her life. Following the death of her husband in 1891, her interests turned to philanthropy, ultimately giving away some $20 million of their fortune. Financed archaeology and anthropology expeditions to both Europe and the Middle East, through a fascination with antiquities. Became the first woman Regent of UC, Berkeley, beginning in 1897, until her death nearly a quarter century later. Helped establish what would eventually become the PTA, the Parent Teacher’s Association, and in 1898, converted to the Bahai faith. Two years later, she co-founded the Nation Cathedral School in Washington, DC. Died at home, during the latter stages of the worldwide influenza epidemic of the time. Inner: Witty and tactful, with a gift for discovering talent, as an active salonist. Supported the arts, in addition to her ongoing interest in education. Philanthropic lifetime of using her privilege and position to better educational standards on every level, before returning in far less grand manner in order to continue to elevate and open herself up to her deep humanitarian sensibilities. Marie Jeanne (Marie Jeanne Baptise) (1644-1724) - French/Italian duchess. Outer: Father was the Duc de Nemours, mother was the daughter of a French duc, and great granddaughter of the Bourbon king, Henri IV (Gerhard Schroeder). The oldest of five children, and a member of the cadet branch of the House of Savoy. Had a cultured upbringing, and lost her father in a duel to his own brother-in-law in 1652, putting her under the guardianship of the new duc de Nemours. Extremely ambitious for herself, she was initially engaged to Charles de Lorraine, although he soon became landless, which annulled the union. Following the serial deaths of his docile first wife, and his mother, Christine Marie (Lydia Hearst) who had earlier refused to permit her son Charles Emmanuel II (Sean Parker), the duke of Savoy, to wed for fear of her independent nature, the two were married in 1665, per her husband’s initial wishes. Both were second cousins once removed from one another. Brought a huge dowry with her, and became known as Madame Reale, a title her deceased mother-in-law had employed. The duo had their hoped-for heir the following year, Victor Amadeus II (Mark Zuckerberg), with whom she had strained relations because of her abiding interest in keeping power for herself. Forced to ignore her spouse’s various mistresses and illegitimate offspring, while also taking no part in court politics. Just before her husband’s death in 1675, he made her regent of the duchy, and she immediately took over her new role with considerable élan, while also having her own string of lovers, much to the court’s displeasure. Carried on her husband’s policies, while also keeping close ties with France. Kept careful watch over her son, while dealing with the business of state, showing herself to be quite capable in the role thrust upon her. Tried to arrange a marriage between her son and the infanta of Portugal, which would have forced him to live in the latter polity, thereby allowing her to rule beyond his majority. His extreme reluctance put an end to that scheme, and she continued to look for suitable matches for him, finally finding one in a French princess. Held onto power beyond his majority in 1679, and did not relinquish it until 1684, when he wed Anne Marie d’Orleans, the niece of Louis XIV (Charles de Gaulle). At this juncture, he completely curtailed her influence at court, in effect banishing her from power, and she retired to a separate palace in Turin. Despite the uncomfortable relationship with her son, she was close to his two daughters. Forced to sell her jewels because of financial constraints during the War of the Spanish Succession, which caused her to flee with her grandchildren during it to Genoa in 1706. Declined to be regent when her son was given the Kingdom of Sicily in 1713, and had to go there for a brief period. After she lost three of her four grandchildren soon afterwards, a reconciliation was affected with her son. Died a month before her 80th birthday, and donated her heart to the Carmelite Convent, where she had kept a personal apartment. Inner: Lively, intelligent, independent and controlling, with a facility for intrigue, and a desire to extend her position of power as long as she could, which brought her much criticism. Warm with intimates, save for her son, until life’s nearend. Headstrong lifetime of exercising influence and dominance amidst her longtime family associates, before joining them in far more egalitarian environs in future go-rounds, where she would steadily open herself up to her considerable humanitarian heart, while using her natural leadership skills to far better advantage for far more people. cRoxelana (c1500-1558) - Ottoman empress. Outer: Daughter of a Ukranian priest, she was captured by Crimean Tatars on a raid and was nicknamed by the Turks, Khurren, or “the Laughing One,” from her sunny disposition and infectious smile. Known to Europeans as La Rossa, or Roxelana. Slight and graceful, with a lively mind. Brought to the Ottoman harem, and quickly became the emperor Suleyman’s (Sean Parker) favorite. Had the sultan send his firstborn son, along with his mother, to be a provincial governor, before inducing the former to have the latter strangled. Produced three surviving sons, including two future sultans, Selim II, her favorite, and Bayezid as well as a daughter. Eventually replaced his grand vizier Ibrahim Pasha (William S. Paley) in his councils, and may have precipitated the former’s death in 1536, by feeding on the emperor’s suspicions of his intent. Learned to read the emperor’s thoughts, and be an invaluable helpmate before manipulating herself into becoming his primary wife, in a huge break with tradition. Had a large retinue, housed in the Grand Seraglio, where she would spend the rest of her life. In 1541, she had her son-in-law appointed Grand Vizier. Preceded her husband in death, and was greatly mourned by him. Inner: Lively, vivacious, with great personal charm and considerable ambition. Engaged in charitable works, and subsequently became the subject of numerous novels and plays in a variety of languages and cultures. Transformative lifetime of literally reinventing herself from humble beginnings to become the wife of the one of the most powerful men of her time, while holding her own with him, and making her own joyful will manifest.



Storyline: The high society swan comes to realize that mastery of surfaces does not guarantee happiness, as she switches her focus to her own considerable skills in communication and design in order to try to blueprint a far more cogent go-round for herself.

Lydia Hearst (Lydia Hearst-Shaw) (1984) - American actress, model and writer. Outer: Mother was Patricia Hearst of the newspaper dynasty. She entered popular lore as a kidnap victim of the 1970s, who identified with her captors, robbed a bank among other felonies, and served a 22 month prison sentence, before receiving a a presidential pardon, after which, she married her body guard, to reenter society as a curious footnote to the revolutionary zeal of the period. Younger of two daughters. Grew up in privilege, as her father became head of security for the Hearst Corporation. Initially went to boarding school, but found it stifling, and finished her early education in public high school. 5’7”, slim, blonde and blue-eyed. While at Sacred Heart Univ. in Connecticut, where she majored in communications and technology, she became a model, inaugurating her career right at the top with a cover shot for the Italian edition of “Vogue.” Became a handbag and athletic-wear designer for Puma, after modeling for them, while also winning international awards for her modeling work for fashion houses, earning her the pick of both runways and shoots around the globe. Also a columnist for the Sunday edition of New York Post, and its Page Six gossip sheet with “The Hearst Chronicles,” while also launching an acting career, with appearances on the hit “Gossip Girl” show, and subsequent work on both the large and small screens, in both support and starring roles. Married comedian and TV host, Chris Hardwick, some 13 years her senior, in 2016. Inner: Traditional and conservative in her overviews, with a strong work ethic, right down to daily discipline around physical fitness. Does charity work, and has a skeleton key tattoo on her inner right forearm, as part of a bond with a group of young creatives who call themselves the 2.0 gang. Reveres her great-grandfather William Randolph Hearst as a lifemaster. Gilded cage lifetime of taking her proclivity for style and celebrity up to the next level, through exploring various creative outlets open to her via the fame and fortune of her family, and her own not inconsiderable skills in exploiting her unique silver spoon status. Babe Paley (Barbara Cushing) (1915-1978) - American socialite and power spouse. Outer: Father was renowned brain surgeon Dr. Harvey Cushing, who was also a professor at several prestigious universities. The youngest of five, garnering the lifelong nickname of “Babe” from being the baby of her family. Mother was extremely socially ambitious for her daughters, overseeing her other two sisters marrying into the Astor and Roosevelt, and then Whitney clans. The former wished a titled son-in-law to complete the triumphant triumvirate of her own matchmaking skills, particularly after her husband lost much of his fortune in the 1929 crash. Went to the exclusive Westover School and made her social debut as a debutante in 1934. Tall, slim, elegantly proportioned, and extremely well-socialized, as well as overly self-involved. The trio of siblings were known as “The Fabulous Cushing Sisters,” in NYC of the 1930s, as she went to work for “Glamour” magazine. Switched to fashion editor of “Vogue” in 1939, which often featured her on its pages, before marrying Standard Oil heir Stanley Mortimer in 1940, a match approved by her mother, despite the lack of a ‘sir’ before his name. Named to the best-dressed list several times, thanks to her high profile and socially prominent life, which largely trumped her marriage. Produced a daughter and son, whom she completely neglected, and after her husband returned from Naval duty in WW II, he showed himself to be a moody, abusive alcoholic, leading to a divorce in 1946. Received a handsome settlement, while setting her eye on an even higher profile union, which she found in the person of William S. Paley, the founder and chairman of the board of CBS. As his second ‘trophy’ wife, the duo wed in 1947, and she had a further daughter, Amanda Burden, a noted urban planner and civic activist, and son to ignore, while using her husband’s wealth and status to become a glamorous fixture in NY society, entertaining lavishly as an impeccably turned-out hostess. Had several House Beautiful homes with him, and became famous for the parties and events she threw, with a ladies-who-lunch circle of friends who were dubbed ‘the swans’ by author Truman Capote, whom she later dumped after he revealed some of their confidences in his unfinished “Answered Prayers.” Although barred from certain exclusive clubs because her husband was Jewish, she managed to keep her name eternally afloat on the society pages, while also making the best-dressed lists fourteen times, which led to her induction into the Fashion Hall of Fame in 1958. Always the center of attention, with a queenly sense about her, she proved to be a role model for many women, who aped her chic stylistics and extraordinary surface appeal. Mixed costume and expensive jewelry, allowed her well-coiffed hair to turn gray, and made pantsuits fashionable, causing her to be ultimately cited as “Superdresser of Our Times,” in 1975. Everything she did was geared towards spectacular superficialities, as her hidden interior corroded beneath them. Her husband was a compulsive seducer, as well as incapable of expressing love to her, leaving her unhappily unfulfilled in her domestic life, which led to a two-pack-a-day cigarette habit that undermined her health. Her controlling spouse also commandeered her public image, demanding she be uberglamorous whenever she went out, leading to a greater and greater sense of emptiness around her life. Eventually contracted lung cancer, but not to be outdone by mere mortality, she planned out her own funeral as a final going-away party right down to the catering, while dispersing her considerable jewelry and clothing collection to friends and family. Succumbed in her apartment the day after her 63rd birthday. Her legend would live on after her, with her iconized image an inspiration to designers long after her exit. Inner: Extremely self-involved with an innate sense of high style, and excellent social skills, coupled with a desire to be continually seen under the most flattering circumstances. Perfectionist with a passion for gardening. Fashionista lifetime of putting all her considerable craft into surface achievements, only to ultimately see that a life without intimate love was really no life at all. Christine Marie (Maria Cristina di Francia) (1606-1663) - French/Italian duchess. Outer: Third child and second daughter of Henri IV (Gerhard Schroeder). Mother was Marie de’ Medicis (Doris Kopf-Schroeder), his second wife, and product of the duchy of Tuscany. Her older brother became Louis XIII (Michael Bay), while she was connected to the various ruling house of western Europe. Older sister of Henrietta Maria (Queen Mother Elizabeth), wife of the English king, with whom she would have a lifelong rivalry. Educated at the French court, she showed herself to have a volatile and frivolous nature, as well as an excellent sense of style. Became Madame Royale, following the marriage of her oldest sister, which would transliterate into Madame Reale, when she married Victor Amadeus I, the Duke of Savoy in 1619. The duo had five surviving children, three daughters and two sons, including her husband’s ultimate successor, Charles Emmanuel II (Sean Parker). Introduced French culture to the Savoy court while trying to make it as resplendent as both the English and French courts. Also sponsored architectural improvements to her domain, including rebuilding the Palazzo Madama, which would be her ultimate residence. Had her husband claim the empty title of King of Cyprus and Jerusalem, so that she could call herself queen, rather than being a mere duchess. Her husband succeeded his father in 1630, and ruled for 7 years, before expiring in 1637. Assumed the regency for her two sons, only to see the brothers of her deceased husband, including Maurice of Savoy (William Paley) challenge her and her French entourage for rule after the death of her oldest son the following year, initiating the Piedmontese Civil War. With the aid of French forces, she emerged victorious four years later, while successfully limiting French influence in the duchy. Later had an affair with Maurice, who wound up marrying one of her daughters. Although her regency ended in 1648, when her surviving son reached his majority, she continued to maintain control until her death fifteen years later, forcing her son to wed a woman of her choice, rather than his. Took on several lovers, in a largely hedonistic existence. Outlived four of her seven children, and a year after her death, her daughter-in-law died, allowing her son to finally marry his first choice, Marie Jeanne (Marian Wright Edelman). Inner: Extremely self-confident, stylish, hedonistic, willful and controlling. Queenly lifetime of having to settle for a duchy, while doing everything in her power to give royal airs to her domain, to make it the stylistic equal of any court in Europe.


Storyline: The entrepreneurial empress finds it far easier to maintain a far-flung business empire than a political one, and shifts her gifts for rule into the financial sphere, focusing on her ability to make every woman feel like a queen for a day.

Helena Rubinstein (Chaja Rubinstein) 1870-1965) - Polish/American businesswoman. Outer: Eldest of 8 daughters of a prosperous middle-class Orthodox Jewish merchant family with a medical background.Raised in the Krakow ghetto, where her father was a kerosene dealer. 4’10”. and top heavy, with a milky complexion. Emigrated to Australia in 1894 in order to escape a suggested marriage to a wealthy widower, and changed her first name on the boat. Took English lessons, served as a governess, then worked as a waitress, before opening a beauty salon in Melbourne, with a Polish face cream suited for the warm climate there. Also acted as a beauty consultant and was an instant success, thanks to her natural sense of entrepreneurship, great energy and an innate gift for sales, which elevated her products over any and all competition. Left her sisters in charge of her thriving business, and returned to Europe in 1905, where she studied dermatology and opened more salons in London in 1908, and Paris in 1912, once more eliciting her siblings’ help, while garnering a clientele of high society women, eager for weekly beauty treatments. In 1908, she married Edward William Titus, a Polish-American litteraeur, who introduced her to high art, particularly the stylistics of the Ballet Russe. 2 sons from the union later entered her business empire. Emigrated to the U.S. with the outbreak of WW I, and opened another salon in New York City, before extending her reach to other major cities around the country. Began the wholesale distribution of her products the same year and expanded her business empire into a worldwide network of products, labs, factories and training schools, eventually having facilities on 5 continents, and earning a fortune in excess of $100 million. Returned to Paris after WW I, while her marriage became increasingly strained by her husband’s infidelities, and they eventually divorced in 1937. Sold her business just before the Stock Market Crash, then bought it back cheaply afterwards. In 1938, she married Prince Artchil Gourielli-Tchkonia, a charming Georgian nobleman, some two decades her junior. Became prominent in international society, a noted philanthropist and patron of the arts, with homes all over the world. Set up a foundation in 1953 to coordinate her philanthropies, focusing on institutions for the needy, particularly women and children. Survived a harrowing robbery attempt at her apartment at 93. Never really retired, conducting business her last years from her spectacular bed, with its built-in fluorescent lights. Published her memoirs, “My Life for Beauty,” a romantic look at herself, in 1964. Died of a stroke, followed by a massive blood clot. Her company was sold to Colgate Palmolive in 1973. Inner: Tiny dynamo with a regal sense about her. Generous, particularly to Israel, iron-willed, willful, very waste conscious, and alternately secretive and open. Extremely competitive, with a fierce cut/throat business sense. Spoke an odd combination of Polish, Yiddish, English and French. Largely tasteless, she preferred quantity to quality in her immense art and jewelry collections. Everyone called her ‘Madame.’ Seemed to thrive on crises, worrying her way through them, while always strongly identifying with her religious background. Rarely adhered to the beauty regimens she touted. Empire-building lifetime of expanding on her own considerable sense of personal power, while making her name synonymous with upper crust elegance. Mary Reibey (Mary Haydock) (1777-1855) - English/Australian businesswoman. Outer: Orphaned as a child and brought up by her grandmother. In 1790, she was sentenced to 7 years in Australia for horsestealing, disguised as a boy named James Burrow. Worked as a nursemaid and in 1794, she married Thomas Reiby, an Irishman who became a prominent trader in grain and general imports along the Australian coast, as well as the Pacific, India and Asia. Kept a hotel, had four daughters and three sons and ran the business while he was on trips, taking it over on his death in 1811, proving herself an adept businesswoman, with a strong eye on profits. Highly aggressive, she was found guilty of assault on one of her debtors in 1817. Expanded the business and became a leading member of Sydney society. Visited her native Lancashire in 1820, and was feted as a girl-made-good. Became ever richer, adding real estate to her holdings, while involving herself in philanthropy and good works, as she withdrew from the business end of her enterprises. Eventually retired and handed her empire over to her sons, who proved to be equal business adepts. Inner: Wild and colorful youth tempered by excellent business sense, social graces and a sense of social duy. Self-inventing lifetime of creating power and social authority out of extremely modest beginnings, and finding that her inner empress was lurking right below the surface. Yelizaveta (1709-1762) - Russian empress. Outer: Daughter of Peter I (Yukio Mishima) and Yekatrina I (Maggie Cheung). Blond and blue-eyed. Had little formal education, although she spoke French and German fluently. Strikingly beautiful and charming, she served as a magnet to powerful men. Played only a minor political role under her emperor and empress predecessors. Under threat of being sent to a convent by the regent who succeeded them, Anna Leopoldovna (Leonid Brezhnev), she gave permission for the anti-German faction at court to stage a coup that arrested both the regent and the infant emperor, Ivan VI (Yuri Andropov) and was proclaimed empress in their stead in 1741. Her reign returned to the principles of state of her father, using a Senate rather than a court council, although she was largely disinterested in rule, preferring the sociality of court life, church activities and fashion, owning 15,000 dresses, most of which she would only wear once, and wound up abolishing many of her father’s reforms. Left the state to her coterie of favorites and advisers. A patron of the arts and education, she built a magnificent Winter Palace. Initially statuesque, she became seriously overweight, through her behavioral extremes, going from court celebrations to acts of extreme penance, which greatly affected her health. Court intrigues marred the effectiveness of her rule, economics deteriorated, the peasants suffered, but the gentry prospered, as did the country’s cultural life and Russia’s prestige in European affairs. Forced to deal with numerous serf revolts, as well as fleeing peasants to the frontier, which greatly undercut her tax base. Harbored a deep hatred for Friedrich II of Prussia (J.P. Morgan), and much enjoyed Russia’s military victories over him. Suffered from epilepsy, and was prone to seizures towards the end of her life. Had a stroke in 1756, and periodically lost the use of her legs. Became increasingly depressed and melancholy, and was rumored to have a desire to spend her last days as a nun. Suffered a severe stroke at the end, and her death was greatly mourned by her court. Left her throne to her nephew Peter III (Vladimir Zhirinovsky), who quickly lost it to his wife, Catherine II (Indira Gandhi). Inner: Beautiful, charming and intelligent, albeit self-destructive. Natural wit with a weakness for clothes, theater and the gay social life. Anti-semite. Bored by statecraft, but fascinated by the material trappings of power. Realization lifetime of learning about empire and power, with 2 strong parental figures as a foundation, and her own considerable power of personality, only to see that politics was no longer her metier, and she would be far better served in the nonroyal realm of business, where her true sense of being a queen could more easily come forth. Giulia Farnese (1474-1524) - Italian mistress. Outer: Daughter of a Roman noble. Mother was from an ancient Roman dynasty. One of three children, and the sister of Alessandro Farnese (David Geffen), who would go on to become Pope Paul III. Known as Giulia la bella or Giulia the Beautiful. At the age of 15, she married Orsino Orsini, the stepson of a distant cousin of Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia (Sergei Sakin), one daughter from the union. Her husband was very unprepossessing physically and emotionally, and she had little attachment to him. Borgia, who became Pope Alexander VI, soon had his eye on her, and before long she was ensconced in a palace near the Vatican, living with his daughter Lucrezia Borgia (Indira Gandhi), thanks to the ambitions of her father-in-law. Became fast friends with Lucrezia, and through her connections, was able to help make her brother a cardinal. Wagging tongues dubbed him “the petticoat cardinal” afterwards. Remained the pope’s mistress from about 1493 to 1500, at which point he deemed her too old for his increasingly more jaded tastes, and she fell out of favor. The duo parted amicably, thanks to her father-in-law, and after her husband conveniently died, she moved away from Rome. After Alexander passed on 3 years later, she returned to Rome for the wedding of her daughter in 1505, to the son of the sister of Julius II (Peter Jackson), and was once more in a position of social prominence. After taking on several other lovers, she married again, to a minor member of the Neapolitan nobility, and became governor of Carbognasno. Showed herself to be a talented administrator, and remained in her position until 1522, when she retired and came to Rome to live with her brother, before dying 2 years later. Inner: Clever, skilled and able to easily maneuver around power. Renaissance lifetime of using the power of the feminine to further her own aims, while, as usual, maintaining her own relative independence through a combination of powerful and powerless intimates, and her innate ability to use them to her continued advantage. Zoe Porphyrogenita (c978-1050) - Byzantine empress. Outer: The middle of three daughters of Byzantine emperor Constantine VIII (Kim Jong-il) and Helena, including older sister Theodora (Kim Kyong-Hui). Quite beautiful, with large eyes set apart, golden hair and flawless skin. Her father, who was the younger brother of Basil II (Kim il Sung) had ruled alone for the last three years of his life, until 1028, as a complete and utter tyrant. Put forth as a bride for the western emperor, Otto III (Ayman al-Zawahiri) which would have united both east and west into one house, and would probably have significantly altered both his/story and herstory, although he died prematurely, just as she arrived in Italy in 1002, before the union could ever take place. Another attempt was made over three decades later, but, at that juncture, she was beyond childbearing years, and her intended was only 10. The emperor Basil II did not want his imperial Macedonian line polluted, forcing his nieces into lives of isolation, with her oldest sister living in a convent, while she dwelt in the palace quarters for women, along with her sibling Theodora, whom she had long loathed. Had a number of lovers during this period, but none were husband material. Since Basil, who never married, sired no children, and her father provided no sons, on the serial death of the two, her importance in the continuation of the royal line rose precipitously. In 1028, she was wed to her third cousin, Romanus III Argyros (Woody Allen), who had been the urban prefect of Constantinople, and was sixty years old. After manipulating her sister into being sent off to a monastery on pretext of her plotting to take the throne, she later forced her to take holy orders. Used a host of amulets, charms and other magic methods to try to get pregnant to little avail, eventually driving her husband from her bed. A court minister, John of Orphanotropus (Bo Hai Pak), introduced her to his handsome teenage brother, Michael (Sun Myung Moon), and she immediately seduced him, before he was made servant to her husband, who did not suspect the cuckold, until told otherwise by his sister. After a confrontation and a sworn denial, the emperor was found dead in his bath under suspicious circumstances, despite being in ill health at the time. Immediately married her younger paramour, who, like her husband, quickly drifted away from her, while overwhelmed with guilt over the death of his predecessor, to the point of feeling he had to make constant expiatation for the perceived sin. Shunted off once more, she was completely distrusted by her epileptic spouse, who had her under constant watch, as his health quickly waned. Prior to his dying, she was made to adopt his nephew, who succeeded him as Michael V (Kim Jung-un). Her spouse refused to allow her to visit him just before his death, and when his nephew took the throne, he quickly had her banished to a monastery on trumped up charges of potential regicide. The populace rose up in outraged indignation at the obvious manipulation, and he was denied co-rule with her, and then dethroned and forced to flee to a monastery, while both she and her sister Theodora were made co-empresses in 1028. While she wished to pardon Michael, her sister insisted he be blinded and castrated and live out his days as a monk. He died shortly after the mutilation, and her sister went on to dominate her in imperial affairs during their joint rule, despite an attempt on her part initially to rule alone and send her back to her convent. The duo tried to give some semblance of order to the empire, but the sibling rivalry, coupled with her longtime jealousy of Theodora curbed their effectiveness, as competing factions developed between the two at the court. Looked for a third husband, but was rejected by her first choice, while her second, who was already married died a few days prior to their wedding. The third, Constantine IX (Charles Revson), proved the charm, and the two were wed in 1042, although the patriarch of Constantinople refused to marry them. The trio at the helm also translated to a trinity in the marriage bed, when he brought his mistress with him. An uprising ensued when it was believed the mistress, known as the Skleraina, was planning on murdering the other two women, which she and her sister publicly dispelled. Spent the rest of her life ignoring affairs of state and pursuing her own interests, including making ointments and perfumes, to enhance her youth and beauty, which she was able to do into her sixties. Her death, surprisingly, devastated her husband. Inner: Very womanly, and quite conscious of her allure, with petty rivalries, seductions and jealousies at the core of her political life. Fly in the ointment lifetime of having her power continually usurped by the men in her life, before ultimately realizing her true interests lay in feminine bedazzlement, in a prelude to her ultimately becoming an empress of beauty, with no bothersome political overtones to her eventual empire built totally on physical enhancement and nothing more. Bilqis, Queen of Sheba (fl. 10th century BZ) - Outer: Figure of both Judaic and Islamic legend. In the former, she was the ruler of a southwestern Arabian kingdom, who visited King Solomon (Mark Zuckerberg) at the head of a caravan bearing much earthly treasure, in order to test his legendary wisdom by asking him some riddles. The two exchanged much treasure, although nothing more more is heard of her. In Ethiopian religious tradition, they had a son, Menelik, who became ruler of Ethiopia, and the custodian of the sacred Holy Ark of Judaism, through some mischief by his men. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church would rise from this myth, while the Ark would remain in the province of the country for the next three millennia. In Islamic legend, she is a pagan who is revealed to have hairy legs and ass-hooves, and is tricked into revealing them. Some sources say she married Solomon, while others have her become a believer in the One God, as a transformational tale of the demonic nature of powerful women and their ultimate salvation through belief. She remains an archetype of a rich, powerful woman, with much to give and also the ability to receive. Inner: Archetypal lifetime of being remembered as emblem of both earthly trade and the transformation power of belief. Twosre (?-1196BZ) - Egyptian queen. Outer: Not much known of her life. Primary wife of Egyptian Pharaoh Seti II (William Paley). Probably wielded considerable power during his brief run, and when the heir they produced preceded his sire in death, and then he died in c1198, she stepped into the breach as the ruling authority even though a nominal figure, Siptah (Roger Ailes), a son of Seti by a minor queen, was placed on the throne as child king. He may or may not have been another son, but his presence was minimal, so that she came to wield complete sway over the kingdom for the last decade of her dynasty’s run. At his death after six years of rule, she assumed all royal titles, although in some later recordings of her house, she is not included on the king’s lists, which end with her husband, Seti II. May have shared her bed, as well as the royal treasury with her husband’s Syrian chancellor, named Bay. Officially ruled for only 2 years. At her death, the 19th dynasty ended, and a whole new house ascended the throne of Egypt. Inner: End-of-the-line lifetime of exercising rule alone, a preferred practice of hers down through the centuries, as she weaves her way in and out of the annals of some very acquisitive, grasping figures, and always more than holds her own.


Storyline: The adventurous amazon combines a highly competitive nature with an insatiable thirst for novel experience to create an unusual legacy of mischief and achievement in fashioning herself as a unique emblem of the indomitability of non-domestic womanhood.

Beryl Markham (Beryl Clutterbuck) (1902-1986) - English aviatrix and writer. Outer: Father was a fox-hunting gentleman, with a strong interest in classical literature, a passion for horse-racing and an unquenchable thirst for danger. Abandoned by her mother, after her parents divorced, she went with her father to Kenya at the age of 4, and grew up with servants on a farm there, while her mother and brother remained in England. Spoke local languages, became an apprentice to her father as a racehorse trainer and breeder, and learned to hunt boar, barefoot and with a spear with the Nandi Murani tribe. Ferociously competitive, as well as completely adverse to formal schooling. A drought eventually caused a foreclosure of the farm, and her father went to Peru, leaving her one horse, Pegasus. Became the first woman in Africa to be granted a race-horse trainer’s license at the age of 18. Beautiful and independent, she had many admirers. Married Jock Purves, a rugby player, before she was 17, divorced 2 years later, and had a 2nd marriage in 1926, to Mansfield Markham, which produced a son, whom she abandoned in England and he ultimately predeceased her. The Prince of Wales, as well as the Duke of Gloucester fell in love with her, and when her husband threatened to sue, he was eventually bought off. The duo separated, but were not divorced until she married a 3rd time, more than a decade later. Learned to fly in her 20s, and became a pilot, ferrying mail and passengers all over East Africa, while pioneering game-spotting from the air. In 1936 in stormy weather, she became the first woman to fly the Atlantic, from east to west, flying upside down without realizing it, until she saw a bolt of lightning. Crash-landed in Nova Scotia, and had a huge ticker-tape parade in NYC. Went to California, married Raoul Schumacher, a writer, who helped her pen West with the Night, about bush-flying in Africa. Her husband also wrote numerous short stories under his wife’s name. Divorced again, she returned to Africa in her early 50s, where she resumed her career as a horse-trainer, winning the top trainer award 5 times, as well as the Kenya Derby 8 times. Ended her adventurous life, living in a bungalow, often drunk and foul-tempered, near the Nairobi race course, and died after surgery for a broken leg caused by tripping over one of her dogs. Cremated with her ashes scattered over the Nairobi racetrack. Inner: Independent, competitive, extremely magnetic and imperious. Stoic, sexually omnivorous, and highly athletic. Soaring lifetime of a very masculine upbringing in order to continue to integrate her 2 sides from an adventurous female perspective. cEliza Lynch (1835-1886) - Irish adventuress. Outer: Her father was a doctor, but she destroyed records of her past in order to give herself wealthy antecedents. Taken to Paris by her parents during the Irish potato famine. Married a French Army veterinarian in 1850, who was old enough to be her progenitor, but her husband deserted her, then she ran off with a Russian cavalry officer, only to have him called home to fight in the Crimean War. Became a fashionable prostitute, as well as a language teacher, all the while looking for a protector. Met the short, corpulent and dentally challenged, albeit extremely wealthy and extravagant, Francisco Solano Lopez, son and heir to the dictator of Paraguay, who proved to be her social savior. Seduced him on meeting him, became pregnant by him, and emigrated to Paraguay in 1854. Ultimately had 6 sons and 3 daughters with him, while introducing European esthetics and styles to the country, as well as the first sewing machines and pianos. Also raised educational standards, but was never really accepted, for her foreign ways. Lopez became head of state in 1860, then went on to lose 3/4 of his country’s population in warfare with his larger neighbors, which was fomented by the British because of its need for a new source of cotton, because of the American Civil War. Her increasingly paranoid and unstable husband eventually trusted only her, while doing in many of his associates. With him during the fighting, while volunteering, in fine amazon fashion, to commandeer an all-female troop, although the request was turned down. Dug graves for her husband and oldest son with her own hands, after they were killed. Forced to leave the country following his death, although she tried to return to reclaim her lands and jewels, only to draw the extreme hostility of those left widowed and orphaned by her husband’s policies. Spent the rest of her life trying to clear his name, when she could easily have slipped back into her pre-Lopez existence, and died in obscurity. Inner: Charming and passionate. Myth-making lifetime of allowing her beauty and drive to take her to the highest political levels of an alien culture, only to lose everything in the end, and wind up as she started, with nothing. cElizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston (1720-1788) - English adventuress and literary inspiration. Outer: Grandmother was the author Mary Chudleigh. Youngest child of an English colonel, who was lieutenant governor of Chelsea Hospital. Her father died when she was 6, and left her badly provided for, which made her extremely acquisitive later on. Spent her youth in the country. Beautiful, but illiterate, she survived smallpox without scarring. Had many aristocratic swains. Became maid of honor to the Princess of Wales, then secretly married Augustus John Hervey, an aristocratic naval lieutenant in 1744, to whom she was unfaithful, before concealing the birth and death of a son, which effectively ended the marriage. Separated from her husband, and probably was the mistress of George II (Chris Patten). Privately established her marriage, then became mistress of the Duke of Kingston. Visited Germany as Madame Chudleigh. Denied her marriage under oath, after her husband threatened a trial for divorce. Legally declared a spinster, she then married the Duke of Kingston, and on his death was made heiress to his property. Went to Rome, was accused of bigamy by the duke’s nephew after holding up a banker at gunpoint to get money to return to England to defend herself. Two years later she was found guilty, and she fled to Calais, to find her first marriage finally declared valid. In 1777, she sailed to St. Petersburg in a ship she bought and fitted, and became a favorite of Catherine the Great of Russia (Indira Gandhi). Subsequently, she bought an estate there and established a brandy distillery, before growing restless once again. Eventually she returned to France, living in luxury and surrounded by admirers, while exhibiting her ongoing restlessness even into late middle age. Eventually grew fat through a fondness for both food and drink, but remained voluptuous her entire life. Continually had swain and swindlers vying for her attention, and ultimately died quite suddenly, still very much full of life. Little mourned, she served as a model for William Makepeace Thackeray’s (Tom Stoppard) literary imagination. Inner: Illiterate but highly magnetic. Extremely restless, coarse, self-indulgent, but generous, even to her enemies, and whimsical. Fancy-free lifetime of extensive travel and amorous adventures among the aristocracy, while acting out of her own sense of adventure and willful determination to live life as she largely pleased. cBoudicca (?-62AZ) - British queen. Outer: Of royal descent. Wife of the king of the Iceni, an East Anglian tribe based in what is now Norfolk and Suffolk. Large-framed, with bright red hair that fell to her knees, a harsh voice, and a terrifying aspect, a female Valkyrie. Her husband, Prasagutas, staged a brief revolt against the Romans in the year 50, and when he died nearly a decade later, he left his estate to the Roman Emperor Nero (Adolf Hitler) as well as his 2 daughters, in hopes for imperial protection for his family. The Romans, however, annexed the kingdom, publicly raped her daughters, flogged her nearly to death, enslaved some members of his family and plundered his tribesmen. Humiliated but undefeated, she raised a rebellion in East Anglia with the rulers of several small kingdoms who all had grievances against the imperial presence of Rome in their country, while the Roman governor was away doing mayhem in Wales. Assembling a vast army, possibly numbering in the hundreds of thousands, she led her rabble of insurgents in the sacking and burning of several military posts, along with Rome’s 3 finest towns, while massacring some 70,000 Romans and pro-Roman Britons. Barely able to control the mayhem she had let loose, but led it to a final confrontation with the Romans on an open plain, and in the fierce battle that followed, some 80,000 Britons were killed against 400 on the disciplined side of the professional Roman army. Escaped, although was hotly pursued, and finding her situation hopeless, took poison along with her daughters. Although the confederacy of Britons was shattered, small rebellions continued, and Rome wound up taking a terrible vengeance on the Isles of the Britons in recompense. Inner: Fierce warrior and leader of men, showing both a fearless sense of vengeance and an inspiring sense of outrage. Valkyrie lifetime of acting as a beacon for the anger of her fellow countrymen, and, although her acts brought tenfold reprisals, they showed the mightiest imperial force on the planet, that this was not an Isle that would easily bow to its considerable will. Salome Alexander (?-67BZ) - Queen of Judaea. Outer: Wife of the tyrannical Alexander Jannaeus (Kim Philby). Succeeded her husband in 76 BZ, and immediately strove to re-unite their much divided kingdom. Invited the Pharisees, whom her husband had waged civil war against, to return to positions of power in the ruling Sanhedrin. Concentrated on foreign policy, while the Pharisees controlled religious and domestic affairs. The Sadducees, the aristocratic ruling class, who had prompted her husband to wage civil war, were duly punished, and removed from positions of leadership. Under her 9 year rule, Judaea prospered, enjoying the blessings of nature with abundant rains and crops, as well as a free flow of revenue. In addition, the Pharisee cult flourished, giving Judaea a brief benediction before it divided in the subsequent turmoil created by her sons, Aristobulus II and Hyrcanus II (Paul Bowles), who fought one another for rule, and ultimately allowed Judaea to become a Roman province. Inner: Repeat lifetime of serving as a healing bridge between warrior father and sons, giving her nation a brief respite between the hard hearts and grasping nature of her longtime karmic family, through her own considerable powers of office.


Storyline: The heart hunter gradually turns the political into the personal, while opening up her own considerable reservoir of expression, in her ongoing evolution from martyr to acute delineator of individual relationships in the larger social contexts which create us all.

Marguerite Duras (Marguerite Donnadieu) (1914-1996) - French writer and filmmaker. Outer: Mother, Marie Legrand, was a farmer’s daughter, who became an émigré schoolmistress, father was a math teacher, who taught in several countries in southeast Asia, before returning to France and dying young. Two older half-brothers, and three brothers. Her mother taught and played the piano at a local cinema to raise her family, providing a strong obstinate character who would continually reappear in her daughter’s fiction. The former ultimately went bankrupt on a land deal in Cambodia. An affair as a teenager with a local man, would be the subject for her best known later work. Small and striking, although later wore her wrinkles proudly. Never liked her last name, and changed it to reflect a village from where her paternal ancestors came. Left Southeast Asia for Paris at the age of 17, and studied math, law and politics at the Sorbonne. Worked briefly as a civil servant in the Ministry of Colonies, before turning to writing. Married poet Robert Antelme in 1939, one stillborn son from the union in 1942. Her husband was later interred at Dachau. Hooked up afterwards with Dionys Mascolo, a political commentator and philosopher, with whom she had had a menage a trois with her spouse, one son from union. In 1942, she published her first novel. Joined the French Communist Party after the Liberation, and became involved in a variety of leftist causes, before leaving the former in 1950 in disgust over the Prague uprising. Her first success happened the same year with the autobiographical, “The Sea Wall,” and she gradually developed a lyrical grace to complement her acute political sensibilities, and sympathies for those who got the short end of the economic and erotic stick, as well as those who could not give adequate expression to their true and deepest feelings. After writing the screenplay for Hiroshima Mon Amour in 1959, she widened her efforts to embrace the theater, and from 1966, began directing films as well, while adapting her oeuvre to serve all three mediums. Working on low budgets, she, nevertheless, evolved a unique narrative technique, which allowed her to explore women and the political and psychological consequences of their lives, with less and less emphasis on plot, and more on relationships and the internal tensions of her characters. In 1984, she won the Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary award for “The Lover,” which became a world-wide phenomenon, translated into some 40 different languages. Spent the last decade of her life with a young lover whom she immortalized in “Yann Andrea Steiner.” An alcoholic, she underwent four detoxification cures, and after the last one, went into a 5 month coma. Wrote some 40 novels, a dozen plays, and created a dozen or so films as writer/director. Inner: Powerful sense of personal integrity, and like her mother, extremely obstinate. Great passion for life, with a strong focus on interrelationships. Never considered herself a feminist, although she focused on the liberated and unliberated feminine heart in all her works. Heartfelt lifetime of thorough immersion in all her milieus to both live and feel them for the ultimate purpose of giving voice to the personal amidst the profound politics of interrelationships. Marie d’Agoult (Marie-Catherine-Sophie Flavigny, comtesse d’Agoult) (1805-1876) - French writer. Outer: Mother was a wealthy banker’s daughter, father was an émigré count. Spent her first decade in Germany, and then after the Bourbon restoration in 1814, her family returned to France, and she completed her education in a convent, showing a flair for languages. Exhibited an early enthusiasm for both justice and freedom. In 1827, a marriage was arranged for her with Charles d’Agoult, a viscount some 20 years her senior, but she was extremely unhappy in the union, and instead put her energy into a salon she opened, which attracted both literary and musical figures of the romantic movement, and gave her access to many of the leading cultural figures of her time. In 1834, she ran away with one of them, the Hungarian composer and virtuoso Franz Liszt (G.W. Pabst), who was 5 years her junior, abandoning both husband and children for him, after first living openly as his mistress. The volatile 5 year relationship produced 3 more children, including Cosima Liszt (Joan Baez), who would go on to marry composer Richard Wagner (Werner Herzog). Ostracized by polite society for her daring move, she created an intellectual society of her own in recompense. Liszt continued his philandering, and she eventually returned to Pars, where she began writing under the name of Daniel Stern, publishing her first novel, “Nelida,” which was a thinly veiled account of the bitterness she felt towards her inamorata for abandoning her for his career. Afterwards, she realized her true metier was political commentary rather than fiction. A close friend of writer George Sand (Rebecca West). As a salonista, she gathered around her many freethinkers who shared her fervent Republican convictions, and their ideals led to the Revolution of 1848, which she took active part in, while also contributing to the liberal opposition press as a staunch supporter of the fledging republic. Continued using her pen name, while writing in a variety of modes, including political philosophy and more his/storical essays, as well as journalism. Lost two of her children, but remained politically active, making her salon an institution of opposition during the 2nd Empire, while continuing her literary activism. Was preparing her memoirs, when she died, and they were subsequently published posthumously. Best known for her three volume his/story of the Revolution of 1848, which were the result of her own investigating reporting and personal involvement in the events, as well as her shrewd observations on the leading political lights involved. Inner: Despite an aristocratic upbringing, she was a populist republican at heart, with sympathy towards the poor and the disenfranchised. Not quite a feminist, but a supporter of education for women. Re-entry lifetime of intense political involvement in the second stage of the French revolution, while keeping her head, if not quite her heart, in another go-round surrounded by genius and passion, with more of an emphasis on cultural companionship, in her own ongoing evolution as a distinct voice in her own right and write. Jeanne-Marie Roland de La Platiere (Manon Philipon) (1754-1793) - French writer and political figure. Outer: Father was a Paris engraver. Identified passionately with the works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Leonard Cohen) as a girl, and by 9 was carrying Plutarch’s (Raymond Aron) “Lives” around, seeing herself as an incipient ardent Republican. In 1780 she married Jean-Marie Roland de la Platiere, a political economist and writer, who was 2 decades her senior. The duo settled in Paris in 1791, and she established a salon which became headquarters for the Girondins, the relative moderates in the French Revolution. Her husband became minister of the interior in the king’s cabinet, thanks in part to her influence, in 1792. Several months later, she drafted a letter of protest for him, when the king objected to establishing a national guard camp outside Paris and her spouse was dismissed, despite proving quite able at his job. Despised Georges Danton (V. Lenin), as well as Maximilien Robespierre (Joseph Stalin), and helped seal the fate of the Girondins after the overthrow of the monarchy in August of that year, through her support of her husband against the two, after he was made minister of the interior for the revolutionary government. Extremely active in print during this time, she was arrested in the spring of 1793, and during her five months of imprisonment, she wrote her memoirs, “Appeal to Impartial Posterity.” Just before she was guillotined, she uttered the immortal line, “O Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name.” A week later her husband followed her in death by killing himself. Inner: Extremely intelligent, with an abiding love for both nature and literature. Idealistic lifetime of running up against the dark wills of those far more powerful than hers, which probably convinced her to make the political personal her next time around, and concentrate on her incipient skills of expression, rather than changing the world directly through her passionate beliefs. Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587) - Queen of Scotland. Outer: 3rd child and only daughter of James V (Peter O’Toole) of Scotland, who died within a week of her birth. Mother was Mary of Guise (Rebecca West), who eventually became Scottish regent in 1554. Two younger brothers pre-deceased her. Half-sister of James Stewart, Earl of Moray (Guy Burgess), who would later oppose her. Became queen at the age of 6 days, and was secretly crowned at 9 months. Possessed a rare golden-haired beauty as a child, which she would carry throughout her life, as she would a grave and somber countenance. Attended by 4 servant Marys, who became figures of song. Taken by her mother to France in 1548, where she was betrothed to the unattractive French dauphin, Francois II (Roald Dahl) and raised at the French court along with the other royal children. Had a happy, athletic childhood there, and received an excellent education. Married Francois in 1558 and made a secret treaty, delivering Scotland to France in case she died without heir. Laid claim to the throne of England on the death of Mary I (Rose Kennedy) the same year, and styled herself the Queen of England. Prostrated with grief over the death of her husband 2 years later, since both were quite attached to one another. Entertained various proposals of marriage, although they were blocked by the French queen mother, Catherine de’ Medici (Indira Gandhi), and she returned to Scotland in 1561. Informed the pope of her resolute desire to keep Scotland a Catholic nation and had a reconciliation with Elizabeth I (Mae West) of England. Won over the hearts of her lords and people, then tried to manipulate events to her favor. In 1565, she became the wife of Henry Darnley (Kim Philby), despite resistance from the English crown at the union, and a decided lack of love between the pair. The union produced James I (Kenneth Tynan) of England, although the difficult birth cost her her health, and she never saw her child again, after he was taken away from her his first year. Very attracted to her husband on first view, then realized he was a lout. Her reputed lover, despite his being quite flamboyantly attracted to his own sex, David Rizzio (Prince Edward), was murdered by him before her eyes, and she was determined to avenge him. Ran afoul of her half-brother, the earl of Moray, who tried to lead a rebellion against her, and forced him to take refuge in London. Became the lover of James Bothwell (Whittaker Chamber), who orchestrated the death of her husband in 1567, and then divorced his wife. Married Bothwell in Protestant rites several months later, to the outrage of the public and was subsequently imprisoned and given the choice of divorce or abdication. Chose the latter, nominating Moray as regent for her son, as she miscarried a pair of twins. Escaped to England and ultimately became a prisoner of Elizabeth for 19 years in London, while Bothwell died insane, incarcerated in Denmark. Obtained a divorce from him, and approved Moray’s assassination. Worked ceaselessly for release, while plots galore hatched around her. Suffered severe rheumatism, because of her long imprisonment, so that she could barely walk. Eventually, she was tried for treason in 1586 and beheaded the following year, with the headsman taking three strokes to sever her head. Re-interred in Westminster Abbey by order of her son in 1612. Inner: Beautiful, intelligent, mystical, graceful and charming. Prideful with a sense of sacred sovereignty. Premier romantic figure of her age. Good athlete, excellent rider. All of the men in her life met untidy endings and reflected her own devious, unintegrated male side. Cultivated, wrote mixed verse, and used the symbol of the phoenix rising from its ashes as her own. Passionate Persephone lifetime of looking for love in all the wrong places, while acting as the emotional emblem for her tumultuous times, before the ultimate removal of her own head, in order to reintegrate it later on around her intelligence and powers of expression, rather than her desire for political power. Aelia Eudoxia (?-404) - Roman empress. Outer: Daughter of the Frankish general Bauto, who had some prominence in the western court. Her mother may have been Roman. Protegee of the eunuch and court chamberlain Eutropius, who arranged her marriage to the Roman emperor Arcadius (Roald Dahl) in 395. Mother of Theodosius II (Harold Nicolson) and Pulcheria (Vita Sackville-West). Beautiful, fiery and strong-willed, she easily dominated her husband, and was proclaimed Augusta in 400, when she did away with her sponsor. Despite being a pious Catholic, she clashed with St. John Chrysostom (Victor Serge), the patriarch of Constantinople, who compared her with the biblical Jezebel for her lavish living. Briefly reconciled so that he baptized her son, but after further calumny-filled sermons, she helped create a commission that condemned and deposed him, before her husband pronounced his banishment. Died shortly afterwards of a miscarriage. Inner: Tempestuous, forceful and quick-tempered. The product of some highly subjective negative press well after her time, which has fed into his’n’herstory’s dark view of her. Power-mongering lifetime of ruling through her ability to dominate a weak-willed mate, in preparation for her own unique and independent displays of saidsame as a woman of both martyred sensibilities and great gifts of expression. Tamar (fl. 10th cent. BZ) - Israeli princess. Outer: Daughter of King David (Sean Parker). Noted for her beauty. Her older half-brother, Amnon (Guy Burgess), fell in love with her, and contrived to have her sent to his chambers when he was sick, claiming her cakes could cure him. Their father consented, and when she entered, he raped her, and then filled with loathing, cast her from his room. She went to her brother Absalom (Whittaker Chambers), who protected her, and then two years later, he avenged her by murdering him, after their father refused to punish him. Inner: Victim lifetime of taking on the incestuous dysfunction of a completely disconnected family, while serving as the focus of the extreme physical abuses of rape and murder, in a time when women had little or no power over their lives.


Storyline: The shy siren finds herself in memorable compromising situations because of her innate magnetism, despite an innately moral nature and an innocent sense of self.

Eva Green (Eva Gaelle Green) (1980) - French actress and composer. Outer: Of Sephardic Jewish descent on her maternal side and Swedish and French descent on her paternal. Mother, Marlene Jobert was an actress and children’s book author born in Algiers, who moved to Paris at 8. Father was a dentist. One of a pair of sororal twin sisters. Extremely shy when young, her mother sent her to a therapist, and she finally opened up after taking acting lessons. Although raised Jewish, she doesn’t identify with any religion. Educated in Paris and London, while also spending a year at the American School of Paris. 5’6”, with kohl-lined blue eyes and black hair. Studied acting at St. Paul Drama School in Paris for 3 years, then completed her thespian education in London. Also studied directing at the Tisch School of Arts at NYU. Appeared on the Parisian stage in several productions, while also polishing her English with a coach for several months. Came to world attention with her film debut in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 2003 offering, The Dreamers fully exposing her body in it, while viewing her participation, which went against her basic grain, as an exercise in detachment. Also composed music for the film’s score for flute and piano. Turned down several femme fatale roles afterwards for fear of being typecast. Served as a Bond girl in the remake of Casino Royale in 2006, and has tried to vary her roles, although in the public mind, she is largely seen as a deranged Gothic heroine, thanks to such films as 2008’s Franklyn, 2012’s Dark Shadows, and 2014’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, with sex scenes de rigeur in most of her starring roles, despite an innate modesty. Does indies, and TV, while always looking for complex characters with depth to them as a mode of self-exploration. Splits her time between two homes in Paris and London. Inner: A loner at heart, preferring the quiet life, as well as an art connoisseur, with a fascination with antiquity. Likes rough, animal men, not metrosexuals, although her intimacies have always been secondary to her larger ambitions for herself. Self-exploring lifetime of using the large screen to delve into her own complex character, while displaying the innate magnetism that has made her a curiously reserved scandalous woman for the ages. Angela Baddeley (Madeleine Angela Clinton-Baddeley) (1904-1976) - English actress. Outer: From a wealthy family. Older sister of character actress Hermoine Baddeley. Had one half-brother who became a priest. Appeared with the Old Vic Theater in “Richard III” at 11 and went on to do many Shakespearean plays with them. 5’3”. During her teens she starred in musicals and pantomimes, before briefly retiring at 18 to marry director Stephen Thomas. One daughter from the union. After divorcing him, she wed actor/director Glen Byam Shaw, son and daughter from the second union, which ended in her death, as her husband outlived her by a decade. Toured Australia and established herself as one of the most popular British actresses of her day. Appeared sporadically in film, but the essence of her long career was the stage, interspersed in her 60s with TV series. Throughout the 1940s, she focused on strong female roles on stage, which was the focus of her career. Installed as Commander, Order of the British Empire in 1975. Had her best known role to American audiences at career’s end as the cook Mrs. Bridges in the TV period drama, “Upstairs, Downstairs.” Worked until life’s end, appearing in “A Little Night Music,” as her final role. Died of pneumonia, after a brief illness. Inner: Highly competent character actress. Lower profile lifetime of keeping all her drama on the public stage and little to her private life as a counterbalance to her earlier go-rounds in this series. Augusta Byron Leigh (1783-1851) - English spouse and mother. Outer: Only daughter of British Army officer “Mad Jack” Byron and his first wife, who died shortly after her birth. Lost her father at the age of 8. Raised by her grandmother, who also died after a few years, and she wound up in the care of relatives and friends. Didn’t meet her younger half-brother, George Gordon, Lord Byron (Bernardo Bertolucci) until the end of her teens, when he had finished his studies at Harrow. Afterwards, she corresponded regularly with him, and they became confidantes of one another. In 1807, she married her cousin Lt. Col. George Leigh, an irresponsible sportingman, who was son of a general and her paternal aunt. Had seven children with him, including a daughter, Medora, whom her husband named after a horse. and whose paternity may very well have been Byron’s. Before his marriage, and during hers, Byron suggested they run away together. At first intrigued, she later declined. Had no interest in his poetry, while the ultimate seduction factor might have been her lack of passion for him, which allowed him to be extremely comfortable in her company. Despite being either pregnant or looking after young children, her ability to make him laugh and not take himself seriously proved a key factor in their relationship, and they became intimate during the summer of 1813. Byron fled the country in 1816, because of accusations leveled at him by his wife during divorce proceedings. Incest, at the time, was not a crime. Her life afterwards would be quite unhappy, leaving her at the mercy of a spendthrift husband she didn’t care for, and her embittered sister-in-law, who wanted revenge on her, since Byron was now out of her reach. After Byron’s death in 1824, she was forced to humiliate herself in order to realize any money from his estate. Had plenty of time to think over her actions and her next go-round in this series would be devoid of any glaring sexual content. Lost her husband a year before she died, and, as a final insult, he left her nothing but debts. Inner: Accomplished mimic, and an entertaining personality. Had an attraction to dashing rakes. Curiously innocent surrounding the motivations of others. Worked hard to erase her connection to Byron afterwards, but it was memorialized in his autobiographical poetry, so there was no way to escape it. Scandalous woman lifetime, once again, of being forced to deal with early deaths, an unfulfilling marriage and then three and a half decades to think about all the injustices her existence her thrown her way. Bathsheba (fl. 10th cent. BZ) - Israeli queen. Outer: Probably of noble birth, from a family that had lived in Jerusalem before the Israeli conquest of the city. Married the Hittite general, Uriah, and may or may not have had higher ambitions for herself. According to some texts, when the Israeli king, David (Sean Parker) shot an arrow at a bird that was in his mind the arch-demon Satan, the arrow hit a bucket over which she was washing her hair, revealing her to him, and, he immediately felt he had to have her. The besotted king subsequently maneuvered her husband into sure death in battle, so that she could become one of his wives. The child from their first union died, but the second son, Solomon (Mark Zuckerberg), was obvious superior stock. Foresaw that her son would be among the wisest of men, and solicited the help of the prophet Nathan, so that Solomon was declared the heir to the throne, leapfrogging over several brothers. After he secured it, she secured her position by arousing suspicions of jealousy around a half brother. When the king had him done in, she was invited to sit by his right side, as a mother queen, where she made her presence and power known. Served as a mentor to her son and reproached him whenever she felt his behavior was less than fitting for his office, which it often was. Lived to great age, and remains a revered figure in Judaic lore. Inner: Always comported herself with honor and nobility, and never forgot she was subservient to higher powers. Modest, observing laws of family purity, but found herself the magnetic object of King David’s lust, through no manipulations of her own. Never asked for forgiveness for their relationship, indicating her own guiltlessness over it. Seen in sacred texts as having been appointed the wife of David during the six days of Creation, and the real sin on his part was that he married her before the proper time. Strong-willed and operating out of a sense of divine destiny. Magnetic lifetime of serving as a kingly father-son link in the heavily patriarchal world of ancient Israel, as prelude to her provocative presence in modern annals as an equally controversial figure forever at the mercy of the lusts of others.



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