The Charitable Rose Grail of the World

I call upon my kindred, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, to lend her fame in making my movie about Fair Rosamond who appears to have been seen as a Grail Queen, a cup carved on her crypt that contained her uncorrupted remains. Did a guild form around her liken to the Swan Brethren who employed Bosch who rendered a painting depicting the Brethren flocking about the Sweet Lady and Jesus in his Wedding Feast at Cana. Surely Bosh’s paingitngs are other-wordly. However, there is a good chance these fantastic works were suggested by the Rosemondt family, they being Masters of the Brethren, Leuvain, and the Falcon Art College. Bosch was the Cecil B. Demille of his day. He took his vieweres to other and unknown wolrds employing religious themes, especially death and rebirth, the refreshing of what has been corrupted, the founding of a new heaven and earth.

My family has been corrupted, and now is born again! Yesterdsay I talked to my sister Vicki about the collaberation our niece, Drew Benton, is doing with a writer, she a renderer of fantastic worlds.

Elizabeth Taylor gave generously to several charaties, and was a supporter of the Arts. As a young actress she would have made a great Rose of the World that has been compared to Mary Magdalene.

I will use Rena Christiansen as my model for Fair Rosamond who is destined to be reborn on the silver screen. We Americans celebrate best when we celebrate Beauty. Rena was an Midwest American Beauty, a Queen of our Heartland. Descendants of the Toeny-Toeni family came to live in Texas.

The Count de Rougemont was a convert of Saint Vincent de Paul. Below is a scene where Vincent tends to the Counts dueling wound. Is the Count our kindred, descendant of Knights Templar?

Jon Presco

Copyright 2012

In his book ‘The Great Magdalens’ (1924) Hugh Francis Blunt also puts
Fair Rosamond in a collection of Magdalens which includes the
Carmelite, Madame de Longueville, lover to Rochefoucauld. In his
preface Blunt compares these Magdalens to Guinevere who stole away
with five of her ladies to Almesbury where she became a nun doing
great penance for her said unfaithfulness to her husband Arthur, she
having succumbed to Lancelot’s amor. Seeking haven in a nunnery had
become part of the ritual of Chivalas Love that had at its core the
Cathar heresy as perpetuated by the troubadours. Later, when the
Cathars and Knight Templars were persecuted, much of this ritual was
altered to comply with the Church.

King Henry the second was obsessed with Arthurian legend, and on his
deathbed is said to have revealed the burial place of Arthur and
Guinevere. I suspect Fair Rosamond was Henry’s Guinevere who would
born the second coming of King Arthur. Henry had a son by his
concubine, Alice, whom he named Arthur. ‘Tristan and Isault’ was
written for King Henry, and his wife Eleanor of Aquataine, and is
steeped in the Cathar heresy. Mary of Champagne is said to have been
the illigitimate daughter of Geoffry ‘The Fair’ Plantagenet, and thus
a half sister of Henry. Mary was a renowned poet and is said to have
kept a court of troubadours, as did Queen Eleanor, her alleged
mother, she the daughter of William ‘King of Troubadors’. Agnes
Strickland went on to say;

“According to the peculiar customs of the time, the grave was not
closed, but sort of a temporary tabernacle, called in chronicle a
hearse (of which the modern hatchment is a relic) was erected over
the coffin; this was raised before the high altar, covered with a
pall of fair white silk; tapers burnt around it, and banners with
emblazonment waved over it. Thus lying in state, it awaited the time
for the erection of the monument. Twenty years after, the stern
moralist, St. Hugh, bishop of Lincoln, in a course of visitation of
convents, came to Godstow and demanded, ‘Who lay there in such state
under the rich hearse?’ And when the nuns replied, ‘It was the corpse
of their penitent sister, Rosamond Clifford,’ the reformer, perhaps
remembering she was the mother of his superior, the archbishop,
declared, ‘that the hearse of a harlot was not a fit spectacle for a
choir of virgins to contemplate, nor was the front of God’s altar a
proper station for it.’

He gave orders for the expulsion of the coffin into the churchyard.
The sisters of Godstow were forced to obey at the time; but after the
death of Hugh they gartered the bones of Rosamond into a perfumed bag
of leather, which they enclosed in a leaden case, and, with all the
pertinacity of woman’s affection, deposited them in their original
place of interment, pretending the transformation of the tree had
taken place according to Rosamond’s prophecy. South records a visit
to the ruins of Godstow. ‘The principal remnant serves for a cow-
house. A nut tree grows out of the pentinent’s grave, which bears
every year a profusion of nuts without kernels.'” Hughes goes on to
write;

“On her tomb there were many fine engravings, and among them a cup,
perhaps meant to indicate a chalice, but the cup started the story of
the poison, for when the stone was demolished at the time the nunnery
was dissolved “the tombstone of Rosamond Clifford was taken up at
Godstow and broken in pieces, and that upon it were interchangeable
weavings drawn out and decked with weavings, rose red and green, and
the picture of the cup out of which she drank the poison given her by
the queen, carved in stone.”

Addison has Eleanor giving Rosamond a sleeping potion rather then
real poison, so that when the victim awake up, she will find herself
in a nunnery. Here is the source of the legend of Sleeping Beauty,
given a potion by a jealous Queen, but, more then that, after
partaking of the Chalice at the Last Supper, the twelve disciples of
Jesus, fall asleep.

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I am an artist, a writer, and a theologian.
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