Roman de Rou & Holy Grail





roman999In the Roman de Brut by Wace, Brutus of Troy falls asleep before a statue of the goddess Diana in her abandoned temple and has a dream of the island he is destined to settle. This land is Britian.

On the grounds of Blenhiem Palace there is a temple for the goddess Diana where Winston Churchill proposed to his wife. This temple looks like the one that was built for Princess Diana Spencer who is kin to the Churchills and Dukes of Marlborough. It was on these grounds that King Henry built a Troy-town for Fair Rosamond, who descends from Rollo. Henry claimed he descends from Brutus of Troy. The Sleeping Beauty Princess was named ‘Rosamond’. Princess Diana was named ‘England’s Rose’. There is a rose in the middle of the Round Table that Wace introduced to the Arthurian Legends. Wace brought the sword he called ‘Excalibur’.

Above is a print of Wace delivered ‘The Roman de Rou’ to King Henry. As promised, here is the Grail Line of the Norse. The name Rosamond will forever be associated with the Holy Grail. I will forever be known as a Grail Author and Grail Scholar. I have immortalized my family. I have connected Princess Diana to the Grail Legends. One day, one, or both of her sons, will be the King of England.

Long live the king!

John Presco

Copyright 2013

Both Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, were descended from Rollo. Henry via Rollo’s son, and successor, William ‘Longsword’. Eleanor via Rollo’s daughter, Gerloc (who married Duke William III of Aquitaine, and was called Adela).

His later work, the Roman de Rou, was, according to Wace, commissioned by King Henry II of England. A large part of the Roman de Rou is devoted to William the Conqueror and the Norman Conquest. Wace’s reference to oral tradition within his own family suggests that his account of the preparations for the Conquest and of the Battle of Hastings may have been reliant not only on documentary evidence but also on eyewitness testimony from close relations—though no eyewitnesses would have been still alive when he began work on the text. The Roman de Rou also includes a mention of the appearance of Halley’s Comet. The relative lack of popularity of the Roman de Rou may reflect the loss of interest in the history of the Duchy of Normandy following the incorporation of continental Normandy into the kingdom of France in 1204.

The Trojans land on a deserted island and discover an abandoned temple to Diana. After performing the appropriate ritual, Brutus falls asleep in front of the goddess’s statue and is given a vision of the land where he is destined to settle, an island in the western ocean inhabited only by a few giants.

“Yea, Rosamond, fair Rosamond,
Her name was called so,
To whom dame Elinor our Queene
Was known a deadly foe,
The King therefore for her defence
Against the furious Queene
At Woodstocke builded such a Bower
The like was never seen.

“Most curiously that Bower was built
Of stone and timber strong.
An hundered and fifty dores
Did to this Bower belong,
And they so cunningly contriv’d
With turnings round about
That none but with a clew of thread
Could enter in or out.”

Many turf mazes in England were named Troy Town, Troy-town or variations on that theme (such as Troy, The City of Troy, Troy’s Walls, Troy’s Hoy, or The Walls of Troy) presumably because, in popular legend, the walls of the city of Troy were constructed in such a confusing and complex way that any enemy who entered them would be unable to find his way out. Welsh hilltop turf mazes (none of which now exist) were called “Caerdroia”, which can be translated as “City of Troy” (or perhaps “castle of turns”).

W. H. Matthews, in his Mazes and Labyrinths (1922), gives the name as “Troy-town”. More recent writers (such as Adrian Fisher, in The Art of the Maze, 1990) prefer “Troy Town”.

The name “Troy” has been associated with labyrinths from ancient times. An Etruscan terracotta wine-jar from Tragliatella, Italy, shows a seven-ring labyrinth marked with the word TRUIA (Troy). To its left, two armed soldiers appear to be riding out of the labyrinth on horseback, while on the right two couples are shown copulating. The vase dates from about 630 BC.

Anglo-Norman author of two verse chronicles, the Roman de Brut(1155) and the Roman de Rou (1160–74), named respectively after the reputed founders of the Britons and Normans.

The Rou was commissioned by Henry II of England, who sometime before 1169 secured for Wace a canonry at Bayeux in northwestern France. The Brut may have been dedicated to Henry’s queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Written in octosyllabic verse, it is a romanticized paraphrase of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia regum Britanniae, tracing the history of Britain from its founding by the legendary Brutus the Trojan. Its many fanciful additions (including the story of King Arthur’s Round Table) helped increase the popularity of the Arthurian legends. The Rou, written in octosyllabic couplets and monorhyme stanzas of alexandrines, is a history of the Norman dukes from the time of Rollo the Viking (after 911) to that of Robert II Curthose (1106). In 1174, however, Henry II transferred his patronage to one Beneeit, who was writing a rival version, and Wace’s work remained unfinished.
Wace’s artistry in the Brut exerted a stylistic influence on later verse romances (notably on a version of the Tristan story by Thomas, the Anglo-Norman writer), whereas the English poem Brut (c. 1200) by Lawamon was the most notable of many direct imitations. Three devotional works by Wace also survive.

Wace, writing some 300 years after the event in his Roman de Rou, also mentions the two brothers (as Rou and Garin), as does the Orkneyinga Saga.

Rosmond Clifford’s ancestors are the Erl’s of Orkney via Hugh de Calvacamp, thus she is kindred to the Sinclairs. However, this link has long been in question. Rosamond’s lover, King Henry Plantgenet, claims he descends from the Kings of Troy. Helen of Troy was captured, her legendary beauty launching a thousand ships that came to her rescue. Some scholars suggest the name Helen means “captured”. Helen is the Queen Mother of my novel ‘Capturing Beauty. King Henry Plantagenet of Anjou allegedly built a labyrinth around Fair Rosamond. When I posted this information, and more, on a Templar yahoogroup, Ian Sinclair tried to get me banned, and succeeded!

The Sinclairs claim they came to America, even discovered it. However, my ex-wife, Mary Ann Tharaldsen, would beg to differ, she kindred to Erik Tharaldsen, better known as Erik the Red. The Sinclair Clan is trying to capture my beautiful America! Get lost!

If you follow the Toeni ancestors of Rosamond Clifford, you arrive at Woden and the Kings of Troy. I suspect Henry married Rosamond after he divorced Eleanore (Helen) in order to unite the world under the three panthers of Angvian Plantagenet family who are leading members of the Priory de Sion – LEGEND! Some members of the Sinclair family claim their ancestors were as powerful as Henry’s family empire. They spread falsehoods! The Sinclairs claim they are kindred to Knights Templar and Masonic secrets. The Benton family were famous Freemasons, and I disocvered the Rougemont Templars by following my mother’s maiden name – ROSAMOND.

Above are two paintings by Rossetti employing the same model. These beautiful women are Fair Rosamund and Helen of Troy. My beautiful sister was the world famous artist known as Rosamond. Our Muse was Rena Cristiansen whose ancestros came from Sweden. Rena’s three sisters were models their beauty captured by a fashion photographers. Consider the Mona Lisa.

Some Sinclairs died battling the Saracens in Spain around 1300. Rosamond’s ancestor, Roger (Ralph) de Toeni, led Normans against Saracens in 1035.
The battle to restore Christianity to Spain, was on. Fair Rosamond in the Queen of Pan’s Labyrinth because Henry built a Troy Town around Rosamond that are associated with the city of Troy. Did he behold Rosamond’s genealogy and thus know she descended from Woden and the Trojans?

The Sinclairs have languished in the Priory of Troy Town long enough, they allowing Pierre Plantard to take all the heat in their place. But, with the revelation that my dear friend, Virginia Hambley, descends from powerful members of the Vichy – evicts all the Sinclairs from the legend that Dan Bown made famous, and puts my Rose of the World at the epicenter; for Plantard was a real member of the Vichy rebirth that spawned a thusand novels.
It is time for the jewel, and the thorn, in the crown.

I want our legend back!
Jon Presco

Copyright 2013

Roman de Rou is a verse chronicle by Wace in Norman covering the history of the Dukes of Normandy from the time of Rollo of Normandy to the battle of Tinchebray in 1106. It is a national epic of Normandy.
Following the success of his Roman de Brut which recounted the history of the English, Wace was apparently commissioned by Henry II of England to write a similar account of the origins of the Normans and their conquest of England. Wace abandons his tale before bringing it up to date, telling the reader in the final lines of Part III that the king had entrusted the same task to a Maistre Beneeit (believed to be Benoît de Sainte-More).

The ‘Roman de Rou’ (literally: Romance of Rollo) begins:
“One thousand, one hundred and sixty years in time and space had elapsed since God in His grace came down in the Virgin, when a cleric from Caen by the name of Master Wace undertook the story of Rou and his race …”
Wace’s ‘Roman de Rou’ chronicles Norman history, in verse, from the founding duke, Rollo (Rou), to the battle of Tinchebray in 1106. It was apparently commissioned by King Henry II (reigned 1154-89), possibly on the strength of Wace’s earlier work (finished in 1155), a versified adaptation of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s fantastical ‘Historia Regum Britanniae’, the ‘Roman de Brut’ (which seems to have achieved considerable popularity, and in which Wace introduced King Arthur’s round table).

Both Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, were descended from Rollo. Henry via Rollo’s son, and successor, William ‘Longsword’. Eleanor via Rollo’s daughter, Gerloc (who married Duke William III of Aquitaine, and was called Adela).

Within the ‘Roman de Rou’, Wace writes:
“The history of the Normans is a long one and hard to set down in the vernacular. If one asks who said this, who wrote this history in the vernacular, I say and will say that I am Wace from the Isle of Jersey, which is in the sea towards the west and belongs to the territory of Normandy. I was born on the island of Jersey and taken to Caen as a small child; there I went to school and was then educated for a long time in France. When I returned from France, I stayed in Caen for a long time and set about composing works in the vernacular: I wrote and composed a good many. With the help of God and the king – I must serve no one apart from God – a prebend was given to me in Bayeux (may God reward him for this). I can tell you it was Henry the second, the grandson of Henry and the father of Henry.”
At any rate, for some reason, Henry became dissatisfied with Wace’s work (or with Wace himself), and withdrew his patronage. Wace breaks off from his narrative, and writes:
“Let he whose business it is continue the story. I am referring to Master Beneeit [probably Benoît de Saint-Maure], who has undertaken to tell of this affair, as the king has assigned the task to him; since the king asked him to do it, I must abandon it and fall silent. The king in the past was very good to me. He gave me a great deal and promised me more, and if he had given me everything he promised me things would have gone better for me. I could not have it, it did not please the king; but it is not my fault. I have known three king Henrys and seen them all in Normandy; all three had lordship over Normandy and England. The second Henry, about whom I am talking, was the grandson of the first Henry and born of Matilda, the empress, and the third was the son of the second. Here ends the book of Master Wace; anyone who wishes to do more, let him do it.”
Wace ceased work after 1174 (he mentions the siege of Rouen of that year). A substantial portion of the ‘Roman de Rou’ only exists in a 17th century copy, though the section in which the Norman Conquest of England occurs is also preserved in three medieval manuscripts (one early-13th, one late-13th and one late-14th century). Incidentally, Wace is most likely a personal name, not a surname. For some reason (perhaps based on an erroneous reading) he has sometimes been called Robert Wace.

The entire knowledge we have of Rollo is based on Dodo’s colourful accounts. The title they both adopted was “Count”. in 1015 Richard II was the first to style himself “Duke” and “Patrician”. He asserted his right to control the church and appoint Dukes under it.

Years of research by Sinclair historians has pointed to our ancient connection to the Norse, in general, and the line of Rollo, in particular. Yet, when most researchers dig into the prehistory of the Vikings, they speak of the Goths. Our DNA suggests that we do not match the haplogroups of the classic Norse – R1a, I1a, N and Q. In fact, to date, only one Sinclair in our project is a part of these haplogroups – the R1a. This, taken in context with the author and Flemish historian Beryl Platts insistence that the Sinclairs are not of Norse origins, could make this project the bearer of bad news. But read on because, like so many parts of our history, it’s complicated.
The first traces of human life in Norway, based on archeological finds, were approximately 9,000-10,500 years ago. (I believe 8,000 BCE is closer to the accepted retreat of the LGM.) Before the Black Death in 1349, the population for Norway was estimated to be about 300,000. 15 There is much debate regarding the origins of these early settlers. Some have suggested they were related to the Mongols, at least in the case of the Finnish. Others have suggested they came up from Central Siberia.
One of our most notorious and beloved ancestors is Rollo. This from Wikipedia, who have a good habit of marking questionable research: “Rollo was a Viking leader of contested origin. Dudo of St. Quentin, in his De moribus et actis primorum Normannorum ducum (Latin), tells of a powerful Danish nobleman at loggerheads with the king of Denmark, who then died and left his two sons, Gurim and Rollo, leaving Rollo to be expelled and Gurim killed. William of Jumièges also mentions Rollo’s prehistory in his Gesta Normannorum Ducum however he states that he was from the Danish town of Fakse. Wace, writing some 300 years after the event in his Roman de Rou, also mentions the two brothers (as Rou and Garin), as does the Orkneyinga Saga.
Norwegian and Icelandic historians identified this Rollo with a son of Rognvald Eysteinsson, Earl of Møre, in Western Norway, based on medieval Norwegian and Icelandic sagas that mention a Ganger Hrolf (Hrolf, the Walker). The oldest source of this version is the Latin Historia Norvegiae, written in Norway at the end of the 12th century. This Hrolf fell foul of the Norwegian king Harald Fairhair, and became a Jarl in Iceland. The nickname of that character came from being so big that no horse could carry him.
The question of Rollo’s Danish or Norwegian origins was a matter of heated dispute between Norwegian and Danish historians of the 19th and early 20th century, particularly in the run-up to Normandy’s 1000-year-anniversary in 1911. Today, historians still disagree on this question, but most would now agree that a certain conclusion can never be reached.” (Wikipedia search– Rollo)

The legend of King Arthur is an enduring one, so popular that it has been shared for centuries. The earliest accounts are simple: A heroic king rescues his country. The story evolved over the centuries, and further elements such as Camelot, the Round Table, and Merlin were added in for flavor. Some versions of the legend state that Arthur did not truly die, but rather that he was put in an enchanted sleep– and it is said that he will return again in an hour of great need.

For hundreds of years the Arthur story has been retold in its various forms, though even ancient historians considered it nothing more than a myth. But in the twelfth century, evidence surfaced that suggested that one of history’s most popular figures might have been more than a mere legend.

In the year 1190, the monks of Glastonbury Abbey in England announced an incredible discovery. According to historical record, the monks began to experience dreams and visions about King Arthur around that time, which prompted them to consult with King Henry II (AD 1133-1189). Henry informed them of a long-kept secret of the royal family: Arthur’s remains were buried in the churchyard of St. Dunstan in Glastonbury. A search was soon commissioned.

Upon excavating the indicated area, the searchers unearthed a massive oak trunk, buried sixteen feet deep just as Henry had described. Inside was a human skeleton which confirmed that they had discovered something special. It was absolutely gigantic. It appeared to be much taller than an average man, and the space between the eye sockets was as wide as the palm of a man’s hand. Apparently, this famous king was truly larger than life.

This skeleton was not alone in its coffin. Alongside it was a second, lying next to a plait of blonde hair. The identities of the two remains were described on an archaic lead cross which was found nearby, inscribed with the Latin message “Hic jacet sepultus inclitus rex Arthurus in insula Avalonia,” meaning “Here lies interred the famous King Arthur on the Isle of Avalon.”

All in all, this was exciting stuff. Men and women flocked to Glastonbury from the surrounding regions, and King Henry II interred the ancient bones. Glastonbury soon became wealthy from the offerings and alms given by those who made the pilgrimage, and few questioned the authenticity of the find. Indeed, a few decades earlier the contemporary historian Geoffrey of Monmouth had claimed that Glastonbury was built on the site of ancient Avalon.

It turns out that Arthur’s grave was not the first historically significant discovery made by the monks of Glastonbury. In 1184, they had allegedly found the remains of St. Patrick. However, this claim failed to convince most people, since it was widely believed that St. Patrick had been buried in Ireland. Soon after this incident, the monks of the town had found the bones of famed Saint Dunstan. This discovery, too, was not widely believed. Though St. Dunstan had begun his career in Glastonbury, he ultimately relocated to Canterbury and had been buried there.

It was several years later that the monks found the grave of King Arthur. The discovery was fortuitous, because the monastery was rumored to be in financial trouble. In 1184, the monastic building and church of Glastonbury had been razed to the ground in a fire, leaving the monks of the town in dire monetary straits. However, if an abbey were in possession of a sacred relic, then it would be assured revenue. People would visit from far and wide to see pieces of the cross, clothes and objects of the saints… and bones. King Arthur was not a religious figure, but as one of the foremost heroes in legendary history, his remains attracted a great deal of medieval tourists.

While the circumstances of the discovery cast it in a suspicious light, the story was supported by King Henry II King Edward, who had succeeded Henry III and who had no need for money. But he may have had political motives in backing such a hoax; England was being ruled by Norman conquerors. The Saxons generally accepted these rulers, but those belonging to the Celtic fringes did not. Among those who revolted against the Norman invaders, it was widely believed that Arthur would one day return and fend off the invaders. With proof that the Celts’ savior was truly dead, Edward would secure a greater hold on his subjects. He interred the bones of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, symbolically aligning his reign with that of England’s most famous hero and putting the matter to rest.

Taken all together, the evidence strongly suggests that the grave of King Arthur was just an elaborate hoax, designed to benefit several parties. Unfortunately the bones and the cross went missing centuries ago, so the evidence cannot be examined using modern techniques. But if they are ever rediscovered, even if they prove to be forgeries, these artifacts would be an interesting testament to the enduring legacy of political trickery and propaganda.

Capturing Beauty

Part One

‘Capturing Beauties Rose’

Jon Presco

Copyright 2004

“Many men say that there is nothing in dreams but fables and lies,
but one may have dreams which are not decietful, whose import becomes
quite clear afterward.”

Thus begins the ‘Romaunt of the Rose’ by Chaucer, that ends thus…

“The ending of the tale you see
The Lover draws anigh the tree,
And takes the branch, and takes the rose,
That love and he so dearly chose.”

My daughter Heather was born on Rosemary’s Birthday, September 26,
1984. Eighteen months ago she was introduced to me by an angel, in a
dream. A month ater we would meet for the first time, she just
turning sweet sixteen. She never met her grandmother, Rosemary, or
her aunt,Christine, the world renouned artist, Rosamond, they passing
away before this rose, this branch of the family could be found.

When I was twenty three I let my hair grow long after the Nazarite
Artists of Germany a group who would inspire Dante Gabriel Rossetti
to form the Pre-Raphaelite Artists of Great Britain. Fair Rosamond
and the Romaunt of the Rose was an inspriration to the Pre-
Raphaelites, who like the Nazarite Artists, were bringing back a
religious theme to Art. Both groups drew upon Arthurian and Grail
legends that have been recently been linked to the Knight Templars
who are said to have been Nazarites, and who worshipped John the
Baptist, a Nazarite for life.

Rossetti did a painting of Rosamond, and Edward Burne-Jones did two,
not counting his ‘Briar Rose’ series who was named Rosamond by Grimm
in his tale of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, who I identify as the sleeping
goddess, Ariadne. King Henry built a bower and Labyrinth for Fair
Rosamond, that might have been used to initiate the Templars into an
ancient Hermetic teaching. Lord Tennyson includes her in his poem ‘A
Dream of Fair Women’, and Swinburne wrote an epic poem titled ‘The
Queen Mother and Rosamond’.

Gautheir de Coste Calprenede makes Rosamonde the paramour of
Pharamond King of the Long-haired Franks. Swinburne wrote a similar
work about another paramour of the Merovinians titled ‘Chronicle of
Fredegond,Rosamond’. Pharamond descends from Fromond, a name that
appears twice in a branch of the Rougemont/Rosemont genealogy, and
are the Lords of Neufchatel who become the De La Roche family, also
known as De La Rosa, a name born of the Rock and the Rose. Our Dreams
have come true.

Christine Rosamond Presco, a ‘Rose of the World’ was born October 24,
1947 in Vallejo California. Christina was the third child of Victor
and Rosemary, our mother one of four beautiful daughters born to the
writer and poet, Royal Rosamond, and Mary Magdalene Wieneke. Royal
and Mary met in Los Angeles where Mary went to live after leaving her
father’s farm in Iowa. Seeking her independance, as a young woman
Mary worked as a seamtress in Downtown L.A. The Wienekes were said to
have owned castles in Germany. Mary was a frequent guest at
Krishnamurti’s retreat in the Ojai Valley where her brother had a
farm and may have delved in the philosophy of the Theosophic Society.
Royal wrote stories for ‘Out West’ the ‘Arcadian’ and several Romance
magazines, he sailing to the Anacapa Islands with is friend, Dashiel
Hammet, the author of the ‘Maltese Falcon’, a mystery novel that was
made into a movie about the search for a golden falcon once belonging
to the Knights Templars. Royal taught Earl Stanley Gardner the
rudiments of writing. Royal’s poem ‘Your Name’ could well acompany
Rossetti’s painting of the young man writing his lover’s name in the

Living by the sea in Ventura California, Rosemary, and her sister,
Lillian, were courted by the famous actor, Errol Flyn, thus, there
was a powerful sense of the Romantic in our household that would
influence both Christine’s and my work. All the Rosamond women were
beautiful, they the arhetypes for the rosy women that began to peer
gracefully from their canvases in the early seventies at a changing
world, their beauty and strength heralding in the Woman’s Movement,
the very idea women could now own their own Creation and Creations.
In the words of Swineburne’s Fair Rosamond;

“But that I am
Part of the perfect witness for the world.”

My dear sister drowned off the Coast of Carmel on March 26,1994. The
legacy this complex person left behind is an important one as we were
both influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite artists who are at the core of
Grail Mysteries that have surfaced once again in the Quest for
Religious and Spiritual pertinence. The name Rosamond means ‘Rose of
the World’ and is one of the names applied to the Shekinah which is
the ‘Light of the World’ that I believe is found at the center of the
Labyrinth, like the one King Henry the second built for the love of
his life, Fair Rosamond. He also built a Well and Arcadia for her
after the story of Tristan and Isolde. A Grail Cup entwined in a vine
was engraved on her tomb. She has been compared to Mary Magdalene by
some authors, and a Catholic Bishop upon seeing how she was being
worshipped by Knights about to go on Crusade, had her remains removed
from the Nunnery at Glascow, and scattered to the wind; he calling
her a whore.

Christine gave me credit for being her teacher, my art touring the
world in a Red Cross show when I was twelve, and then again when I
was sixteen. In 1970 I discovered Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Pre-
Raphaelite Brotherhood, they modeling their movement after the
Nazarene artists of Germany, a guild dedicated to bringing back a
spritual base to Germany’s fine art. The Rossetti family were all
gifted. Christina Rossetti was an extraordinary poet and was
considered a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Her father
translated ‘Dante’s Inferno’ and owned a Publishing firm that her
brother Michael opperated. Dante was a close friend of the famous
poet, Algernon Swineburne, whose poem ‘The Queen Mother and Fair
Rosamond’ became a model and inspiration for all the Pre-Raphaelites
who resurected themes from the Grail Romances, breathing new life
into the Knights and Fair Maidens of our Ancient Dawn, raising a new
light in the search for the Truth.

Many genealogist claim King Henry Plantagenet married Fair Rosamond
Clifford, who like his uncle, Robert Guisgard, King of Sicily, was
allowed more then one wife, as they are of the Seed of King David, a
theme of one of Rossetti’s paintings, who also painted a painting
titled ‘Fair Rosamond’. New information has surfaced that the
Rosamond name comes from Rougemont Switzerland, there a
Rougemont/Rosamond family crest depicting a cross surrounded by
roses, which is the discription of the crest belonging to Rosenkrantz
the founder of the Knights of the Rose Cross.

Rosamond passed into another Realm on her first sober birthday in AA,
we both sharing a Program that gives its Brothers and Sisters a coin
that says this upon it; “Unto they own self be true.”

Christina and I were Brother and Sister in Recovery, and in this
Quest that has come full circle, I see how we did climb the Spiritual
Mountain together, with Courage and Imagination so that we may own
the very awakening Rose of our soul. Like an errant Knight who has
made his way through the heavy thorns, roses taking bloom as I go
forward, I now find myself before the Tower of Beauty. And she
assures me as she hands me my reward:

“Spiritual Courage, will be me with, Spiritual Courage.”

I was born during a star-shower, my mother too spent to go to the
window where the nurses were being amazed. This story, along with
being told I was the image of my grandfather, Royal Rosamond, (whom I
had never meet) instilled in me a sence of destiny, that there was
something that had been lost, and something to be gained, in

After my oldest sister Christine drowned, she the world famous
artist ‘Rosamond’, I began to research my family history. In the
Califrornia History room of the Sacramento Library, I found Royal’s
stories and poems in several copies of ‘Out West’. I then began to do
a genealogical research that led me to ask this question “What is in
a name?” I soon found another world in the ‘Rose of the World’ that
was lying dorment, in a tower, surrounded by a tangle of rose
thorns. After four years of intensive research, this Quest of Ion
(Jon) produced an heir to my Quest when I found my beautiful
daughter, Heather Marie. She was born on my mother Rosemary’s
birthday. Like the ‘Rose of Sharon’ she is a Foundling to me. I am a
Merlin. This is a tale full of Magical Truths.

The name Rosamond has been called the ‘Shekinah’ “the light of God”.
This Tower, this Beacon, that Rose from the Darkness and the harm
that surrounded it, is now called the ‘Rose of the World Foundation’
that will grow to be a guide for abandoned, throw-away children,

When I was twelve, and again at sixteen, my painting was chosen to
tour the world in a art show sponcored by the Red Cross. This
painting you see on my webpage was painted in 1976. It is my angel
holding a glass fishing net float that came ashore, and was at the
end of its long journey. In 1967 I had a near-death expericance after
falling on dramatic rocks at Point Rayes. This angel is carrying the
world, she offering it back to me. With Love and Grace for the Story,
and the Rose, I take what is mine, and what is yours, is in the
Telling of this Quest.

On July 26th. I refounded the Nazarite Church called the ‘Watchers of
God’. I am the Bishop of this Church. I bid all those who so desire
to take the oath of the Nazarite, and never again ingest alcohol to
be with God as you know Him. In the altered history of the Bible,
later scribes of the usurpers have David killing Goliath, who along
with his five brothers, were Nazarites. These were the Dactyls, the
Guardian Angels of the infant Zeus.

When the twin towers, the two Giants that guard the island city of
New York, were toppled, the Warriors of God, arose form their spleep.
The Giants of the Bible, the Nephilim walk amongst us once again.
Nephilim means “fallen splendor”.

The Nazarites are also the Corybantes who brought Architecture, Art,
and Musical instruments to the Greeks. The Dactyls taught Orpheus how
to finger-sign and play the lyre, causing the sun to rise each day.
King David was a Nazarite, who played the lyre, and made riddles in
his songs that drove King Saul mad to solve them. Goliath’s family
are the sons of Rhea. In the giving of this clue, many riddles can
now be solved. The Kingdom of God is at hand, in the hand
of ‘sculptor’ and the Compassionate Father of ‘The Way’. May that way
open to you now.

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Rouge et Noir

Soul, wilt thou toss again?
By just such a hazard
Hundreds have lost, indeed,
But tens have won an all.

Angels’ breathless ballot
Lingers to record thee;
Imps in eager caucus
Raffle for my soul.

Emily Dickinson

My mother Rosemary married the only son of a Gambler, Victor William
Presco. His father, Hugo Presco, was the son of Wenzel Anton Presco
who immigrated from Bohemia. He was a Freemason and esoteric scholar.
Our home was filled with fine antiques and rare books whose titles
suggest Wenzel was a true Bohemian, a man forever in search of
another way, a new path. “Know thyself” and “To thy own self be true”
were our family mottos, a quest that would be intercepted by
alcoholism, mental illness, and a life full of vice that would
consume my mother’s very soul and being, she one of the most romantic
people I have ever met, and the most captivating story teller. She
was the daughter of a story teller. Rosemary’s father, Royal
Rosamond, wrote novels about the Moon-shiners of the Ozarks, and ran
book in Ventura by the sea where he owned Brakey’s Cash Bazaar. He
once approached Al Capone for a loan to purchase a cement company. He
was good friends with Dashiel Hammet, and taught Earl Stanely Gardner
the rudiments of writing.

Rosemary grew up in Ojai, Ventura, and the Valley where a home movie
of her was shot when she was sixteen, she riding horses and shooting
pistols, with the newly built Camereo Mental Hospital in the
background, it all by itself in the bean fields. Rosemary was a very
cryptic person, and often told her four children she had a
scholarship to Camereo. She owned a great since of humor, and
unforgettable laugh. She was ironic, and gave us lessons in irony.

Rouge et Noir was a popular card game played in the notorious Barbary
Coast of San Francisco. I was told when Hugo died 5,000 people came
to his funeral held in S.F. including the Mayor. There were
prostitutes and barflys mixed in with City dignitaries. Hugo made his
living gambling, he living on a houseboat in Crockett that had at one
time sixty gambling rooms and houses of ill-reput. Hugo married
Melba, the daughter of William Stuttemiester who married the daughter
of Charles Janke the founder of Belmont Calfifornia. Charles brought
six portable houses around the Cape on a Clipper ship, and set them
up south of S.F. and sold them to Gold Miners who had struck it rich.
He founded Belmont Soda works that made sarsparilla from a special
formula he brought from Germany. He also founded the first theme park
in the West, modeled after a German Village, and called
it ‘Transferan’ which would become the name of the conglomerate that
owns the two horse tracks in the Bay Area. Visitors to this park had
to hire their own police force, and built a private jail in
Tranferan. They would get real rowdy, often wrecking the train on the
trip back to the City. Cocaine was put in most everything back then.
Holding one’s liquor was not the only problem.

About Royal Rosamond Press

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