Rosamunde “The mother of all the kings of France”





albemarle8Gautier de Costes de la Calprenède makes a panegyric pronouncement when he compares the beauty of Elizabeth Monck, Duchess of Albermarle, to Fair Rosamond. Did Gautier know Elizabeth descends from Rosamond via the Talbots? Handel wrote an opera about Faramond and Rosamunde the queen of the Sicambri who lived in the Netherlands. A modern opera was composed about Elizabeth. With the Roman de Rou, and the claim Faramond was a Grail King who married Rosamunde “The mother of all the kings of France” one can coclude when it comes to the Grail Myth ‘The Rose of the World’ is at the epicenter of the Round Table and holds the Genetic Key to many Grail Legends.

Elizabeth Monck lived in the New World, Jamaica, thus one can make a panegyric pronouncement that the Holy Grail has come to America in regards to the world famous artist ‘Rosamond’ and her kindred, the movie legend, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor.

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“That which I was obliged to tell you of the beauty of Rosamond, in
recounting to you what fashion she appeared to the eyes of my master,
hindered me from extending something upon that of Albisinda: but I
may tell you with truth, that if Rosamond were not in the world,
perhaps there would be nothing more beautiful then that Princess; and
that next to Rosamond, she has those particular charms, which nothing
can withstand: she has without doubt has less splendor and Majesty
than the Princess of the Cimbrians.”

Elizabeth Monck, Duchess of Albermarle (22 February 1654 – 11 September 1734), later Elizabeth Montagu, Duchess of Montagu, was the eldest daughter of Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle, and his wife, Frances Pierrepont (1630–1695; daughter of the Hon. William Pierrepont). She was known for most of her life as “the Mad Duchess of Albemarle”.

The Mad Duchess is a short opera composed by Peter Cowdrey with libretto by Hamish Robinson based on a story about the Duchess of Albemarle, wife of the Earl of Montagu who sought to model Boughton House in Northamptonshire on Versailles

the Mad Duchess of Albemarle”.

Pierrepont was the second son of Robert Pierrepont, 1st Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull and his wife Gertrude Talbot, daughter of Hon. Henry Talbot of Burton Abbey, Yorkshire.[1],_1st_Duke_of_Albemarle

Earl of Albemarle is a title created several times from Norman times onwards. The word Albemarle is the Latinised form of the French county of Aumale in Normandy (Latin: Alba Marla meaning “White Marl”, marl being a type of fertile soil), other forms being Aubemarle and Aumerle. It is described in the patent of nobility granted in 1697 by William III to Arnold Joost van Keppel as “a town and territory in the Dukedom of Normandy.”
During the period in which England and France contended for the rule of Normandy (through the end of the Hundred Years’ War), the kings of England not infrequently created peers as Counts and Dukes of Aumale. The last, to Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick(d.1439), was in 1422; Aumale, anglicized as Albemarle, was not revived in the peerage until 1660.

In that year, Charles II bestowed the title of Duke of Albemarle on General George Monck. The title became extinct in 1688, on the death of Christopher, 2nd Duke of Albemarle.

Despite the fact that his name is now only recognised in scholarly circles, Gautier de Costes de la Calprenède was one of the most successful French writers of the seventeenth century. His novels, upon which his fame principally rests, remained extremely popular even beyond his lifetime, selling in their thousands, inspiring plays, and still being translated as late as the nineteenth century. He began his literary career, however, by writing for the stage, producing nine plays between 1635 and 1642, alternating between the two most popular genres of the time: tragedy and tragicomedy.

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Pharamond Lord of the West FRANKS (son of Marcomir Duke Of The East FRANKS and Hatilde (Princess) of FRANKS) was born 380 in Westphallia, Germany, and died 428. He married Argotta (Rosamunde) Queen of FRANKS.

Notes for Pharamond Lord of the West FRANKS:
AKA Faramund (Pharamond) of the GRAIL-KING
PHARAMOND, KING OF ALL FRANKS & keeper of the Grail lineage.
Under Pharamond reign the Franks were united under one crown. He succeeded his father as Duke of the East Franks in 404 A.D.; became King of the West Franks in 419 A.D. and King of Westphalia in 420 A.D. He married Argotta, daughter of Grimald, Duke of the West Franks, in 409 A.D. At his father-in- law’s death in 419 A.D., Pharamond became Duke of the West Franks

Note: 1. Pharamond, Duke of the East Franks, 404 A.D., elected King ofthe West
Franks, 419, died in 430, 16th in descent from Boadicea. He married
Argotta, “the mother of all the kings of France.” They were the great
great grandparents of Clovis. He was descended 13 generations from
Athildis, who married in 129 A.D. Marcomir IV., King ofFranconia, who
died in 149. Athildis was the daughter of “Old King Cole,” known also as
Colius I., who died in 170 A.D. He was educated in Rome, King ofBritain
in 125. Colius I. was the son of Marius

An anonymous work of 727 called Liber Historiae Francorum states that following the fall of Troy, 12,000 Trojans led by chiefs Priam and Antenor moved to the Tanais (Don) river, settled in Pannonia near the Sea of Azov and founded a city called Sicambria. In just 2 generations from the fall of Troy (by modern scholars dated in the late Bronze Age) they arrive in the late 4th century AD at the Rhine. A variation of this story can also be read in Fredegar, and similar tales continue to crop up repeatedly throughout obscure, mediaeval-era European literature.
These stories have obvious difficulties. Historians, including eyewitnesses like Caesar, have given us accounts that place the Sicambri firmly at the delta of the Rhine, and archaeologists have confirmed ongoing settlement of peoples. Furthermore the myth does not come from the Sicambri themselves, but from later Franks, and includes an incorrect geography. But most of all these stories are a “farrago nonsense” (Wood), for a man does not live that long. For these reasons, and since the Sicambri were known to have been Germanic, and not Scythian as the story claims, modern scholars reject it as an unhistorical legend. For example J.M. Wallace-Hadrill states that “this legend is quite without historical substance”. Ian Wood says that “these tales are obviously no more than legend” and “nonsensical”, “in fact there is no reason to believe that the Franks were involved in any long-distance migration”.

In Roman and Merovingian times, it was a custom to declare panegyrics. These poetic declarations were held for fun or propaganda to entertain guests and please rulers. Those panegyrics played an important role in the transmission of culture. One of the ritual customs of these poetic declarations is the use of archaic names for contemporary things. Romans were often called Trojans, and Salian Franks were called Sicambri. An example of this custom is remembered by the 6th century historian Gregory of Tours (II, 31), who states that the Merovingian Frankish leader Clovis I, on the occasion of his baptism into the Catholic faith, was addressed as a Sicamber by Saint Remigius, the officiating bishop of Rheims. At the crucial moment of Clovis’ baptism, Remigius declared, “Now you must bend down your head, you proud Sicamber. Honour what you have burnt. Burn what you have honoured.” It is likely that this recalled a link between the Sicambri and the Salian Franks, who were Clovis’ people.
More examples of Salians being called Sicamber can be found in the Panegyrici Latini, Life of King Sigismund, Life of King Dagobert and other sources.

When Caesar defeated the Eburones, he invited all of the peoples that were interested to destroy the remainder. The Sicambri responded to Caesar’s call. They took large amounts of cattle, slaves and plunder. Caesar commented that “these men are born for war and raids”, “No swamp or marsh will stop them”. After the raid on Eburones they moved on against the Romans. They destroyed some of Caesars units, in revenge of his campaign against them and when the remains of the legion withdrew into the city Atuatuca the Sicambri went back across the Rhine.
Claudius Ptolemy located the Sicambri, together with the Bructeri Minores, at the most northern part of the Rhine and south of the Frisii who inhabit the coast north of the river. Strabo located the Sicambri next to the Menapii, “who dwell on both sides of the river Rhine near its mouth, in marshes and woods. It is opposite to these Menapii that the Sicambri are situated”. This information places the Sicambri near the lower Rhine in or near what is now called the Netherlands.

Act 1
Based upon the story of Pharamond, a mythological King of the Franks, circa 420 AD and the early history of France, the opera opens with Gustavo (King of the Cimbrians) and Prince Adolfo lamenting the death of Sveno (Gustavo’s son) and swearing vengeance upon Faramondo (King of the Franks), by whose hands Sveno was slain. Into this tense situation comes the captured Princess Clotilde (sister to Faramondo), whom Adolfo loves – and it’s only by his pleading for her that Clotilde is not slain. Once the two young lovers are left alone, Clotilde extracts a promise from Adolfo to change his allegiance to her brother Faramondo, for love of her. Immediately after, Gustavo’s daughter Rosimonda finds her quarters invaded by Frankish soldiers, including Faramondo. As can only be expected in a Handelian opera, Faramondo is instantly struck with love for his fair captive. Even while she rails at him for killing her brother Sveno in battle, and for making an alliance with the Swabian king (Gernando) who is at enmity with the Cimbrians, Rosimonda too finds her heart captured by her erstwhile enemy, Faramondo.
But their sudden love is hindered; King Gernando has plans to keep Rosimonda for himself, and he suspects that Faramondo is not immune to the princess. His plot to kill Faramondo and win Rosimonda is foiled, but Faramondo spares his life.
King Gustavo is not idle in the meantime, for he has arranged his men to capture Faramondo when he learns that his enemy is actually in his very palace. Clotilde of course wants Adolfo to prevent this, and when Adolfo acts on her behalf to save her brother, it’s scarcely surprising that a truly dreadful confrontation between Adolfo and his father ensues, which ends with Adolfo being imprisoned for treason. Faramondo’s attempt to appease Gustavo and ask for Rosimonda’s hand in marriage meets with the lack of success one could have anticipated, for Gustavo desires nothing but his enemy’s death.
[edit] Act 2
A surprising meeting occurs – for Gernando, once the relentless enemy of the Cimbrians, suggests an alliance to King Gustavo, based on a mutual desire to bring down Faramondo. Gernando secures Gustavo’s agreement that if he can bring Gustavo the head of Faramondo, Gustavo will give him his daughter Rosimonda in marriage.
Rosimonda, though still in love with Faramondo, hides her feelings and tries to make Faramondo leave without her, and this so depresses Faramondo that he does not even bother to resist when Gustavo’s soldiers take him. Rosimonda’s intervention prevents his death, but sees him imprisoned; at least Adolfo is freed upon Rosimonda’s and Clotilde’s repeated pleading.
Rosimonda is now so beset with worry for Faramondo’s safety that she can no longer hide her love, and plans to free Faramondo herself and flee with him.
[edit] Act 3
Gustavo finds himself betrayed on all sides – Rosimonda has released Faramondo, and his son Adolfo is still stubbornly in love with Faramondo’s sister. But Rosimonda is not out of danger, for she is still the love-object of Gernando. Gernando has actually joined forces with a lieutenant of King Gustavo (by name, Teobaldo), persuading Teobaldo to abduct Rosimonda for him. Teobaldo’s plans do not stop at this, but he and his men attempt a coup to take Gustavo himself hostage. This sudden turn of events is stopped by Faramondo (who had overheard the entire plot, sent his men to rescue his beloved Rosimonda, and personally stopped the coup attempt). Gustavo embraces his unknown rescuer (whose armour hides his face), and when he realises who had saved him and his daughter, bitterly regrets that his oath MUST be carried out… He must still sacrifice Faramondo in blood-vengeance because of Faramondo’s slaying of his son Sveno.
Teobaldo, forgiven by Gustavo, is sent off to fight for the king in Sarmazia.
Rosimonda, whose fate might have been dire but for her successful rescue by Faramondo’s men, returns to her father’s court, with news that the treacherous Gernando has been captured. But she is in time only to see her father lead Faramondo to the altar in preparation for the blood-oath sacrifice. Disaster lies upon Faramondo – one stroke of the weapon, and he will lie dead… but for the sudden news brought by a messenger direct from Teobaldo. In the letter, Teobaldo (who lies dying of many wounds incurred in Sarmazia) admits that he had not turned suddenly against Gustavo, but rather that his desire to oust Gustavo of his position had been long in the planning. He had in fact switched infants when the king’s son was born; in other words, Sveno was NOT the king’s son… but Teobaldo’s. It slowly sinks in to all present that, since Sveno was not Gustavo’s son, Gustavo does not need to kill Faramondo. All ends happily with general rejoicing; Gustavo and Faramondo cry friends, Gernando is released and realises only too late what an ally he had lost in the noble Faramondo, Clotile and Adolfo are united, and so too are Rosimonda and Faramondo.

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