Belle agreed to model for me in exchange for a blue bicycle. For ten years I wanted to do my version of Fair Rosamond because I did not like any of the ones done by the Pre-Raphaelites. To go upstairs and see the objects of the Oddfellows, and consider becoming a member, was following family tradition.
THE BOWER OF “FAIR ROSAMOND”
THE story of “Fair Rosamond” and her mazy Bower, though it cannot lay claim to that standard of authenticity which is generally required of historical data, has for so long occupied an honoured position in the realm of popular romance that, in a book professing to treat of mazes from a broad point of view, we cannot dismiss it quite as briefly as we might perhaps do in a book on English history.
“Fair Rosamond” has been stated, without very much foundation, to have been the daughter of Walter de Clifford, and is in consequence frequently referred to as Rosamond Clifford.
The story runs that King Henry the Second (A.D. 1133 to 1189) adopted her as his mistress, and that, in order to conceal his illicit amours from his Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, he conducted them within the innermost recesses of a most complicated maze which he caused to be made in his park at Woodstock. Rumours of her spouse’s defections having reached the ears of Queen Eleanor, that indignant lady contrived to penetrate the labyrinth, confronted her terrified and tearful rival, and forced her to choose between the dagger and the bowl of poison
Above is painting of Queen Eleanore finding the core of a ball of scarlet yarn that will lead her to Fair Rosamond whom her husband, King Henry, has hidden in a labyrinth. In the queen’s other hand is a cup, or, graal, containing poison that the jealous queen will force Rosamond to drink.
When my surviving sister, Victoria Presco, heard my newfound daughter came into my life, she plotted on how to get her away from me and into her camp. Vicki would use all the dark cunning she learned from her parents in order to turn this sixteen year old beauty against her father who was asking good questions as to how his older sister, Rosamond, drowned.
Vicki was able to complete her evil deed with the help of Heather Hanson’s family who were beside themselves when they heard I was into genealogies that suggested the Family of Jesus…
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