Mary Magdalene Snubbed By Knickerbockers

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Lady Randolph Churchill (1854-1921), née Jennie Jerome in a Worth Parisian Costume, as Empress Theodora, while attending the Devonshire House Ball, 1897 via

Capturing Beauty

by

John Presco

Copyright 2021

My man, Argyle Smyth, rang me up to inform me yesterday was ‘Mary Magdalene Day’. Five days ago on the Smithsonian series on American women marrying English Lords, I heard a teenage Jenny was being snubbed by the Knickerbockers, a phrase coined by Henry Brevoort and his good friend, Washington Irving. My jaw dropped! I understood this rejection made Jenny a Mary Magdalene Type – and a very wealthy WHORE! Once she got the wedding ring on, she began to Whore Around – BIG TIME! She did – everyone! She wore costumes -to attract her prey. She put a snake on her wrist – and did Cleopatra! Who else did Cleopatra? Hint, she married Sir Richard Burton!

Rena Easton married Commodore Sir Ian Easton, who may have had some money, but, what he wanted was a American Trophy Wife – because he knew about Jenny Churchill and all the other American Beauty Roses that Lords hunted after in order to save the Family Legacy! Rena was my Mary Magdalene – who replaced Marilyn. I had to rescue my First Love who Rosemary Rita Rosamond was beating up!

“No one tells me how to raise my son!”

If Rosemary were alive, what do you think Mary Magdalene Rosamond’s daughter would do to Tom Snyder – and the law firm of Rose, Buck, Heisinger, and Morris – for sliming her daughter – Christine Rosamond, and her brother? Where did THE GET the permission? For – art’s sake?

I think I can handle the lawsuit against Robert Brevoort Buck, whose ancestors allegedly snubbed Jenny Churchill. I will stand before a giant poster made of the Rosamond Women of Ventura by the Sea.

“This is my grandmother and her four daughters. There is no one on the internet that goes by the name MARY MAGDALENE ROSAMOND. No one! The Rose of the World made all the hats you see her. She raised her daughters – and her sister’s two sons – by herself. She was a haberdasher. This is my mother in a green dress she made. She was put in charge of the Rucker Company picnic every year. She helped put men in space. She came home furious, telling her four children – who were virgins – that Mr. Rucker chased her around his desk again, after asking her to take notes in Gregg’s short hand.

One day, Rosemary Rita Rosamond, gathered her eldest children, and in tears told us she is a prostitute for the Mafia, and, she is afraid her two sons would come across one of her porno movies she made for Big Bones Remmer. Whenever Steinbeck’s movie ‘East of Eden’ was on T.V. we Children of The Roses held a religious service. We should have lit votive candles as Cal brings his brother, Aaron, down the dark hall….to meet his mother.

How angry is Mary Magdalene Rosamond, as she looks down from heaven on Tom Snyder, Pierrot, and Morris? Allow me to read the vile things said about her beloved daughter, Rosemary, who died an alcoholic – half out of her mind! Now, the rule is – I get to tell you these things, and, write about these things, but, a HIRED GHOST WRITER – who never met Rosemary, is not allowed, as is giving sanctuary to those who slander us all, in the Superior Court of Monterey? Consider how much TROUBLE Harry and Meghan are in, and, they are kin to the Queen of England, and Jenny Churchill who with a British title – was accepted by the Astors, who made a fortune coming behind Lewis and Clark, whose statue was just torn down. There were Native American Women on e-groups – who worshipped Mary Magdalene in never unique ways. Too bad their contribution got wiped out when e-groups were disappeared. Were Mary’s Women – targeted? They have many enemies – today!

With this famous scene starring Rosemary’s cousin, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, I rest my case!

but they were not accepted by the ‘old’ money of New York; the Knickerbockers were the Astors and the Roosevelts (yes, those Roosevelts) – a real life ‘Great Gatsby’ scenario.

(37) Cleopatra (1963 ) Elizabeth Taylor Entrance into Rome Scene (HD) – YouTube

Later, he wrote the Secret History. The work has sometimes been interpreted as representing a deep disillusionment with the emperor Justinian, the empress, and even his patron Belisarius. Justinian is depicted as cruel, venal, prodigal, demonic and incompetent; as for Theodora, the reader is given a detailed portrayal of vulgarity and underage sex, combined with shrewish and calculating mean-spiritedness. Alternatively, scholars versed in political rhetoric of the era have viewed these statements from the Secret History as formulaic expressions within the tradition of invective.

Theodora (wife of Justinian I) – Wikipedia

East of Eden (8/10) Movie CLIP – Say Hello to Your Mother (1955) HD – YouTube

Elmer ‘Big Bones’ Remmer

Posted on June 7, 2012 by Royal Rosamond Press

I met Elmer ‘Big Bones’ Remmer when I was fifteen. He and his wife (or girlfriend) looked like Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, they both having white hair. They walked into our home on San Sebastian Avenue, our benefactor wanting to meet the children of their employee. Rosemary ( a made woman?) was working for Rucker hydraulics in Emmeryville and met Remmer in the Oaks or Menlo Club located in mob-owned town. She started editing porno movies for Remmer, then starred in them. Many nights Rosemary did not get home till after her four children were asleep. We would find a doggy bag from a restaurant in the fridge. Vicki sees her three older siblings as her real parents.

Remmer was bigger then I thought. He is named along with Mickey Cohen and Frank Sinatra. He ran the Cal-Neva Lodge and took his case to the highest court in regards to his card rooms in Emmeryville and San Francisco. It looks like Remmer was trying to make gambling legal in all of California which would put the Mob out of business in Nevada. However, Remmer was the Mob.

There was a brawl and arrest in LA involving the actress, Vicki Raaf. Here, Hollywod make-believe, meets real reality!

Jon Presco

Copyright 2012

Known as a dark beauty and called ‘the panther’, the young Jennie had a snake tattooed on her wrist.

Jennie was a renowned beauty, and her family was wealthy, making her an ideal bride. However, the New York elite, the so-called Knickerbockers who lived in Manhattan, shunned the Jeromes and their ‘new’ money. Leonard Jerome may have been worth $10 million, the family home on Madison Avenue may have had a 600-seat opera house, and a fountain flowing with real champagne at parties, but they were not accepted by the ‘old’ money of New York; the Knickerbockers were the Astors and the Roosevelts (yes, those Roosevelts) – a real life ‘Great Gatsby’ scenario.

Mary Magdalene as a Renewed Feminist Icon: Representations in the Christian Tradition as a Resource for Contemporary Liberation Theology – Inquiries Journal

The American heiresses who saved the British Aristocracy – Jennie Jerome, Lady Randolph Churchill • The Crown Chronicles

Mary Magdalene remains prevalent within Christianity and popular culture. A mysterious and enigmatic figure, she continues to capture people’s imagination as ‘a mix of lust, loyalty, belief, prostitution, repentance, beauty, madness, and sainthood’ (Shaberg. 2004. P.9). Mary Magdalene’s complexity is in no small part due to the ambiguity and controversy of her various representations. Her continual and varied presence within the Christian tradition demonstrates her resistance to attempts, made by various patriarchal structures such as the Bible, Hebrew society, the early church, and medieval church and society, to diminish her importance. She resists such attempts by retaining her role as a close, learned and authoritative disciple and apostle to Jesus. This essay will look at three representations of Mary Magdalene from different Christian traditions: the canonical gospels,

Gospel of Mary and medieval legends. I will then attempt to displace the patriarchal structures which have tried to suppress her role, to extract her resistant and persistent character traits. Around the roles highlighted in this essay, Mary Magdalene can then be reconstructed by feminist theologies of liberation to provide a leadership figure for women who are oppressed by today’s patriarchal structures.

Following Fiorenza’s (1992) methodology of feminist historical reconstruction, I will attempt to displace, or deconstruct, the ‘androcentric reconstructions of … Christianity’s origins that marginalize or eliminate women and other non persons from the historical record’ (Fiorenza. 1992. P.93). This will allow me to show how history has managed to marginalise female characters, in this case Mary Magdalene, in order to suppress female power within Christianity (Fiorenza. 1992. P.96). In the absence of the suppressive patriarchal structures (defined as part of ‘a pyramidal system and hierarchical structure of society and church’ which enforces oppression based on men’s domination of women) it will then be possible to extract consistencies which various androcentric institutions have not been able to remove (Fiorenza. 1984. P.5). This creates a space in which to reconstruct a Mary Magdalene, from a feminist liberation perspective, who can act as a leadership figure for women today.

This approach challenges the traditional, patriarchal, ‘universal-objectivist preconceptions of academic theology’ (Fiorenza. 1992. P.44) which continue to dominate the world of Biblical studies today (Shaberg. 2004). The androcentric discipline of Biblical Studies is evident in the literature, where there is a clear distinction between the content of mainstream biblical studies commentaries, which hardly mention women as more than a narrative tool, and the feminist companions and Mary Magdalene specific sources which not only view women centrally but also question the role of women in the Christian tradition. To remain objective and value-free, as traditional theology does, abstains its support from women’s liberation and therefore advocates the passive continuation of patriarchal oppression. As theology should always be engaged with the oppressed, to act on their behalf involves partiality – stated allegiance to an explicit advocacy position (Fiorenza. 1992). A historical, feminist reconstruction of Mary Magdalene is partial because it advocates the liberation of oppressed women. For this reason, when displacing patriarchal structures and extracting a feminist reading of Mary Magdalene’s role within the Christian tradition, there is no claim to historical accuracy. The historical Mary Magdalene has been far too conflated and distorted to be retrieved. This means that it is neither possible, nor beneficial, to attempt to do so. Instead my central commitment is to provide the basis for a reconstruction of the role of Mary Magdalene that rings true for many women, around the world, who share in her struggle to resist patriarchal oppression.

s the 19th century ended, the great aristocratic families of Britain began to struggle. A number disappeared, ruined by their expensive lifesetyles, and the depression in agriculture – an estate’s lifeblood – while others clung on for dear life.

For a few hundred families, a miracle came in the form of an American heiress, also known as ‘Dollar Princesses’. By 1895, when nine Dollar Princesses became Ladies, Countesses, Marchionesses and Duchesses, the system had developed into mothers and daughters visiting London for the duration of the social season (April to August).

By the 1930s, some 350 US heiresses had married into the British aristocracy; it’s estimated that they brought (in today’s money) £1 billion with them. Here are some of their stories.


Jennie Jerome in 1880, shortly after her marriage to Sir Randolph Churchill. Robert Huffstutter

Jeanette ‘Jennie’ Jerome was born in Brooklyn in 1854 to Clara and Leonard Jerome. Her father’s fortune was made in stocks,  and he was nicknamed ‘the King of Wall Street’.

Jennie was a renowned beauty, and her family was wealthy, making her an ideal bride. However, the New York elite, the so-called Knickerbockers who lived in Manhattan, shunned the Jeromes and their ‘new’ money. Leonard Jerome may have been worth $10 million, the family home on Madison Avenue may have had a 600-seat opera house, and a fountain flowing with real champagne at parties, but they were not accepted by the ‘old’ money of New York; the Knickerbockers were the Astors and the Roosevelts (yes, those Roosevelts) – a real life ‘Great Gatsby’ scenario.

Jennie’s mother took her daughters, Jeanette, Clarita, and Leonie, also known as ‘the Good, the Witty and the Beautiful’, to London and Paris for parties, to help them learn the European way, and mingle with the society elite. Something of a trend for the time, they knew it was a way to marry into the British aristocracy, or at least make new and important connections.The Jermone mansion in New York. American Buildings Survey - Library of Congess HABS Collection.

The Jermone mansion in New York. American Buildings Survey – Library of Congess HABS Collection.

Jennie’s mother took her daughters to live in Paris in 1867, following a scandalous escapade involving their father and his numerous mistresses, whom he paraded in his house. The Jerome girls’ education and introduction to society, therefore, followed the manner of the European upper classes.

Known as a dark beauty and called ‘the panther’, the young Jennie had a snake tattooed on her wrist.

Following the invasion of France by Germany in 1870, the Jerome quartet moved to London. Whilst in the English capital, Jennie met The Prince of Wales, future Edward VII; she became a Royal mistress for a short time before he introduced her to Lord Randolph Churchill, son of the powerful Duke of Marlborough. The meeting took place in the summer of 1873 at a sailing regatta on the Isle of Wight, and it was love at first sight. Just three days later, Jennie and Randolph were engaged, in a whirlwind romance.

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