“I have come for sinners”
Posted on December 3, 2017 by Royal Rosamond Press
“To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.”
Jesus made a strange statement that took me fifteen years to solve the riddle in it.
“I have come, not to get the upright, but sinners, so that they may be turned from their sins. ”
It is 2:55 A.M. November 24, 2022. Today is Thanksgiving. I will spend it alone. I suspect all members of my natal family are dead, but, I am not sure. My brother, Mark Presco may still be alive – and is hiding from me. On this day – he is visible to many. My older brother has been a Misognyist, Racist, Neo-Nazi most of his life. He instigated violence in our home. He called me a parasite on society when I was sixteen because I wanted to be an artist.
“No one makes money off their art. You are a parasite on society!”
Our sister became one of the highest paid artists in history. Christine Rosamond Presco, married Garth Benton, who is kin to Senator Thomas Hart Benton, who is kin to Ralph Lane and Shakespeare. They had one child, Drew Benton. Here is Mark’s hateful essays.
It is 3:41 A.M. I am addressing Tina Kotek – directly. If Governor Kotek and not won her race – all would be lost – almost everywhere! When she is sworn in I will send her an essay on why the LGBTQ Citizens of Oregon should be ministered to by all Christian Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues. I hope to see the State of Oregon petition the Supreme Court, and give LGBTQ people all the protection given Hobby Lobby.
I have not found the time to finish by book due to my reporting for my blog-newspaper ‘Royal Rosamond Press’. I have found hard evidence Jesus came specifically TO HEAL CHILDREN, who were BORN WITH THEIR AFFLICTIONS. According to a ruling by the Sanhedrin fifty years before Jesus was born, all children, who are born afflicted….HAVE BEEN MARKED BY GOD AS BORN SINNERS WHILE IN THEIR MOTHER’S WOMB…and thus no rabbi need minister to these BORN SINNERS!
If Jesus died for sins – it was for the sin of MAN MAKING A BAD LAW GOD HATES! This law – is my discovery!
Since I last read (in 1987) the story of the Lame Man being healed, his age has been added. They have this “child” being 38 years old. The life expectancy is 40.
5 And Jesus, having seen their trust, says to the lame man, “Child, your sins are forgiven.” 6 But there were some scriptorians there, sitting and questioning in their minds, 7 “Why does this one speak this way? He blasphemes! Who is able to forgive sins except one, God?”
What is a SCRIPTORIAN? I googled it and there is not a full explination. I hereby claim it as part of my title
John ‘The Nazarite Scriptorian’
Yesterday I was Googling Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor and how she is related to John Wilson, my 9th great grandfather, when The Angel that stands over her crypt – appear again! Here is the female ‘Christus’ a statue of Jesus that stands over my Stuttmeister kin in Berlin. They were Evangelicals.
“Come unto me!”…..Suffer unto me – the little children.
Biblical Translations of Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
I had spiritual contact with the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, and discovered THEY ADOPTED the statue of Christus to give doubters the impression they are Christians. I read they had changed their baptismal rules regarding the children of LGBT folks. I know – they do not go far enough. Liz Taylor converted to Judaism and a rabbi ministered at her funeral. My cousin is seen as a celebrity champion of the LGBTQ people. She would be in shock to see how her work is under an evil attack. Tucker Carlson is trying to destroy the empathy people have for the Q Murders.
My brother prides himself on being The Most Selfish Man In The Universe. He sees himself as The Successful Secular Superman – who hates God because He gives stuff away – for free! God encourages human beings to be – PARASITES! Has he tried Prosperity Gospel – that has pushed the children to the back of the line, and made Jesus The Savior of the Rich White Over-Achievers who love success – more than God!
My brother HATES CHILDREN, especially the OTHER CHILDREN his mother born. I made the mistake of ASKING MY BROTHER FOR HELP. He worked hard to USE my need to prove his premise, that MY mother brought home A PARASITE – from the hospital.
Discovering Liz and I are kin to the Puritan Leader, John Wilson, I began a book ‘A Rose Among The Woodwoses’. For two months I have been wanting to PUBLISH FOR FREE the identity of the group of people I highly suspect wrote the works of Shakespeare. They had an amazing motive – that I will save for my book. I almost had my fictional LGBTQ Couple reveal it when they went to Wormsley.
I want to make the State of Oregon Heir to the smazing Literary Legacy I have put together.
It is 5:34 A.M. I may post again.
John ‘The Nazarite and S
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon church, will now baptize children of parents who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, the church announced Thursday. In 2015, the church stopped baptizing children of LGBT couples until they turned 18 and disavowed same-sex relationships.
Church leaders announced the policy change in a statement during the church’s 189th Annual General Conference. Children of same-sex couples may now be baptized at 8 years old.
Under the new policy, the church will no longer view marriage between members of the same sex as “apostasy,” which had made same-sex couples subject to excommunication.
“While we still consider such a marriage to be a serious transgression, it will not be treated as apostasy for purposes of Church discipline,” the church’s leaders, known as the First Presidency, said in the statement. “Instead, the immoral conduct in heterosexual or homosexual relationships will be treated in the same way.”
The death of Elizabeth Taylor on Wednesday drew expressions of sadness and admiration from AIDS and LGBT activists in D.C., who said they were honored that the city’s Whitman-Walker Clinic building that bears her name would serve as a local legacy to the famous actress.
Carlson brought up Buttigieg while discussing the response to the mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Saturday night that left five people dead and at least 18 others injured.
“Pete Buttigieg, of course, couldn’t pass up a moment like this,” Carlson said. It’s not like Pete Buttigieg wants to talk about how things are going over at the Transportation Department, which he supposedly runs.”
“No, Pete Buttigieg wants to talk about identity,” Carlson added. “He always wants to talk about identity. And the funny, ironic thing is, until just a few years ago, Buttigieg wouldn’t even admit that he was gay. He hid that and then lied about it for reasons he has never been asked to explain. Why not?”
Speaking out about the shooting this week, Buttigieg called out the anti-LGBTQ political attacks and rhetoric leading up to the physical attack on a gay nightclub. “It was a place of belonging, it was a place of community. And it came under attack – at a time when the entire LGBTQ community is coming under attack,” he said.
Carlson has a history of homophobia. He often goes after Buttigieg and embraces damaging tropes about trans people, drag queens and the LGBTQ community as a whole.
Last year, Carlson mocked Buttgieg for taking paternity leave after the transportation secretary and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, whom he married in 2018, welcomed twins. Carlson said he was “trying to figure out how to breastfeed.”
Joan Shakespeare – William Hart
Posted on November 15, 2022 by Royal Rosamond Press
The Royal Janitor
In thirty minutes Victoria and Miriam would be landing in Eugene Oregon. Our intelligence agents for BAD (the British Anglian Directive) were in shock and had been ever since the Librarian at Wormsley had shown Victoria the ancient genealogy of Shakespeare and the Bard’s Will that left everything to his grandson, Hart.
“There’s a Hart in my family tree!” The head of BAD exclaimed. I am kin to the Hart family of Connecticut, and possibly Sir Isaac Hull, a Captain of the U.S.S. Constitution.”
“Oh my!” the Librarian said, excitedly. “You are kin to Princess Diana Spencer, and all the Harts in America, via, Stephen Hart. And you are British, or course. This makes you a literary ambassador, a Hand Across the Water. You are kin to Senator Thomas Hart Benton, the first propirator of the Oregon Territory. How long have you been interested in Shakespeare?”
The Fair Rosamond Women
Posted on August 19, 2018 by Royal Rosamond Press
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor is related to Rosamond Clifford via Lewis de Clifford. Several Pre-Raphaelite Artists did paintings of Fair Rosamond Clifford. Liz was a Muse to Andy Warhol. Her uncle was an art agent to her kin, Augustus John, who is related to Ian Fleming, as is my late sister, the artist, Rosamond.
Elizabeth Taylor was laid to rest in Forest Lawn alongside other Hollywood legends. INSIDE EDITION has the details from Taylor’s close friends.
We’re learning new details about Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral from the rabbi who was there.
Rabbi Jerry Cutler officiated because Taylor converted to Judaism when she married Mike Todd.
“They handled it beautifully and it was respectable, as befitting Elizabeth Taylor. It was done with a great amount of thought and planning and it was subdued and beautiful,” said Rabbi Cutler.
The funeral was scheduled to start at Forest Lawn cemetery at 2 pm Thursday, but with touch of whimsy, Taylor actually left instructions that she wanted the service to start 15 minutes late. She wanted her funeral to reflect the way she’d lived her life—always the star, and always fashionably late.
“She even wanted to be late for her own funeral,” her publicist said in a statement.
Five black stretch limousines carried Taylor’s family, her four children and ten grandchildren, through the gates of Forest Lawn and to the great mausoleum where a huge white tent sheltered the entrance.
The great mausoleum is filled inside with marble and statues everywhere.
Taylor was buried in a crypt, sheltered under a soaring marble Michelangelo angel.
“It was full of flowers, covering the casket,” said Rabbi Cutler.
The funeral service lasted approximately one hour. Actor Colin Farrell read a poem, that says in part: “Give beauty back, beauty, beauty, beauty, back to God.”
Joey Bartolomeo of People magazine told INSIDE EDITION, “One of Elizabeth’s grandsons performed a trumpet solo of ‘Amazing Grace,‘ during the ceremony.”
The Mormon Americanization of Cristus
Posted on May 26, 2022 by Royal Rosamond Press
A life-size image of Christus watches over my Stuttmeister kin in Berlin…..forever?
5 things you never knew about the Christus statue – LDS Living
After the three Mormon Sisters left my home, I mediated on the claim that Jesus came to America. Is there any real substantial proof of this? You could say whoever presents the BEST answer to this claim, and presents the more thorough doctrine backing up this unbelievable idea – becomes the head of the Mormon church. If Mormon Founders did anything special, they Americanized Jesus Christ. They put an image of him standing next to a covered wagon – and a team of oxen? Why staddle the fence any longer. Consider…..The Art.
Some years before he became king, Henry was a friend of his distant cousin Ralph de Toney V. It was likely through Ralph that he was introduced to Ralph’s first cousin the enchanting and lovely damsel, Fair Rosamond de Clifford, daughter of Walter and Margaret (de Toney) Clifford. Henry II, Ralph, and Rosamond were all descendants of Godehildis de Toney d’Evreux. They were also descended from Simon de Montford l’Amaury (thought by some to have been the grandson of Robert the Pious, King of France). It was Rosamond who became the love of Henry’s life. He placed her in a beautiful castle at Woodstock, which is about 9 miles NW of the city of Oxford. (Woodstock is where Blenheim Palace was later built, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill). Unfortunately, this historic love affair ended in 1176 when Rosamond fell ill and died with a lung ailment at the age of 36 years. It seems that Henry was well taken with the Toney women. One of his other mistresses was one Ida de Toney. Gertrude de Toney was sometimes confused with this Ida because she was on occasion known as Ida herself. Gertrude’s daughter-in-law was Ida de Chaumont who was married to her son Roger de Toney the younger, her husband being Roger de Toney II. Some writers have been tempted to assert that Gertrude was one of Henry II’s mistresses. This, however, is unlikely because Gertrude was 16 or 17 years older than Henry, and a woman of that age would not have appealed to Henry’s taste. He preferred the younger damsels. It was probably a misinterpretation of the following text that led to the notion that Gertrude had an amorous connection with Henry II: The Victoria History of the County of Oxford p. 137 (Garsington Manor)
Birth 27 Feb 1932Hampstead, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England Death 23 Mar 2011 (aged 79)Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Burial Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot Great Mausoleum, inside main entrance, next to Last Supper window display entrance. Memorial ID 67312270 · View Source
When I read the following this morning, the book, and movie ‘Gone With The Wind’ came to mind.
“The couple had nine children; eight girls and but one son — Martin — who served with Lucas County boys in Company C of the 13th Iowa Infantry and died in service in 1862. When James Roseman died in 1887, there was nobody by the name of Roseman left in the county.”
Thanks to my kin, Charles M. Wright, I was able to find the Western branch of the Rosemond-Rosemond-Rosemond family that descends from James Roseman, Phillip Rosemond, and Moses Morton Rosemond. Add to this branch my grandfather Frank W. Rosamond, and his four daughters, June, Bertha, Rosemary, and Lillian, and the Western Rosamond family, is complete.
I have chosen Mary Morton Rosemond t ground all the Rosy families, because she is a trained Librarian and State Archivist. If she were alive…
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Wolf’s Son – A Rose Amongst the Woodwoses
Posted on November 25, 2021 by Royal Rosamond Press
A Rose Amongst the Woodwoses
John Wilson Lands In Salem
John Wilson stood on the deck of the Eagle (later renamed the Arbelle) surveying the new Colony the Puritans had made in the American Wilderness. This Man of God could not help but entertain the family legend that he descended from Leif Erikson, for sure his father, Thararldson, who remained a pagan even though his wife converted to Christianity. It is alleged said wife withheld sex from him, until he too converted, so he would surely have sought out other women of Woden, who would lay with him, and begat children.The name Wilson comes from Wolf’s Son. It is alleged that King Henry of Normandy made a Wolfson a Knight Templar. A line of Wilsons became lawyers at the Temple where they dwelt. It is said a Wilson took part in The Memorable Masque of the Middle Temple and Lincoln’s Inn at Whitehall Palace that encouraged other members of the Templar Bar to invest in the Virginia Company. Sir Richard Martin wrote this masque. A hundred investors settled near Jamestown, that is known as Martin’s Hundreds. The Webb family were investors, as was Bacon and Shakespear.
This Colony was founded by pseudo Knight Templars, actors, poets playwrights, and secret investors in the Rose Theatre. Marlowe taught John poetry when he was a boy. It is for this reason William Wilson’s pagan past was disappeared by friend and foe alike as William ascended to the highest positions of the Church of England. Even his brass in Saint George’s Cathedral was disappeared because his epitaph was too revealing. It celebrated the marriage of Margaret of Denmark to the King of Scotland.
Sir John Thomas Wilson lived at Ravenscraig castle that was built just for Margaret. Wilson was allegedly the last of the real Knight’s Templar, and revealed to the Queen a secret Bible. There was a dispute who owned Orkney and other isles, that resorted in a trade. William Sinclair took possession of Ravenscraig, and vacated Orkney, ending a long feud. It was at Ravenscraig that John met Lady Ada Antoinette Erasmus, a Lady in Waiting. They soon married, and Wilson was now in a illustrious family tree that had its roots in Bohemia. William Rosenberg was a sponsor of John Dee.
Sir John Robert Wilson II, Earl of Cuper, Burgess of Edinborough1425–1492 Lady Ada Antoinette Erasmus
When Frederick William, completely inexperienced in politics, succeeded his father as elector in December 1640, he took over a ravaged land occupied by foreign troops. Under his father’s powerful favourite, Graf Adam von Schwarzenberg, Brandenburg had changed sides from the Swedes to the Habsburgs and had thus been drawn into the struggle on both sides.
Frederick William | elector of Brandenburg | Britannica
Richard Martin (Recorder of London) – Wikipedia
A Rose Among The Woodwoses
Posted on April 1, 2019 by Royal Rosamond Press
A Rose Among The Woodwoses
John Gregory Presco
Lady Mary Wilson Webb, inherited the job of keeping the fire lit below deck. All those who had gone before her, had failed. The fire tendered in a square iron tray, held together with rivets, then filled with sand, had become the altar of the Pilgrims. It, and the black pot hung on a trident, was watched most of the day by the lost souls packed under the creaking and leaking timbers. Moving about was almost impossible. Everyone was frozen in their place. But for the brave excursions above, met by some tempest, and cold sea spray, the wayfarers relieved themselves in a vile oaken bucket that was too close for comfort. Bible’s were taken out from under pillows when a lady went to tithe the Oaken Monster as they called it. Reading verses aloud, was the polite thing to do.
Tiring of the gory and bloody Biblical tales, that increased the Cargo Dread, the men brought out their bawdy jokes that they had memorized and gathered since their school days. The women pretended they ne’er heard a one. But, that guarded secret was soon out. And, a new kind of boredom set in. It was dreadful. Ones farting was amplified in the silence. The women ran out of perfume. Everyone got to know what a women really smelled like, including the women! Everyone was grateful for the occasional flying fish that was thrown in the pot, to cook all day, like temple incense.
The men ran out of jokes. Nothing was ever going to be funny again. The art of Mary keeping the fire alive was the highlight of their existence. You could hear the beards growing. In the glow of the red coals, the women felt like roses among the Woodwoses.
Two weeks at sea and another three weeks to go. Something had to be done.
“I brought my father’s book on rhetoric with me. Does anyone know it? My kindred William Shakespeare read it and was quite impressed. I saw him perform at the Rose theatre, on several occasions. He and my father were friends. They used to go the Bearbait Theatre and sit among the Protestant Spies. There were lawyers of the Temple present. Thomas called them the Roman Senators. There were horrific scenes of animal torture going on in the round arena. It was like the Roman Coliseum. I know enough about rhetoric where I can teach you. It will make the time fly.”
“For God’s sake, Mary. Why have you withheld this book from us!”
“My father was taken prisoner by the Inquisition, put in prison, and tortured. His books were ruled heretical, I don’t want to instigate spurious opinions about me and my father, for, I have nowhere to go to get away from you if you start in on that!”
“In Jesus’ name, relieve of us of our excruciating tedium! We are dying here Mary! Don’t be cruel!”
“My tutor taught my brother and I rhetoric from your father’s book. We can have a rhetorical argument about having Mary produce it for our salvation from our mind-numbing malaise!”
“Good idea! But, it is fair we all receive a sample. Is it not?”
“Would you care to elaborate?”
On March 31, 2019 I found Thomas Wilson’s book ‘The Art of Rhetorike’. There are several spellings. After reading forty, pages I believe my theory that Thomas Wilson had a hand in writing some of William Shakespeare’s’ plays, if not all, is sound.
On this day, I copyright my idea that I arrived at with my battle I am having with Meg Whitman, and the alleged owners of the California Barrel Company, over ownership of this company name that once made barrels. I spoke with an attorney. I am critical of Quibi. To discover Apple TV is being backed by Steven Spielberg, and a bevy of Hollywood talent, is ironic, for Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor and Richard Burton are in my Rosamond Family Tree, as is, Sir Thomas Wilson. I do not want Shakespeare to fall into either capitalist camps, because William made Acting more than an Art Form, as I will show in my novel. Then there is the question……..
Who owns America – and why?
I will give my reader a good example of how Rhetoric fits well with Shakespeare’s’ work. Peter G. Platt has written one of the finest essays I have read. I am envious.
Then, there is this illustration. It took my breath away. Do you know who he is, the man leading noble women with chains linked to the tip of his tongue. He is my hero.
What really got my interest is this line……….
“And God save the Queen’s majesty.”
Where were Britain’s great Rhetorical Men when the Brexit issue came up?
John Dee and James Bond
Posted on August 19, 2018 by Royal Rosamond Press
I just discovered the connection between James Bond, and John Dee. It appears that I am the candidate for James Bond incarnated. Nine days ago I claimed Krumlov castle. Yesterday, the Enemy of the American People attended a wedding in Austria. So many things elect me – for so many things! Those who reject me – elect me!
At the base of the Family Tree is Krumlov Castle where John Dee lived.
John Presco 007
Erkinger I. von Seinsheim and Peter Rosenberg
Posted on August 13, 2018by Royal Rosamond Press
On this day, August 10, 2018, I claim all castles and lands that the Rosenberg, Seinsheim, and Schwarzenberg family acquired as rulers of Bohemia and Czechoslovakia . Erkinger Seinsheim is my 14th. great grandfather, and, Peter von Rosenberg, my 15th. This is approximate, and needs more study.
I was destined to save the land of my ancestors from Putin, the Ult-right, and Donald Trump who declared NATO an enemy of the United States. NATO was founded in order to save Czechoslovakia from the Soviet Union. There will be many posts on this Quest, that is a Dynastic as well as Political and National device to save NATO and all of Europe. Scroll down to see the property I might soon own.
God has blessed my endeavor and fills the sky with falling stars, as did fill the heavens when I was born on October 8, 1946
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The First James Bond? John Dee Was the Original 007
By Kristin Masters. Apr 5, 2018. 9:00 AM.Topics: James Bond
Centuries before Ian Fleming would write James Bond into existence, another man signed letters with “007.” That man, John Dee, was a mathematician, astronomer, and (some say) magician. He was also a trusted member of Queen Elizabeth I’s court. Some historians say that Dee was a spy for Elizabeth, thus making him an even more fitting inspiration for Ian Fleming’s hero.
Early Academic Accomplishments
Born in 1527, John Dee would later earn a reputation as one of the most learned men of his age. He attended St. John’s College, Cambridge from 1542 until 1546. He was so successful that he was made a fellow at Trinity College. It was there, working on a stage performance of Aristophanes’ Peace, that Dee gained attention for being a magician; apparently his stage effects were so clever, the audience could find no natural explanation for them.
Dee spent the late 1540s and the early 1550s traveling throughout Europe. He studied at Leuven in Brussels and delivered a lecture on Euclid in Paris. Dee met and befriended legendary cartographer Gerardus Mercator, and when he returned to England he brought a significant collection of astronomical and mathematical instruments. Soon after, Dee became a tutor to the court. The relationship with young Princess Elizabeth would prove a pivotal one.
Dabbling in Dangerous Studies
Dee had long been fascinated with astrology. In 1555, he created horoscopes for both Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth. Though this wasn’t necessarily an offense unto itself, he discussed Mary’s horoscope with Elizabeth. Thus, Dee was arrested for “attempting to calculate nativities,” which was elevated to a charge of treason. It’s not certain how Dee convinced the court of his innocence, but it may have had to do with his supposed occult powers. After one man testified against Dee, one of his children died and another was struck blind. Dee was released to the custody of Catholic Bishop Bronner for religious examination. The two would form a strong relationship; Dee was actually quite religious.
The following year Dee presented an interesting proposal to Queen Mary: he suggested the foundation of a national library and requested funds to start the project. Mary rejected the plan, so Dee set about building his own personal library. He amassed an incredible collection of rare books and manuscripts, one that far surpassed the collections of England’s universities. Dee focused on mathematics, astronomy, alchemy, and the supernatural.
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A Closer Relationship with the Court
By the time Elizabeth rose to the court in 1558, Dee had already become her closest personal advisor. Elizabeth even entrusted him with choosing an auspicious day for her coronation. Dee would counsel the queen on all things scientific and astrological. Thanks to his knowledge of astronomy, key to nautical navigation at the time, Dee would also serve as the advisor for England’s voyages of discovery. He advocated imperialism and was actually the first to use the phrase “British Empire.”
Meanwhile, Dee straddled the worlds of science and mysticism—a proclivity that would win him widespread acclaim. When the Spanish Armada loomed in the British Channel, Dee counseled patience. Soon enough, a violent storm arrived and destroyed the Spanish fleet. People credited Dee with conjuring the storm. And in 1572, when a new star appeared in the sky, Dee was summoned to explain the phenomenon.
Dee often corresponded with the queen on confidential matters. He took to signing his letters “007” to designate letters for the queen’s eyes only. The zeroes represented eyes, and the seven was thought to be a lucky number that offered protection. Many scholars believe that Dee was one of Elizabeth’s spies, and that his travels throughout Europe were not for “spiritual conferences,” but rather to gather intelligence. It’s known that Elizabeth employed a number of spies, especially after the Pope declared her an illegitimate ruler in 1570. She was constantly threatened by conspiracy plots, all of which were quashed by her secret service. Dee would have been a formidable member of this team; his reputation for magic preceded him, and he was obviously well connected through his position at court.
A New Spiritual Journey
By the early 1580s, Dee had grown dissatisfied with his lack of recognition—and his lack of progress in understanding nature. He turned his attention to the supernatural. Dee attempted to contact angels through a crystal-gazer. In 1582, Dee met Edward Kelley, and the pair began the pursue supernatural studies together. They conducted their “spiritual conferences” with great piety. Dee truly believed that his efforts could improve the world, and he eventually ended up traveling throughout Europe to consult with high-powered leaders. He had audiences with Emperor Rudolf II in Prague and with King Stefan Batory of Poland.
During this period, Dee claimed that angels dictated entire books to him. Some were in the Enochan language, which he and Kelley created. But he didn’t always appreciate the angels’ council. In 1587, Kelley claimed that the angel Uriel had ordered Kelley and Dee to share their wives with each other. Though Dee initially consented, he soon broke away from Kelley and returned to England.
Dee came back to find that his vast library had been pillaged of its best books, manuscripts, and instruments. He also found Queen Elizabeth less willing to help him. She finally made him Warden of Christ’s College, a Protestant institution where the fellows detested Dee. After Elizabeth’s death, James I had no sympathy for Dee. He died in poverty, tended by his daughter.
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The John Dee/007 Connection
James Bond Creator Ian Fleming and the Secrets of Queen Elizabeth’s “Merlin”
What do the mystical Dr. John Dee and the spy James Bond have in common? A lot more than meets the eye.
Dr. John Dee was a sixteenth century alchemist, magician, and Christian cabalist who so entranced Queen Elizabeth that she even had Dee run her astrological chart to pick the most propitious day and time for her coronation. His home at Mortlake contained more books than any private library in England as well as a magic mirror that, it was said, would astound all who dared look at their reflection. When he wasn’t in England he traveled the continent to the courts of emperors and princes. He was also a spy.
England was a hotbed of political intrigue when Elizabeth took the throne. Plots and counterplots, assassinations, and threats of war were constant. She needed those she could count on to keep her on the throne. Francis Walsingham was Elizabeth’s chief spymaster. He seemed the right man for the job as his motto was Video et taceo, “See and be Silent.” The Queen trusted very few individuals and wanted her intelligence reported directly. Dee reported only to the Queen and Walsingham. The Queen would sign her dispatches to Dr. Dee as “M,” just as James Bond’s boss. Dee referred to himself as agent “007” preceding James Bond’s code name by nearly four centuries. The Earl of Leicester, a very important member of the court, who had been tutored by Dr. Dee as a child, would use a similar code. He marked his secret correspondence with two dots, or two number “0”s representing eyes. Dee would address his correspondence to the Queen with a heading “For Your Eye’s Only.”
John Dee had a great influence on his world. It was he who convinced the Queen she had rights in the Americas. It was he whose texts on navigation went beyond science and envisioned a British world ruled by a British navy long before the age of Imperialism. He made strides in the sciences but never received the credit for his work as he had also delved into the black arts and alchemy.
Dee, along with Sir Francis Bacon, is considered at least the inspiration for, if not the co-founder of, the Rosicrucian brotherhood. Because the brotherhood was not an organization in Dee’s time, there was no established organization or rules, officers, or even members. It was what it claimed to be, a brotherhood of “Invisibles,” and for good reason. To be a visible proponent of any science condemned by the Church could shorten one’s life expectancy considerably. Many of the texts of the Rosicrucians were written anonymously or with pen names like the famous Christian Rosenkreutz. A coded device Dee used on his writings called the “Monas hieroglyphica” is shared by one of the earliest known Rosicrucian writings, Confessio Fraternitatis.
There is a considerable amount of certainty that the Rosicrucian brotherhood played a great part in Dee’s role as Elizabeth’s spy. His position of court mystic, his connection to the “Invisibles” and his gifts that bordered on the supernatural, at least in appearance, would help in admitting him to the esoteric circles of Europe. He left for the continent at age twenty, and his travels included a stint working for the Muscovy Company advancing Anglo-Russian trade.
Ian Fleming’s biography has numerous similarities, including considerable evidence that the same esoteric studies and connection to the Rosicrucian brotherhood played a role in the life of James Bond’s creator.
Fleming was born into an immensely wealthy Scottish family. His grandfather, Robert Fleming, had started managing money as a sideline to his mercantile business, then in 1873 he created a family bank. The bank would survive a century and eventually be sold to Chase Manhattan Bank (now J.P. Morgan Chase) for $7.7 billion dollars. Grandfather Robert’s fortune might have relieved his heirs from needing an occupation, but Ian went to work for Reuters while his brother Peter became a well-known travel writer. From an early age Ian was inspired by the mystical arts. His father had been killed in the First World War and his mother, Evelyn St. Croix-Rose (Rosy Cross?) was not close to him.
His education started at the Durnford School near the estate of the Fleming family, whose motto was “The World is Not Enough.”
After a less than stellar performance at Eton and Sandhurst, Fleming’s mother sent him to the continent at about the same age as John Dee. There, in Austria, he studied Jung’s works on both alchemy and psychology with the Adlerian disciple Forbes Dennis.
Alfred Adler was an Austrian doctor who broke with Freud and split the science of psychology in half. Freud booted out anyone who had agreed with Adler. Adler favored feminism and introduced the concept that the dynamics associated with masculine and feminine principles were the key to understanding human psychology. This theme, as well as Fleming’s association with semi-occult circles, would find its way into his spy novels.
Fleming’s circle also included England’s Bloomsbury Set, a group of writers, intellectuals, and artists whose works greatly influenced the twentieth century: economist Maynard Keynes, author E.M. Forster, feminist writer Virginia Woolf, and scholar Lytton Strachney of Cambridge. Several were also members of the “Cambridge Apostles,” a group of twelve men that included Keynes, Forster, and Strachney as well as the spy Anthony Blunt. Their influence on Fleming might have been strong, but it ended as the war exposed two of them, Anthony Blunt and Lewis Daly, as spies against their own country during the First World War. Later the London Morning Post broke the story of the Bloomsbury Set celebrating the Black Mass. Soon after, their ranks were reduced by two suicides and otherwise premature deaths. Fleming’s reputation was unscathed by his connections.
He soon left England and traveled the world for Reuters and the Times. At nearly the same age, again, as Dr. Dee, Fleming went to Russia. It is certain that by 1939 when he was sent to Moscow he was acting officially as part of British intelligence. He was soon given the title Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, as would his avatar James Bond. Dee of course had been instrumental in setting up the Royal Navy.
One of Fleming’s most important roles was in coming up with a defense plan for Gibraltar. His secret code name was Operation Goldeneye. It had an occult meaning referring to the third or inner eye that was necessary to achieve the higher plane of understanding, gnosis. The name of the operation would later serve as the name for his home on the lush island of Jamaica and of the Bond movie of that name.
He played a role in tricking Rudolf Hess into flying to England. He knew Hess was a student of astrology and could be lured to England through the mystical arts. He consulted with the most renowned of Europe’s occultists, the Great Beast himself, Aleister Crowley. A plan was devised to lure Hess through a bogus horoscope. In January of 1941 an astrologer who was secretly a British intelligence agent convinced Hess of the need to meet the Duke of Hamilton. As a result of trickery and astrology, Hess parachuted into the hands of the RAF and was captured. This began a purge of occultists in Nazi Germany which was no small matter as the Nazi party was full of those who espoused neo-paganism, theosophical occultism mixed with a mystical desire for racial purity.
Crowley’s role was limited as he was not trusted in the mission, but he would anyway be resurrected in Casino Royale as Chiffre, a word implying Cipher.
Fleming was not the only spy interested in magic and the occult. Even the logo of the MI5 contained a pyramid and an “all-seeing eye.”
Possibly Fleming’s most important work was in being sent to the United States to participate in setting up a joint American-British intelligence network. America was not looking to get into the war against Germany. Parties like America First advocated isolationism while others even leaned towards the Fascists. British intelligence was on a mission to change all that. They took an active role in courting the politicians and the media and on occasion worked against those who worked against Roosevelt’s aid policies. The role was more often diplomatic than physical, but there were occasions that sparked Fleming’s interest that led to the creation of James Bond.
The British MI6 and the early OSS (then known as the COI) were housed in Rockefeller Center. Also housed there was the Japanese consul general’s office. Fleming participated in a late night break-in with a safecracker. They opened the offices, opened the safe, copied all the Japanese codebooks, and relocked the offices just in time. Fleming would also use this adventure in Casino Royale, and his role would earn Bond his “00” designation.
Thanks to his role as a spy, he became enamored by the odd gadgets used in spycraft and always carried a commando knife and a trick fountain pen that fired tear gas. He also was fond of the adventure.
After the war Fleming went back to journalism. He also wanted to write, and his contract as a journalist gave him two to three months each year to work on his fiction writing. One of his fellow spies had been Ivar Bryce, who had bought a home in Red Hills, Jamaica, and would find Fleming a property there as well. His fellow boss Bill Stephenson who had headed British intelligence in the United States along with author Noel Coward were regular visitors. Coward described the décor as temple-like with numerous snakes depicted on the walls. There for at least two or three months each year, Fleming settled down to write.
There are numerous theories for much of what has gone into or influenced Fleming’s work. His main character shares initials with the two pillars of Freemasonry, Joachim and Boaz. Such pillars have appeared in Masonic temples everywhere, and for centuries.
His tales can be read on two levels. Author Umberto Eco would remark that all of Fleming’s novels had a similar formula plot. “M” would give Bond a mission. The villain would appear to Bond or Bond to the villain. Next, a woman would appear to Bond. Bond would possess her. Later the villain would take Bond. Finally Bond would be victorious and unite again with the woman. Philip Gardiner in The Bond Code would compare this to the alchemist’s true goal of finding or transforming himself.
In many of Bond’s adventures, he finds the codes behind many of the characters created by Fleming. Often they translate into a loosely coded story of good overcoming evil, the light overcoming the darkness, and only after gnosis is achieved. Fleming even made a statement that James Bond was a Manichean. This refers to the followers of Mani whose “heresy” of dualism so disturbed the Church. Mani’s influence would last until the purge of the Cathars in the thirteenth century and beyond.
In Mani’s dualistic world, it is a constant battle of Evil and Good. Evil in the Bond novels is personified as Le Chiffre, Mr. Big, Hugo Drax, Kanaga, and Baron Samedi. The last refers to a Voodoo cult figure, an “Invisible,” or a dark angel. The evil characters are eventually defeated by Bond with the help of his female companions. The female names have an occult theme as well but represent knowledge or the search for gnosis. Solitaire (the tarot reader and fortune teller), Gala Brand (merry fire), Vesper Lynd (night born), and Vivienne (a life-giving goddess) take the role of the feminine side, along with those of more comical names, the lighter side of Bond created characters like Pussy Galore from people he knew. “Pussy” was the nickname of his neighbor and occasional lover Blanche Blackwell.
After a heart attack, he declared “I have always smoked and drank and loved too much….Then I shall have died of living too much.” A second heart attack made his prediction come true, claiming his life on August 12, 1964. He was only 56.
While he lived as a man of the world, he is buried in Sevenhampton, a small English village two miles from a bus stop. His grave is marked by an obelisk atop four stones.
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|A 16th-century portrait by an unknown artist|
|Born||(1527-07-13)13 July 1527|
Tower Ward, London
|Died||December 1608 or March 1609 (age 81)|
Mortlake, Surrey, England
|Alma mater||St John’s College, Cambridge|
|Known for||Advisor to Queen Elizabeth I|
|Fields||Mathematics, alchemy, astrology, Hermeticism, navigation,|
|Institutions||Trinity College, Cambridge|
Christ’s College, Manchester
|Academic advisors||Gemma Frisius, Gerardus Mercator|
|Notable students||Thomas Digges|
John Dee (13 July 1527 – 1608 or 1609) was an English mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occult philosopher, and advisor to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination, and Hermetic philosophy. He was also an advocate of England’s imperial expansion into a “British Empire“, a term he is generally credited with coining.
Dee straddled the worlds of modern science and magic just as the former was emerging. One of the most learned men of his age, he had been invited to lecture on the geometry of Euclid at the University of Paris while still in his early twenties. Dee was an ardent promoter of mathematics and a respected astronomer, as well as a leading expert in navigation, having trained many of those who would conduct England’s voyages of discovery.
Simultaneously with these efforts, Dee immersed himself in the worlds of magic, astrology and Hermetic philosophy. He devoted much time and effort in the last thirty years or so of his life to attempting to commune with angels in order to learn the universal language of creation and bring about the pre-apocalyptic unity of mankind. However, Robert Hooke suggested in the chapter Of Dr. Dee’s Book of Spirits, that John Dee made use of Trithemian steganography, to conceal his communication with Elizabeth I. A student of the Renaissance Neo-Platonism of Marsilio Ficino, Dee did not draw distinctions between his mathematical research and his investigations into Hermetic magic, angel summoning and divination. Instead he considered all of his activities to constitute different facets of the same quest: the search for a transcendent understanding of the divine forms which underlie the visible world, which Dee called “pure verities”.
In his lifetime, Dee amassed one of the largest libraries in England. His high status as a scholar also allowed him to play a role in Elizabethan politics. He served as an occasional advisor and tutor to Elizabeth I and nurtured relationships with her ministers Francis Walsingham and William Cecil. Dee also tutored and enjoyed patronage relationships with Sir Philip Sidney, his uncle Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, and Edward Dyer. He also enjoyed patronage from Sir Christopher Hatton.
- 2Personal life
- 4Reputation and significance
- 5Literary and cultural references
- 6See also
- 9External links
Dee was born in Tower Ward, London, to Rowland Dee, of Welsh descent, and Johanna Wild. His surname “Dee” derived from the Welsh du (black); his grandfather was Bedo Ddu of Nant-y-groes, Pilleth, Radnorshire, and John retained his connection with the locality. His father Roland was a mercer and gentleman courtier to Henry VIII. John Dee claimed to be a descendant of Rhodri the Great, Prince of Wales and constructed a pedigree showing his descent from Rhodri. Dee’s family arrived in London in the wake of Henry Tudor’s coronation as Henry VII. Jane Dee was the daughter of William Wild.
Dee attended the Chelmsford Chantry School (now King Edward VI Grammar School) from 1535 to 1542. He entered St John’s College, Cambridge, in November 1542, aged 15, graduating BA in 1545 or early 1546. His abilities recognised, he became an original fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, on its founding by Henry VIII in 1546. At Trinity, the clever stage effects he produced for a production of Aristophanes‘ Peace procured him the reputation of being a magician that clung to him through life. In the late 1540s and early 1550s, he travelled in Europe, studying at Louvain (1548) and Brussels and lecturing in Paris on Euclid. He studied with Gemma Frisius and became a close friend of the cartographer Gerardus Mercator and cartographer Abraham Ortelius. Dee also travelled extensively throughout Europe meeting and working with as well as learning from other leading continental mathematicians such as Federico Commandino in Italy. He returned to England with an important collection of mathematical and astronomical instruments. In 1552, he met Gerolamo Cardano in London: during their acquaintance they investigated a perpetual motion machine as well as a gem purported to have magical properties.
Rector at Upton-upon-Severn from 1553, Dee was offered a readership in mathematics at Oxford in 1554, which he declined; he was occupied with writing and perhaps hoped for a better position at court. In 1555, Dee became a member of the Worshipful Company of Mercers, as his father had, through the company’s system of patrimony.
That same year, 1555, he was arrested and charged with “calculating” for having cast horoscopes of Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth; the charges were expanded to treason against Mary. Dee appeared in the Star Chamber and exonerated himself, but was turned over to the Catholic Bishop Bonner for religious examination. His strong and lifelong penchant for secrecy perhaps worsening matters, this entire episode was only the most dramatic in a series of attacks and slanders that would dog Dee throughout his life. Clearing his name yet again, he soon became a close associate of Bonner.
Dee presented Queen Mary with a visionary plan for the preservation of old books, manuscripts and records and the founding of a national library, in 1556, but his proposal was not taken up. Instead, he expanded his personal library at his house in Mortlake, tirelessly acquiring books and manuscripts in England and on the European Continent. Dee’s library, a centre of learning outside the universities, became the greatest in England and attracted many scholars.
Dee’s glyph, whose meaning he explained in Monas Hieroglyphica.
When Elizabeth took the throne in 1558, Dee became her trusted advisor on astrological and scientific matters, choosing Elizabeth’s coronation date himself. From the 1550s through the 1570s, he served as an advisor to England’s voyages of discovery, providing technical assistance in navigation and ideological backing in the creation of a “British Empire”, a term that he was the first to use. Dee wrote a letter to William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, in October 1574 seeking patronage. He claimed to have occult knowledge of treasure in the Welsh Marches, and of valuable ancient manuscripts kept at Wigmore Castle, knowing that the Lord Treasurer‘s ancestors came from this area. In 1577, Dee published General and Rare Memorials pertayning to the Perfect Arte of Navigation, a work that set out his vision of a maritime empire and asserted English territorial claims on the New World. Dee was acquainted with Humphrey Gilbert and was close to Sir Philip Sidney and his circle.