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FEBRUARY 19, 2012 5:47PM

We Can't Afford To Go Back To This: A Tale of Two Women

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Tudor Mania 

I have Tudor Mania, which never resolves, but grows into even more Tudor Mania. The problem with that feisty and terrible clan is that none of them and none of their eras can be viewed through one lens. It takes many books, biographies, the entire Wikipedia set and a whole lot more to get anything close to an understanding.

Now, I am reading Jane Dunn's "Elizabeth and Mary".  She has done  a comprehensive and beautifully written dual biography that examines the parallel lives and tragedies of two cousins  who were set against each other as they ruled and coveted either France, Scotland or England. 

Then what happened?  That harrowing and great masterpiece "The Lion In Winter" was on last night. No one can ignore an ensemble that included Katherine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole and a very young Anthony Hopkins. This monster of a film centered on the relationship between King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitane, both of who put the "Bick" in the word "bickering".

And here is why the Tudors cannot be viewed with one lens. The events that occurred in one time and space  cannot be disconnected from people who lived in other times and spaces.  

Every action had a reaction. Every connection had multiple arms that latched on and intertwined with other connections. Every life influenced millions of other lives.

There is no camera that can take this picture! The ghosts, spirits and demons of both the past and the future create such static and interference that the history of the Tudors can only be heard with one ear glued to a very bad radio while one eye watches a static filled television.


Why Angry Black Millenial Woman Cares About Tudors 

Why is an angry Black woman, living at the beginning of the year 2012, so interested? Because, while the Tudors were indulging and bulging, the Great Zimbabwe civilization was at its pinnacle, and the North Africans were working to civilize those Europeans out of the dark ages.

Here is a great article about the Moors in Spain. 

 I am trying to find out where Queen Phillippa, mother of the Black Prince( Prince Edward)  fits into all of this. 

There was a point where there was no racism. The Romans freely assimilated and intermixed with other races as they conquered them. The  Spaniards recognized the culture and the skills of the "Barbarians". One single drop of Spanish blood was the only important drop.

Even the name "Barbarian" was not a derogatory term. It simply identified the people. 

It was too early for slavery and colonialism, so there was no need to develop false religious dogma or fake science in order to justify centuries of pure European evil.

But women were, as ever, confined to a status that was slightly above the position that was held by the wild beasts and domesticated animals.

So I have detoured from my journey of Black discovery to make some comparisons between the conspiracies of the Tudor era and our own conspiracy to draw American women into a gender based civil war.

Certain deviant and corrupted elements of American politics seek to destroy the work of generations of American women who started as the suffragettes and who are the  history makers of today. 

Where we once climbed high enough to broadcast voices of reason to the women of the world, we are now reduced to being helpless subjects while the corrupted, deviant and intrusive open their mouths and blather on about our lives and issues. One political party is responsible for this: the Republican party. (The Tea party does not count as they are a product of the Republican party.)

It is important to revisit a time when women were nothing but chattel to be bartered, given away, traded, forced to marry while still children, or even killed when not wanted. We need to remind ourselves of shocking lives, where even the one percent of women lived in fear.

Until recently, there has been constant fear that, although miserable, women's lives were more than likely to end early from disease, war, accident, injury, overwork, starvation, childbirth or murder.


Elizabeth and Mary 

Elizabeth of England went through trial after trial, never knowing when she might find her head lying on the block, ready for the executioner's axe. She was redefined as being legitimate, then illegitimate so many times that she trusted few people. She prepared herself for internecine battle of wit, diplomacy and equisitely executed equivocation with anyone who attacked or tried to control her. (Yes, her legendary equivocation was her weapon against the skeeves who sought to use her for their own ends.)  

Elizabeth I understood how tenuous her hold on power truly was. She had no intention of losing her hard earned grip. She related more to the 99 percent than to the one percent, given her experiences in life.

Mary of Scotland and France was born and bred to be married to the Dauphin of France and ultimately to become the Queen of England, France and Scotland. But she was so sheltered, pampered and constantly reminded of her automatic greatness that she was never prepared for the realities of life.

Mary embarked on a life of  impetuous and tragic actions that started her neck toward its final destination between the block and the executioner's axe.  Her obsession with destroying and replacing Elizabeth as the rightful heir to the throne of England was fueled by constant reminders of her assured position among the one percent of Europe. 

The truth was that Mary was the more legitimate heir to the English throne, while Elizabeth's position was vulnerable to many legal and religious arguments. But the English people wanted Elizabeth, who had discovered the power of demonstrating humility and goodness. This was another of the powerful tools that Elizabeth weilded while staring, often blinded, into the face of incredible and complex treachery.

This great battle, fought between two women who were cousins and queens, parallels with events in our lives. We live in an increasingly treacherous, unstable and dogmatic world.

There are plenty of obsessed and entitled women of our own one percent who are willing to drag us all back to zero percent. There are many who are willing to destroy us all in the process.

We women of the 99 percent need to take a lesson here.

And those parallels, viewed through so many lenses, and followed along lengthy, complicated and incomplete routes, is why I have Tudor Mania. 



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What gets me is the women among the 99% that buy into the whole control thing, and want to keep the rest of us down with them. I have worked too hard to get control of my own life to let anyone take it without a fight. I was raised in a religious family, and my dad was the original control freak over "us girls." Bleh. And I still have strangers telling me how to improve myself. Double Bleh.

I'll be interested to read your findings on this topic. It is tragic that the African civilizations were decimated. All of that knowledge lost. And the library at Alexandria. And the Middle American societies. All gone. Maybe we're next.
Gracious Jane: that concept just smacked me upside the head as I was writing this. No woman, no matter how powerful, was truly powerful, unless that woman was in control of a weak man. It's the same way now, to an extent.

Phyllis: Really. But how many of the women among your friends and family would harass you about getting married and having children, as opposed to having a job and an education?
North Americans have not ever recognized the great civilizations of Africa, Asia, the pre-colonial Americas, Polynesia or anywhere non-white people lived and prospered. I can't determine whether this is because we simply are too stupid to understand that whites were not the first to have mighty civilizations or whether we have so little concept of what civilization might be that we wouldn't recognize one if it bit us on the nose.

Good blog Zuma!
Sing it, zuma.

Thanks for your scholarship and your voice here.

Somos todas hermanas ~
Phyllis: Really. But how many of the women among your friends and family would harass you about getting married and having children, as opposed to having a job and an education?

The only thing I can relate to your statement was after high school. I went to college and most of my friends didn't. The summer after my first year I was back in my hometown with my friends, on Main St., and we were standing in a circle talking. Suddenly, I was staring at the back of someone's head. They had cut me out of the circle. After that, wherever I was, I was asked by acquaintances when I was going to get married. And I moved around a lot. But that was the consistent question. No one seemed to think I had any other value. And I never got married or had kids. I just never found someone who would value me. I still can't find anyone. I am only now finding people that want more for me, now that I'm too old to be a mom. I'm not sure what you were asking, but I've been harassed my whole life because I never fit a mold.
Excellent post, Zuma!
I think you have brilliantly argued why you have TudorMania. Your learnings and perceptions are noteworthy, and what you wrote about the "obsessed and entitled women of our own one percent", in my opinion is right on!
Good history lesson! Have you thought of lecturing on this?
Phyllis, I asked the question and you just told my life story! We are cousins in the sense of parallel lives. I love how you said something that I have never been able to say: Finding someone who would value me! I never thought that I was to ever be valued.

Until now!

SKY! You need to write more about that. You knocked that concept out of the ball park.

Catch 22: yes! Somos todas hermanas ~

Fusun: Thank you for the kind words. You are one of the best writers here, so I am going to put them in my special treasury of kind words!

Gracious jane: I think that it is a form of aggression where women determine who is the alpha bitch in the pack. The easiest to pick on are the educated and accomplished "spinsters".
"It was too early for slavery and colonialism, so there was no need to develop false religious dogma or fake science in order to justify centuries of pure European evil."

you're kidding about there being no slavery or colonialism before the age of Elizabeth I?
I'm only at the early stages of their reigns. There is no mention about colonies or formalized racism yet. Then, practically everyone was a slave who wasn't nobility.
It seems that the focus was on England being broke, losing Calais, and settling down the religious business after Bloody Mary. Portugal and Spain had more money for exploring while England was an insular Island nation.
Shiela: I would have to actualky proofread it...aiee!

Dr B: thanks!
Thank you but I'm just an old man mumbling in his beard. To do the topic any real justice one would need to do copious research. I wouldn't take it on at this late stage of my life. YOU, on the other hand, are an expert at doing research, and delightfully youthful! On top of which your writing skills far outclass mine. Why not do it?

You might like to read a small book I picked up about 20 years ago. If I remember correctly it was titled, "The African Origins of Civilization" by C. A. Diop
Too good! I am just now finding proof of African civilization having never studied it . Will look for it. Thanks.
since when is 13$ bargain pricing?!

My mom loves the Kings and Queens and intrigue :) Never got into it myself, but it is fascinating listening to someone else flesh out the subject.

Currently I'm into supernatural romance series- yeah, I'm a class act ;)
Hy: whatchoo talkin bout? Im working on a fantasy about a jet black space prince and his ...
Hy...pooh...but what about my sleazy porn romance about penis fish? How...oh how did I fail to earn your respect?
It's been bugging me all night- Why did you ask me that question?
It is always fine learning things we might never have. Great and Historic to boot.
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I think this is interesting and important. I wonder at the silence of women now who don't seem to realize we could have every hard-won right we have taken away. Why the complacency?
Phyllis: go back up a few comments: I wanted to know if anyone else had my experience!

Algis: I am stealing that artwork! Thanks.

CCdarling: it's the convenient denial that weak minded women use as protective coloring. There are only so many women who will speak up, stand up and risk getting burned in the process.
sigh, toe curl
Not all of them fit, but enough of them. I'd suspect myself of being a 'furry' but the fae and demons seem to resonate more. :D
and I loved the penis fish one!!