17.1.09

The King and I

Although this is not my normal posting, I found this article from the Monarchist Initiative so interesting I had to repost it. I would not have copied the entire blog except, I am using a laptop and I have a lot of trouble typing with my big fingers.



The life of Anna Leonowen was even stranger than the unlikely plot of The King and I, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1951 musical adapted from Margaret Landon’s 1944 book Anna and the King of Siam. Leah Price reviews Susan Morgan's biography entitled Bombay Anna published in July 2008:A mixed-race Anglo-Indian army brat, she managed to pass as a Victorian lady long enough to be hired as a governess at the court of Siam. Her experience in the royal harem was later parlayed into literary fame and a trans-Atlantic career of teaching, writing and lecturing.


On disembarking in Singapore as a young widow in 1859, this gifted con woman subtracted three years from her age, relocated her birthplace from Bombay to Wales, forgot her mother’s Indian parentage, promoted her father from private to major and changed her husband from a clerk to an army officer. “The most important thing in life,” she declared, “is to choose your parents.” Leonowens’s racial passing depended on her eye for detail: a letter from her waxes sentimental over the “golden locks” of two of her children, although both happened to be brunettes. Equally crucial to these reinventions was her ear for language: not simply her knowledge of Hindi, Marathi, Persian and Sanskrit but the ability to mimic a genteel English accent.


In 1861, Mongkut, the king of Siam, asked his agent in Singapore to find his children a governess. A former Buddhist monk and an accomplished scholar who had earlier allowed American missionaries access to the harem, Mongkut was seeking a woman who would teach English without trying to proselytize. With few unmarried British ladies on the spot, Anna Leonowens — apparently ladylike and genuinely widowed — was chosen. From this point on, Morgan’s heroine will remind readers of Becky Sharp, the governess who schemes her way through Regency society in Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair.” Unlike Becky, however, Leonowens turned out to be a good teacher.


At the time of her arrival, she estimated that Mongkut’s harem housed a population of 9,000: his sisters, aunts and children of both sexes, as well as consorts, concubines and slaves, and other women who had been offered to the king in order to pay debts or cement political alliances. Although she later described this city within a city as a hotbed of “Slavery, Polygamy, Flagellation of women & children, Immolation of slaves, secret poisoning and assassination,” Leonowens thrived there. She taught Mongkut’s children, then numbering about 60, including the crown prince. (Historians continue to debate her influence on the political reforms he carried out after his father’s death.) She also gave English lessons to adults and served as an unofficial secretary to the king. (Historians differ on her relations with him: did she shape his policies and draft his English-language documents or simply copy out some letters?)After five years, Anna Leon­owens left, traveling to England and Ireland before settling in the United States, where she once again supported herself by teaching. The friends she found in the American publishing world helped her bring out two memoirs, The English Governess at the Siamese Court and The Romance of the Harem, which were sufficiently popular to open up a new career for her as a lecturer on topics from “Siam: Its Court and Customs” to “Brahmanism, Ancient and Modern” and “Christian Missions to Pagan Lands.” Leonowens sent dispatches from Russia to an American magazine; she moved to Nova Scotia to live with her daughter, and then to Germany to accompany her grandchildren to school; she wrote a memoir of India that mixed vivid reportage with autobiographical fibs; she lectured on women’s suffrage. She died in 1915.


In 1946 Talbot Jennings and Sally Benson adapted Margaret Landon's novel Anna and the King of Siam into the screenplay for a dramatic film of the same name, starring Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison. The novel was also adapted as a hit musical comedy by Rodgers and Hammerstein, The King and I (1951), starring Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner, which ran 1,246 performances on Broadway. In 1956 a spectacular film version was released, with Deborah Kerr starring in the role of Leonowens. Revived many times on stage, the musical has remained a favourite of the theatre-going public. In 1999 an animated version of the musical was released by Warner Bros. In the same year Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat starred in a new feature-length cinematic remake entitled Anna and the King.


Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

On Revolution

Durandal has so many good article that I add only this today...

...'If, stripping off the mask of the revolution you ask, "Who are you?", she will say, "I am not who you think I am. Many speak of me and yet few know me. I am not the Carbonari who conspire in secret, nor the uprising which howls in the streets, nor the change from monarchy to republic, nor the substitution of one dynasty for another, nor the sudden subversion of public order. I am not the cries of the Jacobins, nor the furore of the Montagnards, nor the fighters on the barricades, nor plunder, nor arson, nor land laws, nor the guillotine, nor the noyades. I am niether Marat nor Robespierre nor Babeuf nor Mazzini nor Kossuth. These people are my sons, but I am not they. These men and these deeds are transitory facts and yet I am a permament state. I am the hatred of all religious and social order which man himself has not created, and in which he is not King and God togather. I am the proclamation of the rights of man against the rights of God. I am philosophy of rebellion, the politics of rebellion, the religion of rebellion. I am armed negation. I am the foundation of the social and religious state upon the will of man in place of the will of God. In a word, I am anarchy, because I am God dethroned and replaced by man. This is why they call me Revolution, that is confusion, because I raise up high that which, according to eternal law, should remain low, and I thrust down low that which should be on high...." 'Msgr. Jean-Joseph Gaume (1802-1879)

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Mark...

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Fête du Coeur Immaculé de Marie

Je suis desole, un jour en retard...
a gauche La vierge trône entre Saint dominique et sainte Catherine de Sienne

La fête du Coeur Immaculé de Marie

Consécration au Cœur Immaculé de Marie du Pape Pie XII.


Reine du très saint Rosaire, secours des chrétiens, refuge du genre humain, victorieuses de toutes les batailles de Dieu, nous voici prosternés suppliants aux pieds de votre trône, dans la certitude de recevoir les grâces, l’aide et la protection opportunes dans les calamités présentes, non en vertu de nos mérites, dont nous ne saurions nous prévaloir, mais uniquement par l’effet de l’immense bonté de votre coeur maternel.

C’est à vous, c’est à votre Coeur immaculé, qu’en cette heure tragique de l’histoire humaine, nous nous confions et nous nous consacrons, non seulement en union avec la Sainte Église - corps mystique de votre Fils Jésus - qui souffre et verse son sang, en proie aux tribulations en tant de lieux et de tant de manières, mais en union aussi avec le monde entier, déchiré par de farouches discordes, embrasé d’un incendie de haine et victime de ses propres iniquités.

Laissez-vous toucher par tant de ruines matérielles et morales, par tant de douleurs, tant d’angoisses de pères et de mères, de frères, d’enfants innocents, par tant de vies fauchées dans la fleur de l’âge, tant d’âmes torturées et agonisantes, tant d’autres en péril de se perdre éternellement.

O Mère de miséricorde, obtenez-nous de Dieu la paix, et surtout les grâces qui peuvent en un instant convertir le coeur des hommes, ces grâces qui préparent, concilient, assurent la paix! Reine de la paix, priez pour nous et donnez au monde en guerre la paix après laquelle les peuples soupirent, la paix dans la vérité, dans la justice, dans la charité du Christ. Donnez-lui la paix des armes et la paix des âmes, afin que dans la tranquillité de l’ordre s’étende le règne de Dieu. Accordez votre protection aux infidèles et à tous ceux qui gisent encore dans les ombres de la mort; donnez-leur la paix, faites que se lève pour eux la soleil de la vérité et qu’ils puissent avec nous, devant l’unique Sauveur du monde, répéter: Gloire à Dieu au plus haut des cieux et paix sur terre aux hommes de bonne volonté!

Aux peuples séparés par l’erreur ou par la discorde, particulièrement à ceux qui professent pour vous une singulière dévotion et chez lesquels il n’y avait pas de maison qui n’honorât votre vénérable icône (peut-être aujourd’hui cachée et réservée pour des jours meilleurs), donnez la paix et reconduisez-les à l’unique bercail du Christ, sous l’unique vrai Pasteur.

Obtenez à la sainte Église de Dieu une paix et une liberté complètes; arrêtez les débordements du déluges néo-païen; développez dans le coeur des fidèles l’amour de la pureté, la pratique de la vie chrétienne et le zèle apostolique, afin que le peuple des serviteurs de Dieu augmente en mérite et en nombre.

Enfin, de même qu’au Coeur de votre Fils Jésus furent consacrés l’Église et le genre humain tout entier, afin que, toutes les espérances étant placées en lui, il devînt pour eux signe et gage de victoire et de salut, ainsi et pour toujours nous nous consacrons à vous, à votre Coeur immaculé, ô notre Mère et Reine du monde, pour que votre amour et votre protection hâtent le triomphe du règne de Dieu at que toutes les nations, en paix entre elles et avec Dieu, vous proclament bienheureuse et entonnent avec vous, d’une extrémité du monde à l’autre, l’éternel Magnificat de gloire à celui en qui seul elles peuvent trouver la vérité, la vie et la paix.
(Indulgence 3 ans chaque fois. Plénière une fois par mois, à ceux qui l’auront récitée chaque jour. Le 17 novembre 1942)

Merci Sacre Coeur de Jesus...

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Panis Angelicus

My friends at Sacre Coeur de Jesus posted this at their site, I borrowed it as I have always loved this song. Many may remember it from the TV series Joan of Arc with Lee Lee Sobeiski.

St. Philips Boys' Choir, Norbury, UK. Recorded July 1987 before release of their first hit album "Sing For Ever" in 1988. Featuring soloists Jaymi Bandtock and Sam Harper.

Thanks to my friends at Sacre Coeur de Jesus.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

18th Century North American Jesuit Missionary

Joseph Fromm has an article in Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit about early Canada, and those Jesuit missionaries who brought the faith to the savages.

In 1744, after spending a year at Loretto, Quebec, in the study of the Huron language, Father Peter Potier, a Jesuit, a Belgian by birth, came to the Detroit River to assist Father Richardie as missionary to the Huron Indians of the south shore, with whom he labored for nearly forty years, or until his death, in 1781. His body rests beneath the nave of the present Church of the Assumption, at Sandwich.

There is no tradition which locates the site of the primitive structure used as a church by Father Richardie, but its successor, which was known far and wide as " The Church of the Hurons," was erected between the years of 1747 and 1750, by Father Potier, on land given the Jesuits by the Indians north-east of the present " Girardot wine- cellar." " The Jesuit Farm " was later known as " The Pratt Farm." Father Potier also built a mission house, and enclosed about four acres of land as a mission garden. The mission house is still standing and habitable. It was a notable landmark until recent years, when it was robbed of its ancient appearance, " stone foundations and tall, stone chimney plastered and whitened on the outside," as recorded in the Relations.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Joseph!

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

14.1.09

Trip tomorrow

As I have said earlier in the week I will be away from blogging for a while. Please keep me and my wife in your prayers we are driving to Chicago, which means we will be travelling through the snow. God wills it.

Jhesu + Marie
de Brantigny

Messe à la mémoire du Roi Louis XVI

Christine reminds us the that murder of King Louis XVI occurred on 21 January 1793. There will be a Mass said for him on 18 January 2009 at the La Chapelle Expiatoire in Paris.



Messe à la mémoire du Roi Louis XVI
La Chapelle Expiatoire, Paris VIII,
dimanche 18 janvier 2009,
à 10h30, célébrée par Monsieur l'Abbé Chanut.

Le Roi est mort le 21 janvier 1793.

Dieu sauvez le Roy!. Vive le Roy! Vive le Roy! Vive le Roy!

de Brantigny

Albert I & the Sacred Heart

...I have already posted on the piety of Albert I, King of the Belgians. There is a remarkable account of Albert's meeting with Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey, the famous preacher of devotion and reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, during the priest's visit to Belgium in 1922. This is how Father Mateo describes his audience with the King in Brussels:... more

A series of 486 photos of the Belgian Royal Family may be viewed here...
And more,...here you will see photo albums of the Ancient Royal families of Europe

Merci Oiseau-mouche!

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

Count Von Fersen

The calumnies arrayed against Marie-Antoinette have never gone away. Marie-Antoinette, better known on this blog as La Reine-Martyre, continues to be attacked by people who in my humble opinion are "projecting" their insecurities and failings upon her. Elena-Maria has noted this in the latest installment of her blog...

Now seriously people read some books about Marie-Antoinette! Movies are never primary source material...

This primary source is by some one who knew her intimately, Madame Campan, it is on the web free, and may be found here...

Thanks Elena-Maria defender of the Queen.

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

13.1.09

Two Quotes on Democracy

Democracy does not exist for a long time - it wastes, exhausts and destroys itself. There was never a democracy that didn't kill itself" - Samuel Adams

"Democracy always leads to conflicts and instability, but never provides for the security of the citizens or their property. Usually it is very short at life, and very bloody at death" -- James Madison

These quotes were brazingly taken from American Monarchist, a rather remarkable blog from a remarkable quarter...

thanks and a tip of the beret to Moshea bat Abraham.

Dieu le Roy.
de Brantigny

A World Lost

The Irish Tory has posted ...a few Photos of European cities, before they were destroyed by war and disfigured by modernist zealots....

more...

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Prince Harry and the Paki remark

Theodore Harvey has posted an article on Prince Harry and his remark about his "paki" comrade. If you click on his name you will be able to read it. His commenter's seem to agree with him that he was just joking. My take is somewhat different.

My opinion is this, a true Prince of the Blood would not have made such a remark to begin with. Having served in the military for 22+ years I have had and made my share of barracks room joking.
Still it seems inconceivable that I should call an African-American fellow Marine a N****r, or a Mexican American a S**c. What is more I would not have put up with an peer or subordinate saying any racially motivated remark, whether in jest or otherwise. I don't know of any person in a leadership position in any service who feel differently. It is just not done.

Prince Harry is an Officer. It is not the PC police who should have served him a reprimand it should be his Commanding Officer. It reflects a serious problem in a supposed Monarchy, that is the "Leveling" of the Royal Army.

If this would have happened in my last unit this officer would be looking for a job. I have seen officers cashiered for less. Officers need to be held to a higher standard, and princes higher yet.

One last thing, Prince Harry, remember Elizabeth is not only your grandmother she is your sovereign. Bringing ridicule directed towards her can bring only dishonour to you and detriment to your unit. You have sworn allegiance to her person by the following oath..."I,......., swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors and that I will as in duty bound honestly and faithfully defend Her Majesty, her heirs and successors in person, crown and dignity against all enemies and will observe and obey all orders of Her Majesty, her heirs and successors and of the generals and officers set over me."

"Duty is the most sublime word in our language. Do your duty in all things, no man can do more, he should never wish to do less..."

Dieu Sauve le Roy!
de Brantigny

Picture Of The Day

This great picture is from a Polish Jesuit blog entitled, A Pilgrims Story see the picture more...

Thanks Joseph,

AMDG
de Brantigny

The pill that killed Europe



Dieu Le Roy
de Brantigny

Mná na hÉireann (Women of Ireland)

Gealic

Tá bean in Éirinn a phronnfadh séad damh
is mo sháith le n-ól
Is tá bean in Éirinn is ba binne léithe
mo rafla ceoil no seinm théid;
tá bean in Éirinn is níorbh fhearr léi beo
mise ag léimnigh no leagtha i gcré
is mo tharr faoi fhód.

Tá bean in Éirinn a bheadh ag éad liom
mur bhfaighinn ach póg
O bhean ar aonach, nach ait an scéala,
is mo dhaimh féin leo tá bean ab fhearr liom
no cath is céad dhíobh nach bhfagham go deo
Is tá cailín spéiriúil ag fear gan Bhearla,
dubhghránna cróin

Tá bean a dearfadh da siúlainn léithe
go bhfaighinn an t-ór
Is tá bean 'na léine is fearr a méin
no na tainte bó le bean a bhuairfeadh
Baile an Mhaoir agus clar Thir Eoghann,
Is ní fhaicim leigheas ar mo ghalar féin
ach scaird a dh'ól.

Translation:

There's a woman in Erin who'd give me shelter and my fill of ale. There's a woman in Ireland who'd prefer my strains to strings beingplayed. There's a woman in Eirinn and nothing would please her more than to see me burning or in a grave lying cold.

There's a woman in Eirinn who'd be mad with envy if I was kissed by another on fair-day, they have strange ways, but I love them all. There are women I'll always adore, battalions of women and more, and there's this sensuous beauty and she shackled to an ugly boar.

There's a woman who promised if I'd wander with her I'd find some gold. A woman in night dress with a loveliness worth more than the woman who vexed Ballymoyer and the plain of Tyrone. And the only cure for my pain I'm sure is the ale-house down the road...

Sung by Alan Stivell
Music by Seán Ó Riada
Words by Peádar Ó Doirnín (1704-1769)

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

12.1.09

The Cross of Laeken

Before I close tonight I wish to bring to the readers attentiona new blog which has come to my attention. The Cross of Laeken is a blog authored by a person who wishes to remain simply Hummingbird.

The Cross of Laeken is "...Dedicated to the Catholic monarchs of Belgium, and other topics of historical, cultural, human, political, and religious interest..."

I welcome the Hummingbird to this little group of Monarchist Blogs.

For those Charlemagnepliles, legend has it that the first church in the Laeken district of Brussels was consecrated by Pope Leo III. Pope Leo III was the same Pope who crowned St. Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas Day 800.

Bienvenue Oiseau-mouche! I couldn't resist.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Posts this week

My posts this week will be sparce because I am travelling to Chicago to be with my father.

I rather look forward to posting as it relieves my mind of burden. I appologize. The good news is I will be constructing new entries in my mind to enter.

I may be just placing redirects from my favorite blogs.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny