The Conspiracy Theories Surrounding Princess Diana’s Death…

TheCelticPrinceCoverGOLDThere are those who believe that Princess Diana’s death was not an accident. Conspiracy theories abound. There’s the belief that because she was associating with extremely powerful and wealthy Arabs, of whom the queen did not approve, she was assassinated. And there’s a belief that some nefarious Freemasonry cult used her as a symbolic sacrifice. If you need more detail on these conspiracies, you’ll have to google them. I read the former in a news magazine years ago and the latter came straight from someone’s mouth. I had a hard time understanding but it had something to do with the royal family and being named after the ancient goddess. I’m not one to randomly believe hearsay but I’ve always wondered what was the significance of Princess Diana’s name, so I read up on it.Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen III

The Greeks had a mythological goddess named Artemis. The Romans called her Diana. (Diana means goddess.) She was the daughter of Zeus and the sister of Apollo. She’s associated with hunting and you’ll see her with a bow and arrow. Diana… nature goddess… virgin goddess. And for women who worshipped her during childbirth, she was the moon-goddess. Artemis is even mentioned in the Bible and through the ages, who and what Artemis (Diana) was, grew distorted from the original Greek myth, even evoking human sacrifice. Thus the connection to the conspiracy that she was killed and that the tragic car accident in Paris was deliberate.

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Does Anglo-Saxon Mean White Person? Is it Derogatory?

New The Lies of the Lion Kindle CoverWhat does Anglo Saxon mean? Does it mean white person? What about WASP… White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant… is that me if my mother was a Lutheran and I’m white? And is it a derogatory term?

Whether or not WASP began as a derogatory term or not, I certainly have felt the sting when I heard it. I first started hearing it in the 1960’s, a time of social upheaval, right along with the expression, “white bread,” another expression for white people that was intentionally derogatory.Black Pansy

OK, enough of the name-calling. Anglo-Saxon is the term for the people of the English heritage to describe their descending from two tribes: the Angles and the Saxons. Long ago, the English kings referred to themselves as the kings of the Angles and the Saxons. But then the Vikings invaded… the men from the north, also known as Norman. After many years, the Vikings settled into their new environment and you could hardly tell them from the Angles and the Saxons. British is what you’d call them all today.

No I am not a WASP. I’ve dug deeply into my family history and pretty much like everyone else… I am what you call an admixture. We all are. The word is pretty self-explanatory but I admit, I did look it up. It means to mix.

In this crazy old world we live in, we are all mixed up. What fun genealogists have these days trying to un-mix it so that we can tell the story of those who came before us. Their history, our history… our story.

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The Naked Truth About Lady Godiva…

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In England in 1040, Leofric (the Dane) and Lord of Coventry, angered the people with his heavy-handed taxing. Meeting in secret, the townspeople thought that they could reach him through his wife, Lady Godiva. After all, hadn’t she shown great compassion for the peasants on many occasions?

So the peasants pleaded with her and she relayed their request to Lord Leofric but he would not even consider it. But to stop her from pleading, he promised that if she would ride a horse through the village in the nude, he would lower the citizens’ taxes. After all, what woman would do that? Ride naked? In public? It was not something any woman wished to do, especially one who lived in a castle.

But Lady Godiva proved to be a clever (and trusting) woman. She asked the peasants to stay home and close their shutters. In other words, don’t peek at me as I ride naked through the street so my stubborn husband will lower your taxes. The story is told that the peasants gave their word and kept it, not peeking as she rode through town, her long, beautiful hair the only thing that hid her nakedness.

Lord Leofric had not believed that his wife would do it, and to his credit he honored his promise and lowered the taxes on the villagers. Today, the people of Coventry, England are extremely proud of their Lady Godiva.

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Genealogy… Americans With English Ancestry… It’s Not that Simple

Some people think that having English ancestry is simple. Their ancestors were English… end of subject. Not quite. England was settled by people coming from many different regions. About 5,500 years ago, the first farmers went to England by boat from the main European continent. These early European farmers brought wheat, flax, barley, and the typical farm animals you see today, goats, pigs, sheep and cattle. Evolved from hunter-gatherers, these new farmers brought pastoral living to Britain. Because they no longer wondered in search of food, they developed communities and began the evolution toward making metal tools. First of copper, later bronze and eventually iron. Today, as more people have DNA testing, they are discovering the origins of these ancient English ancestors. Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

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Merry Olde England? Not So Much…

A couple hundred years ago, England was really changing. What was once a land of green pastoral countryside was fast becoming a land of dirty, sooty air from too many factories arising in the new Industrial Age. What’s striking is the dramatic change the country folk had to endure. Artists had made things by hand at a much slower pace but with the advent of mechanization, artists, crafts people and farmers were put out of work and forced to join thousands in these new factories. Survival forced whole families away from the countryside, including children, to work for pay so low, they could barely meet their basic needs. It was not a merry time. Some women were working in dirty, filthy mines, crawling around on their hands and knees all day. To make matters worse, a trend began that was very greedy. Pay the worker low, sell the goods high. This all came at the expense of the environment. Factories dumped their waste in the rivers and their smoke polluted the air. If all this sounds familiar, that’s because it also happened in America and still does today. Although China is the world’s leading investor in renewable energy, air-monitoring stations in the Sierra Mountain Range are detecting China’s increasing smog. Maybe the pre-Industrial era wasn’t the good old days, and England is still a green and beautiful land, but when I see dirty air and families suffering because they can’t meet their basic needs, it leads me to believe… we need to back track. Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

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What Does Anglican Mean?

Although England and English start with an “e,” an Anglican derives from the Latin word Angli, referring to one of the Germanic tribes who conquered England in the 5th century A.D. Anglican is used for that which pertains to England, especially to the Church of England. It’s counterpart in the United States is called the Protestant Episcopal Church, both having similar beliefs, together they are called the Anglican Communion.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

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What Does Dickensian Mean?

If you didn’t know for sure, you may have guessed. It refers to Charles Dickens and authors who have the same qualities as the enormously popular English author, Charles John Huffman Dickens, who lived from 1812 to 1870. Dickens’s signature style exhibited kindly humor and a humanness that awakened the reader’s emotions. He had the ability to portray the suffering and pitiful circumstances of common yet unusual folks living among us, and make it interesting and entertaining. Dickens created these characters from people he encountered in his every day life, including his father who was sent to a poorhouse for not paying his bills. In other words, Dickensian means, an author who writes like Charles Dickens.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

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