October, 2016. Anyone who has followed my earlier ruminations this far, or perhaps has unwittingly stumbled on this page and website for the first time, may be wondering what this flannel has to do with the Anglo-Saxon poem, The Seafarer, or the eighteenth century London marine painter, Peter Monamy. Those are the two topics that have occupied my thoughts since 1979, and 1995. Recourse to a previous page here might possibly help. Shakespeare is also in there, somewhere.
At this point we can say we have established that the link between Shakespeare's grandfather Richard, died 1561, and Etienne, the first Monamy in the Channel Isles, fl 1540, is that they have Marrano origins in common. The Marrano origin of the Monamy family is based on the dates of its arrival in the Channel Islands, and the names its members gave their children. Credence for Shakespeare's Marrano origin is based on the book by Ghislain Muller, titled Was Shakespeare a Jew? The entire work merits close study, but one brief and telling point is made as follows:
Shappere equals Shapiro: from Speyer, or Spire, in the Rhineland-Palatinate.
£80 in 1570 equals £14,000 today.
By a rambling, roundabout, rolling road we now arrive at Matthew Arnold, and his Hellenism and Hebräism. It is possible the wretched Enoch Pound, or Ezra Soames, first brought my attention to Arnold, by a typically baseless assertion that Arnold was Jewish, but perhaps I am mistaken. It may have been Hilaire Belloc, "who tended to Judaize virtually everyone he disagreed with." See Bryan Cheyette, Anglophone Jewish Literature, page 40.
Anyway, here is a Hellenistic view of civilization:
Arge and Opis: Hyperoche and Laodike
brought Apollo and Artemis to Greece from Hyperborea.
I see I've said most of what I was going to say already, on the page you reach if you click on the above map. Terribly forgetful in my advancing years. Never mind, perhaps I'll add something new, in due course, when another enlightening book arrives.
James Joyce; The Augmented Ninth, 1988, edited by Bernard Benstock, is now at hand. The paper I had in mind was by Jean-Michel Rabaté, entitled A Portrait of the Artist as a Bogeyman, pp 103-134. It first alerted me to the GreekJew, JewGreek conceptual clash, and the jewishness of Shakespeare. Was this a hint to be developed by Ghislain Muller ? Rabaté notes, p 132, that Bog is Russian for God. He relates Seamus Heaney to Bogland. Check the Danish Ordbog.
Now, here are a few thoughts. These thoughts are leading me towards the clash, or marriage, perhaps, of the Hellenes with the Hebrews. The prototypical hybrid Greek Hebrew is the wandering deviser of the Trojan Horse stratagem, Odysseus, which insight takes us back again to James Joyce, whose Ulysses was at least partly (if not partially) Jewish.
The Hebrews were originally Egyptian serfs. All nations, bar one, are inhabited by peoples who originally came from somewhere else. The exception is the Egyptian nation, for the Egyptians did not come from anywhere else; they have always lived in Egypt. The Hebrews, however, departed from Egypt, when Akhenaten decided to replace evolutionary polytheism with monotheistic sun-worship, adopted the name of Moses, and led his followers out of Egypt. This is disputed, but I find it an appealing theory. Many other different theories surround this basic idea. It is perhaps incidentally worth mentioning that Moses is an Egyptian word, meaning "son". Presumably therefore, an appropriate name for a Pharaoh is Rameses, meaning "son of the sun", since Ra means "sun". Thor Heyerdahl, a rational atheist, knew this.
After establishing their god, the sun of the desert, as jealous and punitive, the Hebrews were told they were the tribe that had been chosen by him, and instructed by him to destroy the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations who blocked their way in their new land. This idea greatly inspired other emulators in later ages. You know who I mean. The chosen race was forbidden to mingle in any way with the other tribes, and encouraged to exterminate every man, woman and child belonging to those seven tribes. Prior to this instruction god had given man an urge to make discoveries, while simultaneously telling him that he would be punished for seeking knowledge. In other words, he invented sin. Here is what Matthew Arnold had to say about sin:
Hellenism provided an interesting and engaging contrast to the notion of man as congenitally and inescapably sinful. In the temperate zone, well above the Tropic of Cancer, the sun has a personality unlike its jealous, vicious manifestation in regions closer to the Equator. In Hyperborea the sun was valued as the source of life, benign and beneficent. In the winter it was known as the spirit of Yule, heralding the rebirth and renewal of life; in the summer it was personified as Bel, or Apollo, the shining one, beautiful and graceful, with rays descending like arrows from his bow. The worship of Apollo was transported from Hyperborea to Greece. Alexander conquered many nations, but he did not wish to exterminate them. In fact he actively encouraged his soldiers, at all levels, to mingle and inter-marry with them. Only Hebrews were ideologically racist. Perhaps tribalist would be a more acceptable term.
Recall that Norman Roth wrote that between 1400 and 1500 "hundreds of thousands of [Iberian] Jews converted to Christianity"; and that, whether sincere or not, they subsequently inundated the rest of Europe. Very many Christians, in truth, are simply converted Jews. This of course includes the supposed founder of the cult. Which is the merchant, and which is the Jew ?
Seafaring and the Jews serves to link The Seafarer, from the Anglo-Saxon, with the marine painter, Monamy, of more than probable Jewish descent, and Shakespeare, author of The Tempest and the hazardous nature of the several argosies of Antonio, the Christian merchant of Venice.
Ship petroglyph from Scandinavia.
What's in a tree, my friend ?
à bout de souffle 28
à bout de souffle 26: naval supremacy & jews in barbados
à bout de souffle 23: unfounded assertions
monamy website index
seafarer essays & papers
Sinfulness by Michelangelo, 1510
In a world of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
Truth is treason in an empire of lies.
George Orwell, 1903 - 1950
"There is no history, only fictions of varying degrees of plausibility."
"Every great advance ..... has involved the absolute rejection of authority."
" I have been obliged to content myself through life with saying what I mean
in the plainest of plain language, than which, I suppose,
there is no habit more ruinous to a man's prospects of advancement."
T.H.Huxley, Autobiography, p 1, Lectures & Essays, Watts & Co, published 1931.
J.Michael Kosterlitz, 2016 Nobel Physics Prizewinner and part Brasenose Alumnus, said his "complete ignorance" was an advantage in challenging the established science. "I didn't have any preconceived ideas", he said. "I was young and stupid enough to take it on."
Fools rush in when ignorance is bliss.
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