Archive for February 2nd, 2011

Copyright © 2011 by James Clark


 Where would you look for historical terrain more heavily invested in the past than the British Monarchy? As a repository of power (social and spiritual) reaching back many centuries and deriving its influence upon the population (of not only Great Britain, but various Commonwealth [formerly Empire] states) from a primeval bewitchment of modest souls, it stands as a bastion of ancient ways, tried and true, especially pertaining to the dignity of human presence. When, in the recent film, The King’s Speech (2010), King George V (1865-1936) levels to his son, Albert, Duke of York, “I was afraid of my father, and my children are going to be afraid of me,” he provides the young man (and us) with a venerable tributary spurring on the positioning of an apparently inextinguishable composure and efficiency. The young man had been somewhat spared a full measure of initiation into that spiritedness, due to a chronology leaving him very little chance of ever ascending to the Throne, and also due to a speech impediment (stuttering) rendering him—particularly amongst the public domain—when not totally speechless, incomprehensible. But, with the behavior of his older brother and direct heir to the Crown approaching errancy bordering on hopelessness as far as becoming a ruler, Albert—known amongst his family as “Bertie,” in light of the immensely popular novels of the day, written by P.G.Wodehouse, and the character, “Bertie Wooster,” a comically hopeless young aristocrat and member in good standing of the “Drones” club—had become a serious candidate and serious headache to all concerned, particularly himself. (more…)

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