God could use avatars to play a role in Her story. Several well-known women in history may have been avatars of God. This is the second episode. The fist episode can be found via the following link: History is Her story part 1.
Isabella I of Castile
Queen Isabella I (1451-1504) was Queen of Castile and one of the most influential historical persons. She was the second child of King John II of Castile. Her half-brother Henry was the heir to the throne. Her political maneuvring in dynastic politics eventually made Isabella queen. Spain consisted of several small kingdoms, and marriage was a way of forging alliances.
Isabella became a pawn in Henry’s political ambitions. Henry forced Isabella into several betrothals. He attempted to marry her to King Alfonso V of Portugal, but Isabella was wary of the marriage. As part of an agreement to restore peace after a rebellion, Isabella was to be betrothed to Pedro Giron, Master of the Military Order of Calatrava. Isabella prayed that the marriage would not come to pass. Don Pedro suddenly fell ill and died on his way to meet her.
Henry did not have a male heir. Isabella made Henry sign an agreement in which he made Her his successor to the throne. Henry made another effort to arrange her marriage, but Isabella refused and secretly arranged a wedding with Ferdinand of Aragon. In doing so, Isabella created Spain. After Isabella had secured the throne, She initiated several successful reforms in government, finance, legal code, and policing.
Her most significant impact on history was sponsoring the mission of Christopher Columbus to reach the Indies by sailing to the west. On his way, Columbus discovered America. A film about this event is titled ‘1492: Conquest of Paradise.’ Apart from the word Paradise, the number 1492 is in the name. This number may refer to the initials and the birthdate of a Lady I came to know as a student.
Katharina von Bora
Katharina von Bora (1499-1552) was the wife of Martin Luther, who initiated the Protestant Reformation. Katharina had several suitors, but none of the proposed matches resulted in marriage. She told Luther’s friend and fellow reformer, Nikolaus von Amsdorf, that she would be willing to marry only Luther or von Amsdorf. Luther was at first unsure whether he should marry at all.
Many Protestants and Germans consider Martin Luther a prophet of God. And prophets usually are married to God. The book The Virtual Universe: Evidence Demonstrating That an Advanced Post-Human Civilisation Has Created Us argues that the assassination of Martin Luther King on 4 April 1968 is part of an elaborate coincidence scheme. His last name King suggests that Martin Luther could have been a king like Jesus.
Queen Elisabeth I of England (1533-1603) was one of the most successful monarchs ever. During her reign the foundation was laid for the Anglo Saxon world domination that lasts until today. Great Britain became the dominant nation of the world until the United States took over. During her reign, the Spanish Armada was defeated and the remainder was lost in a storm, which ended the Spanish dominance over the seas.
A curious sequence of events made her Queen of England. Upon hearing of her accession to the throne, she reportedly quoted the 118th Psalm’s twenty-third line: “It is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes”. Elizabeth’s unmarried status inspired a cult of virginity. She said she was married to England. This is similar to God being married to Israel. In poetry and portraits Elisabeth was sometimes depicted as a virgin goddess.
During a walk in 2009 I was pondering whether or not Elisabeth I had been an avatar of God. When I returned home, a magazine named Computable was in my letterbox. The frontpage featured an article about a distributed database system named Armada that operated like a 16th century Armada fleet. This could be a clue.
Françoise d’Aubigné (1635-1719) was the second wife of Louis XIV, who is known as the Sun King. Louis XIV was one of the most successful rulers of France. He was vain and waged many wars. He believed he had absolute power because his rule was the will of God, and that only God can judge a king and that his subjects must accept his rule.
During his first marriage Louis had a number of mistresses. He was more faithful to his second wife Françoise d’Aubigné. She never became queen but she had considerable influence in the royal court. She may have been an avatar of God.
At secondary school I was elected into the school council. That was not a great feat as there were no competitors for the position. The school council was a kind of parliament meant to bring democracy to school. Of the fifteen seats, three were reserved for pupils. The meetings gave some insight into how bureaucrats entertain themselves at their jobs.
There was a dispute about something the Cultural Board had done. I don’t remember any more what it was, but they had not followed proper procedures. The conflict was the most pointless bureaucratic fight I ever witnessed. It dragged on for months and several meetings of the School Council were spent on it. The critics of the Cultural Board called it an I-am-the-state-situation, referring to a famous statement of Louis XIV.
The critics alleged that the Cultural Board had acted like the Sun King by deciding to act without consulting all the bureaucrats they needed to consult. The Cultural Board was willing to admit that their action wasn’t chic but the critics insisted that the Cultural Board had to admit that what they had done was wrong. The clue was a bit dubious so I tossed a coin. The result was that Françoise d’Aubigné made it to the list.
Catherine the Great
Catherine the Great (1729-1796) took power after a conspiracy deposed of her husband. Most likely she was not involved in the plot. She was one of he most successful monarchs of the Age of Enlightenment. During her reign, Russia became a leading power in Europe. She took many lovers.
Joséphine (1763-1814) was the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Joséphine was Napoleon’s greatest love. After the execution of her husband ed during the French Revolution, she had affairs with several leading political figures. Napoleon, who was six years younger, fell in love with her. He sent her many love letters. Napoleon’s love for Joséphine cooled somewhat after finding out that she had a lover on the side. He then began affairs but remained in love with her and married her.
Through the children from her first marriage, Joséphine became the grandmother of Napoleon III and the great-grandmother of later Swedish and Danish kings and queens. The reigning houses of Belgium, Norway and Luxembourg also descend from her. She, however, did not bear Napoleon any children, which was why they divorced. Napoleon’s last words on his death bed were: ‘France, the army, the head of the army, Joséphine.’
There are some remarkable parallels between Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler. Napoleon Bonaparte was born on Corsica, an island that became part of France, while Napoleon Bonaparte became the leader of France. Adolf Hitler was born in Austria, a country that became part of Germany, while Adolf Hitler became the leader of Germany. Both men were involved in a coup on 9 November (9/11 in European notation). Both started a military campaign in Russia that led to their downfall.
Both Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler came to power by a coup ending an unstable republic. They both turned Europe into a battlefield. Both ventured into Africa, and both faced defeat in Egypt. They both waged war on two fronts because they attacked Russia while they had not defeated England. These parallels do not appear mere coincidence.
Lucretia Garfield (1832-1918) was the wife of US President James A. Garfield. President Garfield was assassinated in 1881 shortly after he took office. He lingered for two and half months before dying. She stayed at his bedside and received a lot of public sympathies. They were both 26 when they married on 11 November 1858, a reference to 11:11. During the Civil War, James Garfield had an affair when he was a general. He confessed it to his wife. She seemingly forgave him, but that may not be true.
On 12 January 2010, a previously unknown $10,000 life insurance policy on the life of President Garfield surfaced in a family scrapbook. Lucretia Garfield had opened it 45 days before the assassination of her husband.1 It might indicate foreknowledge of the event.
My son Rob was fond of the comic character Garfield. In 2006 a mysterious parcel addressed to him was delivered to us by mail. It contained some Garfield items, including a coffee cup with the lettering ‘It is good to be king.’ The sender of the parcel was unknown. We made several enquiries to disclose the sender, but nobody conceded to have sent it. Until today, the sender is unknown. This incident might be a clue.
Featured image: The “Darnley Portrait” of Elizabeth I. Wikipedia. Public Domain.