An Elizabethan Assassin: Theodore Paleologus: Seducer, Spy and Killer

By John Hall

The first biography of a mercurial personality from the Elizabethan underworld – a seducer, secret agent and murderer
 
Claiming to be inheritor to the emperors of Byzantium, an unique yet elusive determine named Theodore Paleologus surfaced in mysterious conditions within the Elizabethan underworld. this primary biography of a rare personality offers new documentary proof which helps his imperial pretensions—long brushed off by way of historians—but additionally exposes him as a seducer, a undercover agent, and, so much intriguingly of all, a ruthless murderer within the pay of the depraved Earl of Lincoln. during this outstanding account, award-winning writer John corridor plots the genuine lives of Theodore Paleologus and his 3 sons—from agreement killings to combating within the Civil warfare and pioneering days within the Caribbean slave trade—and units their tale opposed to parallel careers at the wilder shorelines of literature, starting from dainty Regency verses to Magic Realism, besides crime thrillers, extraordinary stories of reincarnation, the bloodline of Christ, and a declare to the throne of England.

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He acknowledged his great-grandfather had travelled to Greece in the course of the conflict of independence to assert his rightful throne however the provisional govt gave him the chilly shoulder. Archie claimed a couple of Paleologi have been nonetheless dwelling quietly in England they usually obtained jointly now and then to decorate in imperial gowns and phone one another prince and princess. The Greek cemetery at West Norwood in South London includes the gravestones of a few contributors claiming imperial blood, even though their pedigrees don't seem between these indexed via Gauci and Mallat. there's, for example, a Theodore Attardo di Cristoforo de Bouillion, Prince Nicephorus Comnenus Palaeologus, defined as ‘hereditary claimant to the Grecian throne 1863’, and a ‘Princess Eugenie Nicephorus Comnenus Palaeologus’ who died in 1934 and whose tombstone announces her ‘descendant of the Grecian Emperors of Byzantium’. A clinical officer of the identify Paleologus sailed with the British military to serve within the Crimean battle, notwithstanding the place, if anyplace, he geared up into the overall photograph of claimants i have never confirmed. The identify Paleologus is unusual yet no longer enormously infrequent in present-day Greece. on the time of writing the nationwide phone directories record 1,135 subscribers lower than the normal Greek spelling, often transcribed as Palaeologos in our alphabet, with a different 1,149 lower than the choice and extra sleek spelling of Paleologos. because the present inhabitants of Greece is anticipated at ll. three million, ownership of the identify continues to be noteworthy, and one needs to ask yourself what percentage of those mobilephone subscribers can also communicate of an oral culture of imperial descent. The case of Victor Paleologus is especially varied to the unique examples defined above. extra humans within the usa could affiliate the identify Paleologus with a infamous homicide in Hollywood instead of the Byzantine emperors, if certainly there are american citizens in any quantity who've heard of the imperial dynasty. The age-old obsession with exalted bloodlines and titles has mostly disappeared these days leaving most people intoxicated through star in all its manifestations: a celebrity of game, movie or tv will trump any royal other than the main personable and photogenic. it's a signal of the days that the imposture of which Victor Paleologus stood accused at his trial was once now not of looking to provoke ladies with speak of an excellent pedigree, yet of posing as a Hollywood manufacturer concerned about a James Bond motion picture. In February 2003 the physique of a pretty twenty-one-year-old aspiring actress named Kristi Johnson was once came across by means of hikers on a steep undergrowth-covered slope lower than a filthy rich suburb within the Hollywood Hills. 3 years later Mr Paleologus, a failed restaurateur, was once convicted of strangling leave out Johnson after luring her to a faux photograph shoot. The prosecution defined him a grasp conman who many times used the ploy of auditioning younger women for a non-existent Bond motion picture, dangling the chance of appearing roles, $100,000 charges and events with the likes of Sean Connery, ahead of subjecting them to sexual attack.

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