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Re: Sir Anthony Blunt/Blount

Postby antiaristo » Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:37 pm

This university course description is quite interesting. It refers to Anthony Blunt AND Anthony Blount as though the two were interchangeable.<br><br>Maybe John Le Carre has all the answers.<br><br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is the seventh novel written by John le Carre. It is the first in a series of three novels known as The Quest for Karla, and includes The Honourable Schoolboy (1977) and Smiley's People (1980). This novel is based on the action of real life double agents that penetrated the British Secret Service. In the next 30 years following World War II, there were several exposures of Russian spies in Britain. In 1951, two spies, defected to Russia just before they were about to be exposed. In 1963, the same thing happened again with a man named Kim Philby fleeing to Russia. And finally, in 1973 a fourth man was revealed in connection with the first three. These four men, Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, Philby, and <!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Sir Anthony Blount</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END-->, all had some influence on le Carre in the writing of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. However the "mole" in the novel, Bill Haydon, is seen most like Kim Philby. Le Carre spent much time on the issue of Kim Philby prior to writing this novel. In 1968, he wrote the introduction for The Philby Conspiracy. His attitude toward Philby is one of fascination and repulsion, saying that he had "a profound loathing for the man" (Cobbs). His introduction to this book was widely talked about for quite a while. <br><br>SNIP<br><br>Despite the revelation of this third person spying for the Soviets, there was still rumor of a fourth man. Ten years after the defection of Philby, <!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Sir Anthony Blunt</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END-->, a distinguished art historian and <!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>official art advisor for the queen</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END-->, revealed himself as a Soviet spy and fled to Moscow. These scandals were highly publicized throughout Britain, causing a great deal of both fascination and horror within the general public (Cobbs, 104). <hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--> <br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www3.isrl.uiuc.edu/~unsworth/courses/bestsellers/search.cgi?title=Tinker,+Tailor,+Soldier,+Spy">www3.isrl.uiuc.edu/~unswo...ldier,+Spy</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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The Plot Thickens...

Postby antiaristo » Sat Mar 25, 2006 8:09 pm

<!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>He was born in Bournemouth, where his father had been a vicar. He studied mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 1930, and became a teacher of French. He became a Fellow of the college in 1932, and in 1965 was Slade Professor of Fine Art in Cambridge. He was a member of the Cambridge Apostles, a secret society which at that time was Marxist, formed from members of Cambridge University. He was also a homosexual and close aide of Guy Burgess, and it is said he seduced the poet Julian Bell.<br><br>After visiting Russia in 1933, he was in 1934 recruited by the NKVD (forerunner of the KGB). He joined the British Army in 1939 and in 1940 was recruited to MI5, the military intelligence department, where he had access to Ultra intelligence from decrypted Enigma messages. After the war he became director (1947-1974) of the Courtauld Institute of Art.<br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>In 1945 Blunt became Surveyor of the King's Pictures, and retained the post under Queen Elizabeth II, for which work he was knighted in 1956. He retained the post until <!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="font-size:medium;">1972</span><!--EZCODE FONT END--></strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END-->. He was particularly knowledgeable on the works of Nicolas Poussin. Interested in architecture, he attended a summer school in Sicily in 1965; this led to a deep interest in Sicilian architecture, and in 1968 he wrote the only authoritative and in-depth book on Sicilian Baroque.<br><br>Blunt is frequently spoken of as a distant relative of Queen Mary (Mary of Teck), generally Prince Michael of Hesse is given as their common cousin, however the exact lineage is never produced. <!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="font-size:medium;"><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>He was however demonstrably a cousin of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the late Queen Mother</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--></span><!--EZCODE FONT END-->, through his mother, Hilda V. Master, daughter of Gertrude Mosley-Master, the daughter of Frances Mary Smith, sister of Oswald Smith, father of Frances Dora Smith, mother of Claude George Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, father of Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, making Blunt and the Queen Mother third cousins, through the Smith family.<br><br>In <!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="font-size:medium;"><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>1963</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--></span><!--EZCODE FONT END--> MI5 learned of his espionage from an American, Michael Straight, whom he had recruited. Blunt confessed to MI5 on April 23, 1964, but his spying career remained an <!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>official secret</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--> until he was publicly named by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1979. His knighthood was immediately revoked, followed by his honorary fellowship of Trinity College. According to MI5 papers released in 2002, that agency had been told by writer Lady Moura Budberg in 1950 that Blunt was a member of the Communist Party, but the information was ignored.<br><br>He was the brother of writer Wilfrid Jasper Walter Blunt and of numismatist Christopher Evelyn Blunt.<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Blunt">en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Blunt</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: Sir Anthony Blunt/Blount

Postby hmm » Sun Mar 26, 2006 1:52 pm

i had come across a review of "Miranda Carter - Anthony Blunt: His Lives" that detailed anthony blunts royal connections through the mosley smith family famous for that british fascist Sir Oswald Mosley.<br>While trying to connect the blount family to the current royal family (as their other royal connection dates to tudor times) the name i kept coming across was this smith family.<br>It does look to me that they are related,the difficulty is to prove it one would still have to work backwards from James Blunts family.<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://books.guardian.co.uk/firstchapters/story/0,6761,594246,00.html">books.guardian.co.uk/firs...46,00.html</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>Blunt's father, Stanley, came from a family of impecunious but respectable and devout churchmen on the evangelical wing of the Anglican Church; his mother, Hilda, was from a well-to-do family of civil servants in the Indian Colonial Service. The Blunts were pious, austere, fiercely teetotal, anti-gambling and keen on charitable works. They had no money, but they did have good connections, both inside and outside the Church. <!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>They were a junior branch of the Blunts of Crabbet Park, landed gentry with a large estate near Horsham in Sussex</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END-->, whose incumbent at Anthony's birth was the infamous poet and anti-imperialist Wilfrid Scawen Blunt.<br><br>~snip~<br><br>The Masters were certainly richer and, in the wearisomely precise class stratifications of England in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, slightly grander than the Blunts. Scottish by origin, they could trace themselves back to sixteenth-century gentry, the Masters of Barrow Green. Hilda was, moreover, second cousin to the Earl of Strathmore, the father of the future Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. (There was also a distant link with the Mosleys, whose youngest scion, Sir Oswald, would head the fascist Right in the 1930s.)<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: James blunt popstar/James Hillier-Blount uk military eli

Postby Stephen Morgan » Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:04 pm

Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible. -- Lawrence of Arabia
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