This project will explore wild cards of genealogy, challenging stigmas that paradoxically
- Turn paupers and the scorned into royalty overnight .
- Ignite irrepressible passion to overcome tremendous disadvantages---physical, mental, emotional, social and other Herculean challenges.
- Uniquely mysterious individuals--the buried gems in families, who arise from the depth of nowhere to illuminate the way to the future.
So, ironically, while so many seek impeccable illustrious pedigrees , it is very often that genius and greatness emerges forged from the crucible of physical challenge, discrimination, despair and abandonment.
Discover extraordinary divine spirits driven by immeasurable courage and tenacity to transform their humble beginnings into world-changing purpose and achievement.
To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
- Aristotle - Orphan
- Confucious 孔丘-Kǒng-Qiū/ - Out of wedlock
- Prophet Muhammad - Orphan
- Jesus of Nazareth - Unknown paternity
- Theodora - Courtesan turned Queen
- King Charles Martel de Herstal - illegitimate
- Pope Clement Vll - wedlock/ Orphan
- Leonardo da Vinci - illegitimate
- Dana International - transexual pop superstar
- Princess Alice of Greece & Denmark - physically challenged
- Francisco Pizarro - illegitimate
- Oliver Cromwell - Adversity
- Johann Sebastian Bach - Orphan
- Richard Wagner - Paternity Controversy
- Queen Elizabeth 1st of England - deemed illegitimate
- Baal Shem Tov - lowly orphan
- Alexandre Dumas - fils - illegitimate
- Count Leo Tolstoy - Orphan
- Edgar Allan Poe - Orphan
- Russell Stover - Adversity
- James Smithson - illegitimate
- Sarah Bernhardt - illegitimate
- Evita Peron- illegitimate
- Richard Wagner - Questionable paternity
- Thomas Edison - Adversity
- Harriet Martineau - Handicap challenged
- Aldous Huxley - Handicap challenged
- King George Vl - Handicap challenged
- Chancellor Willy Brandt - illegitimate
- Albert Einstein - Adversity
- Coco Chanel - Orphanage
- Marilyn Monroe - illegitimate
- Sophia Loren - Out-of-wedlock
- Lucille Ball - Rejection
- Jack Nicholson - Questionable paternity
- Pope Benedict XVl - Mother Maria, illegitimate
- James Garner - Traumatic childhood
- Gloria Steinem - Traumatic childhood
- John Lennon - Traumatic childhood
- Tony Blair - Father Leo, illegitimate
- Oprah Winfrey - Traumatic childhood
- Julian Assange - Traumatic childhood
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali أيان-حرسي-علي - Traumatic childhood, fugitive
- Jacob Applebaum - Traumatic childhood
- Walt Disney - Adversity
- Bob Hope - Adversity
- Princess Diana - Traumatic childhood
- Elvis Presley - Adversity
- Madonna - Adversity
- Bill Gates -- Adversity
- President Abraham Lincoln - Adversity
- President Millard Filmore - Adversity
- President Bill Clinton - Adversity
- President Barak Obama - Adversity
- Vladimir Putin - Adversity
- Alexander Hamilton - illegitimate
- Scott Brown - Adversity
- Joseph - Sold to Slavery
- Moses משה-רבינו - Decreed to die, hunted
- King David - adversity throughout life
- King Menelik of Ethiopia - single parent household
- Queen Esther - adopted single parent household
Illegitimate Children Who Rose to Fame: True And Riveting Accounts Of Famous Illegitimate Children Who Went On To Achieve Greatness
"Stories from Illegitimacy to Greatness" brings together the captivating and stirring stories of fifteen remarkable and influential people who overcame the disadvantages of illegitimate birth to rise to positions of power.
Among its subjects are powerful political players including Alexander Hamilton, the abandoned son who became a founding father of the United States, and cultural figureheads such as Leonardo da Vinci, who, despite being denied entrance to trade guilds and universities, was proclaimed one of the greatest men of his day in courts throughout Europe.
Equally affecting are some of the less well-known but no less fascinating figures, such as James Smithson, the disinherited son of an English duke, whose bequest to a country he never visited founded the largest museum in the world, the Smithsonian Institution.