Jaqua Du Man

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This is Philip Longmon’s attempt to tell the tale of Jaqua Du Man. He’s prize was the silver screen. It goes some way to portray mankind in a positive light. But: it no way excuses this kind of soul. Nevertheless: as in the plot of Kung Fu; a just-off-the-boat African attempts to understand how the world really works.

JDM I: introduces a just-off-the-boat upstart attempts to rescue a British baron’s sister from a French counterpart; does the same for a string of Indian females destined for a Turkish harem; and, eventually seeks to release a young China’s single mother - imprisoned by poverty and tyranny - from certain death.

Q: can he keep his head from those who’d rather he stayed at home?

Recommendation: 3 stars.

[1205-1215][Length: 88%][100% of idea realized!][1st draft]

Submitted: July 17, 2014

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Out Of Africa

Synopsis

 

At the end of the 13th century: the king of England had only one problem; how to keep his people happy.  He’d protected his throne from many quarters.  He had unruly Scots in the north demanding independents with a Norwegian king lay claim to its throne; a Welsh revolt in the west that refused to rest; and, the less said about Ireland the better.

 

The king also had a cousin fighting a bloody campaign in the Middle East determined to rid the holy land of infidels.  One of those tasked with supplying the infantry required to aid this crusade was a great baron in the middle of England.  He’d already given the king 2,000 soldiers.  He was finding it very difficult to fund anymore.

 

Sadly: this great baron had a more pressing problem of his own to contend with.  His sister - his only sibling - had been kidnapped by a French count; and, held for ransom.  He need all he could lay his hands on to free her.  He was finding it difficult to raise enough for the count to consider.  His greatest supporters resided in the church.

 

However: the clergy at the time where busy trying to keep the serfs of England happy.  Resources were tight.  Many questioned: what was best for the country.  Yet: the church could not speak on the subject.  They had the promise of a holy city to consider.  Plus: they too were strap for cash.  All they could give was a special sermon to strengthen the nation’s spirit.

 

These serfs, however, were willing to choose between king and country.  They could not come to terms with the heavy levies placed on their hard labour.  Nor could they understand the lack of compassion shown for their plight by these clergymen – soup kitchens could never be enough.  Therefore: some questioned the laws that governed them (the great baron was among those dissenting voices).

 

Soon the law of the land came in direct conflict with those considered as a freeman – women’s rights weren’t really a big issue back then.  Why had more and more of these rights been eroded?Many besides the great baron felt something had to be done to overturn this trend.  Not all wanted to be enslave to the needs of the king; or, of the church as it appeared to be.

 

This tale will centre on those serving this great baron; and, a newly arrived moor on a sightseeing tour.  How to keep their heads in times like this will be a hard lesson to teach this moor (while a guest in this country).  It should be said: this moor is a legendary warrior tested on many battlefields; and, unable to kneel before gods or kings.  Thankfully: the female form had not yet been conquered.  So don’t be surprised at what this character can do.  His triumphs will soon become rather flat and droll very quickly.  What will be quaint is how he is able to do it.  I’ll save you the time now by explaining the reason why this life would be worth reading with eight stages to it.  At ten: he’d befriend a great African chief.  At just fifteen: he’d make that long walk out of Africa to arrive in the Middle East by his late teens.  He’d enter Europe in his early twenties before India was found while in his early thirties.  In his mid-thirties: his need to keep moving has him heading north for China.  There is a missing period between India and China that seems to suggest a hidden culture somewhere in the Tibetan mountains.  Nevertheless: he’d re-emerge to tackle the Chinese’s philosophy a few years later (volume II).  He’d not be there for long with Japan seeing in his forties (volume III).  He’d be in his fifties when America was finally reached (volume IV).  That’s where this life will end; and, my interest in it ended too!

 

Characters

 

Non-combatants: a few kings; an emperor; a sultanate; a prince; princesses; a duke; a count; a great baron; a great baroness; a suit in court; attendance in entourage; vassalage; serfs; a non-serf; a friar; monks; priests; and, priestesses.

 

Combatants (not in any particular order): knights; king’s sheriff; soldiers from five different countries; foreign raiders and their collaborators; castle guards; city guards; other ancillary guards; a pair of horses; a herd of elephants; a family of tigers; and, hostile terrains (deserts; jungles; mountain ranges; the deep blue sea; and, manmade environments).

 

Locations

 

Countries visited (in order of appearance): Norway; England; France; Spain; Egypt; Palestine; India; Tibet; and, China.

 

Jaqua Du Man

 

Transactional

 

Scene 1

Fleeing Norway

Back Story

Three days ago: a moor had killed three chieftain warriors in self-defence.  Instead of trying to make an arrest: fellow warriors - and, others - had vowed to kill this moor on sight.  The deaths had happened on the grounds of a modest landowner who’d welcomed the moor as a hired hand.  He’d take it upon himself to spirit this moor to safety.  He’d purchased a small sailboat to aid in this escape.

 

Scene Setting

The moor is standing inside that long row boat while cloth-wrapped items (from an open one-horse drawn cart) are handed to him.  It is nightfall.

 

Script

 


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