Mark Antony (Antony and Cleopatra) Mark Anthony is one of the title characters from William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Antony and Cleopatra, first printed in 1623. Mark Antony is one of the triumvirate which rules the Roman Empire after the assassination of Julius Caesar. Antony is a handsome man, a good citizen, a loyal friend. He is also, however, of a somewhat lazy bent, indolent, and with more than a passing eye for women. Antony has lately been spending all his time in Egypt, having an affair with its queen, Cleopatra, and becoming more and more debauched. Antony is aware of his failings, however, and when news comes from Rome that his wife has died and that Pompey is planning to overthrow the triumvirate, he responds to the call of duty. Although Cleopatra begs him to stay with her among the sensuous pleasures of Alexandria, Antony returns to reason, to duty, to Rome. He is prevailed upon to marry another of the triumvirate’s sister, Octavia, which he does without much enthusiasm. When a truce between Pompey and the triumvirate is broken by Octavian and Lepidus, Antony is furious and returns to Egypt. There, he has himself and Cleopatra crowned as rulers of Egypt, and prepares to go to war against Octavian. When Cleopatra withdraws her sea support, Antony loses to Octavian and vows to kill Cleopatra for her treachery. She, hearing this, sends word to Antony that she has killed herself, then confidently locks herself away to await his return. Antony, for his part, is so overcome by grief that he attempts to kill himself and is finally successful, dying in her arms. When Cleopatra bids the asps to have at her, it is with the full expectation of meeting Antony again on the other side. Well, it was Mr. Shakespeare himself who said that the course of true love never did run smooth! (Bur this is a bit beyond merely “not smooth”!).
Mark Darcy (Bridget Jones's Diary) Mark Darcy is a character in the Bridget Jones series, created by British author Helen Fielding initially as a newspaper column in the 1990s. He is a barrister (the veddy British term for lawyer) who is one of the men in Bridget’s life. In the screen adaptations, he is played by Colin Firth, famous for playing another “Mr. Darcy”. A rather stuffy example of a certain upper class male, he shares more than his name with his literary counterpart, being quite handsome, well-moneyed and, it must be said, rather supercilious. As the series (not the movie) ended, Bridget is a new mother (but not by Mr. Darcy) and considering Mr. Darcy’s proposal to adopt the child. So, in addition to his other qualities, he is philanthropic as well!
Birds of St. Marks - a song by Jackson Browne
A Week in the Woods (Andrew Clements) - Mark didn't ask to move to New Hampshire. Or to go to a hick school like Hardy Elementary. And he certainly didn't request Mr. Maxwell as his teacher. Mr. Maxwell doesn't like rich kids, or slackers, or know-it-alls. And he's decided that Mark is all of those things. Now the whole fifth grade is headed out for a week of camping -- Hardy's famous Week in the Woods. At first it sounds dumb to Mark, but then he begins to open up to life in the country, and he decides it might be okay to learn something new. It might even be fun. But things go all wrong for Mark. This Week in the Woods is not what anyone planned. Especially not Mr. Maxwell. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Avram's Gift (M. Blumberg) - Eight-year-old Mark is scared of a photograph of his great-great-grandfather Avram, which hangs, stern and unsmiling, in the hall outside his bedroom. When the family gathers for Rosh Hashanah, Mark learns that his forbidding ancestor was in fact a kind and patient man, a happy tailor who wove wonderful stories for his grandchildren and delighted in leading them in joyous celebrations of the holidays. Mark's grandfather explains that Avram gave him a treasured gift upon his departure for America, a shofar, which is blown to signal the end of Yom Kippur. A charming portrait of a traditional Rosh Hashanah celebration among loving family members, the book even includes a recipe for honey cake on the last page. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Half Magic (Edward Eager) - Jane discovers an ancient coin that grants half of any wish. She and her brother Mark, and sisters Katherine and Martha start double wishing and all sorts of strange things start to occur. They travel back in time, meet Merlin, see the Sahara Desert, and make one more special wish before they pass the coin onto someone else. Recommended for ages 7-10.
I Am the Turkey (Michele Spirn) - Mark's class is putting on a Thanksgiving play, and Mark is going to be the turkey! He is very excited -- until his big brother, Tim, tells him what the turkey's real role in the first Thanksgiving dinner was. If Mark can't find a way to get out of being the turkey, he could be a dead duck! Recommended for ages 5-7.
Famous People Named Mark - Mark McGwire (baseball player); Mark Calcavecchia (golfer); Mark Chesnutt (musician); Mark Cuban (entrepreneur); Mark Grace (baseball player); Mark Harmon (actor); Mark Knopfler (musician); Mark Martin (racecar driver); Mark McGrath (TV personality and singer); Mark McKinney (SNL cast member); Mark Prior (baseball player); Mark Recchi (hockey player); Mark Teixeira (baseball player); Mark Wahlberg (actor); Mark Twain (pen name for Samuel Clemens)
Famous People who Named their Son Mark - Dan Aykroyd (comic/actor); Ernie Ashworth (country musician); Eunice Kennedy Shriver (heiress/philanthropist); Gordie Howe (hockey player); Michael Landon (actor); Mike Ditka (football coach); Rue McClanahan (actress); Sammy Davis Jr. (entertainer); Tom Jones (singer); Tug McGraw (baseball player)
King Mark of Cornwell (ca. 480 - ?) - King Mark of Cornwall was a king of that region in the early 6th century, but his name is most famous in Arthurian legend as the uncle of Tristan and husband of Isolde. Mark was betrothed to Isolde of Ireland in one of those politically correct marriages so popular at the time, and he sent his nephew, Tristan, to escort her back to Cornwall. You know the drill, boys and girls. Boy meets girl; boy falls in love with girl; boy cheats on uncle with girl. Oh, sure, there is a love potion or two figuring in this plot, but there are also two attractive young people on a journey together. Even after the marriage of Mark and Isolde, the affair continued. Some strong potion. So King Mark finds out and – who can blame him? – banishes Tristan from the kingdom. Tristan goes off and marries a girl called Iseult of Brittany, presumably because she had such a similar name. One little twist – he fails to consummate the marriage because of his great love for the spelling of Isolde. As legend tells us, Tristan and Isolde die in a Romeo-and-Juliet type of setup (helped along by the badly spelled Iseult). And King Mark married again. That’s really all we need to know for our purposes here, because Mark’s own end wasn’t so pleasant, either.