The Hollow Crown
We must make of this place a city on the hill for the world to see
Winthrop was born into a wealthy Puritan merchant family. By dint of their perceverence, diligence and faith, the family had risen through the ranks of Tudor England to become significant landowners in Suffolk.
Winthrop, studied for the law, being noted for his fair dealing and religious fervour. Unfortunately with coming of the Stuart era, his religious fervour became a disadvantage, and he liquidated his assets and moved to the Massechuset’s Bay Colony. He quickly rose to become governor, a major figure in the early colonial movement. Winthrop supported a strange amalgam between a religious theocracy and a aristocracy for ruling the colony.
Ironically, for a man who fled religious persecution himself, he was notoriously unliberal with those of other non-confirmist faiths. He persecuted Quakers, anabaptist and Arminians with equal fervour. He especially clashed with Dyer during this period – notoriously seeking to discredit her by spreading legends of her still-born child being a monster.
On the other hand, for those of his faith and the Native Americans, he was actually a relative tolerant and fair ruler. Modern day writers still, selectively, refer to aspects of his legal papers and political philosophy. He saw Boston grow to become his ‘City on the Hill’ a shining light of (his) brand of Christianity. His descendants, with a little assistance from him, dominated New England and National politics well into the early 20th Century.
As a Kindred, Winthrop continues to act and think as he did within life. He is convinced that the role of Prince’s need to be curbed, being replaced by the rule of the Primogen. Within the Ventrue of Boston he clearly prefers those of his own line, over others, and does not tolerate challenge from outside that group. He clashes frequently with Balin, who he considers to demonstrate all of the horrors unchecked rule by a tyrant can bring.
He is known to demand the strictest punishments for transgression of the traditions, taking especial interest in punishing anyone connected with Dyer. Their’s is an enmity that has passed across centuries and death. He is convinced that the Brujah, and the Anarchs they shelter, are a weak spot in the city’s defence against the Sabbat, and that any attack will come through them.
He seems to have access to vast resources, mainly from older and more traditional investments. Younger Ventrue complain that he runs the clan in the city more like a church council than a business operation. However his power remains unchallenged to date.
With the hubris that only being a Ventrue can bring, he arranged for one of the first skyscrapers to be built in Boston to be on the site of his former home. His business operations are fronted from this building, and he holds audiences/ business meetings from here. The Winthrop Building