2005 Holy Mortimer!

08-wormsgau-to-saxony  It is not clear how it was discovered that the Wormsgau line was not as exclusive as Hugh Capet hoped it was. It is even possible that the genealogists working for the Capet family revealed it themselves by demonstrating that both his parents shared the bloodline. The line to his mother required a female link but other than that it was a valid documented link.


The discovery of the second link meant however that the line was shared with other families, specifically the Holy Roman Emperors of the Salien Family and the Norman kings of England. These two lines were then merged merged when Henry I of England’s daughter, Matilda, married Heinrich Salian.


The bloodline then passed, within the nobility of Germany to the Hohenstauffens and from them to Blanche d’Artois, yes her again, further increasing the value her bloodline. Not shown on any of the diagrams is the fact that Blanche’s sister Jeanne married Gaston, Compte de Foix and her grandson was Gaston Phoebus, the Compte de Foix,who features in our stories about Ximene. ( see Ximene’s Genealogy)


There is a further major recipient of the Wormsgau blood line. Roger Mortimer was identified in “Holy Blood” as a recipient the Dagobert bloodline though the Fiennes Family. his fathers family can be tracked back to Walter de St Martin


And Walter St Martin is in turn a descendant of Lambertus of Neustria. Therefore there is a direct patrilinial link between Clovis and Roger Mortimer. According to the rules laid down by the election of Hugh Capet, should the male succession of the Capet line fail, then the next King of France should be Roger Mortimer or his son! The Hugh Capet election also placed emphasis on the nobility of the wife chosen by the candidates for that election. Suppose the mother of Mortimer’s son was herself the daughter of a Capet! Isabelle of France whose grandmother was no other than Blance d’Artois by her second husband Henry of Navarre was in the right place at the right time to be that mother. The Wormsgau lineage from father and mother. That child would surely be the one with the right to rule!


Roger Mortimer had another important blood line. His great grandmother was Gwladys Dhu Verch Llewelyn, daughter of Llewelyn the great, King of all the Britons. In the annals of the British, her own lineage streched back to Jesus by a route independent of the Merovingians. Thus Roger Mortimer was in terms of the Right to Rule quite unique. Isabelle of France arrived in England armed with the genealogical knowledge to know how important Roger Mortimer was, the only question was, how to make use of that knowledge? Glwadys took a second husband after Ralph de Mortimers death, his name was Reginald de Braose and their son William de Braose was the ancestor of the Tudor family


One other lineage had an effect on future events a further sub branch of the Dagobert line, via another female link was the Bohun family. Marie de Bohun was Henry Iv’s first wife. Henry then went on to marry Jeanne of Navarre who did have the Wormsgau bloodline via her great great grandmother Blanche d’Artois but Henry and Jeanne had no children

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Extract from The Prisoner of Foix--Chapter 43 -The EntranceNo need to buy a Kindle. Read it on your computer or tablet

John Stanley-26th April 1355


'Looks like we are going to see a bit of excitement, John. The Captain tried to get an agreement from the Prince that if there is surf running across the channel to Arcachon we will turn back to Bordeaux, but the Prince would hear none of it. Instead, he has offered to provide insurance for all three ships. If they are damaged or sunk, the owners will be compensated and every sailor who makes the passage will be given a bounty payment. What none of this seems to take into account is that if we sink in rough, fast-flowing waters we might all drown.'

John raised his eyebrows. 'But that is what we are going to do?'

'Yes, despite the fact that surf running accross the entrance is not uncommon and the deep water channel moves continually. In the end, the Prince attacked their captains on their weakest point, their professional pride! He threw down the gauntlet. He offered to take the Sally first through the channel, and to take control during the passage.' He raised his brow. 'We are going into the Bay of Arcachon, come what may! '

Extract from The Eagle of Carcassone -- Chapter 24-- A Real GoddessNo need to buy a Kindle. Read it on your computer or tablet

John Stanley - 22 July 1355

An hour later John walked with Ximene close to the river along the valley below St Feriole. It was the very essence of a summer’s day. The sun was fierce but in the shadow of the trees, it was cool and fragrant. The trees and shrubs along the riverbank hid their progress, from the Château, from St Feriole.

Eventually they reached a point where John thought it was safe to emerge from cover. To his satisfaction the stream extended into a pool with a sandy beach, shaded by trees. Where the stream entered the pool there was a flat grassy area, almost circular. Behind this, the bulk of two mountain ridges provided a splendid backdrop. He looked around once more ‘Not just a good training ground but a great training ground. If the Greek heroes knew about this they might be tempted to join me, to train with me’

Ximene laughed out loud. He turned to look at her. She had removed her outer clothes and was wearing a white chemise, cut short so that it barely reached her knees. Around her waist, she wore a plaited leather belt, obviously fashioned from the multitude of leather straps to be found in the tackle room.

She ran her hands down over her breasts. ‘When you were unconscious I heard you muttering about gods and goddesses, so  I have decided that from now on, for you, I will be the goddess.’

The Prisoner of FoixVol 1 of the series—The Treasure of Trencavel

Aquitaine, an English possession, is in crisis. It is under threat from neighbouring nations and internal dissension.

The Black Prince, King Edward III’s eldest son has been given the task of taking command in Aquitaine.

Suddenly there is an opportunity. Ximene Trencavel is the heiress to the lands of Occitan, to the east of Aquitaine: lands controlled by the Franks. Ximene wants independence, both for herself and for Occitan.

A union between Aquitaine and Occitan would be mutually beneficial. The Black Prince undertakes a secret journey to meet Ximene to negotiate a marriage contract. It is, however, a marriage neither of them really wants.

Meanwhile, the  Franks plot to murder Ximene to prevent ,not just the marriage, but any kind of union between England and Occitan.

The Eagle Of CarcassonneVol II of the series—The Treasure of Trencavel

The loose alliance between Ximene Trencavel and the Black Prince is under threat.

The Prince invades Occitan, to show his support for Ximene but it becomes an invasion which creates more problems than it solves.

The Prince has fallen hopelessly in love with Joan of Kent and Joan is now determined to marry him and become the next Queen of England.

Joan is therefore  determined to convince Ximene that she should not marry the Prince.

Part of her strategy is to encourage Ximene’s relationship with John Stanley—one of the Princes bodyguards—not an easy task as both John and Ximene have doubts about their compatibility.

However, John is grievously injured in a battle and Ximene commits herself to nurse him back to health.