Flights to Egypt

If there is any doubt that there is a connection between events in Rome and events in Egypt, those doubts should be removed by the the fact that after every critical event there is a flight to that country.

Pompey after Phillipae


The first example in 48 BC was Pompey’s flight after the battle of Phillipae.

Different versions give different timing. One version gives Pompey murdered on the beach with his wife and children still on the boat. This is the version where Caesar is “furious” that a Roman was killed by a “foreigner”.

However a different version has Caesar going to Rome first to take advantage of his victory and secure control.

We are told that Anthony fought at Phillipae and was then given control of rome whilst Caesar chased down Pompey’s allies. This left time however whilst Caesar was in rome for antony to do something else.

No one seems to find it necessary to explain how Antipater, in Judea, discovered what was happening further west. sending a message to Antipater would not have been one would have thought, a high priority.

Nevertheless Antipater found time to mobilise 3000 Jewish troops and march them to Alexandia in time to fight for Caesar and by all accounts be a vital factor in swinging the battle Caesar’s way.

If Antonius were in fact Mark Anthony’s alter ego then all this is easily explained.

There are several other twists to the tale. It is probable that Cleopatra VII took refuge with Antipater’s family in judea and marched back to Alexandia with Antipater’s army. This would confirm opinions that Anthony knew Cleopatra a long time before their much reported meeting at Tarsus.

In fact there are some reports that Antonius met Cleopatra as early as 65BC when he was part of Galbinus’ army which restored Ptolemy VII to power.

Ptolemy XIII the teenage villian of the Roman stories about Pompey’s death is supposed to have drowned whilst trying to cross the nile to escape from Caesar.

In the same year after Antipater has been appointed procurator of Judea, he creates his sons Herod and Phaesel as governors and a son, Joseph, appears on the scene. Joseph could possibly another alter ego, that of Ptolemy VIII.

Atonius And Cleopatra after Actium


One reference to the conflict between Antonius and Cleopatra is that it was a “necessary fiction” in order to pursuade the Roman world to accept the imposition of a dictatorship.

There was no land battle at Actium as there had been at Phillipae.the action was totally concerned with the escape from the narrow mouth of the harbour and the flight back to Egypt.

In fact despite the majority of reports the escape was successful.

Antonius and Cleopatra are then reported tp have committed suicide and Cleopatra’s son Caesarian is reported to have been murdered because “There can be too many Caesars”.

Her other children, Cleopatra Selene, Alexander Helios and Ptolemy Philadelpus were taken to Rome, to be inducted into Octavia’s famous “School”.

Cleopatra Selene eventually married Juba II, client king of Mauretania, who had also attended Octavia’s school but the fate of the other children is unknown.

After Actium, most of Antony’s legions shifted allegiance to Octavian and were absorbed into Octavian’s army.

It is by no means certain that the battle of Actium took place at all, and if it did, the outcome was not the defeat of Antonius and Cleopatra which is commonly reported. Why then did they commit suicide without their being a decisive battle?

caesarian-3 It is possible that they continued to live in Egypt. Certainly for over two hundred years no paticians, other than the Emperor was allowed to visit Egypt. What was happening there which demanded such tight security?

Alternatively, it is possible that they were accommodated in Judea. They were very well credentialed Egyptian royals ,kept safe in obscurity, in case anything were to go wrong with the succession in Rome, hopefully carefully protected by their close relatives, the Herodians.

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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.