Of God and Man

Egyptians believed that the Pharohs were descended from gods. They practiced line Breeding techniques to keep the line pure. Line breeding was the norm not the exection and it continued through to the time of Cleopatra. 

Racial Purity

egyptian-records The Egyptians believed that the first Pharaoh was born of Isis and was a God himself. The whole ruling structure of Pharaohs, Priests and Administrators saw themselves as “Gods”. They were determined to retain their racial purity. This meant that they did not inter-marry with their subjects. They indulged in “line breeding” a technique still used today when dealing with thoroughbred animals. Contrary to popular belief if managed carefully it  reinforces desired characteristics and limits disease and genetic aberration.There are surprisingly detailed records of how the Egyptians kept the bloodline of the gods as pure as possible.

Line Breeding

line-breeding Brothers married sisters, uncles married nieces. Line breeding works as long as any undesirable traits are identified and eliminated. this means that those with undesirable traits were removed from the succession and prevented from breeding. In some instances this meant death. The records show that this did in fact happen. Once this undesirable traits have been removed, which may take many generations, it is important not to bring in new genes from outside of the controlled breeding pool. Every new gene pool introduced may then take addition generations of  monitoring to eliminate any undesirable traits. Understandably the priests in charge of the breeding program were very careful to the introduction of untested gene pools.


storage/28/egyptian-origins-3/141 The story of the first Pharoh’s relation to the gods is a summary of the mystery of creation, of  endless time and the unification of multiple deities.  There seems to have been an attempt in the breeding programme to emulate as closely as possible the mystery of the genealogy of Isis herself. So much time and effort was put into the control of the breeding program that we can assume that if a Pharaoh took a partner who appeared to have no pedigree it simply meant that the person in question was introduced from a secondary level, less well documented.  Even this occurs infrequently.

Women’s rights

female-equality All inheritance rights, including the right to rule, came through the mother who then with the guidance of the Priests, chose her partner. Perhaps because of this the Egyptian state was notable for its worship of goddesses and its reputation of treating women as the equal of males.

A good general article on Linebreeding ( but referring to dogs)


A wikipedia article which specifically mentions Egypt.  Note that the Habsberg problems were due to uncontrolled imprecise inbreeding.


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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.