The de Padilla Family

Maria Juana de Padilla

Maria Juana de Padilla — Pedro’s mistress— and eventually wife.? It is known that Maria formed a relationship with Pedro  when she was very young. Her first child Juan was born in 1336 when she was only fourteen years of age. Her second child Alyse was born in 1338, she was still only sixteen.

She may have married Pedro in 1353, 

Maria is reputed to have carried the Sangreal, Holy Blood as a result of an unbroken messianic descent from Mary Magdelen.

She is also reputed to be a descendant of the  Prophet Muhammed.

Pedro II of Castile ( The Cruel)

Almost everything we know about Pedro comes from the publicists for Enrique Trastamara, the illegitimate half brother who deposed Pedro by murdering him. There is little doubt that Trastamara demanded the modification of records to enhance his own claim to the throne.

A key point was to claim that Pedro was only born in 1334 which made Trastamara older than Pedro and perhaps more importantly made it impossible for Pedro to have fathered Juan, his eldest  son. 

The records are to put it mildly confusing.

That he married Maria de Padilla in 1353.

That he then married married Blanche de Bourbon in the same year.

However he continued his relationship with Maria de Pedilla and had four children by her between 1353 an1359

Despite this continuing relationship the records say that he married Juana de Castro in 1355.

Apparently he also had two mistresses—Maria de Ayala and Isabel de Sandoval

Lady Eleanor Garcia de Padilla

Ximene’s grandmother

( see also Central Characters for more information)l 

Juan Perez (Jaiden Perrers)

Son of Pedro and Maria. born in 1336, when Maria was only fourteen. Juan was brought up by Lady Eleanor, and performed the role of troubadour, for both Lady Eleanor and Gaston de Foix.

Alyse Perez (Alice Perrers)

Daughter of Pedro and Maria. Born in 1338,  when Maria was only sixteen. Alyse was brought up by Lady Eleanor and performed the role of Lady in Waiting. good friend to Ximene.

Isabella Perez

Daughter of Pedro and Maria. Born in 1355, in 1372.  Isabella married Edmund of Langly and became Duchess of York. She is the ancestor of every British Monarch since Henry VII

Constance of Castile

Daughter of Pedro and Maria. born in1354. In 1371 Constance married John of Gaunt and became Duchess of Lancaster. Catherine of Aragon who married the Tudor princes Arthur and Henry was her G2 granddaughter. (see also King Edward’s Daughters -in- Law)

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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.