Artois & Navarre

Blanche d’Artois

The Artois Family were  Junior Branch  of the Frankish royal family, know as the Capets. The carpets were named  after the first member of their dynasty. Hugh Capet Hugh was “elected ” because of his greater nobility— his messianic blood lines.

Blanche d’Artois Married both Edmund Crookback of England and Henry of Navarre. She had children —Juana Of Navarre , Thomas of Lancaster and  Henry of Monmouth.

The Idea of carrying messianic blood went to Thomas’ head. he rebelled against Edward II and was eventually beheaded for his troubles.

 Edward  II  married  Isabella of France.  It does not really matter who was Edward III’s father Isabella passed the same messianic line onto him. What the house of Lancaster pursued was not Edward’s possession of the messianic line but that if Roger Mortimer was his father then Edward III and his descendants had no right to the English throne.

Phillipe d’Evreux

Gaston, Comte de Foix, his wife Agnes of Navarre, Edward III and his Edward’s Lancaster cousins are all closely related.

Once again the d’Evreux family are a junior branch of the cadets.

Phillipe d’Evreux married Jeanne of Navarre. Jeanne mother had been accused of infidelity in theTour Nestle Affair.See Les Rois Maudites

Blanche d’Evreux

Phillipe d’Evreux’s Daughter Blanche was supposed to marry Jean (John) but when his father Philip VI saw Blanch he decided to keep her for himself.

She is important to the story as she becomes An important source of information for John and Ximene as they eventually begin negotiations with the Franks

Charles of Navarre

Phillipe’s son was Charles of Navarre  who also  Laid claim to the Frankish  throne.

Charles claim also suffered  from the fact that his descent was through a woman—Jeanne of Navarre— and perhaps fro the fact that there were some doubts about Jeanne’s Legitimacy .

Another glance at the geology of the Rois Maudites shows that the d’Evreux claim was virtually the same as that of the Valois, a small matter five years in birth date.

Agnes of Navarre

Phillipe’s younger daughter Agnes married Gaston (Phoebus) de Foix and is therefore Ximene’s aunt. Agnes is the initial catalyst for Ximene seeking assistance from  Blanche d’Evreux.

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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.