Covers period 1356 -1361
http://ximene.net/wp-admin/post.php?post=29994&action=editIn which there is the chaos in France after the battle of Poitiers.
There are numerous factions, King Jean II, his son,Charles,the Dauphin, Philip of Burgundy, the English, Ximene, Charles of Navarre, brother in law of Gaston Pheobus and finally representing a separate set of interests Gaston himself.
Gaston was arrested by king John at the palace in rouen in april 1356
The routers du Guesclin, amongst them, sell their services to any one of these factions. In addition the Routiers have such a strong presence in Carcassonne and Beziers that it almost like a separate nation.
Meanwhile in England.
The opening chapter deals with Ximene’s introduction to “the society” a supposedly Cathar cell, which turns out to be much much more. she discovers a plot to depose king edward, and offers to identify who the plotters are.
Known about by joan her uncle’s thomas wake was married to blanche lancaster in 1314. he died in 1342 blanche died in 1380 his sister was joan’s mother married 1825 edmund of woodstock edmund died 1330 her mother died in 1349. so the pressure of family ambition fell on joan’s shoulders
and by the earl whose sister sybil was married to edmund arundel in 1349 Edmund has been disinherited and his step mother is Aileanor of lancaster
Firstly king John in england from 1357 and was free to socialise
lionel eight years younger than prince b 1338 married 1352 daughter born 1355 wife died 1363 he died 1368 wife’s mother is maud
mowbray his wife is Joan and the fitzalans
The arundels (fitzalan) whose wife is alianore
the percies whose wife is mary
john of gaunt married blanche 1359
affair with marie st hilaire 1358/1359
in 1356? french, lionel, mortimers percys (mary of lancaster), edmund arundel son of dispenser and a wife who was earls sister ( his father’s second wife was eleanor of Lancaster)Pipa is spying on Both Lionel and John of Gaunt.
Ximene is in England negotiating with Edward III about the exchange of her family treasure for estates in both England and Aquitaine. She is given accommodation at the Savoy palace in the Strand.
News trickles back to England about the battle of Poitiers. It is known that King Jean of the Franks has been captured but it is also known that Lord James has been badly injured. Ximene is worried John’s close relationship with Lord James could mean that John was close to him in the battle.
In Bordeaux, initial attempts to obtain a ransome for King Jean get no response from the Franks.
Pipa is a close relative to Jeanne de Bourbon, the wife of the Dauphin and at the instigation of the earl is easily accepted as one of the ladies of the Queen’s bedchamber.
1356 The Earl, fearing either a rescue or assassination sends King Jean to Chateau Filhot at Sauterne, which has been assigned to Ximene by the Prince. He sends John, in command small army, to both constrain and protect the King. The Earl insists that there be no communication either in or out of the Chateau.
The Prince however entertains the King and to fill in the time teaches John to Joust.
Though raw the Earl sends John to a tournament in Paris. Pipa meets John and provides information that the Kings eldest son does not wish to ransom his father and is preparing to take over the kingdom.
1357 As there is no progress in raising King Jean’s Ransome, the King is taken back to England where he is also lodged at the savoy and therefore meets Ximene. The Savoy Palace is the home of the Lancaster heiress blanche. John of Gaunt is a frequent visitor.
The Prince is defeated by John at a tournament in Bordeaux. He retires immediately and commits himself to passing on all his expertise to John.
Ximene watches as King Jean is paraded though London. John on his left hand. Ximene finally knows he has survived.
At the time of the battle of Poitiers, Gaston is imprisoned because of a conflict between his brother in law, Charles of Navarre and King Jean. At Ximenes instigation he is released. Almost immediately he leaves for German crusades
Civil war breaks out between Charles of Navarre and the Dauphin Charles was initially a supporter of the Dauphin against his own father, but after imprisonment Charles invades Paris and behaves as if he were king. He does in fact have a claim to the french throne.
John returns to paris to take part in a tournament.
Pipa grumble to John that he has her favour but has not taken up the opportunity.
In England Ximene finds herself negotiating with King Jean as well as King Edward.
Ximene now buys Landon House in shaftsbury. At top of hill from The Royal palace at Gillingham.
Charles war against the dauphin intensifies. The dauphin flees to burgundy.
In May 1358 the peasants revolt nominally in favour of Charles but Charles uses his army to suppress the revolt. In this way he hopes to get the support of the french aristocracy . He immediately begins negotiation with remnants of the rebels who are finally defeated at metz by the unlikely combination of Gaston and the Captal de Buch, who are travelling together returning from the German Crusades.
John of Gaunt marries Blanche and so Ximene and King Jean are nowGuests in his house.
Ximene is asked to fund part of King Jeans ransom and is now in a position to do so.
1360 The treaty of London is signed which is highly advantageous in the south Roquerc and Albi is gained by the english and Carcassonne and Beziers are assigned to Ximene. These lands were however under the control of the routiers and Ximene has to find a way of gaining control. John joins Gaston in an attempt to remove the Routers from Occitan . They succeed in driving them to Aragon
No ransom payments are forthcoming from France. Frustrated King Edward invades France but fails to push home his advantage. He agrees the treaty of Bretigny which is not so advantageous. Carcassonne and beziers revert to the french crown .
a French man challenges king edward to nominate a champion to fight to the death to obtain the release of King Jean. king edward nominates John Stanley who kills the frenchman under the walls of Winchester.
1361King Jean returns to France
In compensation Ximene is given trading rights from Narbonne to Toulouse.
There is however a much more stable situation in France and John finds time to become tournament champion of europe.
1363 King jean returns to England and dies 1364
The Earl sends pipa to house of lionel of antwerp there she meets Geoffry chaucer
Ximene instructs John to marry Pipa to keep their relationship. John refuses and Pipa becomes the mistress of john of gaunt, in turn marrying geoffrey chatter to keep her relationship with Gaunt a secret.
The book ends with the celebration at Christmas 1361. The prince’s marriage to Joan at Landon house