Pipa de Roet Story

pipa de roet story

Pipa’s full name is Phillipa de Roet. she is named after her aunt Phillipa d’Asvesnes, Queen of England.  Her father Payne de Roet  works for the English crown as the Guienne master of arms and Constable of Beaufort castle near Muret.

Only the Black Prince, Joan of Kent and the Earl of Salisbury are aware of her connection to the royal family. (her mother is Catherine d’Asvesnes Queen Phillipa’s sister and daughter of Jeanne de Valois a Frankish Princess.)  

Pipa attends the Cathar ‘school run by Lady Eleanor and forms a strong relationship with Ximene.

Pipa becomes involved in the machinations of Joan of Kent whose major preoccupation is to marry the Black Prince and therefore prevent Ximene from marrying him.

Joan is also concerned to provide a love interest for the Earl of Salisbury who had been previously her husband and until recently had been a member of a menage a trois with the Prince and herself. Joan chooses Pipa as a potential partner.

This does not work out as Pipa believes that the Earl is still in love with Joan of Kent and that any relationship with him would be doomed to failure.

Joan only learns of this when The Earl tells her that instead of taking her as a lover he has recruited Pipa as a female Prince’s guard, with her first task to locate Ximene’s whereabouts. She learns that Pipa has left Bordeaux with Don Fernandino to rejoin Ximene in her secret hiding place.

One of the major factors Joan hopes to use to persuade Ximene against a marriage to the Prince is to encourage the relationship between Ximene and John Stanley. However, John’s relationship with Ximene founders. The discovery of treasure leads Ximene to think she must marry the prince to get his help in the recovery of the treasure.  Also, Pipa’s reunion with Ximene creates difficulty.  John’s discovers their relationship and is horrified.

Much later after discussions with both John and Ximene and Pipa, Joan comes to believe she must remove barriers by arranging for and encouraging a menage a trois. She hopes that a mixture of her counselling and acceptance of the relationship by the court of Aquitaine will mean that Ximene again becomes committed to the relationship and diverted from any chance she might marry the prince.

 This also means that Joan has to devise a formula acceptable to the Prince, King Edward and Ximene for recovering the treasure and giving Ximene appropriate compensation.

Joan, therefore,  finally abandons her plans for encouraging a relationship between  Pipa and the Earl of Salisbury. 

Instead she builds on their new relationship by arranging for Pipa to gain a place at the Frankish court, putting her in a position to gain information useful to the Earl and therefore to the Prince.

Ximene centres herself in England but after the capture of the Frankish king at the battle of Poitiers John also acquires a position in Paris and is frequently to be found in Pipa’s bed.

John helps Pipa to escape from Paris at the time of the Jacquerie riots and there is a brief reunion with Ximene in England. Pipa is then asked to join the court of Prince Lionel in Ireland and after the death of Lionel’s wife, bring’s Lionel’s daughter ( also Phillipa) back to the King’s court at Gillingham. King’s court is just at the bottom of the hill from Ximene’s base and home Lavison house in Shaftsbury.

There Pipa meets the Earl of Richmond, Prince John of Gaunt, who makes a suit for her hand which she accepts. Pipa marries Geoffry Chaucer, whom she has met in Ireland to cover her relation with Gaunt.

Gaunt then asks her to coach his wife, Blanche of Lancaster in lovemaking skills. He is, however, less than pleased when mentored by Joan of Kent, a transition is organised in Bordeaux. John Stanly is involved but Gaunt himself is not. Herein lies the base of the enmity between Guant and Stanley which will last for the rest of their lives.

John Stanley has had a previous relationship with both Gaunt’s wife and his mistress, Pipa. In the case of Pipa the relationship has been an open secret.







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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.