Phillipa (Pipa) de Roet

Phillipa is a genuinely giving, accepting and warm person, who calms her inner fear of being unloved by helping or loving others.

She becomes personally involved with the person she is helping, looking for and finding an emotional connection, but tends to ignore or marginalising her own needs, seeing wanting or needing as selfish. Self-love is conditional; Phillipa loves herself only when giving.

Unknown to anyone she is a cousin to the Black Prince (her mother is Queen Phillipa’s sister)

She is very people-oriented and focuses on a specific kind of person.  The older man with who she gained her initial sexual experience was a soldier who specialised in security issues, so she gravitates towards those in a similar area of activity. There’s always a personal connection to what she is doing. She can also see the good in almost anyone (even when no one else can).  The fact that she loves to be loved has made her totally bisexual but let there be no mistake if she ever did consider only herself, she really prefers men.

Pipa is interested in John Stanley. and up to the time Ximene escapes, both Ximene and her Grandmother assume that if Ximene marries the Prince, Pipa will marry John thus providing cover for Ximene to continue her affair with both of them without arousing suspicion.

However during the flight from Foix, without consulting Pipa, Ximene and her grandmother decide she will not marry the Prince. Mindful of the fact that this leaves Pipa in Limbo Ximene suggests that John visit Pipa in Bordeaux. He takes it the wrong way feeling that Ximene is simply passing him on to another woman.

Pipa trails Don fernandino to Ximene and after her reunion with Ximene drives John away.  She learns that Ximene does not want to marry the prince but in fact, wants a continuing relationship with John, She suggests to Pipa that a menage a trois is not only welcome but desirable However Pipa should form a relationship with some other influential person who could advance their cause.

Depends on who it is. We will look when we visit Bordeaux.

This then leads to a relationship with John of Gaunt, Earl of Richmond and her residence at Canford Manor on the River Stour only 18 miles from Ximene’s home at Shaftesbury. at the time Canford Manor was famous as the location from which Alice de lacy wife of thomas of Lancaster had been kidnapped by John de Warrenne

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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.’