103 Genealogical Records

The book is of course a work of fiction. And yet the underlying events are, in the most part, factual. The same applies to these genealogical trees. In the main they are factual but with some fictional injectios.

John Stanley

John Stanley is a real person, who somehow progressed from working as a shepherd to becoming the King of the Isle of Man within his lifetime.

How could this happen? The story attempts to explain.

Ximene Trencavel

Ximene is however a totally fictional character. There probably was someone who was the inheritor of the Trencavel estates, but if there was, they never made their case. Her genealogy and her family connection to the Pedilla family is also ficticious

The book theorises that John Stanly had a partner before he eventually married relatively late in life, a partner who was the mother of his eldest child and founded the Stanley dynasty. She must have been somebody special! Perhaps Ximene Trencavel?

Alyse Perez (Perrers)

The identity of the most amazing Alyse Perrers is also subject to much speculation. Circumstantial evidence shows the solution depicted in the book to be credible but most mainstream histories have her as a non-entity who just got lucky.

Alyse was the Mistress of Edward III but also personally invented the concept of a legal solicitor and founded the inns of court. A non entity? Perhaps not!

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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.’