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This is our sampler. From here it is possible to visit many different parts of the site.

It will give an idea of just how wide is the range of information available.

heros journey 2The site contains much information on the craft of writing, paying particular reference to the hero’s journey, Joseph Campbell’s formula for storytelling which is based on the concept that every compelling story follows the same underlying structure. The same story told a thousand times in a thousand different ways.

total warFor those interested in history go the pages giving the timeline of the background events for the books about Ximene. All of these events will be covered, if somewhat obliquely, as we concentrate on Ximene and her adventures.

Anyone for adventure?

Arch_of_Titus_MenorahI genuinely believe I have found the hidden location of the Visigothic treasure.Currently I am actively seeking partners to join in a great adventure. The treasure hunt has distracted me from the books but if you visit this segment of the site you will see why I am drawn back time on time again.

03 Bassin_d__Arcachon However, many visitors like the section on places where there are collages of the best photographs from our researches. This clickable photograph is of  Arcachon where the  Black Prince risked everything to keep his visit to Aquitaine a secret.

He forced an entry to the bay of Arcachon  as the weather deteriorated.  One of his small fleet was sunk and it just happened to be the ship which carried our Hero.

Tutankhamun

Alternatively  and in complete contrast there is the remarkable story of Tutankhamun’s DNA. A discovery channel program sponsored tests on Tutankhamum to investigate his relationships with other members of the Egyptian royal family. A swiss DNA specialist claims that the tests showed this Eqyptian Pharoh had the same DNA as the celts from the atlantic coast

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Visit the overview of life in the 14th century. This is the world in which Ximene, our heroine must live. It identifies the dangers she faces and  opportunities presented to her if she is brave, very brave.

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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.