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Once again the Baron’s challenge the authority of the appointed king this time however the challengers include Richard II’s cousin, Henry Bolingbroke claims the throne citing his mothers “greater nobility” In the meantime the Mortimers regained their position and one of their number is now the heir to the throne. Bolingbroke’s claim opens the door for the Mortimers to claim even greater “nobility”. None of this is of great importance to Ximene but as the Wars of the Roses commences it is impossible to avoid becoming embroiled in the turmoil.

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1386 John of Gaunt claims throne of Castile  in the name of his wife(supported by Alyse and Phillipa de Roet)

1386 John Stanley claims Lathom Estates in the name of his wife

1387 Death of Phillipa ( in Castile)

1387 Birth of Henry V

1387 Richard II beaten at battle of Radcot bridge

1389 Roger Mortimer, heir to english throne, second term as Lord Lieutenant

1389 Roger Mortimer, killed in battle

1390 Death of Ellen de Lathom,


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1392 Death of Isabella of Castile

1394 Death of Constance

1396 John of Gaunt marries Catherine

1398 Henry of Bolingbroke, Gaunt’s son, sent into exile

1399 Death of John of Gaunt, Richard seizes all his estates. Richard opposed by Catherine and therefore by John Stanley.


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1399 John Stanley invites Richard to Ireland

1399 Richard II deposed by Henry of Bolingbroke (Henry IV, Son of John of Gaunt) Henry opposed by Alyse, Constance and Isabella

1399 John Stanley reappointed as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland

1400 Death of Alyse Perrers

1403 Battle of Shrewsbury

1404 French renew attacks on Aquitaine

1404 French recognise Glyn Dower as “Prince of Wales”

1406 John Stanley appointed King of Mann


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1406 John Stanley Jr finally inherits Lathom

1406 John Stanley Knight of the Garter

1407 John,  delivered the Isle from Papal authority. [The Isle was a center of Druidism who were its primary teachers.]

1413 Death of Henry IV

1413 John Stanley again appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland

1414 Death of John Stanley

1414 Death  of Ximene

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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.