The Eagle And Her Child

The Adventures Of Ximene Trencavel

Timeline 1367-1369

1367 Ximene is now 28
1367 Richard II born ( son of Black Prince and Joan of Kent)
1368 Birth of Ximene's son John Stanley Jr.
1367 Papacy returns to Rome
1368 Du Guesclin is released -  again
1368 Death of Lionel of Antwerp
1369 Du Guesclin returns to Castille
1369 Death of Queen Phillipa.
 Alyse Perrers, now the Lady of the Sun,
 becomes virtual Queen of England

Timeline 1369-1371

1369 Catherine de Roet mistress to John of Gaunt ( still third in line to throne)
1369 Du Guesclin  supports Henry Trastamara, Murders Pedro of Castile.
1369 William de Windsor marries Alyse and is appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
1369 Formal renewal of war between England and Francs
1370 Pope returns to Avignon
1370 Du Guesclin is appointed Constable of France
1371 Black Prince is taken ill
1371 John of Gaunt Prince of Aquitaine

Timeline 1371-1377

1371 Constance Pedra
 (illegitimate daughter of Pedro of Castle )
 marries John of Gaunt
 ( still 3rd in line to throne)
1372 Isabella of Castile
 (illegitimate daughter of Pedro of Castle )
 marries Edmund of Langley
 (4th in line to throne)
1374 Death of Black Prince
1374 Two year truce between France and England, inspired by John of Gaunt.
1376  John Whycliff writes De Civilii Dominio and receives support from John of Gaunt
1377 “Good parliament” attacks Alyse
1377 French invade south coast
 burn Plymouth, Rye and Lewes
1377 Death of King Edward, Richard becomes King

Timeline 1377-1384

1377 John Stanley King Richard II's
 ambassador to Ireland
1377 Du Guesclin invades Aquitaine
 and captures the Senechal, Thomas Felton
1379 Ximene aged 40
1380 Edmund Mortimer made
 Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
1380 Death of du Guesclin
1381 Wat Tylers revolt John Ball preaches lollardy
1381 Anti Whycliffe Synod
1381 Edmund Mortimer dies,crossing river at Cork. John was with him when he died.
1381 Roger Mortimer (aged 8)
 made Lord lieutenant of Ireland
1383 Death of Sir Thomas Lathom
1384 Death of Wycliffe.

Timeline 1377-1384

1385 John Stanley made
 deputy Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
1385 John Stanley marries Isabel de Lathom.
1385 John Stanley Jr (Ximene's son) marries Isobel Harrington
1385 Death of Joan of Kent
1386 John of Gaunt invades Castile
1389 Lords Appellant take control of English government.
1389 Ximene retires to Bearn (at 48)

The most dangerous woman in the world

The Treasure of Trencavel

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Pseudo History


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.