William Montacute Details

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William is Earl of Salisbury and King of Mann. Every story has it’s heroes.  Few stories have a genuine saint. William has lived his whole life in the service of the Black Prince. By being so steadfast in his regard for the Prince’s welfare, he has reached a position of prominence. He is commander of the Prince’s rearguard and that does not mean trailing along at the back of the army. It means being responsible for everything concerned with the Prince’s safety.

He needs to make close contacts with the Princes potential enemies as well as his friends. He is one of those rare people who genuinely puts the interest of his friends and lovers above any consideration of self preservation.He articulates the creed held dear by everyone concerned in intelligence gathering and survailance. “If you don’t need to know then I am not going to tell you.”

Character arc

William risks undermining his own position, status and emotional stability to help the woman he loves, Joan of Kent, achieve her ambition of marrying the Black Prince. Initially William continues to advance his position by advocating the creation of a physical bodyguard for the prince and becoming its first  commander.  His position is increasingly compromised by his love for Joan.

Application of the character arc

Joan wants to marry the Prince, become the next Queen of England and start a new dynasty. William allows himself to be distanced from Joan to assist her make her dream a reality. He also assists Joan in creating circumstances by which Ximene Trencavel will be distracted from any desire she may have for marrying the Prince. An important part of this secondary is to throw Ximene and John Stanley together in the hope that they will fall in love.

William makes himself John’s mentor and by inducting John into the Prince’s bodyguard ensures that Ximene and John will meet.

The most dangerous woman in the world

The Treasure of Trencavel

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