Book I Sulla

The Roman challenge

Rome presented Egypt with a much tougher challenge than had  Greece and Macedonia. Rome was a republic and controlled by agreement amongst a relatively large group who exerted their power through the senate..

This group was sympathetic to lobbyists, especially when some remuneration was involved, and could be influence by passionate oratory.  The net result was however that the mood of the senate was unpredictable, and swings in mood influenced policy.

The Republic allocated detailed control to two consuls whose powers were almost absolute but elected from and by the senate. Once elected they were given “projects’ by the senate. The projects could be anything ranging from improving water supplies to fighting a war. The problem for the Egyptians was that consuls only had the position for one year, and could not be re-elected for another ten years.


egyptians-in-rome Getting control of the republic meant infiltration on a grand scale.

It was all achieved with considerable subtlety. The process was helped by the way roman names were changed through life and the fact that visiting dignitaries were allowed to adopt Roman names when in Rome. This period is liberally scattered with people who were not from either the patrician or upper plebian  classes. It must be remembered that considerable wealth was the key to advancement through the Roman political system. For these people from unknown backgrounds, there is rarely an explanation as to where their wealth came from.

In this diagram the women who may have been members of the Egyptian royal family are shown with a green background whereas the male interlopers are shown in green text; only three of them,Sulla,Pompey and Agrippa. The yellow text shows those in roman society who were Egyptian, or at the very least owed allegiance to the Egyptian cause.

Lucius Cornelius Sulla

ptolemy-and-sulla Lucius Cornelius Sulla, who really masterminded the drive to convert Rome from a republic to a dictatorship, is a case in point. He is supposed to have been a member of the patrician gens Cornelia, however   Sulla is said to have spent his youth amongst Rome’s comics, actors, lute-players, and dancers. He came from nowhere. The means by which Sulla attained the fortune which later would enable him to ascend the ladder of Roman politics, the Cursus Honorum, are not clear, although Plutarch refers to two inheritances; one from his stepmother and the other from a low-born, but rich, unmarried lady.

The diagram gives a comparison between the lives of Pharaoh Ptolemy IX and Sulla. As can been seen the two dovetail very well!  This is a classic example of how what looked on the surface like Rome conquering Egypt was actually Egypt getting control of Rome and then moving the Egyptian aristocracy to Rome.

Romans or Egyptians??

The technique of inserting Egyptian Princesses into ruling families and then having children conceived by visiting uncles or brothers, continued. As incredible as it may seem the Egyptian royal family continued to practice line breeding and were unlikely to mate with someone with a foreign Gene pool, which might allow undesirable genetic deficiencies to be introduced. Therefore if Cleopatra VII willingly and openly mated with both Caesar and Mark Anthony it means the two famous “Romans” are in fact part of the Egyptian Royal Family!

In this diagram the women who were probably members of the Egyptian royal family are shown with a green background wheras the male interlopers ate shown in green text; only three of them,Sulla,Pompey and Aggrippa. The Yellow text shows those in roman society who were Egyptian, or at the very least owed allegiance to the Egyptian cause.

The most dangerous woman in the world

The Treasure of Trencavel

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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.