John Stanley’s heritage

Four Kings of Mann

Many Kings Between 1320 and 1405 there were four different Kings of Mann. They were all able to rule the Island independently and therefore, although it is not mentioned anywhere, must have been approved by the Pope.

In the section on Mann there are diagrams which show that in one way and another they had all got a hereditory claim to the Island.

Does John Stanley the fourth candidate have similar claim?

From Ireland to Wales

Stanley Heritage- Part 1 This diagram is a essentially the same diagram as  the one in the segment on Mann exept that the marriage of Ragnhild O’Olaf to Conan , Prince of Gwynedd and their descendants have been added.

Note that Ragnhild is descended from GormFlaith of Naas through her Manx husband and from Brian Boru through his other wife, Eachraith Nic Cearbhall.

The digram is marked up to show the descent from the Manx King to Griffith ap Madog but the descent from Brian is also important.

Wales to Stanley

Stanley Heritage  Part 2 In his book “The House of Stanley”, John Seacome hedges around the question of John Stanley’s Celtic ancestry. Presumably he thought no-one would be interested, or alternatively he, and presumably the Stanley family themselves, in the early18th century did not want to emphasise this aspect of John Stanley’s rise to prominence.

In the fourteenth century did John Stanley’s family know of this heritage? Thanks to computerised genealogy it is now relatively easy to discover these relationships, but in the fourteenth century only the main branches of families kept such records.

Who then would have been responsible for uncovering his heritage? It is certain that it was known at  the time of John’s selection as the next King of Mann. This diagram shows that John was relatively closely related to both Lord James Audley and William de Montacute  and both those families would have kept genealogical records.

In particular William Montacute was himself descended from the Viking Kings of Mann and his family records may well have included references to John.

The Tudors

The Heritage of Owen Tudor- Part 1 This  same diagram was used in the segment on Mann  but it has now once again been marked up differently to show the descent from the kings of man, but on this occasion not from Brian Boru to Ragnald Godfredson, the illegitimate son of Olaf the Black.

The significance of Ragnald

The Heritage of Owen Tudor- Part 2 Once again this diagram has been used before, but now it is marked up to show the descent of the Tudor family from the illegitimate Ragnald.

Stanley and Tudor

Tudor and Stanley  a common heritage Not only were the Tudors and the Stanley’s both descended from the Viking Kings of Mann, though by different routes, but in the “Welsh” portion of their ancestry they were related even more closely. Bear in mind it is still a distant relationship, but it does beg the question as to wether Thomas Stanley’s decision to switch sides at the decisive battle of Bosworth Field was influenced by more than political motives.

The Saxon Heritage

Tudor and stanley - the saxon heritage The relations between the Stanley and Tudor families did not end there. Though once again the relationship came though the families of Wales,both Tudor and Stanley families had common ancestors in Eadwine ,Earl of Mercia and his wife Angharad Queen of Powis.

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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.