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The Adventures Of Ximene Trencavel

Underlying Events

Timeline 1307-1321 France

1307 Isabelle of France marries Edward II
1307 Arrest of Templars
1308 Jaques Fournier’s raid on Montaillou
1321 William Belebaste “The Last Perfect” is burnt at stake.

 Les Rois Maudites

Isabelle, Princess of France and Queen of England engineered , accidentally or deliberately the extinction of her own family.  The events commence when her father arrests every Templar in France and burns the templar leader Jaques de Molay at the stake. Jacques was Isabel’s godfather. The story is eloquently told in the French TV series ” les Rois Maudits” which translates rather awkwardly as “the kings who were cursed”

The Perfect Heresy

Jaques Fournier, as bishop of Pamiers, funded an elaborate network of  spies and secret police to capture and execute William Belibaste. He claimed that Belibaste was the last perfect and that the Cathar faith had been eradicated. He used that claim to justify his election as Pope Benedict XII. the story is told both in Stephen O’Shea’s book, “The perfect heresy” and Emanuelle le Roy Laudrie’s  book “Montaillou”

Timeline 1312-1334 England

1312 Birth of Edward III
1325 Isabelle leaves Edward II and goes 
to Paris
1328 Isabelle invades England with Roger Mortimer and imprisons Edward II
1328 Edward III marries Phillipa
1328 Charles IV dies
1330 Birth of Black Prince
1330 Edward III deposes Isabelle 
and executes her lover Roger Mortimer
1334 Jaques Fournier becomes Pope Benedict XII

The Right to Rule.

There was a fight for the “Right to Rule”, both of France and England. There have been many suggestions that issues of succession were somehow mixed up with concepts of descent from Jesus. The concept is displayed in the “Bloodline of the Holy Grail” by Laurence Gardener, and The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by  Henry Lincoln, Micheal Baigent and Richard Leigh, all of which was popularised by Dan Brown in the Da Vinci Code.



The most dangerous woman in the world

The Treasure of Trencavel

List of Characters

Table Of Contents



List of Places

Table of Contents

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.