It is not only possible but probable that there was considerable exchange of ideas between the three of the four major religions. Isis, Zoroastrianism and Buddism. The exception was Judaism, which was fundamentally opposed to changing anything. This interaction was emphasised by the rise of Manichaeism.


Mani was a Persian who in AD 242 set out to “complete” the message given by Jesus. he achieved this by “succeeding and surpassing” Christianity, Zoroastrian and Buddism. His followers subsequently claimed that mani himself was the reincarnation of Buddha,Lord Krishna, Zarathrustra and Jesus. What he attempted to do was create a single religion from all the others, something he believed Jesus had intended to do but that the message had become distorted.

Manichaeism has existed in Tibet since around 260 AD Adherents of the Religion of Light in Tibet strictly maintained Manichaean religious ideals all the while within a Buddhist context.

Over the years, Manichaeism began to appear, at least on the surface, like Vajrayana, Mahayana and Pure Land Buddhism throughout Tibet and China. The Religion of Light has had a profound effect on each of these Buddhist schools. At one time almost all of Tibet was practicing Manichaeism.


He perpetuated yet another mystery of faith by claiming that Jesus was born as a man but infused with the good god (Mazda, Isis, Buddha?) at his christening. Jesus suffering was real as the energy of the universe was trapped in a human body but his crucifixion was illusory. The religion he founded was structured to have two levels. The “Electi” had to follow strict rules of fasting ,self denial, and chastity. The “Auditon” need not follow the strict code bu were required to care for and honour the Electi, expecting that if they did this they would become electi in another incarnation.


Mani himself was crucified and subsequently acknowledged in Islam as the “Seal of the Prophets”

His followers were persecuted in their homeland and fled both east and west.  The faith thrived in the Roman Empire   and had a particularly strong following in the later Roman Army.  The Church of Rome initially tolerated Manacheaism but in 387 started a pesecution of its adherents. This action coincided with the barbarian invasions and the two events may not have been unconnected.


St Augustine of hippo was a Manichaeist  for the early part of his life and converted to the Church of Rome possibly to avoid persecution.  He famously said-‘God give me chastity and continence, but not just yet.’ he also wrote ” The City of God’ virtually an apology for the Gothic sack of rome, which pointed out that god’s kingdom is spiritual, and not of this earth.

He was a prolific author who has had a great influence on later theological thinking and much of his writing cuts across the thinking of the Church of Rome of that time, possibly revealing Manichaeistic influences.

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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.