THE PRINCESS CONEYBURY !
The PRINCESS Coneybury [occasionally refereed to as the
Vicecountess] is Michele Sant Denys and she lives somewhen around 1200 but
she won't admit when she was born.
It happened in Normandy but she was sent to England as a child bride for
her cousin, Edward Sant Denys. He gave her wealth and a son.
She farmed that out pretty quickly to a wet nurse and, apart from consolidating
her claim on Edward's estate, he plays very little part in her life until
he becomes old enough to help her in her attempts to befriend Prince John's
son and heir.
Most of this went on while Edward was off on the crusades leaving Michele
to look after his lands with only the Prince and the castle warden for company
However, all seemed fine when he returned with presents, Saracens and lands
in the Outremeer for her. The Lady happily welcomed him home and encouraged
his willingness to continue crusading. In an unfortunate 'accident' on the way
to the next crusade Edward fell off his horse on the Isle of White and died..
Broken hearted Michele was comforted by her castle warden but when marriage
entered the conversation [on his side] he suddenly and mysteriously died of
King John was quick to offer condolences.
As the guardian of Edwards heir and the 'friend' of the King she has not
been pressured to marry again. Although she did once attempt it.
Thinking she'd hooked a really wealthy lord, Lord Nicholas Fairbourne,
she pretended to be wealthy in her own right. At the wedding reception both
parties discovered they had been lying to one another. Luckily they discovered
they were [very] distantly related so the marriage was quickly annulled.
The lady, now a Viscountess, also discovered a new source of wealth. Living
in the Grim, [part of the Far Isles] taught her some dubious methods to get
rich. The forest around her castle is swarming with bandits but whenever people
come looking for them they all vanish. The castle happens to be built on top
of the Reigate caves [real feature associated with King John!] She was assisted
in this by her Saxon servant, Joanna, not a girl to entrust your valuables to.
[Actually Joanna is NOT the head of the Guild of Assassins - which doesn't exist.]
She has been the subject of terrible slander as she was accused
of assisting in the theft of treasure, especially pearls, belonging to the
ex Princess of the Far Isles.
At the coronation of King Guy in January  the Viscountess was suprised
to be called up by the new King and made a Princess!!!! She became King Guys heir
and should he die she would take over!
Suprisingly this was not her aim.
Why kill someone if you could marry them!!!!
The Princess then suffered a terrible shock and has slight and selective
amnesia concerning the 'wedding' of her beloved King Guy. As has been reported
the King was to have married a foreign Princess and of course THE Princess did
all she could to make the day a happy one. She even sent her two most trusted servants,
Johanna and Morgan, to see the bride safely to the Hall. However she never turned up!
The Princess immediately offered to step into the breach [and the marriage bed]
revealing a wedding dress already beneath her black gown! The King gently
remarked that he couldn't possibly marry her as he thought of her as his MOTHER!
It is reported that the Princess [who doesn't remember any of this,] is still wailing
occasionally as her plans lay in ruins - yet again!. .
However her fortunes took a turn for the better. The sad loss of King Guy
in a late night accedent involving a swollen stream and an overturned
carrage resulted in The Princess Coneybury becoming Queen Michele!
Not only that but her wayward son, who is currently living it up in Europe
somewhere with a few other like minded knights, left a young 'maiden'
behind pregnant with her grandchild! The couple were duly married [in his
absence] and she was delivered of a son and heir to the Princesses lands!
Queen Michele proceeded to rule the Far Isles in a fairly erratic manner
giving away various pieces of land [that she may not even own] to people as
bribes! She even had the Cardinal arrested and jailed in the castle of Tinragel.
However she has now seen the light and repented of her megalomania. She threw
herself on the Cardinal's mercy and has gone into a nunnery in the order
founded by the original Princess Heloise.
Her daughter in law, Ceris, has become Queen.
Kia Hesa was born in Egypt early in the Far Isles period, around the first
She and her mother were followers of the old religion and worshiped the
God Annubis,the jackal headed God of death.
Once the Romans arrived and took over the region they attempted to convert
the population. They tried to stamp out 'paganism' by burning Kia's mother.
Kia ran away with the four jackals from the cult of Annubis. For several years
she and a succession of dogs and puppies wandered around Africa having various
adventures until she finally crossed into Europe.
She made her way in life by acting as 'undertaker' for people. She never
kills people in fact she's one of the few honest people in the Grimwood.
For a while she lived in the Viscountessess castle where a very suspicious
Lady of the Manor kept an eye on her and let her live in the stables.
After some time she met the 'good' people of Tintagel who invited her to
join them as they were building a lighthouse and required a keeper. Kia has
always been fond of towers and took to the 'pharos' at once. The dogs live on
the first floor.
Kia lights the light whenever the people of Tintagel tell her to - which
strangely isn't always a great help to shipping. She also sends out the dogs
with little warning lights around their necks along the cliff top. There still
seem to be an awful lot of wrecks and a lot of work for Kia to do with drowned
sailors.[Some of them occasionally seem to have survived the water but died
of accidents on shore.]
Living in a tower is having an effect on Kia, she's becoming stranger and
more shamanic by the day. She's even invented 'Finger Pharoahs' to tell stories
However, with the return of Sir Tristram to Tintagel she has been told to
light the fire only on the tower and all the time. This has resulted in
far fewer ship wrecks and not nearly so many dead people to bury.
She has also become Black Cat Herald to the new Queen Ceris.