A Concordance for John M. Ford's The Dragon Waiting
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Zoroastrian antagonist god, and source of all evil.

On: p44, 48-49, 202

The city from which Cosmas Ducas rules Burgundy.

Alesia was the site of Caesar's final victory over Vercingetorix (in 52 BC), and thus the conclusion of the Roman conquest of Gaul. In our history, it did not exist as a city past the Roman era.

On: p25-26, 28, 49, 51-52, 58

(1454-1479 Dragon history; 1454-1485 our history)

Brother of King James III of Scotland.

Our history:

Albany was imprisoned in Edinburgh in 1479 AD. He escaped, and fled to France. Unable to get an army out of Louis, he returned to England and allied himself with Edward in 1482. Albany and Richard marched on Edinburgh, but wound up negotiating a settlement with James. And then he did it all again in 1483-4 -- flee, talk to Edward, attack James, flee... Albany died in France in 1485.

Dragon history:

Albany tried to reach Edward upon escaping from Edinburgh. He failed, as did his hope of an alliance with England; see p225-226.

On: p179, 211-212, 217-218, 220-227

(1456-? Dragon history; 1456-1485 our history)

Wife of Richard III of England (after an earlier marriage to Edward, the son of Henry VI). Daughter of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick. Sister of Isabel Neville. Mother of Edward of Middleham.

On: p165, 182, 188, 201, 204, 208-209, 276, 324-325, 351, 358, 360-361, 365-367, 370-371, 375

(~1442-? Dragon history; ~1442-1483 our history)

Brother of Queen Elizabeth Woodville. Son of Jacquetta of Luxembourg (see p277).

Rivers was an influential nobleman in Edward's court; he acted as guardian to the young Prince Edward. After the King's death, Rivers met with Richard and Buckingham while escorting the Prince back to London. They arrested Rivers, and (in our history) he was executed shortly thereafter. (See p282-283.)

On: p247-251, 253-256, 265, 272-287, 290-294, 297, 309-310, 329, 334-336, 338-340, 342-345, 351, 358-362, 366, 370-371, 374-375, 381

Greek god of music. Also called "Phoebus Apollo," in his aspect of the god of light and the sun.

On: p25, 39, 42, 45, 68, 184, 189, 255

(?-1480 Dragon history; ?-1507 our history)

Italian physician. A vampire.

Our history:

John Argentine was English, although he spoke fluent Italian. He was the personal physician of the Princes Edward and Richard; he fled England after Richard of Gloucester became King.

Argentine was probably the source of Dominic Mancini's information about the Princes and Richard's ascension.

On: p280, 293-297, 304-305, 308, 310-312, 319-322, 328-330

(circa 500, Dragon history)

Described as a god -- at least, among the Welsh.

He is important enough a cultural figure that he has a universally-accepted history (in our world, he does not) and "Arthur's Triumph" (over the Saxons, in 515 AD) is an epoch for naming dates. (See p357 for another possible reference to this battle.)

On: p3-4, 65, 98, 180, 191, 213, 230-231, 235, 241, 357

Some of the side characters of TDW, particularly in chapters 3 and 4, have names taken from famous Italian artists of our history.

This is not a strong pattern. (Aniello Falcone and Pier Leone Ghezzi postdate the TDW era. And "da Siena" just means "from Siena.") It could well be coincidence; there were plenty of artists in Renaissance Italy. Nonetheless, I document it in the spirit of thoroughness.

Greek god of healing.

On: p77
See also: p77 (heart and spine)

A squire serving Richard of Gloucester.

On: p199, 206, 306-307, 334

An alias of Colin.

On: p223, 225-226

Second rank of the Mithraic mystery cult. (Latin: Nymphus)


Italian architect.

On: p79, 98
See: Julius Caesar

Since Christianity is not a dominant religion in TDW, there is no equivalent of our Anno Domini calendar.

The book begins in "the one thousand ninety-fifth year of Constantine's City." Taking the founding of Constantinople as 330 AD, this translates as 1424 AD. It also puts "Arthur's Triumph" (over the Saxons) at 515 AD.

(All dates in this concordance will be given in Anno Domini, for the benefit of modern readers. Where dates are derived, I have reckoned them in whole years, so values may be off by one.)

The book gives months their modern names. Days within the month are also counted in the modern way (as opposed to the Roman model of ides, nones, kalends; see p45).

On: p3, 151, 173

An alias of Cynthia Ricci. In this guise, her white hair is dyed gold with saffron.

The name has no particular meaning besides similarity to her real name. Although "Ricardi" is "Richard," which might indicate one of the Richards of England.

On: p106, 109-111, 115, 117-118, 121-122, 125-126, 128-130, 132, 145


Mother of Edward IV of England, George Plantagenet the Duke of Clarence, and Richard Plantagenet (who becomes Richard III of England). Wife of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York.

(Cecily Neville is related to Isabel and Anne Neville; their grandfather was Cecily's brother.)

On: p175-184, 191-193, 200, 230, 302, 309, 315-317, 321, 325

French mercenary.

On: p103-107, 116, 120-121, 126, 128-130, 134, 137
On: p16, 66, 174, 327, 363

Christians exist in TDW history, but they are a small and rarely-considered sect. The term "Christian" does not appear; they are called Jeshites or Maccabees (see p207).

People identified as Christians in TDW:

We may also presume that Constantine I was a Christian, as he was in our history, although this is not stated explicitly.

On: p207, 213, 223, 226, 237-239, 354-356, 378-379

(10BC-54; r.41-54)

An Emperor of Rome. Annexed several territories to the Empire, including much of Britain.

On: p24, 32

Scottish spy for Richard of Gloucester. He previously worked for Warwick.

He is a Jeshite, although this is not discovered until the end of chapter 8.

On: p211-218, 222-226

(?-1480 Dragon history; ?-1484 our history)

An English gentleman who was executed for posting seditious rhymes about Richard III, and (more importantly) for supporting Henry Tydder to overthrow him.

Our history:

Colyngbourne was originally an officer of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York. However, following Richard's coronation, he began posting anonymous attacks on the King:

  • The Cat, the Rat, and Lovell our dog
  • Rule all England under a Hog.

(This refers to Richard, whose badge was a boar, and three of his closest supporters: William Catesby, Richard Ratcliffe, and Francis Lovell, whose badge was a talbot-hound.)

Colyngbourne was also caught sending messages to Henry Tydder, urging him to invade England and attack Richard.

Dragon history:

As Lovell is long dead (p277), Colyngbourne constructs a different rhyme. (Catesby is not mentioned in TDW.)

On: p350-351

(280-337; r.312-337)

Roman Emperor; officially accepted Christianity as a religion in the Empire. He also moved the capital of the Empire to the city of Byzantium, renaming it Constantinople in 330 AD.

On: p4, 35, 378-379

Capital of the Byzantine empire; founded by Emperor Constantine I in 330 AD.

Called Constantine's City, the Beautiful City, New Rome. Its founding is the calendrical epoch.

Our history:

Byzantium declined towards the end of the twelfth century. Constantinople was sacked in 1204 AD, during the Fourth Crusade. It remained in Western hands until 1261. It was then recaptured by the Paleologi dynasty; they held it until the Ottoman Turks destroyed the Byzantine Empire in 1453.

Dragon history:

In the era of TDW, Constantinople remains the greatest power in Europe. It was never sacked or captured, and is ruled by the Paleologi Emperors.

It is reasonable to assume that the Sack of Constantinople never happened simply because there was no unified Church of Rome sending Crusades eastward.

On: p3-4, 16, 23, 25, 33, 52, 240, 270, 330, 374, 378
See: Raven

Greek aristocrat of the Ducas line; strategos (governor) of the Imperial province of Burgundy.

Father of Dimitrios Ducas, brother of Philip Ducas, husband of Iphigenia.

On: p25-26, 28-29, 31-35, 40-42, 45-47, 49, 52-54, 57-59, 369, 374

Goddess of fertility and the Earth, in Greece and Anatolia.

Possibly paired with Mithras in TDW history.

On: p32, 46, 50

Italian doctor. One of the four protagonists of TDW.

Daughter of Vittorio Ricci.

Her birth year can be reckoned as 1455 AD. (See p64, p66.)

On: p61-99, 106, 109-111, 115, 117-118, 121-122, 125-126, 128-130, 132-134, 136-159, 161-163, 165-170, 173-177, 180-181, 183, 188-194, 205, 215, 226, 228-261, 280-281, 284-286, 296-297, 308-309, 312, 314-326, 329-330, 333-335, 338-340, 342-345, 351-356, 358, 360-362, 365-367, 370-371, 375-376


Our history:

Saint Cyril was a Byzantine monk and linguist. Sent to Moravia to convert the Slavic population, he invented the Glagolitic alphabet and translated the Greek liturgy into Old Church Slavonic.

Dragon history:

Cyril appears to have remained in Greece and invented Glagolitic there. While Greek had a common written form at that time, Cyril's alphabet seems to have displaced it as the formal written form of the Empire.

(The true Cyrillic alphabet was a later development.)

On: p37
See also: p37 (Lucian's report)

A dying wizard is able to curse his killers. (But can also refrain from doing so.)

On: p8, 12, 40, 134, 259, 261, 325, 344-345, 355-356

Italian banker. He claims to be a representative of the Medici bank, at the Bern branch (in Switzerland). However, he turns out to be an agent of Milan.

On: p106-108, 110-111, 115-117, 119-122, 124-126, 128-137, 238

Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon.

On: p95, 156
See also: p95 (Lorenzo's Diana)

The hero of an eponymous epic poem from 12th-century Byzantium.

(Digenes means "dual birth"; Akritas refers to the border guards of the Byzantine Empire. Also spelled "Digenis Acritas" and "Digenes Akrites.")

The epic describes a Syrian Emir, Mousour, who kidnaps Eirene, Princess of Cappadocia, the daughter of a Byzantine general of the Ducas line. The Emir is then captured by the Princess's brothers, converts to Christianity, and marries the Princess.

Their child Digenes grows up into a classical hero: a mighty soldier, hunter, and athlete. He eventually founds a kingdom on the Euphrates.

On: p35, 47, 51-52

Greek mercenary. One of the four protagonists of TDW.

Son of Cosmas and Iphigenia Ducas.

On p25, his birth year is given as 1454 AD.

On: p25-60, 104-106, 109-116, 119-122, 125-126, 128-136, 139-159, 161-163, 165-170, 173-183, 189, 193-227, 244, 255, 268-269, 272-287, 290-302, 306-313, 316, 320-328, 332, 336-338, 343-345, 349-352, 357-360, 362, 364, 366-370, 373-375

See Snakes and Dragons.

(Plural "Ducai." Also spelled "Doukas," "Doukai.")

Dragon history:

The Ducas line held the throne of the Byzantine Empire, before being displaced by the Paleologi Emperors.

Our history:

Members of the Ducas family held positions of power in the Byzantine empire through its entire history. In particular, the Emperor Constantine X was a Ducas.

It is likely that the role of the Ducai in TDW history is consistent with ours up until the Sack of Constantinople.

On: p26, 30, 46-47, 55, 59, 369

(1442-1480 Dragon history; 1442-1483 our history; r.1461-1480 or 1483)

Son of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York. Brother of George, Duke of Clarence and of Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Married to Elizabeth Woodville. Father of Edward, Prince of Wales and Richard of Salisbury.

Edward seized the throne from Henry VI in 1461, with the aid of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick (see p147). Henry took it back in 1470 (p147), but only briefly.

On: p62, 70, 73, 127, 146-148, 150-153, 159, 164, 175, 183-188, 192-193, 195-196, 200, 209, 224, 246, 257-259, 265, 274, 278-279, 281-287, 289, 291-292, 296, 298-299, 307-308, 332-334, 336, 338, 343, 381-382

(~1473-1480 Dragon history; ~1473-1484 our history)

Son of Richard III of England and Anne Neville.

On: p201, 324-325, 345

(1469-1480 Dragon history; 1470-~1483 our history)

Son of Edward IV of England and Elizabeth Woodville; brother of Richard of Salisbury. As heir, the Prince of Wales; later (briefly) Edward V of England.

When Edward IV died, Edward V was a boy (12 in our history, 10 in Dragon history). He immediately became a pawn between his own family (Richard) and the Woodville family (particularly his guardian Rivers and his mother the Queen).

Our history:

Richard wound up declaring Edward illegitimate (see p332). Richard was crowned instead, and Edward disappeared into the Tower of London (p336), along with his brother the young Duke of York.

On: p248-257, 265, 270, 272, 274-275, 278-287, 289-290, 292-296, 305, 308, 323-325, 328-330, 332-333, 336, 381-383

A motif.

On: p183, 200-201, 350, 358

A servant at Middleham Castle. Gregory's lover and blood donor. Possibly Dimitrios's lover, earlier.

On: p209-210, 267-269, 271


Married to Edward IV of England. Sister of Anthony Woodville, Earl Rivers. Mother of Edward, Prince of Wales and Richard of Salisbury.

Elizabeth married Edward secretly, in 1464. This was an unpleasant surprise for Warwick, who had helped him onto the throne (see p148).

Later, when Edward died, Richard accused Edward of having already been married to someone else. (Thus making his marriage to Elizabeth invalid, and their children illegitimate. See p332.)

On: p148, 164, 185, 209, 248-250, 266, 280-281, 283-284, 291-294, 296-299, 309, 312, 314, 324, 332, 381
On: p4, 7, 24-26, 28, 30, 32-33, 35-36, 47, 50-51, 53, 59, 66, 79, 82, 88, 98, 110, 154, 207, 269, 298, 378-380

Hywel's "enterprise" is the overthrow of the Byzantine empire.

Other fiction:

Any resemblance to the name of a Federation starship can probably be ignored. As can the fact that Hywel enlists a captain, a science-officer, and a doctor to his cause.

Note that Hywel has held this intent since he was a boy, fourteen at most. See p240.

On: p113-114, 123, 138, 144, 213, 240, 242, 374, 376

Greek goddess of discord.

On: p105-106, 334

A Gallic god, depicted as a woodcutter.

On: p19, 22

Eunuchs are a fairly common sight in the Empire. A eunuch cannot be accepted as Emperor.

On: p30, 37, 46

An example (that is, written copy) of the Act of Parliament making George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence the heir of Henry VI. (This would have been passed during Henry's brief return to power in 1470 AD.)

Our history:

When George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence was executed by Edward in 1478, one of the charges was that he had plotted to seize the throne under the auspices of such a document.

On: p149-153, 158-162, 167-170, 178, 186-188, 192, 380-381
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