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Book Title: The Fire and the Light: A Novel of the Cathars|
The size of the: 855 KB
Edition: Brigid's Fire Press
Date of issue: September 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9780981648477
The author of the book: Glen Craney
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:As the 13th century dawns, an ancient scroll, rumored to hold shocking revelations about Jesus of Nazareth, lies hidden in the French Pyrenees. To preserve this lost evidence of Christ's teachings, a charismatic heretic noblewoman must defy Rome in a confrontation that will lead Christianity to its darkest hour.
Set during the religious persecution and political rivalries of the Albigensian Crusade, The Fire and the Light is a fictionalized interpretation of the life of Esclarmonde de Foix, a revered leader of a heretical sect of pacifist Christians called Cathars, or 'Pure Ones.' As viscountess of her small Occitan domain, Esclarmonde criticizes the Church's corruption and hypocrisy, drawing down on her the condemnation of Pope Innocent III. When her fame grows after a public disputation with Rome's legates, the pope retaliates with a brutal war that culminates in the nine-month siege of Montsegur, the Cathar Masada.
This epic about the woman who became known as the Cathar Joan of Arc offers a rich tapestry filled with love stories, monastic infighting, Templar intrigue, troubadour espionage, mysteries of the Holy Grail and the Tarot, and epic siege battles that reshaped the kingdom of France and paved the path to the Reformation. A cautionary tale for those who insist that militant theocracy and terror in the name of God could never take root in the modern West, the novel challenges traditional beliefs about the origins of Christianity and the controversial role of women in the priesthood.
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Glen Craney is a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and lawyer. The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences awarded him the Nicholl Fellowship prize for best new screenwriting. He is also a two-time indieBRAG Medallion Honoree, a Chaucer Award First-Place Winner for Historical Fiction set during the Middle Ages, and has three times been named a Foreword Reviews Book-of-the-Year Award Finalist. His debut novel, The Fire and the Light, was recognized as Best New Fiction by the National Indie Excellence Awards and as an Honorable Mention winner for Foreword's BOTYA in historical fiction. His novels have taken readers to Occitania during the Albigensian Crusade, to the Scotland of Robert Bruce, to Portugal during the Age of Discovery, to the trenches of France during World War I, and to the American Hoovervilles of the Great Depression. He lives in southern California.
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