Purged by Fire:
Heresy of the Cathars
Release date: July 29, 2016
at Bagwyn Books
In the thirteenth-century, a unique civilization flourished in the region that is now Southwestern France. The tolerant rulers of this realm embraced the Cathar faith which kept the simple teachings of the early followers of Christ, and rejected the venality of the Catholic Church.
Here, as the forces of the Inquisition lay siege to their place of refuge, they must make one final choice—between life and love or death and faith!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Diane Bonavist’s fiction
has appeared in Tiferet Journal,
The Milo Review, Fable Online,
and The RavensPerch.
She is a former Editor in chief of Tiferet Journal.
Her other novels are Daughters of Nyx,
a mystery of ancient Greece and Waters and the Wild,
a multi-generational story set in the Hudson River Valley,
both to be published in 2017.
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I found the descriptions of the day to day religious life of the Cathars to be just as interesting as the historical period.
I felt that the author did a nice job of exploring the various players in the events and helped to bring this sad period to life through her characters.
For those who enjoy learning about history through fiction, I feel it is a good book for learning about the crusade against the Cathars.
From the beginning I enjoyed the writing style and the alternating chapters.
This book gave me a good insight to the religious discrimination and persecution of these times and why the Christian beliefs of the Cathars were at odds with the French crown and Roman Catholic Pope. Not an easy subject, but Diane has made it very readable. I’m sure this book will appeal to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction.
I was immediately pulled into the story in the first pages.
I felt immersed in the world Ms Bonavist created. I’m hoping that she will write more historical fiction, whether about Cathars or others.
I knew little about the history of the Cathars. The author gives an excellent description of what the Cathars believed in, compared to the Catholic French.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in French history from the 13th Century. I myself enjoy reading historical novels and did enjoy this story, but most likely would have enjoyed it more if I had more knowledge about the Cathars before reading.
Good, enjoyable: for the ending and the plot twist.