Published: Dec. 18, 2012
Words: 48,328 (approximate)
It is 1240 and a community of Cathars, persecuted for their beliefs, has withdrawn to the mountaintop fortress of Montségur, in southern France. This is the true story of their circumstances, their fate and their redemption, thanks to a young girl's bravery.
It is the year 1240. Sibilia has lived most of her life in the mountaintop fortress of Montségur in southern France, one of the last outposts of an enlightened and innovative religious community, the Goodmen - or Cathars, as the Church calls them. Yet the future of her people is in jeopardy: the Goodmen have been condemned as heretics and now the combined might of King and Church threatens to crush them.
Aided by friends and mentors, amongst whom a troubadour poet, a fugitive from the Inquisition, an elderly Jew and a former Saracen slave, she collaborates in the Goodmen's resistance, witnessing murder, betrayal, siege and battle; great bravery and fatal misjudgement. Ultimately, Sibilia alone is taught a secret and chosen to safeguard her people's faith.
Based on an historical episode, The Dove of Montségur evokes life in a singular medieval community, the tragic price paid for challenging the established order, and the possibility of redemption thanks to one girl's courage.
, medieval history
, medieval life
, medieval adventure
, cathar history
, ages 10 to adult
, life in middle ages
, siege of montsegur
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on Feb. 25, 2013 :
It is a beautifully crafted story- so evocative of the time of the inquisition in medieval France.The realism with which the grim prospects they faced were depicted had a very light touch. I really liked the herioine and the gentle love stories as they unfold. There is a joy in the language, and in the songs and poems.
It is an engaging history, imbued with a sense of the time and a love of language while the strange and tragic tale unfolds.
(reviewed long after purchase)