Shadows of Montsegur, A Tale of the Cathars
Andreva de Beringer, a young novice in Toulouse, leaves the abbey to care for her grandmother in Lavelanet. But when she arrives, she finds the village gripped by the terror of the Inquisition. While Andreva strives to hold on to her family, her faith, and the man she loves, all around her, she witnesses Good Men (the Cathars at Montsegur) fighting for life itself. More
Andreva de Beringer, a young novice, is joyful upon her uncle’s summons to leave the abbey in Toulouse to care for her grandmother, but she arrives in Lavelanet to find a village gripped by the turmoil and terror of the Inquisition. While Andreva strives to hold to her family, her faith, and her love, all around her Good Men must fight for the same—as well as for life itself.
Inquisitors are determined to convert all Good Men (the believers in Catharism) or exterminate them. The believers who refuse to convert gather at the mountain fortress of Montsegur. Thousands of soldiers surround the mount, waiting for the Good Men to surrender.
In the right place, but at a dreadfully wrong time, and under the wrath of the Inquisition during the Albigensian Crusade, might this faith-filled but naïve girl be forced to witness the massacre and burning of every Cathar man, woman, and child, and also lose the young farmer she loves?
The venturesome reader, students of history, and those who cheer for the rights of mankind can learn from this seldom-told tale of medieval history at its darkest.
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