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If you want to read more about this period of french history, the cathars, knights templar and the grail, try Elizabeth Chadwick's Daughters of the Grail. I could not put it down. It is currently only available used in the US, but the author has recently rewritten and republished the book in the UK and is available on Amazon UK now. Hopefully it will be available in the US soon, as the used paperback is quite spendy (although worth it).
If you're set on reading this, save your money and get it from the library first. Then if you absolutely love it buy it. JMHO.
Ms Mosse is obviously well versed in historic France of the 13th century, which shows in her attempts at painting lush tapestries of that era. The problem is, I found her modern world more intriguing and entertaining than the age-old one which revolved around an almost predictable good sister vs. bad sister sibling rivalry that is found in far too many average books today.
Now - having said all this - there are some very good points to this book, the trouble is that they don't crop up until 250 pages in. It is at this point where the author effectively (finally) starts swapping back and forth between 'then' and 'now'. And when the two main stories really gel, the pace does indeed quickens as one would expect. The unfortunate thing is, that by this time, the reader finds themselves wondering whether this one is worth finishing at all. Stick with it and you will be somewhat rewarded with a bit of an action-packed climax and finish, although the ending and epilogue are a bit too much like 'happily ever after' for me along with a couple of unexplained natural events that simply didn't make sense to me at all.
Worthy of a library loan, but definately not worth a purchase.
3 stars at best.
Truth is stranger that fiction as I can see from her discription of the dual lives of Kate Moss'two main characters. Their lives are inter woven like they are the same person.
It is uncanny for me to wake up reciting the High mass of the Church in old high latin... Something that I have never learned in this life.
I actualy asked my mom to tell me about the worker in the cathedral of Sarum rwpairing the High Bishops carved wood chair. She brought back from England the story that it was true. I had a palpable dream of the history of The Cathedral in Sarum efore she went on a trip to England. The same with the small stone amulets of the great mother carried by many of the old religion. One of these was found in Sarum, others are found in barrows charting the expansion of the old ones from Ur to Normandy and England. One of these amulets was found amoung the items found with the Swiss Iceman.
I would definetly recommend sensitives of our time to read and consider Kate Moss' book Labryinth for insights to any readers personal papable dreams. SLW
On a third level one sees how the good old Catholic Church was an expansionist political institution which accepted no difference of opinion.
What makes this novel great is that all levels work together, which makes the historical parallels so compelling.
And there are a few great surprises along the way.
A truly satisfying book which can probably stand up to numerous re-readings.
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A marvellous book. I have read it twice and am now embarking on a trip to Carcassone to see for myself.Published 11 months ago by Madeleine Duquemin
I read this book while on holiday in France and while I was not near Carcassone this particular trip - it was still an interesting historical look at this medieval city. Read morePublished on May 27 2014 by jacqueline farquhar
I really enjoyed the premise and the plot of Labyrinth and loved the double time line of the story and characters. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2013 by Virginia
This book brings home a very dark period in history of France and the Catholic Church as the backdrop for a riviting and moving story. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2013 by John Labute
I enjoyed this book very much, it made me want to revisit Carcassonne and the other places mentioned in the book. Read morePublished on March 15 2013 by Suzanne L. Mcgee
I was curious about this book after seeing a promo for a TV mini series based upon it, and am glad I read it in advance of watching the show. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2012 by LadyAbby