The Fire and the Light: A Novel of the Cathars

The Fire and the Light A Novel of the Cathars As the th century dawns an ancient scroll rud to hold shocking revelations about Jesus of Nazareth lies hidden in the French Pyrenees To preserve this lost evidence of Christ s teachings a chari

  • Title: The Fire and the Light: A Novel of the Cathars
  • Author: Glen Craney
  • ISBN: 9780981648477
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As the 13th century dawns, an ancient scroll, rud 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 oAs the 13th century dawns, an ancient scroll, rud 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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    1. Having researched and written a historical novel myself about a period in history shrouded in mystery, Pharaoh of the Sun: Akhenaten and the Culture of Love, I can appreciate the depth and breadth of Craney's research that went into this book. He was no armchair researcher but travelled to the sites of the battles and massacres that took place in this novel. In the preface, he relates a dream he had in which the spirit of Esclarmonde de Foix came to him and asked him to tell the world her true s [...]

    2. 11/19/14 Has it really been 12 days?The Fire and the Light: A Novel of the Cathars by Glen CraneyAnother great read! I love the physical presence of this hardcover edition book. The cover is beautiful and the paper is a perfect texture and color for just the right effect. I'm not sure what it is called but the edges are not exactly the same so it gives it an "ancient tome" feel. A nice display on my bookshelf (where it will be staying). The maps are good to have to help keep track of where thing [...]

    3. This amazing historical novel gives us the actual experience of the Albigensian Crusade better than even the best history book (in English) on the subject, Zoe Oldebourg's "The Siege of Montsegur." Why? Because history is written by the victors, and, at least in the temporal sense, the Cathars were defeated by the northern French, the papacy, and the Dominican friars' Inquisition. So, we have to resort to fiction based on history, even speculative fiction like this. Want a book with as-accurate- [...]

    4. This is an incredible, mesmerizing book! The author literally puts the reader into the scene with vivid detail so real that you feel that you are actually there. This fictional story is based on historical events that occured during the 13th century. Despite being a fictional story, the reader has the opportunity to explore the possible reality that the Cathars and Esclarmonde de Foix were subjected to. If the reader comes away with only one thing from this story should be the fact that no group [...]

    5. Glen Craney makes me want to be more serious about research. This is an amazing read -- especially if you're like me and wonder where all the ladies of history were. Invest the time. You'll come out with a little more resolve to accomplish what you might have thought wasn't possible.

    6. Back in the late 1100's Occitania or better known as Southern France was a free land with it's own official language and it was not French. Occitania was also home to a sect of gnostic Christians called the Cathars. The Cathars branched off a group of people called the Bogomils who came from the Baltic region. The Cathar doctrine was different from the Catholic doctrine in a variety of ways. In the Cathar view the God of the old testament was a evil god who created and ran the the world. The mat [...]

    7. I have a raging fascination with the history of religions so when presented with books, fiction or non fiction, I dive right in. The historical fiction tomes send me off to the google to figure out the reality from the story but when it comes to a sect like the Cathars who tried to co-exist with the might and power of the Catholic Church at the height of its reign well – we all know that history is written by the victors and what they write is often skewed. So what do we really know about this [...]

    8. I found myself in unfamiliar territory regarding location, time and subject while reading The Fire and the Light, not that that is a bad thing. The 13th Century is not my normal reading period, French history is not my usual subject and the Albigensian Crusade is just a distant history lesson long since forgotten. What I found in picking up this book is a marvelous story by Mr. Craney. He has taken the bits and pieces of this historical event and has crafted a tale worthy enough to be thought of [...]

    9. Loved this book! Everything about it says success was absolutely amazing. The style of writing was spell-binding, deep, and thought provoking. Just the kind of book you want to get lost in!

    10. A novel of the Cathars and the Lost Teachings of Christ. Christians of long ago fought and disagreed often. Killing for their truth instead of loving as Jesus suggested.

    11. The Fire and the Light is a fictional account of the Cathars and the fall of Montsegur. It is the time of the Courts of Love, originated by Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the troubadours. Mr. Craney has taken an aggregate of several women named Esclarmonde and created Esclarmonde de Foix, an Occitan noblewoman who becomes intrigued by the new religion sweeping the south of France. He weaves her story into the history of the Cathars ending with the fall of Montsegur, a fortress occupied by the Cathars [...]

    12. Didn't like it and stopped at chapter 3. Can't give less than 3 stars - well researched but unconvincing. A love story between a noble female cathar and a templar? I doubt it. The writing style is close to those ten-a-penny Harlequin series and not my cup of tea.

    13. I went back and forth between really enjoying this book and wanting to throttle the author. In the end, I liked it well enough to buy my own copy after returning my reading copy to the library. I've put this on my "historical fiction" shelf here on GoodReads, but the story is actually a myth: one person's vivid reconstruction of what might have happened to central figures in an evocative but myseterious sacred story. There is truthfulness in the tale, even if many of the facts are lost to histor [...]

    14. THE FIRE AND THE LIGHT: A Novel of the Cathars, Glen Craney, 2015Mr. Craney attempts to give us an idea of the Cathar religion and the persecution these people endured. Beginning in 1194 in the County of Foix, Occitania, in the southern region of what is now France, and ending in Baragoza, Aragon, 1250, we follow the life of Esclarmonde de Foix and her family and friends in their struggle to survive the savagery of the Northern French barons and vestiges of the Catholic Church. This is one of th [...]

    15. This is an excellent account of the time of the Cathars, a peaceful offshoot of the Catholic church that Pope Innocent destroyed for defying him. Well written, based in accurate history, the story holds your interest throughout.

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