The Burning Chambers: Kate Mosse (The Burning Chambers, 1)

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The Burning Chambers: Kate Mosse (The Burning Chambers, 1)

The Burning Chambers: Kate Mosse (The Burning Chambers, 1)

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I knew nothing about this period of French history or the conflict between the Catholics and the Huguenots. Full details of your rights under the Distance Selling Regulations are available in the UK from your local Citizens' Advice Bureau or your Local Authority's Trading Standards Office. It concerns Minou Joubert and her small family of father, Bernard, and siblings, Aimeric and Alis living in Cacassonne. Kate Mosse has written her trademark gripping historical fiction packed with adventure, mystery, conflict and romance. But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes her destiny forever.

These brutal religious wars were just so terrible, and Mosse does an incredible job of bringing this dark history to life. I say perfect because I do love history and the level of detail was just right and described with historical accuracy. It was an object of great and holy significance for the Catholic Church, a relic said to be able to work miracles. Staying aloof is Constantia, the 17-year-old taxidermist's daughter, who lives amongst the remnants of her father's stuffed creations.

This is done exceptionally well, the feeling of threat and uncertainty faced by ordinary people on both sides more than just a backdrop for the main plot- from les oubliettes to tortured confessions and street violence, it's a precarious time when anyone could be your enemy and every word you say might be monitored for blasphemy. In an attempt to decipher the note and learn the truth behind the mysterious message, Minou sets herself on a path that endangers her own life and that of Piet Reydon. Languedoc, region in Southern France, was marked by Cathars Inquisitions before the 14th century and after the 15th century the region experienced another Crusade now against Huguenots (French Protestants), who seemed to be putting the strongest resistance in this particular region. Also, the is a theme of the importance of the gender of the heir to the estate, where the newborn girls were murdered to save as much possible wealth. If you’re interested in reading about Cathars, highly recommend The Treasure of Montsegur: A Novel of the Cathars by Sophy Burnham.

The Huguenots (Protestants) and the Catholics of 16th century France hate each other for various reasons, and those with no strong religious sensibilities want only to profit from war. They share stories, and uncover a centuries' old mystery over the course of a magical, troubling, haunting night.Her father, Bernard Joubert, was a faithful Catholic, but it was her late mother, who was a true Languedocien, promoting tolerance through selling books expressing her believes. Not only is that a conflict but long time friends Piet, now a Huguenot, and Vilad, a Catholic priest, are fighting over the purported shroud of Christ. Mosse weaves a compelling fast paced historical novel that is atmospheric and evokes the time and place beautifully.

Meanwhile, as a long-hidden document threatens to resurface, the mistress of Puivert is obsessed with uncovering its secret and strengthening her power . Despite getting something of the short end of the stick in life, he is still unwilling to believe the worst of people (something that comes back to bite him in the behind). But now a precarious peace is in the balance: a royal wedding has been negotiated by Catherine de’ Medici and Jeanne d’Albret, an alliance between the Catholic Crown and Henri, the Huguenot king of Navarre. Es la historia de un país y de una religión a través de unos personajes que, en su búsqueda de sus propios sueños y objetivos, no dudan en llegar todo lo lejos que puedan y que invita al lector a reflexionar sobre el derramamiento de sangre que se produce, en este caso, en nombre de la religión. I have to say that I've been struggling with historical fiction lately, but Mosse's newest novel not only pulled me right out of that struggle but reminded me why I have passionately loved medieval history for as long as I can remember and minored in medieval history while in college!There was a three page list of characters at the very beginning (which honestly terrified me before I even started reading). When nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter reading only SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE, she realises she must decipher this mysterious message. I admit, I did miss the mixture of past and present characters here, which has become so synonymous with Mosse’s storytelling, however, her ability to produce characters that are instantly relatable, down to earth and likeable still holds true.

Set in the 16th Century during the wars between the Catholics and Huguenots Mosse brings alive the story with the descriptive attention to detail giving a real sense of the period. Overall I found it a good but slow moving story with the convergence of the characters at the end a little unrealistic.The second book--teased at the beginning and at the end--seems like it will be more character driven. The mystery itself and the romance work quite well, but the strength of this book is Mosse’s extensive knowledge and evocative description of the beautiful region in which it is set and the intricacies of the religious problem. Containing a mystery and a love story amongst the turbulent political setting, the writing was evocative but sometimes a little repetitive (e. A lo largo de una lectura llena de secretos familiares, lealtades y traiciones, la autora construye una impactante historia a través de personajes fuertes y muy bien desarrollados, que al igual que Los pilares de la tierra I de Ken Follett, encontraremos héroes, villanos, y las víctimas de todo enfrentamiento. But now the Ghost Ship is under attack – its hull splintered, its sails tattered and burnt, and the crew at risk of capture.



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