inizio difficile ma poi ti conquista....la storia dei catari ti fa venire voglia di vedere quei posti....la fine è a sorpresa....può naturalmente non piacere
Set both in the medieval age and in the modern times among riddles and secrets, the book reveals its more attractive side when it plunges the reader in the lost word of Crusaders and heretics, in a war of land (and not a war of faith), with horrible slaughters and with the siege and fall of Carcassone. The Langue d’Oil, the forerunner of the modern French, was the language of the invaders. They won and conquered The Occitane region. And the Langue d’Oc was gone forever.
The red thread of the whole plot is the myth (and quest) of the Saint Grail. As it just happened with The Da Vinci Code, all this mystery about the Grail eventually turns to be boring. And after 697 pages this means disappointment.
This was a good fictional account of the 13th century Albigensian Crusade (also known as the Cathar Crusade) in which the French Catholics in the northern part of France attacked the Cathars, a Christian sect, in the Languedoc in the south. I liked how these events were portrayed in the lives of Alais, her sister Orianne, her husband Guilhelm, and her father, Bertrand.
The 21st century scenes were not as good as the 13th century ones. I wanted to know more about how various characters were counterparts to the 13th century ones and many characters had similar names which added to the confusion. Still, I liked how Alice discovers the truth about her ancestor, Alais....Continua