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Taking The Cross Paperback – October 1, 2014
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The Albigensian Crusade proclaimed by Pope Innocent III in 1208 and launched in 1209 against heretic sects in Languedoc forms the backdrop for Charles Gibson’s fascinating and highly dramatic debut novel Taking the Cross, which centers on a crusade fought not in the Holy Land but in the Church’s own territories, against the Albigenses and Valdenses of France. Gibson’s story centers on two main characters (alternating the narrative focus of chapters between them), a young knight named Andreas, and a young woman of faith named Eva. Gibson smoothly incorporates a large cast of figures from the time period, and although some of his narration is rather stiltedly old-fashioned (“The man called her name, but she saw him not,” and so on), he maintains a solid amount of forward momentum through some abstruse and complicated subject matter. The turmoil of the Albigensian Crusade pitted Christian against Christian in the heart of Europe, and Gibson does a very good job of imparting a human dimension to the conflict. Historical Novel Society
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Brilliantly weaving together major elements of French Medieval culture, Taking The Cross makes you relive an essential page of the 12th century fight between the established Christian powers and the so-called heretics. Packed with powerful symbols and images, action and suspense, it will actually teach you history while leading you on a fast paced adventure. France Book Tours
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I can't wait to meet these characters again. I agree with a previous reviewer that the only down side is that I have to wait to read the sequel!
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