In the Pays D'Oc in southern France, in the early years of the 13th Century, there flourished a heretical sect known to history as the Cathars. Its adherents however described themselves simply as the Good Christians. Such was their impact on the region and such was the challenge posed by their beliefs and their way of living that the Church of Rome launched a Crusade against them. Season of Snow is the story of one family, shepherds of the High Pyrenees, who embraced the faith of the Good Christians and held fast to it in the teeth of persecution, and in the ultimately doomed struggle against the overwhelming power of the Crusade. Jean Maury, his wife Esclarmonde and their four sons, the strong and steady Robert, the warlike and feral Jacques, the pious and ascetic Pierre and the impulsive, childish Bernard are the fulcrum on which the story turns. As a relentless war of conquest lays their country to waste the famille Maury become participants in the tragic events of a turbulent decade at the end of which, though scattered and bereaved, they have been ultimately redeemed. Characters such as the charismatic Good Christian parfait Guillaume Authié, the saintly Roman preacher Dominic de Guzman, the ruthless Crusader knight Simon de Montfort, and the temporising Count Raymond of Toulouse are enmeshed in an epic struggle based on fundamentally opposing ideas of good and evil, grinding through successive summer campaigns toward its dramatic climax in the Season of Snow.
Seasons of Snow by Tony Devlin
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