Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Heresy (Catherine LeVendeur, #8)” as Want to Read:
Heresy (Catherine LeVendeur, #8)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Heresy (Catherine LeVendeur #8)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  293 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Stated First Edition. A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Forge Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Heresy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Heresy

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Catherine and a few friends end up at the Council of Reims to help Astrolabe fight an accusation of both murder and heresy. This was another fascinating entry in this historical series. Newman is a master of creating characters you believe in and weaving historical details (especially religious beliefs and their effects) into fairly plausible mystery plots.
#8 Catherine LeVendeur historical mystery set in France. Catherine, once again pregnant, sets out to help her friend Astrolabe, son of the infamous Heloise and Abelard. He became entangled with a group of heretics and is being pursued by an old enemy of his father's who hopes to frame him for the murder of a nun. Edgar and Solomon are off to Spain on a business trip and Catherine and the children are off to the Paraclete with Astrolabe disguised as one of their guards, and eventually end up atte ...more
Dec 20, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it
I love this series- I read the first 7 volumes several years ago, and return to it after a long break. Catherine, Edgar and Solomon are like old friends. This book does not disappoint. This is a very well researched series set in a fascinating, but not well known period of medieval history- the mid twelfth century in France (with forays into neighbouring countries). The characters are like old friends- and well drawn with all their complexities. I like that despite the religious controversies of ...more
Nov 09, 2011 KA rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I loved the Council of Reims setting, the focus on Astrolabe (oddly named son of Heloise and Peter Aberlard) and some other new characters, and the fact that we had a reprieve from the Jewish/Christian conflict . . . in the form of an orthodoxy/heresy conflict. (Truly: it's nice to have something different once in a while). Newman's fiction is a very enjoyable history lesson.
Oct 26, 2014 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Heresy, conspiracy and a good romp through Riems are part of Catherine's adventures in this novel. There's little about Jews and much about Christian heresy here. Edgar and Solomon are traveling and trading so there's only Catherine, her friend Astrolabe, and all their friends to stir the pot and foil the conspiracy. Best of all, there are more adventures in store for all of them
Much better. This book is as good as the first three. A little different focus, from Jewish/Christian to heresy in the church and more about Astrolabe instead of all the focus on the children and sister.
Good history and engaging story.
Much better than the previous book, but I feel that there isn't anything left to say about these characters. I no longer have any curiosity about their lives, with the possible exception of Margaret.
Sylvia Salsbury
Apr 26, 2011 Sylvia Salsbury rated it it was ok
This is my first book by this Author. It's a different genre than I usually read, but so far it is interesting and I think I'll finish it.
Sep 27, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing
Loved it
May 20, 2008 Valerie rated it liked it
This book was a little slow. But I learned a lot of history from it. I would read another book in this series.
Apr 14, 2009 Terry rated it liked it
interesting so far...
Kathy Moberg
Jul 08, 2007 Kathy Moberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good addition to a favorite series.
May 04, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed these books by Sharan Newman and wish there were more. The historical detail is wonderful.
Dec 26, 2012 Paula rated it liked it
Shelves: z2013-reads
Another decent installment in the series. It held my attention mildly well but was never gripping. I read these books to see what will happen to Catherine and her family not for the mystery.
Dec 21, 2016 Phil rated it liked it
The weakest in the series. Took a long time to finish, I felt it dragged a bit.
Rev3jmp rated it it was amazing
Dec 02, 2011
Mike rated it really liked it
Dec 24, 2013
Haunani Riley
Haunani Riley rated it it was amazing
Jan 21, 2013
Tara rated it it was amazing
Sep 08, 2014
Erin rated it really liked it
Sep 19, 2014
Carol rated it it was amazing
Nov 16, 2011
Sheila rated it really liked it
Jul 31, 2012
Michelle rated it it was amazing
Mar 27, 2008
Margaret rated it really liked it
Jan 16, 2015
Jessica rated it liked it
Feb 12, 2009
Victoria rated it it was amazing
Aug 31, 2012
Jamie Collins
Jamie Collins rated it liked it
Aug 30, 2007
Meredith rated it really liked it
Apr 30, 2012
Judy rated it really liked it
Sep 24, 2015
Kelly rated it really liked it
Jul 26, 2012
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Bone of Contention (Magdalene La Batarde, #3)
  • Queen of Ambition (Ursula Blanchard, #5)
  • The Haunted Abbot (Sister Fidelma, #12)
  • The Hunter's Tale (Sister Frevisse, #13)
  • The Devil's Novice (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #8)
  • The Nun's Tale (Owen Archer, #3)
  • Spy in Chancery (Hugh Corbett, #3)
  • Fortune Like the Moon (Hawkenlye Mysteries, #1)
  • The Tidal Poole (Elizabeth I, #2)
Sharan Newman is a medieval historian and author. She took her Master’s degree in Medieval Literature at Michigan State University and then did her doctoral work at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Medieval Studies, specializing in twelfth-century France. She is a member of the Medieval Academy and the Medieval Association of the Pacific.

Rather than teach, Newman chose to use her e
More about Sharan Newman...

Other Books in the Series

Catherine LeVendeur (10 books)
  • Death Comes As Epiphany (Catherine LeVendeur, #1)
  • The Devil's Door (Catherine LeVendeur, #2)
  • The Wandering Arm (Catherine LeVendeur, #3)
  • Strong as Death (Catherine LeVendeur, #4)
  • Cursed in the Blood (Catherine LeVendeur, #5)
  • The Difficult Saint (Catherine LeVendeur, #6)
  • To Wear The White Cloak (Catherine LeVendeur, #7)
  • The Outcast Dove (Catherine LeVendeur, #9)
  • The Witch in the Well (Catherine LeVendeur, #10)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »