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All Things Are Lights

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"How much jousting have you done?"

"A little," replied the young troubadour.

"A little!" the Templar said ironically. "In tournaments all over Europe, Count Amalric has bested hundreds of knights. Many times he has killed men. Of course, it is against the rules. But he is a master at making it look like an accident." He looked at Roland with an almost fatherly kindness. "Ind
Mass Market Paperback, 502 pages
Published 1986 by Collins
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Helena Schrader
Apr 26, 2013 Helena Schrader rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the Albigenisan Crusade, or King Louis IX of France.
Shelves: middle-ages
This is a surprisingly well written tale, with an excellent portrayal of King Louis IX of France. Although the book starts with the fall of the last Cathar fortress, Montsegur, in 1244, it provides a historically sound, comprehensible and non-romaticized introduction to the key issues involved in the Albigensian crusade (e.g. an independent Southern nobility with its own culture and language, a corrupt clergy that turned the common people against the Catholic church, a new interpretation of Chri ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 07, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is one of my favorite works of historical fiction and has a secure place on my bookshelf. The book seems to be out of print (though I note a Kindle edition is available on Amazon), but the author's son has made it available on the internet for free under a creative commons license, so if you think you might want to read the novel, you can find it here . This is one of those few books that have been able to move me to tears. It's certainly never dull and provides a gripping adventure and st ...more
Jan 12, 2016 John rated it really liked it
Read more than 20 years ago...enjoyed it and I should put it on my re-read list...
Sandy Bookwitch
Feb 22, 2013 Sandy Bookwitch rated it really liked it
The love story is a bit over-the-top but the main character IS a troubadour in the time of courtly love and heraldry, so it's supposed to be so.

Great historic background on the persecution of the Cathars by the Inquisition and formation of the Knights Templar during the Crusades.

Some day I hope to find copies of volumes 1 & 3 of the trilogy.
May 18, 2013 Bigdaz rated it really liked it
So many good things to say about this book. History woven with intrigue, drama, secret societies, knights in armour hope and despair in Europe and the Middle East. I found the love story side of things a bit over the top at times but that is a minor criticism. It is hard to put down you will have some late nights until you finish this one.
Luis A. Vidorreta
Oct 09, 2013 Luis A. Vidorreta rated it really liked it
Robert Shea demuestra de nuevo que es un maestro de la novela histórica. Como ya hiciera con Shike y El Sarraceno, vuelve a componer una historia completa con personajes apasionantes esta vez centrados en la Séptima Cruzada. Ansioso por leer Shaman ambientada en el lejano Oeste
Jan 27, 2013 Shawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-history
The book that proved to me that historical novels are not really "my thing" - by no means bad - in fact, quite good, I;m sure, but just not for me.
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Jun 09, 2010 Erik Ewing rated it liked it
I am always looking for a good factually based historical novel with an interesting fictional story weaved into the history.
Miranda Clark
Aug 18, 2011 Miranda Clark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-changing
I read this in college and then made my boyfriend, now husband, read it too. Sexy, suspenseful.
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Robert Joseph Shea was a novelist and journalist best known as co-author with Robert Anton Wilson of the science fantasy trilogy Illuminatus!. It became a cult success and was later turned into a marathon-length stage show put on at the British National Theatre and elsewhere. In 1986 it won the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award. Shea went on to write several action novels based in exotic historical se ...more
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“To Roland's relief, Jean de Joinville came to his aid. "Sire, this good knight wants only to preserve your life. Let us all ride together against the Egyptians."
"If I ride against them alone, God will protect me," said Louis.
A new figure pushed into the circle. He wore the white surcoat and red cross of a Templar over his mail. With a leap of his heart, Roland recognized Guido Bruchesi.
Guido looked at him but did not acknowledge him. He went directly to the King.
He spoke quietly but firmly. "Sire, what you have just said is presumption."
"I do not see how that could be, brother Templar." But Louis took his foot out of the stirrup as Roland watched with growing hope. You can always catch Louis's attention with a religious argument, Roland thought, even on the battlefield.
"Sire," said Guido, "Satan tempted our Seigneur Jesus, telling Him that if He cast Himself down from the mountaintop, angels would lift him up." Guido cast a sidelong look at Amalric. "You, Sire, are being tempted to ride alone against the whole Egyptian army, expecting God's protection. You are demanding a miracle. That is presumption."
Louis was silent for a moment. "Perhaps you are right."
Roland let out a long breath.”
“Sweet Goddess! she thought suddenly. I have never even spoken to him. I know nothing about the man, nothing at all.
What if he tries to get me into some sordid little room and force himself on me, like an animal? How will I fight him off? All alone, not able to cry for help?
No, it will not be like that, it could not be. I would have known if he were that kind of man, and felt repelled. He could not sing and write such beautiful verses, and look so fine if he were not the man I want him to be. Yes, when we meet, it will be as it is in his songs. He will obey, do exactly what I tell him and no more. Oh, I have hoped so long for this. Goddess of Love, let it be beautiful.”
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