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All Things Are Lights

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"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
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Helena Schrader
Apr 26, 2013 Helena Schrader rated it 5 of 5 stars
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)
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
Sandy Bookwitch
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.
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
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
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.
Erik Ewing
I am always looking for a good factually based historical novel with an interesting fictional story weaved into the history.
Miranda Clark
I read this in college and then made my boyfriend, now husband, read it too. Sexy, suspenseful.
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Robert Joseph Shea (February 14, 1933 - March 10, 1994) was an American novelist and former 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 wri ...more
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