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Destiny of Fire
Zoé Oldenbourg
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Destiny of Fire

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  5 reviews
It's easy to forget horror & reject its presence. There have been many attempts throughout history by one group to exterminate another but few have been so successful as that of the Catholic Church against Catharism. In Destiny of Fire, Zoe Oldenbourg recreates the era that saw the height & also the end of this thriving culture that had attained social dominance in ...more
Published September 1969 by Penguin (Harmondsworth) (first published 1960)
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Erik Graff
Jul 14, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I like all of the novels written by Zoe Oldenbourg read to date, but this is the favorite. Although often seen as the conclusion of a trilogy, it stands alone. Indeed, I read them out of sequence, picking this book up simply because it was about Catharism.

The word "cathar" means something like "pure" and the cathari were a dualistic Christian sect which did maintain an ontological distinction between this corruptible world of the flesh and an eternal world of the spirit, identifying with the for
I just read the terrific review by Ellie Reasoner of Destiny of Fire.

After reading Oldenbourg's impressive, nonfiction account of the Crusades I wanted to try her fiction. So I picked up Destiny and was fascinated and repelled at the same time. Oldenbourg did not flinch when describing the horrifying genocide inflicted on the Cathars by the Church.

At some point, maybe half way through, the harsh reality of the time became too much. I stopped reading. That was many years ago. Would I be able to
This is about as perfect as books can get. The author, an expert on this period, makes her characters live and breathe.

I have yet to read anything else that so accurately shows us what it is to be human: to hope, to dream, to believe, to love. The indomitable nature of faith and principle in the face of fear and oppression. Our capacity for good and, sadly, our capacity for true evil.
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Zoé Oldenbourg (Russian: Зоя Сергеевна Ольденбург) (March 31, 1916–November 8, 2002) was a Russian-born French historian and novelist who specialized in medieval French history, in particular the Crusades and Cathars.

She was born in Petrograd, Russia into a family of scholars and historians. Her father Sergei was a journalist and historian, her mother Ada Starynkevich was a mathematician, and her
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