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Hardcover, 994 pages
Published 1824 by printed for Hurst, Robinson and Co., Edinburgh
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A period of history I don't really know much about, but the name Simon de Monfort is one I'm familliar with. Took a while to work out that the Simon in the book is the father of the Simon de Montfort, sixth earl of Leicester. If you know Leicester at all, it's the son that the university and concert hall are named after and who's statue is on the clock tower in gallowtree gate.
As to the book, it reminded me of books written by Sir Walter Scott, lots of characters with various adventures. Damsels
This is a really nice historical fiction in the style of Sir Walter Scott, although much longer and with lots of different characters and plot twists. It has a subtle gothic undercurrent which breaks up the swordfighting and banqueting neatly, without being bizarre. Like most works of this time, the good people are extremely good, and the bad are extremely bad. It also gives a special historical picture of the cult known as the Albigenses, who (among other oddities) believed that if they truly h ...more
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Boxall's 1001 Bo...: Albigenses by Maturin 5 116 May 15, 2013 04:19PM  
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Charles Maturin was an Irish Protestant clergyman (ordained by the Church of Ireland) and a writer of gothic plays and novels.

His first three works were published under the pseudonym Dennis Jasper Murphy and were critical and commercial failures. They did, however, catch the attention of Sir Walter Scott, who recommended Maturin's work to Lord Byron. With the help of these two literary luminaries,
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