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Daughters Of The Grail [Paperback]

Elizabeth Chadwick
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7 Dec 2006

Thirteenth century France. Bridget has grown up mastering the mystical gifts of her ancestor, Mary Magdalene, whose unbroken female lineage has kept a legacy of wisdom alive for a thousand years. But the all-powerful Catholic Church has sworn to destroy Bridget for using her healing talents and supernatural abilities.

Bridget's duty to continue the bloodline leads her into the arms of Raoul de Montvallant - a Catholic. But when the Church's savage religious intolerance causes Raoul to turn rebel, a terrible vengeance is exacted by Simon de Montfort, the unstoppable Catholic leader of a crusade against peaceful 'heretics'.

As war rages on, it is the children of these passionate souls, Magda and Dominic, who must strive to preserve the ancient knowledge for future generations - and find the love and courage to endure...


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  • Paperback: 441 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (7 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075153899X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751538991
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Chadwick has written over 20 historical novels sold in 18 languages worldwide. Her first novel, The Wild Hunt, won a Betty Trask Award, and The Scarlet Lion was nominated by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society, as one of the top ten historical novels of the last decade. Elizabeth's nineteenth novel, To Defy a King, won the RNA Historical Novel Prize in 2011. THE SUMMER QUEEN, the first novel in her stunning Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy, will be followed by THE WINTER CROWN and THE AUTUMN THRONE.

Find out more at www.elizabethchadwick.com, Facebook/elizabeth.chadwick and on twitter: @Chadwickauthor

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Suspenseful and dramatic. Readers will care about these characters (Sharon Kay Penman)

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* A mediaeval historical saga set in 13th century France.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely magical - one of my favourites! 27 Dec 2007
By Lola. M
Format:Paperback
I'm a huge fan of historical fiction and this is one of my favourite novels, on par with MISTS OF AVALON and PILLARS OF THE EARTH, if not in scope (this one is only 500 pages long) then in literary experience.

Set in 13th century France, DAUGHTERS OF THE GRAIL (also known as CHILDREN OF DESTINY) tells the story of the Cathar faith, a spiritual movement of Christian origins that opposed the corruption, violence and materialism of the Catholic Church. As the Cathar movements gains momentum, the Catholic leaders organize a bloody crusade (now known as the Albigensian Crusade) to wipe out all "heretics".

Bridget, a powerful healer and psychic descended from Mary Magdalene, is at the heart of the story. Her role is to carry the on the spiritual blood lineage (the Holy Grail) and pass on her healing talents, while evading persecution by the Catholic Church. Other characters include Luke, a Templar Knight, Raoul, a noble Cathar sympathizer, Claire, his wife, Friar Bernard an over-zealous Catholic and Simon de Monford, the vicious crusade leader. All characters are intertwined in a delicious web of drama and adventure, sprinkled with a few romantic sub-plots.

On her website, Chadwick describes how she uses social re-enactment to immerse herself in a specific period of history - this is evident in her writing. The descriptions are so vivid, the characters so believable and the details so engrossing, you forget you are reading fiction.

I heartily recommend this book!
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By Lucinda
Format:Paperback
Another spectacular novel by Elizabeth Chadwick, whose lengthy series of books on medieval England is truly outstanding, containing such depth and detail within. This beautiful book is about religious contention and rivalry amongst those within the church and those within court; whose ambitions lead to catastrophic changes. The author skillfully blends authentic period details with modern convention to produce such emotional drama, which is both intense and powerfully stirring. The historical detail within this book is exquisite, thus producing such atmosphere and realism within the narrative. The characters are totally beguiling, within a most intriguing and enjoyable storyline that fascinates one throughout. I would like to ask that you prepare yourself to be dazzled by this historical masterpiece that evokes its genre perfectly, as a great representation of the medieval era. Convincing and compelling you will be swept away by the conflict, the shocking drama and the glittering details to our past that add a touch of nostalgia to a reminiscent, evocative narrative.

Thirteenth-century France: Bridget has grown up mastering the mystical gifts of her ancestor Mary Magdalene, whose unbroken female lineage has kept the legacy of wisdom alive for thousands of years. But the all-powerful Catholic Church has sworn to destroy Bridget for using her healing talents and supernatural abilities.
Bridget's duty to continue the bloodline leads her into the arms of Raoul de Montvallant - a Catholic. But when the Church's savage religious intolerance causes Raoul to turn rebel, a terrible vengeance is executed by Simon de Montfort, the unstoppable Catholic leader...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read 13 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback
I greatly enjoyed this novel. It was a wonderful mix of historical fiction and mystical legend and the two were blended together so expertly that I sensed no division between them. Historical figures rub shoulders with fictional characters and together they have been woven into a brilliant story that will keep you intrigued throughout.
Set in the thirteenth century in the Languedoc, the cosmopolitan south of France, this is the story of Bridget, ancestor to both Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary, she is the 'sacred feminine' herself. Bridget travels with her uncle, a Cathar Perfecti, sharing her gift of healing with those who need it.
The Cathars were a widely persecuted people during this century, with the Catholic Church considering them heretics of the worse order and calling for their ultimate destruction. Thus a crusade is born and the lords of Northern France join forces to crush not only the Cathars but the people who are tolerant of them--those who most conveniently happen to be their wealthy southern neighbors.
One of the best parts of this novel is the diversity of the characters and how they are inextricably linked throughout. Their lives are woven like a tapestry, the threads crossing at certain intervals as if fate has decreed it so. Ms. Chadwick has done a wonderful job of portraying this. It does not seem forced at all, rather there is a sense of destiny throughout that is leading the characters down their rightful path.
Such a fascinating novel, I've read nothing like it. Yes there are some crossover aspects between this and some of the theory behind Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" but not enough for the novels to seem at all familiar to each other. This novel will transport you back to the Albigensian Crusade and you will feel as though you are there; living and breathing alongside these incredible characters.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 31 Mar 2007
By Jilana
Format:Paperback
I completely agree this is an excellent book BUT - be aware if you are thinking this seems familiar and you own CHILDREN of DESTINY (published 1993) by Elizabeth Chadwick, it is actually the same book.

I was disappointed to find out I'd actually bought a book I already own.
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book was great
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This is rather later in coming, but I'm not too good at this! Very happy with my purchase.
Published 13 days ago by Sheila Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric overview of history.
Nice story, atmospheric, gives a sweeping overview of the history.
Published 22 days ago by TINA
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Very good tale of the cathars
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Historical.
Slow to begin then you could not put it down so it ended too soon. I can recommend it very much.
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This was a fantastic read!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was an amazing story to be read.

Thank you
Published 5 months ago by Kate Parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars Brought as gift last year
I assume that she liked it as it is in her bookcase.
Amazon is good for buying what people want and can use, but reviews can be difficult.
Published 7 months ago by Ally Sally
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
So far the book has been really good I haven't finish yet and I have quite a way to go till the but a very good read
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. L. D. Harding
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellenty buy
Lives up to this authors usual standard. A fine story with loads of historical detail. If you enjoy medieval history then this book is a must have.
Published 14 months ago by Cj Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Tale
The gripping tale of the Cathars and of Bridget & Magda. I loved this tale and found it hard to put down as Simon De Montfort and the Catholic church inflicted their ideals on... Read more
Published 15 months ago by L. Holdway
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