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Secrets of the Labyrinth [Paperback]

Greg Mosse , Kate Mosse
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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31 May 2007

Imagine a land that has seen empires rise and fall. A place where people have killed for power and for religion, and a place where people have died to keep those secrets and beliefs. This is the Languedoc, and this is the book that will share the secrets of this incredible land with you.

LABYRINTH told the story of Carcassonne and the search, across centuries, for the grail that people have long rumoured was taken to this place by the Templars fleeing the holy land. Building on Kate Mosse's meticulous research for her bestselling novel, Greg Mosse now shows how the region was home to the Cathars, who clung to this dramatic mountain landscape in stone fortresses and battled against siege, inquisition and massacre to keep their faith, and keep some much older secrets.

An astonishing journey through history and across continents, SECRETS OF THE LABYRINTH will take you from the mountains of the Pyrenees, behind the fortified walls of Carcassonne and Montsegur, into the sacred cathedrals of Chartres and St Nazaire, and further out into the Holy Land and the ancient civilisations of Egypt.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (31 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075288865X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752888651
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Mosse is the author of three non-fiction books, three plays and six novels, including her multi-million selling international No 1 bestselling Languedoc Trilogy. Translated into 37 languages and published in 40 countries, the first of the series, Labyrinth, was the bestselling book in the UK in 2006, named as one of Waterstone's best novels of the past twenty five years and was made into a feature film for Channel 4 television by Ridley Scott staring John Hurt, Jessica Brown-Findlay and Tom Felton. The second in the series - the fin-de-siècle Tarot tale, Sepulchre - and her stand alone novella, The Winter Ghosts - were also No 1 bestsellers. The third and final bestselling novel in the Trilogy, Citadel was published to outstanding reviews in October 2012 and shortlisted for the Specsavers Most Popular Novel of the Year award. Set during World War II in Carcassonne, it tells the story of courage and bravery under Occupation based around an all-female group of Resistance fighters. Citadel publishes in paperback in the UK June 2013 and in translation throughout the world.

In October 2013 Kate's first ever collection of stories The Mistletoe Bride & Other Winter Tales will be published. Her short fiction and essays have previously appeared in a range of magazines and books including Midsummer Nights (Quercus), The Book Lovers' Appreciation Society (Orion) and Fifty Shades of Feminism (Virago). She has also written introductions to new editions of classic novels - including Captain Blood by Raphael Sabbatini, Night Falls on the City by Sarah Gainham and Goldfinger by Ian Fleming. Other recent publications play Endpapers (Oberon Books), commissioned by the Bush Theatre for 'Sixty-Six Books', and Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty in 2012 (Unbound).

Known as a campaigner for libraries and for promoting international writing by women, Kate is the Co-Founder & Honorary Director of the Women's Prize for Fiction - previously the Orange Prize for Fiction - and has advised prizes and festivals throughout the world in this field. In 2012, Kate was named by the Bookseller as one of the fifty most influential people in British publishing, and was presented with the 'Spirit of Everywoman Award' for her contribution to women and the arts in November.

Kate is also on the board of the National Theatre in London and is Patron of The Fishbourne Centre and of the Consort of Twelve in Sussex, where she lives. Kate was awarded an OBE in June 2013.

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Confirmed reviews include: www.famemagazine.co.uk GOOD BOOK GUIDE FRANCE magazine (August issue) DESTINATION FRANCE (Sept issue) Diary story in the OBSERVER (3.6.07)

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Cathars, Templars and bloodshed - uncover the mysteries of the Languedoc behind the bestselling novel

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3.7 out of 5 stars
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well presented 4 Jan 2011
This book is an impressively presented volumne, stylish binding and glossy pages; it would be alleviated by more more illustrations (apart from that too-oft repeated labyrinth dotted around the place).

There is quite a lot of detail, sometimes repeated from page to page, as if the reader were a bit simple-minded. These details aren't closely referenced and sometimes there are errors (for example, Richard 1st was not the half-brother of Philip 2nd of France).

My main disappointment was in the writing style, I had expected better. The book is very far from gripping, and although it has to include quite a lot of detail, I had expected it to be an "easier" read, and more involving.

Nonetheless, for those interested in these sagas, it is a worthwile book. For those who are not already interested, I doubt it will stir them.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Secrets of the Labyrinth 22 Oct 2012
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I must admit to being slightly disappointed with this book. I agree with the previous reviewer that it was rather a repetitive read at times as though the reader cannot remember facts from one chapter to the next. There was some useful historical content which shed light on the Templars and Cathars, but in view of the title I had expected to read more about the significance of the labyrinth, Chartres Cathedral and the Cathars and Carcassonne. I ended the book feeling that although I had some historical gaps filled in, the book was cashing in on the success of Labyrinth and Sepulchre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars well resurched book 21 May 2014
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Far to factual for me, I love history but I found this book to condenced. a lot of time and reuch has gone into this book,
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4.0 out of 5 stars it opens the history door 18 Dec 2013
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This is an excellant book for all whom like the stories behind what Kate Mosse explores within her books it is great
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