Stigmataby Colin Falconer
1206: When Fabricia Berenger was struck by lightning in the main square of Toulouse, her troubles were only just beginning. Soon she develops mysterious wounds on her hands and feet - and some people credit her with the gift of healing. To keep her from the attentions of the Inquisition her family flee into the Languedoc and finally put her into a Convent in the… See more details below
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1206: When Fabricia Berenger was struck by lightning in the main square of Toulouse, her troubles were only just beginning. Soon she develops mysterious wounds on her hands and feet - and some people credit her with the gift of healing. To keep her from the attentions of the Inquisition her family flee into the Languedoc and finally put her into a Convent in the mountains. But still crowds follow her there in search of healing.
And the world needs so much healing; Philip of Vercy needs healing for his four year old son. He has lost his beloved wife, should he now lose his only son as well? He hears rumours of a young girl called Fabricia Berenger who has extraordinary powers and he sets off to find her and bring her back. Can he find her in time?
But bringing her back is the least of his problems. For he reaches the Languedoc in the middle of one of the Pope's crusade against the Cathars of the south of France, and no one is safe. Can he find her - can he get out alive - can he save his son?
And what do the marks of the stigmata really mean?
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Meet the Author
Colin went to Sydney and worked in TV and radio and freelanced for many of Australia's leading newspapers and magazines. But he got his dream, publishing over a dozen novels in the UK and US and having his work sold into translation in Brazil, Belgium, the Czech republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey.
He lived for many years in the beautiful Margaret River region in WA, and helped raise two beautiful daughters with his late wife, Helen. While writing, he also worked in the volunteer ambulance service. "I'd be at my desk typing, then thirty minutes later I might be crawling into an overturned car or running along a beach with the oxygen for a near drowning. It was an interesting time."
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One of his best novels. I give it only 4 stars because the clichee of a male protagonist with dead wife and a child- a theme quite exhausted, Otherwise, you learn a lot about the Crussades, stigmatas, and you enjoy the journey. Similar in style and plot to the Silk Road - an even greater book/ Read it.
In the year 1205, Sir Philip of Vercy returns home to France after a grueling year as a knight fighting in the Holy Land only to learn that his beloved wife is dead in childbirth and his newborn son is frail and sickly, on the verge of death. Consumed by grief, he travels to Languedoc in search of a miraculous healer named Fabricia Berenger, a nun, to save his son’s life. But once in Languedoc, he finds himself thrust into the dangers of battle against the Papal military who are waging war to eliminate the Cathar heretics. Fabricia Bérenger receives visions from the Virgin Mary. Her devotion to her faith is strong and along with her prophetic visions, she receives the Stigmata, open wounds to her hands and feet that bleed like Christ’s wounds did on the cross. Philip is plagued by his conscience and his future. Nothing is the same, death of his wife, and all the killing in battle deeply affecting him. Fabricia’s presence in his life affects him deeply as he is more and more drawn to love her. Stigmata by international bestselling author, Colin Falconer, is an intricate story with rich characters and an intense plot that proved to be an enthralling read. A touch of Catholic mystery, a broken hero who is trying to rebuild his shattered life, and a heroine blessed/cursed with the ability to heal that keeps her in constant turmoil. It was a turbulent time of heresy, crusades, and the struggles to overcome devastation. Beautifully written in typical Falconer style with plenty of snap and sharpness, and wonderfully researched, I enjoyed every page of this book. Fast paced, sprinkled with unique and unusual details, and with plenty of emotion, makes this a must read for those who love the medieval period or books about the unexplained mysteries of life. Loved, loved, loved this novel. Rivting!