Set in medieval France after the bloody persecution of the Cathars by the Catholic church, The Good Man's Daughter is the story of Elouise and her love for the three men in her life; her father, Jean, a Cathar preacher; Michel, a shepherd and life long friend; and Guillaume, the young knight who becomes her lover.
The story unfolds a generation after the destroying army has left the region and the few remaining Cathars are living in peace amongst the hills and valleys of the Languedoc. But their lives change when an corrupt priest begins a new campaign of persecution against the heretics. Jean is captured and imprisoned and Elouise must seek sanctuary at the Chateau Roc. Torn between her faith and her feelings she must decide whether survival is reason enough for living. As events lead to a dramatic climax at the Chateau the secret of the Cathar treasure is revealed.
This debut novel by Roger Stokes is a masterful blend of authentic history and human drama, and will appeal to fans of historical fiction, who enjoy a great human story set against a background of dramatic and accurate historical events.
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THE GOOD MAN'S DAUGHTER by Roger Stokes is an interesting historical fiction set in 1244 Languedoc at the Chateau Roc. It is a compelling story of the the bloody persecution of the Cathar religion. It is the story of Elouise,her father,Jean,(a Cathar preacher),Michel,(a sheperd)and Elouise's long time friend,and Guillaume,the young Knight who loved Elouise and became her lover. It is the story of corruption,a new crusade against the Cathar,the families of those who practiced the Cathar faith,their sacrifice,their survival,their horrors,the sacrifice,fear, loss and Elouise's battle between her faith and her heart. This is a compelling story that is heartfelt,but not for the faint at heart. While, Elouise, Michel,and Guillaume battle not only the persecution,and corruption of a priest,Elouise and Guillaume battle their attraction for each other. Elouise must choose between her faith,her heart and her life. A must read for any historical,romance,the Crusades,the Cathars and Religious readers. A great read. Received for review from the author and Authoright. Details can be found at Metador an imprint of Troubador Publishing Ltd. and My Book Addiction and More. **From THE GOOD MAN'S DAUGHTER,page 283" "Whilst my story is fiction it has been based on fact."" In March 1244 the 400 occupants of the chateau were burnt."