Kate Mosse’s first venture into commercial fiction, Labyrinth, is set to be this summer’s doorstep beach-read, says Geraldine Bedell. Kate Mosse is an author and broadcaster. She is the presenter of BBC4’s Readers and Writers Roadshowand guest presents Saturday Review for Radio 4. July In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig, stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two.

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Not because it was a bad choice, but because after I started reading I couldn’t stop, so I didn’t sleep in the eleven hours that took to land. For example, my total lack of knowledge about Cathars, about Grails and religious persecution in medieval times meant everything I read was new and exciting. The story is unfortunately no better than its heroines. Alice has an uneasy feeling that she has disturbed something which was meant to remain hidden The books belong to the Cathars, a sect active in medieval Pyrenean France who represent tolerance, ecumenicalism and all things nice in fact, at times they resemble nothing so much as go-ahead Church of England curates in a multicultural urban parish.

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Felt like it had a bit of everything for me. Why were so many of the main characters not given enough of a background? And does that discourage them to refrain from it in the future? For if you take away the foreground story about the quest for the books, what you labyrintu left with is a resonant account of the first European genocide – more than a million Cathars died as a result of what became known as the “Albigensian Crusade” – fuelled by the language of fear and hate dressed up as religious piety.

She is the author of several of the Orange Prize education initiatives and chaired the judging panel for Orange Futures—a promotion supporting the work of women novelists aged 35 and under. Looking for More Great Reads? Jul 22, Renee P rated it did not like it Shelves: Of course there were fanatics, as in all religions, who hated the World and everything in it, but for the most part Cathar followers were tolerant and accepting of other systems of belief.


The whole grail thing is dressed up in slightly different robes; three old Egyptian books, mosee ring with a labyrinth labyrintu it, a similar bit of stone, a special cave, seversl dudes who live for centuries, a small amount of blood from people of different religions: Other books in the series.

Mosse has done a lot of intricate research into this time and really conjures up the atmosphere of medieval France as well as many who have gone before her.

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Oh man, this book was the worst. Although, come to think of it, there wasn’t a whole lot of detailed discussion about the Cathars in “Labyrinth,” but I have been inspired to do a little reading on my own. Book Description from Amazon.

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And the continuous use and translation of Occitan words drove me up the wall, while at the same time there were several long sentences in French, which nobody bothered to give their meaning. An author can say more about a character with a few well chosen words than he can in a page of adjectives.


It was incredibly difficult! Maybe it was only 10 pages. And the consequences of this still haunt the Catholic Church today. All the surprises the author had in store were painfully obvious, and she used cliches to describe josse. A Novel of Ancient Egypt and Agatha Christie Death on the Nile therefore remain Crown King and Queen of archaeology fiction for me and I don’t think they’ll be abdicating or getting deposed any time soon.

There were two stories running concurrently though mose Having books chosen for you by others – think book club books – can be a hit and miss affair but in this case Labyrinth by Kate Mosse no, not that Kate Moss was definitely a hit. I found so many problems with this book but I’ve forgotten some of them because of how long this book goes on for. Puzzled by the words carved inside the chamber and the representation of a labyrinth, she found an exact representation of it on the underside of the ring she found in the cave.


In the 13th century, Catholic churchmen and French nobles led an invasion of the Pays d’Oc and a bloody suppression of the Cathars, whom they regarded as heretics. Even though kage won’t have that same suspense in a second reading, I think I’ll pick up on smaller nuances.

The story line drew me in – two different lives were connected by mpsse yet born centuries apart. Like all writers of historical fiction, libraries, museums, and books, books and more books! Enthralling characters and locations so fine I could place the scenes in my memory from years back.

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Please try again later. The Grail part wasn’t even interesting- Mosse kept writing about the Truth- what Truth? Stay in Touch Sign up. However, it looks as if consciously confining herself to these rules of engagement has allowed Mosse’s imagination to leap in other ways.

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Finally, accepting they had lost the battle of words and that the sword was not enough, the Pope decided he needed something more systematic, more suppressive, more insidious. My guess would be that Labyrinth will fulfil everyone’s expectations for it, not least akte of Mosse’s passion for the subject matter and her narrative verve. It is questionable that anybody in the history of creation ever spoke like this.

They were vegetarians although they ate fish and, most interesting of all given the historical context, had female as well as male priests—an issue that the Church of England is still struggling with in the 21st century!

Is there a conflict between literary quality and commercial success? The book contains the secrets to the Holy Grail. There were also one or two very specific pieces of information—for example, information about medieval manuscripts and book making—where I sought out the help of experts, such as the Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library in London.