Friday, October 17, 2014

Taking the Cross by Charles Gibson Review & Giveaway


Taking the Cross

[historical fiction]
by 
Charles Gibson
Release date: October 1, 2014
at Köehler Books
269 pages
ISBN: 1940192277
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SYNOPSIS

Taking the Cross is a historical novel by Charles Gibson about the little-known crusade launched by the Roman Catholic Church against fellow Christians in France, a time of great religious turmoil and conflict.
In the Middle Ages not all crusades were fought in the Holy Land. A two-pronged threat to the Catholic Church was growing within Christendom itself and Pope Innocent III called for the crusade against heresy to eliminate both the Albigenses and Valdenses, two movements that did not adhere to Church orthodoxy.
Andreas, a knight who longs to go on crusade to the Holy Land, finds himself fighting against one in his French homeland. While Andreas wages war for the lives and religious freedom of his people, a battle rages within his soul.
Eva, a young woman of a new religious order, the Beguines, discovers a secret message within a letter about the death of her father in the Holy Land. As she learns more of her father, she is forced to confront the profound and perilous spiritual inheritance he has bequeathed to her. A legacy for which she must fight.
Hearing of the feats of Andreas, Eva senses her inheritance may lead her to him.
Filled with battles of the flesh and the spirit, Taking the Cross reveals a passionate aspect of Medieval times where some fought ardently for the freedom of others. [provided by the author]
Attention reviewers: some medieval warfare violence

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charles Gibson first started reading about history and geography when he was seven.
He wrote his first short story at the age of nine.
He continues to read and write whenever he can.
Charles has spent many years researching the Middle Ages and the Crusades,
and has traveled to the Languedoc region in France.
He has combined the passions of history and geography and prose to finish his first novel, Taking the Cross.
It takes place during the summer of 1209 in France.
Charles Gibson has previously written for the inspirational book series God Allows U-Turns
as well as for a Minnesota newspaper.
He also works as a project manager for a medical device company.
He also loves travel writing,
and would like to start his own magazine some day about travel as a journey through life.
The dominant theme of his writing is freedom.
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free;
therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”
He lives in Minnesota with his lovely wife and energetic sons.
He can be reached at cg [at] charlesgibson [dot] net
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Send him your questions and comments.

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My review:


Taking the Cross is a novel about one of the two crusades that took place in Europe. This was the Albigensian   Crusade where Christians were fighting other Christians. Europe  was a time of confusion and chaos. The storyline was easy to follow and the characters were well written.  While I was reading it I actually could picture the events. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for the purpose of a review and all opinions are my own.

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1 comment:

  1. thanks for your nice comment on this book, a very thorough presentation of what was at stake in the Albigensian Crusade. If your readers want to read more reviews, the tour page is here: http://francebooktours.com/2014/08/19/charles-gibson-on-tour-taking-the-cross/

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