Carcassonne 1562: Nineteen-year-old (and Catholic), Minou Joubert receives a letter at her father’s bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE. But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes her destiny forever.
Kate Sidley reviews Kate Mosse’s The Burning Chambers in the Sunday Times of 10 June 2018.
“Readers are plunged into 16th-century France, to a time of bloody strife between Protestants and Catholics, persecution of the Huguenots and the massacre of Toulouse.”
She writes that Mosse handles complex history well, “bringing the setting and its events vividly to life while interweaving the familial and romantic stories.” The author is very familiar with the setting as she visits Carcassonne monthly to write. “When she’s there the history of this fortified medieval city is palpable to her. She’s walked the ancient streets and climbed the towers and seen the sun on the citadel, and this intimate knowledge she brings to The Burning Chambers”, writes Sidley.
“This novel is the first in a quartet tracing Huguenot history through three centuries. Fans of Mosse’s big, engrossing historical novels will be delighted to have three more to look forward to, following the descendants of some of the characters in The Burning Chambers.”
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From: Sunday Times, 10 June 2018
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