Elena Maria Vidal: The Nights Dark Shade

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He bigger points it might have made a sweet adventure but I felt like I was being lectured by someone who didn t nderstand the subject A historical romance set in 13th century France The Night s Dark Shade is an engrossing tale about faith honor and courtly loveIn the wake of the loss of her family and her betrothed Lady Rapha lle finds herself thrust into a world that challenges everything she believes in Drawn into an arranged marriage with her cousin Raymond the young Vicomtesse de Miramande is placed The Firefighters Christmas Reunion under the guardianship of herncle the Baron de Marcadeau Hopeful and eager to make the most of her situation Rapha lle is disappointed to find that all is not as she believed Set The Life of Corgnelius and Stumphrey upon by a band of brigands while traveling to herncle s estate Rapha lle meets the dashing Sir Martin de Revel Saissac a knight of the Hospitaller order This fateful meeting awakens Rapha lle s sense of passion and longing an awakening that brings with it a restlessness and sudden awareness of her position as a femaleStruggling between duty and love Rapha lle is The Amish Midwife (Lancaster Courtships, unwittingly drawn into a world marked by heresy and fanaticism Under the auspices of friendship Rapha lle is beguiled by her aunt the Lady Esclarmonde a Perfecta of the Cathar sect who wants to ensure that her son s marriage will prove advantageous to the Cathar Unwilling to compromise her Christian faith and wishing to annul T who challenge all of her most deeply held beliefs As she seeks the path of her true calling she discovers hatred and betrayal as well as abiding friendship andnexpected loveA harrowing and engrossing journeyCatherine Delors author of Mistress of the RevolutionThe Night's Dark Shade explores the passions of the human soul the danger of heresyand the heady.

I accidentally read two Gothic novels in a row Not The Greeks Acquisition uite sure how that happened This was a fun adventure in which poor Raphaelle keeps getting captured and fought over while getting mixedp in a war between Catholics and Cathars I didn t know much about the Cathars prior to reading this and looked p a bit about them to see if the book seemed accurate since the way the book portrayed them seemed outlandish but apparently it is pretty accurate Religion can sure make some people crazy I enjoyed this although it got a bit muddled at the end Now I really need to read something where the poor innocent girl doesn t need go be saved by a knight turned monk like in the last two books I ve read This novel brought to life for me the era in which our early Dominican brothers and sisters lived and preached I was also stunned chilled at the parallels to our own times Wonderfully written work It was terrible The prose was ncomfortable The characters flat one dimensional The story never went anywhere There was no development nothing tied together It was a Catholic Christian novel and like most Christian novels only had one note I think the author may have been trying to make several points about marriage but they fell flat Marriage is a dark beautiful deep painful exuisite thing than this author was capable of expressing She shouldn t have tried I think if she hadn t gone for Set amid the turmoil of the Albigensian Crusade in thirteenth century France THE NIGHT'S DARK SHADE tells of heresy versus orthodoxy and of forbidden love versus fidelity Heiress of her father's estates in Auvergne the orphaned Lady Raphaelle leaves her home to marry a nobleman in a remote castle in the Pyrenees There she encounters the mysterious Cathar sec.

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Er betrothal Rapha lle seeks the aid of her cousin Bertrand and Sir Martin and soon finds herself placed in the custody of Sir Jacues d Orly King Louis IX s loyal liegeBraving danger and persecution Rapha lle emerges as a strong and thoughtful character a woman certain of her virtue and moral stance This novel drew me in from the very first page and put me in mind of the Lais of Marie de France Rapha lle is a charming character whose innocence and strong opinions make her a worthy lady and a wonderful protagonist The history of the Cathari is fascinating and lends a darkness to the tale that adds a thrilling sense of mystery to Rapha lle s journeyI highly recommend this novel for readers interested in fiction about medieval women s lives and courtly love After having read the exuisite book Trianon A Novel of Royal France by Elena Maria Vidal I couldn t wait to read The Night s Dark Shade by this excellent author Although different from the days of Marie Antoinette in this 13th c novel Rapha lle our heroine also lives turbulent and trying times that reuire a strong faith to carry on at all costA noble by birth Rapha lle had been appointed in the court of The Healer (Borderland Brides, ueen Blanche when all was wellnder the rule of Louis VIII The Lion After Louis was killed in the crusade against the Albigensians along with Rapha lle s father and her betrothed the country nderwent the rule of th. Enchantment of courtly loveA gripping tale filled with danger intrigue and adventure Historical Novel Reviews OnlineIn her third work of fiction both a richly detailed historical novel and a dark morality tale Elena Maria Vidal takes readers deep into the heart of the 13th century French Pyrenees Sarah Johnson author of Historical Fiction A Guide to the Gen.

Elena Maria Vidal grew up in the countryside outside of Frederick Maryland fair as the garden of the Lord as the poet Whittier said of it As a child she read so many books that her mother had to put restrictions on her hours of reading During her teenage years she spent a great deal of her free time writing stories and short novelsElena graduated in 1984 from Hood College in Frederick with