The Night's Dark Shade: A Novel of the Cathars

The Night's Dark Shade: A Novel of the Cathars

Elena Maria Vidal / Aug 09, 2020
The Night s Dark Shade A Novel of the Cathars 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 est
  • Title: The Night's Dark Shade: A Novel of the Cathars
  • Author: Elena Maria Vidal
  • ISBN: 9781458068323
  • Page: 332
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 sect who chalSet 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 sect 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 and unexpected love A harrowing and engrossing journey Catherine Delors, author of Mistress of the Revolution The Night s Dark Shade explores the passions of the human soul, the danger of heresyd the heady enchantment of courtly love.A gripping tale filled with danger, intrigue, and adventure Historical Novel Reviews Online In 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 Genre
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      • Elena Maria Vidal

        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 novels.Elena graduated in 1984 from Hood College in Frederick with a BA in Psychology, and in 1985 from the State University of New York at Albany with an MA in Modern European History In 1986, she joined the Secular Order of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Elena taught at the Frederick Visitation Academy and worked as a private tutor as well as teaching children s etiquette classes During a trip to Austria in 1995 she visited the tomb of Empress Maria Theresa in the Capuchin crypt in Vienna Afterwords she decided to finish a novel about Marie Antoinette she had started writing ten years before but had put aside In 1997 her first historical novel TRIANON was published by St Michaels Press In 2000, the sequel MADAME ROYALE was published, as well as the second edition of TRIANON, by The Neumann Press Both books quickly found an international following which continues to this day In 2010, the third edition of TRIANON and the second edition of MADAME ROYALE were released.In November 2009, THE NIGHT S DARK SHADE A NOVEL OF THE CATHARS was published by Mayapple Books The new historical novel deals with the controversial Albigensian Crusade in thirteenth century France Elena has been a contributor to Canticle Magazine, Touchstone Magazine, The National Observer, and The American Conservative In April 2009 she was a speaker at the Eucharistic Convention in Auckland, New Zealand In August 2010 Elena spoke at The Catholc Writers Conference in Valley Forge, PA She is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild and the Eastern Shore Writers Association She currently lives in Maryland with her family and is working on a historical novel about her Irish ancestors Elena blogs at teaattrianon.


    894 Comments

    1. The two syrupy, saccharine, badly written, and historically biased books on the saintly Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and their saintly offspring Marie Therese should have put me off this author forever But just for giggles, I wanted to see how she would manage the Cathars and the whole Albigensian Crusades schtick.Pure Harlequin Mills Boon in 13th century drag is how this awful novel turned out.I m not wasting any of my time on this review, or yours in reading it.


    2. I wasted my money on this book I struggled to the last page to find any interest in it but the plot is botched, the characters completely flat, the action poorly lead and the writing awful.It is possible to adopt an openly Catholic perspective and be a good writer, so its definitely not the problem here


    3. It was terrible The prose was uncomfortable 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, exquisite thing than this author was capable of expressing She shouldn t have tried I think if she hadn t gone f [...]


    4. After having read the exquisite 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 require a strong faith to carry on at all cost.A noble by birth, Rapha lle had been appointed in the court of Queen Blanche, when all was well under the rule of Louis VIII The Lion After Louis [...]


    5. A version of this review appeared at Catholic Exchange and CatholicMomIt s an unfortunate fact that each generation must uncover for itself Love is a battlefield Except for those who marry their first love, and early in life, most of us carry on our hearts the scars of broken, often ill advised, romantic entanglements Each friendship leaves its mark those characterized by authentic Christian charity and fidelity touch our souls lightly and for the better Those that are not, do not Either way, wh [...]


    6. A historical romance set in 13th century France, The Night s Dark Shade is an engrossing tale about faith, honor, and courtly love.In 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 under the guardianship of her uncle, the Baron de Marcadeau Hopeful and eager to make the most of her situation, Rapha [...]


    7. 6 2010.A spunky heroine, the Cathar heresy, and some swashes being buckled I liked this book quite a lot Vidal managed to combine romance without immodesty, insight into how a truly Catholic girl would have responded to suddenly being confronted by a heresy, and a feel for life back in those long ago times I especially liked the heroine s confusion over the many similarities of the Cathar heresy and true Catholicism It is that same confusion that often hits us today when something is not quite r [...]


    8. Interesting portrayal of a heresy that still has echoes in today s society The story is about faith, love and charity, no matter what the circumstances Great characters and quite an adventure Well done.


    9. 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


    10. The Night s Dark ShadeThe story of Raphaelle, Vicomtesse de Mirimande, is a ripping good chapter tale If Elena Maria Vidal is anything at all, as an author, she is marvelously gifted as a yarn spinning, bell toned story teller Ordinarily, I tend not to be a fan of the romanza, but I thoroughly enjoyed the pace and people of this story and will read again In fact the next time, I will read it aloud, for all good tales should be told in front of a leaping fire to as many ears as will listen.In her [...]


    11. I accidentally read two Gothic novels in a row Not quite sure how that happened This was a fun adventure in which poor Raphaelle keeps getting captured and fought over while getting mixed up in a war between Catholics and Cathars I didn t know much about the Cathars prior to reading this and looked up 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 [...]



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