French novelist Mireille Calmel, a great figure in historical novels, delves into the mysteries of the Cathars in her new novel, The Cathar wolf. From the Montagne Noire, near Carcassonne, to the secret passages of Paris, she tells a little-known part of the story allowing to understand the stakes of the crusade against the Albigenses. With talent, she mixes history with romance: adventures, murders, amorous passion and betrayal are part of the game.
Mireille Calmel takes her readers to Paris in October 1226 … a few weeks just before the coronation of Saint Louis. A 16-year-old thief, Griffonnelle, witnesses the murder of her mother in the middle of the street. Suspicion quickly fell on Amaury de Montfort, the son of the man who led the crusade in Occitania and burned hundreds of Cathars.
In turn, Griffonnelle is Montfort’s target. He looks for her everywhere, and demands that she return a mysterious map sought by those close to the king. A map that would lead them to a gold mine hidden in the heart of the Montagne Noire, in Occitania.
To escape this man and survive, Griffonnelle must quickly find out what her mother has been hiding. Time is running out: assassinations are increasing in the entourage of the king and the revenge of Na Loba – a woman with a cursed name – hangs over the young girl.
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