How a world was lost.
In this compelling historical novel, set in the Languedoc at the end of the 13th century, François de Beaufort, a knight and a Cathar, loves three women – Blanche, Sybille and Beatrice. He is Cathar by birth, and ultimately by conviction, despite the unrelenting efforts of the Inquisition to stamp out this heresy through war, torture and the stake.
After surviving two sieges François is sentenced to a pilgrimage of penance to Compostela, and ends up in the Cathar village of Montaillou. And then the Inquisition strikes again.