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Stigmata, Colin Falconer, book reviewStigmata by Colin Falconer dropped through my letterbox rather unexpectedly, sent by the publisher for review. I didn’t recall expressing interest in it, but never one to say no to a book, I had a look at it. Set in the Languedoc, its main characters are Philip of Vercy, a knight who has lost faith following the deaths of his wife and son, and Fabricia, a young woman who sees visions and is marked with the stigmata, which also seems to give her healing powers. Both become embroiled in the Cathar cause, and the siege of Montaillat, as Simon de Montfort tries to wipe out the heretics.

Despite it being unexpected, Stigmata did sound like a novel which would interest me. The synopsis made me think of Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth; although the story is not that similar, it too deals with the Cathars, and is one of my favourite novels.

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