BUY FROM AMAZON
THE TREASURE OF MONTSÉGUR (2002)

AUTHOR'S INSIGHTS
THIS IS THE FAVORITE OF MY NOVELS AND IT TOOK LIFE FROM MY HORROR ATWATCHING ANOTHER SECTARIAN WAR BREAK OUT, RELIGION AGAINST RELIGION, ALL IN THE NAME OF THE GOD OF LOVE AND PEACE. MY QUESTION HERE WAS, "HOW DOYOU FIND HOPE AND COURAGE IN THE MIDST OF ABSOLUTE DESPAIR?" I TOOK THE PERIOD, 1200-1250 WHEN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WAS ENGAGED IN A FEROCIOUS WAR OF CHRISTIAN AGAINST CHRISTIAN, CATHOLIC AGAINST HERETIC. IT'S A STORY THAT EVERY FRENCH SCHOOLCHILD KNOWS AND IS NEARLY UNHEARD OF IN THE U. S. THE INQUISITION AROSE IN THIS PERIOD TO STAMP OUT THE CHURCH OF LOVE, THE FRIENDS OF GOD; AND ONLY AFTER HAVING EXTERMINATED 3 MILLION PROTOPROTESTANT CHRISTIANS, DID THE INQUISITION TURN ITS ATTENTION TO JEWS AND OTHER DISSIDENTS.

MY STORY – BASED ON HISTORICAL FACT – BEGINS IN 1244, WHEN 220 PURE ONES (THE PERFECTI, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN) WERE TRAPPED IN THE FORTRESS OF MONTSÉGUR IN WHAT IS NOW SOUTHWESTERN FRANCE.WHEN ITWAS CLEAR THEY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO HOLD OUT AGAINST THE FRENCH ARMY, THE CATHARS SMUGGLED THEIR TREASURE ("PECUNIAM INFINITAM," ACCORDING TO THE INQUISITION) THROUGH THE ENEMY LINES AND HID IT UNDERGROUND. ON THE NIGHT BEFORE THEY SURRENDERED, WHEN ALL 220 HERETICS WOULD BE BURNED AT THE STAKE ALIVE, THREE "PURE ONES" WERE LOWERED ON ROPES DOWN THE SHEER CLIFF FACE AND DISAPPEARED, TO CONTINUE THE CHURCH OF LOVE. AND HERE MY NOVEL BEGINS, WITH MY HEROINE JEANNE, THEIR GUIDE. JEANNE HAS LOST THE THREE PERFECTI. SHE IS LOOKING FOR THEM. THE INQUISITION IS LOOKING FOR HER, AND EVERYONE IS LOOKING FOR THE TREASURE.

A STORY OF PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL LOVE, OF HORRORS ON EARTH AND THE SEARCH GOD.

MY FAVORITE COMPLIMENT CAME IN A FAN LETTER FROM A MUSLIM WOMAN IN SAUDI ARABIA. SHE DID NOT SIGN HER NAME. SHE SAID SHE HAD NEVER READ ABOUT OTHER RELIGIONS BEFORE BUT SHE WAS SO TOUCHED BY THE TREASURE OF MONTSÉGUR THAT SHE HAD DECIDED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHRISTIANITY AND JUDAISM.