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A breathtaking historical novel of revenge, persecution and loss, The City of Tears by Kate Mosse follows on from her Sunday Times number one bestseller, The Burning Chambers.

May 1572: for ten violent years the Wars of Religion have raged across France. Neighbours have become enemies, countless lives have been lost, and the country has been torn apart over matters of religion, citizenship and sovereignty. But now a precarious peace is in the balance and a royal wedding has been negotiated. It is a marriage that could see France reunited at last.

An invitation has arrived for Minou Joubert and her family to attend this historic wedding in Paris in August. But what Minou does not know is that the Joubert family's oldest enemy, Vidal, will also be there. Nor that, within days of the marriage, on the eve of the Feast Day of St Bartholomew, her family will be scattered to the four winds and one of her beloved children will have disappeared without trace . . .

Sweeping from Paris and Chartres to the City of Tears itself - the great refugee city of Amsterdam - this is a story of one family's fight to stay together and survive against the devastating tides of history . . .

'A gorgeously written, utterly absorbing epic . . . I absolutely loved it' - Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party

'A novel with vast scope and ambition, brilliantly achieved . . . I was utterly immersed in this spell-binding story' - Rosamund Lupton, author of Three Hours

'This is historical fiction to devour. Nobody does it like Kate Mosse' - Anthony Horowitz on The Burning Chambers

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionHistorical adventureFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 19/01/2021 ISBN-13: 9781509806874  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Kate Mosse is an award-winning novelist, playwright, essayist and non-fiction writer, the author of eight novels and short story collections, including the multimillion-selling Languedoc Trilogy, The Burning Chambers Series and number one bestselling Gothic fiction The Winter Ghosts and The Taxidermist's Daughter. Her books have been translated into thirty-seven languages and published in more than forty countries. The Founder Director of the Women's Prize for Fiction, she is the Founder of the global Woman In History campaign.

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This is a powerful book of historical fiction. A second book in the Burning Chambers series, this immense book has just been published in paperback. Returning to France in 1572, this book stands alone as it recalls the major characters with implied backgrounds. They are men and women, children, who represent two sides of the religious movements in sixteenth century France. Journeying from the idyllic countryside to the heaving, overpopulated city of Paris, it sweeps onwards into Amsterdam and beyond, where people vacillate between wanting to live peacefully together following their own preferences in religious practice, to condemning those who have opposing views. Politics and religion are a heady mix, and in this tightly written, well paced novel, an extremely dangerous one. The proposed marriage of two royal families, the joining of ambitious dynasties, is supposed to be witnessed as the raising of new hope, but instead leads to trouble for many present. Seen through the perspective of one relatively wealthy family group, it begins to appear that not everyone is going to survive, let alone remain together. Ambitions, the desire for revenge and so much more seem to come together against those hoping for peace and tolerance. This is a powerful book, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to read and review it. The book opens in May and June 1572. An older woman, Marikan, prays for guidance. Past tragic memories and a present dilemma leave her uncertain and troubled. Should she reveal what she remembers, what little she knows, or should she preserve a silence against her duty? In a way a dilemma is solved, and tragedy is set in train. At a far away place, Chateau de Puivert in Languedoc, a younger woman, Minou Reydon- Joubert, the Chatelane considers the troubled past and the seemingly peaceful present. Her father, her aunt, her sister and brother are all present, together with her husband Piet, daughter Marta and small son Jean-Jacques. Her husband is strangely silent, but essentially it is a loving relationship, probably after the traumatic events as recorded in the first book. It is a special day, as Minou has decided that they will all go to Paris to witness the marriage of Marguerite de Valois to King Henri of Narvarre. This is an important and unexpected joining of two houses by marriage, houses that have long been divided by religion. Most of Minou’s family follow the Huguenots in religious practice, but many inhabitants of France follow the tradition of strict Catholicism. By the time of this book the Wars of Religion have raged through France for ten years, and as in any civil war, neighbours and even families have been divided. With this marriage it is to be hoped that peace and reconciliation will be achieved, but with vested interests on both sides, nothing is certain. There are those for whom religious differences are almost excuses for violent action, and there are worrying signs of danger even in the countryside, and definitely in the overpopulated streets of Paris. This book, like others produced by Mosse, tackles the troubles of French history head on, and is certainly not a gentle read. The writing is phenomenally strong, featuring determined individuals of every age and background. An informative historical note is included, and this book uses fictional characters as a means of conveying huge truths of the time. It is an admirable and big book in every sense, and I recommend it as a really memorable reading experience.

- 10/02/2022
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