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The Wandering Sea: Crusade  (Reincarnation Series: Book II) Marilyn M. Schulz

The Wandering Sea: Crusade (Reincarnation Series: Book II)

Marilyn M. Schulz

Published June 17th 2010
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Southern France, 1243:As rampaging Crusaders destroy their village, Renata and Cebille, the village healers, lead a small group of little girls into the mountains to escape. The little girls have been training in the art of herbal healing, but suchMoreSouthern France, 1243:As rampaging Crusaders destroy their village, Renata and Cebille, the village healers, lead a small group of little girls into the mountains to escape. The little girls have been training in the art of herbal healing, but such healing by women—even girls—has been condemned as witchcraft, and witches now are condemned and then burned.But they don’t know who else has survived from their village, or even if their families are safe. The women head toward the fortress mount in Montségur for refuge and any news, hoping any villagers left alive may make it there as well.Unexpectedly, they are helped by a knight of the Crusade, Sir Simon de Bresilhac, (on a secret quest of his own) and his brother, Perilla, a priest who has doubts as to their eventual salvation and thinks the women are going to Hell anyway.But Renata has another desperate secret: Like her father before, who was a knight of an ancient line, she has the gift of healing not just by plants, but by the Laying of Hands. Something comes upon her then, and she mumbles in tongues her mother calls Angel-speak. Others call it Devil’s tongue, so it’s no wonder the gift is not something she wants to make well known, given that people get burned for that.But with no hope left at Montségur, Renata has been tasked by one of the Perfecti—a Cathar ready to enter Heaven, perhaps sooner rather than later—with a sacred trust. Renata has vowed to protect it to the end, but when might that end really be?Samsara—the Wheel of Existence, literally, the Perpetual Wandering—is the name by which is designated the Sea of Life ever restlessly heaving up and down, the symbol of this continuous process of ever again and again being born, growing old, suffering, and dying. - Gautama BuddhaThe Wandering Sea, the Series:An early Christian sect, known as the Cathari (The Pure Ones), believed the earth was corrupt and that by giving up earthly possessions and wicked ways, the soul could be redeemed and ascend into Heaven for all time. If you did not become Perfect in this life, you would be given another lifetime until you could. But this was only one of the reasons the Holy Roman Church branded the sect as heretics.After decades of Crusade against them, in 1244, armies of the Pope, allied with the French king and a group of his northern knights, laid siege to the fortress at Montségur in the Langue d’Oc region of what is now southern France. The last remnants of the Cathar sect, including all the remaining Perfecti (those near Perfection waiting for ascension into Heaven), had taken refuge here.After several months of siege, the Cathari defenders (including some Templars, it was rumored) were eventually forced to surrender. Hundreds of Cathari were burned alive in a bonfire at the foot of the fortress mount in a place that would be know for long after as the Field of the Burned. Some of the Cathar defenders (who were not of the sect) were said to have been so moved by their faith that they joined the Cathari in their fate.But legend has it that some made defenders and selected Cathari made it out through hidden passages carved in the rock mount with a secret or a treasure—or both.Also in the Series:Remembered Sins: The Ritual