Thursday, February 18, 2010

An Era of Intensity

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by author Catherine Delors about the research for my novel The Night's Dark Shade, which Madame Delors calls "a remarkable book." Thank you, Catherine! To quote from the book's preface (as the interviewer does):
The Night’s Dark Shade is a novel of thirteenth-century France. The Middle Ages was an era of intensity. People applied themselves with great ardor to every endeavor, be it art, poetry, warfare, love or religion. They were particularly fervent in regard to matters of faith. Religious convictions were not subject to indifference, as they tend to be today; rather every nuance of doctrine was of vital interest to all. Fanatics appeared from time to time, and the blood of innocents was shed. Heresy was viewed as a capital offense, for it was seen as leading to the death of the soul, which was for the medievals more to be dreaded than mere bodily death. Too often, battling heresy became an excuse for pillage, as wars arose. This is the story of the conflicts which raged in individuals, as well as in families and kingdoms, amid the tumult of the Albigensian Crusade.
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5 comments:

Marie Burton said...

Congrats for your praise from Delors! I love that photo as well. I hope to read your book someday, it sounds so very interesting.

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you, Marie! I know, there is little time to read every book we want to read. That is why I appreciate great reviewers like yourself.

Julygirl said...

Friends I know who have read "A Night's Dark Shade" love the insight into that period of History and that region which is unknown to most.

Catherine Delors said...

Thanks so much for this interview, Elena! And congratulations on what is indeed a remarkable book...

elena maria vidal said...

Julygirl, I am glad your friends are reading it!

Catherine, thank you! The pictures you chose are lovely! BTW, you helped my Kindle sales take off at last!