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The Friar of Carcassonne

January 2012

"O'Shea is a gifted storyteller who seems unencumbered by the occupational addiction of some historians to whisper to one another about esoterica in the footnotes. He has a good story to tell and he tells it well….No one will mistake this book for hagiography. O'Shea presents Delicieux with the warts fully visible, which makes his portrait all the more convincing and makes the wily friar with feet of clay all the more human and sympathetic."

CathNews.com, Jan 20, 2012
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The Friar of Carcassonne

The Friar of Carcassonne

October 2011

"This magnificent book, a compelling sequel to Stephen O'Shea's bestselling The Perfect Heresy, tells Delicieux's inspiring life and tragic story."

Medievalists.net, Oct 15, 2011
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The Friar of Carcassonne

October 2011

"Stephen O'Shea's The Perfect Heresy was a masterful history of the Cathars and the infamous crusade against them. This was a hugely complex period: [Friar of Carcasonne] usefully begins by setting the religious and political scene of the 13th century after the Albigensian Crusade, before detailing Bernard's brave personal crusade against the cruelty and corruption of the inquisitors."

The Independent, Oct 13, 2011
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The Friar of Carcassonne

October 2011

"Stephen O'Shea is more than a writer of historical narratives. He is designing engineer and pilot of a time machine that transports readers back in time 800 years or more...If this were the way history was taught in high school and colleges, we'd all aspire to be medieval scholars."

Providence Journal, Oct 2, 2011
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The Friar of Carcassonne

July 2011

"A Franciscan Brother stands up to the inquisition in Southern France, and the inquisition backs down!...O’Shea's thorough research and effortless writing exposes the political and economic side of the inquisition and its irreversible damage to the Catholic Church."

Kirkus Reviews, Jul 18, 2011
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