The Devil’s Pit is a historical thriller with a background of und of inquisition, witchcraft and political conspiracy. A novel based in 1327 at the end of the Cathar insurrection and the beginning of the papacy in Avignon.
A book for fans of historical fiction and adventure novels.
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About the Devil’s Pit
In 1327, the Christian world is in the grip of doubt. Kings are cursed. Knights Templar are hunted down, and Franciscans are thrown into prison. Heresy and paganism devour the papacy of Avignon.
In Provence, a small village is the victim of the strange occurrences. Children are going missing. The Devil’s Pit spits disembowelled bodies washing up in the shallow of the river, and demonic rites are practiced in the mountains. The village has fallen into the hands of Satan, while in the grip of a dangerous, cultish priest who claims that God is dead.
Margaux, a Moorish assassin, traumatized by a violent life and haunted by demons, seeks a deadly revenge for what men did to her. She is tasked by the Church to restore the Faith in the mountain. Her purpose is to make all signs of heresy disappear before it gets to the ears of the world.
She will lead Ageran, a former knight crusader, and Nortimer, a zealous priest fascinated by witchcraft, paganism and occultism, down a very dangerous path, facing the darkest aspects of mankind and unravelling a plot that could only have been inspired by the Devil Himself.
Tips: if you’re looking for a medieval fiction, you might also be interested in reading The Inconvenient Bride.
Preview of the Book
I really liked the intrigue in this novel, the complicity of the characters, their story and their nature. Good historical immersion.
Even better than the previous ones. I’ve waited two years for this new novel and I’m devouring it. The descriptions of Vaucluse Mountain remind me of my childhood.
I never get tired of it. The 2 volumes of this last novel which is at the same time historical, detective and adventure book. As in the previous novels of Mr Bontoux, we are transported in the places and we live with the characters and we learn so much in the process. Like many others I hope that a new book is in preparation.
As always Thierry Bontoux has written a fascinating, well-documented book.
Most of the characters are plausible but I had a little difficulty to accept the role given to the young woman.
It is hard to believe that the papal inquisition would use a woman, a Moorish one at that, to fight against heretics in the macho, xenophobic and gullible medieval world.
Details of the Devil's Pit
date of publication: April 13, 2021
ISBN-13 : 979-8460087662
Dimensions : 6 x 0.83 x 9 inches
ISBN-13 : 979-8460134731
Dimensions : 6 x 0.94 x 9 inches