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Daughters of the Grail

Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Thirteenth-century France: Bridget has grown up mastering the mystical gifts of her ancestor, Mary Magdalene, whose unbroken female lineage has kept a legacy of wisdom alive for a thousand years. But the all-powerful Catholic Church has sworn to destroy Bridget for using her healing talents and supernatural abilities. Her duty to continue the bloodline leads her into the arms of Raoul de Mountvallant – a Catholic. But when the Church’s savage religious intolerance causes Raoul to turn rebel, a terrible vengeance is exacted. As war rages on, it is the children of these passionate souls, Magda and Dominic, who must strive to preserve the ancient knowledge for future generations….

©1983 Elizabeth Chadwick (P)2011 Soundings

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Cathars & Holy Grail

A romantic novel full of fascinating historical details. Was the Holy Grail the actual blood line of Mary and therefore Jesus, rather than a drinking vessel? We are dragged along with the horror of the third crusade from Beziers to Montesegur.

Maybe a deeper investigation of some of the characters such as Bridget, Simon de Montforte or Father Bernard, would add strength to the book. They explode into the story without full development or suggestion of why those characters are as they are.

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  • Judith P
  • 20-07-2015

Another wonderful story

Would you consider the audio edition of Daughters of the Grail to be better than the print version?

I don't know I haven't read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the characters, and finding out fascinating historical details and stories.

Which character – as performed by Nicolette McKenzie – was your favourite?

I was fascinated by them all. Horrified by the black monk.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Shock!!

Any additional comments?

Detail making the story real!!

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  • Manchester Mama
  • 21-05-2019

Great historical detail with intriguing mystery

I knew little about the Cathar religion before this book. In light of the Roman Catholic persecution suffered during the period of this book it's hard not to have sympathy for them and their beliefs!
I very much enjoyed the theory of the 'Magdelain blood line' and thought all the characters were well written. The narrator read smoothly and used many different voices which served very well. I enjoyed the book and find Elizabeth Chadwick a very competent writer of historical fiction.