Book Review: Religious tensions rule the Languedoc in Kate Mosse’s epic new historical fiction, The Burning Chambers

France, 1562. The Languedoc region is on the cusp of religious war.

Threatened by the spread of Protestantism, the Catholic powers are pushing back against edicts ordering tolerance, by stock piling weapons and torturing suspected Huguenots. Old friends become bitter enemies, secrets are bought and sold, and the region moves ever closer to bloody conflict. In the Occitane capital Toulouse, rumours abound, with tales of stolen relics, lost wills, temple massacres, and protestant plots spreading like wildfire.

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