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  • 1. Emilia Nielfa GonzálezLabyrinth by Kate Mosse
  • 2. PLOT  When Dr Alice Tanner discovers two skeletons at an archeological site in southern France, she unearths a link with a horrific and brutal past. But it’s not just the sight of the shattered bones that makes her uneasy; there’s an overwhelming sense of evil in the tomb that Alice finds hard to shake off, even in the bright French sunshine. Puzzled by the words carved inside the chamber, Alice has an uneasy feeling that she has disturbed something which was meant to remain hidden… Eight hundred years ago, on the night before a brutal civil war ripped apartLanguedoc, three books were entrusted to Alais, a young herbalist andhealer. Although she cannot understand the symbols and diagrams thebooks contain, Alais knows her destiny lies in protecting their secret at allcosts. Skilfully blending the lives of two women divided by centuries butunited by a common destiny, “Labyrinth” is a powerful story steeped in theatmosphere and history of southern France.
  • 3. Characters.v Jehan Congost: He is a weak and v Guy D’evereux: He is a cruel, ineffectual man. He is attached to the unscrupulous man, obsessed with household of Raymond – Roger discovering the secret of the Grail. Guy Trencavel, Viscount of Carcassonne. He is will do anything to get what he wants. employed to write out documents, His pursuit of the parchments is the letters and messages for illiterate – reason why he joins innocent III’s customers. Crusade against the Cathars.v Esclaramonde De Servian: He is a Cathar v Guilhem Du Mas: He is brave, believer, from the small town of Servian, flamboyant, skilled with both lance and he is also a member of a small secret sword, his reputation on the Jousting society, ‘The Noublesso de los Seres’, field is second to none. He is also quick dedicated to protecting their Egypcian tempered, arrogant and untired on the parchments which contain the secret of battlefield. He is married to Alaïs. the true Grail. Esclaramonde is known for v Will: He is very attractive to women and her skill as a healer and for her knowledge of herbs. falls in and out of love easily. He is also charming, a passionate friend and brave.
  • 4. v Harif the teacher: He is a teacher. He has v Marie – Cecile De Lloradora: She is knowledge of the spoken language and beautiful, elegant, highly intelligent and scripts of the ancient languages of the Middle influential. A highly successful East and North Africa. He is, perhaps, from businesswoman in antiques, Marie took the Holy Land. over as head of the L’Oradore family empire in 2000 on the death of herv Jeanne Giraud: For several years she helped beloved grandfather. smuggle refugees – gypsies, Jews, other resistants – over the Pyrenees to the relative v Sajh´e De Servian: He is a clever, self – safety of northern Spain. In 1944 her husband possessed boy. He has lived with his was caught, interrogated, torturated and grandmother since the death of his executed. parents and has an understanding of the Cathar faith and knowledge of predictingv Orianne Congost – Pelletier: She is clever, the future, magic and the Jewish Kabala. devious, ambitious and eager for power. She is unscrupulous and extremely charming. She hates her sister Alaïs.
  • 5. v Raymond – Roger Trencavel: He is Viscount of v Alice Tarner: She is a strong, brave Carcassonne inherited from his father at the and fiercely independent woman. age of only nine years old. He is brave and Her parents died in a car accident in independent, a man of integrity,popular with 1994 Throughout her childhood, his vassal lords and subjects. He is known to be Alice suffered from dreams and tolerant of all religions and cultures. He lives in nightmares. At the beginning of the Château Comtal in the fortified hill town of labyrinth, She has just broken up Carcassonne. with her long – term boyfriend and so has accepted an invitation fromv Alaïs Du Mass (Pelletier): She is the second and old university friend to work as daugther of Bertrand and Margarite Pelletier. a volunteer at an archeological dig She was born in 1193 in Carcassonne, She was a in The Sabarthes Mountains, frail child. From childhood Alaïs has had Southwest France. frequent headaches and visions.v Audric Baillard: He is a specialist on Ancient Egypt also, Baillard reads hieroglyphs and other antique forms of witing.
  • 6. ● Simeon the Bookmaker: He is a master  Paul Authié: He was born in bookmaker who has lived in Chartres Mountauban in 1965 is an since 1188, having left Jerusalen as the unscrupulous, ruthless lawyer who, armies of Saladin approached. He is bankrolled by his estranged wife’s nearly 60 years old a very old man indeed money. He has built a fromidable by medieval standards and waiting only reputation in Carcassonne as an anti for a chance to fulfil his vows to protect – immigration pro – church the labyrinth parchments with his life. advocate. And he is known to be a member of the Front National. He has contacts within the police force. He is a devout Catholic, making substantial donations to The Society of Jesus: The Jesuits.
  • 7. v Bertrand Pelletier: At the beginning of Labyrinth in 1209, Beltrand Pelletier is a relatively old man by medieval standars. He has been Intendant – steward – of the Trencavel household since 1191. He lives with his two dougthers in the Chateau Comtal in Carcassonne. As a younger man he travelled to the Holy Land, arriving in Jerusalen in 1184. There he was recruited by an ancient Arab teache: Harif.
  • 8. PERSONAL OPINION. It is a lovely, intelligent novel of discovery and loss, generous in its historical scope and intimate in its tender details. What really marks Labyrinth out is the fact that all the main roles – goodies as well as baddieshistorical and contemporary – go to women. The job of heroine is split between the 13th –century Alaïs, the daughter of one of the leading men in Carcassonne, and Alice, acontemporary British woman who has managed to investigate her way on to a localarchaeological dig as a way of spinning out a lack lustre summer. I have experienced in some deja – vu, so I understand the feelings of Alice. I have felt, likeAlice, an affinity, with a place, a sense of things that have happened. I enjoyed it much. I absolutely couldn’t put the book down at all. Every spare second I had I couldn’t wait toread the next few pages to see what was going to happen next. I recommend this book.
  • 9. PERSONAL OPINION. It is a lovely, intelligent novel of discovery and loss, generous in its historical scope and intimate in its tender details. What really marks Labyrinth out is the fact that all the main roles – goodies as well as baddieshistorical and contemporary – go to women. The job of heroine is split between the 13th –century Alaïs, the daughter of one of the leading men in Carcassonne, and Alice, acontemporary British woman who has managed to investigate her way on to a localarchaeological dig as a way of spinning out a lack lustre summer. I have experienced in some deja – vu, so I understand the feelings of Alice. I have felt, likeAlice, an affinity, with a place, a sense of things that have happened. I enjoyed it much. I absolutely couldn’t put the book down at all. Every spare second I had I couldn’t wait toread the next few pages to see what was going to happen next. I recommend this book.