BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Chatelaine of Montaillou is Bookclubz' Book of the Month.

Use these discussion questions to guide your next meeting.

ABOUT THE BOOK

It is 1320, 25 years since Beatrice lived in Montaillou, but the past she has tried to forget is about to catch up with her when she is summoned by the terrifying Inquisitor, Bishop Jacques Fournier. Based on Bishop Fournier's actual interrogation records kept in the Vatican for nearly 700 years, this is the story of the noblewoman, Beatrice de Planisolles and the last Cathars of the Languedoc. Love, lust, betrayal and religious persecution are at the heart of this historical novel. "...a captivating story, as emotionally moving as it is intellectually engaging. A meticulously researched and stirringly executed blend of historical fact and fiction." - Kirkus Reviews

THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Who are the Cathars? Why are they considered a heretical sect of the Catholic Church?


In what ways, through the telling of this story, does the Catholic Church use theology to further its own institutional power and interests? Do the Cathars do the same? If so, how?


Beatrice is accused of doctrinal heresy. But is there really a deeper disconnect at play?


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The Chatelaine of Montaillou

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