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Exiled for the Faith A Tale of the Huguenot Persecution   By: (1814-1880)

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Exiled for the Faith: A Tale of the Huguenot Persecution by William Henry Giles Kingston is a captivating historical novel that brings to life an often-overlooked period of religious persecution in France. Set in the late 17th century, the story follows the fortunes of the Mericourt family, Huguenots who face injustice and hardship due to their Protestant beliefs.

One of the strengths of this novel is the meticulous attention to detail and historical accuracy. The author provides a vivid portrayal of the Huguenot community, their customs, and the tense social and political climate they lived in. It is evident that Kingston conducted thorough research, as he weaves together historical events with compelling fictional characters and a poignant narrative.

The storyline itself is gripping, filled with moments of suspense, danger, and heartache. Through the eyes of the protagonist, Claude Mericourt, the reader gets a glimpse into the struggles faced by the Huguenots as their religious freedoms are gradually stripped away. Kingston does an excellent job of capturing the emotional turmoil experienced by individuals torn between their faith and the ever-increasing pressure to comply with the Catholic regime.

The characters in Exiled for the Faith are well-rounded and relatable, each with their own hopes, dreams, and fears. Claude's journey, in particular, is both inspiring and heart-wrenching, as he faces persecution, imprisonment, and the loss of loved ones. The supporting cast is equally well-developed, adding depth and diversity to the narrative.

The novel's pacing is spot-on, keeping the reader engaged from start to finish. While there are moments of intense action and suspense, Kingston also knows when to slow the pace to explore the characters' inner struggles and relationships more deeply. This balance allows for a well-rounded storytelling experience that, despite its historical context, remains relevant to contemporary issues of religious freedom and identity.

Furthermore, Exiled for the Faith offers valuable insights into the cultural and religious tensions of 17th-century France. Kingston's exploration of religious fanaticism, political intrigue, and social injustice serves as a reminder of the power of empathy and understanding in times of adversity.

Overall, Exiled for the Faith is an exceptional historical novel that sheds light on an often neglected chapter of French history. William Henry Giles Kingston's meticulous research, engaging storytelling, and well-drawn characters combine to create a captivating and thought-provoking read. Whether one has prior knowledge of the Huguenots or is simply looking for an enthralling tale of resilience and courage, this book is highly recommended.

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Exiled for the Faith; A Tale of the Huguenot Persecution, by W.H.G. Kingston.

Not a very long book. Though technically well written it is a bit annoying as it contains several passages of ranting against the behaviour of the Catholics. No doubt this was justified at the time, but in this day and age it is a bit out of place to be reminded of it.

The audiobook comes out at about five hours.





"Just what brought you to France, fair cousin?"

The question was put by a beautiful girl scarcely yet verging on womanhood to a fine intelligent youth, two or three years her senior, as they paced slowly on together through the gardens of the Louvre on the banks of the Seine, flowing at that period bright and clear amid fields and groves. Before them rose the stately palace lately increased and adorned by Henry the Second, the then reigning monarch of France, with its lofty towers, richly carved columns, and numerous rows of windows commanding a view over the city on one side, and across green fields and extensive forests, and far up and down the river on the other... Continue reading book >>

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