Saturday, 29 November 2014

Guardian Angel - a romantic adventure set in Scotland

Guardian Angel - a romantic adventure set in Scotland involving a guardian angel with attitude....
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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

New website

I have a new author website. This has some information about me and my books with direct links to where they can be obtained. 

It is called " Jean de Beurre - Author "

You can find it here

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Five Star review on Amazon....

 On a Customer Reviews  from "happy" on Capcir Spring
5.0 out of 5 stars " takes you right there". 

(Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase)
"This book made me curious about the time and places presented in this book. Well written, great story that makes you believe you are right there with the characters."             October 21, 2012
Thank you "Happy" for your review
 - I am glad you enjoyed the book.    Jean

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Sunday, 12 August 2012

The Pyrenees

The Pyrenees mountains stretch for 480km from the Atlantic coast across to the Mediterranean forming an impressive natural frontier between France and Spain. They rose from beneath a shallow sea millions of years ago when the European and African continental plates collided. Since then the gigantic glaciers that covered most of Europe during the last great ice age have shaped the magical natural features we see here today.
The Pyrenees mountains are not just a geographical barrier between France and Spain, but a divide of culture, climate, flora and fauna and way of life between two very different countries. The Pyrenees are one of the last wilderness areas of Europe and can only really be appreciated on foot. 
The Capcir plateau offers hiking trails to short walks and Capcir and Haut Conflent are traversed by the GR10 and HRP (marked long distance footpaths) linking Hendaye to Banyuls.

You can get your copy of my ebook  "Capcir Spring"by clicking HERE if you are in the USA or here if you are in the UK  Thank you

Friday, 3 August 2012

Who were the Cathars

"The Cathars were heretics without a name. The word Cathar is a slang name, used by Catholics as an insult. The words Perfect, the elect, and Credentes for the followers are similarly lifted from the annals of the Inquisition. They called themselves Good men, Good Women or simply Good Christians. They were, undeniably, dualists who believed that there were two Gods – the good God of the spiritual world and the Bad God of the material world. Accordingly the material world was of no interest. They believed that you had to reach a spiritual enlightenment in order to finally reach the Good God. The Catholic Church with its sacraments, relics, rules and prohibitions was seen as, at best, an irrelevancy to the Cathars. Catholics had simply missed the point.
The Catholic Church in Languedoc was a sad mess at this time, the late 12th Century. Corrupt and worldly Archbishops and Bishops led a trail of usury, ignorance and malpractice right down to the average village priest, who probably had a few concubines and was woefully ignorant of the substance of Christianity. In comparison the wandering Perfect were ascetic, saintly men who ate no meat, were celibate, learned and lived as simple, wandering artisans. They had little difficulty winning adherents. But while dualism was rife throughout southern Europe there were special reasons for its success in the Occitan; as mentioned, the Church was feeble, but the feudal system had not thrown up the central organisation it had in Northern France and England. The ancient custom of dividing land equally between all children, men and women, had seen to that. Cathar Perfect could be women as well as men, and many of the leading lights of Catharism were noble women of limited, but independent means. The Occitan was a fragmented, independent state, not easily controlled or regulated.
And so the Dualist faith thrived. In many mountain villages Dualists were in the majority while in towns like Carcassonne or the region’s capital, Toulouse, Cathars and orthodox Christians (and indeed, Jews, remarkably enough) rubbed shoulders happily, each content to worship their own."

This quotation is taken from a website authored by Brian Creese.

You can get your copy of my ebook  "Capcir Spring"by clicking HERE if you are in the USA or here if you are in the UK  Thank you

Walking in Capcir, France, Pyrenees

Walking in Capcir
Some of the best walking in Europe can be found in the Pyrenees with the summits attainable for most relatively fit walkers. There are plenty of well maintained footpaths and marked trails that criss cross this mountain range from coast to coast. This photo was taken by one of the many small lakes in Capcir.

One of many small lakes

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