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The Albigensian Crusades
by Joseph Strayer

This history of the crusades ...sketches the conditions in...Occitania during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, briefly details the origins and beliefs of Catharism, and contains a narrative account of the crusades and their consequences.
~From the Back Cover

And There Was Light:
The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II
by Jacques Lusseyran

When Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident. In 1941, when he was seventeen, that world was Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran formed a resistance group with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the best. Eventually, Lusseyran was arrested and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in a transport of two thousand resistance fighters. He was one of only thirty from the transport to survive.

The Chalice and the Blade:
Our History, Our Future

by Riane Eisler

Some books are like revelations: they open the spirit to unimaginable possibilities. The Chalice and the Blade is one of those magnificent key books that can transform us and...initiate fundamental changes in the world.
From Publishers Weekly: "... convincingly documents the global shift from egalitarian to patriarchal societies, interweaving new archeological evidence and feminist scholarship.


The Closing of the Western Mind:
The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason

by Charles Freeman

When the Emperor Contstantine converted to Christianity in 368 AD, he changed the course of European history in ways that continue to have repercussions to the present day. Adopting those aspects of the religion that suited his purposes, he turned Rome on a course from the relatively open, tolerant and pluralistic civilization of the Hellenistic world, towards a culture that was based on the rule of fixed authority... ~amazon.com

God's Jury:
The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World
by Cullen Murphy

Established by the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition continued in one form or another for almost seven hundred years. Though associated with the persecution of heretics and Jews — and with burning at the stake — its targets were more numerous and its techniques more ambitious. The Inquisition pioneered surveillance and censorship and “scientific” interrogation. As time went on, its methods and mindset spread far beyond the Church to become tools of secular persecution. ~amazon.com.

Joan of Arc: By Herself and Her Witnesses
by Regine Pernoud

This is historical biography as it should be written... The author uses the letters, chronicles, and testimony at Joan's trial to thrust the legendary aspects of this young girl's life into the background and create an alive, believable human being. The translator, Edward Hyams, received the Scott-Moncrief Translation Prize in 1965 for this book.
~ Library Journal

Joan of Arc: Her Story
by Regine Pernoud

A brief introduction and a section of profiles of the major players make this thorough book accessible to the general reader. Though the writing is sometimes dry, Pernoud and Clin do an admirable job of bringing clarity to their complicated subject. This is the first English translation of a book published in 1986 in France. 12 illustrations, 8 maps.
~Publishers Weekly

Joan of Arc: The Warrior Saint
by Stephen W. Richey

Drawing on eyewitness accounts... , Richey goes beyond what Joan did in her amazing career, analyzing how she performed her martial feats. The first study in English to dig deeper into the mechanics of Joan's military career, and the first English treatment by a professional soldier with battlefield experience, this vivid account explores Joan's achievements in winning the loyalty of her men.

Résistance: A Woman's Journal of Struggle
and Defiance in Occupied France

by Agnès Humbert

Agnès Humbert was an art historian in Paris during the German occupation in 1940. Stirred to action by the atrocities she witnessed, she joined forces with several colleagues to form an organized resistance ... In immediate, electrifying detail, Humbert describes her resistance against the Nazis, her time in prison, and the horrors she endured in a string of German labor camps, always retaining – in spite of everything – hope for herself, for her friends, and for humanity. ~amazon.com

Warrior Women:
An Archaeologist's Search for History's Hidden Heroines

by Jeannine Davis-Kimball

...warriors, priestesses, and matriarchs come to life in this ... account of one archaeologist's search for the truth. ...What emerges is a thrilling and exotic adventure that stretches from Europe to Asia and a provocative re-examination of gender roles for the 21st century.

When God Was a Woman
by Merlin Stone

Here, archaeologically documented, is the story of the religion of the Goddess. Under her, women’s roles were far more prominent than in patriarchal Judeo-Christian cultures. Stone describes this ancient system and, with its disintegration, the decline in women’s status.