The story of Roland, a 13th century French troubadour. Set amongst the historical details of Louis IX's failed crusade to Egypt and the extermination of the Cathars in France, the author uses a combination of fictional and historically accurate characters to turn the history into an adventure story.
Like most of Robert Shea's books, a look into secret societies is a considerable feature of the story, in this case the Cathars and the Knights Templar.
ROLAND NARROWED HIS EYES AND STARED UPWARD INTO THE DARKNESS, across the top of Mont Segur toward the Cathar fortress. Standing on a high walkway of planks behind the palisade of the crusaders’ small wooden fort, he heard faraway voices and saw torches moving on the Cathar rampart.
The two men on watch with him that night, a sergeant from Champagne and a young man-at-arms from...