Item description for Rora by James Byron Huggins & Frank E. Peretti...
Overview Based upon the historic stand of the Waldenses against the Inquisitors in 1655 Rora is a spellbinding tale of a legendary hero and a faith that refused to die.
Publishers Description The winds from the valley known as Pelice carried an ominous tale ofsorrow and destruction. The army of the black-robed Inquisitors had laidseige to the defenseless inhabitants of the valley, destroying churches andkilling those who refused to renounce their faith. Yet high on a granitemountain above the land that forms the border between Italy and Francestood Joshua Gianavel--one man who held the fate of his people in hishands. In the valley below Europe's mightiest army gathered to lay siegeto his people. He would not allow the same desolation to reach his homeand people in the valley of Rora. With lionlike courage he waged warfareagainst the Inquisitors with a brilliance the world had never seen.Based upon the true story of the historic stand of the Waldenses in 1655, Rora is a spellbinding tale of a legendary hero, of international intrigue andsubterfuge, of cloak-and-dagger tactics, of a faith that refused to die.Historical Fiction at Its Best
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Every Christian should read this epic story! Jul 29, 2008
In our day, when the greatest "persecution" many Christians face is an occasional snide remark, "Rora" is a powerful reminder of what true believers have had to endure through the ages.
Set during the mid-17th century (the 1600's for you non-history buffs), Rora tells the epic tale of Joshua Gianavel, the leader of a small group of Protestant believers called the Waldenses who live in a valley high in the Alps along the Italian-Swiss border (the "Piedmont"). The Roman Catholic Inquisition is determined to massacre them, and has strong-armed the Duke of Savoy into mounting an invasion of the Waldenses' nearly impregnable mountain home. All that stands between the Waldenses and gruesome martyrdom is the tiny force commanded by Gianavel.
Huggins has done the world a great service by researching these events and bringing them to life for modern readers. He pulls no punches describing the brutality of war and the horrific torture, mutilation, and death inflicted by the Inquisition. Not all the characters are sketched in simple black-and-white terms, however, and Huggins is excellent at portraying the behind-the-scenes political intrigue and backstabbing that occur as the sacred and secular authorities compete for dominance.
I do have a few minor quibbles with the book. First, since I'm not familiar with the geography of the Piedmont, I was almost desperate for a map. This is especially true since the novel is primarily the story of a military campaign; seeing the physical relationship between the various mountain valleys and passes would have been an enormous help.
Second, although Joshua Gianavel was certainly a bona fide hero, Huggins practically portrays him as a demi-god who can do no wrong. After a while I grew tired of Huggins waxing eloquent about his brawn and brilliance, like he was a combination of Robert E. Lee, the archangel Michael, and Rambo. Surely, he had some flaws or weaknesses that the author could have used to show more facets of his character. I would also like to have learned a bit more about the teachings of the Waldenses, and seen how their sturdy and simple faith was lived out every day.
All things considered though, the epic grandeur of the story elevates it above the problems with Huggins' storytelling. "Rora" is a must-read, five-star novel.
This is an excellent book Jan 28, 2008
A very good read. Unstinting in its description of the savagery of the inquisition and tells how a few score Vaudois held off an Inquisition army of thousands. From the grapeshot blasted slopes of the Piedmont to the dungeons of the Inquisitors. Heroic. Recommended
Highly Recommended Sep 13, 2007
I'm not a fan of historical fiction because it typically is more fiction than historical, and the author's attempt to rationalize his or her popular-hero-worship. But, with Rora, Huggins produces what historical fiction should be: Taking a piece of unpopular history, and showing us that faith, liberty and justice do indeed have a price, how great that price is, and how ordinary people have paid it. We live in a time when we can hardly imagine that price, let alone ourselves ponying it up. If you believe that there is a cycle to history, this book is for you. If you believe that faith is too extreme for Modern Civilization, liberty is dangerous, and justice is doing what you are told, this book is not for you. "What chains can hold is man's. The rest is God's"
Number one Huggins fan May 4, 2007
Out of all his books, this one is the best. It has a larger than life main character, but very believable. The bad guy(whose name I cant pronounce)is like a mid-evil Darth vader,very ruthless. The roman catholic church sends an army of 20,000 plus to destroy a prodestant town, which can only field an army of 20 or more, yet they hold them for days. Plenty of intrigue, action, family and brotherly love,and strong faith in JESUS CHRIST. There are no supernatural monsters in this one, but one of the best stories I have ever read.(I have actually read it twice, and planning to read it again).Well worth your time, it will have you crying in sorrow and shouting in triumph at the same time.