The Bringer of Happiness by Karen Martin
From the award-winning writer and director of The Women’s Jail Project and author of Dancing the Labyrinth, comes an evocative time-travelling tale that unashamedly merges renowned historical characters and events into a spellbinding story of destiny.
When Sara, whose Aramaic name means ‘bringer of happiness,’ wakes up in Sarah-Marie, a young Cathar girl from Montségur, she believes it is her destiny to rescue her from the 13th Century siege. By saving Sarah-Marie, Sara hopes to safeguard her mother’s gospel. In this odyssey of death, destiny, and soul’s purpose, we join Sara as she heeds her call, journeying from Jerusalem to Egypt to Crete until arriving in France.
Narrated by the daughter of Mary Magdalene, the Bringer of Happiness delves into ideologies, beliefs, and heresies, culminating in the 13th Century massacre of the Cathars at Montségur. As our histories become unstuck, the patterns of power through religion are shifting, making way for new narratives. This book is part of this process.
The Bringer of Happiness is a compelling (almost) true tale comprised of history, myth, and imagination.