Templar Quest in the Languedoc, France
Irish born internationally known author and lecturer, Tim Wallace-Murphy is the author of thirteen published books. He has appeared in numerous TV documentaries and has given lectures from Seattle and Long Beach on the West Coast of the USA, in Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy and in Prague.
Eleven of his works cover historical aspects of spirituality, including the Knights Templar, the Cathars, Rosslyn Chapel and the Western Esoteric Tradition as well as the Grail genre.
James McDonald is a writer, presenter and lecturer. He writes extensively on a range of topics including Gnostic Dualism, the Cathars of the Languedoc, the Counts of Toulouse, Occitania, Medieval warfare and the Medieval Inquisition. His work is characterised by combining serious scholarship with an entertaining style. His book On The Crusade Against the People of the Languedoc, is a translation of Voltaire's Essai sur les moeurs et l'esprit des nations, ch LXII, (1756). He is the author of leading English language websites on the Cathars of the Languedoc. www.cathar.info and www.catharcastles.info.
He has travelled extensively in Central Asia and Southern Asia, researching Zoroastrianism and other religions. His book Beyond Belief took over 20 years of research, including an overland expedition from Europe to South and Central Asia. He was educated at University College, Oxford. He holds an MA from Oxford University and an MSc from Sussex University in the UK, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London in 1990.
He now lived in the Languedoc and is researching links between medieval
Catharism and Early Christianity.
Rupert Soskin is an independant writer, presenter and photographer with particular interests in natural history and archaeology. He is widely known for the much acclaimed film Standing With Stones and accompanying book of the same name, exploring the megalithic sites of Britain and Ireland.
His latest book, Metamorphosis, astonishing insect transformations, published by Bloomsbury, was a three-year mission to record the little known aspects of the life cycles of insects. Published in September 2015, Metamorphosis has been lauded as a stunning achievement in nature photography.
He continues to research both disciplines, regarding them as completely symbiotic. He has been known to observe, You cant visit megaliths without walking past a thousand different organisms along the way. Rupert is currently researching and writing for new projects in each discipline, one on the evidence for a global megalithic culture in prehistory, the other on intelligence and consciousness in the natural world.
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