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Crusade Against the Rose

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Mary Magdalene fled to southern France after the Ascension, and some claim if that is so, she died as a penitent there. Her symbol is the Rose, but it is sometimes held in secret or in disguise, because there are other stories about how Mary started a ministry, and she could heal by the laying of hands. In the 12th century, the Pope declared the Christian sects in southern France to be heretical. Did the Magdala flee the Holy Land because of persecution by some of the other disciples? Were these Crusades against the sects in southern France the final attack upon the Rose?
Southern France, 1243: Renata tends the great herbal gardens of her village, which legend claims were first planted before the time of the Saracens. Like generations of women in her family before, she trains local children in the skills of making remedies from the plants, as well as other practical purposes. But the Inquisitor and his Crusader army have been attacking Cathar villages all over the province for decades now. People like her, even children, are accused of witchcraft, and burned. If the Crusaders come, Renata and her friend, Cebille, mean to lead the students to safety in the mountains and the sanctuary of a great fortress there.
NOTES on the history, the legends and the questions:
The Magdala: an ancient term meaning tower or place of strength. Perhaps not a village then, she was called so because Mary was a tower of strength, and so Jesus came to rely upon her. Could Mary heal by the laying of hands? Is that why some of the other disciples despised her, and why she fled the Holy Land to escape their wrath?

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