Of Men, Saints & Heretics
2nd edition of The White Monk by Tony DeLorger
This multi-layered novel examines the life of a unique soul born into the ravages and upheaval of 14th century England. It is a mystical story that follows the struggle of an enlightened young monk who is chosen as an initiate of a secret sect that reveal to him ancient knowledge and power beyond the world of mortals. As a devout Benedictine monk, the situation creates somewhat of an enigma for this boy, his immense faith opposing a new reality that he cannot refute.This struggle is set in a time when church was law and heretics cleansed at the stake with fire. All this takes place amidst a backdrop of one of the most calamitous centuries in human history.
The secret world of the church, warring with France, the 'Pastoureau Movement' against serfdom, abject poverty, the 'Black Plague' and the 'Flagellant Movement' that all but tears the church apart, are but some of what this young soul must deal with on his unique life journey.
The story is insightful, heart-warming and tragic but above all thought provoking, revealing a turbulent life amidst a dark history, and the knowledge that the light of truth and love will shine even in the darkest place. It reveals many ironies within life and revelations that can send a life-affirming shudder through what we so easily accept as reality.
A story with the depth & sensitivity that will captivate believer and non-believer alike.
336 pages softcover
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About the Author
Anthony Raymond DeLorger was born in the southern suburbs of Sydney, Australia in 1953. Coming from an artistic family he studied art and photography and began a career in advertising in his twenties.
Since then his experience has broadened into business management and marketing. He is an accomplished musician, designer, graphic and fine artist, and has written commercially for tabloid and magazine advertising as well as for radio and television commercials- concepts, music and scripts.
Personally he has experienced tragedy in his life with the death of his first born child, losing both parents to cancer and having been through two previous marriage break-ups.
He also suffers from Dysthymia, a long-term form of depression. Because of these experiences, he has gained a unique perception of the human psyche, conditioning and motivations, which he uses to advantage in his writing.
Tony now resides in Adelaide with his wife of 20 years and their two children. He also has three older children from his previous marriage, one in Sydney, one in Canberra, and one in Queensland.