The book, the mayor - and me, aged 18.
From my first visit to Languedoc, I felt it was my destiny to live there. Events unfolded in a way that only seemed logical in retrospect. I wrote down everything and the information eventually coalesced itself into the book called "The Mayor That Was Me."
I am already a published writer, specialising in the history of Languedoc, the mysteries of the Corbières, and the historical study of Mary Magdalene.
Generally, I write as an observer, researching and studying history.
But this time, I am looking inwards. I was ten years or more writing The Mayor That Was Me, collecting information and thinking about all the implications of my personal story. I began to feel ready to "put it out there." What? My personal reincarnation experience.
There were too many coincidences to be coincidental. Some appeared amazing; for example, my previous life visited Rennes-le-Château and knew the priest there, Bérenger Saunière. No wonder I had written so much about the Corbières where Rennes-le-Château is situated, in Languedoc, in the south of France.
I am linked to this region of Languedoc in a special way and I hope this book will inspire you. My experience led me to a deep understanding of this region and its people. The Languedocian people are slow to give their hearts; but when they do, it is for ever.
As well as the possibility of reincarnation I was intrigued by the biography of my previous life. What sort of person was he? As well as being the local mayor, he was an Occitan poet. And so I became involved in the Occitan culture here in Languedoc; a way of life usually hidden from English-speaking people. I hope you too enjoy the articles about Occitania, as the region is sometimes known, and its culture, on this site. Welcome to my world!
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“The Mayor That Was Me” is size A5 with a full colour wrap-around cover. The front cover includes a picture of the funeral of my previous life, and an inscription made to him by a fellow Occitan poet. There are 222 inner pages in black and white, well illustrated with some 60 photos. Click on the little arrow to choose your option and then click "Buy Now."