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.
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