The Waldenses, sensing danger, abandoned their houses and took to the mountains or hid themselves in remote valleys or beyond the frontier… Troops scaled the heights in pursuit of refugees and remnants of resistance. Snow continued to fall on the mountains, bringing despair to the defenders. They could see down below their homes on fire while their wives and children were dying of cold in the mountains. (from chapter 16)
The author’s commitment to the Waldensian cause gives a tone to the whole of the medieval part; it’s an enthusiastic account and is in itself attractive. He seems to me to get inside the Waldensian views. Further… he takes the story forward from Valdès to the present day and this is a major service for the general reader. It’s a helpful account of the development and inner life of the Waldenses.