Archive for the tag 'Cathars'

…Fortresses of the Albigensian Crusade 1209 – 1300
During the early 13th century the north of what is now France went to war with the south in a bloody crusade aimed at destroying the heretical sect know as the Cathars.  The conflict was characterized by vicious guerrilla actions and the besieging of the innumerable fortified sites [...]

10 Comments CherryPie on Apr 10th 2014

…The Life and Death of the Cathars
Synopsis from book cover:
The fascinating story of the Cathar movement in southern France, from a revolutionary flowering to its hideous suppression by crusade of Church and King.
The book was previously entitled The Perfect Heresy, The Revolutionary Life and Death of Medieval Cathars. The narrative brings to life the medieval world of Cathars, describing [...]

2 Comments CherryPie on Apr 9th 2013

Synopsis (from book cover):
Did you know that the word “Cathar” has been used only since the 19th century in reference to the 13th century supporters of a faith and a religious practice which the Catholic papacy considered to be dangerously heretical?  Did you know that almost everything that we know about the Cathars comes from interrogations carried out by [...]

6 Comments CherryPie on Jan 28th 2013

The walled city (La Cite) of Carcassonne was built on the site of a former Roman fortress.  The city is protected by two heavily fortified walls and has no less than 52 towers and barbicans. In medieval times Simon de Montfort led crusades against the Albigensians (Cathars) whom the Catholic Church had branded as [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Jun 23rd 2012