The Perfect Heresy: The Revolutionary Life and Death of the Medieval Cathars

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Profile Books, 2001 - Albigenses - 333 pages
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Eight hundred years ago, the Cathars, a group of heretical Christians from all walks of society, high and low, flourished in what is now the Languedoc in Southern France. Their subversive beliefs brought down on them the wrath of Popes and monarchs and provoked a brutal 'Crusade' against them. The final defeat of the Cathars was horrific with mass burnings of men, women and children in the village of Montaillou in the Pyrenees.

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Review: The Perfect Heresy: The Revolutionary Life and Spectacular Death of the Medieval Cathars

User Review  - Filippus Sergius Angelus - Goodreads

A good little introduction to the Albigensian Crusades and in a way also the Cathars. Although there's really not much useful information on their theology, which would have made this book much better ... Read full review

Review: The Perfect Heresy: The Revolutionary Life and Spectacular Death of the Medieval Cathars

User Review  - Andrew Fish - Goodreads

To the majority of European Christians, and indeed to Muslims, the Crusades are regarded as a period of war between two great faiths, when successive popes sent armies to enforce a claim to the Holy ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Stephen O'Shea, for many years a journalist in Paris and New York, contributed to a wide variety of publications on the arts and translated French feature films. The Friar of Carcassonne is his third book of medieval history. He currently lives with his two daughters in Providence, Rhode Island. stephenosheaonline.com

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