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  - Ajj - Goodreads

This was a great introduction to a pocket of the world I was not familiar with. O'Shea is a good writer of Narrative Non-Fiction and tells a compelling tale of how the south of France held out against the Church and Inquisition. Read full review

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

User Review  - Jo Murphy - Goodreads

Excellent history. It covers a period of about 100 years in which the Catholic Church make it their crusade to wipe out the Cathars in what is now southern France. And some pretty horrific atrocities ... 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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