Montaillou, the Promised Land of Error

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Vintage Books, 1979 - History - 383 pages
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In the early 1300's the village of Montaillou-and the surrounding mountainous region of Southern France-was full of heretics. When Jacquest Fournier, Bishop of Pamiers, launched an elaborate Inquisition to stamp them out, the peasants and shepherds he interrogated revealed, along with their position on official Catholicism, many details of their everyday life. Basing his absorbing study on these vivid, carefully recorded statements of peasants who lived more than 600 years ago-Pierre Clergue, the powerful village priest and shameless womanizer is even heard explaining his techniques of seduction-eminent historian Le Roy Ladurie reconstructs the economy and social structure of the community and probes the most intimate aspects of medieval life: love and marriage, gestures and emotions, conversations and gossip, clans and factions, crime and violence, concepts of time and space, attitudes to the past, animals, magic and folklore, death and beliefs about the other world.

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User Review  - Walt - Goodreads

A micro study in Medieval Europe. Montaillou is a small village in Southern France that suffered the presence of an inquisitor because of repeated bouts of Catharism. A long and detailed study, the writing does not conform to typical academe and is actually easy to follow and enjoy. Read full review

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User Review  - Molly Olusunmade Corlett - Goodreads

Very readable but apparently not that reliable. Also, annoyingly, it makes you think "microhistorical studies of the middle ages are possible after all!" when the likelihood of ever actually coming ... Read full review


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Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie is the author of numerous books - including the immensely successful "Montaillou"and "Carnival" - and many articles. He is a researcher with a high international reputation, and the diversity of his work and range of his publications have made him one of the foremost specialists on France's monarchical period.

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