History of the Crusades Against the Albigenses in the Thirteenth Century

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Page 57 - Beziers, and had pillaged the houses of all that they thought worth carrying off, they set fire to the city in every part at once, and reduced it to a vast funeral pile. Not a house remained standing, not one human being was left alive.
Page 31 - We cannot, therefore, be astonished if they have represented them to us with all those characters which might render them the most monstrous, mingled with all the fables which would serve to irritate the minds of the people against those who professed them.
Page 44 - ... fathers, we must not observe faith towards those who keep not faith towards God, or who are separated from the communion of the faithful : we discharge, by apostolical authority, all those who believe themselves bound towards this Count by any oath either of...
Page 93 - Creator. The knights mounted the breach ; resistance was impossible ; and the only care of Simon de Montfort was to prevent the crusaders from instantly falling upon the inhabitants, and to beseech them rather to make prisoners, that the priests of the living God might not be deprived of their promised joys.
Page 94 - The count, seeing that this would produce great delay, ordered the rest to be massacred ; and the pilgrims, receiving the order with the greatest avidity, very soon massacred them all upon the spot.
Page 28 - French, to whom they were indeed inferior in the art of war, but whom they greatly excelled in all the attainments of civilization. " The numerous courts of the small princes, amongst whom these countries were divided, aspired to be models of taste and politeness. They lived in festivity; their chief occupation was tournaments, courts of love, and of poesy, in which questions of gallantry were gravely decided. The cities were numerous and flourishing. Their forms of government were...
Page 80 - Some castles, calculating too favourably upon their strength, endeavoured to resist him ; that of Brom was taken by assault the third day of the siege, and Simon de Montfort chose out more than a hundred of its wretched inhabitants, and having torn out their eyes, and cut off their noses, sent them, in that state, under the guidance of a one-eyed man, to the castle of Cabaret, to announce to the garrison of that fortress the fate which awaited them. The castle of...
Page 61 - ... lords of the army were assembled. After having nobly and powerfully defended his conduct, he declared that he submitted, as he had always done, to the orders of the church, and that he awaited the decision of the council. But the legate was profoundly penetrated with the maxim of Innocent III, that " to keep faith with those who have it not, is an offence against the faith.
Page 49 - We counsel you, with the apostle Paul, to employ guile with regard to this Count, for in this case it ought to be called prudence. We must attack separately those who are separated from unity : leave for a time the count of Thoulouse, employing toward him a wise dissimulation, that the other heretics may be the more easily defeated, and that afterwards we may crush him when he shall be left alone...
Page 82 - The heretics were, in the mean time, assembled, the men in one house, the women in another, and there, on their knees, and resigned to their fate, they prepared themselves, by prayer, for the punishment which awaited them.

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