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  - Mackay - Goodreads

A wonderful book, which presents a perhaps simplified but easy to grasp history of a most difficult time - the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathars in southern France. O'Shea writes engagingly and ... Read full review

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

User Review  - David Pain - Goodreads

Readable historical summary of what it says. A bit brief in places but a good holiday read when in the Languedoc for a week as I was. Go Cathars! Boo to Catholicism! Read full review

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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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