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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User Review  - robeik - LibraryThing

Notes whilst reading: Excellent writing style. Good general review of what they believed. It was quite heretical. Right amount of information about the battles. Good insight into the medieval life ... Read full review

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User Review  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

This is a popular account of the life and death (but mostly the latter) of the Cathar religous movement in Languedoc, in what is now the south of France, in the thirteenth century. It truly is a ... 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.

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