Epub Stephen O'Shea Ó The Perfect Heresy : The Life and Death of the Cathars Ó

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 PyreneesEight 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 PyreneesEight 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


8 thoughts on “The Perfect Heresy : The Life and Death of the Cathars

  1. says:

    sadly it isn't because you couldn;t make it up as no one would believe you One thing about organised religion you can say is that it is relentless in the pursuit of its goals And the goal here is clear as a Pyrenean sky; it's all about the power and the control One travel tip; The field of martyrs at Montsegur section I actually read while sitting in the ruins of the later fort on the Montsegur hilltop on a hot summers day after a long lunch Recommendation don't climb up to Montsegur on a hot summers day after a long lunch It'll spoil your afternoon


  2. says:

    What a great book while not pretending to be a historical scholarly tome it presents a well written and exceedingly readable history of the Cathars from the beginning of the Albigensian Crusade through the awful siege and end of Montsegur and beyondI found myself thinking several times through the book how if only one element had changed at several points along the way the whole story would have been so different If Simon de Montfort had not been the leader of the armies poised against the Cathars for so many years and had not been so dogmatic; if he had not been able to hold the crusading armies together despite so many coming and going just for their crusading indulgences; if Pedro II of Aragon had not fallen in battle; if Innocent III had not changed his mind about ending the crusade; if the counts of Toulouse and Foix had been luckier so much could have changed the outcome of this awful period of history Somewhere along the way a crusade to reclaim people's souls for the Catholic Church turned into a bitter war of hatred and no mercy between the people of the Languedoc and the `French' invaders; no uarter was given no uarter asked I don't think Innocent III really knew what he had unleashed in this uiet part of EuropeWhile the Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades have always caught at a hint of romance of hope of redemption in a modern reader's mind the reality is that these `crusades' were a horrible unnecessary waste of so many human lives on both sides of the conflict So many men driven by such intense faith that they were right and that those who were wrong had to die; very sadI would dearly love to be able to find about Simon de Montfort to read while so much has been written about his son who played such a fateful part in the English history of Henry III it seems to be difficult to find works on the father who played such a fateful part in the history of France and the Church and crusading in general I have tracked down a copy of The Occitan War a military and political history of the Albigensian Crusade 1209 1218 by Laurence Marvin which I hope will fill in some of the gaps for me about this man I am also going to tackle The Southern French Nobility and the Albigensian Crusade by Elaine Graham Leigh which promises to fill in some of the informational gaps about the Trencavel family I'm looking forward immensely to reading these booksLike The Perfect Heresy I hope to be entertained as well as informed and to be left with the sense of wanting to know This book is highly recommended whether you know anything about the Albigensian Crusades before commencing to read or not; well worth reading


  3. says:

    The author provides a brief but comprehensive survey of the Cathar movement from its springtime at St Felix in 1167 to the death of Guilhelm Belibaste murderer adulterer and gentle pastor the sinner closing the story in 1321 rather than the saint The feel of the times is well conveyed by occasional uotes from the original Occitan When reading the account of the defenders of Toulouse their catapult worked by noblewomen by little girls and men's wives I weptOnly the survey of the 20th Century focusing overmuch on the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and on other esoteric ideas with only the loosest of ties to Catharism is out of focus The comprehensive notes and bibliography which follow restore the spotlight to where it belongs the serious academic work of Nelli Moore Brenon Le Roy Ladurie and many others


  4. says:

    I believe many Freemasons Rosicrucians Catholics Gnostics backpackers and those interested in popular European History will love this bookDespite all the gore and cruelty of the history of the Cathars the reading gives you a humane and fair view of the real soul behind this movement who despite being persecuted by some key figures in the Holy See and medieval politics were in fact well received by the Catholic populace who suffered side by side with them without turning to reprisals when Catholics were culled just by association and proximity It says a lot about real Christianism happening in both sides of the medieval divideIt also covers the rigmarole new age religious right wing and left wing movements made of them in modern timesWhen you start reading you feel like becoming one of those Cathars at least a credente by the end of the book you realise their place and role in history is inimitable and respectfully acuiesce that the Cathars were a phenomenon that no one can replicate for the principles they practiced and lived have always been timeless and universal They found their way of following those in their time it is up to us to find our way in our times


  5. says:

    The details were already known to me but the prose and format with this edition makes a very comprehensive storyeasierto follow thank you Better books and the author for joining my library


  6. says:

    nEW COVER? I seem to have read it before hardback it could be Still an enthralling topic which I have now well researched and much saddened by Church's role as well as the perfidious Louis


  7. says:

    I bought this just before going on holiday to southern France and visiting one or two of the places involvedIt's an interesting and well written account of a strange part of religious political history which deserves to be better known Everyone knows about the Spanish Inuisition but the persecution of the Cathars was its forerunner and just as horrendousAnother depressing part of the history of a church which is supposed to represent a loving god


  8. says:

    A very good and accessible history of a little know or understood historical event Much needed and well covered