The Albigensian Crusade

Author: Jonathan Sumption
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571266576
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The Albigensian Crusade from the Author: Jonathan Sumption. In twelfth century Languedoc a subversive heresy of Eastern origin flourished to an extraordinary degree. The Albingenses believed that the world was created by an evil spirit, and that all worldly things - including the Church - were by nature sinful. Jonathan Sumption's acclaimed history examines the roots of the heresy, the uniquely rich culture of the region which nurtured it, and the crusade launched against it by the Church which resulted in one of the most savage of all medieval wars. '[Sumption] never fails to keep his narrative lively with the particular and the pertinent. He is excellent on the tactics and spirit of medieval warfare.' Frederic Raphael, Sunday Times

The Southern French Nobility And The Albigensian Crusade

Author: Elaine Graham-Leigh
Publisher: Boydell Press
ISBN: 9781843831297
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The Southern French Nobility And The Albigensian Crusade from the Author: Elaine Graham-Leigh. "A fresh look at the Albigensian Crusade, highlighting its effects upon the indigenous nobility"--Provided by publisher.

The Cathars And The Albigensian Crusade

Author: M. D. Costen
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719043321
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The Cathars And The Albigensian Crusade from the Author: M. D. Costen. A compelling introduction to the war against the heretics of Languedoc launched in 1209, combined with a description of the political, economic, religious and social conditions of south-western France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Michael Costen shows why the Cathar heresy came to flourish and how the campaign against it developed into a programme of conquest by which an alliance of church and state finally destroyed the heresy and united the region with the newly expanding French kingdom.

The Song Of The Cathar Wars

Author: Janet Shirley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 135188171X
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The Song Of The Cathar Wars from the Author: Janet Shirley. The Song of the Cathar Wars is the first translation into English of the Old Provençal Canso recounting the events of the years 1204-1218 in Southern France. In an effort to extirpate the Cathar heresy, Pope Innocent III launched what is now known as the Albigensian Crusade, but it was fiercely resisted by the lords and people of the Languedoc, if in the end in vain. This ’song’ was written in two parts, the first by William of Tudela, a supporter of the crusade; the second by an anonymous continuer, wholeheartedly in sympathy with the southerners, although not with the heretics themselves. It stands as a historical source of great importance, not least because it depicts the side that lost. The poem is also a skilful, dramatic and often impassioned composition, evoking the brilliant world of landed knights and the glories and bloody realities of battle. Janet Shirley is an award-winning translator of works on the French Middle Ages. Other publications by her include the Song of Roland and, in this Crusade Texts in Translation series, Crusader Syria in the 13th Century and, with Peter Edbury, Guillaume de Machaut: The Conquest of Alexandria.

A Most Holy War

Author: Mark Gregory Pegg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199721511
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A Most Holy War from the Author: Mark Gregory Pegg. In January of 1208, a papal legate was murdered on the banks of the Rhone in southern France. A furious Pope Innocent III accused heretics of the crime and called upon all Christians to exterminate heresy between the Garonne and Rhone rivers--a vast region now known as Languedoc--in a great crusade. This most holy war, the first in which Christians were promised salvation for killing other Christians, lasted twenty bloody years--it was a long savage battle for the soul of Christendom. In A Most Holy War, historian Mark Pegg has produced a swift-moving, gripping narrative of this horrific crusade, drawing in part on thousands of testimonies collected by inquisitors in the years 1235 to 1245. These accounts of ordinary men and women, remembering what it was like to live through such brutal times, bring the story vividly to life. Pegg argues that generations of historians (and novelists) have misunderstood the crusade; they assumed it was a war against the Cathars, the most famous heretics of the Middle Ages. The Cathars, Pegg reveals, never existed. He further shows how a millennial fervor about "cleansing" the world of heresy, coupled with a fear that Christendom was being eaten away from within by heretics who looked no different than other Christians, made the battles, sieges, and massacres of the crusade almost apocalyptic in their cruel intensity. In responding to this fear with a holy genocidal war, Innocent III fundamentally changed how Western civilization dealt with individuals accused of corrupting society. This fundamental change, Pegg argues, led directly to the creation of the inquisition, the rise of an anti-Semitism dedicated to the violent elimination of Jews, and even the holy violence of the Reconquista in Spain and in the New World in the fifteenth century. All derive their divinely sanctioned slaughter from the Albigensian Crusade. Haunting and immersive, A Most Holy War opens an important new perspective on a truly pivotal moment in world history, a first and distant foreshadowing of the genocide and holy violence in the modern world.

The Occitan War

Author: Laurence W. Marvin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139470140
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The Occitan War from the Author: Laurence W. Marvin. In 1209 Simon of Montfort led a war against the Cathars of Languedoc after Pope Innocent III preached a crusade condemning them as heretics. The suppression of heresy became a pretext for a vicious war that remains largely unstudied as a military conflict. Laurence Marvin here examines the Albigensian Crusade as military and political history rather than religious history and traces these dimensions of the conflict through to Montfort's death in 1218. He shows how Montfort experienced military success in spite of a hostile populace, impossible military targets, armies that dissolved every forty days, and a pope who often failed to support the crusade morally or financially. He also discusses the supposed brutality of the war, why the inhabitants were for so long unsuccessful at defending themselves against it, and its impact on Occitania. This original account will appeal to scholars of medieval France, the Crusades and medieval military history.

God S Heretics

Author: Aubrey Burl
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0752494791
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God S Heretics from the Author: Aubrey Burl. Believing in a radical separation of good and evil, flesh and spirit, the heretical medieval Cathar sect separated themselves from the rest of the world, often in soaring castles or fortified churches. The full power of the Church was unleashed against these heretics, but after an Inquisition failed to bring them back to the fold armed force was used in one of the bloodiest episodes in Christian history - the Albigensian Crusade. This stirring book recreates medieval Languedoc and the rich array of characters who died for their beliefs under the hot Provencal sun. Aubrey Burl's new book is a vivid account of the way the Crusade and its legacy turned and twisted for over a hundred years. He focuses on the personalities on both sides, their motivations and objectives, creating for the modern reader an overwhelming impression of the powerful beliefs that drove persecutor and victim. The Albigensian Crusade and the heresy it sought to suppress were of enormous significance in medieval Europe. For the modern reader, the Crusade offers an early example of the persecution of dissident minorities that has dogged European history.

The Albigensian Crusades

Author: Joseph Reese Strayer
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472064762
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The Albigensian Crusades from the Author: Joseph Reese Strayer. Interprets thirteenth-century crusades in terms of the development of Europe, especially France

The Chronicle Of William Of Puylaurens

Author: William (of Puylaurens.)
Publisher: Boydell Press
ISBN: 9780851159256
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The Chronicle Of William Of Puylaurens from the Author: William (of Puylaurens.). First translation into English of key chronicle for events of the Albigensian Crusade and the attack on heresy, including the siege of the Cathar stronghold, Montsegur.