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Massacre at Montsegur, History of the Albigensian Crusade, Zoe Oldenbourg, 1990


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Massacre at Montsegur
History of the Albigensian Crusade
by Zoe Oldenbourg




Publisher: Dorset Press

Copyright: 1990



This book is in good condition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. This is a used book with some shelf wear. Please take a look at the pictures to ascertain the condition and state of this item. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. The dust jacket is worn along the edges and corners with some moisture damage. There is a price sticker on the back of the jacket. The boards are lightly worn. Hinges tight. Binding sturdy. The text block is crisp and clean. 420 pages -



In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the religious cult spread like an epidemic through the entire Mediterranean world, penetrating all classes, dividing families, alarming the Roman Church, and inspiring thousands to die at the stake. Zoé Oldenbourg places this strange heresy in its historical setting, from its dark origins in Eastern Europe to the final and bloody suppression of the French Cathars, or Albigensians, at the fortress of Montségur. Beginning with the heretical doctrine itself, Mme. Oldenbourg traces its ramifications among Manichaeans, Paulicians, and Cathars (or "pure ones"), extending through Asia Minor, the Balkans, and Italy, finally put down firm roots in the South of France, where Raymond, Count of Toulouse, still kept Languedoc independent of either Spain or France. The fate of this section forms the dominant theme of the perplexing history of the dedicated Albigensians. The power politics of the popes, sovereigns, and warrior knights who were involved in destroying the Albigensians emerge clearly and objectively in Mme. Oldenbourg's masterful and moving prose. This was a violent chapter in the annals of European and Catholic history: thirty years of crusade and inquisition, Christian against Christian and Frenchman against Frenchman in what seems now an unbelievable slaughter and martyrdom in the name of faith.

Item Dimensions: 8.25 inches x 5.5 inches


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