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Montaillou: Cathars and Catholics in a French Village 1294-1324
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on 21 May 2014
This is a series of abstracts from the records of the inquisition in the investigation of the Cathar heresy in the Pyrenees on what is now the French/Spanish border. Cathars believed in a direct relationship between the individual and god, and were therefore not popular with the established catholic church which sought to mediate that relationship. In fact this series of accounts of family relationships and feuds, clandestine worship and rural life seems to suggest that the Cathar beliefs were well suited to the rugged, bloody-minded isolated rural communities where they thrived. The account of Montaillou gives some insight into this way of life, and although some of the family relationships are a bit hard to follow, it can be a bit like village gossip about someone's niece who marries the brother of X the shepherd in the next village, the overall picture of rural life over seven hundred years ago is fascinating.
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on 23 February 2014
This book is a 'must.' It should be read together with 'God's Jury - The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World,' and with 'A history of the Inquisition of the Middle ages Henry Charles Lea,' 3 volumes. The last can be downloaded free from[...]
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on 31 August 2015
Very interesting insight into 13th C life. Pity it is not better written and less repetitive. It was a struggle to get through it to find out what I wanted to know.
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on 25 December 2013
This is a great read. Transcripts of 'confessions' made by the inhabitants of a medieval village and taken down by the Inquisition makes for a gripping tale of double dealing and often unshakable belief on both sides. The insight into the habits of everyday life is just incredible.
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on 19 November 2016
Gives the detail I was looking for. Great. Thanks
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on 21 January 2015
A favourite so I was delighted to be able to carry it with me on my kindle Wonderfully descriptions make for an immersion in medievil life.
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on 27 November 2015
Great item and service cheers
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on 18 November 2013
excellent read, well written, this is an indepth history of the feudel systm and how people lived, taking you a day basis of the time.this is the facts of how people lived. hard times excellent history.
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on 26 March 2015
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on 17 November 2014
Kindle delivery. Rendition fine.
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