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on 27 November 2000
This book is very, very derivative and relies heavily on French surveys of French Catharism only. Consequently, it does not discuss Italian Catharism, as if Catharism never existed outside France (!), and thus follows a Francophile direction of research never to try to bring into the picture Italian or German Catharism. Worse, although one of O'Shea's major sources, J. Duvernoy, has demonstrated that western Catharism and east Christian Bogomilism formed a unitary movement, O'Shea never even mentions the latter, apart from two or three irrelevant and plainly wrong observations. Readers interested in real Catharism and not the Francophile-inspired vision of O'Shea should try Stoyanov's excellent 'The Other God' or Lambert's''The Cathars'.
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on 9 April 2001
I completed this book in one reading because of the captivating style of the author. This is an excellent book covering a specific topic in a very readable format. I recommend it to anyone who likes history, especially the middle ages!
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on 9 October 2014
Definitive book on the subject matter. This is an exciting narrative but carefully referenced. It provides a fitting tribute to the Cathar people. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 18 July 2015
Lessons can be made from this book. Everyone should read it and learn. The sins and machinations of that church of that time are still relevant today....
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on 6 November 2014
I wanted an easy reading book about the Cathars and this seems to be it. Only part way through, but easy to follow and enjoyable prose.
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on 5 October 2013
A fascinating book about the Cathars. Their history is amazingly sad. I would recommend this to anyone interested in Languedoc.
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on 16 August 2013
One of the best history books I've read. Recommend to anyone with an interest in Cathars or visiting the Languedoc.
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on 10 May 2016
First class history book on an obscure subject. Gives an insight into a little known area of French history.
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on 19 April 2015
A good starter for those interested in the Cathars and the Languedoc in the early 13th century
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on 1 July 2014
A very good introduction to the history of the Languedoc region/ the Cathars.
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