Good on fact, less so on analysis,
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This review is from: The Cathars (Kindle Edition)
I bought this book because I have an interest in the religious upheavals in southern Europe at the time of the Cathars. I was hoping for a book that would help me understand better the interactions between the mainstream church and the various reform movements and alternative views on Christianity. This book went part of the way on answering. There is quite a bit of information about the Cathar church in various localities. The history of dualism is a clear and comprehensive summary.
Where I was let down was in the analysis of the interaction of the Cathars with other groups and the Roman church. From the language used, my best guess is that this stemmed from an anti-Roman prejudice. Certainly history books with clearly defined "goodies" and "baddies" are rarely accurate or satisfying.
This is a useful book if you are looking for details of what happened in Languedoc. It is less useful if you want to know why.