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The Friar of Carcassonne: Revolt Against the Inquisition in the Last Days of the Cathars,9780802719942

The Friar of Carcassonne: Revolt Against the Inquisition in the Last Days of the Cathars



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Nearly a century had opassed since Languedoc had been put to the sword in the fiery Albigensian Crusade, but the stain of Catharism still lay on the land in southern France. Any accusation of Catharism invited peril. But repression bred resentment, and in Carcassonne resistance began to stir. In 1300 a great orator emerged there and united the currents of resistance-a Franciscan friar named Bernard Delicieux. The forces ranged against him included the ruthless Pope Boniface VII, the Machiavellian French King Philip IV, and the grand inquisitor of Toulouse, Bernard Gui (the villain in The Name of the Rose). Having written the definitive chronicle of the Cathars, The Perfect Heresy, Stephen O'Shea returns to the medieval world to chronicle a remarkable story of personal courage and principle standing up to power, as he relates the last vestiges of the endlessly fascinating Cathar world.

Author Biography

Stephen O'Shea is an historian and the acclaimed author of Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World, The Perfect Heresy: The Revolutionary Life and Death of the Medieval Cathars, and Back to the Front: An Accidental Historian Walks the Trenches of World War I. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Table of Contents

Mapsp. ix
Usagep. xiii
The Combatantsp. xv
Brother Bernardp. 1
The World of Bernard Délicieux
The King's Men at the Doorp. 23
The Holy Officep. 35
The Unholy Resistancep. 52
The Years of Revolt
The Ambush at Carcassonnep. 65
The Bishop of Albip. 73
The Dead Man of Carcassonnep. 78
The Bishop of Pamiersp. 85
The King at Senlisp. 92
Aftermathp. 101
The Weaver of Brugesp. 106
The Sermonp. 115
The Inquisitor Gives a Readingp. 124
The Wallp. 129
Torture Exposedp. 135
The King and Queen in Languedocp. 143
Intrigue in the Roussillonp. 156
The Time of Repression
Survivalp. 165
Cathars and Spirituals, Inquisitors and Conventualsp. 174
The Trialp. 187
Afterwordp. 203
Acknowledgmentsp. 209
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 271
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