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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.
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
|The Combatants||p. xv|
|Brother Bernard||p. 1|
|The World of Bernard Délicieux|
|The King's Men at the Door||p. 23|
|The Holy Office||p. 35|
|The Unholy Resistance||p. 52|
|The Years of Revolt|
|The Ambush at Carcassonne||p. 65|
|The Bishop of Albi||p. 73|
|The Dead Man of Carcassonne||p. 78|
|The Bishop of Pamiers||p. 85|
|The King at Senlis||p. 92|
|The Weaver of Bruges||p. 106|
|The Sermon||p. 115|
|The Inquisitor Gives a Reading||p. 124|
|The Wall||p. 129|
|Torture Exposed||p. 135|
|The King and Queen in Languedoc||p. 143|
|Intrigue in the Roussillon||p. 156|
|The Time of Repression|
|Cathars and Spirituals, Inquisitors and Conventuals||p. 174|
|The Trial||p. 187|
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