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The Cathars

The Cathars

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In the first centuries of our era, Christian dogma slowly developed. Those who moved away from it, heretics, were excluded from the Church and even fought by temporal power. During the 12th century, in all parts of Europe, a dualistic Christianity, Catharism, attracted many believers wishing to adhere to evangelical precepts. Its establishment in the Midi worried ecclesiastical powers. In 1208, Pope Innocent III called for a crusade against these Albigensians. For over a century, tragedies and misfortunes would affect Languedoc, which was joined to the Kingdom of France in 1271, and from which the Cathar heresy appeared totally eradicated by 1321.

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