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.
At the end of the 12th century what the religious powers of Rome called heresy, spread over the Occitan lands: Catharism. This religion was the result of great spiritual demand and was widely implanted in all levels of society: it was tolerated, (...)
A jigsaw puzzle with 1,000 mini-pieces is obviously more difficult and will please puzzle-lovers. The illustration is a photomontage that allows most of the castles in the former Cathar lands to be visualised: Quéribus, Peyrepertuse, Termes, (...)
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For having tried, like “good Christians”, to explain that Evil could not possibly have sprung from a divine source, the Cathars, during the 13th century, were to fall victim to a succession of violent acts, each perpetrated in the (...)