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The Cathars: The Most Successful Heresy of the Middle Ages
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Old Castle
Publication date October 1, 2014
Pages 192
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781843443360
ISBN-10 1843443368
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $16.95
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The gripping, tragic true story of a peaceful sect that was wiped out in Europe's first genocide

Flourishing principally in the Languedoc and Italy, the Cathars taught that the world is evil and must be transcended through a simple life of prayer, work, fasting, and non-violence. They believed themselves to be the heirs of the true heritage of Christianity going back to apostolic times, and completely rejected the Catholic Church, regarding it as the Church of Satan; Cathar services and ceremonies, by contrast, were held in fields, barns, and people's homes. Finding support from the nobility in the fractious political situation in southern France, the Cathars also found widespread popularity among peasants and artisans. And again unlike the Church, the Cathars respected women, and women played a major role in the movement. Alarmed at the success of Catharism, the Church founded the Inquisition and launched the Albigensian Crusade to exterminate the heresy. The Crusade was the first to be directed against fellow Christians, and was also the first European genocide. With the fall of the Cathar fortress of Montségur in 1244, Catharism was largely obliterated, although the faith survived into the early 14th century. Today, the mystique surrounding the Cathars is as strong as ever, and Sean Martin recounts their story and the myths associated with them in this lively and gripping book.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780785821717
 
from Chartwell Books (July 30, 2006)
9780785821717 | details & prices | 192 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.64 lbs | List price $8.99
About: Without lifting a sword, the Cathars posed a threat to Catholicism greater than the Muslims or Jews—or so the Church believed.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781560256748 Book cover for 9781843443360
 
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from Old Castle (October 1, 2014)
9781843443360 | details & prices | 192 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $16.95
About: The gripping, tragic true story of a peaceful sect that was wiped out in Europe's first genocide Flourishing principally in the Languedoc and Italy, the Cathars taught that the world is evil and must be transcended through a simple life of prayer, work, fasting, and non-violence.
from Basic Books (April 27, 2005)
9781560256748 | details & prices | 191 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.34 lbs | List price $14.95
About: The first comprehensive history of the Cathars written for general readership explores the origins of this peaceful, mystical sect and retraces their persecution by the Church, which resulted in their being exterminated during the Aligensian Crusade.

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