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  • Posted May 23, 2010

    Sadly, the authors own religious beliefs have skewed his writing. At one point, he seems to believe that the Inquisition, on the whole, was a good thing.

    He has a problem with women being taught to read and write: to have the bible translated into the vernacular; and that there's nothing wrong in torturing people to get at the truth. Not acceptable as evidence in modern courts (UK).
    His research talks of the "fortress" of Montségur. The current castle was built post the seige. It was a fortified mountain village, as many others in this semi-lawless border country.
    Ditto "no cultivable land close by". Even the few current farmers in the area would disagree. It's on a Puy, surrounded on three sides by cultivable land.
    48 notepages in 300 pages, and some with more than one comment.
    Another interesting Catholic justification of the Crusade against the Cathars. Why the Cathars? Out of all the Albigensian movement which stretched from Bulgaria through Northern Europe, down through France into Spain & Portugal. Because the people were educated (could read), where often even the priests were illiterate; the perfect had no need for money or fancy cloathes, whereas the Church of Rome set/sets great store by it's fancy clothes. If all the stones in all the cardinal's rings who attended the recent Pope's coronation were sold, World Poverty could be eradicated.
    By the by. Catharism didn't die with the fall of Montségur. It still lives on quietly here in the shadows.

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