Cathar Castles: Fortresses of the Albigensian Crusade 1209-1300

Cathar Castles: Fortresses of the Albigensian Crusade 1209-1300

by Marcus Cowper, Peter Dennis
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Cathar Castles: Fortresses of the Albigensian Crusade 1209-1244 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LN_Adcox More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent reference source for the historian interested in the history of the region of southern France called the Languedoc and/or the history of the Albigensian Crusade. It is also an excellent resource for the tourist to this area interested in visiting castles and ruins or learning more about the background of sites already visited. This little book manages to concisely relay a great deal of background information on the causes of the Albigensian Crusade, the composition of the opposing forces, and the major personalities involved. It also devotes a specific section to the role and history of each major fortress/fortified town involved in this conflict. Anyone planning a trip to the Languedoc to see castles and fortresses will find the guide on the hours of operation, cost and point of contact for each of them of great assistance. Information on the Fortress Study Group (FSG) and on a Cathar web site and organization run by Histophile will be of interest to the enthusiast.
Somiaira More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a good overview of the sites. The author had obviously researched the topic. The first part is the sites themselves, and a brief history of them before the crusade, during and after. The second part of the book is a brief history of the war, quoting from Peter les Vaux de Cernay and Guilhem de Tudela and the anonymous author who followed him. Not an indepth book of course, as it's short, but it makes a great overview. My only beef with it, is that a lot of the pictures were black and white and small, so you couldn't really see detail. Small is fine, but color would have helped. If you're traveling to the Languedoc, and are at all interested in the Cathar sites, you should get this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hav not read but will
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