A Most Holy War: The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom

A Most Holy War: The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom

Undefined Pivotal Moments in World History

By (author) Mark Gregory Pegg

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Undefined | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 226mm x 23mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 26 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195393104
  • ISBN 13: 9780195393101
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 9 halftones, 16 line illustrations
  • Sales rank: 435,282

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The Albigensian Crusade, the first in which Christians were promised salvation for killing other Christians, lasted twenty bloody years-a long savage war for the soul of Christendom. In A Most Holy War, historian Mark Pegg has produced a swift-moving, gripping narrative of this horrific crusade. Pegg draws in part on thousands of testimonies collected by inquisitors in the years 1235 to 1245, accounts of ordinary men and women remembering what it was like to live through such brutal times. In responding to heresy with a holy genocidal war, Innocent III fundamentally changed how Western civilization dealt with individuals accused of corrupting society. This change, Pegg argues, led directly to the creation of the inquisition, the rise of an anti-Semitism, and even the holy violence of the Reconquista in Spain. "A bold, erudite, engaging, and superbly written study of what has long been one of the most central topics in medieval and Mediterranean history." -Teofilo F. Ruiz, Professor of History, UCLA

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Mark Pegg is Associate Professor of History at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Compelling account. Christopher Hirst, the Independent

Table of contents

Preface ; Acknowledgments ; Dramatis Personae ; Genealogical Charts ; A Most Holy War ; Abbreviations Used in Notes ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index