A Most Holy War

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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 144.78 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 9 halftones, 16 line illustrations
  • 0195393104
  • 9780195393101
  • 366,127

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Compelling account. Christopher Hirst, the Independent

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About Mark Gregory Pegg

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

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Table of contents

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

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