The Perfect Heresy: The Life and Death of the Cathars

The Perfect Heresy: The Life and Death of the Cathars


By (author) Stephen O'Shea

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  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 196mm x 28mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 21 May 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1861973500
  • ISBN 13: 9781861973504
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, maps, portraits
  • Sales rank: 79,222

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Eight hundred years ago, the Cathars, a group of heretical Christians from all walks of society, high and low, flourished in what is now the Languedoc in Southern France. Their subversive beliefs brought down on them the wrath of Popes and monarchs and provoked a brutal 'Crusade' against them. The final defeat of the Cathars was horrific with mass burnings of men, women and children in the village of Montaillou in the Pyrenees.

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Author information

Stephen O'Shea, for many years a journalist in Paris and New York, contributed to a wide variety of publications on the arts and translated French feature films. The Friar of Carcassonne is his third book of medieval history. He currently lives with his two daughters in Providence, Rhode Island.