Montaillou : Cathars and Catholics in a French Village 1294-1324, Paperback Book

Montaillou : Cathars and Catholics in a French Village 1294-1324 Paperback

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An enthralling account of day-to-day life in a medieval French village.

Using records gathered by the Catholic Church in its pursuit of heretics, the book recreates the lives of a rich cast of village characters.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780140137002



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"Montaillou" is an exploration of life in a French mediaeval village in the Languedoc, made possible through the copious interview transcripts kept by the Inquisition, which were preserved by purest chance (the chief inquisitor went on to become an Avignon Pope, so this product of his early career was moved to the Papal Library). By quizzing the inhabitants about their daily lives and opinions, the inquisitors sought to discover how heretical notions were propagated in this backward region. Utterly fascinating.

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Balanced, careful perspective of the Cathar paeriod in what would become the south of France; it's inspired me with a desire to spend time in the area.