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The Cathars: Their History and Myths Revealed Sean Martin

The Cathars: Their History and Myths Revealed

Sean Martin

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ISBN : 9781627950084
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192 pages
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Catharism was the most successful heresy of the Middle Ages. The Cathars believed themselves to be heirs to the true Christian heritage, completely rejecting the Catholic Church and all of its trappings, and holding their services in fields, barnsMoreCatharism was the most successful heresy of the Middle Ages. The Cathars believed themselves to be heirs to the true Christian heritage, completely rejecting the Catholic Church and all of its trappings, and holding their services in fields, barns and peoples homes. The Cathars gained support from the nobility in Languedoc and widespread popularity amongst the peasants and artisans. Their liberal attitude to women, who played a major role in the movement, was not to be witnessed again for hundreds of years after their demise. Alarmed at the movements spread, the Church founded the Inquisition, and launched the Albigensian Crusade- the first to be directed against fellow Christians- which succeeded in exterminating virtually all trace of Catharism and was the first European act of genocide.