A Most Holy War: The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for by Mark Gregory Pegg

By Mark Gregory Pegg

In January of 1208, a papal legate was once murdered at the banks of the Rhone in southern France. A livid Pope blameless III accused heretics of the crime and referred to as upon all Christians to exterminate heresy among the Garonne and Rhone rivers--a monstrous area referred to now as Languedoc--in an exceptional campaign. This so much holy warfare, the 1st during which Christians have been promised salvation for killing different Christians, lasted twenty bloody years--it was once a protracted savage conflict for the soul of Christendom.
In A so much Holy struggle, historian Mark Pegg has produced a swift-moving, gripping narrative of this bad campaign, drawing partially on millions of tales accumulated via inquisitors within the years 1235 to 1245. those debts of standard women and men, remembering what it was once wish to pass though such brutal occasions, carry the tale vividly to lifestyles. Pegg argues that generations of historians (and novelists) have misunderstood the campaign; they assumed it used to be a warfare opposed to the Cathars, the main recognized heretics of the center a while. The Cathars, Pegg finds, by no means existed. He additional indicates how a millennial fervor approximately "cleansing" the area of heresy, coupled with an apprehension that Christendom used to be being eaten clear of inside of through heretics who seemed no diversified than different Christians, made the battles, sieges, and massacres of the campaign nearly apocalyptic of their merciless depth. In responding to this worry with a holy genocidal warfare, blameless III essentially replaced how Western civilization handled contributors accused of corrupting society. This primary swap, Pegg argues, led on to the production of the inquisition, the increase of an anti-Semitism devoted to the violent removing of Jews, or even the holy violence of the Reconquista in Spain and within the New international within the 15th century. All derive their divinely sanctioned slaughter from the Albigensian Crusade.
Haunting and immersive, A so much Holy War opens a tremendous new viewpoint on a very pivotal second in international historical past, a primary and far-off foreshadowing of the genocide and holy violence within the glossy international.

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These were the heretics that Bernard of Clairvaux preached against and whose diseased head Henri de Marcy wanted lopped off. These were the men and women that the crusaders, whatever those signed with the cross may have thought before they arrived in the Biterrois or Carcasse`s, joyously burned and slaughtered as the enemies of Christ. Na Flors de Mas and Peire de Garmassia, in their precise reflections on naming and morality, testified to the discriminating use of ‘‘good man’’— bon ome in Provenc¸al, bonus homo in Latin—as an epithet.

Such a model for understanding heresy was hardly surprising in a world where, at least from the eleventh century onward, Latin Christians endeavored to imitate the Christ of history (as revealed in the New Testament) and were judged holy by the veracity of their imitation. Heretics, despite the divine potential inherent in imitative practices, never copied the life of the Savior, even if, in their perversity, they thought they were doing so. Instead, they replicated (remorselessly, impenitently) the lives and ideas of venomous men like Arius and Mani.

Tiburga d’Orange Guilhema m. 1145 Bernart Ato V Viscount of Nîmes d. 1163 Guilhem VIII Guido Guerrejat Bergundionis m. 1183 des Montpellier d. 1202 Alazaïs de Cognac m. (1) Eudoxia of Constantinople Sibilla m. Raimon Gaucelin Bernart Adalacia Guilhema m. Raimon de Roquefeuil Ermessen m. Esteve de Servian Adalacia Maria Esteve Servian m. (2) 1187 Agnes de Castille Maria m. (1) Bernart III Count of Comminges (2) 1204 Pere II of Aragon Guilhem IX de Montpellier Clementia m. Rostang de Sabran Esteve de Servian m.

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