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By Mark Gregory Pegg

ISBN-10: 0195393104

ISBN-13: 9780195393101

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 huge quarter referred to now as Languedoc--in a good campaign. This such a lot holy battle, the 1st during which Christians have been promised salvation for killing different Christians, lasted twenty bloody years--it used to be a protracted savage conflict for the soul of Christendom.
In A such a lot Holy conflict, historian Mark Pegg has produced a swift-moving, gripping narrative of this bad campaign, drawing partially on hundreds of thousands of tales amassed via inquisitors within the years 1235 to 1245. those debts of normal women and men, remembering what it used to be wish to pass though such brutal instances, carry the tale vividly to existence. Pegg argues that generations of historians (and novelists) have misunderstood the campaign; they assumed it was once a conflict opposed to the Cathars, the main recognized heretics of the center a long time. The Cathars, Pegg unearths, by no means existed. He extra indicates how a millennial fervor approximately "cleansing" the area of heresy, coupled with an apprehension that Christendom was once being eaten clear of inside via heretics who appeared no assorted than different Christians, made the battles, sieges, and massacres of the campaign virtually apocalyptic of their merciless depth. In responding to this worry with a holy genocidal conflict, blameless III essentially replaced how Western civilization handled participants accused of corrupting society. This basic swap, Pegg argues, led on to the construction of the inquisition, the increase of an anti-Semitism devoted to the violent removal of Jews, or even the holy violence of the Reconquista in Spain and within the New global within the 15th century. All derive their divinely sanctioned slaughter from the Albigensian Crusade.
Haunting and immersive, A such a lot Holy War opens a big new standpoint on a very pivotal second in global historical past, a primary and far away foreshadowing of the genocide and holy violence within the smooth international.

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Forward, brave recruits to the Christian army! Let the universal cry of grief of the Holy Church arouse you,’’ exhorted the pope. Peire de Castelnau was transformed (by torturous papal prose) into Jesus Christ; his damp death on the Rhoˆne (by a lance, not a sword) became the redemptive crucifixion on Golgotha; his sacrifice a sign to a corrupt generation. Innocent III, while acknowledging that Raimon VI’s guilt for the murder was largely circumstantial, nevertheless thought there was enough evidence—not least ‘‘other outrageous actions which have become known to us’’—to make all archbishops and bishops publicly declare the count anathematized.

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. daughter of Aynart de Murviel Raimon de Roquefeuil Tomas Tortosa Agnes m. 1203 Raimon Roger Viscount of Carcassonne, Bexiers, Albi and Razès d. 1209 Alazaïs This page intentionally left blank A Most Holy War This page intentionally left blank I C o u s i n, d o n o t be afraid,’’ a dead boy told an eleven-year-old girl when he appeared in her house at Beaucaire one night in July 1211.

Most important, it was in modest variations and improvisations of quotidian courtliness that individuals tested, interpreted, and so made sense of each other and their world. These courteous variations (as precise interpretations of precise social moments) were frequently more vital than the theme of cortezia itself. The honor and prestige of being a good man (holy or otherwise) was such a profound demonstration of wisdom through moderation, of the achievement of communal stability through individual restraint, that these men really were (and were thought to be) the ideal embodiments of cortezia.

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