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The Yellow Cross

The Story of the Last Cathars 1290-1329

By Rene Weis

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Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 02 August 2001
This work aims to reconstruct one of the most vividly documented fragments of medieval life concerning the late Cathar community in south-west France. Following the inquisition of the 1240s in which 10,000 Cathars were burned at the stake, it seemed this early heretical movement had been fully quashed. Fifty years later however, a revival was started, centred around the small town of Montaillou and led by the charismatic Authies brothers. It would be another 30 years before Rome finally stamped out the movement.

Table of Contents

The people of Montaillou; the steward, the chatelaine and the demon priest - 1291-1301; exodus to Lombardy - 1296; the last perfect's return - 1299-1300; betrayal and consolidation - 1300; Pierre Maury and the Cathars of Arques; Montaillou 1300-1305; the Cathars and Guillemette Maury - 1305-7; wedding-bells in Montaillou - 1307-8; the consolidation of Guillaume Guilabert -May 1308; the martyrs of Junac - 1308-10; the day the soldiers came - 8 September 1308; endgame, and a new beginning - 1309-16; Jacques Fournier, Bishop of Pamiers - 1317; from the Fenouilledes into Catalonia - 1307-14; Sant Mateu, Morella, Beceite and Montaillou again - 1315-18; the traitor, the perfect, a wedding and a divorce - 1318-20; the sting; Pamiers 1321-2; the last trials of Montaillou; inside Allemans prison in 1321; epilogue -Benoit XII and the "citoyens".

About the Author

Rene Weis was born in 1953. He is Professor of English Literature at UCL and the author of Criminal Justice: The True Story of Edith Thompson, first published in 1988 to critical acclaim.


"There can be fewer better guides than this beautiful book, which lets an almost forgotten people, even through the filter of time and the Inquisition, speak for themselves." --"The Washington Post Book World" "In a feat of inspired scholarship, Weis transports us back to that world, conveying all of the high drama of ecclesiastical interrogations, covert ceremonies, and fiery martyrdom. . . . A book that will long haunt its readers."--"Booklist""This book reanimates the real world of the Cathars of seven hundred years ago in a way that is fresh, utterly modern, and pulsates with life."-Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, author of "Montaillou""""It succeeds enthrallingly . . . a moving evocation of an almost inconceivable faith."--"The Times" (London)

EAN: 9780140276695
ISBN: 0140276696
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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