A Most Holy War: The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom (Pivotal Moments in World History)

A Most Holy War: The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom (Pivotal Moments in World History)

Mark Gregory Pegg


In January of 1208, a papal legate used to be murdered at the banks of the Rhone in southern France. A livid Pope blameless III accused heretics of the crime and known as upon all Christians to exterminate heresy among the Garonne and Rhone rivers--a titanic quarter referred to now as Languedoc--in a good campaign. This such a lot holy conflict, 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 such a lot Holy War, historian Mark Pegg has produced a swift-moving, gripping narrative of this terrible campaign, drawing partially on hundreds of thousands of stories accumulated via inquisitors within the years 1235 to 1245. those bills of standard 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 struggle 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 a terror that Christendom used to be being eaten clear of inside by way of heretics who regarded no varied 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 warfare, blameless III essentially replaced how Western civilization handled members accused of corrupting society. This basic 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 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 an enormous new standpoint on a very pivotal second in international historical past, a primary and far-off foreshadowing of the genocide and holy violence within the sleek world.

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