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The Albigensian Crusades (Ann Arbor Paperbacks) Paperback – September 1, 1992
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Strayer's book is about 30 years old, and while his writing seems mostly accurate, he is inclined to make generalizations some contemporary historians might not. For example, he says a necessary condition for the growth of "heresy" is a set of fluid economic and social circumstances that lead to uncertainty about personal well-being as well as exposure to people with different ways of thinking. In other words, material conditions go a long way toward explaining a diversity of faiths.
Strayer says the feudalism of the north (France) was virtually nonexistent in Languedoc (Strayer calls it Occitania) and primogeniture was not the hereditary rule. At the death of the father, properties were split up amongst the sons, and the wealth and power of successive generations diluted. Often, the loss of noble wealth and power was augmented. One means was to become a member of the Roman Catholic clergy and the other was commerce. The redistribution of wealth and power led to a new social order where the cities became dominant.
Languedoc, lay at the end of a main trade route that ran through Italy and into the East, and by 1200, the area was more like Italy with it's independent cities based on commercial wealth, than the feudal north with it's huge rural estates owned by landed nobility. New ideas and new people settled in Occitania, bringing diverse religious practices.Read more ›
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My boyfriend needed this book for a paper he had to write. He looked at the first two pages when it came and it instantly intrigued him.Published 10 months ago by Sabina
What a crime was committed so long ago in the name of religion. No surprise really but so hidden from history by the perpetrators.Published 23 months ago by rx7171
A very good book concerning the this Crusade that was ordered by the Pope and how the Inquisition helped to end the secret societies behind them.Published on June 16, 2013 by John M. Wasilnak