A journalist and translator, Stephen O'Shea relocated to Southern France for two years in order to complete his research. He writes clearly and with evident passion for his subject. Intended for the general reader, The Perfect Heresy includes historical background and explanations without interrupting the narrative flow; there is also an annotated bibliography to facilitate further reading. O'Shea's examination of the Cathars sheds important new light on Medieval France as well as on the timelessness of religious intolerance. --Bertina Loeffler Sedlack --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This history is well written, well researched, and very accessable to the average reader.
Do not be mislead by the title -- the Book by Stephen O'Shea is really about the Albigensian crusades in early XII century in Occitania/Languedoc/Southern France.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who is interested in digging deeper in understanding the history of that region.
The Albengensian Crusade (1209-1229) was to be Pope Innocent III's final solution to the Cathar problem. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matthew J. Brennan
Revealing about the power struggle between the established church and local communities in the way they make sense of existence. Written in a very approachable style. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cherry's son
A good overview of Cathar history, with a detailed bibliography. This book was very interesting, although not an easy read.Published 17 months ago by Rosanne Livingstone
As we were getting ready for a trip to France that would include a stop in Carcassonne - the fabled, walled fortress-city in SW France, my wife and I wanted to learn more about the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Brett August
Well written, well researched book
A great easy read for anyone who is interested to find out more about the Cathars . Read more
I live in France and have visited the Cathar Castles, and this book provides an excellent, compelling narrative history of the people involved, the battles, sieges, and political... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Liam H Dooley
This was the first book on the Cathar heresy I picked up and I've read a dozen since. Readable, entertaining despite its gruesome subject, it's a good and easy introduction to a... Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Berkeley Bibliophile
"Hard to read" used to mean too dense or lofty, but the style from page 1 onward (well, I made it only 50 pages or so) in this book is almost insultingly bad, trite, would-be... Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by B. Benton
After having truly loved the author's Sea of Faith, I was a bit disappointed with this book: it lacked a certain density, offered little on the Medieval context, and concentrated... Read morePublished on August 8, 2011 by Robert J. Crawford