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The Albigensian Crusade Paperback – June 15, 2000
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The origins and timeline of the heresy and its repression are well discussed. I would have liked more insight, though, into the motives of the various participants. There are clearly plenty of primary sources from which to draw. Why did Cathars so willingly let themselves be burned to death? How much did the property concerns of the Church and state play into the suppression of the heresy? What was happening theologically in Rome at the time?
I guess I'll have to read more than one title to get my questions answered. For a basic understanding of the circumstances of the heresy and its suppression, though, this is a good start.