The Chronicle of William of Puylaurens: The Albigensian

The Chronicle of William of Puylaurens: The Albigensian Crusade and Its Aftermath The Albigensian Crusade, which forms the main subject of William of Puylaurens Chronicle, was a defining episode in the history of France Launched inby Pope Innocent III, it was directed against the aristocracy of southern France especially the Counts of Toulouse who were accused of protecting heresy, and especially Catharism, a dualist heresy which represented a major threat to the Catholic Church The Crusade ended inwith the defeat of Count Raymond VII of Toulouse It was followed in the s by the establishment of the Papal Inquisition against heresy The long term outcome of the Crusade was the defeat of Catharism, and the establishment of French Royal power in the region William of Puylaurens Chronicle, here translated into English for the first time, is one of the main contemporary accounts of these events It describes heresy in the south of France in the early th century provides a narrative of the Crusade and then outlines the growth of the Inquisition and the sustained attack on heresy which followed, including the siege of the Cathar fortress of Montsegur in This translation is accompanied by an introduction, full notes, appendices, and a bibliographyWA SIBLY is a former Domus Exhibitioner in Classics at Balliol College, Oxford MD SIBLY read history at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge They have also translated Peter of Les Vaux de Cernay s History of the Albigensian Crusade also published by Boydell Brewer The Siblys were very obliging to also add appendices of various other documents pertaining to the Albigensian Crusade, and my thesis will thank them endlessly for this largess.

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