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By Stephen O'Shea

In 1300, the French zone of Languedoc have been cowed below the authority of either Rome and France when you consider that Pope blameless III 's Albigensian campaign approximately a century prior. That campaign virtually burnt up the Cathars, a bunch of heretical Christians whose ideals threatened the authority of the Catholic Church. yet a long time of harrowing repression-enforced by means of the ruthless Pope Boniface VIII , the Machiavellian French King Philip the reasonable of France, and the pitiless grand inquisitor of Toulouse, Bernard Gui (the villain within the identify of the Rose)-had bred resentment. within the urban of Carcassonne, anger on the abuses of the Inquisition reached a boiling aspect and a very good orator and fearless insurgent emerged to unite the resistance between Cathar and Catholic alike. the folk rose up, led through the charismatic Franciscan friar Bernard Délicieux and for a time reclaimed keep an eye on in their lives and groups. Having written the acclaimed chronicle of the Cathars The excellent Heresy , Stephen O'Shea returns to the medieval global to chronicle a unprecedented and noteworthy tale of non-public braveness and precept status as much as energy, amidst the final vestiges of the forever interesting Cathar world.

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"At as soon as a cautionary story in regards to the corruption of temporal power…and an accounting of the facility of religion …It is usually only a darn solid read."-Baltimore Sun

"An available, readable background with classes …that weren't realized by means of extensive humanity until eventually it observed 20th-century tyrants employing the ambitions and techniques of the Inquisition on a common scale."-New York Times

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The pilgrims crowding the bridge over the Tiber have been religious, yet now not committed; they'd witness, certainly herald, demanding situations to the previous order through the first many years of the fourteenth century as resentments grew and conditions replaced. via those roiling waters males equivalent to Bernard Délicieux navigated, their acts of braveness and defiance saw, might be applauded, through these gazing from the bridge. The best pontiff, or pontifex maximus, a identify borrowed from historical Rome signifying he who builds the bridge and publications the souls throughout it, might in a really little while be not anything greater than a toll collector on that bridge, and, as such, a sitting duck for his Reformation critics within the not-too-distant destiny. And inside many years following the Jubilee, to pay that collector one could pass now not the Ponte St. Angelo however the Pont d’Avignon. not just did the papacy’s movement to its seventy-year exile in Avignon shatter Boniface’s dream and profoundly regulate the Church, it additionally introduced the nice equipment of papal energy uncomfortably on the subject of Languedoc and its agitator, Bernard Délicieux. Many crowding the Roman bridge within the 12 months 1300 didn't have opposite numbers in 1200 or 1100, as their position in society used to be of contemporary production. with out those newbies, the profession of the friar of Carcassonne shouldn't have been attainable. between them have been males in white gowns draped with a black scapular, a lot of their tonsured pates housing a fevered, fanatical mind. those have been the Dominicans, the brothers of the Order of the Friars Preachers. that they had no longer existed a century previous, but by means of 1300 that they had countless numbers of homes and convents in the course of the size and breadth of Europe. surprise troops, students, directors, inquisitors, and finally popes, the Dominicans have been, especially else, the domini canes—the hounds of the Lord. Matching them in numbers marched a legion of equally soulful males, in easy brown or grey gowns: the Franciscans, or the Order of the Friars Minor. Coevals of the Dominicans (both Orders date from the early 1200s), the Franciscans rivaled the boys in black and white of their explosive enlargement in the course of the process the 13th century. even though, the fierceness in their piety got here to be directed at divisions inside of their very own ranks. Bernard Délicieux partook absolutely of this Franciscan infighting. jointly those brotherhoods (and different smaller spiritual groupings), recognized jointly because the mendicant friars, had arisen from the longings woke up via revival. within the 11th and 12th centuries a once-drowsy Europe had based new cities, revivified outdated ones, introduced crusades, cracked the books, began the development of hovering cathedrals, and brought to exchange routes choked via the weeds of millennium-long overlook. This burst of job engendered a brand new outlook and an impatience with the haughty prelates, hidebound priests, and illiterate parish monks who have been conspicuously failing to offer religious succor in a time of swap. Into the breach stepped males extra attuned to their day.

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