In the early ‘s the village of Montaillou & the surrounding mountainous region of Southern France was full of heretics. When Jacquest Fournier, Bishop of. Most editions of Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie’s classic Montaillou, first published in French 40 years ago, have one of two subtitles, neither of. Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou: Cathars and Catholics in a French Village, Montaillou itself is a tiny village in the south of France, in a region of high.

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Sign in via your Institution Sign in. The brief period in the early 14th century covered here seems to have been quite comfortable for the villagers, until the inquisition turned up and arrested them en masse. It’s all about describing the time going by mojtaillou that those folks inhabited.

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou

But you know what I mean about the really micro genealogical ladufie about who is who, and who is married to who? And although some of the local heretics had some power and a few friends in high places, eventually the roman catholic inquisition was bound to come down on them. But there among the farmers and the sheperds, the lustful town priest and his clan of friends and cronies, catharism flourished.


This book is not. Ladurie accords Catharism respect, and the Inquisition is not portrayed in a flattering light. On the other hand, the peasants were free. The Henrician Reformation 1 Source Exercise 5: Apparently some Inquisitor back in the 14th century performed exceptionally detailed interrogations on an entire town; the author ladyrie those records to piece together a new look at exactly what life was like in that town.

Jan 14, Terence rated it liked it Shelves: Come to Montaillou – all life is there! Le Roy Ladurie also almost entirely ignores the inquisition itself which brought the source text into being, beyond references to characters being imprisoned or persecuted. Reading the book, I gained the impression that Catharism was an early expression of the very French tradition of anti-clericalism, which has been a big part of French history and is still a part of French life today.

Even the priest was cathar. He is full of simple wisdom and he really knows how to enjoy life even if he feels like many a shepherd that he was far too poor to ever get married. Extract Linda Colley, Captives: Taylor, English History After a series of sieges and brutal massacres the Cathars were crushed and an Inquisition was sent to the region to investigate just how far the heresy had extended. Books by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie. ke

Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

It irks me not a little that, after peaking my curiosity, Le Roy Ladurie left me certain of only one thing: Some of them became ministers and prophets of the Cathar heresy. View all 8 comments. Le Roy Ladurie obviously loves this world, and he manages to bring it back to life to an admirable degree. This one’s been on my radar for a long time and on my to-read list for a laduri.


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Ladurie’s Montaillou is a history book in the Annales tradition. Indeed, discussing heresy seems to have been a favourite hobby throughout the village, although different people displayed different levels of sincere interest.

The sad looking ruin on a rather desolate hillside appealed to me for some obscure reason as did the subject of the Cathars and catholics during the mediaeval period. Their religious motnaillou are very plastic and flexible especially when the future of their domus is at stake. The Wars of the Roses 7 Source Exercise 4: Extract Niall Ferguson, Virtual History: This amazing study montillou life in small village in the early fourteenth century in southern France is a classic example of good use of archive material.