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By Emmanuel La Roy Ladurie, Barbara Bray

Initially released in French in 1975, Montaillou is a pioneering paintings in microhistory by way of Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie (b. 1929), a examine of the village of Montaillou within the zone of Languedoc within the south of France throughout the age of the Cathar heresy. He drew upon the meticulous notes of a member of the Inquisition, Jacques Fournier, who served because the Bishop of Pamiers among 1318 and 1325 prior to changing into Pope Benedict XII, to boost a multi-layered research of lifestyles in a small French village over the process a number of a long time. utilizing the documents of interrogations performed by means of Fournier -- a consummate and pitiless inquisitor within the pursuit of heresy, an acute psychologist who used to be capable of elicit from the accused the innermost secrets and techniques in their options and activities -- Le Roy Ladurie recreated either the cloth and psychological worlds of a wealthy solid of village characters. He tested the previous as mirrored in farming practices, homes, family members with different villages and with either secular and ecclesiastical strength, and the latter as mirrored of their ideals approximately God, destiny, sexuality, dying, existence, marriage, magic, area, time, and salvation.

"Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie has had a hit which few historians event and that is often reserved for the winner of the Prix Goncourt... Montaillou, that's the reconstruction of the social lifetime of a medieval village, has been acclaimed by way of the specialists as a masterpiece of ethnographic historical past and via the general public as a sensational revelation of the strategies, emotions, and actions of the standard humans of the past." — instances Literary complement

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They did not wash the body for fear of rinsing away some precious qualities attached to the skin and the accum­ ulated dirt. 4o4). Bernard proposed to denounce to the Inquisitor at Carcassonne the 'heretication' before his death of the late Guillaume Guilhabert, Alazais's brother. Alazais was horrified. She said at once that she was ready to do anything to protect her brother's memory; when that was retrospectively threatened, so was his domus. I told Bemard Benet, said Alazais, that / would give him half a dozen sheep, or a dozen sheep, or whatever else he wanted, to avoid this affliction which would bring down harm and malediction on my dead brother and on his domus.

87). 'This village and this ostal have always been purefrom all evil and heresy. ' Con­ versely, the violence of the Inquisition was regarded by its victims as an act of aggression against the heretical domus, and only secondly as an attack on the liberty or life of the individual. z81), Bernard Clergue exclaimed : These two traitors have brought misfortune upon our house and upon my brother the priest. People might be converted to heresy house by house, rather than individual by individual. Pierre Authie, the Cathar missionary, pre­ ferred the group method.

338). So was there a fully accepted group of false nobles, with fine houses and possessions, considered by other people as nobles, and perhaps even honoured as such ? At the level of everyday life and the relations between men, and especially between women, but between men and women also, the relations of nobility to non-nobility were often pleasant and generally relaxed. Of course, they were tinged with a minimum of deference. But in themselves they gave rise to no problems. The nobility themselves were affected by the spirit of caste only in connection with marriage, and not always then.

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