MONTSEGUR AND THE MYSTERY OF THE CATHARS
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MONTSEGUR AND THE MYSTERY OF THE CATHARS
Jean Markale

On March 16 1244 over 200 Cathars were captured in their fortress stronghold of Montsegur and were burned alive by troops of the Inquisition. While some Cathar enclaves survived into the next century this was the deathblow to a religion that had been a powerful symbol of Occitain sovereignty against the designs of the French monarchy and the papacy. History has recorded that four high-ranking Cathar perfecti carried a great treasure out of Montsegur the night before its fall a fact that led rebel Huguenots of the 17th century and members of Hitler's S.S. to believe that an enormous treasure or weapon of awesome spiritual power lay hidden somewhere nearby the ruins of the former Cathar stronghold. Seeking to untangle the true from the false Celtic and medieval scholar Jean Markale meticulously searches through the obscure history of the Cathars tracing their roots back to the ancient Zoroastrian religion of Persia. He examines what earned the Cathars--who practiced vegetarianism non-violence and tolerance--the ruthless persecution of both the Church and the state. He explores their doctrine their place in medieval Occitain culture and their secret pact with the Knights Templar. Most importantly he uses all available documentation to reveal the nature of the treasure the Cathars spirited away from their fortress at Montsegur the night before its surrender to French troops

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  • Published : 08/09/2003
  • ISBN : 9780892810901
  • Format : Paperback
  • Imprint : Inner Traditions
  • Size (mm): 152 X 229
  • Category: Western Mystery Traditions
  • Pages : 312
  • Edition :