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Château Narbonnais.

Château Narbonnais.

Map of Cathar Castles

Map of Cathar Castles

Catherine Deshayes, a bishop at Cathar church (1624-1680)

Catherine Deshayes, a bishop at Cathar church (1624-1680)

Cathar Castles - Carcassonne

Cathar Castles - Carcassonne

Château cathare de Peyrepertuse

Château cathare de Peyrepertuse

Cathar Castles: The Cathars were Gnostic Christians. Their beliefs dated from the earliest Christian times but the Catholic Church regarded them as heretics. After a series of failed attempts to convert them, Pope Innocent III called a full scale massacre against them. The Cathars were burned alive by the hundreds. Their castles fell into the hands of the victors, and the area was annexed to France. Carcassonne and Lastours (Cabaret) have the best claims to be real Cathar Castles.

Cathar Castles: The Cathars were Gnostic Christians. Their beliefs dated from the earliest Christian times but the Catholic Church regarded them as heretics. After a series of failed attempts to convert them, Pope Innocent III called a full scale massacre against them. The Cathars were burned alive by the hundreds. Their castles fell into the hands of the victors, and the area was annexed to France. Carcassonne and Lastours (Cabaret) have the best claims to be real Cathar Castles.

Puivert - south France : an original Cathar Castle not destructed during the crusade against the Albigensians by Louis IX, aka Saint Louis.

Puivert - south France : an original Cathar Castle not destructed during the crusade against the Albigensians by Louis IX, aka Saint Louis.

Cathar Castle, Château de Quéribus.   ...    http://www.catharcountry.info/   ...    Reconstruction by Peter Dennis, "Cathar Castles", Osprey Books

Cathar Castle, Château de Quéribus. ... http://www.catharcountry.info/ ... Reconstruction by Peter Dennis, "Cathar Castles", Osprey Books

Stained glass of Chartres cathedral representing Amaury de Montfort, around 1220. Photo by F. de Lannoy, J. Labrot "The Albigensian Crusade", Middle Ages, No 30, September-October 2002.

Stained glass of Chartres cathedral representing Amaury de Montfort, around 1220. Photo by F. de Lannoy, J. Labrot "The Albigensian Crusade", Middle Ages, No 30, September-October 2002.

Cathar castles in Lastours, France

Cathar castles in Lastours, France