This book looks at mediaeval Occitan culture and traces the origins of the Cathar beliefs back to the Persian, Zoroaster religion. It explains the Cathar's vegetarianism, tolerance and non violence, and questions their pact with the Knights Templar. It describes the harrowing circumstances when 200 Cathars were isolated in their mountain stronghold and on March 16, 1244. The Roman Catholic Inquisition had ordered that they be burnt alive for heresy. Four high ranking Perfecti are said to have carried treasure to safety from the mountain retreat on the night before the attack. Hugenots and Hitler's SS believed that some kind of hidden power or treasure lay in the Cathar regions.
The author is a controversial figure whose real name was Jean Bertrand, a mediaeval scholar, who has been accused of the 'creative' use of shcolarship to make excessively large leaps of reasoning.
The author also wrote:
The Great Goddess
The Church of Mary Magdalene
and numerous other titles
Book Review of "Montsegur and the Mystery of the Cathars" by Jean Markale
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