The Southern French Nobility and the Albigensian Crusade

Elaine Graham-Leigh


The Albigensian campaign used to be known as through Pope blameless III in 1208 opposed to the count number of Toulouse based on the homicide of the papal legate Pierre des Castelnau. The Pope's target used to be to strength the count number and different nobles in Languedoc to do so opposed to the Cathar heretics of their lands, yet finally, the defeat of Catharism within the south of France used to be accomplished during the institution of the Inquisition and the extension of French royal authority to the realm. whereas a few Occitan noble households survived the campaign, others have been destroyed and the behaviour of the crusaders in the direction of the neighborhood the Aristocracy has frequently been considered as particularly arbitrary, unconnected to how those households concerning one another earlier than 1209. This research takes the case of the Trencavel Viscounts of Béziers and Carcassonne, who have been the one participants of the better the Aristocracy to lose their lands to the campaign, and argues that an knowing of ways the Occitan the Aristocracy fared within the campaign years has to be dependent within the context of the politics of the noble society of Languedoc, not just within the 13th century but in addition within the 12th. ELAINE GRAHAM-LEIGH received her Ph.D. from the collage of London.

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