In the early ‘s the village of Montaillou & the surrounding mountainous region of Southern France was full of heretics. When Jacquest Fournier, Bishop of. Most editions of Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie’s classic Montaillou, first published in French 40 years ago, have one of two subtitles, neither of. Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou: Cathars and Catholics in a French Village, Montaillou itself is a tiny village in the south of France, in a region of high.

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Language and Sources E. This Site Uses Cookies We may use cookies to record some preference settings and to analyse how you use our web site. Le Roy Ladurie also almost entirely ignores the inquisition itself which brought the source text into being, beyond references to characters being imprisoned or persecuted.

Some of the characters are so familiar that pretty soon Montaillou starts to read like a soap opera or a medieval version of Dynasty. It might appear at first glance that this book was about just another dry religious sect or schism, in this case concerning the Cathars or Albingensians back in the Fourteenth Century, that had long since vanished and was of little lasting importance. In France in the 13th century, a crusade was launched against the cathar heresy which had gained immense popularity in a large part of Mediterraenean Europe.

In Montaillou, Ladurie illustrates how peasant culture was largely oral and centered around the family household, known as the domus. Of course, Pierre Clergue was head of the most powerful domus in Montaillou, and his assistance to the Cathars was rendered in a selective way that bolstered his own family’s power and crushed that of his rivals and enemies within the village.


We learn about the role of the home, and about law and order. Bishop Fournier interviewed nearly every adult in the village about their lives and the answers survived the centuries. Most history is written about important events and people.

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou

Taylor, English History Language and Sources A. Montaillou has been described as a work of history from below. May 05, Chris Gager rated it really liked it. The treatment of homosexuality is similarly eyebrow-raising, if for different reasons. This Ladurie does by providing examples of how peasants believed in such concepts as the migration of souls from one body to the next emmanuell death, similar to the Hindu belief in reincarnation.

Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

A brief reading of the Wikipedia page on Cathars was enough background to make up for that. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

View all 4 comments. The author doesn’t focus so much on that story, however, despite the fact that it was the Inquisition that produced all the first-person testimony upon which this book is based. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Montaillou (book) – Wikipedia

Le Roy Ladurie’s micro-history us This amazing study of life in small village in the early fourteenth century in southern France is a classic example of good use of archive material. In Montaillou, people did not shave, or wash, often. And they paid dearly for their heresy. Unfortunately it has lain lost and forlorn on one of my upper bookshelves where only dust has kept it company all these years.

And although some of the local heretics had some power and a few friends in high places, eventually the roman catholic inquisition was bound to come down on them. I’ll have to reread this. The very act of creating this highly detailed historical reconstruction is to treat these historically marginal villagers and their beliefs with dignity and respect. Instead, he advances from his unique, comprehensive source only so far as to group it in topics and put it in language that we can understand.


Clergue was the fascinating scoundrel who played both sides in the conflict between the Cathar village and the Inquisition.

Ladurie uses Clergue to tell a scandalously entertaining tale of political intrigue and sexual misbehavior. Girls were married as young teenagers, generally to men years older than emmannuel were.

There are special analyses of sexuality and spirituality that are almost forensic in detail. I recognise the enormous research work he has invested in his study of the small village, ravaged by the Inquisition, and yet I needed something more to emmxnuel it a masterpiece.

Overhead lines blew down.

Pierre isn’t choosy and is a one-man Second Coming. The Henrician Reformation 9 Source Exercise 5: To know them of otherwise unremarkable villagers is unique.

Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error

omntaillou One of the places it visited was Montaillou. Most of the time he spends bonding with his fellow shepherds in their mountain huts and is so popular he becomes their virtual leader.

Nevertheless, the eradication of Catharism, though a sad and painful occurrence, is not really presented by Ladurie montaiplou a “game-changing” catastrophe. You really need to wash more, you know.

Slavery after Rome, — The guy never stopped. The domus comprised both a physical location and the people within it. The Twelve Caesars Suetonius: The Wars of the Roses 10 Source Exercise 4: