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The Resource A most holy war : the Albigensian Crusade and the battle for Christendom, Mark Gregory Pegg

A most holy war : the Albigensian Crusade and the battle for Christendom, Mark Gregory Pegg

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A most holy war : the Albigensian Crusade and the battle for Christendom
Title
A most holy war
Title remainder
the Albigensian Crusade and the battle for Christendom
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Mark Gregory Pegg
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Language
eng
Summary
"In January of 1208 a papal legate was murdered on the banks of the Rhone River. Pope Innocent III accused Raimon VI, count of Toulouse, and pestilential heretics of the crime. He exhorted all Christians to fight the count and to exterminate heretics between the Garonne and Rhone Rivers - a vast region that is now southern France - in a great crusade. This most holy war, the first in which Christians were promised salvation for killing other Christians, lasted twenty bloody years - it was a long savage battle for the soul of Christendom." "In A Most Holy War, historian Mark Pegg has produced a swift-moving, gripping narrative of this horrific crusade. He interweaves troubadour epics, eyewitness account, and thousands of testimonies from men, women, and children collected by inquisitors after the war. What it was like to live through such brutal decades comes vividly to life. Pegg argues that generations of historians (and novelists) have misunderstood the crusade, assuming it was a war against the Cathars, the most famous heretics of the Middle Ages. These Cathars, Pegg reveals, never existed. He further shows how a millennial fervor about "cleansing" the world of heresy was amplified by a fear that Christendom was being eaten away from within by heretics who looked no different than other Christians. The battles, sieges, and massacres of the crusade were ferociously apocalyptic in their intensity and led directly to the creation of the Inquisition, the rise of an anti-Semitism dedicated to the violent elimination of Jews, and the moral justification for the mass murders that have scarred so much of Western history for almost a millennium. The Albigensian Crusade, far from being an aberration, epitomized the sanguine beauty and bloody savagery of medieval Christianity. Mark Gregory Pegg is Associate Professor of History at Washington University in St. Louis."--BOOK JACKET
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1963-
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Pegg, Mark Gregory
Dewey number
944/.023
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • genealogical tables
Index
index present
LC call number
DC83.3
LC item number
.P45 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Pivotal moments in world history
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  • Albigenses
  • Christian heresies
  • Crusades
  • France
  • Languedoc (France)
  • France, Southern
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A most holy war : the Albigensian Crusade and the battle for Christendom, Mark Gregory Pegg
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [223]-242) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
148733188
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxii, 253 pages
Isbn
9780195171310
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007027108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, genealogical tables
System control number
(OCoLC)148733188
Label
A most holy war : the Albigensian Crusade and the battle for Christendom, Mark Gregory Pegg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [223]-242) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
148733188
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxii, 253 pages
Isbn
9780195171310
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007027108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, genealogical tables
System control number
(OCoLC)148733188

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