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Hunting for Treasure in the Pyrenees-Orientales
An exclusively Catalan frog? Well, not (...)
’Bal-musette’ You are very (...)
Canigou and Kipling In a letter to M. (...)
Castells and castellers (...)
Catalan donkey symbol You may already (...)
Cheeky Monkies.... The Simiots of Arles-sur-Tech
Correfocs Correfocs originate from a form (...)
Do you live near a prat? Well, best not to (...)
Don’t shoot! It’s a rifle! (...)
Catalan National Anthem Els Segadors (...)
The start of WW3? Well, let’s (...)
Feeling a bit tramontane? Did you (...)
Open door to the P-O On a plateau of (...)
Get your boules out!
Going off the rails at Cerbère A difference in
Aie aie aie! It is believed by some that (...)
Havaneres Named after the (...)
. Le correllengua On 7th November (...)
How things have changed! LE PERTHUS (...)
Les Dames de France, Perpignan (...)
Say ahhh…. but don’t swallow! (...)
Lest We Forget ...... Louis Torcatis (...)
Llevant de Taula The expression (...)
Petanque According to the rules (...)
Pont Gisclard gets a paint job Every (...)
Did you know that over a hundred years ago, (...)
The Albigensian Crusade
An estimated (...)
Grub-ada The Catalan tradition for (...)
No one expects the Medieval Inquisition! (...)
Le Maître de Cabestany An anonymous 12th (...)
The meaning of Argelès The name (...)
The obelisk in Port Vendres by Michael (...)
The Palais des Rois de Majorque, Perpignan (...)
The Sardane The Sardane is a traditional (...)
Le Chêne des Trabucayres. The oak (...)
The Via Domitia The Via Domitia was the (...)
Thuir, Byrrh, and the Violet Brothers (...)
Walter Benjamin Walter Benjamin, (1892 (...)
Winds of the Pyrénées-Orientales There are (...)
No one expects the Medieval Inquisition!
The Cathars (believed to be derived from the Greek katharos, meaning perfect) were a breakaway religious sect, who spread their doctrine throughout the region in the eleventh century, at a time when many Christians were questioning their beliefs.
By the early thirteenth century it was probably the majority religion in the area, supported as much by the nobility as by the common people. The Roman Church was outraged. Some of their own priests had become Cathars and this was not to be tolerated. Worst of all, Cathars refused to pay their tithes.
Pope Innocent III quickly proclaimed the religion heretic, and called for a crusade to crush the Cathars. Men, women and children were massacred, the nobility disgraced, humiliated and replaced, and the ruins of the famous "Cathar castles" are a sad heritage of the violence that took over a region which had, until then, always been known for its policy of tolerance.
The Medieval Inquisition, infamous for their "robust" interrogation and conviction methods of torture, was also set up to eradicate the last vestiges of Catharism. It has been suggested in some modern fiction and non-fiction books that the Cathars could have been the protectors of the Holy Grail of Christian mythology. Cathar Christianity does still exist today in the form of various Fellowships scattered around the world and who knows what treasures might have been passed on through the generations!