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The real Face of Catharism

Anne Brenon

Tuesday 16 February 2016

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Catharism with a true face... We will not find here a construction of this "void-filling" imagination which, since the beginning of the 20th century, has led so many authors to fabricate a mythological Catharism with hidden treasures, from Pyrenean Grails to unpublished works by Plato or Buddhist dreams.

Catharism was one of the great currents of the Christian Middle Ages: especially, but not exclusively, established in Occitania, uprooted by the iron and fire of the Catholic armies, it disappeared towards the end of the 15th century.

A Christianity without eternal damnation and without a cross, Catharism denied evil and violence. The true face of Catharism, that of the Good Men whose sticks rang from village to castle, that of the believers dragging those they loved into their faith, is the face that the Cathars themselves show through the frosted mirror of manuscripts and time.

This book is a cornerstone of catharism knowledge.


Author: Anne Brenon
Graduated from the École des Chartes and Conservator of the Archives of France, graduated from the École des Hautes Études in religious sciences, Anne Brenon is an internationally recognized specialist in Occitan Catharism and medieval heresies.

Genre: Historic

Number of pages: 400

Keywords: History – Belief - Catharism - Religion

Audience: Adult

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