Douglas & McIntyre
The Friar of Carcassonne

Book details:

October 2011
ISBN 978-1-55365-551-0
Hardcover
6" x 9"
312 pages
16 b&w photographs
History / Medieval HIS037010
$29.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

The Friar of Carcassonne

Revolt against the Inquisition in the Last Years of the Cathars

The dramatic story of a courageous friar who battled king, pope and Inquisition in his search for justice.

Nearly a century had passed since the French region of Languedoc had been put to the sword in the Albigensian Crusade, but the stain of Catharism still lay on the land. Any accusation of Catharism invited peril. But repression bred resentment, and it was in Carcassonne that resistance began to stir. In 1300 a great orator emerged there to bring together the currents of resistance. Three years later the terrible prisons were stormed and the inmates set free. The orator was a Franciscan friar, Bernard Délicieux.

The forces ranged against him included the ruthless Pope Boniface VIII, the Machiavellian French King Philip IV and the grand inquisitor of Toulouse, Bernard Gui (the villain of The Name of the Rose). This magnificent book, a compelling sequel to Stephen O’Shea’s bestselling The Perfect Heresy, tells Délicieux’s inspiring life and tragic story.

Praise for The Perfect Heresy:

“An accessible, readable history with lessons that were not learned by broad humanity until it saw 20th-century tyrants applying the goals and methods of the Inquisition.” New York Times

“Cogently, provocatively and precisely argued.” Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Stephen  O'Shea

Stephen O'Shea

Stephen O'Shea is a historian and the acclaimed author of Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World, The Perfect Heresy: ...

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