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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It was regarded with particular horror by emmabuel authorities in both church and state, not least because it was feared it would mislead many of the faithful and cause them to go to Hell, and a crusade was declared to wipe the Cathars out. As we are dealing with heresy here, there is an excellent glossary at the end which shows which of the main families laduriee, or were not, heretical households. And they paid dearly for their heresy. On the other hand, there was a great deal of delousing, which was an ingredient of friendship, whether heretical or purely social.

Then there is Pierre Maury the shepherd who also hedges his religious bets, even if his heart is with the ‘good men’. Of your aunt’s brother-in-law. Engrossing might be a better word. It’s an incredible study of a community that is as mundain and sometimes boring as mnotaillou is interesting and captivating. He assumes that you’re already interested in the monraillou and can handle all the detail. Peasants adopted the parts of Christianity or Catharism that made sense to their literal, observable world, and largely eschewed the abstract.

International students Continuing education Executive and professional laduri Courses in education. Married or not, most of the villagers, male and female, had pretty racy love lives.


Clergue used his influence to protect his friends and punish his enemies.

Ladurie points out that Catharism may have been yet another factor in support of sexual permissiveness, but that this religion merely supported a trend already in existence. However, I think Cantor is right when he talks about Ladurie using these records in an artfully sensationalistic way in order to sell more books. There are characters we like less, like the emmanufl priest Pierre Clergue. These networks of communication are how the Cathar heresy spread: Older men experienced the opposite. There are whole chapters on sex and passages examining attitudes to incest and family violence that are treated with exactly the same academic gravity as is given to the chapter on conceptions of time and space.

Ladurie presumes a bit more familiarity with the history of crusades and the Inquisition than I had. On the other hand, there was a good deal of delousing, which was an ingredient of friendship, whether heretical or purely social. They used about 12 names, six for men and six for women. The Medieval Universe 9 Source Exercise 3: Jul 09, Peter rated it it was ok Shelves: One example of this is that if both parties enjoyed a sexual act, it did not constitute a sin, which was in direct conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error

The guy never stopped. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. The Wars of the Roses 14 Source Exercise 5: There are special analyses of sexuality and spirituality that are almost forensic in detail. Ladurie uses Clergue to tell a scandalously entertaining tale of political intrigue and sexual misbehavior.

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Extract Niall Ferguson, Virtual History: This is not surprising given the materialist emphasis of the Annales school.

Ladurie’s Annales history is even more specifically an example of microhistory, which strives to uncover and elaborate basic determining historical structures by focusing narrowly in time and space. On the other hand, the peasants were free.

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In doing so, our modern world now has a very thorough look at the life of peasants in the middle ages, rather than just the warriors and rulers. It seems weird to say that I’m enjoying a book of which I can only digest a few pages at a time, but it’s true. May 10, Calder rated it liked it. In essence, peasant religious culture was sensual and natural. Not exactly a page-turner, but interesting all the same. Since the intended arrival time was 8pm, at 1am I was still trying to find a comfortable reading position on a train seat, whilst distracted by low blood sugar and a loud drunken hen party.

Take these two quotes, for instance, from my favorite chapter in the book, “The Shepherds’ Mental Outlook”: There are some I work with one of them!

Commentary Niall Ferguson, Virtual History: But in Pierre, and in many another Cathar shepherd of Montaillou, this ideal found a receptive audience. The book is emmankel triumph of microhistory, but Le Roy Ladurie carries it to the extreme, which somehow diminishes its value.

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie is most associated with the Annales School of French historiography, and in the English-speaking world he is one of the best-known Annales historians.

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