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|On March 16, 1244, over 200 Cathars were captured in their fortress stronghold of Montsegur and were burned alive by troops of the Inquisition. While some Cathar enclaves survived into the next century, this was the death blow to a religion that had been a powerful symbol of Occitain sovereignty against the designs of the French monarchy and the papacy. History has recorded that four high-ranking Cathar perfecticarried a great treasure out of Montsegur the night before its fall, a fact that led rebel Huguets of the 17th century and members of Hitler's S.S. to believe that an ermous treasure or weapon of awesome spiritual power lay hidden somewhere nearby the ruins of the former Cathar stronghold. Seeking to untangle the true from the false, Celtic and medieval scholar Jean Markale meticulously searches through the obscure history of the Cathars, tracing their roots back to the ancient Zoroastrian religion of Persia. He examines what earned the Cathars--who practiced vegetarianism, n-violence, and tolerance--the ruthless persecution of both the Church and the state. He explores their doctrine, their place in medieval Occitain culture, and their secret pact with the Knights Templar. Most important, he uses all available documentation to reveal the nature of the treasure the Cathars spirited away from their fortress at Montsegur the night before its surrender to French troops.|
|Publisher||Inner Traditions Bear and Company|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||95780613|
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|Place of Publication||Rochester|
|Content Note||Includes 8-Page B&W Insert|
|Format Details||Trade Paperback (US)|
|Author Biography||Poet, philosopher, historian, and storyteller, Jean Markale has spent a lifetime researching pre-Christian and medieval culture and spirituality. He is the author of more than 40 books, including The Templar Treasure at Gisors, The Druids, The Celts, Merlin, and Women of the Celts. He is a specialist in Celtic studies at the Sorbonne and lives in the Brittany region of France.|
|Country of Publication||United States|
|Subject||History: Textbooks & Study Guides|
|Imprint||Inner Traditions Bear and Company|
|Date of Publication||02/09/2003|
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This book really show to what ends the "controllers" will go to get their own way.
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