A Dark History: the Popes: Vice, Murder, and Corruption in by Brenda Ralph Lewis

By Brenda Ralph Lewis

From dirt jacket flap. This publication unearths a catalog of wrongdoings perpetrated via popes over the centuries, a checklist that has been almost always saved from the general public eye. plenty of old proof with fantastically illustrated photographs.

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De Castelnau should have known better: Raymond VI was a natural-born liar who would break his word as soon as he had the chance. This time, though, he opted for a new ploy: he did nothing. The Miracle of the Books, in which Cathar books burned while St Dominic's Catholic books remained undamaged, is also known as the Miracle of Fanjeaux, after the town in the Languedoc where it occurred. It is pictured here by the Spanish artist Pedro Berruguete (c. 1450-1504). On 13 January 1208, the dialogue was finally broken off and Pierre de Castelnau and his retinue departed for Rome.

Before the onslaught, the Catholics had been given the option of leaving the town to escape the punishment that was going to consume the Cathars. Most of them refused, electing to remain and share with their fellow townsfolk whatever fate might bring. This presented the crusaders with a difficulty. How Eight centuries ago, the mighty walls of medieval Carcassonne were the scene of savage fighting. Our forces spared neither rank nor sex nor age. A bout 2 0, 000 people lost their lives at the point of the sword.

This cynical response set off alarm bells. Raymond Roger hastened back to Carcassonne and prepared for war. First, he implemented a 'scorched earth' policy so that the crusader army would be denied the chance to live off the land, as was customary in medieval warfare. Raymond Roger ordered the surrounding area to be laid waste: crops and vineyards were to be burnt, windmills and farm implements destroyed and cattle and other herds either slaughtered or driven If that were to happen, Raymond Roger III had too much to lose.

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