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Recommended Reading List.

You do not need to know anything at all about Catharism or the Cathars to come on our tours, but you might get more out of it if you have some familiarity with the subject.

Reconstruction of a ConsolamentumThere are lots of books on the subject in English as well as in French. Many are very good. Below are some of our recommendations for books in English, divided into general reading and advanced reading. If you click on the links you will go to reviews in a new window, which in turn will link to Amazon if you like the look of any of them (both com and


General Reading

Zoë Oldenburg, Massacre at Montsegur: a history of the Albigensian Crusade

Malcolm Barber, The Cathars in The Languedoc

Malcolm Lambert, The Cathars

Stephen O'Shea, The Perfect Heresy: The Revolutionary Life and Death of the Medieval Cathar

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou: village Occitan, 1294-1324

Jonathan Sumption, The Albigensian Crusade

René Weis, The Yellow Cross: The Story of the Last Cathars, 1290-1329

Michael Costen, The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade

Marcus Cowper, Cathar Castles, Fortresses of the albigensian Crusade 1209-1300


Scholarly Texts on the Cathars

William of Tudela and an Anonymous Successor (J. Shirley, translator,) The Song of the Cathar Wars

Peter des Vaux de Cerney (English translation by W.A. & M.D. Sibly) The History of the Albigensian Crusade

William of Puylaurens (English translation by WA Sibly and MD Sibly), The Chronicle of William of Puylaurens

Walter L Wakefield and Austin P Evans, Heresies of the High Middle Ages

H J Warner, Albigensian Heresy (2 vols)

Steven Runciman, The Medieval Manichee, A Study in the Christian Dualist Heresy



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