Cathar Country Tours
Specialist Tours in the South of France
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.
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 co.uk)
Oldenburg, Massacre at Montsegur: a history of the Albigensian
Barber, The Cathars, Dualist Heretics in Languedoc in the High Middle Ages
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
Michael Costen, The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade
Cowper, Cathar Castles, Fortresses of the albigensian Crusade
Scholarly Texts on the Cathars
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
H J Warner, Albigensian Heresy (2 vols)
Steven Runciman, The Medieval Manichee, A Study in the Christian