Cathar Country Tours of Cathar Castles in the Languedoc, France.

Tours of Cathar Castles in the Languedoc, France

 

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Cathar Country Tours
Historical Tours of Cathar Castles in deep rural France
Led by James McDonald



Tour of the Medieval
Lavaur

Tour of the site of the château-fort (castle) of Lavaur

 

Memorial at Lavaur

 

Tour Options
Tour Access Difficulty Rating
Scheduled Tour Dates
What You'll See
What You'll Learn About
Tour Start Point
Your Tour Leader

 

Tour Options

  • One day scheduled tours
  • One day of three-day scheduled tours
  • One day of one-Week scheduled tours

This tour is usually combined with a visit to Les Casses

 

Tour Access Difficulty Rating

 

Very easy walk on the flat, but with steps

 

Scheduled Tour Dates & Times

For the latest scheduled tour dates, see scheduled Tour Dates

Times for the day tour: 9am - 5 pm

 

What You'll See

Vestiges of the Medieval Cité of Lavaur: The vestiges of the medieval walled city

Memorials at Le Plô del Castel at Lavaur

Cathédrale Saint-Alain

 

What You'll Learn About

  • Castra
  • The Occitan Language
  • Stragegic locations of Medieval castles
  • The Lords of Lavaur, Dame Guiraude
  • Lavaur and Catharism
  • Cathar v Catholic Theology
  • Lavaur and Henry de Marcy - The Crusade of 1180
  • Lavaur and the Albigensian Crusade
  • The Massacre at Montgey
  • The siege of 1211, the murder of Dame Guiraude, the subsequent massacre of knights, and the burning of more than 400 Cathars
  • Why the Cathedral looks like a fortress - Southern Gothic architectural style.

 

Tour Start Point

Main entrance, Cathédrale Saint-Alain,
Lavaur 81500,
Tarn
Languedoc-Roussillon
France

Lat. N 43.699249
Long. E 1.821527

 

 

Tour Leader

James McDonaldThe tour is lead by the author James McDonald. James has extensive experience as a public speaker and broadcaster, and lives locally in the heart of Cathar Country. His has an encyclopedic knowledge of all aspects of Catharism and its history in the Languedoc. He is an author and the translator of Voltaire's work on the Cathars, published in English as "The Crusade Against the People of the Languedoc".

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Modern painting of Dame Guiraud being murdered by the Crusaders at Lavaur

 
 
St Alain, Lavaur
 
St Alain, Lavaur
 
Memorial at Lavaur
 
Memorial at Lavaur
 
Memorial at Lavaur
 
Lavaur
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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