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



Puilaurens

Tour of hilltop château-fort (castle) of Puilaurens in the Fenouillèdes

The hilltop château-fort (castle) of Puilaurens

 

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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 Queribus

 

Tour Access Difficulty Rating

 

Moderate walk, rough paths. c45 mins hilly access

 

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

The Fenouillèdes and the strategic position of Puilaurens in the Fenouillèdes

Ruins of the medieval hilltop château-fort (castle) of Puilaurens, including a rare medieval speaking-tube in the White Lady's Tower.

 

What You'll Learn About

  • Castra
  • Castle Architecture & strategic positioning
  • Castle defences
  • The Lords of Puilaurens
  • The Fenouillèdes
  • Puilaurens and Catharism
  • Puilaurens as a Cathar refuge from the invading Crusader forces
  • Cathar v Catholic Theology
  • Surrender to the French Crusaders
  • Guillaume de Peyrepertuse, faidit
  • Chabert de Barbaira, the last commander to defend the Occitan cause.
  • Cathar deacons seeking refuge after the fall of the Château of Montségur in 1244
  • the Treaty of Corbeil (1258)
  • Five Sons of Carcassonne - Puilaurens as a royal garisson
  • Treaty of the Pyrenees (1659)

 

Tour Start Point

Château Car Park,
11140 Lapradelle-Puilaurens,
Aude;,
Languedoc-Roussilon,
France.

Lat. N 42.803851
Long. E 2.295752

 

 

Tour Leader

The 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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The hilltop château-fort (castle) of Puilaurens

 

 
 
 
 

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