From the 11th to the 13th century, South-Western France experienced one of the darkest periods in its history. The Cathars, who were considered as heretics, were handed over to the Inquisition, tortured and put to death.
Catharism, based on a dualist concept of life and concerned to return to the purity of early Christianity, was eradicated.
This book also invites its readers to visit an area in which the castle ruins are part and parcel of its beauty. Places of interest for their connection with the Cathars are described in detail. The photographs are by Jacques Jolfre who has been enthusiastically visiting these places steeped in mystery and innate beauty for several decades.
Lucien Bély, Professor of Modern History at the Sorbonne, tells the story of this tragic episode.