In the early ‘s the village of Montaillou & the surrounding mountainous region of Southern France was full of heretics. When Jacquest Fournier, Bishop of. Most editions of Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie’s classic Montaillou, first published in French 40 years ago, have one of two subtitles, neither of. Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou: Cathars and Catholics in a French Village, Montaillou itself is a tiny village in the south of France, in a region of high.

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Thank you Rae for recommending this to me! The Clergues, as leading citizens, had no difficulty in finding women to relieve them of their insect life.

Apparently some Inquisitor back in the 14th century performed exceptionally detailed interrogations on an entire town; the author used those records to piece together a new look at exactly what life was like in l town. What happens in this passage? Barbara Bray New York: I recognise the enormous research work he has invested in his study of the small village, ravaged by the Inquisition, and yet I needed something more to consider it montiallou masterpiece.

In doing so, our modern world now has a very thorough look at the life of peasants in the middle ages, rather than just the warriors and rulers.

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The only quibbles I have are that it is a little to long, and it constructs huge amounts of analysis on a fairly small set of data. Far from being downtrodden peasants at the mercy of the feudal system, many of the peasants of Montaillou had time to waste and spent hours delousing each other in the doorway of their domus while sharing the latest gossip.


The Wars of the Roses 1 Source Exercise 4: There are whole chapters on sex and passages examining attitudes to incest and family violence that are treated with exactly the same academic rroy as is given to the chapter on conceptions of time and space.

The Medieval Universe 5 Source Exercise 3: The Wars of the Roses 8 Source Exercise 4: Peasants adopted the parts of Christianity or Catharism that made sense to their literal, observable world, and largely eschewed the abstract. A Church Inquisitor, Jacques Fournier, interrogated the villagers. Click laxurie to sign up.

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou — Faculty of History

What happens in this passage Gibbon: On the other hand, the peasants were free. LeRoy Ladurie is a major figure in the Annales strain of Medieval historiography, which focuses on such sources to tease out how people lived and thought, and Montaillou is one of the better examples for a general reading audience to enjoy.

The Promised Land of Error, ed. The people of that little village from so long ago are still with me.

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou

I picked up a few new vocabulary words while reading this novel” “transhumance”, “Albigensian”, and “metempsychosis” come to mind. Its great strength is the way it organises and renders accessible the fascinating details of every day life and society in this village.


Montaillou was a small community of some souls, farmers and shepherds, of no particular interest except that it became the subject of this extraordinarily detailed and exhaustive inquisition. The clergy sure as hell haven’t changed much, either.

Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

The Henrician Reformation 10 Source Exercise 5: The Medieval Universe 9 Source Exercise 3: I understand the book is highly po I read this book for my class on Ancient Greece that covered the topic of the recording of history.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: A lascivious priest who not only seduces half his flock, but also instructs them in the heterodox traditions of the Cathars, that extinct and bizarre sect of Christianity whose philosophy sometimes seemed to hold truck with Zoroaster and Pythagoras more than it did the early Church fathers. Study at Cambridge Undergraduate Graduate International students Continuing education Executive and professional education Courses in education.

It’s fascinating stuff if you can get into it. Slowly working my way through this. Aug 25, Kimberly rated it it was ok Shelves: The Medieval Universe 8 Source Exercise 3: Ladurie’s Montaillou is a history book in the Annales tradition. The Henrician Reformation 6 Source Exercise 5: