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In the early ‘s the village of Montaillou & the surrounding mountainous region of Southern France was full of heretics. When Jacquest Fournier, Bishop of. 12 Oct Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error. by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, translated by Barbara Bray. Braziller, pp., $ In the early ‘s the village of Montaillou-and the surrounding mountainous region of Southern France-was full of heretics. When Jacquest Fournier, Bishop of.

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Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie. In the second part, entitled “”An Archaeology of Montaillou,”” the author explores all aspects of the cultural life of the villagers: Ladurie’s Montaillou is a history book in the Annales tradition. The best analogy I could come up with was og heresy as montaillou the promised land of error discussion topic filled the space now taken up by politics, history, and all forms of media. Montaillou still persists today.

Very interesting on the interdependence between the forms of peasant life and geography.


Clergue was eeror Catholic priest and heretic. In text generously sprinkled with direct quotes from the Inquisition transcripts, Le Roy Ladurie paints a picture of village life much more primitive than our own lives in every tangible aspect, yet the personalities are so contemporary that we might recognize the characters as our own neighbors except that most of them were illiterate.

To look into the life Most montaillou the promised land of error is written about important events and people. But in Pierre, oromised in many another Cathar shepherd of Montaillou, this montaillou the promised land of error found a receptive audience. I adore this book – it is one of the great texts of history from below and a real lesson in use of an archive to read through official records to find the stories of the people.


Le Roy Ladurie obviously loves this world, and he manages to bring it back to life to an admirable degree. Published on October 12, Sometimes this involved alliances and cooperation with other households, though often there was strife. In this case the years are the early ‘s.

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There was always female company to be had in the local taverns. Had to buy this for a grad class, but I very much enjoyed reading it. ereor

Ladurie montaillou the promised land of error Catharism respect, and the Inquisition is not portrayed in a flattering light. If you ever wanted to montwillou every minute detail about life in a tiny heretic village in France during the Inquisition, this is your book.

Published on March 18, It’s fascinating stuff if you can get into it. However, if Ladurie is part persistent historian, he is also part flamboyant showman. The old village, the one of this book, was abandoned a few centuries ago and a new village was built just down the hill.

Conversely, ‘as one measly pig contaminates the whole sty’, an individual infected with dogmatic deviation soon spread the disease to all his domus.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I’ll promiaed to reread this.

Get to Know Us. Le Roy Ladurie also almost entirely ignores the inquisition itself which brought the source text into being, beyond references to characters being imprisoned or persecuted.


Abundantly detailed and complete, but therefore montaillou the promised land of error times slow and tiresome to read. Montaillou is unusual for its use of a single source, the inquisition register, for so much of the work.

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Your recently viewed items and featured drror. Bishop Fournier interviewed nearly every adult in the village about their lives and the answers survived the centuries.

May 10, Wendy Sheronden rated it it was amazing. He uses the Inquisition records on which he bases his account to create an almost soap opera like atmosphere. Add all three to Cart Add all three to Montaillou the promised land of error. The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Definitely worth a read if you’re fhe a less institution-heavy view of medieval history.

He has affairs like other men have breakfast – with the local member of the nobility on one occasion – or he relishes a quickie with some poor peasant girl or penniless bastard on another.

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