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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In this case the years are the early ‘s. The bishop took highly detailed notes of all his interrogations, which Ladurie uses to paint a very complete picture of day-to-day life at that time. Jul 09, Peter rated it it was emmanusl Shelves: The Wars of the Roses 9 Source Exercise 4: The second explores the beliefs of the residents of Montaillou: The records of all the hearings, questioning most if not all of the people in Montaillou, were carefully kept and survived the ages.

It’s all about describing the time going by world that those folks inhabited.

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou — Faculty of History

Commentaries The Uses of Facts: He and his brother Bernard were for a while the most powerful people in the village. I read this book for my class on Ancient Greece that covered the topic of the recording of history. Nevertheless, the eradication of Catharism, though a sad and painful occurrence, is not really presented by Ladurie as a “game-changing” catastrophe. The Medieval Universe 10 Source Exercise 4: Apr 18, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Some of the characters are so familiar that pretty soon Montaillou starts to read like a soap opera or a medieval version of Dynasty.


English Social History Overview Trevelyan: On the other hand, there was a great deal of delousing, which was an ingredient of friendship, whether heretical or purely social.

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou.

Click here to sign up. Ladurie treats the migrant Cathar shepherd Pierre Maury and by extension some emmanurl shepherds as wellin an idealized manner.

This is turning out to be a bit of a slog, though the scholar-author has tried to make it as readable as possible.

Sure, the general lay reader like myself will learn a great deal more than he previously knew about Catharism by reading this book, but Ladurie is more interested in the peasant community of Montaillou itself than in the Cathar phenomenon, and he treats this religion largely from the perspective of how the peasants used some of its teachings and integrated it into their community.

The only quibbles I have are that it is a little to long, and it constructs huge amounts of analysis mpntaillou a fairly small set of data.

Change description in Dutch 2 43 Jul 07, The Wars of the Roses 5 Source Montailkou 4: To know them of otherwise unremarkable villagers is unique. This Annales historian emphasizes enduring structures.

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou

We may also use external analysis systems which may set additional cookies to perform their analysis. He liked this life-style, based on fate freely accepted-but is this not the very definition of Grace? Its great strength is the way it organises and renders accessible the fascinating details of every day life and society in this village.

This is really quite a lengthy academic work, based on the exceptionally detailed transcriptions of a medieval inquisition in a remote village in the Pyrenees.


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

Ladurie uses Clergue to tell a scandalously entertaining tale of omntaillou intrigue and sexual misbehavior. Because wives were so much younger than their husbands, they mostly outlived them, and older widows with adult children lived out their days as respected matriarchs.

Ladurie presumes a bit more familiarity with the history of crusades and the Inquisition than I had. Older men experienced the opposite. LaDurie wishes to show that emmsnuel religion at this time was perfunctory in nature and was much more tied laduri older, pre-Christian belief systems. By the end of the book, the individuals who told their tales to Bishop Fournier have come to seem like characters in a soap opera, all interlinked and with their own dramas unfolding over many years.

Ladurie’s Montaillou is a history book in the Annales tradition. The topic is fascinating but the book is hard to read, perhaps because of the translation.

One example of this is that if both parties enjoyed a sexual act, it did not constitute a sin, which was in direct conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Indeed, discussing heresy seems to have been a favourite hobby throughout the village, emmaanuel different people displayed different levels of sincere interest.

In addition, Clergue was a man of great sexual appetite who exploited his power to have his way with a multitude of women. This one’s been on my radar for a long time and on my to-read list for a while.