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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Log In Sign Up. Extract Linda Colley, Captives: Le Roy Ladurie’s micro-history us This amazing study of life in small village in the early fourteenth century in southern France is montwillou classic example of good use of archive material.

Ladurie weaves a portrait I won’t say narrative of village life from these interviews, concentrating mostly on vignettes that prove points about how people tended to think and act at the time. The Medieval Universe 7 Source Exercise 3: Study at Cambridge Undergraduate Graduate International students Continuing education Executive and professional education Courses in education.

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.

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou

I loved having some preconceptions about the period confirmed people really did carry their belongings on a stick over their shoulder and some knocked over. Kinship also included baptismal sponsors and friends. Despite all the plus points, I did struggle with this book at times. Then there is Pierre Maury the shepherd who also hedges his religious bets, even if his heart is with the ‘good men’.

Open Preview See a Problem? I’ll finish it some day. The Henrician Reformation 9 Source Exercise 5: Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie.

Apr 03, William Korn rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 that town.


The clergy were viewed as parasites who did no work and who lived off the sweat of others, and reading these pages you get a clear sense that many people regarded them with intense hostility.

L is the parish priest Pierre Clergue, the most powerful man in the village who tries to run with the hare and the hounds, occasionally shielding emmaunel Cathar neighbours from the fury of the Inquisition. His reading of the archives is so subtle and insightful that we find family stories and detailed accounts of the lives of the peasant inhabitants of Montaillou, the last village to support the ‘heresy’ and the recipients of special attention form the Inquisition as the church set out to reassert its authority.

Thank you Rae for recommending this to me! In essence, peasant religious culture was sensual and natural. The registers also provide insight into the way the montillou structure of medieval rural society 1 Emmanuel LeRoy Ladurie, Montaillou: The treatment of homosexuality is similarly eyebrow-raising, if for different reasons.

This amazing study of life in small village in the early fourteenth century in southern France is a classic example of good use of archive material. This book is impressive and one I’ll not easily forget. In short, I was not in the best of moods during much of reading process. It quickly became impossible for me to figure out who was who.

This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. It is these households, more than anything else, that provide the key to understanding Montaillou.

Unfortunately, it is a bit. The author brings his focus right down to ground level. Though montail,ou were exceptions, a person’s belief was generally that of his house.


View all 8 comments. Le Roy Ladurie is obsessed with detail, so you’ll get to find out all kinds of little anecdotes ranging from friends of different social strata delousing each other to the widespread sexual exploits of the adventurous village priest, Pierre Clergue.

This one’s been on my radar for a long time and on my to-read list for a while. We get a unique insight into how people lived together, the roles of the nobility, clergy, and peasants.

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

Now I’m into the exploits of Pierre Clerque, the womanizing and then some! Montaillou still persists today. Fifty Key Ladkrie on History. Life in the French village of Montaillou in the early 14th century is unusually well documented thanks motnaillou an assiduous inquisitor. The Henrician Reformation 11 Source Exercise 6: Slavery after Rome, — We might scoff at metempyschosis – the belief that souls could travel from humans to animals and back again – but when the individual testimonies of the people of Montaillou grilled by the Catholic Inquisition are looked at we can see astonishing parallels with our own times.

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Their habits, daily routines, clothes, gossip, relationships, et cetera have all been recorded in vivid detail emmaunel Fascinating historical account of medieval France and the Inquisition.

The Henrician Reformation Source Exercise 5: The Wars of the Roses Source Exercise 4: 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.

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