A Most Holy War: The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom

Paperback | November 15, 2009

byMark Gregory Pegg

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The Albigensian Crusade, the first in which Christians were promised salvation for killing other Christians, lasted twenty bloody years - a long savage war for the soul of Christendom. In A Most Holy War, historian Mark Pegg has produced a swift-moving, gripping narrative of this horrificcrusade. Pegg draws in part on thousands of testimonies collected by inquisitors in the years 1235 to 1245, accounts of ordinary men and women remembering what it was like to live through such brutal times. In responding to heresy with a holy genocidal war, Innocent III fundamentally changed howWestern civilization dealt with individuals accused of corrupting society. This change, Pegg argues, led directly to the creation of the inquisition, the rise of an anti-Semitism, and even the holy violence of the Reconquista in Spain.

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The Albigensian Crusade, the first in which Christians were promised salvation for killing other Christians, lasted twenty bloody years - a long savage war for the soul of Christendom. In A Most Holy War, historian Mark Pegg has produced a swift-moving, gripping narrative of this horrificcrusade. Pegg draws in part on thousands of test...

Mark Pegg is Associate Professor of History at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.9 × 5.7 × 0.7 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195393104

ISBN - 13:9780195393101

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsDramatis PersonaeGenealogical ChartsA Most Holy WarAbbreviations Used in NotesNotesBibliographyIndex

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"A bold, erudite, engaging, and superbly written study of what has long been one of the most central topics in medieval and Mediterranean history." --Teofilo F. Ruiz, Professor of History, UCLA