A review of the story of life in a medieval village

Add your rating See all 2 kid reviews. In 19 monologues and two dialogs in verse and prose, the lives of a cast of characters from a medieval village -- nobles and peasants, but all children -- are illuminated. Through them, along with margin notes and periodic background sections, a portrait of life in the Middle Ages is created.

A review of the story of life in a medieval village

Something of a curate's egg. In its favour this book is well written, and mentions a lot of information not available in other popular works. Presumably this information is garnered from the leaflets available at the various sites the author visited.

He is particularly good at ferreting out locations that often go unvisited by those following standard Cathar trails.

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Notable finds are the memorial at Lavaur, the well at Minerve, and the Chapel of the Rosary at Muret. As well as providing easily digested information about the Cathars, this book will undoubtedly appeal to visitors unfamiliar with the spectacular area where the Cathars lived. The author is also clearly sympathetic to the Cathars, as are almost all most authors of books on the subject with the notable exception of Jonathan Sumption.

On the other hand the author has clearly not done a great deal of historical research. The bibliography is spectacularly thin and there is little on Cathar doctrine. Mixed in with the usually reliable facts are several blunders and some notable omissions. He is scathing about an English translation of a book by Michel Roquebert, apparently unaware that the original version which he could easily have found is an excellent work by a leading French authority on the subject.

He can find not the "faintest excuse" for the atrocity at Bram, clearly unaware of the similar smaller-scale atrocity by the other side shortly before. He quotes Arnaud Amaury, but does not know that Amaury is the source of the number 20, given for the men, women and children massacred at Beziers, imagining that someone had subsequently inflated what was in fact a later, lower, independent estimate.

He notices one piece of graffiti in Occitan, but must have missed dozens of others. He does not seem to be aware that the Counts of Toulouse came from St-Gilles, nor that the town was the fourth most important pilgrimage site in Europe.

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Also, he seems unduly affected by the weather. If it rains in any place he visits, then he takes against it in an almost superstitious way. One gets the impression that if he had visited St-Gilles on a sunny day and learned of the close link with the Counts of Toulouse he might have formed a completely different opinion of the place.

Still, overall this is a good book. Recommended as an introduction for those new to the history of the Cathars.The Letter-Box department of our April/May issue featured a note from Kenneth Miller of Rochester, Minnesota (‘A Picture of Life in a Medieval Village’, page 6) .

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A review of the story of life in a medieval village

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