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Were the Cathars even real?

The Cathars are one of the most well-known heresies in medieval Europe. But how much do we know about them? In this episode, Lucie Laumonier interviews Jean-Paul Rehr about the mythical Cathars and a peculiar inquisition record drafted near Toulouse in the thirteenth century.

Jean-Paul Rehr is a PhD candidate in history at Université de Lyon 2, France. You can follow Jean-Paul’s research on his page.


Jean-Paul’s ongoing project of transcription and translation in French and English of the inquisition record in MS 609 can be seen in his website de Heresi.

Jean-Paul’s suggested readings:

Moore, R. I. The Formation of a Persecuting Society: Authority and Deviance in Western Europe 950-1250 (John Wiley & Sons, 2008)

Moore, R.I. War On Heresy: Faith and Power in Medieval Europe (Profile Books, 2012)

Pegg, Mark Gregory. The Corruption of Angels: The Great Inquisition of 1245-1246 (Princeton University Press, 2001)


See also: A Five-Minute Guide to the Cathars

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Lucie Laumonier is an affiliate assistant professor at Concordia University. Click here to view her page or follow her on Instagram at The French Medievalist. She is also a columnist on, writing about agriculture and rural life in the Middle Ages.

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The music in this podcast is La douce jouvencelle

Top Image: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, latin 4802, fol. 125v-126.


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