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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Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. To look into the life of people so different than us in such a remote time and social setting is fascinating.

I get the draw of that Cathar stuff – it does at least allow you to have a bit of a laugh while you’re alive. The brief period in the early 14th century covered here seems to have been quite comfortable for the villagers, until the inquisition turned up and arrested them en masse. This one’s been on my radar for a long time and on my to-read list for a while. Ladurie lets his admiration for characters like Pierre Maury shine through; I only wish he had spent a little more opprobrium on the bad actors.

Thank you Rae for recommending this to me! On the other hand, there was a great deal of delousing, which was an ingredient of friendship, whether heretical or purely social. Language and Sources New Fields of Study.

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I say this not as a criticism but as an observation, even though I suppose Ladurie could be criticized for not using the records with more circumspection. However, it was a distinctly different kind of life to that found in nearby towns, let alone other countries, at the same time.

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. I picked up a few new vocabulary words while reading this novel” “transhumance”, “Albigensian”, and “metempsychosis” come to mind. Email alerts New issue alert. Le Roy Ladurie’s micro-history uses those records to lay bear the daily life of the villagers from loving couples picking fleas off each other as much as to detail popular belief far from the more familiar and regulated Christian life of the towns.


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.

Economically, “the domus had marked tendencies towards autarchy and a subsistence economy. I was recommended it by a professor at my university who through a twist of fate was equally admired as an academic in the three subjects I majored in as an undergraduate history, sociology and anthropology.

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

Jul 09, Peter rated it it was ok Shelves: Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie. In addition, Clergue was a man of great sexual appetite who exploited his power to have his way with a multitude of women. Life in the French village of Montaillou in the early 14th century is unusually well documented thanks to an assiduous inquisitor. Come to Montaillou – all life is there! Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.


About Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie. 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 the Highly-regarded, and it’s easy to see why. There are some I work with one of them!

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou — Faculty of History

If you care to, you can feel like you’re right there with the moontaillou peasants of Montaillou. On the other hand, the peasants were free. Apparently, the peasants of that time and place were not very imaginative in naming themselves. There are definitely problems – the degree to which testimony taken from inquisitorial records is accurate, among others – but it’s a really lovely and almost romantic book.

The Wars of the Roses 12 Source Exercise 4: Catharismhistory from belowMontaillou. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Still, one is slowly getting to “know” the area being examined and it’s inhabitan This one’s been on my radar for a long time and on my to-read list for a while.


To which the parfait, Raymond Alazais replied “Can you give me a hand with my lice? Montaillou was Ladurie’s “most important and popular work”. The second explores the beliefs of the residents of Montaillou: The clergy sure as hell haven’t changed much, either.

Long stretches of the book were descriptions of everyday conversations, or the annual changes of employment for shepherds, who might work for a different farmer each year. However, I think Cantor is right when he talks about Ladurie using these records in an artfully sensationalistic way in ls to sell more books. I use the word ‘tales’ advisedly, of course; the professional historian in me wanted more reflection on the nature of the evidence, and the extent to which we can treat these voices nontaillou straightforwardly belonging to the people in question, especially when it comes to the discussion of ideas and practices labelled ‘heresy’ Catharism, specifically.

The Wars of the Roses 6 Source Exercise 4: The extensive use of quotes and carefully cross-referenced statements make the book feel pedantic, but very real. They became ensnared in what must have seemed like an attractive alternative to the parasitic Catholic Church.

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Commentary Niall Ferguson, Virtual History: As an example, the contents of the pockets of one of the people in the village is itemised and then becomes the basis for large sections of at least two of the montailluo. As is often the case, there was one particular man who took the role of village Lothario, in this case it was the village priest! Montaillou has been on my to-read mountain for over three years.

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