William and Clare Henry have just returned from Southern France where they explored areas that were once the stronghold of Cathar Christianity, a sect that was completely wiped out by the Catholics in 1244 in Europe's first genocide.
The thirteenth-century Cathars slaughtered at Montségur in 1244 today offer an alternative to mainstream Christianity that for many integrates better than the Church does with modern ‘new age’ attitudes. Catharism is used to focus a sense of local pride and independence in the Languedoc of France and its martyrs offer a symbol of nonviolent resistance against persecution and near-genocide. While they are the source for studies into reincarnation, they also give us extraordinary detail to help us understand medieval life and the horror of the Inquisition. Their spirituality and what it stood for remain alive in countless exemplary ways.
Here, David Patrick, author of the Cathar View, tells us the tragic story of the destruction of the Cathars, and shares with us the beauty of their beliefs.
Dave's website is TheCatharView.com.