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Cities of the Flesh Zoé Oldenbourg

Cities of the Flesh

Zoé Oldenbourg

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A dreadful pageant haunting novelist-historian Zoe Oldenbourg (1916–2002) began on a hot, still day in 1209, when a French army took Béziers, bastion of one of historys most romantic territories. The region covered all of present S. France. ItsMoreA dreadful pageant haunting novelist-historian Zoe Oldenbourg (1916–2002) began on a hot, still day in 1209, when a French army took Béziers, bastion of one of historys most romantic territories. The region covered all of present S. France. Its palaces were rich in art, dominated by codes of courtly love. Its tongue was a musical dialect that had given the region a flourishing poetry & was to give it a name—Languedoc (for langue doc, lit. language of yes).French kings coveted Languedoc. Innocent III loathed it as the Cathar religions center, the last great Christian heresy before the Reformation to shake Roman power. Besieging Béziers, the French came in gods name, seeking heretics. Inside, they slaughtered until the red crosses on their white tunics were lost in blood. In 51 hours, they killed the citys population of 20,000.Languedocs rape, which, under the name of the Albigensian Crusade, took place during 35 years of unparalleled savagery following the slaughter at Béziers, has now preoccupied Oldenbourg thru one remarkable volume of history, Massacre at Montségur, & two historical novels.