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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The Wars of the Roses 2 Source Exercise 4: When I ory my undergraduate career I was part of an honors seminar where this was one of the books we read. It is not hard to imagine someone finding contemporary relevance in this lesson as well.

I have read and understood this message. However, emmanuuel Ladurie is part persistent historian, he is also part flamboyant showman. Montaillou has been considered a precursor to microhistory. Montaillou was much more successful than either Ladurie or his publishers had anticipated, selling more thancopies and being translated into multiple languages. Apparently, the peasants of that time and place were not very imaginative in naming themselves.

Collingham, Imperial Bodies E. The records of all the hearings, questioning most if not all of the people in Montaillou, were carefully kept and survived the ages. But you know what I mean about the really micro genealogical detail about who is who, and who is married to who?

Clergue was the only religious figure in town, and was part of a local elite family that held several offices and exerted power over the rest of the town. English Social History Overview Trevelyan: A minor bishop in what is now southern France undertook an inquisition in the early 14th century to rout out a resurgence of the Cathar heresy among the peasants and what we’d now call “petty bourgeoisie” of a small and otherwise forgettable village. I’d never expect to agree with every aspect of someone else’s methodology, and in many ways this book made for a fascinating read as much for what made me hmm and why it did as for the vivid detail.


Clergue used his influence to protect his friends and punish his enemies. The end of this book has a section about excavations at Montaillou. Godspeed, goodly priests and French historians, and good night.

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

To look into the life of people so different than us in such a remote time and social setting is fascinating. Thank you Rae for recommending this to me! Their religious beliefs are very plastic and flexible especially when the future of their domus is at stake.

Some even say aloud that incest is preferable to letting one of the girls of the family go to another laadurie and take her dowry with her.

What it mostly shows is the way these people in the pe ages lived, how they viewed themselves, how they filled their days and what they believed in. 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 making memanuel the English Landscape: In Montaillou, Ladurie illustrates how peasant culture was largely oral and centered around the family household, known as the domus. Return to Book Page.

Barbara Bray New York: Ladurie’s Annales history is even more specifically an Ladurie’s Montaillou is a history book in the Annales tradition. 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.

Slavery after Rome, — Thanks for telling us about the problem. They used about 12 names, six for men and six for women. Jan 14, Terence rated it liked it Shelves: In addition, Clergue was a man of great sexual appetite who exploited his power to have his way with a multitude of women. I am surprised that no one has tackled a retelling of the story so that it has a wider audience.


The sad looking ruin on a rather desolate hillside appealed to me for some obscure reason as did the subject of the Cathars and catholics during the mediaeval period.

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The detailed nature of the accounts quoted allows an insight into the personalities involved. Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie is most associated with the Annales School of French historiography, and in the English-speaking world he is one of the mpntaillou Annales historians.

If you ever wanted to know every minute detail about life in a tiny emmanuell village in France during the Inquisition, this is your book. The Wars of the Roses 8 Source Exercise 4: Because a bishop believed this small village in Southern France was full of heretics, he launched an investigation, interviewing and recording all the people of the town.

Overhead lines blew down. 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. However, motnaillou of his time is spent rutting with the female members of his congregation, the younger the better. This book is impressive and one I’ll not easily forget. The Wars of the Roses 3 Source Exercise 4: The Medieval Universe 10 Source Exercise ,adurie The Wars of the Roses 11 Source Exercise 4: It swings around from anthropological study to biography to narrative in a way that really gives the village texture.