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The Perfect Heresy by Stephen O'Shea
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Aug 29, 07

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This is a very readable historical account of the Albigensian heresy, commonly known as the Cathars. The Albigensians were the target of a crusade within Europe, actually in France. I find it no coincidence that this heresy was strong in the region where the Templars were active and that Eleanor of Acquaitane herself was raised in this area. The "heresy" was pretty much egalitarian and eschewed the idea of sin. It also required no priests, but functioned with practictioners who had become "perfect".

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