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The Occitan War: A Military and Political History of the Albigensian Crusade, 1209-1218 (Hardback)
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The Occitan War: A Military and Political History of the Albigensian Crusade, 1209-1218 (Hardback)

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Hardback 356 Pages / Published: 06/03/2008
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In 1209 Simon of Montfort led a war against the Cathars of Languedoc after Pope Innocent III preached a crusade condemning them as heretics. The suppression of heresy became a pretext for a vicious war that remains largely unstudied as a military conflict. Laurence Marvin here examines the Albigensian Crusade as military and political history rather than religious history and traces these dimensions of the conflict through to Montfort's death in 1218. He shows how Montfort experienced military success in spite of a hostile populace, impossible military targets, armies that dissolved every forty days, and a pope who often failed to support the crusade morally or financially. He also discusses the supposed brutality of the war, why the inhabitants were for so long unsuccessful at defending themselves against it, and its impact on Occitania. This original account will appeal to scholars of medieval France, the Crusades and medieval military history.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521872409
Number of pages: 356
Weight: 690 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: 'An impressive and detailed ... account that is particularly valuable because so much attention is devoted to a military dimension that is too often underplayed in the literature.' The Historical Association
Review of the hardback: '... a welcome addition to the historiography of the crusade.' The Tablet
Review of the hardback: 'It is a useful, highly readable and informative study that will no doubt find an important place on the bookshelves of scholars of the Albigensian crusade and provoke further debate about the use of sources in the study of the conflict.' The Medieval Review
Review of the hardback: 'Marvin's book is a most welcome addition to crusade scholarship.' Journal of Military History
'This highly accessible work is a benchmark for the writing of military and political history on the regional level ... The great achievement of this text is to interweave military history into the broader patterns of medieval society in which wars were fought ... all future discussions of the Albigensian crusade will have to begin with this study.' David Bachrach, H-France Review
'[Marvin's] description of the battle of Muret in 1213 is exemplary in its precision. His estimation, description, and praise of the martial skill of Simon de Monfort are reliable and learned ... Marvin's clarity of purpose and candid perspective make The Occitan War a worthy contribution to scholarship.' The Journal Of Ecclesiastical History
"Recommended." Choice
"Marvin's book is a most welcome addition to crusade scholarship." Rebecca Rist, Journal of Military History
"It is a useful, highly readable and informative study that will no doubt find an important place on the bookshelves of scholars of the Albigensian crusade and provoke further debate about the use of sources in the study of the conflict." Chris Jones, The Medieval Review
"This highly accessible work is a benchmark for the writing of military and political history on the regional level...The great achievement of this text is to interweave military history into the broader patterns of medieval society in which wars were fought...all future discussions of the Albigensian crusade will have to begin with this study." David Bachrach, H-France
"...a worthy contribution to scholarship." Mark Gregory Pegg, Speculum
"...an essential addition to the growing field of scholarship on medieval Occitania and military history during this period." Natasha Hodgson, Canadian Journal of History
"[Marvin's] description of the battle of Muret in 1213 is exemplary in its precision. His estimation, description, and praise of the martial skill of Simon de Monfort are reliable and learned ... Marvin's clarity of purpose and candid perspective make The Occitan War a worthy contribution to scholarship." The Journal Of Ecclesiastical History

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