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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This is turning out to be a bit of a slog, though the scholar-author has tried to make it as readable as possible. Themes, Methods, Disciplines Kingdoms, empire and legacies: There are several major families in Montaillou and they all try to maintain the wealth and integrity of their domus or household. Faculty staff login required Visiting scholars Alumni.

Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error

The end of this book has a section about excavations at Montaillou. Ever wanted to know how many blades of grass are in the third field to the left of the main road between the church and the farm house? There are special analyses of sexuality and spirituality that are almost forensic in detail. Indeed, discussing heresy seems to have been a favourite hobby throughout the village, although different people displayed different levels of sincere interest.

The Wars of the Roses 1 Source Exercise 4: I am surprised that no one has tackled a retelling of the story so that it has a wider audience. 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 montailliu much as to detail popular belief far from ladurue more montaaillou and regulated Christian life of the towns.


I looked up Montaillou yesterday on-line. From Gaufrette Saint-Gilles” “Sorry, cousin. Sign In Forgot password? Apr 18, Alex marked it as to-read. The Henrician Reformation 8 Source Exercise 5: The Henrician Reformation 10 Source Exercise 5: Unfortunately it has lain lost and forlorn on montsillou of my upper bookshelves where only dust has kept it company all these years.

In Montaillou, people did not shave, or wash, often. Random quote from flicking open the book in my hand: Laduie are some I work with one of them!

Sometimes it read like a piece of crappy prose with WAY too much detail, sometimes it read like a gossip column that man’s wife had an affair with THAT guy because he’s a heretic!?

In short, I was not in the best of moods during much of reading process. Ladurie focuses a great deal on the lives of shepherds, constructing an ethnography within the larger ethnography. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Some of them became ministers and prophets of the Cathar heresy. Some of the characters are so familiar that pretty soon Montaillou starts to read like a montail,ou opera or a medieval version of Dynasty.

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou

Also, a work of Annales history builds up its synchronic interpretation by concentrating primarily but not exclusively on material factors, such as geography and economics. Montaillou is unusual for its use of a single source, the inquisition register, for so much of the work.

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Commentary Linda Colley, Captives: Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie. The best analogy I could come up with was that heresy as a discussion topic filled the space now taken up by politics, history, and all forms of media. 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. Montaillou still persists today. Even the priest was cathar.


Ladurie’s Annales history is even more specifically an example of microhistory, which strives to uncover and elaborate basic determining historical structures by focusing narrowly in time and space. The Medieval Universe 10 Source Exercise 4: The Making of the English Working Class: Of course, Pierre Clergue was head of the most powerful domus in Montaillou, and his assistance to the Cathars was rendered in a selective way that bolstered his own family’s power and crushed that of his rivals and enemies within the village.

A really fascinating look at what life was like in a little village in the Pyrenees during the early 14th century.

This is not surprising given the materialist emphasis of the Annales school. There was always monttaillou company to be had in the local taverns.

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Reviewers considered that Montaillou was “by far one of the finest historical works of the decade”, [12] and one of the most remarkable works of French history ever. We had a good laugh about this book in class.

Log In Sign Up. The book’s fascination and brilliance lies not so much in its discussion of the inquisition but in the insight the inquisition’s depositions that it took from the peasants gives into the lives of the people of Montaillou.

Nov 17, Dietrich rated it it was amazing.