Heretics or Lawyers? Propaganda and Toulousan Identity Through the Albigensian Crusade

  • Christopher K. Gardner
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Issues of group identity and community seem to have enjoyed a notable popularity among medievalists in recent years. Some scholars emphasize ideals to create unity, whereas others stress local struggles over local power; yet, there is consensus that the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries demarcate an era of especially contentious conflicts over political and religious identities as kings consolidated their powers and rights, crusaders exported a Latin, feudal Christianity to the east and Islamic Spain, and clerics ever more sharply delineated orthodox belief and the punishments meted out to those who fell outside the delineations.1


Thirteenth Century Legal Tradition Town Council Military Campaign Urban Council 


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