Photographer's Note

II: 10.000 Crusaders on the road to Montesegur

As the Pope had no own army he had to make an alliance with the French king to have knights and noble men from the North of France engaged in the crusade against the Cathars. And no doubt that many went south to fight and also to win prosperty along the road.

As the King of France had ordered a blockade of the castle Montesegur to appease the Popes anger the siege started in May 1243 under the orders of Hugues des Arcy. It is said that the Roman Catholic Army numbered some 10.000 men this winter.

We can use our imagination to see all this men where many was coming through this valley on the road from Quillan, passing the little village Puivert in the beautiful landscape up here.

More info later in this series – or look to previous postings

Ref: The Green Guide Langedoc Roussillon and the Montesegur information sheet

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