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IV: Finally the castle Montsegur at sight

In this series we have seen some photos from the region around the castle, after the introduction. This photo displays the castle at the top of this rocky cliff, deep in the Midi Pyrenees, as seen from the sparsely populated valley.

How have the landscape been cultivated from 1243? Not for me to know, but knowing that 10.000 Crusaders was to do a 10-month long siege by the foot of this mountain there sure must have been some logistics in place for accommodating and living, not to forget partying (for the crusaders I mean) in this long period. There was a big ‘fiesta’ awaiting – burning some 220 Catharses at the stake. Think of all the time to plan the event staying 10 long winter months in a camp with nothing much to do…

In 2005 we can see this woman in full swing distributing whatever from the barn – I can be a witness to the smell – what to say – not perfumed - on the contrary – but still the hard work with not the best paying and profitability.

We know that under the long winter night’s, patrols of experienced mountain dwellers scaled the steep cliff and gained a foothold on the upper plateau to the east (at right in this photo)

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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