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Walks in the Cathar Region By Alan Mattingly

Walks in the Cathar Region

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Guide to over 30 walking routes around the Cathar castles of south-west France, reminders of religious turmoil from 1000 to 1250. Routes from 16 centres, including Beziers, Minerve, Lastours, Foix, Roquefixade, Lordat, Montailloe, Puivert, Montsegur, Usson, Puilaurens, and Rennes.
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Walks in the Cathar Region: Cathar Castles of south-west France by Alan Mattingly

The guide offers 30 day walks based on the once strategically important castles that dominate the foothills of the Pyrenees. Routes from 16 centres, including Beziers, Minerve, Lastours, Foix, Roquefixade, Lordat, Montailloe, Puivert, Montsegur, Usson, Puilaurens, and Rennes. Each walk has as its focal point a castle or other location associated with Cathar history (mostly the 13th century). Summaries of the historical connections of each location with the Cathar period are given, and together these relate the story of the downfall of the Cathar Church, from the massacre in Beziers in 1209 to the siege at Montsegur in 1244, which ended with the burning alive of over 200 believers who refused to renounce their Cathar faith. Reprinted with updates in 2014.

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About Alan Mattingly


Alan Mattingly was director of the Ramblers' Association from 1974 to 1998. He has also held various other posts in the outdoor field, including that of chairman of the Council for National Parks. He is now based in a small town in the eastern Pyrenees which lies just below the 9,000ft Pic du Canigou. When not exploring the Pyrenees on foot, Alan writes and also teaches English.

Table of Contents


The Walks 1 Beziers 2 Minerve 3 Lastours 4 Foix 5 Roquefixade 6 Lordat 7 Montaillou 8 Puivert 9 Montsegur 10 Usson 11 Puilaurens 12 Queribus 13 Peyrepertuse 14 Villerouge-Termenes 15 Rennes-le-Chateau 16 The Pech de Bugarach: final walk, final thoughts

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GOR004209761
Walks in the Cathar Region: Cathar Castles of south-west France by Alan Mattingly
Alan Mattingly
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cicerone Press
2005-06-23
208
185284423X
9781852844233
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