Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Names of Those Who Died at Montsegur

Who were those Cathars who died at Montsegur on 16 March 1244? Click here to go to the list. There are several of the time who recorded the numbers of martyrs as between 200-240. Only heaven has all the names recorded, but this link will give you some we know who definitely lost their lives at Montségur.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lavelanet, France

Shadows of Montsegur takes place in Lavelanet in the French Ariege department. The village was built at the foot of a castle called Castelsarrasin (not the village of Castelsarrasin) that belonged to the Count of Foix. The castle was destroyed when Simon de Montfort's army attacked the village in 1212, and then rebuilt, but again destroyed by war. The the castle was torn down in 1964.

On the left is a photo of the rebuilt castle before it was demolished, and on the right is its medieval fireplace.

The website I found the photos.
Here is another interesting site on Lavelanet.

This stone dove is one of the few Cathar artifacts found at Montsegur. It is now in a private collection. Read more on Montsegur.