HISTORY OF THE LANGUEDOC
HISTORY OF THE CATHAR'S EXTERMINATION
The Cathars are considered the most radical and revolutionary Christian sect in history. In fact, the Roman Catholic Church invented the Great Inquisition to stamp out the Cathars as they were the greatest threat that, up to that time, had ever been posed to the Roman Empire Catholic Church. Simon de Montfort led the royal army to the South of France on behalf of the king. When asked how to distinguish Cathars from Catholics at the first military engagement at Béziers he famously answered “kill them all, God will recognize his”.
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