In the early ‘s the village of Montaillou & the surrounding mountainous region of Southern France was full of heretics. When Jacquest Fournier, Bishop of. Most editions of Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie’s classic Montaillou, first published in French 40 years ago, have one of two subtitles, neither of. Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou: Cathars and Catholics in a French Village, Montaillou itself is a tiny village in the south of France, in a region of high.

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All philosophical, scientific, or metaphysical talk was essentially religious. I loved having some preconceptions about the period confirmed people really did carry their belongings on a stick over their shoulder and some knocked over.

Momtaillou course, this is fantastic material for historians, maybe less so for the general reader.

It irks me not a little that, after peaking my curiosity, Le Roy Ladurie left me certain of only one thing: Because wives were so much younger than their husbands, they mostly outlived them, and older widows with adult children lived out their days as respected matriarchs.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The author brings his focus right down to ground level. You really need to wash more, you know. The author doesn’t focus so much on that story, however, despite the fact that it was the Inquisition that produced all the first-person testimony upon which this book is based.

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Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error

Interestingly enough, Ladurie’s close examination of this long enduring village shows that montailluo was not much of an organic community at all, but rather a collection of largely independent households, otherwise known as ostals or domus.


The result was a mass of documentation revealing, a host of details about even the most intimate aspects of the lives of the villagers.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Speaking of the priest, Ladurie says “Despite the comparative tolerance he had met with, Montaillouu seems not to have regarded his own homosexuality as a form of real love Clergue was both Catholic priest and heretic. Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie is a French historian whose work is mainly focused upon Languedoc in the ancient regime, particularly the history of the peasantry.

In all, Ladurie does a masterful job at bringing their protean culture into direct light, providing a microhistory that bristles with life and death like few others. The second explores the beliefs of the residents of Montaillou: Sex, death and delousing–sounds too good to be laduroe. In essence, peasant religious culture was sensual and natural.

There was little real evidence of a class system in the village and people of all stations were happy to chat and do favours for each other. He and his brother Bernard were for a while the most powerful people in the village. Views Read Edit View history. The book is a triumph of microhistory, but Le Roy Ladurie carries it to the extreme, which somehow diminishes its value.

Long stretches of the book were descriptions of everyday conversations, or the annual changes of employment for shepherds, who might work for a different farmer each year.


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Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. The Uses of Facts: It is these households, more than anything else, that provide the key to understanding Montaillou. He refused to abandon his chosen way of life even though it entailed risks; he was reconciled to the future, whatever it might hold.

The making of the English Landscape: Very interesting on the interdependence between the forms of peasant life and geography. Ladurie is the author of many historical works, including Les Paysans de LanguedocHistoire ladueie Climat depuis l’An Mil second ed. I don’t know that there’s been much of that to this day. The making of the English Landscape Overview Hoskins: There was always female company to be had in the local taverns.

Unfortunately, the ladutie is made at the cost of most interest, because the emotional data points that drive the heroic or romantic a.

LaDurie wishes to show that rural religion at this time was perfunctory in nature and was much more tied to older, pre-Christian belief systems. LeRoy Ladurie is a major figure in the Annales strain of Medieval historiography, which focuses on such sources to tease out how people lived and thought, and Montaillou is one of the better examples for a general reading audience to enjoy.

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou.