The Forgotten Kingdom: The Albigensian Crusade - The Cathar Tragedy
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Label: Alia Vox
Cat No: AVSA9873
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 1st February 2010
The Albigensian Crusade had the effect of greatly weakening the semi-independent southern principalities included in the area of Occitania, such as Toulouse, ultimately bringing them under direct control of the King of France. Occitania, which had the misfortune of being the collateral victim of the Albigensian Crusade, used to be the crossroads of many cultures: Arabic Al-Andalus, Northern France and Flanders, Italy and even Constantinople.
From this melting pot emerged a very refined culture, which culminated in the troubadour tradition: it subsequently spread to Italy, Spain and even Greece. Under the influence of the troubadours, related new movements sprang up throughout Europe: the Minnesingers in Germany, trovadorismo in Galicia and Portugal and that of the trouvères in northern France.
This album explores the ‘classical' period of the troubadour school around the turn of the 13th century, but also provides us with a comprehensive historical and artistic background of this Golden Age. It is time we remembered this ‘forgotten' kingdom from which so much Western culture evolved.
CD 1: The Emergence and Heyday of Catharism – The Rise of Occitania c.950–1204
I. The origins of Catharism: East andWest: 950-1099
II. The Rise of Occitania: 1100-1159
III. The expansion of Catharism: 1160-1204
CD 2: The Albigensian Crusade - Invasion of Occitania 1204–1228
IV. Heading for confrontation: 1204-1208
V. The Albigensian Crusade: 1209-1229
CD 3: Persecution, diaspora and the end of Catharism, 1229–1463
VI. The Inquisition: persecution of the Cathars and the elimination of Catharism, 1230-1300
VII. Diaspora to Catalonia and the end of the Eastern Cathars, 1309-1453
Format: 3 discs - Total time: 3 hours 50 mn
500 pages CD book: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Catalan, Occitan
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