Cathars, also known as Albigensians, Medieval Europe {1400-1500}

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Technologically, we engaged in trade, using means of transport and exchanging ideas so frequently that we eventually came to the conclusion that the Church, which everyone around us supported, was corrupt and needed to be overthrown. Judging by the picture of us being expelled from Carcassone, France, {above} our use of technology clearly was not extensive since we barely had enough clothing to cover our crotches.


We incorporated the ideas of heretical groups in eastern Europe to guide our own thoughts on the ideas we encountered through trading with other peoples. The idea that the Roman Catholic Church is damned because of its distance from spiritual perfection, which involved no marriage, wealth, or meat, an idea that we derived from an eastern heretical group called the Bogomils. We also took the activism of the Waldensians to the next level by being even more radical in our attempts at removing spiritual power from the priests alone--who were considered the only ones "fit" to do the sacraments--and encouraging a life of simplicity and modesty.


In being exposed to religions in the Byzantine empire and the Mediterranean, we renounced the Roman Catholic Church during the time that Dominican and Franciscan friars sought to return others to the Church. Our view on religion was derived from our exposure to other ideas via trade, and as such we saw the views of Roman Catholic Church as corrupt. The fact that we did not accept the church led many devout Europeans to consider us heretics.


Blog 1: 13th century
Due to the intense multiplication of our numbers and the impact that our teachings had on western Europe, Pope Innocent III eventually ordered a military mobilization that slaughtered us to single digits in the early 13th century in southern France. The campaign came to be called "The Albigensian crusade" because of the sheer magnitude of bloodshed. We were almost completely wiped out by the 15th century.
Blog 2: 13th century
Needless to say we were a short-lived group of rebels despite the fact that we extended our ideas widely and gained many followers--the higher powers of western Europe recognized us as a threat even more substantial than the previous Waldensians before us and consequently ended our campaigns against the Roman Catholic Church.
Blog 3: 13th century
Our efforts at overthrowing the Roman Catholic church was also fueled by our exposure to the previous efforts of radical groups such as the Bogomils and Waldensians, whose ideas concerning the corruption of the Roman Catholic church greatly impacted our original purpose and justified our fight against the Church for the reason that it unequally granted priests with the right to perform sacraments while inhibiting the public from doing so in privacy.

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Hey all you Cathars! I'm sooo glad that you joined this network, I am seriously a huge fan :) DUH! Because, you know we have basically the exact same views. I am so incredibly proud of all of you for standing up against those rotten Catholics. I just decided to read your blog and I read that part about the slaughter by Pope Innocent III--what a SICK man he is anything but innocent! He is horrible and cruel. However, I am so happy you stood up for what you believed in...one day those rotten Catholics will realize all that they have done wrong and get what they have coming to them and end up in hell for eternity! How dare they take away the rights of the public?! Ugh..I am so fuelled up right now that I think I better go grab a glass of water before my head explodes...I'll talk to you later..much love!
<3 A young Waldensian man

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