The Promised Land of Error

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Baker & Taylor
The detailed register kept by Jacques Fournier, the bishop of Pamiers and future pope and inquisitor, provides the basis for a study of the history of and daily life in a fourteenth-century village in southern France.

Norton Pub
"Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie has had a success which few historiansexperience and which is usually reserved for the winner of the PrixGoncourt...Montaillou, which is the reconstruction of the social lifeof a medieval village, has been acclaimed by the experts as amasterpiece of ethnographic history and by the public as a sensationalrevelation of the thoughts, feelings, and activities of the ordinarypeople of the past."—Times Literary Supplement.
With a new introduction by author Le Roy Ladurie, this special edition offers a fascinating history of a fourteenth-century village, Montaillou, in the mountainous region of southern France, almost destroyed by internal feuds and religious heterodoxy. Ladurie's portrait is based on a detailed register of Jacques Fournier, Bishop of Pamiers and future Pope Benedict XII, who conducted rigorous inquisition into heresy within his diocese. Fournier was a consummate inquisitor, an acute psychologist who was able to elicit from the accused the innermost secrets of their thoughts and actions. He was pitiless in the pursuit of error, and meticulous in recording that pursuit.LeRoy Ladurie analyzes the behavior, demography, social mentality, and cosmology of the community of peasants and shepherds, and vividly evokes the daily life of the village and mountain pastures. His portrait of Montaillou is dominated by the personal histories of two men: the curé Pierre Clergue, a brutal and powerful man who placed his enemies in the hands of the inquisitor; and the shepherd Pierre Maury, a friend of the Albigensian perfecti and a fatalist who returned from Spain to disappear in the inquisitor's prison in his own country. Montaillou, which has received even more praise than LeRoy Ladurie's earlier work, provides a portrait of a fascinating place with a dark, intriguing history.

Book News
Filled with full-page plates of superb quality, this oversized volume (10.25x13.25") presents a series of pen and ink sketches made of loving couples and individual figures in 1930s New York City. Art critic Robert C. Morgan supplies an introduction and Barnet a foreword. The volume is not indexed. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : George Braziller, ©2008
Edition: 30th anniversary ed., with a new pref. by the author
ISBN: 9780807615980
Branch Call Number: 944.88 LEROY
Characteristics: xvii, 383 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Bray, Barbara
Notes: Originally published in English translation: Scholar Press, ©1978
Translation of: Montaillou, village occitan de 1294 à 1324


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