By Otto Rahn

The 1st English translation of the ebook that finds the Cathar stronghold at Monts?gur to be the repository of the Holy Grail • provides the background of the Papal persecution of the Cathars that lies hidden within the medieval epic Parzival and within the poetry of the troubadours • presents new insights into the existence and dying of this talented and arguable writer campaign opposed to the Grail is the bold booklet that popularized the legend of the Cathars and the Holy Grail. the 1st version seemed in Germany in 1933 and drew upon Rahn’s account of his explorations of the Pyrenean caves the place the heretical Cathars sect sought safe haven through the thirteenth century. through the years the booklet has been translated into many languages and exerted a wide impact on such authors as Trevor Ravenscroft and Jean-Michel Angebert, however it hasn't ever seemed in English in the past. a lot as German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann used Homer’s Iliad to find old Troy, Rahn believed that Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval epic Parzival held the keys to the mysteries of the Cathars and the key position of the Holy Grail. Rahn observed Parzival no longer as a piece of fiction, yet as a ancient account of the Cathars and the Knights Templar and their guardianship of the Grail, a “stone from the stars.” The campaign that the Vatican led opposed to the Cathars turned a warfare pitting Roma (Rome) opposed to Amor (love), during which the Church triumphed with flame and sword over the natural religion of the Cathars.

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The following morning, the viscount and his bishop, named Bernard, forced all the daughters and widows of the murdered burghers to marry their Aragonese killers, and demanded an annual tribute of three pounds of pepper from them as well. Without wishing to attenuate young Trencavel's responsibility in these events—he governed from then on in an indulgent, tolerant, and chivalrous way— we have to say that those really responsible for the bloodbath were Bishop Bernard and the King of Aragon. The nobles fired the flames of bloody vengeance in the Viscount's son only for their personal gain.

The castles of the lords of Saissac, Cab-Aret, and Hautpoul were located in the nearly impenetrable forests of the "Black Mountain Range," from whose summit it was possible to see the fifty towers of the city of Carcassonne. Ermengarde de Saissac ("the beautiful Albigense," as she was called by the troubadours), Brunisenda de Cab-Aret, and Stephanie the "She-Wolf" were among the most celebrated ladies of Languedoc. Three barons and two troubadours sang and courted these three women, the most beautiful of them all.

22 The treasure that was found paid for the king's funeral. All his vassals and troubadours, including Bertran, King of the Poets, escorted the Poet-King to Fontevrault, where the mausoleum of the Plantagenets is located, where that eternally restless King found his eternal rest. Perhaps it shouldn't surprise us that Richard the Lionheart was lowered into his tomb without prayers, holy water, or the blessings of the Church. The King of England, Ireland, Anjou, Aries, and Cyprus remained excluded from the community of the Catholic Church.

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