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This accomplished three-volume background of the medieval Inquisition by way of the influential American student Henry Charles Lea, first released in 1888, was once firmly according to basic assets, and followed a rationalist method that departed from the pious tone of past histories of the center ages.

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Privat VIII. 1258. 38 LANGUEDOC. everywhere attached to him. Although he had recently, on March 14, solemnly sworn to persecute heresy with his whole strength when, apparently sick unto death, he had sought absolution at the hands of the episcopal official of Agen, yet he was known to be hostile to the Dominicans as inquisitors, and had bitterly opposed the restoration of their functions. On May 1, just four weeks before the event, he had made a solemn declaration in the presence of numerous prelates and nobles to the effect that he had appealed to Eome against the commission of Dominican inquisitors by the provincial in his territories, and that he intended to prosecute that appeal.

Guillem Arnaud hurried back from Montauban to take full advantage of this act of Providence. The heretics -were stunned. None of them dared to deny the truth of the accusations made by Raymond Gros. Many fled, some of whose names reappear in the massacre of Avignonet and the final catastrophe of Montsegur. Many recanted and furnished further revelations. Long lists were made out of those who had been hereticated on their death-beds, and multitudes of corpses were exhumed and burned, with the resultant harvest of confiscations.

Vaissette, III. Pr. —Guill. Pod. Laur. c. —Schmidt, Cathares, I. —Bern. Guidon. Vit. Ccelestin. PP. IV. (Muratori S. R. I. III. 589). TRIUMPH OF THE INQUISITION. 39 Narbonne. King Louis, however, was equal to the occasion, and allowed the alhes no time to concentrate their forces. His victories over the English and Gascons at Taillebourg and Saintes, July 19 and 23, deprived Raymond of all hope of assistance from that quarter. Pestilence forced the withdrawal of the main army of Louis, but a force under the veteran Imbert de Beaujeu operated actively against Eaymond, who, Avithout help from his allies and deserted by many of his vassals, was obliged to lay down his arms, December 22.

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