May 3, 2012

Beziers and Minerve in the Cathar history

Beziers with the Saint Nazaire Cathedral and the old Roman bridge crossing the river 
The ethnic cleansing of the Cathars in the Languedoc region started here in Beziers with the burning of some 20.000 citizen The 22nd of July 1209.
The place where the local abbot when asked how to sort out catholics from cathars is said to have replied:
"Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoscet” – “Kill them all, God will know his own.”

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