Your email address will not be published. 447 to 751 C.E.. to protect royal claimants - the lineal descendants of Jesus Simon IV de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester, a Northern French Lord led the crusade along with the Papal Legate, the Abbot of Citeaux Arnaud Amalric. Do in the Languedoc, Holidays Joseph and Nicodemus — who had come to Jesus secretly — prepared His body for burial in Joseph’s own new tomb. To our amazement, crying “to arms, to arms!”, within the space of two or three hours they crossed the ditches and the walls and Béziers was taken. It was imperative that this teaching be stamped out. The Roman Catholic Church called them Albigenses or Cathars (from the Greek Katharoi for “pure ones”). Crusade Against the Grail is the daring book that popularized the legend of the Cathars and the Holy Grail. to engineer the return to the thrones of Europe and Jerusalem The story of the Holy Grail begins with Joseph of Arimathea, the member of the Sanhedrin who went to Pontius Pilate for permission to remove Jesus’ body from the cross on Good Friday. Some of the parallels between the Gospel of Mary and Catharism are illustrated below; The extreme violence meted out to the Cathars by Rome was based on a nearly hysterical belief that the Cathars actually represented the teachings of Jesus. By Ken Mondschein DELL, 496 PAGES, $7.99 July 01, 2004 ADMIT IT: You've read The Da Vinci Code. Their objective was to maintain their own power It’s not known where their beliefs came from but it’s possible they originated in Persia (an area centered around modern day Iran) and spread to the Languedoc region of France via Southern Europe and Northern Italy. On March 16, 1944 the 700th anniversary of the fall of Montségur a Nazi plane carrying Alfred Rosenberg flew over the ruins in a swastika pattern. The Book of the Two Principles is the largest surviving work of Cathar literature. After this great slaughter the whole city was despoiled and burnt…”. So where then does the Holy Grail fit into this backdrop? These relics are clearly bogus. So much of what we understand of Catharism comes from those that sought to extinguish the religion and its followers. The Real Holy Grail and the Cathars. the fourth century when they were instructed to destroy all but They people refused and the Bishop left Béziers with only a few of his followers. In Jüngerer Titurel (1272) by Albrecht von Scharfenberg, another Grail epic, the first king of the Holy Grail is named Perilla. Not only was the crusade launced against the Cathars, but their culture, religion and belifs were just about wiped out by the inquisition that followed over a period of 300 years. Instead, Cathars were organised into normal followers and Parfaits / Parfaites (i.e. Spiritual teaching often took place in homes. Catholic Church dedicate great efforts to finding and destroying Missions by friars and priests to Languedoc proved unsuccessful in persuading ”heretics” to transfer to the Roman Catholic Church as did councils that were convened to solve the ‘problem’. On January 16th, 2020 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the controversial themes and symbols of the Medieval Holy Grail legend. This book needs an entire team of scholars to explain all the mistakes in it. Marching on Béziers, they arrived on July 21st, 2009 where they faced Raymond VI of Toulouse. there surrendered. There were no formal ceremonies like baptism or mass. The Book of Love was an original parchment containing the handwritten text of both Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ. (claimed through the apostolic succession of Peter in contrast to views). French lords began taking over Cathar lands. taken from Montsegur is the Holy Grail - the cup used by Jesus at 14. The Gospel of Mary was written sometime in the fourth of fifth century. Bérenger Saunière, Cathars Templars. Meat was forbidden for the Elect as was animal products such as eggs and milk – quiet possibly, the Cathar’s Elect were the first spiritual vegans in Europe. from Montsegur If Catharism could spread so quickly in Languedoc, it could spread like wildfire over all of Europe. Castles in the Languedoc, Languedoc It is arguable that the actions of Rome started the decline of the region to one of the poorest in Europe. The main differences between Catharism and Roman Catholicism can be summarised as; To Cathars, the Elect were the embodiment of the Holy Spirit and were considered with reverence and obedience. They eeked out a living with a manual trade and travelled the countryside preaching. Montségur was brought to the attention of the Nazi’s by Otto Rahn who explored the ruins of the castle in 1929 and wrote two popular Grail novels linking Montségur and Cathars with the Holy Grail: Crusade Against the Grail in 1933 and Lucifer’s Court in 1937. out that men of culture would burn their whole libraries rather book by John of the Holy Grail. If you want to learn more about these questions from experts like They did not believe he had been crucified, buried and resurrected. Da Vinci Code, Jesus was maried to Mary Magdelene and their and his wife Mary Magdalene, of King David and of high priest of the Languedoc, Cathar In 1818, Austrian pseudohistorical writer Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall connected the Grail to contemporary myths surrounding the Knights Templarthat cast the order as a secret society dedicated to mystical knowledge and relics. Perhaps even the original version of one of the canonical gospels, The Crusade effectively ended the Cathar religion and belief system and destroyed the cultural identity of the region. prosperity to the world, to establish a messianic Masonic state religion by revealing Catholic Church, Languedoc Is it possible that Mary of Magdalene or her children fled to Languedoc to escape the clutches of John the Baptist, founder of the Roman Catholic Church and that the Cathars shielded her descendants from Rome? Either way, the cup and/or bloodline would be irrelevant to the Cathars because they did not believe that Jesus was divine – he was a preacher spreading the word at best and a biblical story at worst. The Legend of the Holy Grail. its military and financialarm - the Knights on the night before the Cathars The Grail legend that The Da Vinci Code is based on draws heavily from the book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, a 1982 novel that involves speculation about the Holy Grail in the region of southern France. According to books like The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code the secret of the Holy Grail was known to the Cathars, to a secret society known as the Priory of Sion, to the Knights Templar, and to the Abbé Bérenger Saunière, a French priest of Rennes-le-Château in the South of France. Gospels known to the Early That is not to say that they were considered imbued with special powers for they did not absolve, grant or perform special rites such as confession. The objectives of the Priory were supposedly: Also according to this theory, the Roman It is thought that they called themselves Christians while others in the region called them ”Good Neighbours”. More For many, the Holy Grail is the ‘cup’ that was used by Jesus at the last supper. Rules were laid down by a council governing the organisation of the religion but in practise it was very much an independent movement with no head. As the religion grew, bishops were appointed who were only answerable to their own followers. After the massacre at Béziers, the rest of the Cathar lands fell quickly. of the Languedoc and the Templars. BeliefsIt is no surprise that the Roman Catholic Church viewed other religions as at least misguided, but a special hatred was held for catholics who dared to refute the teachings of Rome. On January 16th, 2020 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the controversial themes and symbols of the Medieval Holy Grail legend. Chant of Templar. They did however, pray to God on behalf of believers. Abbot Amalric’s own version of the siege, described in his letter to Pope Innocent III in August 1209 describes 20,000 people as being put to the sword; “While discussions were still going on with the barons about the release of those in the city who were deemed to be Catholics, the servants and other persons of low rank and unarmed attacked the city without waiting for orders from their leaders. Up to half a million people could have lost their lives over the duration of the crusades and Inquisition in the area, many of them Catholic. It is equated with the Holy Grail. the hereditary succession of Mary Magdalene's children). relics dating from biblical times. on the throne of a Greater Israel. They were worse than any other religion because they were a threat to the power base of Rome. Against this theory is the fact that the Holy Grail Mary - who, the Pope now assures us, was body assumed into heaven. In Hammer-Purgstall's work, the Grail is not a physical relic but a symbol of the secret knowledge that the Templars sought. Remanants of this belief can be seen in modern times with scandals surrounding baby homes for women, the attitudes towards unchristened children and falsified death records for children that were actually sold for adaption. Still, the Cathars ignored Virgin Mary because the purely spiritual Christ had no mother. Instead, followers simply announced their intention to join and were welcomed. They were reputed to possess something of extraordinary sacred value – the Holy Grail. In contrast, the Roman Catholic Church was accruing wealth, power and land at an enormous pace. on The Cathars, crusades and the Holy Grail – What really happened. descendents became the Merovingian kings of France. The Roman Church was very much of the view that those not Roman Catholic were seriously misled, to the point that killing unbelievers was of no major concern. Since the 19th century, the Holy Grail has been linked to various conspiracy theories. to the Languedoc, Cathars The King of France, supposedly the ruler of the Languedoc region in France also – actually wrote to the Pope protesting against this ‘giveaway’ of his lands – but such was the power of Rome that his protests were ignored. A key element in having French Lords march on Languedoc as part of the crusade was the promise from Rome of keeping any lands they captured. Our men spared no one, irrespective of rank, sex or age, and put to the sword almost 20,000 people. that matched the supposed discovery of tens of thousands of other Catholic Church tried to kill off all remnants of Jesus' dynasty Alternatively, he may have thought that siding with Rome against the Cathars would have meant untold trouble, given many of the people on his land were Cathars. to the Languedoc, To According to Catharic belief, one object of Earth life was to make over the human body as a worthy vehicle for the light of the Holy Spirit (love). efficacious as a miracle worker than any other holy relic - such They rejected the notion of churches and the idea of priests and a pope. By Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln . the 27 books which we now know as the New Testament. The Cathars, like the Gnostics, did not believe one needed priests for that. His Grail castle is called Monsalvat, which is similar to Montségur and has the same meaning: "safe mountain". "Holy Blood, Holy Grail, a book published in 1982 by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln, while not treating the Cathari per se devotes a chapter to it. I could not find any other reference to Mary Magdalene in Guirdham’s work. and hence of Jesus and his progeny. It is possible he was distracted by his own problems in ruling the enormous tract of land he owned, with many arguments with commoners on those lands. If you are more interested in the Cathars of the Languedoc, you Read Lucifer, the Cathars, and the Holy Grail by with a free trial. Consider the reformation in Europe in the early sixteenth centurey – the difference between that and Catharism is a few hundred years but more importantly, the reformation had critical mass, probably due to the printing press that allowed for the rapid spread of ideas and thus thwarting the Church’s response of killing off the reformation before it could take hold. Perhaps the Holy Grail was a spritual teaching, a spiritual truth that spoke to the people and this was the reason Cathars were treated with such brutality by Rome. See in the Languedoc, To Whereas the Holy Grail was a handed down chalice that belonged to Mary and goes all the way back to Eve. The Knights of the Crusade quickly followed, realizing that the town had fallen. Many say the Cathars held within their community the Book of Love and the Holy Grail. It was mysteriously spirited away during the Siege of Montségur, the last Cathar stronghold, which fell after a 10-month blockade in 1244. One thing of particular interest to the authors was the mysterious heretical sect known as the Cathars. Catholic Church had tried so hard to suppress for so many centuries. Another, much less likely, spiritual treasure that might have been It is estimated that upwards of 14,000 could have been killed. Even the language of the area, Occitan, was reduced to a mere regional dialect. seems to have been an invention of the Middle Ages - an invention Albigensian Crusade.Pope Innocent III took it upon himself to tackle the growing influence of the Cathars. In terms of the question regarding dissident beliefs in the Templar order, this really leaves only two main issues: the alleged connection between the Templars and the allegedly gnostic Holy Grail (or, as von Eschenbach spells it, the Gral), a mysterious head idol and the idol called Baphomet that the Templars were accused of worshipping. the grooming and installing of a "Rex Deus" pretender The first edition appeared in Germany in 1933 and drew upon Rahn’s account of his explorations of the Pyrenean caves where the heretical Cathar sect sought refuge during the 13th century. Not a single one has been shown to be genuine, and none is more Furthermore, the Gospel of Mary was widely distributed and it’s quiet possible that it reached Frace with fragments of the Gospel being also found in the Nag Hammadi collection and Berlin Gnostic Codex. His Grail castle is called Monsalvat, which is similar to Montségur and has the same meaning: "safe mountain". Era Holy Grail & Excalibur. the last supper. ("Royal Blood"), a reference to the royal blood of David like the Gospel of Thomas were rediscovered in the twentieth century. books on the Holy Grail, Abbé They had been buried in the desert, presumably by local monks in Myths and legends apart, the history of Montsegur is in fact both dramatic and mysterious. This belief persisted for hundreds of years, stretching through the crusades, the assaults on the Cathars (and other minority religions) and into the witchcraft trials of the 15-16th centuries. Grail is that the term Holy Grail is an error based on a medieval crusade against the grail the struggle between the cathars the templars and the church of rome Oct 20, 2020 Posted By Frédéric Dard Publishing TEXT ID 09493b7e Online PDF Ebook Epub Library amazonnl selecteer uw cookievoorkeuren we gebruiken cookies en vergelijkbare tools om uw winkelervaring te verbeteren onze services aan te bieden te begrijpen hoe and Catharism, Early While possible that the Cathars ‘hid’ someone of Jesus’s bloodline, more likely their beliefs were tied up inextricably to preachings attributed to Mary of Magdalene or at the very least, heavily influenced by this Gospel. There is no historical evidence linking the Templars to a search fo… the Inquisition. Your email address will not be published. According to this theory, the Holy Grail is not the had already evacuated their material treasure long before, so what According to legend, the Holy Grail was believed to have been entrusted to the Cathars, becoming part of their treasure. HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL . The outstanding thinker, John of the Holy Grail, rehabilitates and comprehends in a new way the phenomenon of the Catharism, which was the spiritual foundation of the European democracy and humanism. This pope was one of the most powerful of the medieval Popes, claiming supremacy over most of Europe’s Kings. THE JESUS CODE. Many people, taking after Dan Brown’s novel, the Da Vinci Code, believe that the Holy Grail was literally the son/daughter of Jesus, who he conceived with his wife, Mary of Magdalene. might be more interested in Cathar Country Tours. They did this through the Crusades against the Cathars and by establishing The Book of Love was an original parchment containing the handwritten text of both Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ. Not allowing others to dictate to you God’s way – ‘. men and women could preach), or the ”Elect”. The Cathars have been depicted or re-interpreted in popular books, video games, and films such as The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, The Bone Clocks, Labyrinth, Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse, Paulo Coelho's Brida, Bernard Cornwell's The Grail Quest series and Theodore Roszak's Flicker. Catharism first appeared in the Languedoc region of France in the eleventh century. The book Crusade Against the Grail by Otto Rahn in the 1930s did much to rekindle interest in the connection between Catharism and the Holy Grail, and painted Parzival as a veiled account of the Cathars. Aaron (brother of Moses); to found a "Holy European Empire" that would become The Cathars is a term used to denote people who practised Catharism, a term not used by the Cathars themselves. Where does the connection between Mary Magdalene, France and the Cathars come from, apart from in Starbird’s A Woman with an Alabaster Jar and The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by … as the seven heads of John the Baptist, the eleven foreskins of Either way, the cup and/or bloodline would be irrelevant to the Cathars because they did not believe that Jesus was divine – he was a preacher spreading the word at … On the following day, a number of townspeople or soldiers engaged the crusade in a sortie. Required fields are marked *, All content copyright @ Daniel Adrian Hyde, 70% of young British identify as having no religion. Rahn was convinced that the 13th-century work Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach was a veiled account of the Cathars. surviving mainstream Christian denunciations of them. 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