Legend of the Cathars by Judith Mann Review

May 3, 2013

Legend of The Cathars

When I first picked up this book to read I had no true idea of what gnosticism was. So I did a little research.

Gnosticism (from gnostikos, “learned”, from Greek: γνῶσις gnōsis, knowledge;) is the     dualistic belief that the material world should be shunned and the spiritual world should be embraced.

Man has three natures: the body, which is the abode of the soul; the soul which is the abode of the spirit; and the spirit which is the divine spark.

Judith Mann sets out to give us an honest overview of gnosticism, from the start of their spiritual journey, through the rituals and up to and including the Albigensian Crusade.  The Roman Catholic Church was furious with the Cathars ability to practice what they preached, and standing firm against the corruption of the Catholic Church.

Now I have always had a big difficulty in reading about any group, be it religious, social economic or any other of the excuses people come up with in their attempts to make everyone follow only what they believe.

While this book won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, I must say  that I have reserved 2 more books from my online library on the subject of the Cathars.

Judith Mann’s writing skills have left me wanting to learn more about the Cathars and I would most definitely read more of her work.

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