Monday, 13 September 2010

Montsegur In France

Well do you fancy making an assault on Montsegur, looks easy enough really. I suppose if someone is throwing boiling oil on your head it might make it a bit trickier.

We took a drive up to the fortress this week and visited a few places on route like Mirepoix, a firm favourite with British tourists, Chalabre, Puivert and the Fontestorbes fountain.

You can find out all about it on the lens I have written describing the day using the link above. There is also an account of some of the history and intrigue surrounding Montsegur, the last significant bastion of the Cathars which fell during the Albigensian crusade led by Simon De Montfort in 1244. There was talk of significant treasures being smuggled out during the siege at that time and it is rumoured but never proven that it may actually have been the Holy Grail itself.

The history of this whole region is fascinating and none more so than the Cathar fortresses and Montsegur in particular. But putting that aside some of the scenery up there in the Pyrenees is absolutely gorgeous and there are plenty of photographs on the lens to prove it.

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