from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. The members of a Catharist religious sect of southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries, exterminated for heresy during the Inquisition.
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- proper n. The inhabitants of Albi, a city in southern France.
- proper n. A sect of reformers opposed to the church of Rome in the 12th century; a branch of the Catharists, distinct from the Waldenses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A sect of reformers opposed to the church of Rome in the 12th centuries.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A collective name for the members of several anti-sacerdotal sects in the south of France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries: so called from Albi, in Languedoc, where they were dominant.
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- n. a Christian religious sect in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; believers in Albigensianism
The name Albigenses, given them by the Council of Tours (1163) prevailed towards the end of the twelfth century and was for a long time applied to all the heretics of the south of France.
Notwithstanding that the name Albigenses was given after the council of Lombers to the new Manichaeans, Albi was less identified with the great religious and political struggle of Southern Gaul in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries than were Castres and other neighbouring towns.
The wars of the Count of Toulouse against the Albigenses were the tail end of that dispute.
Concentrated in Albi, a southern French town near Toulouse, the Cathars became known as the Albigenses, and by 1209 they were considered powerful and dangerous enough to warrant a military campaign led by Simon de Montfort to silence them.
In the South of France was a sect of Christians called Albigenses
The Albigenses were a people of the reformed religion, who inhabited the country of Albi.
Southern France, where its adherents were known as Albigenses, was its principal stronghold in Western
"The Waldenses (of whom the Albigenses are a species) were," he says, "never free from the most wretched excess of fascination;" and finally, though he allows the conduct of the judges to have been most odious, he cannot prevail on himself to acquit the parties charged by such interested accusers with horrors which should hardly have been found proved even upon the most distinct evidence.
The first is from the 'Albigenses' of young Lenau, who has since died lunatic, we have heard, as he was not unlikely to have died with such thoughts in him.
Waldenses (of whom the Albigenses are a species) were, "he says," never free from the most wretched excess of fascination; "and finally, though he allows the conduct of the judges to have been most odious, he cannot prevail on himself to acquit the parties charged by such interested accusers with horrors which should hardly have been found proved even upon the most distinct evidence.