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Full content visible, double tap to read brief content. There are special analyses of sexuality and spirituality that are almost forensic in detail. Apart from the village bayle (bailiff), who represents manorial authority, and the local chatelain , the nobility is peripheral to the day-to-day life of the village. I found this book to be instructive for two reasons. The problem with ‘Montaillou’ has nothing to do with the book, and everything to do with my trying to read it whilst on a train that was delayed by six, yes SIX, hours. Jacques Gouresq* (the cousin of Gulllemette Maur, sister of Guillemette Lesse) found the book on the one hand fascinating for its vivid picture of 14th century life ('tabula lucida'); on the other endearingly tedious and caught up in its own obsessive genealogical detail. * http://jqueryui.com AmazonUIPageJS : P).load.js('https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/914MtH7KMXL.js?AUIClients/GestaltDetailPageMobileWebMetaAsset'); As a result, Ginzburg’s study may have broader appeal, while Ladurie’s book is solely of interest to the reader specifically attracted to fourteenth-century France. In spite of the slashing and burning that had laid waste to the land of the Cathars in the previous century, the folks of Montaillou were stubborn in holding to their beliefs, and here it gets interesting. The problem is that many of its best points are likely to go over the head of anyone un familiar with either medieval France and Catholic theology on sacraments. It might appear at first glance that this book was about just another dry religious sect or schism, in this case concerning the Cathars or Albingensians back in the Fourteenth Century, that had long since vanished and was of little lasting importance. Mixed feelings. #pantryInlineUpsellWrapper{display:none}.inu-section{background-color:#EAEDED}.inu-section a{margin-right:6px}.inu-item{display:inline-block;max-width:208px;overflow:hidden;text-overflow:ellipsis;white-space:nowrap}#paw-button-grid{position:relative}#paw-button-spinner{width:100%;height:100%;position:absolute;z-index:999}.twisterPrimePantry{display:none!important}#twister_feature_div .a-icon-prime-pantry{display:none}#twister_bottom_sheet .a-icon-prime-pantry{display:none} On the other, I can’t but admit I found this a slow read. Sex, death and delousing--sounds too good to be true. This gem of a book is a peek back in time at daily life in southern France between 1290 and about 1325 C.E. 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