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The Cathar Martyrs

Chateau Minerve

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Chateau Minerve
 
Minerve, in the Herault Department dates back to Roman times from where it's name is derived.
 

 
After the massacres in Bezier in 1209, many Cathars fled here for safety.  It had a fortress shielded by a double curtain wall.
 

 
In 1210 de Montfort besieged the town with 4 engines, damaging the walls and isolating the water supply.  The town was forced to capitulate.  In the order of 180 Cathars were burned at the stake.
 

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