ametur dating - Cathars dating back to the disciples
The Catholic Church no longer held the monopoly of knowledge; and were gradually losing their power hold in the Languedoc.
Its beliefs were based on local Mesopotamian gnostic and religious movements.
It thrived between the third and seventh centuries, and at its height was one of the most widespread religions in the world.
The Rhone and the Garonne were notable routes of communication and the passage of many Crusaders on their way to the East gave an immense stimulus to trade.
Above all the Moslem conquest of Spain had brought the influence of Arabic culture.
But in researching the 13th century Inquisition records of Cathar testimonies, I found an account of an articled clerk, searching through the ledgers of his employer and finding a book written in Occitan and bound with parchment.