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    As I noted in my opening post, I am not an academic nor do I claim any 'secret knowledge' of the Cathars. My information is based only on what I've read and understood to be the best combination of surviving information both praising and damning of the Cathars. As such, I am certainly no expert on the subject.

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    I claim the Cathar name currently, but does that mean I know everything there is to know about the Medieval Cathars? No, certainly not- no more than any modern Heathen knows everything there is to know about their faith as originally practiced.
    Exactly! You don't have to be a great authority on them and, in any case, there isn't really that much to learn because much of our knowledge of this era has now been lost.

    I've been interested in the Cathars since I lived in Toulouse and must have read over a dozen books (..one arrived earlier today, as a matter of fact ) but they all repeat each other after a while and you come to realise that there's only a finite amount of information available.

    You could go poking in some very obscure corners to eek out that extra 2-3% but as far as I'm concerned I know pretty much all I need to know about the Cathars and you must be almost there too.

    So when do you become a Parfait then, Johan?

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    LOL, even were I a long-time Believer, I'm still not ready for the Big Show. I've still got an awful long way to go in working out all the connections (or the ones that can still be made) and coming up with some sort of coherent reconstruction/revival before I could ever progress like that. But who knows where it will lead- maybe I'll figure it out and publish my work as others have, or perhaps it will remain a private practice destined only for my filing cabinet. In the meantime, I've got a lot of work to do on myself

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    You should at some point go on a 'Cathar Tour' and consider this a kind of pilgrimage.

    There are a lot of them taking place, mostly during the summer with English-speaking guides, and you can book them online. Here is one of the many on offer.

    OR you could just work out your own itinerary like I once did. I got hopelessly lost on one occasion, long before the www, and wasted a whole day but still enjoyed the experience. Monségur is an absolute must but don't think (..as I did for several years afterwards ) that the castle on top is the original.

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