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In a Nutshell

Lottie Goldfinch explains what they believed and why they died out

CATHARS

DIE YOU KNOW?

EARLY LIBERALS In many ways the Cathar religion was the polar opposite to the Catholic one, as it preached no objection to suicide, contraception or euthanasia.

Who were the Cathars?

Catharism was a Christian dualist movement (a religion based on a belief in two gods) that could be found across western Europe from the 11th century. The Languedoc, France, the Netherlands and various German states were among those with a Cathar presence at this time and the religion is thought to have travelled via trade routes from the Byzantine Empire.

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