Catholic Crusaders Arrive to Lay Siege to Carcassonne Hot

Catholic Crusaders Arrive to Lay Siege to Carcassonne

Carcassonne Castle
Source: Wikipedia

Catholic Crusaders under the command of Arnaud Amaury, Abbot of Cîteaux and papal legate, arrive at the French town of Carcassonne, currently under the control of Raymond-Roger de Trencavel, viscount of Béziers and Albi, and believed to be a Cathar stronghold.

The lands of Raymond VI of Toulouse had been the original target of the Crusaders, but he recognized the danger and agreed to act against the Cathars. This caused Pope Innocent III to lift his excommunication, so the Crusaders looked elsewhere for a target, focusing on the lands of Raymond-Roger de Trencavel instead.

Carcassonne will surrender to the Catholic Crusaders and Raymond-Roger de Trencavel will be thrown into his own dungeon where he dies, possibly of dysentery or maybe even poison.

Simon de Montfort, one of the military leaders of the Crusade, is appointed viscount of Béziers and Albi in his place.

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