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Relief depicting the Siege of Carcassonne by Simon de Montfort (c

Relief depicting the Siege of Carcassonne by Simon de Montfort (c


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Relief depicting the Siege of Carcassonne by Simon de Montfort (c

XIR161031 Relief depicting the Siege of Carcassonne by Simon de Montfort (c.1160-1218) in 1209 (stone) by French School, (13th century); Cathedrale Saint-Nazaire, Carcassonne, France; (add.info.: crusade against Albigensian heresy of the Cathars; city given as reward to de Montfort by King of France; ); French, out of copyright

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This print captures a historic moment in the Siege of Carcassonne, depicted through an intricate relief sculpture. Created by the French School in the 13th century, this stone artwork showcases Simon de Montfort's military campaign against the Albigensian heresy of the Cathars in 1209. The scene is set within Cathedrale Saint-Nazaire, located in Carcassonne, France. This significant event marked a turning point during the crusades and solidified de Montfort's position as he was rewarded with control over the city by the King of France. Every detail on this relief tells a story; from soldiers engaged in battle to artillery being used strategically. The Romanesque style adds depth and authenticity to this historical masterpiece. The Siege of Carcassonne was not just a clash between armies but also represented a conflict between religious beliefs. The Cathars were considered heretics by mainstream Christianity at that time, making their eradication one of the primary goals for crusaders like de Montfort. As we gaze upon this print, we are transported back to medieval times when wars were fought with swords and shields rather than modern weaponry. It serves as a reminder of our rich history and how it has shaped our present-day world.

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