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This introductory chapter informs that this book deals with the subjects of the crusades (and particularly the Albigensian crusade) involving the Crown of Aragon in the course of the thirteenth century, the spread of heresy in Catalonia and beyond, and the first years of inquisitions in lands which later became famous for the mythologized Inquisition. It was a Dominican of Catalonia, Ramon de Penyafort, who played a large part in the development of inquisition. The book traces the influence of heresy from the last third of the twelfth century until the last years of James I. In the task of interpreting the diverse and complex sources for the political and religious history of the Crown of Aragon in this period, three people deserve mention in despatches: Joaquim Miret i Sans (18581919); Cebri Baraut i Obiols (19172003); and Jordi Ventura i Subirats (1932-1999).

Keywords: Albigensian crusade; Crown of Aragon; Dominican of Catalonia; heresy; Jordi Ventura i Subirats; mythologized inquisition; Ramon de Penyafort



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