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    BOOK 1

    History Of The Albigenses, Those Other Glorious Witnesses To The Truth Of Christianity, Against The Antichrist Of Rome, Containing The Tedious Wars And Terrible Persecutions Which They Suffered For The Sake Of The Gospel In The Thirteenth Century.

    I. Who the Albigenses were. Their Faith. Who were comprehended under the name of the Albigenses. The time when, and the persons by whom, they were instructed in their Faith. The credit and esteem manifested for their Pastors. Condemnation of them by Pope Alexander III. and the Council of Lateran. The increase and multiplication of those Witnesses.

    The Cities and Rulers who coalesced with them. Their doctrines, for which the Popes hated and persecuted, and the Papists murdered the Albigenses.

    II. Pope Innocent III. made show of a desire to reduce the Aibigenses into subjection to the Court of Rome by preaching and conference. The famous dispute at Montreal. For what end the Pope permitted controversial debates in matters of Religion.

    III. The Disputes concerning Religion terminated in Wars commenced by the Pope. Pretences of the Pope for publishing the Crusade against the Albigenses. Earl Remond submitted and humbled himself before the Popeís Legate, who having been scourged by Milo, the Papal Legate, at the grave of a persecuting Friar, he was deprived of the Earldom of Veniscin by the Pope, and then made General of the Crusaders at the Siege of Beziers.

    IV. The perplexity of Earl Remond after his pretended reconciliation. The Siege of Beziers. The intercession of the Earl of Beziers for his city totally unavailing. The storming, capture, and conflagration of Beziers.

    V. The Siege of Carcassone. The capture of the town. The general assault upon the city. Many of the Crusaders slain. Ineffectual interposition of the King of Arragon for the Earl of Beziers. The knavish stratagem of the Popeís Legate to secure the Earl of Beziers. Flight of the people of Carcassone, and complete conquest of the deserted city.

    VI. The Legate Milo appointed Earl Simon of Montfort General for the Church. Earl Remond obtains the Pontifical Absolution. Death of the Earl of Beziers. Displeasure of the King of Arragon with the wickedness of Simon of Montfort. Revolts from his jurisdiction. Simonís requisitions for new armies of Crusaders against the Albigenses.

    VII. New hosts of Crusaders join Simon of Montfort, conducted from France by his wife. With their aid Simon reconquered the Castles of Menerbe and Termes, and the city De la Vaur. Earl Remond cited to appear before the Legate, who refused to obey the summons. He was deceived by Tolquel, the Popish Prelate of Toulouse, through which he lost the Castle of Narbonne. Death of Milo, the Popeís Legate.

    VIII. Theodosius succeeding Milo, as the Pontifical Legate, proceeded against Earl Remond. Excommunication and most violent articles against Earl Remond by Theodosius. The King of Arragon and Earl Remond withdrew from St. Giles and Ailes, that they might not be made prisoners by the Legates. Siege of Montferrand by Simon. Revolt of Baudoin. The King of Arragon joined in alliance with Earl Simon of Montfort.

    IX. Earl Simon besieged Toulouse. After committing great ravages among the Vineyards, Simon was defeated, and raised the siege. Aimeri was taken prisoner. Succour of the Earl of Toulouse. Earl Simon made war with the Earl of Foix, who could obtain no redress from the ungodly Roman Legate.

    The King of Arragon encouraged the Earl of Foix, whose son in vain interposed on his behalf.

    X. The Siege of Castelnau díArri. Retreat of Simon of Montfort. The Earl of Foix offered Simon battle. The King of Arragon interceded for the Earls of Toulouse, Foix, and Comminge, and wrote on their behalf to the Council at de la Vaur, but to no purpose. The King of Arragon bid defiance to Earl Simon. Levies were made on both sides; but Simon advancing, took several places.

    XI. Exploits of Earl Simon, before the King of Arragon had prepared his Army. The King of Arragon refused to come to any treaty with Earl Simon, who was weak. The taking of the city of Muret by the King of Arragon. The battle in which the King of Arragon was slain, and his army routed. 1 Pope Innocent III. sends a new Legate, named Bonaventure, against the Albigenses. Prince Lewis, Philip Augustusís son, took upon him the Cross, and caused Toulouse and Narbonne to be dismantled.

    BOOK 2

    Containing The History Of The Latter Wars And Persecutions Of The Albigenses From The Year 1213, Till Their Utter Suppression.

    I. The War was renewed against the Earl of Foix. The Arragonians make incursions into Earl Simonís territories. He is defeated by the Earl of Foix.

    Bonaventure the Legate persuaded the Earls of Foix and Toulouse to go to Rome. They do no good there. Earl Remondís son went thither from England, but to no purpose.

    II. Earl Remondís son took Baucaire. The Prelate of Toulouse betrayed the citizens of Toulouse. The inhabitants of Toulouse received very ill treatment from Earl Simon. They defended themselves to his confusion. A new Expedition. Remond recaptured Toulouse. Simon of Montfort went thither, and after several battles, was slain by a stone thrown by a woman.

    His army was put to fight.

    III. Earl Remond recovered all that Earl Simon had taken from him in líAgenois. The Earl of Fois re-took Mirepoix from Roger de Lent. The Earl of Comminge regained the lands which were detained from him by Joris.

    An advantageous re-encounter for the Albigenses in Lauragues.

    Expeditions of small effect after the death of Earl Simon. Prince Lewis took Marmande, and made his return into France, having summoned Toulouse to surrender.

    IV. Alteration made in the War of the Albigenses, occasioned by the death of Pope Innocent III. Change of the Legate. Death of Remond, Earl of Toulouse. Sickness of the Earl of Foix, the Lady Philippe de Moncade his mother, and the Monk Dominic.

    V. Almarick of Montfort resigns the countries taken from the Albigenses, into the hands of King Lewis VIII. Siege of Avignon. The King sets up a Governor in Languedoc. The War against the Albigenses renewed.

    Toulouse besieged. Treaty of Peace with Earl Remond, and the people of Toulouse.

    VI. Articles of the Treaty betwixt Remond, Earl of Toulouse, and the Popeís Legate Amelin, and the Queen mother of Lewis IX. King of France.

    VII. Pecuniary penalties laid upon the Albigenses. Earl Remond forced to make decrees against them. A Council at Toulouse against the Albigenses, in which they were prohibited the reading of the Holy Scriptures. Other constitutions against them. Earl Remondís daughter carried to Paris.

    VIII. The Earl of Toulouse solicits the Earl of Foix, to submit himself to the obedience of the Pope. Practices he made use of to draw him off from the party of the Albigenses. How he suffered himself to be managed by the Popeís Legate.

    IX. The last War of the Albigenses carried on by Francavel, a natural son of the Earl of Beziers. Progress thereof. The last Expedition levied against the Albigenses. Peace concluded between Amelin the Legate and Trancavel. End of the War.

    X. Several Monks, Inquisitors, and officers or the Inquisition slain. Pope Innocent IV. treated Earl Remond very disgracefully. He took a journey to Rome. He went to Rhodes, and died at Milan.

    XI. Alphonsus, King Lewisís brother, took possession of the goods of Remond, Earl of Toulouse. The Persecution continued against the Aibigenses, until the Gospel found admittance into France, and then the greatest part of those places wherein the Albigenses dwelt, readily received the Reformation.

    XII. Conclusion of this History of the Albigenses.

    BOOK 3

    Precious Remains Of The Doctrine And Discipline Of The Old Waldenses And Albigenses, And Their Noble Testimony Against The Roman Antichrist.

    I. Ancient Confession of the Faith of the Waldenses, copied out of Manuscripts, bearing date Anno Domini 1120, nearly four hundred years before the time of Luther or Calvin, and twenty before Peter Waldo.

    II. Catechism of the Ancient Waldenses, for the instructing of their Youth.

    III. Brief Exposition of the Waldenses and Albigenses upon the Apostlesí Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lordís Prayer, and the Sacraments.

    IV. Ancient Confession of Sins, commonly used amongst the Albigenses and Waldenses, translated out of their own language.

    V. What the Albigenses and Waldenses taught touching Marriage.

    VI. What the Waldenses and Albigenses taught touching the Visitation of the Sick.

    VII. The Discipline under which the Waldenses and Albigenses lived, extracted out of divers authentic Manuscripts, written in their own language several hundred years before Luther or Calvin.

    VIII. A Treatise of the Old Waldenses and Albigenses, concerning Antichrist, Purgatory, Invocation of Saints, and the Sacraments.

    IX. A Treatise of Tribulations.

    X. The Noble Lesson, written in the language of the Ancient Inhabitants of the Valleys, in the year 1100, extracted out of a most authentic Manuscript, a true original whereof, is to be seen in the public Library of the University of Cambridge.

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