By Michel de Montaigne

"An Apology for Raymond Sebond" is greatly considered as the best of Montaigne's essays: a supremely eloquent expression of Christian scepticism. An empassioned defence of Sebond's fifteenth-century treatise on traditional theology, it used to be encouraged by means of the deep obstacle of non-public depression that the loss of life of Montaigne's personal father in 1568, and explores modern Christianity in prose that's witty and often damning. As he searches for the real which means of religion, Montaigne is seriously severe of the boastful tendency of mankind to create God in its personal photo, and gives his own reflections at the actual function of guy, the necessity to eschew own conceitedness, and the important value of religion if we're to appreciate our position within the universe. clever, perceptive and remarkably trained, this can be one of many real masterpieces of the essay shape.

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Account of the Sack (Nicetas) . . How shall I begin to tell of the deeds wrought by these nefarious men! Alas, the images, which ought to have been adored, were trodden under foot! Alas, the relics of the holy martyrs were thrown into unclean places! Then was seen what one shudders to hear, namely, the divine body and blood of Christ was spilled upon the ground or thrown about. They snatched the precious reliquaries, thrust into their bosoms the ornaments which these contained, and used the broken remnants for pans and drinking cups-precursors of Anti-christ, authors and heralds of his nefarious deeds which we momentarily expect.

Besides the references cited in the Introduction, see also S. Kuttner and A. Garcia y Garcia, "A New Eyewitness Account of the Fourth Lateran Council," Traditio 2 0 (1964), 115-178, and J. W. Baldwin, Masters, Princes, and Merchants: The Social Views of Peter the Chanter and His Circle (Princeton, 1970)~Vol. I, pp. 315343. D. 1215, a sacred and general synod was held in the month of November, in the church of the Holy Saviour at Rome, called Constantian, at which our lord pope Innocent, in the eighteenth year of his pontificate, presided, and which was attended by four hundred and twelve bishops.

The citizens then, trusting to the promises of the legate, and having no suspicions of treachery, after an THE ALBIGENSIAN CRUSADE 35 oath had been taken on both sides, on the above-named condition, gave permission to the legate and the prelates to enter the city without any others, and in company with them. But, as had been pre-arranged, as soon as the gates were open, the French treacherously, and in disgraceful disregard of the oath which had been made by the legate, forced their way into the city and made prisoners of the inhabitants, and having thus treacherously gained a victory they destroyed the towers and walls of this noble place.

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