Cathars Timeline

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  • c. 1145
    Cathars appear in Southern France.
  • c. 1160 - c. 1200
    Catharism becomes increasingly popular in Southern France; the Church tries to suppress the heresy.
  • 1167
    Cathar Council of Saint-Felix held to determine bishoprics and set rules.
  • 1209 - 1229
    The Albigensian Crusade against Cathars heretics in southern France.
  • 1243 - 1244
    Siege of the last Cathar stronghold Montsegur.
  • 1244
    Fall of Montsegur; Cathars are massacred by the Church's army and the heresy is suppressed.