Why should I care? I am not a devout institutional person. And burning alive hundreds of persons at once, one's erstwhile friends, neighbors, even relatives, as was not unusual on the pyres during the Albigensian Crusade. Yet the concept that we would kill, yes slaughter, tens of thousands in order to kill off ideas, is surprisingly alien to our idea of ourselves. And that denial persists as we tut-tut slaughters of one religious group by another in other parts of the world, whether Sunni-Shia, Catholics-Protestants in the Thirty Years' War, etc. Name your culture, name your religious oppositions. Number us in there.
Authenticity of photographs. Would someone please follow up here. Go to Lavaur, knowing in advance what might be found. We were taken by surprise. Why all the changes to the church since it was constructed in the 13th Century after the crusade had beaten out the Cathars, why was there no bishop here until 1317 unless this place still needed beating down; why all the changes since then documented inside the church on little posters that I photographed but now cannot read. Someone, please preserve it.
- In the photos we have, with amateur camera and battery trouble, my son and I swapped cameras and now find this photo mixed in with that, and jpg numbers jumbled. Reaffirm please. Chronological numeration fails when two cameras are being tossed back and forth, and cards exchanged.