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For this reason, Raymond Roger took the precaution of sending the Jews of Carcassonne out of the city before the crusaders could get there. However, it was not as easy to shift the much larger Cathar population. For their sake, as well as his own, Raymond Roger first resorted to diplomacy, seeking to make a deal by promising to persecute the Cathars and PREPARING FOR WAR Consorting with heretics was as bad as actually being a heretic, if not worse. into Carcassonne where they could shelter behind the city's huge defensive walls.
THE RAPE OF BEZIERS boys and the mercenaries got there before them. The chronicler William ofTudela described what happened next. He wrote: Th e servant lads had settled into the houses they had (captured), all of them full of riches and treasure, but when the French (lords) discovered this, they went nearly mad with rage and drove the lads out with clubs, like dogs. The buildings in Beziers were mainly constructed of wood. They burot quickly and easily as the flames ate their way through one quarter after another.
One of the most pervasive of these challenges came from the Cathars, a religious sect that first arose in around 1143 in the Languedoc region of modern southwest France. From there, Catharism spread into Spain, Belgium, Italy and western Germany and was well rooted in all these places by the thirteenth century. Then, Raymond V, Count ofToulouse presented another, much less patient, tougher way to deal with the Cathars. In 1177, the Count asked the General Chapter of the Cistercian Monastic Order for help in dealing with Cathars who, he said, were close to overwhelming his domains in Languedoc.