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The members of a Catharist religious sect of southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries, exterminated by the Inquisition for heresy.

[Medieval Latin Albigēnsēs, pl. of Albigēnsis, inhabitant of Albiga, Albi, a town of southern France where the sect was dominant.]

Al′bi·gen′sian (-shən, -sē-ən) adj. & n.
Al′bi·gen′sian·ism n.
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Adj.1.Albigensian - of or relating to Albigenses or Albigensianism


[ˌælbɪˈdʒensɪən] ADJalbigense
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Like much of this area of southern France it is steeped in history and owes its name to the violent repression meted out in the 13th century by members of the Roman Catholic Church to Albigensians - the followers of Catharism, a religious sect, and hence the phrase the Albigensian Crusade.
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As the world around her erupts into the Albigensian Crusade, Elmina finds herself complicit in its horror, and her spiritual and emotional life begins to unravel.
Bernard and his Cistercians attempted to address the predominantly Albigensian cities.
To control those already organized in opposition against it, the Church worked aggressively to extirpate entrenched heresy through various repressive measures: prohibitions, anathemas, inquisitorial processes, and the Albigensian Crusade, all aiming to strike at these resilient new sects.
Philosopher John Kekes cites the institutionalized religious culture and society of thirteenth-century Europe, specifically the brutal Albigensian Crusades against the Cathars in southern France, initiated by Pope Innocent III, as a definitive example of Evil's cruel excess--the very opposite of the import of the Good Samaritan Parable--in which outsiders (the Cathars) before the Letter of Papal Authority were brutally hunted down, tortured, and exterminated.
Dominic in France in 1206 by the Virgin Mary to combat the Albigensian heresy.
The kind of Catholicism that appealed most strongly to [Ford's] imagination was the Albigensian variety.
Just like the Catholics during the religious wars of the XVIth and XVIIth centuries against the Protestants, and before that in the XIIIth century against the Cathars in the Albigensian Crusade, and again during the Inquisition.
Bisson, "Unheroed Pasts: History and Commemoration in South Frankland before the Albigensian Crusades", Speculum, 65, 1990, 281-308, en la p.
John France investigates the altered political environment produced by the Albigensian Crusade.
This view of orthodoxy will therefore change a Christian understanding of its own thought regarding heresy to something quite different than that of the church during, for example, the thirteenth-century Albigensian Crusade, which resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people deemed heretical.