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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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pl n
(Other Non-Christian Religions) members of a Manichean sect that flourished in S France from the 11th to the 13th century
[from Medieval Latin: inhabitants of Albi, from Albiga Albi]
ˌAlbiˈgensian adj
ˌAlbiˈgensianism n
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(ˌæl bɪˈdʒɛn siz)
members of an ascetic Christian sect that arose in Albi in the 11th century and was destroyed in the 13th century.
[< Medieval Latin Albīgēnsēs, pl. of Albīgēnsis=Albīg(a) Albi + Latin -ēnsis -ensis]
Al`bi•gen′si•an (-si ən, -ʃən) adj., n.
Al`bi•gen′si•an•ism, n.
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A Cathar sect in southern France professing Manichaean dualism (good and evil of equal power, therefore denying God’s supremacy over Satan). They were savagely suppressed 1209–44.
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Noun1.Albigenses - a Christian religious sect in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; believers in Albigensianism
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[ˌælbɪˈdʒensiːz] NPLalbigenses mpl
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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.
Elected subprior at twenty-nine and prior of the community at thirty-one, this tireless, prayerful, and bookish young man was a natural to accompany his bishop, Diego of Osma, on both diplomatic missions and preaching expeditions over the next few years, the latter directed toward the Cathars or Albigensians, a gnostic-dualistic sect popular in the south of France.
12.100), or his decision to assign Folquet de Marselha, who waged combat against the Albigensians, in the Sphere of Venus in Heaven (Par.
In the twelfth century, she was openly rejected by the Albigensians, who claimed that the physical world was the creation of Satan rather than that of a benevolent God.
They lived near where the Albigensians,also known as Cathars, would be slaughtered by order of Pope InnocentIII less than 100 years later.
They were known by various names--Cathars, Waldensians, Manichees, Albigensians and Donatists.
"Never Again the Slaughter of the Albigensians." The Holocaust of American Life.
The typically ignored Albigensian Crusades are addressed, where French nobles in southern France offered protection to the Cathers, Pure Ones, or Albigensians, a heretical movement.
(9) See 'On the Cathars, the Albigensians, and Good Men of Languedoc', Journal of Medieval History, 27.2 (2001), 181-95; Pegg, The Corruption of Angels: The Great Inquisition of 1245-1246 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001).
For political, economic, and doctrinal reasons too complicated to go into here, the Albigensians (Cathars) refused to recognize the authority of the Church.