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There were hundreds of them, piled roughly together in a huge mass. There was no escape for the congregation sheltering inside the church at Beziers when the crusaders burst in and started laying about them with their weapons. Having disposed of the entire population, Amaury's crusaders prepared to loot and pillage the empty houses. But before the knights could get their hands on any valuables, William ofTudela continued: These filthy, stinking wretches all shouted out "Burn it! " (And) they fetched huge flaming brands as if for a funeral pyre and set the town alight.

What happened in the privacy of Herve de Donzy's tent never became known and even contemporary chroniclers, usually eager for any shred of gossip and rumour, failed to reveal any clue. The only facts to emerge at this juncture were that, to their great relief and puzzlement, the Carcassonnois - Cathar, Catholic and Jew alike- were told they could go, but had to leave everything behind except for the clothes they stood up in. Knights on horseback are shown fighting at close quarters during the siege of Carcassonne in this Languedoc manuscript.

They departed, passing one at a time through a narrow postern gate under the sharp eyes of crusader guards who watched out for any sign they were trying to smuggle out any of their possessions. 'Not even the value of a button were they allowed to take with them,' one chronicler recorded. Or, as another chronicler expressed it, the Carcassonnois took away 58 GENOCIDE: THE CATHARS, PART I 'nothing but their sins'. Precisely how Raymond Roger managed to obtain freedom for his people in Carcassonne was, and remained, a mystery, although it has since been suggested that the real purpose of the crusader attack was not the destruction of the Cathars, but the elimination of its dangerously tolerant viscount who preferred to consort with heretics rather than follow the 'true' faith of Christ.

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