James McDonald is a writer and public speaker, specializing in the history of the Languedoc.
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His main area of interest is the Cathars, the crusade launched against them in the early thirteenth century, and the papal inquisition that was subsequently founded to exterminate the surviving vestiges of Cathar beliefs.
He has read extensively on all aspects of the subject including the role of the papacy and the Counts of Toulouse, techniques of medieval warfare, the concept of heresy, the troubadours, knighthood, the High Middle Ages, and political implications of the crusade. Although his knowledge is encyclopaedic, his style is refreshingly entertaining and he has a gift for weaving apparently disparate threads together into a coherent narrative.
James has lived in the Languedoc for 20 years. He is currently restoring the chateau-fort where he lives with his wife and young son. Oxford educated, he holds both an MA and an MSc.