What do medieval frat boys, Nicholas Cage, and Iron Maiden have in common? They're all part of one of the most popular (and far-fetched) medieval conspiracy theories. Tune in as we talk about Cathars, Templars, and the siege of Montségur.
Baigent, Michael, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln. Holy Blood, Holy Grail. Dell, 1983.
Pegg, Mark. The Corruption of Angels: The Great Inquisition of 1245-46. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005. and A Most Holy War: The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom. Oxford University Press, 2009.
Riley-Smith, Jonathan. "Were the Templars Guilty?" In The Medieval Crusade. Ed. Susan Ridyard. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2004. pp. 107-124.
Sumption, Jonathan. The Albigensian Crusade. Faber & Faber, 2000.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com); "Montségur" from Dance of Death by Iron Maiden (EMI, 2003)