A Brand New Book of Ancient History
The Lauragais Story details a 5000 year history of a small but important region of the South of France just south of it's capital city Toulouse. It is the 'Land of Cockaigne' a place of changing fortunes with a violent past.
'The Lauragais Story' on the other hand is bang up to date in terms of both the digital technology it has embraced and the history of the region right up to Airbus and the aerospace industry that resides in Toulouse today. Thanks to Amazon and other on-line distributors this book has been made available worldwide:
Anyone travelling by air into either Toulouse or Carcassonne, will almost definitely fly over the Lauragais region and those driving along the 'Peage' between Toulouse and Carcassonne will certainly be passing right through the centre of 'The Historic Land of Cockaigne' a place where huge fortunes were made through the sale of a blue dye known as 'woad'.
For those that can visualise the historical periods that have played out in the Lauragais, they will see Neanderthals at Naurouze, Romans at Renneville, the barbarians of Bram and the Cathars at Castelnaudary.
There are others, but of course it is the Cathars that form the big news. Over half of the Lauragais was populated by the religious sect that met the serious disapproval of the Roman Catholic church and Pope Innocent III in particular.
The question of why a Pope would raise an army of crusaders to attack a predominately Christian region of France begs to be answered. Especially when you consider that the Cathars were in fact fish-eating vegetarians who believed in a frugal life of austerity. Did they really deserve to be slaughtered in their thousands in the name of the church?
Many worthy men and women have experienced the Lauragais, these include Popes, emperors, kings and saints. But there has also been a fair share of misfits, criminals and deranged fanatics that have coloured the history of the region.
The Lauragais Story touches on most of them as it takes you on a journey along the modern A61 motorway and the more famous Canal Du Midi, both of which run through the centre of a most important and strategic portion of France.