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Few years after the slaughter, Béziers slowly recovered with the construction of the new cathedral, and new inhabitants came and settled there; the city rulers were French, and it has been integrated to the Royal Possessions and a Bishop has been appointed there; since, history has been rather quiet in this city, far from the North, from the 100 years war, religion wars were only insignificant squabbles. . . . But the inhabitants are Languedocian, and they in some way proudly want to recall their past and identity in the city; one of the most visible traces of Languedoc and Cathars are the street names in the old city!
The street plaque on the first picture means in French Place des Bons Hommes, in English Good Men Place (Square). The Bons Hommes were in the Cathar religion the ?Perfects?, those who disseminated the Cathar faith, sorts of priest or missionaries walking in the countryside, (always two, together), were vegetarian, had no sex, who were appointed to make the ?Consolamentum?, sort of benediction to people about to die. . . . . . The Bons Hommes were the pillar, the backbone of Cathar faith and its propagation. . . . The Cathars are remembered this way in Béziers.
In the old city, street names are Languedocian, sometimes bilingual (picture 2), and even if bilingual, the Languedocian name does not designate the same thing or person in the two different languages (picture 3).
There are also French names, but they are peaceful (picture 4), but the Cathars are never far, like this street name tells (picture 5): the Albigeois, designates the inhabitants of Albi, but also the people against whom the crusade has been undertaken.
This is ?little history?, as I like it, signs, small signs reminding the past and ?Great History?; the streets of Béziers are nice to walk.

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  • Written Mar 14, 2010
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