Dating hamlet book summary
This event precipitated the final siege of Montségur and caused heavy penances to be laid on the population of Avignonet-en-Lauragais.
Today, Avignonet-en-Lauragais is a small town in the Haute-Garonne lying on the road between Carcassonne and Toulouse, the old Aquitaine road, not far from the Canal du Midi and the modern motorway (A62).
It lies in the Minervois region, nestled at the foot of the Black Mountains.
The castle's recorded history dates back to 1354, although it may already have been centuries old.
Since 2001 a major renovation program has been undertaken so that today the castle is a comfortable residence, though retaining its medieval personality.
It has immense potential both as a private residence and as a business. This is a charming chteau, dating from the eleventh century, though much changed over the centuries. The location is exceptional and is known to have been sacred in prehistoric times.
The château is one of a line of fortified castles built by vassals of the Count of Toulouse and used to resist the Albigensian crusaders in the 13th century.
Today this is just about the only Cathar Castle that you are able to stay in.Militarily, the castle lay dormant for the next 30 years, until Raymond's son Olivier de Termes took back the castle in the brief revolt led by the young viscount Trencavel against the crusaders.