from PART III. CRUSADE AGAINST THE GRAIL
CHRISTIANITY IN ITS ENTIRETY wanted to march against Provence and Languedoc to suppress once and for all this scandalous situation that had resisted all the Church’s efforts to remove it for nearly three generations.
On June 24, 1209, the crusaders left Lyon and followed the Rh�River downstream: 20,000 knights and more than 200,000 citizens and peasants, not counting the clergy and the merchants, headed for Occitania.
At its head rode the somber and implacable Archabbot of Caux, the “chief of the Christian armies against the Albigensian heretics.”...