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[[Cathar]] theology found its greatest success in the Languedoc region. In the early Middle Ages, the Languedoc was not part of France. It was an independent area comprising a handful of city-states, each with its own rulers, the most powerful of whom were the Counts of Toulouse. During the 12th century, the Cathar religion flourished in this area noted for its high culture, sophistication, religious tolerance and liberalism. For a Cathar, Christ was a human being and therefore directly accessible, negating the power and purpose of the Vatican Church.
The Cathars were known as Albigensians because of their association with the city of Albi, and because the 1176 Church Council which declared the Cathar doctrine heretical was held near Albi. Most of the territory that came to be called Languedoc became attached to the Kingdom of France in the 13th century, following the [[Albigensian Crusade]] (1208–1244). This crusade aimed to put an end to what the [[Black Sun]] Roman controlled Vatican considered as the Cathar heresy, and enabled the Capetian dynasty to extend its influence south of the region. The Capetian dynasty, also known as the House of France, is a dynasty of Frankish origin from the Germanic regions, founded by Hugh Capet. Members of the dynasty were traditionally Catholic, and the early Capetians had an alliance with the Holy Roman Empire, thus the Vatican.
==Albion Code and Cathar Code==