Sunday, 20 March 2011

let god decide the just

I'm a believer in messages, something that suddenly comes into your head ,well act upon it. When my chick said she wasn't going to carry on her blog took it over and gave it a new name. I was thinking and suddenly the idea of LET GOD DECIDE THE JUST flashed into my brain.But here is its origins.
Arnaud (or Arnau) Amalric (died 1225) was a Cistercian monk remembered for giving advice during the Albigensian Crusade to a soldier wondering how to distinguish the Catholic friendlies from the Cathar enemies to just "Kill them all. For the Lord knows them that are His."

He was abbot of Poblet from 1196 to 1198, then of Grandselve from 1198 to 1202. He later became the seventeenth abbot of Cîteaux.

 Albigensian CrusadeIn 1204, he was named a papal legate and inquisitor and was sent by Innocent III with Peter of Castelnau and Arnoul to attempt the conversion of the Albigensians. Failing in this, he distinguished himself by the zeal with which he incited men by his preaching to the crusade against these heretics.

According to the Cistercian writer Caesar of Heisterbach, one of the leaders of the Crusader army, at the siege of Béziers in 1209, when asked by a Crusader how to distinguish the Cathars from the Catholics, Arnaul Amalric supposedly answered:

Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius (Kill them all. For the Lord knoweth them that are His.).

from the great knights of avalon site

This is the origin of the modern phrase, "Kill them all and let God sort them out."

On the other hand, the legate's own statement, in a letter to the Pope in August 1209 (col.139), states:


While discussions were still going on with the barons about the release of those in the city who were deemed to be Catholics, the servants and other persons of low rank and unarmed attacked the city without waiting for orders from their leaders. To our amazement, crying "to arms, to arms!", within the space of two or three hours they crossed the ditches and the walls and Béziers was taken. Our men spared no one, irrespective of rank, sex or age, and put to the sword almost 20,000 people. After this great slaughter the whole city was despoiled and burnt..

As a matter of fact, Caesar did not state that this sentence had been actually uttered: more exactly he just wrote that Amalric was reported to have said it (dixisse fertur in the original text).

According to Moréri, Arnaud was named archbishop of Narbonne about 1212, after his return from an expedition into Spain to encourage the Christians against the Moors. He left an account of this expedition. His stirring spirit embroiled him with his sovereign, Simon de Montfort. In 1224, he presided in the council of Montpellier, assembled to consider the complaints of the Albigensians.Things come into my mind and I act upon them, like yesterday I heard this in my head, stick 100 pound on the Spurs to win the champions, so I did at 15 to 1.

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