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La Canso (Book + CD)

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La Canso or “the Albigensian Crusade Song” is a masterpiece of Occitanian literature from the Middle Ages. Discovering La Canso is like exploring the heart of a city, a society, a civilization so close to our own that one might imagine it is the product of today's dreams but with values that seem more demanding and more generous than our own, even in the worst throes of battle.

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A Forgotten Masterpiece of medieval literature

The magic of a sister language to French (medieval Oc) takes us into the consciousness of the peoples of Oc in the 13th century as they resisted the crusaders of the Pope, of the Abbot of Cîteaux and of Simon de Montfort, soon supported by the Capetian monarchy. Discovering the Canso is like lending our hearts to a war cry that has the force of a love song.

Images and music


Anne Brenon and Christian Salès with the unique copy of the book "La Canso" in the BnF (Paris)


Detail of one of the 13 drawings of the 13th century


Contains the CD Paratge, symphonic music recorded with Budapest National Orchestra associated with colorful Occitan musical instruments of the 12th and 13th century.

Paratge Occitan Symphony - OC - Part II video


"Un voyage envoûtant au coeur d'une civilisation disparue" Le nouvel Obs

"Un travail exceptionnel et certainement sans précédent dans l'histoire de la culture occitane moderne" La Dépêche du Midi

"Sublime", "un voyage extraordinaire dans le Moyen Âge" Le Huffington Post

"Un fabuleux voyage en terre d'Oc" Idem mag




Listen to the album PARATGE, click here >>>

Handsome book, hardcover with jacket, format : 30 x 24 cm, 96 richly illustrated pages in color, hardcover, CD PARATGE 40 minutes.



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