Albigensian Crusade

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Albigensian Crusade
Part of the Crusades
Date 1209 — 1229
Location Languedoc, France
Participants
Crusaders Cathars
Commanders and leaders
Crusaders Cathars
Political map of Languedoc on the eve of the Albigensian Crusade

The Albigensian Crusade or Cathar Crusade (1209–1229) was a 20-year military campaign. It was initiated by the Roman Catholic Church to eliminate the Cathar heresy in Languedoc. The Crusade was prosecuted by the French and resulted in a reduction in the number of practicing Cathars. It also resulted in a realignment of Occitania, bringing it into the sphere of the French crown.