By Ken McAdams

12 months and one laborious home-renovation into their marriage, Ken and Bing head to the French nation-state to have a good time their long-delayed honeymoon, swearing they're getting out of the home-fixing enterprise for sturdy. once they fall in love with the village of l. a. Montagne Noire, they locate themselves deciding to buy a fixer-upper and beginning far and wide again-but this time, in French! McAdams recounts their mishaps and misadventures with humor, shooting the essence of French village existence, the awkwardness of being foreigners in a close-knit city, the couple's hilarious linguistic pratfalls, and the way the gigantic project that threatens to rip their new marriage aside finally brings them nearer jointly and is helping them discover a position locally they've got grown to like.

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43 The imposing fortress of Termes, ruled by the family of the same name, dominated the area known as the Termenes. It held out against the crusaders under Simon de Montfort for over two months before a polluted water supply caused the defenders to abandon the site. (Author's collection) water supply. The only access the population had to water in time of siege was through a protected passageway running to the bottom of the cliff. Montfort arrived at the site at the beginning of June and invested it from three sides.

Lavaur, 1211 The year 1211 saw a number of important political developments in Montfort's struggle for control of the Trencavel lands. Firstly, Pedro of Aragon recognized Montfort's position as viscount of Beziers and Carcassonne, accepting him as a vassal. This was something he had been unwilling to do in 1209 immediately following the deposition and death of Raymond Trencavel, but he now realized that Montfort's position was so strong that he had to accept the inevitable. The second major development was the renewed excommunication of Raymond VI, count of Toulouse, by the papal legates in January, subsequently confirmed by the Pope in April.

Outside the city. Peter of les Vaux-de-Cernay states that 'the pride of the city of Toulouse was utterly humbled'. Prince Louis returned to Paris and the Fourth Lateran Council later in the year stripped Count Raymond VI of his land and titles, giving them instead to Montfort. The lords of the Languedoc were unwilling to accept the papal judgment and the son of Raymond VI, also called Raymond, led a revolt in the south, occupying the town of Beaucaire in the winter of 1216. The following spring and summer Montfort besieged the southerners without success until August, when he learned of unrest in Toulouse and, fearing that he might lose his possessions, he returned to the city to pacify the inhabitants.

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