By Patrick Sénécal

Thomas Roy, l'écrivain le plus adulé du Québec est un jour retrouvé seul dans son appartement, horriblement mutilé et catatonique. Ses dix doigts ont été coupés et il a été retrouvé à moitié défenestré. L'auteur était un invité régulier des talk-shows et los angeles parution de ses romans était toujours un évènement médiatique majeur. Afin de le sortir de son état catatonique et de découvrir s'il s'agit d'une tentative de meurtre ou d'un suicide manqué, les policiers mènent leur enquête alors que l'on confie l'écrivain à Paul Lacasse, psychiatre d'un hôpital de Montréal.

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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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