Thursday, October 2, 2014

Put them all to the sword ...

Arnaud Amalric was an abbot or monk who is most remembered for the advise he gave to a soldier in one of the Christian Crusades, who expressed concerns that he'd killed orthodox Catholics along with the 20,000 or so Cathars he helped massacre in the French town of B├ęziers in the year 1209.  These Cathars, incidentally, were Christians who rejected the authority of the Pope and were, therefore, declared heretics by Catholic Church.  When the Crusaders slaughtered them, they did so under the direction of an official representative of the Pope ... that was Arnaud Amalric.
Amalric told the soldier:  Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius. ("Kill them. For the Lord knows those that are His own.")

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

Arnaud Amalric died in the year 1225.  If there is a heaven; he knows nothing of it.