Mezerville

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After Carcassonne, Barthelemy settled down in a small town halfway between Carcassonne and Avignonet to serve in its church. He did this for a year and then moved to Mezerville, just a few kilometers to the south to serve in its church which was attached to a priory. These were very small towns with large churches and other religious edifices. It might be said in the case of Mezerville that the church and priory were its main businesses, in addition to agriculture all around in the valleys below.

It is in this small town that Beatrice's messenger found Barthelemy and asked him to come to her aid, which he did twice.

Mezerville is about 4 kilometers from Belpech as the crow flies, but about 14 kilometers as the road carries you today. From the south, the direction of Belpech, the town looks like this:

Arriving into town looks like this today:

The main street looks like this, with the priory church dominating the background:

City hall and the post office:

At the priory church there is a closed gate, and we peek through its bars:

The back side (north side) of the complex shows a very old structure still in use: it is the castle of Mezerville, and its proprietor, Jacques DeMichelis has sent some pictures of the exterior and interior that I have added in 2004:

The above two photos were taken by me, reaching through a fence.  A larger view of the exterior was provided by Mr. DeMichelis, who let me know that two characters mentioned in various parts of my other stories, one about Cathars and one about Joan of Arc, were also past proprietors of this castle: Raymond the Count of Foix, who was a Cathar, and Jean d'Aulon, a companion and advisor to Joan of Arc!  Small world!

The front door:

A winding staircase with a door to a lower room (perhaps the room he promised me for when I would come for a visit with my wife, he said I could have the room Barthelemy Amilhat may have used about 700 years ago, and while there I may receive a visit from the grand inquisitor (but where will he and Audrey be while I am being interrogated below?):

The main dining hall:

A well lighted and pleasant sitting room:

A fireplace:

And another fireplace:

I am looking forward to taking Mr. DeMichelis up on his offer to bring Audrey and spend some time in his castle.  He is also very much into regional history, especially the history of the Cathars.  

It is from Mezerville that Barthelemy left for his last rescue of his Beatrice, doing this duty with a divided and heavy heart although he and she made love several times along the way.

Exiting the village would have brought him past the cemetery.

The direction in which he walked was this one, with several old foot trails still available to hikers heading in the general direction of Belpech:

The view to the north sees a valley with fog, where the larger cities of the region lie:

The view back from that winding road shows the village to be isolated on its hill in all directions:

To the east, a slight rise allows a view of the city from the east:

Barthelemy was a job-hopper. I know that life style well. I enjoyed being where he seems to, very temporarily, have felt settled and found some peace. Until Beatrice was summoned by the Bishop of Pamiers and pushed his panic button that is. He advised her to submit to questioning once, she did, and ran. The second time his advice was spurned and he reluctantly helped her try to escape.

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