Deiz mad Mel and all others,
It so happens that, as I check my e-mail, I'm also sipping rum with a few
friends here in Montreal. The four of us are immigrants and... one is of
basque origin ( and I don't know how I'm going to keep him off my mail box
now Mel has indicated her interest in his country) and another comes from
deep down Cathar country.
As we understand it, there is no difference between Cathar and
Albigensians. The latter name derives from the city of Albi, which was one
of the Cathar strongholds in the area. If anyone is interested in the
particulars of their religious beliefs, I could research a bibliography
alas in french on the subject.
As far as Huguenots are concerned, Mel, I'm one of the rare proestant
Bretons. Our country was colonised by the jesuits in the early 17th and
most of the area is strongly catholic. Huguenots is simply a germanic
rendition of the fact that those people held together as a group.
Heingenossen seems to be the etymology for Huguenots.
An anecdote, when our daughter was six, the priest of our parish asked me
if she had been baptised. To which I responded that I waited for her
seventh year to formally introoduce her to her father the ocean and her
mother the earth... He just chuckled but he was also a true Breton and
could understand exactly what I meant. So did the daughter, may I happily
Kenavo dit, Stephen