Al`bi*gen"ses (#), Al`bi`geois" (#), n. pl. [From Albi and Albigeois, a town and its district in the south of France, in which the sect abounded.] Eccl. Hist.

A sect of reformers opposed to the church of Rome in the 12th centuries.

The Albigenses were a branch of the Catharists (the pure). They were exterminated by crusades and the Inquisition. They were distinct from the Waldenses.

 

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