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James McDonald

Guide at a Glance

  • Locations

    Carcassonne, Languedoc - Roussillon, France

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Guiding Experience

    14 years

  • Languages

    English

  • Favorite Trip

    Original Cathar Country

Guide Bio

I am a sightseeing guide specializing on Cathar history tours. My agency will gladly assist with hotel bookings, transportation options, restaurant recommendations and your other travel-related needs. Our clear focus is to offer you, your family or group an opportunity to spend quality time with an educator.

I am an author and expert on the Cathar history of the region. I bring my knowledge of the history and the sites of the Cathar region out of the textbooks and to the very places where history was made. As a researcher and writer, I design and personally lead all tours of Cathar sites.

My broad and deep understanding of the Cathars and their adversaries is based on decades of meticulous, unbiased research into the theological, academic and scholarly sources that illuminate the region and its history. I have even translated Voltaire’s work on the Cathars, published in English as The Crusade Against the People of the Languedoc.

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