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THE INQUISITIONS: ATROCITIES IN THE NAME OF GOD
16th July 2014

By Andrew Gough - Editor, The Heretic Magazine

When director, Bruce Burgess, asked if I would present a television series about the Inquisitions, I complied straight away. Details were not important. I was in. He had me, as they say, at ‘hello’.

I have always been passionate about this period of history and had worked with Burgess before, mainly on the UK television documentary series, Forbidden History (I and II), as well as a further, yet-to-be-released project.  We trust each other, which might seem strange to those who had followed the bizarre aftermath of Burgess’s Bloodline documentary, but we have come to know each other well, and we both respect what this project is about – a chronicle of some of the earlier (and most infamous) accounts of genocide.

The five-part series spans the Cathar, Spanish and Tudor Inquisitions, the Salem Witch trials and more. Some of these injustices were motivated by religion, others by politics, but, clearly, what underpinned them all was that each was motivated by ignorance, intolerance and greed; and each was an unforgivable atrocity.

As the weeks passed, I reviewed my reference material and looked forward to meeting up with Burgess and the team in the south of France. However, as filming neared, it became apparent that history was repeating itself and that what we were about to film was no different than what was going on in many parts of the world today, including Syria, the country bordering the one in which I live, Turkey. What was the point, I wondered. Could human nature transcend? Could it learn from its past, just for once?

I arrived in Toulouse and immediately felt a bite in the air. It was autumn 2013. After greeting the team, we hit the road. Spirits were high, but the ebullient mood would not last.

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Departing Toulouse

Appropriately, we kicked off in Béziers, for this is where the first of the Inquisitions took place. Here, coincidentally, or, more likely, by design, the first crusade against the Cathars, a pure, benevolent and Christian dualist movement, was fought on the feast day of Mary Magdalene, 22 July 1209. The Cathars appear to have had a special appreciation of Mary Magdalene and are purported by some to have been in possession of her (now lost) gospel. This sacred day would have been important to the Cathars and this presented an opportunity for the Church to wage both physical and psychological warfare.  

 

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Béziers, site of the first of many atrocities by the Church

As the film crew got ready, I rehearsed my lines, which aptly set the scene. I tried to imagine the carnage, almost 800 years ago. In front of where I was standing a huge army of at least 30,000 men, mostly soldiers from pro-Rome northern France, had amassed around the walls of the town. Inside were the 10,000 citizens of Béziers, guarded by only a few hundred soldiers of the local lords and barons who were loyal to the Cathar cause.

Fearing a slaughter, the Bishop of Béziers tried to negotiate. The town was asked to give up its heretics or face the consequences.  And so it was given a list of 222 names of people accused of heresy, mostly Cathars. But it refused to comply.

Then, according to reports, a skirmish broke out at the gates to the town between some soldiers and some lightly armed locals.  This resulted in most of the foot soldiers storming the gates and sacking the city. A bloodbath ensued. Thousands of people were killed, including men, women and children. It would become known as the ‘Day of Butchery’.

About twenty years later, a local historian by the name of Caesarius of Heisterbach wrote about the attack and, in the process, coined what is perhaps one of the most unforgettable lines in history:

When they discovered, from the admissions of some of them, that there were Catholics mingled with the heretics they said to the abbot, ‘Sir, what shall we do, for we cannot distinguish between the faithful and the heretics.’ The abbot, like the others, was afraid that many, in fear of death, would pretend to be Catholics and, after their departure, would return to their heresy, and is said to have replied, ‘Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius’ – ‘Kill them all, for the Lord knoweth those that are His’.

Kill them all, and let God decide which are his. Could there be a more self-serving justification, and mantra, than genocide in the name of God and government? We finished our shoot and headed to Carcassonne.

The Inquisition moved to Carcassonne a few weeks later, but news of the massacre in Béziers had arrived long before, and so a similar show of brutality would not be required. The crusaders simply shut off the water supply and waited for those who valued their lives to exit the city. Most fled with only the clothes on their backs.

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The walled city of Carcassonne

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At the gate of the city

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Carcassonne

Although I had done my share of presenting in the past, our work in Carcassonne reaffirmed my respect, and admiration, for those who perform the job so well: presenters like Michael Wood, who makes everything look so easy. As we filmed in the busy market, I struggled to walk along the tourist-filled streets, remembering my lines, while hitting a mark on the ground, before turning to walk towards another mark on the ground, where I would deliver my concluding remarks to an imaginary spot three feet to the left of the camera.  All the while, bystanders took pictures – and the mickey!  ‘Cut! Let’s do it once more, just to be safe.’ That was Burgess’s way of saying, ok, let’s try and get it right this time.

Fittingly, we concluded the Cathar Inquisition episode in Montségur. The famous mountain-top sanctuary of the Cathars is now a thriving tourist site and one of the most popular sacred destinations in France. We prepared for filming, before being forced to wait while helicopters lifted some of the overly ambitious (and ill-prepared) tourists from the top of the deceivingly steep and arduous-to-climb mountain to their safety below. The delay was just what I needed, as it afforded me time to reflect.

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Reflecting, while the helicopters perform their rescue

Although I have been to Montségur on many occasions, visiting the site is a treat, and is always moving. Standing at the monument to the Cathars, I contemplated what it would have been like to have walked, single file, into the pyre, as many of the Cathars did, rather than renounce their faith. The landscape is imbued and imprinted with this memory, as its name, Field of the Burned, suggests. I did my pieces to camera, but found it difficult to hit the mark. Burgess was asking for a relaxed and casual delivery. ‘Show us another gear,’ he said. The problem was that I was in the moment a little too much and found it hard – no, impossible – to be casual while immersed in the memory of it all.

Disappointingly, there is never much time to savour the moment on projects like these. We hurriedly packed up and rushed to the airport for our flight to Spain. I said goodbye to Montségur, and wondered if we could ever reclaim the purity and innocence that religious intolerance so brutally extinguished from this land. The opportunity and responsibility to do so is ours, I thought. We simply have to choose the reality.

 

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VOLUME 5 OUT NOW
6th May 2014

The Heretic Magazine is proud to present Volume 5.

Volume 5

Our current edition contains over 15 fascinating articles written by a variety of cross disciplinary experts and subject area enthusiasts in the fields of Alternative History, Lost Civilisations and Technologies, Mysteries and Conundrums, Rennes-le-Château, the Occult, Politics, Science and more. No magazine offers more specialized esoteric content than The Heretic. 

Edited and collated by Andrew Gough, Volume 5 features (alphabetically) Robert Bauval, Dawn Bramadat, Duncan Burden, Patrice Chaplin, Robert Eisenman, Ralph Ellis, Lorraine Evans, Robert Feather, Brien Foerster, Andrew Gough, Chris Ogilvie-Herald, Mark Oxbrow, Graham Phillips, Ian Robertson, Freddy Silva and Greg Taylor. Once again we have compiled a stellar collection of thought-provoking articles and features. See a full list of the content inside Volume 5.

Our latest edition is available NOW in two digital formats: firstly as a multi-touch iBook for iPad and secondly as a Kindle edition. The two versions are very different and the richest experience will be gained from the iPad version. We have designed the magazine primarily for the iPad, but are also offering the Kindle edition for those readers who are interested in our content, yet do not own an iPad.

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VOLUME 4 OUT NOW
19th August 2013

The Heretic Magazine is pleased to present Volume 4 of it’s popular alternative history and ancient mystery themed magazine.

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Our current edition contains over 15 fascinating articles written by a variety of cross disciplinary experts and subject area enthusiasts in the fields of Alternative History, Lost Civilisations and Technologies, Mysteries and Conundrums, Rennes-le-Château, the Occult, Politics, Science and more. No magazine offers more specialized esoteric content than The Heretic.

Edited and collated by Andrew Gough, Volume 4 features (alphabetically) Robert Bauval, Dawn Bramadat, Robert Eisenman, Ralph Ellis, Lorraine Evans, Robert Feather, Mark Foster, Andrew Gough, Bradbury Cort Lindahl, Tim Wallace-Murphy, Steven Myers, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, David Rohl, Ian Robertson, Freddy Silva and Lucy Wyatt. Once again we have compiled a stellar collection of thought-provoking articles and features. See a full list of the content inside Volume 4.

Our latest edition is available NOW in two digital formats: firstly as a multi-touch iBook for iPad and secondly as a Kindle edition. The two versions are very different and the richest experience will be gained from the iPad version. We have designed the magazine primarily for the iPad, but are also offering the Kindle edition for those readers who are interested in our content, yet do not own an iPad.

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RUSSIAN MYSTICISM AND THE SECRET OF STALIN'S SKYSCRAPERS
11th June 2013

In Volume 3 of The Heretic Magazine our editor, Andrew Gough, explored the fascinating subject of Stalin and his mysterious building programmes. We publish the full article here for your enjoyment.

Kings, Queens, rulers and mystics have long sought the secret of immortality. So did Joseph Stalin, according to new research by Andrew Gough, who explores the secret of Stalin’s skyscrapers and reveals how the curious buildings may be linked to Stalin’s esoteric master plan.

 

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Russian Mysticism and the Secret of Stalin’s Skyscrapers

 

By Andrew Gough

Joseph Stalin’s legacy is one of a dictator, not an initiate with a deep understanding of Russian mysticism. Closer inspection reveals that the self-proclaimed ‘Premier of the Soviet Union’ was familiar with esoteric principles and maintained an occult-based master plan for his rule and afterlife.

On 12 September 1947, at 1pm, Stalin presided over the laying of the corner stones for eight of the most austere skyscrapers the world has ever known. It is believed that the buildings were planned to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Moscow, yet their location appeared haphazard. However, Stalin took drastic measures to ensure that they were anything but arbitrarily positioned. In one instance Stalin diverted the flow of the Moscow River to create a marginally different vantage point for the skyscraper. In another, he razed a cherished heritage district to the ground. In still another, he even demolished the most sacred cathedral in Moscow, in order to build the skyscraper he intended to be buried in. His behaviour was peculiar, especially given that there were many vacant building plots in the vicinity of the sites he had chosen. Those who questioned him would have been subjected to surveillance, purged of their position, or even sentenced to death. The message was clear: Stalin’s positioning of the Moscow skyscrapers was top secret. Read more...

 

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SECRETS OF DAN BROWN'S INFERNO
5th June 2013

The Heretic's own Mark Foster (Creative Director and co-owner) has released a side project, a book he has co-authored with Heretic regular Mark Oxbrow.

Inferno

Murder, secret societies, the real Gates of Hell, Vatican intrigue, a notorious billionaire and a shocking sex scandal.

It sounds like the plot of a Robert Langdon thriller but it's the incredible secret story of Dan Brown's Inferno...

The authors reveal all the hidden mysteries concealed within the pages of Dan Brown’s book, as well as detailing the many characters, locations and artworks featured in the best-selling thriller.

Mark Foster and E. Varelli are seasoned writers, having previously unravelled many of the mysteries encoded in Dan Brown’s books - both in their own right and as ghostwriters. Now they turn their attention to Dan Brown’s latest blockbuster, Inferno.

More information at: infernosecrets.com

 

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VOLUME 1 PROMOTION
18th April 2013

Now that we have Volume 3 out, we have decided to go back and run a promotion on Volume 1. We are offering the iPad version FREE and at the present time Amazon have matched that offer on the Kindle edition in most territories.

So, if you haven't had a chance to check out The Heretic Magazine yet, now is the time to go and grab it. There is now nothing stopping you enjoying Volume 1 absolutely free of charge.

We will be running this promotion for the foreseeable future, in order to allow everyone to see what amazing content we have to offer. However, we will not be extending this deal to any further issues, it will only apply to Volume 1. Essentially, we just want as many people as possible to see Volume 1 as we think we're doing something rather special here at The Heretic.

So, spread the word to anyone that you think might enjoy the content of Volume 1.

The links to grab the issue are here.

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VOLUME 3 OUT NOW
2nd April 2013

The Heretic Magazine is pleased to present Volume 3 of its popular alternative history and ancient mystery themed magazine.

 

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Our current edition contains 16 lushly designed articles written by a variety of cross disciplinary experts and subject area enthusiasts in the fields of Alternative History, Lost Civilisations and Technologies, Mysteries and Conundrums, Rennes-le-Château, the Occult, Politics, Science and more. No magazine offers more specialized esoteric content than The Heretic.

Edited and collated by Andrew Gough, Volume 3 features (alphabetically) Sol Aris, Dawn Bramadat, Miguel Conner, Peter Cresswell, Robert Eisenman, Ralph Ellis, Robert Feather, Brien Foerster, Mark Foster, Andrew Gough, Mark Oxbrow, Jack Minier, Tim Wallace-Murphy, Madlen Namro, Margaret Robertson, Robert Schoch and Richard Webster. Once again we have compiled a bumper crop of thought-provoking articles and features.

Our latest edition is available NOW in two digital formats: firstly as a multi-touch iBook for iPad and secondly as a Kindle edition. The two versions are very different and the richest experience will be gained from the iPad version. We have designed the magazine primarily for the iPad, but are also offering the Kindle edition for those readers who are interested in our content, yet do not own an iPad.

Watch Andrew Gough's introduction to Volume 3...

 

 

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MARS MYSTERY
8th February 2013

Our good friends at The Daily Grail posted a very fascinating image a couple of days ago taken on the surface of Mars, that seems to reveal a metallic-like object or material protruding from the Martian surface.

 

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Mars

 

Having studied it for a few minutes we were instantly reminded of something...

 

 

Uncanny isn't it?

 

Mars Wall-e

 

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HISTORY OF A HOAX
4th December 2012

In Volume 1 of The Heretic Magazine, Editor Andrew Gough exposed the biggest fraud to rock the world of Rennes-le-Château in recent years. It involved the tomb and mummified body of Mary Magdalene, the Ark of the Covenant and even the Loch Ness monster. All feature in this wanton tale of treasure, lies and misdirection that, one way or another, has managed to tick off everyone in the genre. Andrew Gough has been closely connected to the story for many years and he was instrumental in finally unveiling the fraud. Here is Andrew's article printed in full:

 

History Of A Hoax

 

History of a Hoax

The Mole, The Hole And The Man With No Soul

 

By Andrew Gough

There have been many archaeological hoaxes over the years and most academic disciplines have endured their share. This shameful list includes the likes of the Book of Mormon (1830), the Feejee Mermaid (1842), The Cardiff Giant (1869), Piltdown Man (1912), The Cottingley Fairies (1917), The Loch Ness Monster (1934), Alien Autopsy (1995) and the James Ossuary (2002), amongst others. However, few, if any, genres have experienced the onslaught of fraud and deceit as the mystery of Rennes-le-Château. Not surprisingly, the latest Rennes-le-Château hoax is arguably the most ridiculous of them all. Bizarrely, it includes the Loch Ness Monster, the tomb and mummified body of Mary Magdalene, the artefacts from her wedding to Jesus Christ, and, as if that were not enough, the Ark of the Covenant. Somehow, I found myself embroiled in the decade-long controversy over the alleged discoveries and, ultimately, I became the catalyst that led to the perpetrator’s full confession. Read the full story...

 

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VOLUME 2 OUT NOW
26th November 2012

The Heretic Magazine is proud to present Volume 2 of its provocative and lushly designed ‘Histories and Mysteries’-themed magazine.

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Volume 2 is a collection of essays written by world-famous experts in their field, as well as contributions from fresh, new voices, from the worlds of Alternative History, Lost Civilisations and Technologies, Mysteries and Conundrums, Rennes-le-Château, the Occult, Politics, Science and much more.

Edited and collated by Andrew Gough, Volume 2 features Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, Robert Eisenman, Robert Feather, Tim Wallace-Murphy, Ralph Ellis, Dawn Bramadat, Madlen Namro, Lucy Wyatt, Hugh Newman, David Ritchie, Miguel Conner and many more. In all we have crammed 22 compelling and thought-provoking articles and features into our latest edition.

And don’t forget that Volume 1 remains available for purchase and provides the perfect accompaniment to our new edition.

Our latest edition is available NOW in two digital formats: firstly as a multi-touch iBook for iPad and secondly as a Kindle edition. The two versions are very different and the richest experience will be gained from the iPad version. We have designed the magazine primarily for the iPad, but are also offering the Kindle edition for those readers who are interested in our content, yet do not own an iPad.

We feel it only fair to inform you that some of the content in the Heretic magazine may be deemed controversial. Others may find it too brazen. That’s because we believe that information + confrontation = illumination, and illumination is the goal of all heretics. Is it yours? Are you a heretic? What do you believe?

Watch Andrew Gough's introduction to Volume 2...

 

 

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GRAHAM HANCOCK INTERVIEW
1st October 2012

As the Mayan Calendar comes to an end (most interpretations of the Mayan Long Count place this epic event on or near 21 December 2012), and over 17 years after he first published his seminal book on the subject, Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization, The Heretic Magazine Editor Andrew Gough sits down with the amazing Graham Hancock, who speaks about the state of our planet, consciousness, time travel, and what he has learned on his remarkable journey through life.

In this provocative and often poignant interview, Graham speaks passionately and at length on these, and many other emotionally charged subjects, such as Atlantis, the significance of Göbekli Tepe, and his own experience with marijuana, ayahuasca, and DMT.

(Please note that the interview was originally recorded for purposes of converting Graham's audio commentary into text. We apologise any loss of sound quality and hope that you nevertheless enjoy the interview.)

 

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VOLUME 1 INTRODUCTION
5th August 2012

 

 

 

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VOLUME 1 NOW AVAILABLE
3rd August 2012

Volume 1

Our first Volume is available NOW in two formats; firstly as a multi-touch iBook for iPad, and secondly as a Kindle edition. The two versions are very different, and the richest experience will be gained from the iPad version. We have designed the magazine primarily for the iPad, but are also offering the Kindle edition for those readers who are interested in our content, yet don't own an iPad.

Volume 1 is a collection of essays written by world-famous experts in their field - as well as contributions from fresh, new voices - from the worlds of Alternative History, Lost Civilisations and Technologies, Mysteries and Conundrums, Rennes-le-Château, the Occult, Politics, Science and much more.

Edited and collated by Andrew Gough, Volume 1 features Robert Bauval, Robert Eisenman, Daniel Pinchbeck, John Major Jenkins, Tim Wallace-Murphy and many more. We have crammed 24 compelling and thought-provoking articles and features into our first edition.

We feel it only fair to inform you that some of the content in The Heretic Magazine may be deemed controversial. Others may find it too brazen. That’s because we believe that information + confrontation = illumination, and illumination is the goal of all heretics. Is it yours? Are you a heretic?

 

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