Root Out Heretics – Based on secret documents from the Vatican, this four part docu-drama series investigates the Catholic Church’s 500 year struggle to remain the world’s only true Christian religion. Winner of two Leo Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Original Score, the series, directed by David Rabinovitch, spans medieval France, 15th century Spain and Renaissance Italy, revealing how the most powerful church on earth created the Inquisition to attack its enemies and preserve the unquestioned authority of the Pope. Part one begins with the rise of the dissident Christian movement known as Catharism in southern France during the 13th century and the threat it posed to the power of the papacy. It also tells the story of Jacques Fournier (Eugenio Alvares), an Inquisitor who was to become the Pope Benedict XII, and of Boruch, a Jew who was forcibly converted to Christianity yet tried to defend his right to return to his original faith. (From the UK, in English) (Docu-drama Series) (Part 1 of 4) (Rpt) PG CC WS
Episode One – Root Out Heretics
The year is 1308 and heresy has taken hold in France. At a time when the Church of Rome proclaims itself the one true religion, the Pope sends the Inquisitors of Heretical Depravity to deal with heretics. Non-believers are hunted down, condemned and burned. The entire village of Montaillou is taken prisoner by the Inquisition. No one is safe, not even the village priest and the chatelaine of Montaillou’s castle.