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During the Middle Ages Toulouse had been a major centre for education and the arts. The city was described by Bargrave as 'the capital of the Languedoc'. A university had been founded there in 1229 and the city had also become home to the religious order of Franciscans. These were both measures designed to combat the Cathar heresy that challenged the traditional beliefs and organisation of the Church.

The Franciscan monastery was described by Bargrave as 'with a very fair church and cloisters, the earth of which is different from all others... all the dead men and women's corps that are buried there turn not into putryfaction... being all entire and whole, dried to almost skin and bone'.

During his visit Bargrave was offered an entire child's corpse but declined on the grounds that he was about to tour both France and Italy.

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