CONFESSION OF AUDE, WIFE OF GUILLAUME FAURE OF MERVIEL
Year of our Lord 1318, the Saturday before the holiday of Saint Mary Magdalene (July 15
As it reached the knowledge of Revered Father in Christ My Lord Jacques, Bishop of
Pamiers by divine Providence, that Aude, the daughter of the late Guillaume de Maucasal, of
Lafage in the diocese of Mirepoix , and the spouse of Guillaume Fauré of Merviel, in the diocese
of Pamiers, was suspected of heresy, and even strongly so, by reason of certain words and
declarations uttered, as it has been said, by her in the presence of certain people against the
Catholic Faith, and that moreover, as it has been said, this Aude was publicly slandered, My
Said Lord Bishop, wishing thus to take the responsibility of investigating into the truth of these
events with the said Aude and others, had her brought into his presence, wishing, as he has said,
to investigate with her into the truth of these above-mentioned accusations.
My said Lord Bishop, having summoned the venerable and discrete persons My Lord
Pierre du Verdier, Archdeacon of Majorque; master Hugues de Bilhères, appellate Judge of
Pamiers; master Guillaume de Saint-Julien, jurist of Pamiers; master Bernard Gaubert, jurist of
the diocese of Narbonne; and Guillaume de Pardailhan, public apostolic notary, to assist him in
this investigation, physically swearing them in, ordered them under the faith of the oath in virtue
of holy obedience to keep the secrets of this investigation and to bring him help and council, all
things which they promised to do according to the conventions of law hereabove.
After which My Said Lord Bishop requested one day the said Aude in the name of simple
information if she had fallen into error on the articles of faith and the sacraments of the Church,
and on which of them, as it had been reported to My Lord the Bishop.