The Cathar religion, related to a lot of requirements and despair, was against the wealth of the Roman Catholic Church. It was widespread in this area, in the 12th century. An important event took place during the Albigensian Crusade: the slaughter of inquisitors at Avignonet, 6 km from la Ginelle. Numerous castles in the neighbourhood were destroyed, for example les Casses Manor 7 km away. The last stake at Montségur is less than an hour's drive away.