Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, professeur au Collège de France 1973-99, chèf de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France 1987-94. He is a French historian whose speciality is the Languedoc region of southern France, particularly the history of the peasantry. His most famous work is Montaillou, village occitan de 1294 à 1324 (1975), a multi-layered study of the life of the village of Montaillou in the Languedoc during the age of the Cathar heresy. Prof. Le Roy Ladurie often writes for publications such as Le Nouvel Observateur, L'Express, and Le Monde, and appears on French television.