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This is the first comprehensive account in English of the most feared and the most mysterious of medieval heretics. A crusade was launched to uproot them in the south of France, the Inquisition was developed to suppress them, and St Dominic founded his friars to preach against them. Their history and that of the medieval Church are inextricably mingled. This book puts the Cathars back into the context of medieval Catholicism. It studies the rise and fall of the heresy from twelfth-century Rhineland to fifteenth-century Bosnia and the Church's counteraction, peaceful and violent. Some argue that our knowledge of the Cathars is fatally distorted by prejudice; in fact, the author shows, we can now acquire an understanding of their beliefs and internal disputes, and the reasons why they once made so powerful an appeal. Using and assessing a rich volume of international research, the author re-examines the problems of the Cathars' origins, the heroism of their leading class, and the balance between inner decline and external pressure in accounting for their disappearance. In this exposition, Italian Cathars are restored to their rightful place, a chapter is devoted to the puzzle of the Bosnian church, and perspective is given to Le Roy Ladurie's brilliant but wayward Montaillou. A final survey assesses the legacy of a heresy which still exerts a strange fascination.

Synopsis:

A comprehensive account of the rise and fall of the medieval heresy from its origins in twelfth century Rhineland to its last known practitioners in fifteenth century Bosnia. The author examines the Catholic Church's counteraction, both peaceful and violent, and assesses its impact on the church and society at large.

Synopsis:

This is the first comprehensive account in English of the most feared and the most mysterious of medieval heretics. A crusade was launched to uproot them in the south of France, the Inquisition was developed to suppress them, and St Dominic founded his friars to preach against them. Their history and that of the medieval Church are inextricably mingled.

This book puts the Cathars back into the context where they belong - that of medieval Catholicism. It studies the rise and fall of the heresy from the twelfth-century Rhineland to fifteenth-century Bosnia and the Church's counteraction, peaceful and violent. Within the exposition, Italian Cathars are given their rightful place, a chapter is devoted to the puzzle of the Bosnian Church, and perspective is given to Le Roy Ladurie's brilliant but wayward Montaillou. A final survey assesses the legacy of a heresy which still exerts its strange fascination.

This book combines scholarly investigation with lucid narrative. It is, in short, historical writing at its best and likely to become the definitive account of a subject of enduring interest and importance.

Synopsis:

This is the first comprehensive account in English of the most feared and the most mysterious of medieval heretics.

About the Author

Malcolm Lambert was Reader in Medieval History at the University of Bristol until 1991 when he retired to devote himself to writing and research. His previous books are Franciscan Poverty (1961, reissued 1998) and Medieval Heresy (2nd edition, 1992).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

List of Maps.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1. The Little Foxes.

2. The First Cathars.

3. The Wise Man from the East.

4. The Growth of Catharism.

5. Innocent III, Heresy and Reform.

6. The First Inquisitors.

7. The Cathars of Languedoc.

8. The Battle for Souls in Italy.

9. The Suffocating of Catharism in Languedoc.

10. The Last Missionary.

11. The Decline of Italian Catharism.

12. Inertia and Survival: the Bosnian Church.

Epilogue: The Legacy of Catharism.

List of Abbreviations.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631209591
Author:
Lambert, Malcolm
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
Lambert, Malcolm D.
Location:
Oxford, UK ;
Subject:
History
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Religion - Church History
Subject:
Middle ages, 600-1500
Subject:
Albigenses
Subject:
Italy Church history 476-1400.
Subject:
Christianity -- History.
Subject:
Heresies, Christian -- Italy -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
France Church history 987-1515.
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Subject:
European Medieval History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Peoples of Europe
Publication Date:
June 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.02x6.03x.75 in. 1.09 lbs.

Related Subjects

» Education » Writing
» History and Social Science » Law » General
» History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance
» Religion » Christianity » Church History » General
» Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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Product details 352 pages Blackwell Publishers - English 9780631209591 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A comprehensive account of the rise and fall of the medieval heresy from its origins in twelfth century Rhineland to its last known practitioners in fifteenth century Bosnia. The author examines the Catholic Church's counteraction, both peaceful and violent, and assesses its impact on the church and society at large.
"Synopsis" by , This is the first comprehensive account in English of the most feared and the most mysterious of medieval heretics. A crusade was launched to uproot them in the south of France, the Inquisition was developed to suppress them, and St Dominic founded his friars to preach against them. Their history and that of the medieval Church are inextricably mingled.

This book puts the Cathars back into the context where they belong - that of medieval Catholicism. It studies the rise and fall of the heresy from the twelfth-century Rhineland to fifteenth-century Bosnia and the Church's counteraction, peaceful and violent. Within the exposition, Italian Cathars are given their rightful place, a chapter is devoted to the puzzle of the Bosnian Church, and perspective is given to Le Roy Ladurie's brilliant but wayward Montaillou. A final survey assesses the legacy of a heresy which still exerts its strange fascination.

This book combines scholarly investigation with lucid narrative. It is, in short, historical writing at its best and likely to become the definitive account of a subject of enduring interest and importance.

"Synopsis" by , This is the first comprehensive account in English of the most feared and the most mysterious of medieval heretics.
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