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During this concise and balanced survey of heresy and inquisition within the heart a long time, Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane explores the more and more sour encounters among piety, reform, dissent, and the institutional Church among 1100 and 1500. even if the loaded phrases of 'heresy' and 'orthodoxy' hired via ecclesiastical officers recommend a transparent department among correct and flawed, that department used to be actually vigorously contested through medieval humans in any respect degrees of society. Deane investigates key matters that sparked confrontations among Christians, together with entry to scripture, apostolic versions of poverty and preaching, the Eucharist and sacramental strength, and clerical corruption and wealth. She lines the potential through which Church elites built an more and more advanced set of inquisitorial methods and assets to spot, label, and repress 'heresy,' examines many of the nearby eruptions of such confrontations throughout medieval Europe, and considers the judicial techniques that introduced many to the stake. The e-book levels from the 'Good Christians' of Languedoc and Lombardy and the pan-European 'Poor,' to non secular Franciscans, lay non secular ladies, anticlerical and vernacular activities in England and Bohemia, mysticism, magical practices, and witchcraft. all through, Deane considers how the recent inquisitorial bureaucracies not just fueled anxiousness over heresy, yet truly generated fictional 'heresies' via their very own texts and strategies. Incorporating fresh examine and debates within the box, her research brings to existence a compelling factor that profoundly motivated the medieval global.

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Perhaps surprisingly, religious toleration was indeed a characteristic feature of the region: Jews were treated well, particularly in comparison with other regions of western Europe, and so too were those who voiced any one of a variety of different religious points of view. indb 37 11/9/10 2:10 PM 38 Chapter One clergy apparently did not possess the ability, desire, or resources to combat the charismatic piety of the Good Christians. Once ecclesiastical attention was focused upon heresy in these lands, however, much was made of the failure of Languedocian bishops and priests.

Once ecclesiastical attention was focused upon heresy in these lands, however, much was made of the failure of Languedocian bishops and priests. A Catholic council at Avignon in 1209 sharply rebuked clergy who were “indistinguishable from laymen in conduct”;15 a few years later Pope Innocent III would also blame the rise of heresy on clerical laxity, calling the bishops of Languedoc “blind creatures, dumb dogs who no longer bark,”16 and removing several elite clergy from their positions. Although there were perhaps failures in leadership, however, not all the criticism was fair: most of the clergy in local areas were operating in hampered conditions, often impoverished to the point of incapacity, poorly educated, and likely demoralized by the abuse heaped upon them by nobility.

And she saw two heretics [female] in the said house . . and all of them . . ”21 Female Elect played a variety of roles within Languedocian communities, and it can be difficult (perhaps impossible) to distinguish between personal or family engagements and religious purposes. Good Women traveled for the birth of children, family gatherings, and social visits, but also to preach or provide (or receive) training. Dulcie Faure of Villeneuve-la-Comtal, for example, left her husband to stay with the Good Woman of her own village and later moved to Castelnaudary to a house directed by Blanche of Laurac;22 after another year, she entered formal training at yet another community founded by Blanche in the village of Laurac.

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