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By Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane

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 though the loaded phrases of 'heresy' and 'orthodoxy' hired by way of ecclesiastical officers recommend a transparent department among correct and improper, that department was once in reality vigorously contested by way of medieval humans in any respect degrees of society. Deane investigates key concerns that sparked confrontations among Christians, together with entry to scripture, apostolic versions of poverty and preaching, the Eucharist and sacramental energy, and clerical corruption and wealth. She lines the capacity in which Church elites built an more and more advanced set of inquisitorial strategies and assets to spot, label, and repress 'heresy,' examines some of the neighborhood eruptions of such confrontations throughout medieval Europe, and considers the judicial tactics that introduced many to the stake. The publication levels from the 'Good Christians' of Languedoc and Lombardy and the pan-European 'Poor,' to religious Franciscans, lay spiritual girls, anticlerical and vernacular hobbies in England and Bohemia, mysticism, magical practices, and witchcraft. all through, Deane considers how the hot inquisitorial bureaucracies not just fueled anxiousness over heresy, yet really generated fictional 'heresies' via their very own texts and strategies. Incorporating fresh study and debates within the box, her research brings to existence a compelling factor that profoundly stimulated the medieval global.

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20 Later sent to a female house in Villemur, both sisters apparently pursued religious careers as Good Women. Yet the relationship between faith, sex, and gender was vexed, and the Good Christians did not appeal to all women any more than their message resonated for all men. For example, a woman named Aimersent from the village of Cambiac reported to inquisitors in 1246 that when she was an adolescent, her “paternal aunt, Gérauda of Cabuet, took her to Auriac, to the house of Lady Esquiva, the wife of the knight Guilhern Aldric.

In a public sermon preached in Cologne, she thundered forth against complacent priests whose laxity had allowed wicked heretics to multiply: You ought to be the corners of the Church’s strength, holding her up like the corners that sustain the boundaries of the earth. But you are laid low and do not hold up the Church, retreating instead to the cave of your own desire. And because of the tedium brought on by your riches, avarice, and other vain pursuits, you do not properly teach your subordinates.

9 Yet direct contacts between high-medieval East and West clearly existed, as demonstrated in the traveling mission of a Bogomil bishop, Papa Nicetas, from Constantinople, who visited dualist communities in Lombardy and Languedoc during the late 1160s or early 1170s, bringing with him a man named Mark and several other Italians. After meeting with adherents in Albi and France, Nicetas apparently had contact with three further communities in Toulouse, Carcassonne, and Agen. All bore some level of local organization.

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