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The tenth to the thirteenth centuries in Europe saw the appearance of popular heresy and the establishment of the Inquisition, the expropriation and mass murder of Jews, and the propagation of elaborate measures to segregate lepers from the healthy and curtail their civil rights. These were traditionally seen as distinct and separate developments, and explained in terms of the problems which their victims presented to medieval society. In this stimulating book, first published in 1987 and now widely regarded as a a classic in medieval history, R. I. Moore argues that the coincidences in the treatment of these and other minority groups cannot be explained independently, and that all are part of a pattern of persecution which now appeared for the first time to make Europe become, as it has remained, a persecuting society.
In this new edition, R. I. Moore updates and extends his original argument with a new, final chapter, "A Persecuting Society". Here and in a new preface and critical bibliography, he considers the impact of a generation's research and refines his conception of the "persecuting society" accordingly, addressing criticisms of the first edition.
"One of the most influential and controversial books of medievalhistory of the last 20 years ... The relevance of its argumenttoday is uncanny." The Guardian
Praise for the first edition:
"A brilliant account of medieval Europe...it is a pleasure toread an account that is so obviously of importance for our ownsocieties, yet is conceived in a full international context."Times Higher Education Supplement
"A fundamental work of historical sociology, as important in itsway as the works of Georges Duby and Mark Bloch...a courageous andwide-ranging thesis." M. T. Clanchy, Times LiterarySupplement
R. I. Moore, formerly of the University of Newcastle uponTyne, is the author of The Origins of European Dissent(1977), and The First European Revolution, c.970–1215, (2000), in the Making of Europe series.He is General Editor of the Blackwell History of the Worldseries and was also founding editor of the Blackwell series NewPerspectives on the Past. He has taught at the Universityof Chicago and the University of California at Berkeley and is aCorresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.