Great Medieval Heretics: From Bogomil and the Cathars to Wyclif and Hus

Great Medieval Heretics: From Bogomil and the Cathars to Wyclif and Hus

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by Michael Frassetto
     
 

Replete with terror, passion, and hope, this gripping narrative history explores the intricate mysteries of medieval Europe through the lives of the great heretics whose beliefs and practices challenged the teachings of an all-powerful church. Five centuries of social and spiritual turmoil are covered through a vivid and telling mix of events, personalities, and

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Replete with terror, passion, and hope, this gripping narrative history explores the intricate mysteries of medieval Europe through the lives of the great heretics whose beliefs and practices challenged the teachings of an all-powerful church. Five centuries of social and spiritual turmoil are covered through a vivid and telling mix of events, personalities, and ideas.

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"Frassetto admirably demonstrates that many who were declared heretics have much to teach us and some may not have been as far from orthodoxy as originally thought."  —Library Journal

"A remarkable contribution to our understanding of medieval society and religion."  —Hans J. Hillerbrand, professor of religion, Duke University, author, The Protestant Reformation

"A refreshing new view of medieval religious dissenters and their effect on Christianity as a whole. Michael Frassetto presents a human and very readable account."  —Jeffrey Burton Russell, author, A History of Heaven

"Frassetto offers a detailed examination of the lives and teachings of learned heresiarchs, pesky troublemakers, and power-filled women mystics. Intellectual, social, and Church historians will all profit from this well-indexed work."  —John R. Sommerfeldt, author, Bernard of Clairvaux: On the Life of the Mind

"Michael Frassetto clears a path through the thicket of religious dissent to deliver clear-eyed biographical sketches of the holy heresiarchs who gave so much grief to the medieval church. A non-polemical introduction to a thorny subject."  —Stephen O'Shea, author, The Perfect Heresy

Library Journal

A growing interest in Christian heresies and heretics is reflected in the increasing numbers of publications in the area in the last two decades, including two subject encyclopedias (Leonard George's Crimes of Perception and Chas S. Clifton's Encyclopedia of Heresies and Heretics). Frassetto (history, Univ. of Delaware; Heretic Lives) admirably demonstrates that many who were declared heretics have much to teach us and some may not have been as far from orthodoxy as originally thought. He argues that those who rejected sacred and secular authority and traditions, though with intent to reform, were threats that the society of the time could not ignore. Frassetto covers 500 years of figures who influenced the Western European church and state from the year 1000 through Schism and Crusades, including Bulgarian preacher Bogomil; canons Stephen and Lisois of Orleans; Henry the Monk in Lausanne; Waldensians, Cathars, and the Italian Apostolic Brethren; and John Wyclif in England and Jan Hus in Bohemia. Marguerite Porete is the only woman represented. Supported by a chronology and bibliography, this history will be of interest for academic and religious history collections.
—Anna M. Donnelly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933346120
Publisher:
BlueBridge
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Hans J. Hillerbrand
A remarkable contribution to our understanding of medieval society and religion by writing about several heretics, and he has done so with expertise, thoughtfulness, and even sympathy. (Hans J. Hillerbrand, professor of religion, Duke University, and author, The Protestant Reformation)
Stephen O'Shea
Michael Frassetto clears a path through the thicket of religious dissent to deliver clear-eyed biographical sketches of the holy heresiarchs who gave so much grief to the medieval church. A non-polemical introduction to a thorny subject. (Stephen O'Shea, author, The Perfect Heresy)
Michael Shermer
Appropriate for anyone in search of spiritual meaning, regardless of their official faith. A truly inspiring work. (Michael Shermer, author, Why Darwin Matters and Why People Believe Weird Things)
Jeffrey Burton Russell
A refreshing new view of medieval religious dissenters and their effect on Christianity as a whole. Michael Frassetto presents a human and very readable account. (Jeffrey Burton Russell, author, A History of Heaven)
Hank Wesselman
Saranam has created one of the most extraordinary books of our time. (Hank Wesselman, PhD, anthropologist and author, The Journey to the Sacred Garden and The Spiritwalker Trilogy)
John R. Sommerfeldt
Frassetto offers a detailed examination of the lives and teachings of learned heresiarchs, pesky troublemakers, and power-filled women mystics. Intellectual, social, and Church historians will all profit from this well-indexed work. (John R. Sommerfeldt, author, Bernard of Clairvaux: On the Life of the Mind)

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Meet the Author


Michael Frassetto teaches history at the University of Delaware and has written extensively on the history of medieval heresy, religion, and society. He is the former religion editor for Encyclopaedia Britannica. He lives in Medford, New Jersey.

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