From the Publisher
"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
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