A History of Medieval Heresy and Inquisition

A History of Medieval Heresy and Inquisition

by Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742555763

ISBN-13: 9780742555761

Pub. Date: 01/16/2011

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

In this concise and balanced survey of heresy and inquisition in the Middle Ages, Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane explores the increasingly bitter encounters between piety, reform, dissent, and the institutional Church between 1100 and 1500. Although the loaded terms of "heresy" and "orthodoxy" employed by ecclesiastical officials suggest a clear division between right

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In this concise and balanced survey of heresy and inquisition in the Middle Ages, Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane explores the increasingly bitter encounters between piety, reform, dissent, and the institutional Church between 1100 and 1500. Although the loaded terms of "heresy" and "orthodoxy" employed by ecclesiastical officials suggest a clear division between right and wrong, that division was in fact vigorously contested by medieval people at all levels of society. Deane investigates key issues that sparked confrontations between Christians, including access to scripture, apostolic models of poverty and preaching, the Eucharist and sacramental power, and clerical corruption and wealth. She traces the means by which Church elites developed an increasingly complex set of inquisitorial procedures and resources to identify, label, and repress "heresy," examines the various regional eruptions of such confrontations across medieval Europe, and considers the judicial processes that brought many to the stake. The book ranges from the "Good Christians" of Languedoc and Lombardy and the pan-European "Poor," to Spiritual Franciscans, lay religious women, anticlerical and vernacular movements in England and Bohemia, mysticism, magical practices, and witchcraft. Throughout, Deane considers how the new inquisitorial bureaucracies not only fueled anxiety over heresy, but actually generated fictional "heresies" through their own texts and techniques. Incorporating recent research and debates in the field, her analysis brings to life a compelling issue that profoundly influenced the medieval world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742555761
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/16/2011
Series:
Critical Issues in World and International History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
838,432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Contours of Authority in Medieval Christendom
Chapter 1: Good Christians, Heresy, and the Apostolic Model
Chapter 2: Poverty, Preaching, and the Poor of Lyon
Chapter 3: Lawyer Popes, Mendicant Preachers, and New Inquisitorial Procedures
Chapter 4: Spiritual Franciscans, the Poverty Controversy, and the Apocalypse
Chapter 5: Mysticism, Lay Religious Women, and the Problem of Spiritual Authority
Chapter 6: Medieval Magic, Demonology, and Witchcraft
Chapter 7: Wyclif, the Word of God, and Inquisition in England
Chapter 8: Reform, Revolution, and the Lay Chalice in Bohemia
Epilogue

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