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Priscillian, the Cathars and Me
     

Priscillian, the Cathars and Me

by Tracy Saunders
 

Priscillian, the Cathars and Me

Tracy Saunders takes a look at the similarities between the Cathar religion of the Langue d’oc in the 12th and 13th centuries, and that of the followers of the 4th century Bishop of Avila, Priscillian, who was decapitated by the Romans on the grounds of witchcraft and heresy, along with seven of his followers, one of them

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Priscillian, the Cathars and Me

Tracy Saunders takes a look at the similarities between the Cathar religion of the Langue d’oc in the 12th and 13th centuries, and that of the followers of the 4th century Bishop of Avila, Priscillian, who was decapitated by the Romans on the grounds of witchcraft and heresy, along with seven of his followers, one of them a woman. The execution was the first instance of the Christian Church deliberately exterminating what it believed was harmful to the growth of Roman Catholicism. Priscillian’s torture and trial are reminiscent of what would later become the “Inquisition” of the Dominican Friars, and the force of questioning lead to the burning at the stake of thousands of the Cathars - The “Good Men” - at a time when the priests and churchmen had sunk to the lowest levels of depravity.

What did these two branches of Christianity have in common? Is there the possibility that Priscillian’s message was already widespread in the Pyrenees after it had been run aground (or underground) in the north of Spain? Did Priscillian lay the fertile soil for the Cathars’ acceptance of the religion of the Bogomils of the Near East?

Saunders, author of Pilgrimage to Heresy and St. James’ Rooster intertwines her own reasons for choosing Gnosticism in this personal and easy to read article.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011382390
Publisher:
The Electronic Book Company
Publication date:
06/10/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
267 KB

Meet the Author

Tracy Saunders received her Compostela after more than 800 klms walk and a few more on top of that since then. She is a Cognitive Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist and Educational Consultant with Master's degrees in Philosophy, Applied Linguistics, and Psychology. Early church history fascinates her - the more scandalous the better! Born in Wroughton, Wiltshire, and after 23 years living in Canada, she now calls Spain her home.

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