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The Cathars: Dualist Heretics in Languedoc in the High Middle Ages
     

The Cathars: Dualist Heretics in Languedoc in the High Middle Ages

by Malcolm Barber
 

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This fascinating study of the development of radical religious belief , and its violent suppression, is the first comprehensive examination of the history of the Cathars, one of the most famous heretical movements of the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries. They infiltrated the highest ranks of society and posed a major threat not

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This fascinating study of the development of radical religious belief , and its violent suppression, is the first comprehensive examination of the history of the Cathars, one of the most famous heretical movements of the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries. They infiltrated the highest ranks of society and posed a major threat not only to the Catholic church but also to secular authorities as well. The movement was finally smashed during the Crusades and the Inquisition . The Cathars addresses several major topics in medieval history including heresy, orthodoxy and the Crusades, as well as providing a history of the social and political history of Languedoc and the rise of the Capetian dynasty. Should be of interest to readers of Medieval history, religious history or French history. Also available in Hardcover 0-582-25662-3 $ 79.95.

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This book is beautifully written. While it is, generally, a work of synthesis, the sources have been read afresh in the context of recent research. Barber's cool common sense gives a chance to see the religion and the society in which it became rooted in a new light. Highly recommended, but it will disappoint romantics.

Jonathan Riley-Smith, Times Higher Educational Supplement

The book is especially notable for its careful and sensitive attempt to see the Cathars and their beliefs in a concrete, localised context. The author has done his homework on the regional geography and topography of Languedoc to good effect; the location, role and significance of the castrum, or fortified village, which made Catharism as much a rural as an urban heresy, is particularly well set out.

Malcolm Vale, English Historical Review

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Presenting more coherent doctrinal opposition to the Catholic church than any other movement of the 12th and early 13th century, the dualist Cathars were spread throughout Christendom but particularly concentrated in southern France and northern Italy. Barber (history, U. of Reading) traces the origins and spread of dualist ideas, reactions by church and lay authorities, the development of radical religious beliefs, and the means of suppressing it. From the events, he culls issues about the nature of evil, the ethics of warfare, and the use made of history by later generations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408252581
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/08/2013
Series:
Medieval World Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
11.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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