Heresy and the English Reformation: Bogomil-Cathar Influence on Wycliffe, Langland, Tyndale and Milton

Heresy and the English Reformation: Bogomil-Cathar Influence on Wycliffe, Langland, Tyndale and Milton

by Georgi Vasilev

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786430055
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Georgi Vasilev is a senior research fellow and chief expert at the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad. He lives in Bulgaria.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Preface 1

Introduction: The Dualist Heresy—Bridging the Island to the Continent During the Middle Ages

European Genesis 7

The Dualist Pre-Renaissance 9



1. BOGOMILS AND LOLLARDS

Penetration into England 13

Text Comparison 17

Cultural Activity of the Bulgarian and English Dualists 26

Appendix to Chapter 1: Cathars and Waldenses 30



2. TRACES OF THE BOGOMIL MOVEMENT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

The Linguistic History of the Word “Bugger” 32

Hidden Identity 36

Appendix to Chapter 2: The Good Name of Bogomils and Cathars 40



3. THE HERESY AND WOMEN

Women’s Emancipation and the Bogomils 43

Women in Catharo-Provençal Civilization 46

Lollard Women: Outstanding Personalities 50

Appendix to Chapter 3: The Right of Women to Ordain and to Shrive 54



4. JOHN WYCLIFFE AND THE DUALISTS

Our Bread Over Another Substance 57

Dualistic Arguments in Wycliffe 60

The Specific New Testament Vocabulary of Wycliffite Translations 70

From haeresia Bulgarorum to exemplum Bulgaricum 74

Appendix to Chapter 4: Anglicization in the Wycliffe and King James Bibles 79



5. DUALIST IDEAS IN THE WORKS OF TYNDALE

Tyndale—The Covert Dualist 81

The Reformation Potential of Dualism 86

Dualist Influence in the Two English Translations of the Scriptures 6

Appendix to Chapter 5: Updating the Evaluation of Tyndale 101



6. BOGOMIL-CATHAR IMAGERY AND THEOLOGY IN THE VISION OF PIERS PLOWMAN

The Fall of Lucifer 103

Christ Descends into Hell and Sets All Souls Free 105

The Bulgarian Image of Christ the Ploughman and Piers Plowman 109

Appendix to Chapter 6: Delivering the Souls . . . . . . . . . . . 116



7. THE SPIRITUAL KINSHIP BETWEEN PARADISE LOST AND THE SECRET BOOK OF THE BOGOMILS

Speculation and Miltonian Self-Identification 119

Doctrinal Expressions 123

Bogomil Imagery in the Works of Milton 134

17th Century Waldensian Translocations 147

Conclusion 150



Chapter Notes 161

Bibliography 183

Index 199

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