A history of medieval heresy and inquisition

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a history of medieval heresy and inquisition

A History of Medieval Heresy and Inquisition by Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane

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.
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A History of Medieval Heresy and Inquisition

By Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane. ISBN The past half century has seen the growth of a vast scholarly literature in a number of languages devoted to the subject of religious dissent and heterodox beliefs as well as forms of ecclesiastical discipline in medieval Latin Christianity. Although most of that literature no longer reflects the confessional or secular ethical perspectives that long characterized its earlier stages, it is not without its own internal contentious disputes, and it is not an easy subject to address for an interested student or nonspecialist serious reader. Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane has now written the most intelligent and lucid introduction to these subjects and clearly explained the character of the problems, methods, and means of interpreting them now available. She also includes a very useful and well-connected chapter on superstition and magic, demonology, and witchcraft chapter 6 , setting her articulate and intelligent history fully and intelligibly into the context of our best current understanding of all the relevant facets of the broad, complex, and rapidly changing society of early Europe from the eleventh to the sixteenth centuries. She conducts a frank and nonpartisan discussion and synthesis of different scholarly perspectives, presents a brief but illuminating overview of the nature of change in Europe from to , and concludes with the central question of the book—What did it mean to live as a Christian in such a world?

The subject of medieval heresy and inquisition has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts among scholars during the last decade or so. Scholarly treatment has moved well beyond the oftentimes-confessional approach to heresy and inquisition taken by their earliest investigators. More recent researchers have returned again and again to grapple with the documentary sources and attempt to understand their complexities. And because Deane tries to situate accusations of magic and witchcraft sensitively within the broader context of developments in late medieval heresy, there is much in her work to interest readers of this journal. These challenges include defining heresy and questioning the sources. They also include linguistic challenges and the difficulty of navigating the variety of scholarly perspectives on heresy and inquisition. Deane addresses these four challenges in subsequent chapters in ways that make these concerns integral to her discussion.

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