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The Devil's World

Heresy and Society 1100-1300, 1st Edition

By Andrew Roach


280 pages

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Exploring the relationship of heresy, dissent and society in the 12th and 13th Centuries,The Devil’s World shows how people made conscious choices between heresy and orthodoxy in the middle ages and were not afraid to exert their power as ‘consumers’ of religion. The book gives an account of all popular religious movements, looks at the threat that heresy presented to the Church and lay powers and considers the measures they took to deal with it.

Ideal for students of medieval and religious history.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction 1. The Monopoly, 900-1135 2. Markets, Troubadours, Universities and Heretics 3. A World of Choices: Organised Heresy in Easter and Western Europe 4. Nails to Drive out Nails: The Albigensian Crusade, Fourth Lateran Council, Dominic Gusman and Francis of Assisi 5. Competing for Souls: From the Death of Francis to the fall of Montsegur 6. Restricting Choice: The Inquisition and the Decline of the Cathars 7. The Decline of the Holy Men: 1244-1300 8. Women and Heresy 9. Just as there are Seventy Two Tongues…': The Decline of Organised Heresy Further Reading Abbreviations

About the Series

The Medieval World

The Medieval World series covers post Roman and medieval societies and major figures in Europe and the Mediterranean, including western, central and eastern Europe as well as North Africa, the Middle East, and Byzantium. Books in the series cover a broad spectrum of subjects. These range from general topics, such as rural and urban economies, religion and religious institutions, rulership, law, conflict and power, gender and sexuality, and material culture, to biographies and interpretations of major figures, from kings, emperors and popes to saints and theologians.

Books in the Medieval World Series are intended to be an introduction to the authors’ specialist subjects and a gateway into the state of the art and current debates in those subjects – the book they would like their students to read before they take advanced undergraduate or graduate level seminars, and that scholars and students in other fields, both inside and outside of medieval history, would resort to first to learn about current work on these subjects.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Medieval