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