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Medieval Heresy: Popular Movements From The Gregorian Reform To The Reformation

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This is the most comprehensive history of the great heretical movements of the Middle Ages since H. C. Lea's pioneering work of 1888. Malcolm Lambert provides a vivid account of the dark, often secret, world of dissent and protest against the medieval churches of Rome and Byzantium.
Published November 11th 1992 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published March 1st 1977)
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The study of the history of heresy is an exercise in imagination. It requires of the historian a near impossible task: to meticulously pick out the facts that are woven in with fictions, to figure out what in the sources were what men and women actually believed, and what was attributed to them by men and women who feared the impact of their ideas and were desperate to discredit them. It also requires an exercise in imagination to determine how and why these heresies could have arisen: a task th ...more
Elizabeth Morgan
A textbook doing a good job of covering such a broad topic over a broad timescale would be far too big for this job this one tries to do: briefly cover the major heretical movements from the 11th to the 16th centuries.

Although aimed at students, this book sadly doesn't put the various heretical movements into much social and political context. I was disheartened to see that events that would have had major impacts on the flourishing or repression of heresies, such as the Great Schism, barely eve
The awkwardness of this textbook is that the only common thread in the movements from those mysterious developments in the 10th century through to the Hussites & Lollards in the 15th is that at some point the Church authorities did not approve of them.

Some of these movements were popular (even if only in certain areas), but others like the followers of Joachim of Fiore, were not. The heresies dealt with cover a huge variety of would be reformers, dualists, evangelists, popularisers and poten
Not deeply convinced of his argument that all western heresies derived from anticlerical sentiment, largely brought on by the recognition that the Gregorian reforms were practically unattainable. I wonder how Christopher Haigh would feel about this.
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this is okay i guess. it didn't really approach the subject from the way i was hoping it would and i didn't rly like the way it was laid out but i have autism
The third times is not the charm. This book does not improve with age.
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