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The Medieval Manichee: A Study of the Christian Dualist Heresy

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A reissue of a classic study of the Dualist heresy, which spread across Europe from Western Asia to find its fullest expression among the Cathars of Southern France and Italy. Contains a short new preface and revised bibliography.
Paperback, 228 pages
Published September 16th 1982 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 1961)
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Justin Evans
I found The Medieval Manichee for a dollar a few months ago. I'd never hard of it, didn't connect this Runciman with the Runciman who wrote about the Crusades or the Sicilian Vespers, but couldn't go past such a fabulous title or subtitle.

There's not much to review: it's out of date in some particulars, but a solid overview of the Big Dualist Heresies, from the Paulicians to Cathars. Most importantly, Runciman writes more or less in the language of the (self-described) orthodox, but ironically
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A King's Scholar at Eton College, he was an exact contemporary and close friend of George Orwell. While there, they both studied French under Aldous Huxley. In 1921 he entered Trinity College, Cambridge as a history scholar and studied under J.B. Bury, becoming, as Runciman later commented, "his first, and only, student." At first the reclusive Bury tried to brush him off; then, when Runciman ment ...more
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