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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.
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Published November 11th 1992 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published March 1st 1977)
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Jan-Maat
I read the second edition of this book, other editions earlier and late,r will have their own qualities upon which I can not comment.

The subtitle is mildly misleading, not all movements were equally popular and most were endemic
in particular reasons, whereas the Reformation had international tendencies. The awkwardness of this textbook is that the only common thread in all the movements described from those mysterious developments in the 10th century through to the Hussites & Lollards in th
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Katie
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
Victoria
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.
Czarny Pies
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in the area and willing to undertake a very tough slog.
Malcolm Lambert's Medieval Heresy: Popular Movements from the Gregorian Reform to the Reformation is unquestionably an excellent book. I am only giving it four stars because I have not read a great deal in the area. Hence the book could have some serious drawbacks that I am not aware of.
Lambert's book was written to serve as a text book for a course on heresies during the middle age. Overall it does an outstanding job of explaining how the Cathar, Huss, Lollard, Waldensian and several other les
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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
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hay man
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
Lisa
Aug 20, 2012 added it
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