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Truth and the Heretic: Crises of Knowledge in Medieval French Literature

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In the Middle Ages, the heretic, more than any other social or religious deviant, was experienced as an imaginary construct. Everyone believed heretics existed, but no one believed himself or herself to be a heretic, even if condemned as such by representatives of the Catholic Church. Those accused of heresy, meanwhile, maintained that they were the good Christians and the ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 15th 2005 by University Of Chicago Press
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Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Karen Sullivan found an aspect of Medieval French literature—and life—that had as a theme been rather neglected by scholars and crafted an astute, certain, and much-needed book that probably few even realized was in fact needed at all. Yet, needed it was, and those who are involved in the study of this period of literature are much better off for her efforts.

The heretic, as Sullivan tells us, was a social figure and thus a literary one, whether or not he or she was a living person in actual lif
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