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Texts and the Repression of Medieval Heresy

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'Did you see a heretic? When? Where? And, who else was there?'. The inquisitor is questioning, and a suspect is replying; a notary is translating from the vernacular into Latin, and writing it down, abbreviating and omitting at will; later there is the reading out of a sentence in public and then, in a few cases, burning. At every stage there is a text: a list of questions, for example, or an inquisitor's how-to-do it manual. The substance and intention of these texts forms the subject of this book. The introduction brings them all together in an historiographical survey of the role of texts in the suppression of heresy, and the volume is crowned by the Quodlibet lecture, in which the doyen of all heresy historians, Alexander Patschovsky, magisterially surveys the political nature of heresy accusations. The contributors include: Mark Pegg, Peter Biller, Caterina Bruschi, James Given, John Arnold, Jessalyn Bird, Anne Hudson, and Alexander Patschovsky.
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Heresy and society - on the political function of heresy and the Medieval world, Dr Alexander Patschovsky; the construction of orthodoxy and the (de)construction of heretical attacks on the Eucharist in Pastoralia from Peter the Chanter's circle in Paris, Jessalynn Bird; inquisition, texts and discourse, John Arnold; "magan diligentia est habenda per inquisitorem" - precautions before reading Doat 21-26, Caterina Bruschi; questions about questions - manuscript 609 and the Great Inquisition of 1245-6, Mark Pegg; why no food? Waldensian followers in Bernard Gui's "Practica inquisitionis" and "culpe", Peter Biller; "The Beguins in Bernard Gui's "Liber Sententiarum", James B. Given; fingerprinting an anonymous description of the Waldensians - appendix, edition and translation of the "De vita et actibus", Peter Biller; the "register in the register" - reflections on the Doat 32 dossier, Caterina Bruschi; which wyche? the framing of the Lolard heretic and/or saint, Anne Hudson.


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