Heretic Lives: Medieval Heresy from Bogomil and the Cathars to Wyclif and Hus

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Profile, 2007 - Christian heresies - 248 pages
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Michael Frassetto's account of five centuries of social and spiritual turmoil is a vivid and telling mix of events, personality and ideas. His cast of characters includes Bogomil, an obscure priest of the Balkan countryside who introduced 'Manichaean' ideas to his parishioners; Henry the monk, the first true heresiarch, who eluded his captors and prepared Languedoc for the Cathars; Valdes the rich merchant who renounced worldly goods to found the movement that would evolve into the Waldensian Church; Pierre Autier, last of the Cathar 'perfects'; and John Wyclif the gentle Oxford scholar who with his disciple the Czech priest Jan Hus - the first disinterred from his grave in an English country churchyard, the other burnt as an urban spectacle - heralded the Reformation. This is history replete with passion, terror and hope, a key to the heart of medieval Europe.

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More than perhaps any other time, the average person of the European middle ages found their identity bound up in religious and moral norms. In this book, Michael Frassetto discusses what can happen ... Read full review

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Fascinating read on a difficult subject. Frassetto is sympathetic yet objective in his assessments of the various unorthodox teachings that began circulating late in the Middle Ages. He does a great ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Michael Frassetto is the religion editor for the Encyclopaedia Britannica and teaches history at the University of Delaware. He has written extensively on the history of medieval heresy and religion and society.

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