Heretics and Scholars in the High Middle Ages, 1000-1200

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Penn State Press, Nov 1, 2010 - Religion
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The struggle over fundamental issues erupted with great fury in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. In this book preeminent medievalist Heinrich Fichtenau turns his attention to a new attitude that emerged in Western Europe around the year 1000. This new attitude was exhibited both in the rise of heresy in the general population and in the self-confident rationality of the nascent schools. With his characteristic learning and insight, Fichtenau shows how these two separate intellectual phenomena contributed to a medieval world that was never quite as uniform as might appear from our modern perspective.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Western Heretics in the Eleventh Century
13
The Twelfth Century NonCathars
52
The Twelfth Century Bogomils and Cathars
70
Some Theories About Heresy
105
The Religious and Political Environment
127
Myth and Mystery
153
The Religious Myth Bogomils and Cathars
155
The Intellectual Pursuits of the Early Scholastics
229
The New Schools
267
Early Scholasticism and Heresy
281
A Look Ahead
312
Notes
321
Notes
372
Notes
373
Select Bibliography
375

The Philosophical Myth Platonists
172
Religious Edification and Biblical Exegesis
197
Ratio and Auctoritas
215

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About the author (2010)

Heinrich Fichtenau was president of the Institute for Austrian Historical Research at the University of Vienna from 1962 until his retirement in 1984. Two of his previous books have been translated into English: The Carolingian Empire: The Age of Charlemagne (1956) and Living in the Tenth Century: Mentalities and Social Orders (1991).

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