Heresy and Authority in Medieval Europe
by Edward Peters
Editor: University of Pennsylvania Press
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Throughout the Middle Ages and modern Europe early theological uniformity has been synonymous with social cohesion in societies which consider themselves bound together to their more fundamental levels by a religion.To maintain a belief against orthodoxy was to fix oneself in opposition consists not only of the church and state, but of an entire culture in all its manifestations.Going from the eleventh century to the fifteenth century, however, dissident movements appeared more frequently, attracted more followers, acquired philosophical knowledge as well as the theological dimensions and occupied more the time and spirit of religious and civil authorities.In the perception of dissent and in the measures taken to deal with it is the history of medieval heresy and the strength it exerts on religious, social, and political communities long after the Middle Ages.In this book, Edward Peters provides a more compact and extensive collection of raw materials in translation on medieval orthodoxy and heterodoxy in the social context.
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