The New Middle Ages

Religion, Power, and Resistance from the Eleventh to the Sixteenth Centuries

Playing the Heresy Card

Editors: Bollermann, K., Izbicki, T., Nederman, C. (Eds.)

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Addressing the myriad ways in which heresy accusations could fulfill political aims during the Middle Ages, this collection shows acts of heresy were not just influenced by religion. Essays examine individual cases, in addition to the close relationship of orthodoxy and political dominance in medieval games of power.

About the authors

Thomas A. Fudge, University of New England, Australia Frank Godthardt, Independent Researcher, Germany Henry Ansgar Kelly, University of California, Los Angeles, USA Bettina Koch, Virginia Tech University, USA Andrew E. Larsen, Marquette University, USA John Phillip Lomax, Ohio Northern University, USA Jerry B. Pierce, Penn State Hazleton University, USA Takashi Shogimen, University of Otago, New Zealand Thomas Turley, Santa Clara University, USA

Reviews

"These original essays consider key occasions on which accusations and persecutions of heresy in premodern Western Europe possessed strong political as well as doctrinal dimensions. Together, they challenge formidably the argument of the 'persecuting society' whose driving agency was an ecclesiastical elite, and they open the motives of heresy prosecution to a broader range of social forces. The volume is a major contribution to the lively current scholarship on the subject." - Edward Peters, Henry Charles Lea Professor Emeritus of History, University of Pennsylvania, USA

"Gambling metaphors structure this ground-breaking collection and reflect the chancy nature of political and religious dissent, as well as the book's own wager that we will profit from a shift in the traditional emphasis on enforcement to the ways in which accusations could be employed, especially to fulfill political aims - from Joan of Arc to Joachim, from Cathars to conciliarism, from Christian concepts of heresy to Muslim notions of apostasy." - Gerald Christianson, Emeritus Professor of Church History, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, USA

"The history of heresy in Christian Europe of the Middle Ages was always a complex brew of ideas and politics. Personal connections counted, and so did the property interests of powerful people and orders. This outstanding collection of detailed studies makes it clear that many of the prevailing generalizations about heresy are no longer valid. The final chapter is an eye-opening study of reactions to heterodoxy in the Muslim world of the time: major thinkers there were more worried about apostasy than heresy, but the political dimension was never absent. Some things never change." - John Christian Laursen, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Riverside, USA


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bollermann, Karen (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Standing in Abelard’s Shadow: Gilbert of Poitiers, the 1148 Council of Rheims, and the Politics of Ideas

    Bollermann, Karen (et al.)

    Pages 13-36

  • Secular Politics and Academic Condemnation at Oxford, 1358–1411

    Larsen, Andrew E.

    Pages 37-53

  • “O Cursed Judas”: Formal Heresy Accusations Against Jan Hus

    Fudge, Thomas A.

    Pages 55-80

  • Questions of Due Process and Conviction in the Trial of Joan of Arc

    Kelly, Henry Ansgar

    Pages 81-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religion, Power, and Resistance from the Eleventh to the Sixteenth Centuries
Book Subtitle
Playing the Heresy Card
Editors
  • K. Bollermann
  • T. Izbicki
  • C. Nederman
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Karen Bollermann, Thomas M. Izbicki, and Cary J. Nederman
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-43105-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137431059
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-43104-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-49221-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 242
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