The Resource Power & purity : Cathar heresy in Medieval Italy, Carol Lansing

Power & purity : Cathar heresy in Medieval Italy, Carol Lansing

Label
Power & purity : Cathar heresy in Medieval Italy
Title
Power & purity
Title remainder
Cathar heresy in Medieval Italy
Statement of responsibility
Carol Lansing
Title variation
Power and purity
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Catharism was a popular medieval heresy based on the belief that the creation of humankind was a disaster in which angelic spirits were trapped in matter by the devil. Their only goal was to escape the body through purification. Cathars denied any value to material life, including the human body, baptism, and the Eucharist, even marriage and childbirth. What could explain the long popularity of such a bleak faith in the towns of southern France and Italy? Power and Purity explores the place of cathar heresy in the life of the medieval Italian town of Orvieto. Based on extensive archival research, it details the social makeup of the Cathar community and argues that the heresy was central to the social and political changes of the 13th century. The late 13th-century repression of Catharism by a local inquisition was part of a larger redefinition of civic and ecclesiastical authority. Author Carol Lansing shows that the faith attracted not an alienated older nobility but artisans, merchants, popular political leaders, and indeed circles of women in Orvieto as well as Florence and Bologna.; Cathar beliefs were not so much a pessimistic anomaly as a part of a larger climate of religious doubt. The teachings on the body and the practice of Cathar holy persons addressed questions of sexual difference and the structure of authority that were key elements of medieval Italian life. The pure lives of the Cathar holy people, both male and female, demonstrated a human capacity for self-restraint that served as a powerful social model in towns torn by violent conflict. This study addresses current debates about the rise of persecution, and argues for a climate of popular toleration. Power and Purity will appeal to historians of society and politics as well as religion and gender studies
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
273/.6
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BX4891.2
LC item number
.L36 1998eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Power & purity : Cathar heresy in Medieval Italy, Carol Lansing
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-260) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm44959204
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 267 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585164007
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, map
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b36461362
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44959204
  • ebsco0585164002

Library Locations

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