The Waldensian Dissent : Persecution and Survival, C.1170-c.1570
The Poor of Lyons, whom their detractors called 'Waldensians' - after the name of their founder Waldo (or Vaudes) - first emerged around 1170 and formed in common with other groups of the period a sect which embraced evangelism, prophecy and poverty. By challenging their prohibition by the lay clergy, and by following the Scripture to the last letter, they suffered excommunication and were condemned as heretics. Forced underground and dispersed widely, they nevertheless managed to maintain contact across Europe, through an established network of itinerant preachers, in Provence and Dauphine, Calabria and Piedmont, Austria and Bohemia, Pomerania, Brandenburg, Silesia and beyond. The Poor of Lyons constituted the only medieval heresy to have survived to the dawn of the so-called 'modern' period. Their tale of simple devotion mixed with a fierce tenacity serves to illuminate aspects of religious belief that have persisted to the present day. This book was first published in 1999.
- Online resource
- 05 Jun 2012
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 4 maps
'This text should be welcomed by all those historians ... who have up to now lacked a comprehensive and worthwhile text for the study of Waldensians.' Caterina Bruschi, Boekbeoordelingen 'Audisio has written a thoroughly competent introduction to the movement.' The Heythrop Journal
Table of contents
List of maps; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. 1170-1215: decisive and purposive origins; 2. The thirteenth century: the need to adapt; 3. The fourteenth century: the challenge of believing differently; 4. The fifteenth century: the risks of longevity; 5. The constraints of a life in hiding; 6. The need to organise; 7. A culture of their own: the written and the spoken word; 8. The sixteenth century: the end as a way forward?; 9. Epilogue: the Waldensian Church; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.