The War On Heresy: Faith and Power in Medieval Europe Hardcover – 15 Mar 2012
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Thrilling, unsettling, revelatory (Tom Holland, author of 'Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom')
Beautifully written, measured, searching, and sublimely free from jargon (René Weis, Professor of English, University College London, and author of 'The Yellow Cross: The Story of the Last Cathars, 1290-1329')
A masterfully researched and deeply thought book that tells its exciting and still relevant story with verve and with sympathy for the victims of the war on heresy (Anders Winroth, Professor of History, Yale University, and author of 'The Conversion of Scandinavia')
A brilliant and sobering meditation... The War on Heresy is a triumph (Conrad Leyser Standpoint 2012-03-01)
Moore makes a very powerful case ... If only half of his revolutionary new claims are accepted, every encyclopaedia entry on the Cathars will gave to be completely rewritten. (Noel Malcolm Sunday Telegraph 2012-03-25)
Moore's latest book is as good, and as provocative, as anything he has produced ... The book is one of the finest accounts of medieval heresy that you are likely to encounter ... serves to enhance Moore's status as one of the finest historians of medieval heresy. (Jonathan Wright BBC History Magazine 2012-05-01)
A very important book (John Arnold History Today 2012-05-01)
A lucid narrative, rich in anecdote ... elegant and intelligent (Nicholas Vincent Literary Review 2012-05-01)
Moore makes a very powerful case in this new study and if some of his revolutionary new claims are accepted, many views on the Cathars will have to be revised. (John Hinton Catholic Herald 2012-06-15)
Remarkable . . . a brilliant demonstration of the infinitely challenging truth that the questions we ask profoundly shape the answers we find (Helen Castor THES 2012-07-19)
A brilliant book (Paul Richardson Church of England Newspaper 2012-11-04)
The problem here is that of course our own scholarly constructions, not least of medieval Catharism, can be no less rickety [than fictional ones as in The Name of the Rose], an enduring problem recently tackled by one of the great heresiarch-turned-pontiffs of the field, R. I. Moore. (Andrew Roach and James R. Simpson Heresy and the Making of European Culture: Medieval and Modern Perspectives 2013-09-17)
A passionate history of the great war on heresy which dominated medieval Europe.See all Product Description
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Taking each campaign of action against heresy in turn, the author shows how there was little in the way of an organised Cathar grouping, but that there was quite widespread support for a range of beliefs that were consdidered heretical by the Catholic church - refusing to eat meat, or to engage in proctreative activity were rather dangerous positions for people to take.
Overall this series of analyses can be a little pedanatic, as the author concedes in the afterward, but for those with strong knowledge of the period there is likely to much of interest and to stimulate further debate
By the eleventh century, from when the action in this book really kicks off, Western Europe was predominantly Roman Catholic, and the Pope and Church had representatives in every kingdom. During the eleventh century, proceedings against `heretics' picked up in a big way; yet, as the author points out, many of these proceedings were politically motivated against the ruler or powers that protected the victims that were accused of heresy. So heresy became a way to embarrass or undermine those in authority. There were also, of course, purely religious accusations - and those most well known during the medieval period were against the Cathars and the Waldensians.
This is a most interesting book, which gives the reader much to ponder. It is not particularly easy to read; not that it is a dense, scholarly book, rather that much of the work covers new ways of looking at concepts and new interpretations that you need to consider closely as you progress through the book. Thus, it is probably most beneficial to approach if you already have a working knowledge of Medieval Europe and some of the major features and players of the time.
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A glance through its pages reveals a well-researched book with very readable narrative. R.I. Moore can be relied upon to deliver a great read.Published 17 months ago by Samacitta
Anyone wanting to explore the crusades against heresy should read this. Through analysis of prime source documents Professor Moore demonstrates that it was not a war against... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tudor History Tutor
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