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Waldenses: Rejections of Holy Church in Medieval Europe

ISBN: 978-0-631-22497-6
352 pages
February 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
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This is the first one-volume scholarly account in English of the Waldenses - a movement comprising various forms of religious dissidence and self-expression that was founded in the late twelfth century.
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Part I: The First Phase.

1. Before Heresy: Valdesius and the Poor Brethren at Lyons to 1184.

2. Disobedient Preachers, 1184-c. 1210.

3. The Lombard 'Poor in Spirit', c. 1205-c. 1240.

4. The Reconciliations with Rome, 1208-1212.

Part II: The Age of Inquisition, 13th-15th Centuries.

Introduction: The Impact of Organized Inquisitorial Activity.

5. Waldenses in Occitan France c. 1220-1320.

6. Germany and Eastern Europe.

7. The South-Western Alps.

Part III: The Alpine Waldenses Confront the Reformation.

8. The Alpine 'Barbes' and Their Culture c. 1520.

9. The Encounters of 1530-2 and Their Outcomes.

10. Calvin's Geneva Takes Over in Piedmont, 1555-1565.

Epilogue: The Waldenses as Persecuted Martyrs and the 'True Church'.

Conclusions and Reflections.



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Euan Cameron is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is author of The European Reformation (1991) and editor of Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History (1999) and has published a number of journal articles on heresy and the Reformation. His first book on Waldensian heresy, The Reformation of the Heretics, was published in 1984.
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  • The only recent scholarly study in English wholly devoted to the medieval Waldenses over the entire period of their existence.
  • Synthesises earlier work on the Waldenses which has often revealed different and contradictory aspects of the subject.
  • Provides a careful dissection of the full range of primary sources in the light of recent literature.
  • Considers the extent to which the Waldenses affected other religious groups.

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"... exemplary in its clarity and comprehensiveness and will easily count as the standard treatment in the subject for years to come." Times Literary Supplement <!--end-->

"[Cameron's] command of the difficult and controversial evidence is masterly throughout this study, and his grasp of the ideas which formed the movement, and the different approaches of the new Protestantism, is outstanding. This book will provide a starting-point for future study of the Waldenses." Journal of Theological Studies

"A scholarly account ranging from the late twelfth century to the Reformation..." Missiology: An International Review

"Waldenses is a lucid, nuanced, and intelligent assesment of the history of this diverse group of medieval dissenters.... Cameron's assesments are penetraing and sound... [the book] should find its way onto the bookshelves of many scholars and students interested in medieval religious cultures." Shannon McSheffrey, Concordia University

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