Waldenses: Rejections of Holy Church in Medieval Europe
February 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
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.
- The only recent scholarly study in English wholly devoted to
the medieval Waldenses over the entire period of their
- 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.
"[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
"A scholarly account ranging from the late twelfth century to
the Reformation..." Missiology: An International
"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