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The Cathars

The Cathars

Malcolm D. Lambert

ISBN: 978-0-631-20959-1

Jul 1998, Wiley-Blackwell

352 pages

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$60.95

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This is the first comprehensive account in English of the most feared and the most mysterious of medieval heretics.
List of Illustrations.

List of Maps.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1. The Little Foxes.

2. The First Cathars.

3. The Wise Man from the East.

4. The Growth of Catharism.

5. Innocent III, Heresy and Reform.

6. The First Inquisitors.

7. The Cathars of Languedoc.

8. The Battle for Souls in Italy.

9. The Suffocating of Catharism in Languedoc.

10. The Last Missionary.

11. The Decline of Italian Catharism.

12. Inertia and Survival: the Bosnian Church.

Epilogue: The Legacy of Catharism.

List of Abbreviations.

Index.

"Catharism was the most radical of medieval heresies. Since it touched most areas of Europe in some degree, research on its character and fortunes makes formidable demands on the learning and linguistic ability of any scholar who tackles it, not to mention demands also on his judgement. Malcolm Lambert, well known for his lucid and authoritative writings on medieval heresy, is a match for this challenging task. His new book, The Cathars, is to be welcomed as the most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of the subject now available in English." Alexander Murray, University College, London

<!--end-->"Lambert's command of the literature and his ability to integrate it into a coherent narrative are unmatched. His book deserves to become the standard account of medieval Catharism." Medieval Review

"This is the first comprehensive study in English of the most mysterious and radical of medieval heresies. Malcolm Lambert ... 'combines scholarly investigation with lucid narrative.'" TD Book Survey

"Malcolm Lambert, with deep erudition allied to pristine sensitive prose, masterfully narrates [the] distinctive history [of] the cathars ... The Cathars ... is, quite simply, indispensible." Catholic Historical Review

* The first comprehensive account in English of the most feared and mysterious of medieval heretics.

* Examines the rise and fall of Catharism and its followers from C12 Rhineland through to C15 Bosnia.

* Sets Catharism in the context of medieval Catholicism, assessing the impact and legacy of the heresy for the Church and society at large.

* The first comprehensive account in English of the most feared and mysterious of medieval heretics.

* Examines the rise and fall of Catharism and its followers from C12 Rhineland through to C15 Bosnia.

* Sets Catharism in the context of medieval Catholicism, assessing the impact and legacy of the heresy for the Church and society at large.