The Formation of a Persecuting Society: Authority and Deviance in Western Europe 950-1250, 2nd Edition
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Preface to the First Edition.
The Common Enemy.
3. Purity and Danger.
4. Power and Reason.
5. A Persecuting Society.
Bibliographical Excursus: Debating the Persecuting Society.
Praise for the first edition:
"A brilliant account of medieval Europe...it is a pleasure to read an account that is so obviously of importance for our own societies, yet is conceived in a full international context." Times Higher Education Supplement
"A fundamental work of historical sociology, as important in its way as the works of Georges Duby and Mark Bloch...a courageous and wide-ranging thesis." M. T. Clanchy, Times Literary Supplement
- New edition of a classic text in medieval history, written by one of the leading scholars on heresy.
- Argues controversially that the persecution of minority groups - Jews, lepers, heretics - was part of a pattern whereby Europe became, as it has remained, a persecuting society.
- Extends the original argument with a new final chapter.
- Considers the impact of a generation's research and addresses criticisms of the first edition.
- Includes a new preface and critical biography.