Session1024
TitleGoodbye to Heretics?: Discussing Polemical and Inquisitional Discourses on Heresy, I
Date/TimeWednesday 3 July 2013: 09.00-10.30
 
SponsorDepartment for the Study of Religions, Masaryk University, Brno
 
OrganiserDavid Zbíral, Centre for the Digital Research of Religion, Masarykova Univerzita, Brno
 
Moderator/ChairSita Steckel, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
 
Paper 1024-a Truth and Fantasy in Jacques Fournier’s Register
(Language: English)
James Given, Department of History, University of California, Irvine
Index Terms: Archives and Sources; Daily Life; Religious Life; Social History
Paper 1024-b Forming Identity and Legitimizing Leadership: Why the 12th-13th-Century Narratives about the History of Cathar Groups are Not Pure Polemical Fantasy
(Language: English)
David Zbíral, Centre for the Digital Research of Religion, Masarykova Univerzita, Brno
Index Terms: Archives and Sources; Ecclesiastical History; Religious Life; Social History
 
AbstractAt the IMC 2012, twenty-five years after the publication of The Formation of a Persecuting Society: Power and Deviance in Western Europe, 950-1250 by Robert I. Moore, we revisited the topic of the 'formation of persecuting societies'. At this year’s sessions, we will focus on polemical and inquisitional discourses on heresy. We fully acknowledge the contribution of 'deconstructionist' trends in the study of medieval dissident movements, but we will try to show that some conclusions put forward are exaggerated. On the basis of a close reading of the sources - very much in the spirit of Peter Biller’s 'Goodbye to Waldensianism?' (Past and Present, 192, 2006, 3-33) which has inspired the title of the session - we want to show that 1) many polemical and inquisitional sources yield valuable data related to the identities, everyday lives, forms of organization, rituals, and beliefs of the dissidents; 2) polemical and inquisitional discourses on heresy are sometimes being oversimplified; they cannot be reduced to one clear image of heresy, but generate multiple, sometimes even competing images.