Preachers by Night: The Waldensian Barbes (15th-16th by Audisio, G. Prof.

By Audisio, G. Prof.

This paintings lines the background of the barbes, the Waldensian preachers whose itinerant mision maintained the fervent yet clandestine religion of a dissent which from Lyons prolonged throughout a lot of Europe, enduring regardless of the Inquisition, from the 12th-16th century.

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Vauchez, La sainteté en Occident aux derniers siècles du Moyen Age (1198–1431), Rome, Ecole Française de Rome, 1981. 9 G. Gonnet, Enchiridion fontium valdensium, Torino, Claudiana, 1958, p. 51: the document refers to them as humiliatos vel pauperes de Lugduno. 12 chapter one sooner or later, to create problems, and this indeed seems to be the case from 1200, although we have no need to elaborate on this here. Suffice it to say that the situation was curious, to say the least, for we find excommunicated preachers who are neither falling back in line, nor are they being checked and certainly not wiped out.

Jahrhundert, Weimar, Hermann Böhlaus Nachfolger, 1979. 4 D. Kurze, Quellen zur Ketzergeschichte Brandenburgs und Pommerns, Berlin-New York, Walter de Gruyter, 1975. the poor of christ 27 out the whole of Europe, and to what extent non-conformist religious groups had multiplied. Clerics drew up catalogues of heresies and their leading characteristics. 5 For judicial reasons, of course, the inquisitors’ manuals provided lists intended to be exhaustive. 7 Clearly, the courts of faith began by drawing up methodological inventories, only to find themselves faced with a tangled web of heterodoxy.

In my opinion, the first cause was doubtless that the original missionary spirit was lost, or at least toned down. By the second or third generation, the Poor of Lyons were confronted with an unexpected situation. Hounded from society and from the Church, they realised that new followers could no longer be converted; their faith was being passed on from father to son. Whole families had grown up, all adepts of the Poor of Christ. By necessity, they lived by their daily work. Both the growth in their numbers and the permanent threat of persecution meant they could no longer all live as beggars and preachers.

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