The Formation of a Persecuting Society: Authority and by Robert I. Moore

By Robert I. Moore

The 10th to the 13th centuries in Europe observed the looks of well known heresy and the institution of the Inquisition, the expropriation and mass homicide of Jews, and the propagation of difficult measures to segregate lepers from the fit and curtail their civil rights. those have been ordinarily visible as targeted and separate advancements, and defined by way of the issues which their sufferers provided to medieval society. during this stimulating e-book, first released in 1987 and now extensively considered as a a vintage in medieval heritage, R. I. Moore argues that the coincidences within the remedy of those and different minority teams can't be defined independently, and that each one are a part of a trend of persecution which now seemed for the 1st time to make Europe develop into, because it has remained, a persecuting society. during this new version, R. I. Moore updates and extends his unique argument with a brand new, ultimate bankruptcy, "A Persecuting Society". right here and in a brand new preface and important bibliography, he considers the effect of a generation's examine and refines his perception of the "persecuting society" for this reason, addressing criticisms of the 1st variation.

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39–66; Wakefield and Evans, Heresies of the High Middle Ages, passim; Peters, Heresy and Authority, passim; Wakefield, Heresy, Crusade and Inquisition, pp. 15–49. indd 21 10/6/2006 9:26:48 AM 22 persecution conflict. By 1165 leaders of the Cathars could openly debate with the bishops of Toulouse and Albi, setting them at defiance before a great meeting of churchmen and nobles at Lombers, near Castres. Thirteen years later a papal mission was greeted with jeers and obscene gestures in Toulouse, though it did succeed in securing the conviction and punishment as Cathar heretics of some prominent citizens.

The patriarchs were usually accorded high civil rank in the imperial hierarchy, and maintained a staff of apostoli through whom they collected taxes from their people all over the empire and exercised discipline over their clergy. This was the ambiguity which continued to govern the relations of the Jews with the other peoples of Europe. By setting them apart it accorded a measure of protection to their religious and cultural identity at the price of exposing them, when the current ran that way, to special obloquy as well as special privilege, and of a dependence on their protectors which made them both peculiarly vulnerable to tyranny and often identifiable as its instruments.

The discovery of a boy’s body in a well at Lincoln in 1255 brought the fever to its peak. The dean had the body of little St Hugh interred beside that of Robert Grosseteste, despite the protest of the boy’s parish priest. A royal justice was prepared to give credence to the accusation that he had been tortured to death by the Jews, who were dragged off to London for trial. Nineteen were hanged, and only the intervention of the king’s brother, Richard of 42 Cohn, Europe’s Inner Demons, pp. 1–22; Moore, Birth of Popular Heresy, pp.

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