Truth and the Heretic: Crises of Knowledge in Medieval French Literature

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In the Middle Ages, the heretic, more than any other social or religious deviant, was experienced as an imaginary construct. Everyone believed heretics existed, but no one believed himself or herself to be a heretic, even if condemned as such by representatives of the Catholic Church. Those accused of heresy, meanwhile, maintained that they were the good Christians and their accusers were the false ones. Exploring the figure of the heretic in Catholic writings of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries as well as the heretic ...

Truth and the Heretic: Crises of Knowledge in Medieval French Literature 2005, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226781693

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