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By Carol Lansing

Catharism used to be a well-liked medieval heresy according to the idea that the construction of humankind was once a catastrophe during which angelic spirits have been trapped in subject through the satan. Their merely aim used to be to flee the physique via purification. Cathars denied any price to fabric existence, together with the human physique, baptism, and the Eucharist, even marriage and childbirth. What may well clarify the lengthy acclaim for any such bleak religion within the cities of southern France and Italy? Power and Purity explores where of cathar heresy within the lifetime of the medieval Italian city of Orvieto. according to huge archival examine, it information the social make-up of the Cathar neighborhood and argues that the heresy used to be valuable to the social and political adjustments of the thirteenth century. The past due 13th-century repression of Catharism via a neighborhood inquisition was once a part of a bigger redefinition of civic and ecclesiastical authority. writer Carol Lansing exhibits that the religion attracted no longer an alienated older the Aristocracy yet artisans, retailers, well known political leaders, and certainly circles of girls in Orvieto in addition to Florence and Bologna. Cathar ideals weren't rather a lot a pessimistic anomaly as part of a bigger weather of spiritual doubt. the lessons at the physique and the perform of Cathar holy individuals addressed questions of sexual distinction and the constitution of authority that have been key parts of medieval Italian existence. The natural lives of the Cathar holy humans, either female and male, validated a human potential for self-restraint that served as a robust social version in cities torn through violent clash. This learn addresses present debates concerning the upward push of persecution, and argues for a weather of well known toleration. Power and Purity will entice historians of society and politics in addition to faith and gender reviews.

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The author of Parenzo's passion portrayed them as Manichee heretics, but: it is very clear that 42 THE P O L I T I C S OP THE C A T H A R S opposition to his judicial proceedings and fiscal exactions was a critical motive. Surely the two were bound up together. The early Cathars who can be identified derived from rising urban families and were prosperous townsmen who worked to build independent civic institutions and then benefited from them. It is not surprising that they resented papal interference and the presence and exactions of the rector.

They had titles, which were surely derived from the commune. Toncelle by the time of the 1292 catasto nevertheless held substantial rural property. I have seen no evidence of mercantile or banking interests. 71 He, too, was civic treasurer as early as 1234, taking part in the settlement of a dispute between the commune and the bishop in which the commune paid a large sum in exchange for the bishop's lifting of a ban of excommunication from the town and its residents. 72 As discussed later, he enjoyed a distinguished career and for a time virtually ran the commune as prior of the arts.

The two began their efforts against, heresy with an amnesty. Up to a certain date, heretics were allowed to return freely to the Church. 44 Perhaps'S this reference was to Cathar merchants or moneylenders, stereotypically avaricious. Again, there are few clues either to the scale of this effort or to its targets, and it is not at all clear how much political and military support Parenzo could muster. There is good evidence that Orvietans were unhappy about the weight of his fiscal exactions, which included securities posted to guarantee good behavior.

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