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'Lupi rapaces in ovium vestimentis': heretics and heresy in Papal correspondence

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Rist, R. (2016) 'Lupi rapaces in ovium vestimentis': heretics and heresy in Papal correspondence. In: Sennis, A. (ed.) Cathars in Question. York Medieval Press , pp. 229-241. ISBN 9781903153680

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Papal letters were issued for the specific purpose of authorizing and encouraging the Albigensian crusade; their purpose was never to inform the reader or listener about the nature of Cathar beliefs or their origins. Indeed it is very likely that neither Innocent III nor Honorius III knew very much about the dualist heresy against which they authorized their crusade. In order to find detailed information on what this prominent group of heretics, popularly called 'Cathars', did and did not believe, who they were and where their beliefs and practices originated, we must look for answers not in papal documents but in other primary sources from the period.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS)
ID Code:66533
Publisher:York Medieval Press

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