The Buddhist concept of suffering and pain can be correlated with the cult of pain professed by Catharism
and the aesthetics of Troubadours, the court poets of mediaeval France who professed the art of amor courtis (courtly love) grounded upon the aesthetics of separation and suffering.
The introduction sets out a brief outline of Catharism
and the response it initiated from the Church, emphasising the key nature of the murder of Peter of Castelnau as a trigger for the crusade.
104) But it was no doubt the soundness and attractiveness of Catharism
that proved to be the factor in strengthening as never before the stereotypes and invectives of this ancient Patristic rhetoric.
7) "The flourishing of Catharism
, even if in an apparently remote orbit, occupied part of the universe of western religious, intellectual and cultural revival and expansion known to historians as the Twelfth-century Renaissance" (Tyerman, 571).
75) The testimonies in Toulouse BM MS 609 therefore go some way to illustrate the transformation of Catharism
from a very public and in some ways mendicant operation, to a fragmented and private affair, practised by individuals, often isolated and in hiding.
This collection will be of interest to scholars of medieval Catharism
as well as those who study early Christianity and Late Roman culture.
In the final, deliberately experimental chapter, Bradatan compares Berkeley's denial of the existence of matter with medieval dualistic heresies, in particular Catharism
, in the belief that the comparison affords a better understanding of immaterialism.
3) Among the many studies devoted to this subject, see in particular the books by John Hine Mundy, notably The Repression of Catharism
at Toulouse (the Royal Diploma of 1279) (Toronto: PIMS, 1985), and the recent study by Nicole M.
To this list might be added some forms of dualism such as Bogomilism, Catharism
, Gnosticism, Mandaeanism, Manicheism, Marcionism, Paulicainism, Tondrakianism, Zoroastrianism, and Zurvanism.
Owner Peter has spent some time researching the history of the region where high culture, tolerance, liberalism and the faith of Catharism
took root during the 12th and early 13th century.
Harris recounts the tale of a thirteenth-century bishop of Toulouse, who, on hearing that an old woman had fallen victim to the heresy of Catharism
, had her carried in her sickbed to a nearby field and burned alive.
His theological knowledge is evident as much in his moral tracts, through which he opposed the spread of Catharism
, particularly common in Brescia, as it is in his sermons.
He notes that, in the examples of Catharism
, the Waldenses, and Lollardy, dissident religious thinking, in a preprint era, was disseminated quite successfully and the crucial factor was "state oppression": Luther, he notes, "received political backing and protection" (68).
Pears gives his readers plenty to think about--in his latest book, for instance, neo-Platonism, Catharism
, the meaning of civilization, the eternal questions of ends and means, and characters who embody those ideas in human feeling.
Though he `problemarises' the historical sources written by medieval clerics in comparing them to a series of lenses that distort our view of heresy, Biller nonetheless stops well short of holding that these sources actually create heretics and that Catharism
and Waldensianism were figments of the Inquisitors' overactive imagination.