On one end of this argument is the staunch skeptic Mark Gregory Pegg, who asserts that "between the Rhone and Garonne Rivers in the twelfth century there was no Catharism
and there was no 'heresy of the good men and women'" (38).
The crusades were partly motivated by millennial expectations, and during the thirteenth century no fewer than seven were conducted, some directed at internal cancers like Catharism
. The translation is competent but burdened by overlong sentences.
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).
The manuscript (Toulouse, Bibliotheque municipale, MS 609), which contains what remains of what was originally ten volumes of documentation recorded in this inquisition between 1245 and 1246, has been analysed very thoroughly by Mark Pegg and others for what it contains about ideas and practices of that nebulous heresy of 'Catharism
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.
Early inquisitions were directed at common heresies (e.g., Catharism
, Waldensianism, etc.) and at Judaism and Islam.