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Power & PurityCathar Heresy in Medieval Italy$
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Carol Lansing

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149807.001.0001

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The Murder of Parenzo

The Murder of Parenzo

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Power & Purity

Carol Lansing

Oxford University Press

The spread of Cathar beliefs in Italy took place during the period of the collision of civic and ecclesiastical efforts at statebuilding. That conflict gave the Cathar movement a distinctive character. In the 13th century, political and religious ideas were interwoven: beliefs about the nature of the sacraments were closely linked to beliefs about the nature of authority. The brilliant pope Innocent III recognized this fact and directly tied his understanding of papal sovereignty to the definition of heresy. Therefore, the success of Catharism in Orvieto and the other Italian centers of the faith is best understood in the context of contemporary politics. This chapter explores the association between ecclesiastical statebuilding, the early Cathars, and efforts to repress them as heretics.

Keywords:   Catharism, Cathars, statebuilding, Orvieto, heresy, Parenzo, papal sovereignty

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