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Heresy and Dissent in the Carolingian Empire: The Case of Gottschalk of Orbais

Matthew Bryan Gillis

Abstract

Heresy and Dissent in the Carolingian Empire: The Case of Gottschalk of Orbais recounts the history of an exceptional ninth-century religious outlaw. Frankish Christianity required obedience to ecclesiastical superiors, voluntary participation in reform, and the belief that salvation was possible for all baptized believers. Yet Gottschalk—a mere priest—developed a controversial, Augustinian-based theology of predestination, claiming that only divine election through grace enabled eternal life. Gottschalk preached to Christians within the Frankish empire—including bishops—and non-Christians bey ... More

Keywords: Gottschalk of Orbais, Carolingian Empire, heresy and dissent, reform, medieval Christianity, Augustine, theology, predestination, martyr, persecution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797586
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198797586.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Bryan Gillis, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville