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The Detection of Heresy in Late Medieval England

Ian Forrest

Abstract

Heresy was the most feared crime in the medieval moral universe. It was seen as a social disease capable of poisoning the body politic and shattering the unity of the church. The study of heresy in late medieval England has, to date, focussed largely on the heretics. In consequence, we know very little about how this crime was defined by the churchmen who passed authoritative judgement on it. By examining the drafting, publicizing, and implementing of new laws against heresy using published and unpublished judicial records, this book presents a study of inquisition in medieval England. It argu ... More

Keywords: inquisition, lollardy, John Wyclif, canon law, bishops, Thomas Arundel, Henry Chichele

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199286928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286928.001.0001

Authors

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Ian Forrest, author
Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford
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