IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1121: Encounters with Heresy in the Central and Later Middle Ages

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Belief and Ideology Research Network, School of History, University of Nottingham
Organiser:Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:John H. Arnold, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Paper 1121-a'Heresy' in Milan, 1167-1254
(Language: English)
Faye Taylor, School of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 1121-b'Heresy' in Quercy in the 1240s: Authorities and Audiences
(Language: English)
Claire Taylor, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1121-cLollardy, Orthodoxy, and Cognitive Psychology
(Language: English)
Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Anthropology, Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life, Social History
Abstract

This session explores, in three distinct contexts, the nature, coherence, and appeal of heresy. The first paper questions the existence of a heretical tradition in Milan in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and asks if this was in fact an ideologically orthodox construction. The second paper seeks to identify the social and ideological conditions in which individuals and families in Quercy in the 1240s embraced seemingly contradictory beliefs through encounters with heretical sects. The third employs cognitive psychology to examine the appeal of Lollard heresy in England, c. 1420–1530, within the context of orthodox religious beliefs and practices.