IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1324: Heresy and Politics in the 12th and 13th Centuries

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Gregory Lippiatt, Hertford College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Kevin Lewis, Hertford College, University of Oxford
Paper 1324-aPleasure in the Pyre: Examining the Socio-Political Framework of the Burning of Basil the Bogomil
(Language: English)
Elisabeth Mincin, School of History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Political Thought
Paper 1324-bRalph Niger and the Threat of Heresy
(Language: English)
Hugh Reid, Lincoln College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Crusades, Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1324-cImplementing the negotium pacis et fidei: The Statutes of Pamiers, Heresy, and Social Order, 1212
(Language: English)
Gregory Lippiatt, Hertford College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Crusades, Law, Political Thought

In 12th- and 13th-century Christendom, heresy was an acknowledged problem not only for the purity of the Faith, but also for the health of society more generally. Anxieties about heresy and proposed solutions for eradicating it often fell to the temporal powers when the Church could not effectively correct it by herself. Not only in western Europe, but also in Byzantium, secular authorities were enjoined or worked on their own to combat heresy as a threat to the fabric of society. These papers will explore different actions and reactions taken by political writers and leaders to maintain and enforce orthodoxy.