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A Presence in Languedoc (12th–13th Centuries)

Taylor, Claire

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Marina Benedetti

Euan Cameron


The expression above was attributed to Pérégrine Gasc, an inquisitorial deponent of Moissac, a town in the diocese of Cahors and the medieval county of Quercy, in 1244. She is referring to her experience of Waldensians in the town of Toulouse and elsewhere in the period before 1230, which is to say, before the birth of the medieval inquisition. Waldensians had operated relatively freely and openly then. Indeed, once expelled from Lyons, anathematised and excommunicated by Pope Lucius iii’s decree Ad abolendam in 1184, when the vast historical Waldensian diaspora began to take shape, the sect had flourished unopposed for some decades to the north of the Pyrenees. Pérégrine’s approach had already been taken by James Carbonnel of Montauban in 1241. He had “believed them to be good people up until the time when the Church had condemned them.” Although he was not entirely believed, that such excuses might conceivably be acceptable to inquisitors is illustrative of the fact that Ad abolendam had been implemented with any success only where secular rulers were opponents of heresy, which was far from the case in Southern France.


Taylor, C. (2022). A Presence in Languedoc (12th–13th Centuries). In M. Benedetti, & E. Cameron (Eds.), A Companion to the Waldenses in the Middle Ages (35-77). Brill Academic Publishers.

Online Publication Date Jun 27, 2022
Publication Date Jun 30, 2022
Deposit Date Jul 10, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jun 28, 2023
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Pages 35-77
Series Title Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition
Series Number 103
Series ISSN 1871-6377
Book Title A Companion to the Waldenses in the Middle Ages
Chapter Number 2
ISBN 9789004410886
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Contract Date Jul 1, 2017


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