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Harry Barmby

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My PhD research explores the penances given to Languedocian communities of southern France during the thirteenth century. Although the Albigensian Crusade concluded in 1229, after the peace Treaty of… read more

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My PhD research explores the penances given to Languedocian communities of southern France during the thirteenth century. Although the Albigensian Crusade concluded in 1229, after the peace Treaty of Paris, the Cathar heresy was still a problem for the Catholic Church. The start of the papal inquisition, led by Dominican inquisitors, was the next step in the Church's attempt to suppress the dualist heresy.

Whilst existing literature has covered some specific inquests by inquisitors, a comprehensive investigation into the motivations and rationale behind the punishment of heresy by inquisitors throughout the century is lacking. The analysis of both depositions and inquisitor manuals allows for any patterns in punishment to be highlighted, and a closer look at individual examples helps to shed light on the variety of penances handed out. My research aims to tackle intriguing issues such as why inquisitors chose to send religious dissenters away on long pilgrimages, the extent to which justice and fairness played a role in the imposition of penances, and the potential impact the vast number of penances had on communities. By furthering the research into inquisitorial penances I hope to contribute to the overall understanding of inquisition and the suppression of heresy in Languedoc.

Department of History

University of Nottingham
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