History | Medieval Heresy
J400 | 2669 | Elliott

TR  2:30P-3:45P BH011

For History Majors only.  Above section COAS intensive writing section and
also requires registration in COAS W333

Heretics are individuals of conscience.  They considered themselves to be
true Christians, but their beliefs were condemned by the Church.  As the
Christian Church evolved from a cult or sect to an institution with
coercive powers, the drive to make the Christian faith more homogenous
simultaneously gave rise to vocal dissidents.  Heresy is not, however,
simply a religious matter: throughout the Middle Ages, social protest took
the form of religious protest.  This course will examine who the heretics
were, what they believed, and what social and economic conditions
stimulated the rise of heresy.  It will also explore the symbiotic
relations between certain orthodox developments (such as reform or
institutionalization) and the rise of heresy.  The course will begin with
the heresies of the early Church (3rd-5th centuries) but will focus
primarily on the high and late Middle Ages (12th-15th centuries).  This is
an intensive writing course which will require a series of short papers
(ca. 3pp.).  Active seminar participation is expected.