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Robert I. Moore: "The War Against Heresy in Europe"

Thursday May 27, 2004
4:00pm, Flying A Room of the University Center

R. I. Moore is a fascinating and controversial scholar; his analysis of medieval heresy in terms of state formation and the rise of persecution has been perhaps the most influential book in medieval history in the last two decades. Moore’s first book, The Origins of European Dissent (1977) was a meticulous analysis of the sources for popular heresy before 1200. A decade later, he stood the problem on its head by arguing in The Formation of a Persecuting Society: Power and Deviance in Western Europe, 950-1250 (1987) that this was was better understood as the rise of organized persecution of groups considered deviant, including Jews, sodomites and lepers as well as heresy. The First European Revolution, c. 970-1215 (2000) is a rewrite of the narrative of the formation of medieval Europe.

Moore is a Professor of History at Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

This talk is generously co-sponsored by
Medieval Studies, the IHC, the History Department and Religious Studies, as well as a grant from the Melllon Foundation.


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