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Adamites

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

A small early Christian sect who aimed at returning to primitive innocence by the practice of nudity.

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Alps

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Of Celtic origin, the word “Alps” means “high summit”, “rock”, and designates the largest and highest of the European mountain ranges, extending in the form of an arc 1000 kilometres ...

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anticlericalism

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The opposition to the secular influence of the Church, usually the Roman Catholic Church. It was a major theme in the domestic politics of several European countries during the late...

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Antonio Possevino

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Bibliography.

(c.1533–1611),

Jesuit missionary and papal diplomat, born in Mantua, where he entered the Jesuits in 1559. The following year he was sent to work amongst the Waldenses in Piedmont,...

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apostolic life

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Religious life based on the model of the Apostles. Associated with monks, who claimed the Apostles were the first monks, it was adopted by heretics around the year 1000. In ...

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barbe

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

A title used by the Waldenses of their preachers.

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brief, church

Overview page. Subjects: History — Christianity.

Warrants (usually royal, but sometimes issued by bishops or archbishops) authorizing collections for specific charitable purposes. In England after the Reformation Church briefs were the...

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Cathars

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

A member of a heretical medieval Christian sect which professed a form of Manichaean dualism and sought to achieve great spiritual purity. The name is recorded in English from the mid 17th...

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Claudius

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(d. after 827),

Bp. of Turin from c.817. He made a series of attacks on image-worship, relics, the adoration of the Cross, and every visible sign of Christ's life, as well as on...

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Conrad of Marburg

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(c.1180–1233),

Inquisitor. He was charged with reforming missions in Germany and won the confidence of the Landgrave Ludwig IV of Thuringia; in 1225 he became the director and...

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