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Author Gillis, Matthew Bryan,
Title Heresy and dissent in the Carolingian Empire : the case of Gottschalk of Orbais / Matthew Bryan Gillis.
Imprint Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Edition First edition.

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Author Gillis, Matthew Bryan,
Subject Gottschalk, of Orbais, approximately 803-approximately 867.
Gottschalk, of Orbais, approximately 803-approximately 867 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Predestination -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Christian heresies -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Religion and politics -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Europe -- History -- 392-814.
Description 1 online resource
Edition First edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Heresy and dissent in the Carolingian Empire recounts the history of an exceptional ninth-century religious outlaw, Gottschalk of Orbais. Frankish Christianity required obedience to ecclesiastical superiors, voluntary participation in reform, and the belief that salvation was possible for all baptized believers. Yet Gottschalk-a mere priest-developed a controversial, Augustinian-based theology of predestination, claiming that only divine election through grace enabled eternal life. Gottschalk preached to Christians within the Frankish empire-including bishops-and non-Christians beyond its borders, scandalously demanding they confess his doctrine or be revealed as wicked reprobates. Even after his condemnations for heresy in the late 840s, Gottschalk continued his activities from prison thanks to monks who smuggled his pamphlets to a subterranean community of supporters. This study reconstructs the career of the Carolingian Empire's foremost religious dissenter in order to imagine that empire from the perspective of someone who worked to subvert its most fundamental beliefs. Examining the surviving evidence (including his own writings), Matthew Gillis analyzes Gottschalk's literary and spiritual self-representations, his modes of argument, his prophetic claims to martyrdom and miraculous powers, and his shocking defiance to bishops as strategies for influencing contemporaries in changing political circumstances. In the larger history of medieval heresy and dissent, Gottschalk's case reveals how the Carolingian Empire preserved order within the church through coercive reform. The hierarchy compelled Christians to accept correction of perceived sins and errors, while punishing as sources of spiritual corruption those rare dissenters who resisted its authority.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 20, 2017).
Contents The scandals of God's servant -- A monk against his Abbot, 829 -- Betrayal and injustice in the early 830's -- A missionary of grace, ca. 835-848 -- A theologian-martyr in 849 -- Letters from prison, 849-851 -- A master of subterranean dissent, 850's -- Resisting heresy unto death in the 860's -- Heresy and dissent in the Carolingian empire.
ISBN 0192518275 (electronic bk.)
9780192518279 (electronic bk.)
9780192518286 (electronic bk.)
0192518283 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 971590725
Additional Format Print version: Gillis, Matthew Bryan. Heresy and Dissent in the Carolingian Empire : The Case of Gottschalk of Orbais. Oxford : OUP Oxford, 2017.

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