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The Poor Of Christ

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In Stettin, Pomerania and Brandenburg, the Celestine monk Peter Zwicker interrogated nearly two hundred people suspected of Waldensian heresy from 1392 to 1394. Inquisitors records are thus particularly rich in information about the Poor of Christ during this era; The term “Waldensian” came to have a generic sense, synonymous quite simply with heretic. In practice, the inquisitors, while priding themselves on identifying each sect, employed a number of different terms to refer to the Poor of Christ. “These heretics are commonly called Waldensians, the Poor of Lyons or the ensavatés”, wrote Bernard Gui in his Practica at the beginning of the fourteenth century.

Keywords: Bernard Gui; Brandenburg; fourteenth century; Pomerania; Poor of Christ; Poor of Lyons; Stettin; Waldensian heresy

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