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This chapter retraces the clandestine mission of the Waldensian barbes who gathered their flocks, read to them, preached and heard their confessions and who, in return were helped, financed and protected by their followers. There can be no doubting that they were given pride of place in the Waldensian community, representing the backbone, the structure of the organisation. They brought unity to the diaspora, however far flung it became, however much it broke down into smaller and smaller units, sometimes mere families within which, from generation to generation, whatever perils were to be faced, the dissent was handed down; in their eyes it was the light of truth.

Keywords: barbes’ mission; confession; flocks; preachers; Waldensian community



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