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Conclusion The End Of The Path?

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The barbes have followed the Christian community of the Poor of Lyons, called the Waldensians, which originated from the spiritual awakening of Vaudès, when he sought merely to return to two tenets he and his companions deemed fundamental in the Christian message but which had tended to be overlooked: poverty and preaching. Condemned as schismatic in 1184, then as heretics in 1215, the Poor of Lyons were hounded from the Church of Rome; by choosing to defy Church ordinances, they became a dissent. The Waldensian dissent was not eliminated by its persecutors, nor did the followers put an end to the barbes; it was the barbes themselves who decided, by adopting the Reformation, to bring Waldensianism to a close, and in so doing, to put an end to their own role.

Keywords: barbes; dissent; Poor of Lyons; Reformation; Vaudès; Waldensian community



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