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Introduction The Way Ahead

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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which focuses on the body of preachers. The Waldensian community as a whole is evoked only insofar as it sheds indispensable light on these men who devoted their lives to its service. It is evident that the preachers cut striking figures in the community. This was not so much on account of their individual personalities or learning, although this was certainly the case for some of them as we shall see later, but because of the lives they led and their status which guaranteed them esteem and authority within the community, while inspiring suspicion and hostility beyond.

Keywords: egalitarian framework; preachers; Protestantism; Waldensian community



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