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The Dawn Of A Sect

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This chapter explains why the Waldensians, during the inquisitorial trials for example, can be found speaking of their “sect”. At a relatively late date for instance, for the trial took place in 1532, the fact that the inquisitor employed the term six times during interrogations hardly comes as a surprise; what is more astonishing is that the suspect, a young Waldensian preacher called Pierre Griot to whom we shall be returning later, also uses the term eight times, quite spontaneously, when evoking the dissent to which he belonged. The Dominican does utter the expression, “Poor of Lyons”, by which the Waldensians referred to themselves, and which was employed in the early years, to designate them, including in official documents issued by the Roman Church.

Keywords: bishop; Germanic world; Gospel; Guichard; poverty; Vaudès; Waldensian preacher



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