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Waldensians And The Catholic Poor

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It is undoubtedly the case that while some recent historiography has enthusiastically sought to establish the connection of the Cathars with Catalonia, there has been a neglect concerning the subject of the Waldensians in the lands of the Crown of Aragon. Yet prior to the advent of the Franciscans and Dominicans, the first Waldensians and the reconciled Catholic Poor played a significant part in the religious history of Aragon and Catalonia. Within the lands of the Crown, they produced one of the more remarkable religious figures of the period of the Albigensian crusade in the person of Durán of Huesca. The main event of May 1212 was the approval of the community of Catholic Poor in Elne. The main purpose of the community would be to assist the poor. The pope was delighted at the prospect of a community dedicated to poverty and charity.

Keywords: Aragon; Catholic Poor; Durán; Huesca; Waldensians



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