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New Perspectives on Heretical Discourse and Identities

The Waldensians in Historical Context


Edited By Sarah Alyn Stacey and Joanna Poetz

Of particular significance for an understanding of early Church history are the Waldensians, members of a dissident religious movement which originated in France in the twelfth century and resided primarily in the Duchy of Savoy and Northern and Southern Italy, before moving to other parts of Europe. Bringing together contributions by leading scholars in the field, this volume of essays discusses the construction and transmission of Waldensian identity through discourse and cultural production. It highlights in particular the religious and political significance of the Waldensians at an international level, not least with regard to the Reformation and its aftermath. Fundamental to the research presented are the rich holdings of Waldensian manuscripts in the Old Library of Trinity College Dublin and also in Cambridge, Geneva and Grenoble. The volume is divided into two parts and its first section, «Editing Waldensian Texts and Manuscripts», considers Waldensian texts and manuscripts, their circulation, physical characteristics, language and textual sources. The second section, «Constructing Waldensian Identity», examines the shifting representation of Waldensian identity through stereotypes, modern literature, the visual arts and historical accounts; the role played by specific libraries, individuals, gifts, and countries in promoting and fashioning Waldensian identity is also brought to light. A key aim of the volume is to offer a review of research to date and to point to future directions for study.

Contents: Sarah Alyn Stacey: Introductory Essay: Trinity College Dublin as a Waldensian lieu de mémoire – Joanna Poetz: Review of Contributions: Part I – Sarah Alyn Stacey: Review of Contributions: Part II – Editing Waldensian Texts and Manuscripts: Marina Benedetti: Of Manuscripts and Men: The Case of the Waldenses – Caterina Menichetti: Circulation de livres et stratégies de traduction dans les communautés vaudoises (ca. 1500) : pour l’édition critique des Actes des Apôtres en occitan Vaudois – Joanna Poetz: Text and Circulation amongst the Waldensians: The Example of TCD Manuscript 262 – Lothar Vogel: Die Somme le Roi in den Waldenserhandschriften – Andrea Giraudo: The Critical Edition of the Waldensian Sermons: History, Challenges and Further Avenues for Research – Constructing Waldensian Identity: Alfonso Tortora: Una difficile eredità per la Riforma elvetico strasburghese: i valdesi del Mezzogiorno d’Italia – Georg Modestin: The Waldensians of Upper Austria (1395– 1399): The Middle Ages’ «Forgotten Heretics» in Historical Fact and Literary Fiction – Marco Bettassa: « La Tirannie vaudoise »: stereotipi culturali e immagine pubblica dei valdesi tra il ducato sabaudo e il Baden Württemberg – Yutaka Arita: L’Identité vaudoise : l’évolution de la légende sur leur origine depuis la Réforme jusqu’au dix neuvième siècle – Marianne Cailloux: Religion et identité visuelle : les Vaudois et l’image peinte dans les Alpes Occidentales à la fin du Moyen Âge – Marco Fratini: «A step or two nearer to the Anglican Church»: English, Scottish and Irish Contributions to the Creation of the Waldensian Libraries in the Nineteenth Century – Patricia E. McKee: James Henthorn Todd, FTCD: His Work on the Waldensians in the Context of Nineteenth Century Ireland.