A passionate history of the great war on heresy which dominated medieval Europe.
R. I. Moore is professor emeritus of Medieval History at Newcastle University. His books include The Formation of a Persecuting Society: Western Europe 950-1250, described by the Guardian as 'One of the most influential and controversial books of medieval history of the last 20 years'; and The First European Revolution reviewed in History as 'So well researched and argued that even though it asks the reader to accept yet one more period as revolutionary, it is entirely convincing'. He is also the editor of the Blackwell History of the World series.
Thrilling, unsettling, revelatory -- Tom Holland, author of 'Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom'
Beautifully written, measured, searching, and sublimely free from jargon -- Rene Weis, Professor of English, University College London, and author of 'The Yellow Cross: The Story of the Last Cathars, 1290-1329'
A masterfully researched and deeply thought book that tells its exciting and still relevant story with verve and with sympathy for the victims of the war on heresy -- Anders Winroth, Professor of History, Yale University, and author of 'The Conversion of Scandinavia'
A brilliant and sobering meditation... The War on Heresy is a triumph -- Conrad Leyser * Standpoint *
Moore makes a very powerful case ... If only half of his revolutionary new claims are accepted, every encyclopaedia entry on the Cathars will gave to be completely rewritten. -- Noel Malcolm * Sunday Telegraph *
Moore's latest book is as good, and as provocative, as anything he has produced ... The book is one of the finest accounts of medieval heresy that you are likely to encounter ... serves to enhance Moore's status as one of the finest historians of medieval heresy. -- Jonathan Wright * BBC History Magazine *
A very important book -- John Arnold * History Today *
A lucid narrative, rich in anecdote ... elegant and intelligent -- Nicholas Vincent * Literary Review *
Moore makes a very powerful case in this new study and if some of his revolutionary new claims are accepted, many views on the Cathars will have to be revised. -- John Hinton * Catholic Herald *
Remarkable . . . a brilliant demonstration of the infinitely challenging truth that the questions we ask profoundly shape the answers we find -- Helen Castor * THES *
A brilliant book -- Paul Richardson * Church of England Newspaper *
The problem here is that of course our own scholarly constructions, not least of medieval Catharism, can be no less rickety [than fictional ones as in The Name of the Rose], an enduring problem recently tackled by one of the great heresiarch-turned-pontiffs of the field, R. I. Moore. -- Andrew Roach and James R. Simpson * Heresy and the Making of European Culture: Medieval and Modern Perspectives *