In this project assignment we will examine the ways in which the Catholic Church created catego-ries of otherness and how these intensified the level of persecution in the high and late Middle Ag-es. The Catholic Church underwent many changes throughout this period of time, changes that cul-minated with the decrees of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215). By unifying the church and its members under canonical laws of the council, the ground for persecution was set. Through the crea-tion of categories, the church consequently created outsiders - outsiders who had to be neutralized.
In this project we will analyse the canonical decrees of the Fourth Lateran Council and the guide-lines for recognition in Bernard Gui’s manual for inquisition The Conduct of the Inquisition of Heretical Depravity (a. 1323), with the concepts of historian Robert I. Moore and anthropologist Mary Douglas as theoretical tools. Here we will investigate the categories of otherness, which is put forward, by the Catholic Church. Based on this analysis, the project will further discuss how these categories was a catalyst in establishing an intensified persecution. By implementing the works of Moore and Douglas, we will seek to unfold the relation between social order and symbols of purity in the context of persecution. This project is therefore evidently based on Moores thesis of a perse-cuting society generated through an institutionalization and systematization of the church and its function, and on Douglas’ theory of how dirt creates system.
|Uddannelser||Historie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||16 dec. 2016|
- Bernard Gui