Paris (France) -- Intellectual life, Social ethics -- History -- To 1500, Church history -- 13th century


The faculty of theology within the medieval University of Paris formed a major node within the social network of thirteenth-century Europe. Through an analysis of papal and university statutes concerning the development of a defined understanding of heresy, an overview of the historiographic methodologies traditionally used in studying such a topic, and a prosopographically-based analysis of the actions taken by Pope Innocent III and a small circle of theologians at Paris, we hope to come to a more clarified understanding of the political motivations which drove academic and papal reform within the thirteenth century. More specifically, this study aims to examine how the papacy worked to directly alter both the curriculum and the faculty at the University of Paris, in order to utilize the department of theology therein as a political platform for the pope's own cause: an effort to coerce the throne of France to go to war with the heretics of Occitania.



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