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The pre-inquisitorial career of Bernard Gui

Low, Ryan Kingman; (2018) The pre-inquisitorial career of Bernard Gui. Masters thesis (M.Phil), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

I have tried to provide an account of Bernard Gui's early career, from his birth in 1261 to his appointment as inquisitor of Toulouse in 1307. Biographical accounts of Bernard are few and far between: a short obituary by his nephew in the early 1330s, entries in early-twentieth-century catalogues such as the Histoire littéraire de la France and Dictionnaire d'histoire et de géographie ecclésiastiques, and the sixteenth volume of the Cahiers de Fajeaux in 1981. This dearth belies the essential space Bernard's texts occupy in the modern study of medieval religious orders, the inquisition, and southern France. Bernard himself deserves a study. The worlds around him were changing quickly. Friars who had known Dominic personally were growing old and dying. Burgeoning royal power came into increasingly dramatic conflict with both religious and secular establishments. Southern France was still recovering (financially, politically, and psychologically) from the Albigensian Crusade and its inquisitions. The texts Bernard chose to produce responded to administrative, political, and social realities in dynamic ways. His written record tells modern historians much about contemporary anxieties and the man who faced them. This thesis utilizes Bernard's history of the Dominican Order to learn more about Bernard himself. The boy who will become inquisitor of Toulouse came of age infatuated with the Dominican Order and its attendant personalities, values, and network. The preservation of the order's institutional values and administrative organization animated his first noteworthy historical work. When the friars and their inquisition came under attack in the years immediately preceding his tenure as inquisitor, Bernard suppressed his sense of betrayal to preserve the order's most important relationships. I hope that through this thesis, readers may encounter Bernard and feel more confident in describing his values, anxieties, and personality.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil
Title: The pre-inquisitorial career of Bernard Gui
Event: UCL
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2018. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061803
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