The Innocence Project

'The War on Heresy'

R. I. Moore
Belknap/Harvard, $35, 378 pp.

Medieval heresy is back in fashion. From the conspiracy theories of popular novels to the Pays Cathare tourist billboards in the south of France, the men and women who suffered ecclesiastical aggression in defense of their supposedly heterodox beliefs have recently been lionized as never before.

Yet most of what we think we know about these heretics—their beliefs, their practices, even what they were called—is wrong, argues the celebrated British...

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About the Author

J. Patrick Hornbeck II is assistant professor and asscoiate chair of theology at Fordham University.