Definition of Albigenses in English:


Line breaks: Al¦bi|gen¦ses
Pronunciation: /ˌalbɪˈɡɛnsiːz
, -ˈdʒɛn-/


A heretical Catharist sect of southern France in the 12th-13th centuries, believing in a form of Manichaean dualism with an extremely strict moral and social code.
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  • Montanists, Paulicians, Albigenses, Waldensians, and even St. Patrick of Ireland as some of the forerunners to the German Anabaptists, who in turn gave rise to the modern Baptist churches.
  • The proclamational approach of the book of Acts had gradually transferred from Rome to the sectarian movements of the early and mid-Middle Ages: e.g., Paulicians, Albigenses, and Waldenses.
  • The Church defined heresy, and repressed it severely, as when Pope Innocent III launched the armed Crusade that brutally repressed the Albigenses and devastated [desolated] much of southern France.


from medieval Latin, from Albiga, the Latin name of Albi in southern France.



adjective& noun
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  • Fontan argued that the Occitans were an ethnic group that had suffered genocide at the time of the Albigensian crusades.
  • A number of historians, notably Sir Steven Runciman, have seen links between gnosticism, the Albigensian beliefs and the Templars.
  • When the Albigensian heresy was abroad in medieval France and Italy there was an actual theological difference based on rebellion against or acceptance of the material world.

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