The Role of Women and Men in the Structures of Dissident Christianity in Medieval Languedoc from the Perspective of Social Network Analysis



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Faculty of Arts

Description For decades scholars have discussed whether any special role was played by women in medieval dissident Christianities in general, and in Languedocian Catharism in particular. However, the tools used to address this question have remained quite limited and unable to provide more than rather anecdotal answers. This paper aims at filling this gap and inquiring systematically into the social networks of Cathar Christianity in Languedoc as portrayed in a set of inquisitional records, using network analytical tools to bring new insights regarding the roles played by women on one side, and men on the other, in the functioning and transmission of this illegal religious culture. A more general aim is to examine the prospects of social network analysis in research into medieval dissident Christianities based on inquisitional records.
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