Source: Taken verbatim on 6 April 2016 from https://web.archive.org/web/20100608123554/http://www.history.vt.edu/Burr/heresy/beguins/Heresy.html, an archived version of a website by David Burr (http://www.history.vt.edu/Burr/heresy/beguins/Heresy.html) that is no longer available:
Translated by David Burr, History Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
The following sources do not pretend to cover all of medieval heresy, a rich and varied affair. They concentrate instead on a single variety, that of the Spiritual Franciscans and Beguins. In effect, there are several sorts of beast here: brief introductions by me designed to give some orientation; a passage from the inquisitor Bernard Gui offering his own general perspective on the heresy; verbal processes, the actual interrogation records of inquisitorial processes; selections from the Franciscan Peter Olivi, whose writings and person were revered by the Spiritual Franciscans and Beguins; and passages from Angelo Clareno, a Spiritual Franciscan leader whose chronicle gives us a remarkable overview of the movement and its fate.
In the verbal processes I have given all names in what I at least imagine to be their French form. Thus Petrus Iohannis Olivi turns into Pierre Déjean Olieu. I urge you to remember that we’re dealing with the same person here, the man whose works I’ve translated in other selections.
Other translation ground rules can be found here.
- Spiritual Franciscans and Beguins: A Brief Introduction
- Bernard Gui on the Beguins
- Confessions from the Sentence of November 11, 1328 at Carcassonne
- Na Prous Boneta, Heresiarch
- Alisseta Boneta, Prous’ Sister
- Alisseta or Alarassis, Prous’ Friend
- Ermessende, Prous’ Would-be Instructor
- Raymundus Johannis, Apostate Franciscan
- Mathieu, a Priest
- Manenta Rosa, a Defunct Relapsed Beguin
Confessions from the Sentence of March 1, 1327 at Carcassonne
- Confessions from the Sentence of July 3, 1323 at Lodève
- The Confession of Bernard Maury, Priest
- The Confession of Pierre Tort
- Peter Olivi’s Apocalypse Commentary
- Peter Olivi on Franciscan Poverty
- Angelo Clareno on an Inquisitorial Torture Session