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Ketzerflammen in Paris

Dietmar Mieth

Dietmar Mieth: Ketzerflammen in Paris

Dietmar Mieth
Ketzerflammen in Paris - Marguerite Porete, Meister Eckhart und die Intrigen der Inquisition
Hannover, der blaue reiter, 2024
286 pages
ISBN: 978-3-933722-88-1
€ 24,90 

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In 14th century Paris, the funeral pyres were burning. On June 1, 1310, the beguine Marguerite Porete was also condemned to a cruel death by fire by the Inquisition on the Place de Grève for heresy. The mystic and author, who was active during the time of Meister Eckhart, had dared to write a religious textbook as a woman. Her book remains successful, but her name is erased.

Dietmar Mieth tells the story of the people involved in a knowledgeable and exciting way, letting them have their say and justify themselves before an imaginary tribunal. Conflicts of self-determination in faith, the role of femininity in a male-dominated society and the relationships between power, politics and love of faith in the High Middle Ages are unfolded. The result is a historically accurate portrait of life in 14th century France.