The History of the Waldenses

The History of the Waldenses

19 Parts
6h 39m

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Hundreds of years before the Protestant Reformation struck medieval Europe there was a group of Christians who challenged the primacy of the Catholic Church.

But who were these precursors of Protestantism?

What were their beliefs and how did they influence later rejections of Roman Catholicism?

Following the teachings of Peter Waldo, the Waldenses had emerged in the later twelfth century.

Shunning wealth and translating the Bible in their own language, this religious order that began in southern France quickly came into conflict with the Catholic Church.

By 1215 they were declared heretical by Pope Innocent III.

But unlike other Christian heresies, like the Albigensians, they were not obliterated by a crusade and instead carried on through to the Reformation and even afterwards.

They were however still persecuted for their beliefs, most notoriously in 1545 when Provencal and Papal soldiers killed hundreds or even thousands of Waldenses at Merindol.

J. A. Wylie’s brilliant The History of the Waldenses uncovers the fascinating story of this early reformed church, it is essential reading for anyone interested in discovering more about the origins of Protestantism.

Adventist Pioneer Library
August 28, 2023