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The Amalrician Heresy and Illuminist Mysticism in the Central Middle Ages


  1. Welcome
  2. Notes on Method Concerning This Website
  3. Statement of Intent
  4. Making Fundamental Distinctions in Religion

The Amalrician Heresy

  1. The Condemnation of the Amalricians 
  2. Amalrician Parishes and Personnel 
  3. A note on the 8th master of theology

Possible Sources of the Amalrician Heresy

  1. Eriugena
  2. Eriugena and the Amalricians
  3. Illuminist Mystics in the Cistercian Order 
  4. Isaac de l’Etoile and Adam de Perseigne 
  5. The Abbot Joachim on Spiritual History
  6. Abbot Joachim’s Book of Illustrations 
  7. Platonism and the ‘Form of Being’ 
  8. Hermetic Teachings in the 12th Century
  9. Bernardus Silvestris’ Bold Synthesis
  10. The Philosophy of David de Dinant

The Ladder of Ascension

  1. Some “Intoxicated” Sufis of Medieval Islam 
  2. The Brethren of Purity 
  3. Alchemy in Early Medieval Islam 
  4. Ibn Sīnā’s Interest in Religion 
  5. Jewish Avicennists in the Andalus 
  6. Muslim Avicennists in the Andalus           
  7. 12th-century Sufis in the Maghrib 
  8. Three Early Latin Avicennist Works 
  9. 12th-Century Latin Alchemy
  10. A note on dating the Latin Morienus 
  11. A Latin Avicennist Mystical Group


  1. The Implications of Mauricius Hyspanus 
  2. The Amalricians’ Place in History

Symeon’s New Theology and Other Studies

  1. A new Messalianism in Byzantium 
  2. The Heretics at Orléans 
  3. The Heretics at Monforte 
  4. Early Catharism in Frankish areas 
  5. Joachim’s Relationship to Judaism 
  6. Possible Jewish Influences on Joachim 
  7. Possible Ismā‘īlī Influence on Joachim 
  8. Debate between Man and the Animals 
  9. The Mirror of Simple Souls 
  10. TRANSLATION: Peregrinatio Animae


  1. Bibliography A: medieval texts concerning the Amalricians 
  2. Bibliography B: modern books or articles referred to in the notes