Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 24 May 2019

Abstract and Keywords

Medievalists have projected the notion of ‘intellectuals’ back into the middle ages, with various meanings. In this chapter, masters and students of theology are taken as ‘intellectuals’, and ‘simple’ adherents to faith as the ‘masses’. The chapter looks at a mode of thought—theologians and others thinking about people in general blocs—and examines in particular a line of intellectual thought based upon a discussion in Peter Lombard’s Sentences concerning ‘the faith of simple people’: the ways in which medieval ‘intellectuals’ thought about the faith of the ‘masses’. The chapter emphasizes the degree to which Lombard’s discussion, and further commentaries upon this, were the framework of intellectual medieval thought. Finally, the chapter points to other ways of conducting a conversation between medievals and moderns on the theme of clerical intellectuals and the masses.

Keywords: Peter Lombard, medieval thought, belief, quodlibet, inquisition, mendicants

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.