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Benedict of Alignan

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Author(s): Arnold, John H.
Biography Benedict was born into the minor nobility in Languedoc, perhaps as early as 1190, and as a youth joined the Benedictine monastery of Lagrasse (midway between Carcassonne and Narbonne), where he became abbot in 1224. This position implicated him politically as well as spiritually in the Albigensian Crusade (1209-29): in 1226, he attempted to persuade Carcassonne and Béziers to submit to Louis VIII, and played a similarly diplomatic role between Louis and the count of Roussillon. In 1229,…

 Tractatus fidei contra diversos errores

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Author(s): Arnold, John H.
Caput: Firmiter credimus‘Treatise of the faith against various errors’ Benedict of Alignan Date: Begun at some point in the 1240s, completed by 1261 Original Language: Latin Description The Tractatus fidei is a lengthy theological treatise in three books, framed by the tenets and words of the opening canon of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215), ‘Firmiter credimus’. Book 1 focuses on the nature of the Trinity, Book 2 on the nature of Christ, and Book 3 on the nature of the Church. In each case, Benedict expounds briefly on th…