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Arnold of Brescia
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(c. 1100, Brescia – 1155, Rome). Arnold, who may have been a pupil of Abelard in Paris 1115–1120, was an Augustinian Canon and possibly provost of the monastery of San Pietro a Ripa in Brescia. There, in contact with Cathari and Waldensians, he supported the reform program of the Patarines, opposing simony and encouraging apostolic poverty. Accused by Innocent II and condemned by the second Lateran Council in 1139, he fled to Paris, where he succeeded to the chair that Abelard had occupied. In 1141 he defended Abelard at the Council of Sens. When Bernard of Clairvaux attacke…

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Rieger, Reinhold, “Arnold of Brescia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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