Pop Bogomil and the Bulgarian forerunners of Cathar dualism’

The Bogomils are less well known than the Western European Cathars, but are arguably more influential on European spirituality. They emerged in tenth century Bulgaria, itself a new state recently converted to Christianity. Pop (priest) Bogomil and his followers took on some of the major challenges of Christianity. Where did evil come from? What was the role of prayer? What good were priests, monks and images? What was the role of women? The Bogomils tackled all of these questions and experimented with dualism. They were enthusiastic missionaries and provided leadership for the Western Cathars in Italy and Southern France.


Andrew Roach is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Glasgow. he is the author of The Devil’s World; heresy and society (2005) and co-editor (with James R. Simpson)of Heresy and the Making of European Culture (2014).

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Dr. Amy Hale is an Atlanta based writer, curator and critic, ethnographer and folklorist speaking and writing about esoteric history, art, culture, women and Cornwall. She is the author of Ithell Colquhoun: Genius of the Fern Loved Gully (Strange Attractor 2020) and is currently working on several Colquhoun related manuscripts. She is also the editor of Essays on Women in Western Esotericism: Beyond Seeresses and Sea Priestesses (Palgrave 2022). She has contributed gallery texts and essays for a number of institutions including Tate, Camden Arts Centre, Art UK, Arusha Galleries, Heavenly Records and she is a curator and host for the Last Tuesday Society lecture series.

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