Peace and Truce of God

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The Peace of God was a movement begun by bishops in southern France around 990 CE to limit the violence done to property and to the unarmed.[1]

The Truce of God extended the Peace by setting aside certain days of the week when violence was not allowed.[2] Where the Peace of God limited violence against the church and the poor, the Truce of God was about preventing fighting between Christians, especially knights.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Thomas Head, The Peace of God: Social Violence and Religious Response in France Around the Year 1000 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1992), p. 4
  2. Adriaan H. Bredero, Christendom and Christianity in the Middle Ages (Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1994), p. 110
  3. Thomas Head, The Peace of God: Social Violence and Religious Response in France Around the Year 1000 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1992), p. 7