From the Archives: A Barba of San Martino (1451) This is an excerpt from a written account of the heresy trial of Filippo Regis. Waldensians were routinely questioned about their knowledge of the elusive barba—the itinerant Waldensian spiritual leaders. Such accounts are often distorted: it is unlikely a barba would have taught to deny the virgin Birth, or to deny that "the sons" could perform miracles.
1517 Luther Posts the 95 Theses An obscure monk invited debate on a pressing church issue—and touched off a history-shattering reform movement. Eric W. Gritsch