A religious sect of the Eastern Empire, an offshoot of the
Manichaeans. It originated in an Armenian named Paul, who lived under
Justinian II. Neander says they were the followers of Constantine of
Mananalis, and were called Paulicians because the apostle Paul was
their guide. He says they rejected the worship of the Virgin and of
saints, denied the doctrine of transubstantiation, and maintained the
right of everyone to read the Scriptures freely.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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