Earlier scholarship has characterized female Franciscanism as an institution established by Clare of Assisi in collaboration with Saint Francis. This understanding is anachronistic, however, and overlooks the more complicated disputes over what it meant for enclosed women to have a mendicant vocation. This book clarifies Clare’s contributions to these debates by distinguishing the historical figure from the uses made of her legacy by the papacy, the Friars Minor, and, most importantly, the enclosed sisters between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. By examining the diversity of female communities and their complicated institutional formation in medieval Italy, it examines how and when Clare was appropriated as a model of spiritual authority by the women to shape their identity as Franciscans.
Creating Clare of Assisi
Peter V. Loewen, Rice University
Music in Early Franciscan Thought is an interdisciplinary study exploring the broad relevance of music in Franciscan hagiography, art, theology, philosophy, and preaching between 1210 and 1300—a period covering their rapid ascendancy in medieval society as an Order of clerics.
Bert Roest, Radboud University Nijmegen
In Order and Disorder: The Poor Clares between Foundation and Reform, Bert Roest provides an up-to-date and comprehensive history of the Poor Clares from their early beginnings until the sixteenth century.
Edited by Timothy J. Johnson
Francis of Assisi, whose Gospel performance captured the imagination of his day, fostered a movement which was fascinated by the transformative power of the embodied Word. Franciscans and Preaching offers the first extensive English language study of medieval Franciscan preaching.
Edited by Michael F. Cusato and Guy Geltner
The essays in this volume present a fresh approach to the different and shifting ways that the Franciscan Order and its apostlolic activities were perceived - positively and negatively - by men and women in Europe in the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period.
Edited by Timothy J. Johnson
Surveying the broad panorama of medieval Franciscans at prayer, this book offers a nuanced perspective on Franciscan beliefs and spiritual practices that underscores the depth and breath of their mutual passion for the divine and the world they shared.
Edited by Santa Casciani
The essays in this volume address the interrelationship between Dante and the Franciscan intellectual tradition and demonstrate how all disciplines can come together to shed light on how the Franciscan intellectual component informs so much of Dante’s writing and how in turn Franciscan writing ...
Edited by Steven J. McMichael and Susan E. Myers
This volume deals with the friars in their writing and preaching about Jews and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, especially in such areas as theology, biblical exegesis, apocalyptic thought, preaching, economics and art. With contributions by E. Randolph Daniel, David Burr, William ...
Edited by William R. Cook
This volume includes a collection of essays of scholars from several disciplines and focuses on the art produced for the Franciscans in Italy from the 13th to the 15th century. They contain a wide range of subject matter (fresco, panel, stained glass window) and a variety of approaches.
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