Medieval Franciscans prayed in hermitages and churches, on the road and in the piazza, with song and silence. The unique stories of these men and women, as their engaging texts, stunning architecture and breath-taking artwork suggest, are narratives of souls, enfleshed in their respective worlds of the leprosarium, university, or itinerant preaching. The essays in this book foster a nuanced perspective on Franciscan beliefs and spiritual practices by resisting the temptation to reduce their myriad accounts of prayer to an exclusive, univocal spirituality. By displaying the breadth and depth of these medieval Franciscans at prayer, these essays challenge contemporary readers to look anew at this “cloud of witnesses” from the past, who, both lay and religious, promoted a diversity of spiritual expression that found a familial focus in their mutual passion for the divine and the world they shared.
Franciscans at Prayer
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.
Lezlie S. Knox
Drawing upon the writings of medieval women, this book distinguishes the historical figure of Clare of Assisi from the uses made of her spiritual legacy in debates over the role of women in the Franciscan Order in later medieval Italy.
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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