Overlapping Networks. Beguins, Franciscans, and Poor Clares at the Crossroads of a Shared Spirituality

Nieto-Isabel, Delfi I. (2017) Overlapping Networks. Beguins, Franciscans, and Poor Clares at the Crossroads of a Shared Spirituality. In: Clarisas y dominicas. Modelos de implantación, filiación, promoción y devoción en la Península Ibérica, Cerdeña, Nápoles y Sicilia. Reti Medievali. E-Book (31). Firenze University Press, Firenze, pp. 429-448. ISBN 978-88-6453-615-6

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Abstract

During the last quarter of the thirteenth century, the Order of Saint Francis underwent a crucial period in the definition of its own identity, while, at the same time, lay communities of men and women were already sensitised both to the idea of spiritual poverty and to the Joachite prophecies announcing the advent of a new era of illumination. In the case of southern France, the influence of Spiritual Franciscans at the beginning of the fourteenth century was undeniable, so much so that their extreme pauperistic discourse and their apocalyptic expectations pervaded lay society, resulting in the Beguin movement of Languedoc that would ultimately be persecuted as heretic. It is a fact that the region was also crowded with Clarissan convents, but, apparently, Spiritual Franciscans and Poor Clares remained within independent spiritual spheres. The goal of this paper is to outline the diaspora of the Beguins of Languedoc and the persecuted Spiritual Franciscans in order to search for the confluence between them and the female rigorist branch that shared their same spiritual roots, that is, the Order of Saint Clare.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Nella sezione "Cataluña y el Reino de Mallorca: paisajes, redes, devociones y prácticas".
Uncontrolled Keywords: Middle Ages, 13th-14th centuries, Languedoc, Beguins, Spiritual Franciscans, Poor Clares, Networks, Apocalyptic views, Poverty
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Depositing User: dr Vincenzo De Luise
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2018 05:05
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2018 05:05
URI: http://www.rmoa.unina.it/id/eprint/4789

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