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The Poor and the Perfect: The Rise of Learning in the Franciscan Order, 1209-1310

Neslihan Senocak


One of the enduring ironies of medieval history is the fact that a group of Italian lay penitents, begging in sackcloths, led by a man who called himself simple and ignorant, turned in a short time into a very popular and respectable order, featuring cardinals and university professors among its ranks. Within a century of its foundation, the Order of Friars Minor could claim hundreds of permanent houses, schools, and libraries across Europe; indeed, alongside the Dominicans, they attracted the best minds and produced many outstanding scholars who were at the forefront of Western philosophical ... More

Keywords: medieval history, Italian lay penitents, Order of Friars Minor, simplicity, Franciscan community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450570
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neslihan Senocak, author
Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University