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Pope John XXII and his Franciscan CardinalBertrand de la Tour and the Apostolic Poverty Controversy$
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Patrick Nold

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199268757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268757.001.0001

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The Chronicle of ‘Nicholas the Minorite’

The Chronicle of ‘Nicholas the Minorite’

(p.1) 1 The Chronicle of ‘Nicholas the Minorite’
Pope John XXII and his Franciscan Cardinal


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This chapter focuses on re-mapping the famous theological controversy over the poverty of Christ and his apostles with a view towards pinpointing the position of Bertrand de la Tour. It investigates the true identity of ‘Nicholas the Minorite’ and the role that he played in the controversy. It explains that the Chronicle's usefulness as an historical source lies precisely in its unoriginality, in reproducing documents in their original form. It discusses that the sources indicate that consistories on apostolic poverty were held in Avignon during the spring of 1322, suggestive that several Franciscans had replied to Pope John on the question of apostolic poverty before the Order made its ‘official response’ at Perugia in June, which is the first Franciscan reaction in the sequence of the Chronicle. It argues that the Chronicle cannot stand alone as an account of the debate on apostolic poverty.

Keywords:   apostolic poverty, Christ, apostles, Chronicle, Bertrand de la Tour, Franciscan, Pope John XXII, Nicholas the Minorite

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