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The Making of Medieval Antifraternalism: Polemic, Violence, Deviance, and Remembrance

G. Geltner


The mendicant orders—Augustinians, Carmelites, Dominicans, Franciscans, and several other groups—spread across Europe apace from the early thirteenth century, profoundly influencing numerous aspects of medieval life. But, alongside their tremendous success, their members (or friars) also encountered derision, scorn, and even violence. Such opposition, generally known as antifraternalism, is often seen as an ecclesiastical inhouse affair or an ideological response to the brethren’s laxity: both cases registering a moral decline symptomatic of a decadent church. Challenging the accuracy of these ... More

Keywords: mendicant orders, urban violence, anticlericalism, religious polemic, social history, middle ages, urban history, medieval memory and identity, martyrdom, inquisition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199639458
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. Geltner, author
Professor of Medieval History, University of Amsterdam