St. Francis and St. Raymond

Kenneth Baxter Wolf

in The Poverty of Riches

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195158083
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834877 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

 St. Francis and St. Raymond

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Francis's particular experiment in poverty must be considered within the context of other contemporary Christian efforts to embrace “holy poverty” as a form of imitatio Christi. Late twelfth‐ and early thirteenth‐century Italy was brimming with such experiments, many of which involved urban laymen of means who, like Francis, renounced their former lives in the world but, unlike Francis, used their resources to assist the poor, typically by establishing hospices. This chapter reviews the so‐called “civic saints” whose lives overlapped that of Francis, with particular attention to Raymond of Piacenza (d. 1200). A former shoemaker, Raymond dedicated his life to a form of voluntary poverty that revolved around helping the poor and sick and advocating for the outcasts of his native town in explicit imitatio Christi.

Keywords: civic saints; hospices; imitatio Christi; laymen; poverty; Raymond of Piacenza; urban

Chapter.  4335 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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