Remembrance: Antifraternalism and Mendicant Identity

G. Geltner

in The Making of Medieval Antifraternalism

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639458
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741098 | DOI:
Remembrance: Antifraternalism and Mendicant Identity

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Medieval mendicants took a more conscious and active role than is commonly thought in forging an antifraternal tradition. Bringing together a variety of texts and images, this chapter documents the ways in which friars and their coeval and later advocates perceived of and represented their own victimhood as a form of Christological suffering. Jointly they helped to turn what appears to be (on the basis of previous chapters) a limited phenomenon into a major cornerstone of the mendicants’ social memory. And, although different orders made different contributions to this effort, in retrospect they fused somewhat disparate incidents into a misleadingly cohesive, lachrymose narrative, which enabled them to perpetuate yet another antifraternal tradition under the legitimizing guise of mendicant suffering and martyrdom.

Keywords: antifraternalism; mendicant orders; martyrdom; Christological suffering; social memory; mendicant historiography; Black Death; inquisition

Chapter.  14645 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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