crutched Friars

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A general name given to several religious congregations, mostly of canons regular, whose history is obscure. The name comes from their habit of carrying a cross in their hands or having one sewn on the front of their habit. One such community, founded in Flanders (c.1210) by Theodore of Celles, expanded into neighbouring countries; it was almost extinguished in the French Revolution, but has experienced a revival.

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