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Originally a term of contempt for heretical Franciscans, it was applied to two groups, both mainly confined to Italy and extinct by 1500. The Fraticelli de Paupere Vita were followers of Angelo Clareno (d. 1337); the Fraticelli de Opinione, followers of Michael de Cesena (d. 1342), were organized as a Church with their own bishops, priests, and women preachers.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.

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