Jacopone da Todi

(c. 1230—1306)

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Franciscan poet. He became a Franciscan lay-brother c.1278. In 1294 he and some others were given permission by Celestine V to live in a separate community, observing the rule of the Order in its original strictness. This decision was reversed in 1298 and Jacopone as one of the Spirituals was imprisoned until 1303. He wrote exquisite and deeply devotional poems (Laude) in Latin and the Umbrian dialect. They have traditionally, but probably mistakenly, been thought to include the ‘Stabat Mater’. Feast day (local), 25 Dec.

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

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