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The Discipline Of The Heart: Pedagogies Of Prayer In Medieval Franciscan Works Of Religious Instruction

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The words from the Compilatio Assisiensis refer to an aspect of early Franciscan life that easily gets forgotten by historians carried away by the astounding development of the Franciscan order as a major pastoral taskforce in the Church and a strong player in the late medieval landscape of higher education. To emphasize this aspect of the Minorite vocation, this chapter intends to chart how, in the course of the medieval period, prayer continued to be an intrinsic element in Franciscan works of religious instruction. It shows that, through these works of religious instruction, which built both on early Franciscan religious experimentation and on older monastic traditions, Franciscan educators were able to inform novices, professed friars and interested fellow travelers about the properties and techniques of prayer, and its proper performance in relation to other relevant.

Keywords: Compilatio Assisiensis; Franciscan prayer; medieval Franciscan works; religious instruction



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