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From Contemplation To Inquisition: The Franciscan Practice Of Recollection In Sixteenth-Century Spain

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This chapter describes the "way of recollection" championed in the works of three important Franciscan authors: Bernabé de Palma; Francisco de Osuna; and Bernardino de Laredo. It also describes this recollection in its main features; and situates it within the context of the social and religious upheaval of sixteenth-century Spain. The spiritual path or way of recollection was both a manner of praying and a style of living. A complete description of all the authors and works with an influence on the Franciscan texts on recollection would far exceed the limits of this study, as they include Pseudo-Dionysius, the Cappadocian Fathers, Augustine, Bernard and many others. The chapter examines only three, Bonaventure, Hugh of Balma, and Hendrik Herp, if for no other reason, because there is some uncertainty about the way their works were used by the great teachers of recollection.

Keywords: Bernabé de Palma; Bernardino de Laredo; Franciscan practice; Francisco de Osuna; sixteenth-century Spain; way of recollection



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