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Friar Alonso De Espina, Prayer And Medieval Jewish, Muslim And Christian Polemical Literature

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This chapter presents how the prologue to medieval Jewish, Muslim and Christian polemical works takes the form of a prayer in which the authors express their intention to not only give praise to God but also seek divine help in accomplishing the task at hand: defending their faith perspective and religious tradition while simultaneously attacking the errors of the other religion. It focuses on the prologue of the Fortalitium Fidei of the fifteenth-century Franciscan, Alonso de Espina, in which the authors develop a long introduction to his text that appears in a prayer form. The chapter provides a translation, commentary and analysis of Alonso's prayer that constitutes his prologue. It looks at how Alonso presents the prayer life of Jews and Muslims, and evaluates this knowledge in light of the medieval Christian polemical tradition.

Keywords: Alonso de Espina; Fortalitium Fidei; Franciscan prayer; medieval Christian polemical literature; medieval Jewish polemical literature; medieval Muslim polemical literature



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