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Conventuals and observants

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Raffaele da Pornassio argued that the way of life of the conventuals was, in fact, even more authentically Dominican than that of the observants, since it had been followed in the order since its earliest days, was allowed for by the Dominican constitutions with their stress on the necessity of apposite dispensations, and had been practised by such eminent confreres as Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas. The history of the Dominicans in Parma, and especially of their inquisitorial deeds, is colourful to say the least, at times reaching the level of the notorious. The subdistrict of Reggio was also added to Parma when it was separated from that of Ferrara and Modena around 1468. That the reassignment of an inquisitorial district from one of the conventual provinces to the Congregation of Lombardy usually entailed an intensification of inquisitorial activity is corroborated by the case of the subdistrict of Modena.

Keywords: Congregation of Lombardy; conventuals; Dominicans; Maffeo da Parma; observants; Reggio



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