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The Fabrist Background To The Navarrian Network

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To understand how the Navarrian Network originated, one need to look back to its antecedents, ante illustrationem Evangelii, when circles of Christian humanists and reforming bishops, from whose ranks the evangelical network would draw together, were attempting different sorts of renewal. After 1508, when the Fabrists turned from Aristotle and philosophy to concentrate on editing mystical and patristic texts, they were not retreating from the world into mystical contemplation in the cloister. Rather, as Lefèvre had outlined in his hierarchy of study, they edited such works in order to open up the meaning of the Bible and, above all, to inculcate true devotion. For the Meaux reform to survive and the evangelical movement to develop, Lefèvre’s hardier young disciples and his powerful patrons would have to offer more creative responses to the enduring problem of persecution.

Keywords: Fabrist; Lefèvre; Meaux reform; Navarrian network

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