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Louis IX: Preaching To Franciscan And Dominican Brothers And Nuns

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There is some very curious evidence about Louis IX's attitude towards lay preaching in general. It is well known that the king was a big supporter of the beghards and beguines, laymen and laywomen who led devout communitarian though non-cloistered and non-professed lives in the towns of northern France as well as throughout the Low Countries, the Rhineland, and parts of southern Europe. He gave them property and otherwise endowed them. He also liked and energetically supported the two largest mendicant orders, Dominicans and Franciscans, as well as their smaller evangelical counterparts. In any case, just as his children, male and female, patently constituted the most appropriate audience for his parental exhortations, it was precisely Dominican brothers and Franciscan nuns who might most appreciate and be appropriate for the king's preacherly advice.

Keywords: Dominican brothers; Franciscan nuns; Louis IX; preaching



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