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The Forging Of An Intellectual Defense Of Mendicancy In The Medieval University

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Statistics concerning Franciscan settlements give us an idea of just how successful the mendicant movement in Italy was. This chapter describes the complicated and difficult marriage between the mendicants and the communes. It aims to describe about Salimbene, one of the most loquacious children of this marriage, and talks about himself and his parents. As one might expect from a child of such a difficult marriage, Salimbene is a puzzling personality. The chapter outlines some of troublesome aspects of Salimbene's outlook, considering the way in which he assimilates Franciscan ideals into his 'aristocratic' view of the social order. It shows that what is sometimes dismissed as the unreflective, snobbish outlook of an aristocratic friar is best understood as an attempt to develop and translate the ideals of St. Francis into terms comprehensible to the ruling elite. This provides a basis for examining his political theology.

Keywords:Italian communes; mendicants; political theology; Salimbene



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