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Mendicants And The Italian Communes In Salimbene’s Cronaca

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The study of the economic aspect of the history of the mendicant orders has traditionally taken two directions which have rarely converged: the first examines the mendicants' line of thought in questions of economics, the second places focus on the economies of the convents and the concrete relations that these religious communities held with local societies in matters of economics. It is understandable that, at the end of a process of gradual assimilation, the documentary sources often define the orders as one group, as ordines paupertatis, placing the expression within an economic context. Some areas refrained from participation, such as northern Italy where the order had precociously developed more stable forms of osmosis with town life and its socio-economic realities. The legislation of the mendicant orders in financial matters had, in effect, repeatedly marked out limitations and imposed prohibitions.

Keywords:Italy; mendicant orders; ordines paupertatis; socio-economic realities



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