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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which deals with Dominican friars, members of the Order of Preachers, especially those who over the course of a troubled fourteenth century lived and worked in the convents that made up the Order's territorial unit in northeastern Spain called the Province of Aragon. The book offers examples of the daily realities of Dominican conventual life, cases of individual and group action that are very much at odds with explanations of the way it should have been but that make the conflict and apparent indiscipline in the friars' religious communities more intelligible and more appreciably human. In recent decades the descriptive utility of crisis and decline as concepts broadly applicable to fourteenth-century Spanish history has diminished.

Keywords:Aragon; dominican friars; fourteenth century; Spain



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