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Bad-Boy Friars And Complicit Leaders

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This chapter examines the division of the preachers into distinct subgroups. Stratification fueled the expansion of the Order's system of dispensations, thus giving rise to disputes that arose within and between groups over access to valuable but limited rewards of membership. The chapter turns to attempts by Dominican administrators to distinguish youthful friars as a troublesome cohort. One might cite a number of causal factors in the development of a youth problem, although many that could be discovered, interference by parents and other outsiders for example, are proximate causes. One of the first duties of the new Province of Aragon in 1302 was to cap the number of preachers general in the province at thirty. The exception suggests that the educational grades were still not so rigid as to prevent a young friar from learning some theology before completing his arts foundation.

Keywords:Aragon; Dominican administrators; preachers; youthful friars



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