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Challenged Vows

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This chapter explores the likelihood of two distinct but related exigencies: first, that the Dominican Order over-reached in its capacity to carry out its many diverse missions and, second, that the world of fourteenth- century Europe was moving away from what the friars had to offer. The known Dominican inquisitor and administrator operative in the fourteenth-century Province of Aragon was Nicolau Eymeric, writer of the Directorium Inquisitorum, a standard reference for inquisitors into the seventeenth century. The equally complex relationship of the friars to Jews in the Province of Aragon is no better documented in the acts. Administrators found the problem of talking to outsiders about the activities of insiders so damning to the Order that they instructed conventual priors that those guilty of causing such offense to corporate honor should face criminal penalties and, moreover, ought to be denied the customary rights of friars to defend themselves against accusers.

Keywords:Aragon; corporate honor; Dominican order; friars; Jews



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