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Religious Life in the Franciscan School Network (13th Century)

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This chapter discusses the main aspects of the Franciscan educational system as it developed between the 1220s and the closing decades of the thirteenth century, and touches upon some particulars of Franciscan novice training and the spiritual formation of friars once their noviciate was over. It focuses on the ways in which routines of Franciscan student life and the organization of studies at the Franciscan studia generalia encapsulated room for spiritual development. The chapter addresses the spiritual teachings in sermons specifically addressed to students and teachers, as well as some available metanarratives of religious learning developed by some of the most important academic teachers active at the Franciscan studia generalia within the chosen time period. Finally, it shows that the Franciscan students' exposure to the technicalities of higher theological education did not necessarily impair their spiritual outlook as members of a religious order with very specific tenets of evangelical perfection.

Keywords: Franciscan studia generalia; religious life; theological education

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