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Title: Defenders and Critics of Franciscan Life
Author: Cusato, Michael F Guy Geltner (eds)
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2009
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004176300
Volumes: 1; Pages: 272
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The essays in this volume were presented at a conference honoring John V. Fleming at Princeton University on April 21-22, 2004. The aim of the conference was to revisit Fleming's 1977 book, An Introduction to the Franciscan Literature of the Middle Ages, from a number of different perspectives, including social, religious and literary history, as well as art, exegesis, political thought and the history of education. A prominent, but not exclusive, theme of the contributions is the distinction between 'defenders' and 'critics' of medieval Franciscanism. Recent scholarship has shown that the dividing line between medieval defenders and critics of Franciscan life was not as sharp or as clear as had once been thought. This, more nuanced approach to medieval Franciscanism is a reflection of the many scholarly developments that have occurred since--and as a result of--Fleming's volume. The present work offers a selection of current approaches to the question.