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The Making of Medieval AntifraternalismPolemic, Violence, Deviance, and Remembrance$
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G. Geltner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199639458

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639458.001.0001

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Remembrance: Antifraternalism and Mendicant Identity

Remembrance: Antifraternalism and Mendicant Identity

(p.103) 4 Remembrance: Antifraternalism and Mendicant Identity
The Making of Medieval Antifraternalism

G. Geltner

Oxford University Press

Medieval mendicants took a more conscious and active role than is commonly thought in forging an antifraternal tradition. Bringing together a variety of texts and images, this chapter documents the ways in which friars and their coeval and later advocates perceived of and represented their own victimhood as a form of Christological suffering. Jointly they helped to turn what appears to be (on the basis of previous chapters) a limited phenomenon into a major cornerstone of the mendicants’ social memory. And, although different orders made different contributions to this effort, in retrospect they fused somewhat disparate incidents into a misleadingly cohesive, lachrymose narrative, which enabled them to perpetuate yet another antifraternal tradition under the legitimizing guise of mendicant suffering and martyrdom.

Keywords:   antifraternalism, mendicant orders, martyrdom, Christological suffering, social memory, mendicant historiography, Black Death, inquisition

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