The Friars and their Influence in Medieval Spain
The Friars and their Influence in Medieval Spain
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Preface Contributors Abbreviations Figures and Maps Introduction Francisco García-Serrano 1. Dominicus Hispanus Adeline Rucquoi 2. Ramon de Penyafort and his Influence Damian J. Smith 3. The Mendicant Orders and the Castilian Monarchy in the reign of Ferdinand III María del Mar Graña Cid 4. Ramón Martí, the Trinity, and the Limits of Dominican Mission Thomas E. Burman 5. Narrative and Counter-Narrative: Dominican and Muslim Preaching in Medieval Iberia Linda G. Jones 6. The Poor Clares of Alcocer and the Castilian Crown (13th to 15th Centuries) Pablo Martín Prieto 7. Friars and Nuns: Dominican Economy and Religious Identity in Medieval Castile Francisco García-Serrano 8. Networks of Dissent and the Franciscans of the Crown of Aragon Emily E. Graham 9. Faction, Politics and Dominican Inquisitors in the Fourteenth-Century Crown of Aragon Robin Vose 10. Sutzura e viltat carnal. The place of sin and lust in the treatises of the Franciscan Francesc Eiximenis (circa 1400) Víctor Farías Zurita 11. Valencian Dominicans beyond the Convent of Santo Domingo Taryn E. L. Chubb 12. Ferdinand of Antequera and Santo Domingo El Real de Toledo: Patronage, Advice and Spritual Favour (c. 1390-1416) Francisco de Paula Cañas Gálvez Index

Francisco Garcia-Serrano (ed.)

The Friars and their Influence in Medieval Spain

The mendicant friars, especially the Dominicans and the Franciscans, made an enormous impact in thirteenth-century Spain influencing almost every aspect of society. In a revolutionary break from the Church’s past, these religious orders were deeply involved in earthly matters while preaching the Gospel to the laity and producing many of the greatest scholars of the time. Furthermore, the friars reshaped the hierarchy of the Church, often taking up significant positions in the episcopate. They were prominent in the establishment of the Inquisition in Aragon and at the same time they played a major part in interfaith relations between Jews, Muslims and Christians. In addition, they were key contributors in the transformation of urban life, becoming an essential part of the fabric of late medieval cities, while influencing policies of monarchs such as James I of Aragon and Ferdinand III of Castile. Their missions in the towns and their educational role, as well as their robust associations with the papacy and the crown, often raised criticism and lead to internal tensions and conflict with other clergymen and secular society. They were to be both widely admired and the subjects of biting literary satire. As this collection demonstrates, the story of medieval Spain cannot possibly be fully told without mention of the critical role of the friars.

Francisco Garcia-Serrano

Francisco García-Serrano is Professor of Medieval History at Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus. He has published extensively examining the importance of the mendicant orders in medieval Spain.