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Daily Labor of the Early Franciscans

David Flood

Publication Year: 2010

In his early studies Flood focused on the history of the brotherhood with special emphasis on the development of the Early Rule. Eventually, the social structures of early Franciscan life led to the economics of the early Franciscan movement and the importance of work in the life of Francis and his companions. Told from the vantage point of a historian, Flood leads the reader through his analysis of the early movement

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications


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The Daily Labor of the Early Franciscans

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pp. v-x

These pages arose out of a study week with the Franciscans in Colombia in August 2006. In our discussions on early Franciscan history, they saw how well Francis of Assisi and those who gathered around him addressed and handled problems social and cultural. They especially liked the economics that...

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Part One: On Learning to Work:* Franciscan History from Below

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pp. 10-44

Thomas of Celano unwittingly slipped a message from below into his first account of Francis of Assisi. His message can serve well to introduce a history from below of the early Franciscan years. Thomas of Celano’s first life has three parts. The second...

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Part Two: The Practical Truths of Franciscan Action

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pp. 45-110

The Franciscan movement developed through its social practices. We can look in on the practices easily enough, given the writings the early Franciscans left behind. We can say today: left behind for us, for people sensitive to Franciscan ways, who want to test them as we fashion our own. The early...


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pp. 111-148

E-ISBN-13: 9781576592427
E-ISBN-10: 1576592421
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576591567
Print-ISBN-10: 1576591565

Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: First

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  • Monastic and religious life -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
  • Work -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
  • Franciscans -- History.
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