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Women of the Streets

Early Franciscan Women and their Mendicant Vocation

Darleen Pryds

Publication Year: 2010

This book about Mendicant women outside the cloister is unique in its content. Rose of Viterbo, Angela of Foligno, Margaret of Cortona, and Sancia, Queen of Naples, were all born within the first century of the Franciscan Order. As women who pursued their religious vocation of volumtary poverty, itinerancy, and preaching outside of monastic walls – in the streets and in their homes – they could very well be called the first generation of mendicant women.

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications


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Table of Contents

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pp. iii

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General Editor’s Introduction

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pp. v-vii

Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, Dr. Darleen Pryds is well known for her passionate commitment to a preached and lived Word supported by the best scholarship possible. In Women of the Streets, volume seven in the Franciscan Heritage Series, she admirably meets all of these goals in an engaging ...

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pp. ix-xiii

This book is about women who pursued their life of faith in public. Specifically, this book explores the religious vocations that lay women adopted when they chose to become followers of Francis of Assisi in the first generations of the Franciscan movement. Rose of Viterbo, Angela of Foligno, Margaret of Cortona, and Sancia, Queen of Naples, were all born within the first century of the Franciscan Order. It is genera

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Chapter One. Women in the Mendicant Tradition

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pp. 1-20

What do the following women have in common: a willful teenage girl; a married woman in the midst of a mid-life crisis; an unmarried woman, who was left alone and socially alienated after the death of her long-time live-in lover; and a prayerful queen who shunned her “duty” to bear children? They were all laywomen who embraced a religious quest ...

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Chapter Two. Rose of Viterbo (d. 1251) A Franciscan Street Preacher

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pp. 21-32

Rose of Viterbo was born around 1233 just a few years after Francis of Assisi died in 1226. Already by the time Rose was born, Francis’s influence was gaining a hold in Viterbo, the central Italian city where Rose lived. Friars established a church there by 1236 and were making a significant impression on the citizens. The Franciscans especially captured ...

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Chapter Three. Angela of Foligno (d. 1309) Master of Theologians

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pp. 33-48

When you’re seeking advice on a problem, chances are you ask someone you think has had adequate experience to help: someone who knows firsthand the nature of the problem and can identify with your dilemma. Medieval people were no different. And when it came to religious questions and spiritual problems some people in the late thirteenth ...

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Chapter Four. Margaret of Cortona (d. 1297) The Poverella

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pp. 49-62

Today most people outside of the Tuscan city of Cortona have rarely heard of that city’s medieval patron saint, Margaret. But in the late thirteenth century, Margaret of Cortona was so famous she was considered the founder of the third branch of the Franciscan family, the lay associates. So, ...

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Chapter Five. Sancia, Queen of Naples (d. 1345) Protector of the Orders

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pp. 63-76

When Sancia, queen of Naples, addressed the General Chapter of the Franciscan Order that was meeting in Paris in 1329, she used these warm and maternal words to greet them. The particular words she chose to address the friars allowed her to position herself as someone uniquely devoted to the way of St. Francis, and thereby to the order, itself. As ...

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Conclusion. Women of the Streets The Fearless Faith of Lay Franciscan Women

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pp. 92-93

The women studied in this volume all shared a passionate love of God. They expressed this passionate love through a Franciscan way of living in this world: they sought relationships. Through these relationships – with Christ, with the Virgin Mary, with contemporaries – they intensified their ...

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pp. 80-83

E-ISBN-13: 9781576592465
E-ISBN-10: 1576592464
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576592069
Print-ISBN-10: 1576592065

Page Count: 96
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: First
Volume Title: Volume 7