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BOOK REVIEWS Hinnebusch, William A., O. P., The Early English Friars Preachers, (Institutum Historicum FF. Praedicatorum Romae ad S. Sabinae: Dissertationes Historicae, Fase. XIV), Rome, 1951, pp. 519. To obtain some notion of the contents of this work and its manysided consideration of the subject, we need but run down the chapter headings, viz. The Oxford Dominicans, The Friars Preachers of London, English Dominican Foundations: General Survey, Royal Patronage of Dominican Priories, Foundations by Members of the Upper Classes, Other Foundations of Early Dominicans, The Architecture of the Early Dominicans, Early Dominican Church Architecture, The Principal Monastic Buildings, Subsidiary Buildings of the Priory, Daily Life in the Early Dominican Priory, The Spiritual Life of the Early Dominicans, The Domestic Economy of the Early Dominicans, The Personnel of the Early Dominican Province, Preaching in the Dominican Order, Preaching Aids, English Dominican Preachers in Action, Learning in the Early Dominican Province, English Dominican Writers, English Dominicans and the Episcopate, Dominicans in Public Life during the Reign of King Edward I. Besides the foregoing there is an extended list of documents dealing mainly with the temporal goods of the Friars Preachers. A goodly use of illustrations and text-figures help to make the material vivid and more informative. As may be seen from the foregoing the present work is really a brief encyclopedia of all that pertains to the Order of Friars Preachers in England in the pre-Reformation Period. Here, certainly the author deserves praise in that he has given us an extremely well-balanced representation of all that pertained to this period of the history of his Order in line with the title, "The Early English Friars Preachers," and not some episodes or facets of the life of the early Dominicans. In this way the work is positive and constructive and not narrow and argumentative as is the tendency sometimes found in historians of such spiritual phenomena as the development of the life of an Order. While the present writer is not qualified in Dominican history, he would wish at the same time that some more research were devoted to the ramifications of the Order's development and the possibly diverse interpretations of its construction and policy.if only for comparative purposes with the history of his own Order. Items of interest to the Franciscan reader occur repeatedly, viz. the coming of the Franciscans (p. 30), growth in establishment of houses (p. 61), poverty and its interpretation (p. 236 ff.), Robert Grosseteste and the Dominicans, their connection with secular affairs and their influence and interest in the different classes of society (p. 465), etc. 86 Book Reviews87 All in all the work deserves every commendation, and in its method as the history of an Order it is especially worthy of praise. Since many reviews have already appeared, the present few remarks suffice. Franciscan InstituteKlLIAN F. LYNCH, O. F. M. Faber, Frederick William, Bethelem. Philadelphia, Pa.: The Peter Reilly Co., 1955. Pp. 432. — The Foot of the Cross or the Sorrows of Mary. Ibid., [1956]. Pp. 406. Beautifully executed, though unchanged reprints of two of the better known works of the famous Oratorian.E. M. B. Annuarium Ordinis Fratrum Minorum, II, 1956—1957. Rome: Pax et Bonum, [1956]. Pp. 401. The first Annuarium was published in 1955, and it had 213 pages, while the second one is considerably longer (401 pages). The initial Annuarium contained a short, but interesting summary of the history of the First Order, a complete list of the Ministers General, a brief description of the Curia Generalis, the houses that depend immediately upon Father General, the general houses of studies of the Order and the scientific and cultural institutions of the Order; information concerning the provinces, custodies, commissariats and other foundations of the Order as well as its missions; a list of Friars still living who were appointed ecclesiastical dignitaries (archbishop , bishop, etc.) by the Holy See; finally the addresses of the Ministers Provincial. In the new Annuarium all this information is repeated, but brought up to date. Moreover, a number of very interesting additions have been made. For instance, after the compilation of the names of the Ministers General, one finds the list of the General Chapters...

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ISSN
1945-9718
Print ISSN
0080-5459
Pages
pp. 86-87
Launched on MUSE
2015-07-01
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No
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