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“When the Brothers Go Through the World”: The Urban Asceticism of St. Francis of Assisi


2010 2010

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St. Francis of Assisi is often considered a new phenomenon in the history of Christian sanctity, to the point where later developments in Franciscan spirituality are attributed to him. Lester Little makes the argument that the theological crisis caused by the profit economy was solved by the Mendicants by the beginning of the 14th century. While this may be true to some extent, it was not solved within the order, and it is doubtful that Francis himself represents any "new" direction in the history of western spirituality. Reading the First and Second Rule, and the hagiographical tradition represented by Thomas of Celano and St. Bonaventure, the picture of Francis that emerges is more of a traditional urban ascetic. Reading ascetic lives from the early Egyptian desert tradition, as filtered through the Latin patristic tradition, we see that the Greek tradition had already dealt with the question of living out a life of spiritual self-denial within the city walls, so that the urban explosion in the west in the 11th–13 th centuries provided grounds where these experiments in urban asceticism could be practiced. Francis had predecessors in this regard, Norbert of Xanten being one. My purpose is to look at Francis from the lens of desert spirituality, especially as it relates to the urban culture in which he is living out this life.

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Subject
Biographies;
Religious history
Classification
0304: Biographies
0320: Religious history
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; Asceticism; Desert spirituality; Francis of Assisi, Saint; Franciscans; Mendicants; Urban spirituality
Title
“When the Brothers Go Through the World”: The Urban Asceticism of St. Francis of Assisi
Author
Llizo, Robert
Number of pages
193
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0047
Source
DAI-A 73/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124996950
Advisor
Wolf, Kenneth B.
University/institution
The Claremont Graduate University
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3483971
ProQuest document ID
902937900
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/902937900
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