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Preaching, building, and burying : friars in the Medieval city / Caroline Bruzelius.

Author/creator Bruzelius, Caroline Astrid
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]
Descriptionxi, 255 pages : color illustrations, plans ; 26 cm
Contents Introduction: friars in the city -- The invention of a new type of clergy: structures, institutions, ideologies, and space -- The process of institutionalization: Dominic, Francis, and the early buildings -- Mendicant construction strategies -- Into the city -- Money, social practice, and mendicant buildings -- Conclusion.
Abstract "Friars transformed the relationship of the church to laymen by taking religion outside to public and domestic spaces. Mendicant commitment to apostolic poverty bound friars to donors in an exchange of donations in return for intercessory prayers and burial: association with friars was believed to reduce the suffering of purgatory. Mendicant convents became urban cemeteries, warehouses filled with family tombs, flags, shields, and private altars. As mendicants became progressively institutionalized and sought legitimacy, friars adopted the architectural structures of monasticism: chapter houses, cloisters, dormitories, and refectories. They also created piazzas for preaching and burying outside their churches. Construction depended on assembling adequate funding from communes, confraternities, and private individuals; it was also sometimes supported by the expropriation of property from heretics. Because of irregular funding, construction was episodic, with substantial changes in scale and design. Choir screens served as temporary west fa├žades while funds were raised for completion. This is the first book to analyze the friars' influence on the growth and transformation of medieval buildings and urban spaces. "-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 206-243) and index.
LCCN 2014008876
ISBN9780300203844 (hardback)
ISBN0300203845 (hardback)

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