Preaching in Medieval Florence

The Social World of Franciscan and Dominican Spirituality

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Trim Size: 152.400mm x 228.600mm x 18.288mm

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Paperback

Pub Date: 11/01/2012

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3984-9

List Price: $29.95

Preaching in Medieval Florence

The Social World of Franciscan and Dominican Spirituality

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In the thirteenth century, expansions in international commerce brought a new class of merchants and bankers to Florence who displaced the old, semifeudal aristocracy from power. Heavy migration from the countryside created a prosperous class of craftsmen, shopkeepers, and professionals who sought to share the power of the new, nonaristocratic elite. In Preaching in Medieval Florence, Daniel Lesnick reveals that the mendicant orders of St. Dominic and St. Francis assumed responsibility for ministering to the new urban laity and did so by embracing ideologies that corresponded to their audiences' secular needs.

About the Author/Editor

DANIEL R. LESNICK is an associate professor emeritus of medieval and Renaissance history at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.