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Dante and the Franciscans : Poverty and the Papacy in the 'Commedia' - Nick Havely

Dante and the Franciscans

Poverty and the Papacy in the 'Commedia'


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Nicholas Havely examines the connections between Dante, the Franciscans and the Papacy as they appear in the Commedia, and presents the poem as one concerned with an often dramatic confrontation between authority and idealism in the church. Havely draws on a wide range of literary, historical and art historical sources relating to the controversy about Franciscan poverty during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. He argues that the Spiritual Franciscans' strict interpretations of evangelical poverty provided the poet with a means of addressing the state of the contemporary Papacy and of imagining the renewal of the church. He also explores the origins and afterlife of the debate about this form of poverty and Dante's contribution to it. This study will appeal to scholars interested in medieval religious and intellectual history, as well as to readers of Dante's poem and other medieval visionary and political writing.

'Academic books on Dante tend to be dense, specialist tomes written for other Dantisti, rather than for the wide band of medievalists and theologians interested in him. Nick Havely's book is a welcome exception, for it represents Dante scholarship and literary criticism at their very best: clear, illuminating, and accessible. ... this is an excellent book which would be very useful to students - Havely's judgements are so balanced and his prose so elegant and economical that he has, perhaps unintentionally, produced in a few pages the best concise treatment of Franciscan poverty in English, in addition to the undoubted contribution of his book as a whole to Dante scholarship.' Heythrop Journal 'A useful resource for mendicant historians.' Rechnungswesen

From shame to honour: Tuscan and Franciscan poverty
Inferno: avarice and authority
Purgatorio: poverty in spirit
Paradiso: poverty and authority
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ISBN: 9780521833059
ISBN-10: 0521833051
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.51