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The Martyrdom of the Franciscans


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Chapter 1. "I Acquired the Martyrs": Bishops, Kings, and the Victory of the Martyrs
Chapter 2. "Do Not Fear Those Who Kill the Body": The Desire for Martyrdom in the Thirteenth Century
Chapter 3. "To Sustain the Frail": Franciscan Evangelization in the Thirteenth Century
Chapter 4. "Their Blood Has Been Spilled Everywhere": Evangelization, Martyrdom, and Christian Triumphalism in the Early Fourteenth Century
Chapter 5. "The Infidels Learned Nothing": Poverty, Rejection of the World, and the Creation of the Franciscan Passio
Chapter 6. "For the Damnation of Infidels": Martyrdom and History in the Chronicle of the Twenty-Four Ministers-General
Epilogue. The Afterlife of the Martyrs

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The Martyrdom of the Franciscans shows how, for Franciscans, martyrdom accounts could at once offer veiled critique of papal policies toward the Order, a substitute for the rigorous pursuit of poverty, and a way to symbolically overcome Islam by denying Muslims the solace of conversion.

About the Author

Christopher MacEvitt is Associate Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College and author of The Crusades and the Christian World of the East: Rough Tolerance, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.


Christopher MacEvitt convincingly demonstrates how martyrdom functioned as a central tenet of Franciscan identity, and as such his book constitutes an original and substantial contribution to the fields of Christian-Muslim relations and religious institutional history. * Bert Roest, Radboud University, Netherlands *

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