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  • Record Number: 8735
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Engen , John van
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  • Title: Illicit Religion: The Case of Friar Matthew Grabow, O.P [In the Middle Ages "Religious" could mean a person who joined a vowed order of monks, nuns or friars or it could apply more broadly to anyone who lived a chiristian life. The Dominican Matthew Grabow attacked the followers of the "Devotio Moderna," especially women's communities, for living a common life without vows. He also thought that it was not legal for the laity to give up their property rights and pursue a religious life without taking monastic vows. This argument was condemned, even by other friars, for making religious life broadly understood, illicit. Title note supplied by Feminae.]
  • Source: Law and the Illicit in Medieval Europe.  Edited by Ruth Mazo Karras, Joel Kaye, and E. Ann Matter.  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.  Pages 103 - 116.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Beguines Council of Constance (1414-1418) Councils and Synods of the Church Devotio Moderna, Spiritual Movement Gerson, Jean, Theologian Grabow, Matthew, Dominican Theologian Lay Piety Monasticism Nider, Johannes, Dominican Theologian Property Theology
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  • Geographic Area: Low Countries
  • Century: 15
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Notre Dame
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  • Year of Publication: 2008.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0812240801