Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe

ISBN-10: 0801492475
ISBN-13: 9780801492471
Edition: N/A
Authors: Lester K. Little
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 2/28/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

"In this stimulating and important book Lester Little advances the original thesis that, paradoxically, it was the leading practitioners of voluntary poverty, Franciscan and Dominican friars, who finally formulated a Christian ethic which justified the activities of merchants, moneylenders, and other urban professionals, and created a Christian spirituality suitable for townsmen. Little has synthesized a vast body of specialized literature in Italian, German, French, and English to write an interpretive essay which pro- vides a new perspective on the interaction between economic and social forces and the religious movements advocating the apostolic ideal of voluntary poverty....Little's book is a major contribution, not only to the history of the religious movement of voluntary poverty, but also to the interdisciplinary study of the middle ages." -Journal of Social History

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