Early Franciscan Government: Ellias to Bonaventure by Rosalind B. Brooke

By Rosalind B. Brooke

The early historians of the Franciscan order traced the motives of the worries of the order of their time to Elias, a modern and good friend of St Francis and an early Minister common. Elias was once blamed for establishing how you can all relaxations of self-discipline and disrespect of the founder's instructing, and all conflicts and persecutions. Mrs Brooke indicates that accountability can't be put on one guy, yet on a number of the early friars. She supplies a extra ancient account of Elias, displaying that he was once by no means as dominant a determine as has been intended. The early conflicts of the order are proven to were extra complicated, extra attention-grabbing and extra possible than the fourteenth-century controversialists could permit. the second one a part of the booklet describes the achievements of Elias's successors as Minister basic, and the real legislation they handed. Mrs Brooke has been in a position to reconstruct the early constitutions, now misplaced, in higher aspect than has formerly been tried.

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He took no account of alleged personal misdemeanours, of which he had no first-hand knowledge, and confined his criticisms to Elias' conduct in his public, official capacity. Since he experienced this, and himself took an interest in the development and government of the Order, he was as well qualified as anyone to judge of it. 4. THOMAS OF ECCLESTON The Tractatus de Adventu Fratrum Minorum ad Angliam et dilatione et multiplicatione ipsorum in ea was written by brother Thomas of Eccleston for the edification and instruction ofthe English brothers of his Order.

The internal affairs of the English province, and the fortunes of certain English friars, occupy fourteen of these chapters, but one, the thirteenth, is allowed a wider field, and treats of the Order as a whole in the persons of the Ministers General. Something is said of each of these, from Elias to John of Parma, but of them all, Elias excited the greatest interest and received the most attention. The events leading up to his return to office, and the measures taken later to depose him, are related 1 Cf.

It is the first slight indication of a tendency to blame Elias indiscriminately in all he did, a tendency which soon became pronounced and vindictive. 3. 3 On this subject he was well qualified to speak, for from its very founda1 2 Cel. 138, cf. 1 Cel 95. For instance, 2 Cel. 156, which is illuminated by the account in Eccleston, c. xm, of Elias' deposition and subsequent excommunication. 3 Prologue. 2 JORDAN OF GIANO 21 tion he had himself shared in and helped to determine its history. 1 He and his companions, however, were more fortunate, and Jordan spent the rest of a long life helping to spread and consolidate the influence of his Order in Central Europe.

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