Mendicants as victims: Scale, scope and the idiom of violence

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This article establishes the scale of violence perpetrated against mendicant friars in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Europe, and provides a list of these events in an on-line appendix. It underscores and analyses the wide variety of contexts in which such incidents took place and examines the ramifications for the history of the mendicant orders and medieval urban society generally. Violence was a subtler form of communicative action than is sometimes recognised, and the paper points to the inverse relationship between power and violence in medieval urban conflicts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-141
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Medieval History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Anticlericalism
  • Communicative action
  • Inquisition
  • Mendicant orders
  • Power
  • Public sphere
  • Urban conflict
  • Violence

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